Some of you may find this purported retiree agreement between Trump and Ted Olsen humorous.
As long as most of us have been alive, the Democrats have “owned” the tax code, being blamed for every trade off and decision.
Assuming for a sad moment that the Republicans manage to ram this monster of redistribution through, it will become “their” tax code.
We can run ads against every element.
We can do April 15 ads.
We can print and Photoshop copies of the 1040 with Trump’s, McConnel’s and Ryan’s photos superimposed.
Every time a Republican complains about anything to do with taxes we throw it back in your faces. “You wrote the code, you rammed it through. You own it now. You pay the price.”
Of course, if they fail to pass their bill, then anything wrong with the code is still their fault, because they are too pathetic to have changed it.
Not the platform I would like to have to run on, but one I would love to run against.
It’s time to start speculating about a post-Trump 2019. Supposing Trump is impeached, Pence moves up, and Congress starts to talk about replacing him as the investigation reaches Pence.
Then the Dems, now in the majority, citing the Garland nomination, refuse to approve a new VP. “The people should decide.” (imagined quote).
When Pence is convicted, we get, glory of glory of glories, President Pelosi. Pelosi, of course, re-nominates Garland, no longer subject to the filibuster.
Here is a simple rule for maintanning sanity and undercutting attempts to destroy our democracy.
Read Only Curated News
It is that simple. Read only news sources that take some form of responsibility for what they publish. Eve Fox, hardly neutral, takes some responsibility and is concerned with reputation. Not so Breitbart.
Unsubscribe to any and all automated gregators — they are too subject to being fooled by waves of false news.
As to news referrals on Facebook and the like – even if apparently from people you know, ignore unless they are pushing something from a curated source. (Personally, I would like Facebook to allow one to list the sources that you want to hear about.)
These steps will not stop false news, but should significantly reduce the false news multiplier that the internet provides.
One Trump confidant likened the president to a whistling teapot, saying that when he does not blow off steam, he can turn into a pressure cooker and explode. “I think we are in pressure cooker territory,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly.
It is not clear if the tweets constitute “letting off steam” or if they can be the ultimate explosion. Nor is is clear what the risk is in “pressure cooker territory,”
But, I am wondering if the software used to predict earthquakes could be tuned to predict when we will get an “explo[sion].
However, according to Wikipedia:
While part of the scientific community hold that, taking into account non-seismic precursors and given enough resources to study them extensively, prediction might be possible, most scientists are pessimistic and some maintain that earthquake prediction is inherently impossible.
Of course, just because it might not work with terran earthquakes, does not mean it will not work with Trumpian ones. Not withstanding high IQ there are probably less varaibles.
Then the Supreme Court decided Dred Scott, I doubt that they intended to split the Union apart, probably the opposite.
When Chief Justice Roberts engineered the decision that allowed states to opt out of the Medicare expansion, I suspect that he too had no such intent.
But that may be the consequence.
As the data on state budget implications of the Repeal making its way to the Senate becomes frighteningly clear, it is starting to seem as if the result will be to put opt-in (generally blue) and opt-out (generally red) states on fundamentally economic and political paths.
In Blue states, the economics and politics will do deep damage to the Republicans, with likely single party domination in many more blue states. The reverse will be true in red states, at least until the voter rolls expand — and every effort will be made to prevent that.
At what point, with the states divided into single party red, and single party blue, how long till various forms of secession start to be appealing to both sides? Remember that the right’s obsession with state’s rights tends to blind them to the advantages of the Federal role.
A frightening prospect. But when one party stops representing a huge swathe of the country, that is what happens.
Tillerson memorably explained that the President speaks for himself.
That’s bad enough.
But, once you think about it, it becomes crystal clear not only that he not acts for himself, but that the acts ONLY for himself.
Every story bout his financial benefits, about his marketing, about his policies, about his ego-serving behavior, demonstrates that nothing is done with any perception of national interest, let alone world interest.
Indeed, he has gotten away with this for so long because his base thinks he is acting in their interest. So the simple trick is get them to start to see otherwise, Maybe Tillerson has show how to start.
Remember, he acts only for himself.