President-elect Donald Trump has begun polling his Alaska supporters by e-mail on what he should do first after being sworn into office, but it appears the Trump survey is open to all and any Americas.
The “100-Day Plan of Action Survey” can be found here.
Immediately open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling is not among the action items listed in the survey, which will make some Alaskans happy and others angry.
The survey asks for an e-mail address and a zipcode at the end. So apparently people are expected to participate only once, but if you have access to the office computers of friends you might be able to change that by resorting to the Alaskan Joe Miller plan.
Or you could set up some fake email accounts and use those to cast multiple votes. Nobody really knows who is doing anything on the internet anyway as disgraced former Alaska Board of Fisheries member Roland Maw will tell you.
In the survey, the Trump-Pence “Make America Great Again Committee” asks Americans to rate by priority 29 things Trump has promised to do in his first days in office.
The list starts with the “begin by constructing the wall along the Southern border.” That’s the much-talked about plan to keep Mexicans out of the U.S., a plan known to some as “The Great Wall of Trump.”
The list ends with “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by (President Barrack) Obama.”
Respondents are asked identify all the items on the list as:
- Highly important
- Somewhat important
- Not important
- No opinion
Drain the swamp
Most of the items should be familiar to anyone who followed the 2016 presidential campaign. Number two is “repeal and replace Obamacare,” although it has sounded of late that Trump is talking more about amending the officially named Affordable Care Act.
Drain the swamp is number 28.
Much of what is on the list looks destined to split respondents along established conservative-liberal lines with Republicans voting “highly important” on most and Democrats, if they participate, voting “not important.”
For instance, the plan to name a strong constitutionalist to the Supreme Court of the United State is sure to score highly important for Rs; and a not important for Ds.
The survey lacks a place to vote simply “no, no, no.”
Keystone pipeline? Again, R = highly important; D = Not important.
But there are some wild cards on the list like “announce our official withdrawal from the TPP.” Quick? How many Alaskans even know what the TPP is? You should since it could have significant implications for a 49th state economy heavily reliant on exports.
Need a hint? Think NAFTA, which is also on the list, and then Pacific.
Yes, you got it, TPP is the acronym for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which failed Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called “a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. ”
Hmm, maybe there is something the Trumpsters and the lefties can agree on.
But most of the items on the Trump list are sure to make card-carrying liberals see red. Can you say “cancel billions of dollars in payments to U.N. climate change programs, and use that money to fix our own country,” or “lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars worth of American energy, including shale, oil, natural gas, and clean coal.”
Still, there are a few things other than TPP on which right and left might find common ground, including term limits for Congress (the presidency already has them) and a five-year ban on White House or Congressional officials becoming lobbyists.
Overall, though, this document could make steam come out of the ears of liberals, especially California liberals.
It asks for a rank on ending “all federal funding to sanctuary cities that circumvent the law in order to provide protection to illegal immigrants,” and beginning the removal of “the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants.”
California is now in the midst of gearing up to fight federal plans to deport illegal immigrants. And the mayor of Sacramento has already declared it a “sanctuary city.”
What a difference the election of one president can make. Suddenly Californian’s, who scoffed at the idea of state’s rights when it came to oil drilling in Alaska, are all down with state’s right.