Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

Is This Really Trump’s First and Last Offer on Health Care?

Is This Really Trump’s First and Last Offer on Health Care? Ever been to a used car lot and been told that their great discount price would end the second you stepped off the lot? Especially by a salesman who … Continue reading

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Trump Now Owns the AHCA Healthcare Plan

Trump Now Owns the AHCA Healthcare Plan In President Trump’s 2020 Campaign Speech in Kentucky last night, he took ownership of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by fully backing its passing in the House two days from now, on … Continue reading

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Let’s Hope the Leak Investigation Does Not Dig Too Deep

Let’s Hope the Leak Investigation Does Not Dig Too Deep First there is Mick Mulvaney, Director of OMB, leaking that he wrote the budget, from Trump’s vague and overhyped campaign statements. Then, there was Kellyanne leaking the existence of the … Continue reading

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OMB’s Mick Mulvaney Created Trump’s Budget

Mick Mulvaney Created Trump’s Budget I was going to avoid the loud press coverage of the day on Trump’s “tapping, tapping at my chamber door” (sorry, Edgar Allan Poe), and the real DNC tapping. But I was going to focus … Continue reading

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Trump on NIH: Not Making Americans Safe Again

Trump on NIH:  Not Making Americans Safe Again Trump is gutting the domestic budget by 10.5% to boost the military budget by 9%, or $54 billion.  But strangely, besides attacking climate science and clean energy, he has focused on the … Continue reading

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Trump on Health: Not Americans First

Trump on Health:  Not Americans First The steep cuts to the National Institute of Health, and the hordes of Americans that will lose their healthcare by the Republican’s American Health Care Act, show that President Trump is really attacking American’s … Continue reading

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NIH Funding Cuts in the Trump Budget

NIH Funding Cuts in the Trump Budget The NIH is under the Department Health and Human Services. H&HS in the OMB’s “America First, Make America Great Again” Budget is scheduled for a 17.9% cut of $15.1 billion down to $69 … Continue reading

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Science Cuts in the Trump Budget

Science Cuts in the Trump Budget Reporters, commentators and analysts somewhat understand Trump’s politically motivated attacks on climate scientists. Yet, it is not at all clear why Trump is attacking biologists and medical scientists at the NIH. Even if the … Continue reading

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Trump’s Oil Soaked, Stingy, Skinny Budget

Trump’s Oil Soaked, Stingy, Skinny Budget The skinny budget clearly tells us who Trump hates: old people who aren’t rich and are declining, poor and minority youth, smart scientists, and anyone who researches or wants to act on climate change. … Continue reading

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Trump’s Unconvincing Military Budget

Trump’s Unconvincing Military Budget In discussing the budget, we have to address the $600 billion gorilla all over the world, the US military budget increase of $54 billion, that is cutting all of the worthwhile programs in the non-military discretionary … Continue reading

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