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Runaway Debt? Inflation? Tariffs? Where Is This Economy Headed?

The austerity of the last decade — remember the 16-day government shutdown over the debt ceiling, spending of almost a trillion dollars "sequestered" over 10 years, expenses needing to be matched by savings elsewhere? — has suddenly been
turned on its head, the doctrines of the political parties flipped in parallel. Republicans, who have long argued for a balanced budget, have become the big spenders while the Democrats they have always accused of profligacy are now the deficit hawks.

In December, Republicans passed tax cuts that will cost $1.5 trillion across 10 years without a single Democratic vote. Shortly thereafter Trump signed a bipartisan deal that will boost spending another $300 billion over just two years. And now tariffs to add a dose of uncertainty. Where will all this lead?


On several occasions Donald Trump boasted of balancing the budget. “We can balance the budget very quickly …I think over a five-year period", he said to Sean Hannity of Fox News in January, 2016 and went on to tell The Washington Post that April that he would get rid of the national debt “over a period of eight years”.

Once president, Trump put forth last July a 10-year budget for 2018 that…

guns in america

Trump Was Momentarily Receptive to Gun Control Ideas – But the NRA Wanted to Arm Teachers

Let's go through how that will work out

They were tearful, they were angry, they demanded action and an end to the epidemic of death killing our youngest. It was commendable and cathartic that Donald Trump brought together those suffering from the Parkland shooting to listen to their pleas.

But then came the reveal. When the president began to speak, it became evident that the people who had come up from Florida were props at a staged event for
Trump to deliver his predetermined solution to school shootings. It is a solution right out of the playbook of the National Rifle Association — payback for the $30 million the NRA spent on Trump's campaign. The solution? More guns. We should arm the teachers.

"It's called concealed carry, and it only works where you have people very adept at using firearms…" he began, and would continue in the following days with…

"We have to harden our schools, not soften them up. A gun-free zone to a killer …that's like going in for the ice cream, that's like here I am, take me. But I think we need hardened sites. We need to let people know, you come into our schools, you're gonna be dead".

No thought is given to the opposite: banning civilian ownership of battlefield weapons designed only for killing the maximum number of people. Trump is so completely owned by the NRA that he was repeating what its executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, had said just hours earlier at the annual…


The Government Shutdown of a Different Sort »

There are about 2 million people employed by the federal government so it may not seem all that important that a comparatively small number of posts sit empty. But these are the jobs of key personnel, some 1200 top jobs that call for presidential nomination and Senate confirmation. Of those The Washington Post
tracks 630 that are thought to be the most important. More than a year into the Trump presidency, 240 of those positions didn't even have a nominee by early February. Another 140 have been nominated but await confirmation. There was a change in the law a year ago, meant to give an incoming administration time to find people to fill slots, that allowed temporary acting replacements to step in — but only for 300 days. That limit has lapsed, leaving swaths of the government without the office holders authorized to make…

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foreign policy

What Does Kim Jong-un Want?

A baffling reversal by the North Korean dictator

Kim Jong-un stunned the world with a message to President Trump that said he is "committed to denuclearization", will "refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests", understands that the joint military exercises conducted by South Korea and the United States "must continue", and is eager to meet President Trump "as soon as possible".

The words are of South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, who flew to Washington immediately after meeting with Kim Jong-un to present
them to President Trump, and are presumably a carefully accurate representation of what Mr. Kim offered.

The turnabout came after a year of the two leaders hurling threats and insults at each other, backed up by North Korea's nuclear tests that appear to have graduated from fission to fusion and missiles that can now reach across the U.S., and by Trump's ever-tightening of sanctions, blacklisting of collaborator companies, and warnings that "we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea" with "fire and fury the likes of which this world has never seen before". It was "Rocket Man man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime" versus "I will surely and definitely tame… Read More »


Why Millennials Are Turning to Socialism

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet, America's three richest people, have as much wealth as the entire bottom half of the U.S. population — some 162 million people — according to the Institute for Policy Studies, says The Guardian.

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Where Your Tax Dollars Go

Before she moved to D.C., Melania Trump went back and forth from New York to D.C. until son Barron finished the school year. Over the three-month period, she took 21 trips on air force jets, at a cost to us of $675,000, says The Wall Street Journal.

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“Massive Numbers of Good Jobs”

"High-paying jobs. Good jobs. Not the jobs we have today which everybody agrees are bad jobs". The president made a theatrical show of saving 1,100 jobs (which proved to be more like 800) at a Carrier plant in Indiana from moving to Mexico during his first days in office, but that appears to be that, it seems. Over the past year 93,000 jobs moved offshore, with nary a protest from the White House, the highest number in five years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Fox News Fakes the News on North Korea

Donald Trump has scored a coup in bringing about a peace offering from North Korea's Kim Jong-un, but wouldn't you know, the liberal media have heaped nothing but scorn on this breakthrough. That's the Fox News take.

Given the past history of deceit by North Korea, all media coverage of course had to be a mixture of promise and circumspection. But prime time stars Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity both showed short clips from rival shows carefully selected to suggest "the media's absolutely reprehensible coverage — 91% negative — of President Trump's big foreign policy victory with North Korea". It was nothing of he sort, from one who combs through that media. As example, both showed Jeremy Bash, former Defense Department chief of staff, and at CIA before that, simply saying, it's "a roll of the nuclear dice". Which it is. We don't know where it will lead. But for Hannity, it's peace in our time: "We may have peace on the Korean peninsula". He tells us the announcement of the North Korea offer…

"sent the media into a hate-filled frenzy. The partisan press is going absolutely apoplectic over President Trump's peace through strength approach with dealing with little rocket man… To discuss denuclearization is now apparently aggravating and incensing liberal lapdog media people as they're physically and mentally incapable of reporting any positive news about this president".

Well, funny thing. The headline of the lede article in that hopelessly liberal New York Times read "Offer From North Korea To Enter Nuclear Talks With U.S. Raises Hopes". That was followed by an editorial titled "Some Hope From North Korea". A scan of Washington Post headlines shows none of what Hannity accuses. Instead articles with headlines such as "North Korea won’t give up its nuclear weapons. The U.S. has three good reasons to talk anyway". Anything short of euphoric praise is… Read More »

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