Paul Krugman in NYT: “The first thing you need to know about the very rich is that they are, politically, different from you and me. Don’t be fooled by the handful of prominent liberal or liberal-ish billionaires; systematic studies of the politics of the ultrawealthy show that they are very conservative, obsessed with tax cuts, opposed to environmental and financial regulation, eager to cut social programs.
“The second thing you need to know is that the rich often get what they want, even when most of the public want the opposite. For example, a vast majority of voters — including a majority of self-identified Republicans — believe that corporations pay too little in taxes. Yet the signature domestic policy of the Trump administration was a huge corporate tax cut.”
Yes, the rich have too much political influence.
The proximate cause of the shift was President Trump’s 2017 tax cut, which dramatically slashed taxes on corporate profits and estates, researchers say.
Max Boot in the Washington Post: “So Trump doesn’t know the difference between West Coast liberalism and Western liberalism — between supporting the Green New Deal and supporting the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence that all people are endowed “with certain unalienable Rights,” including “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is the issuance of the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate on July 4. But Trump is clueless. For him it’s just another chance to stage a garish spectacle with himself at the center. …
“Asked about his embrace of dictators, Trump told reporters, “I get along with a lot of people.” Not true. He doesn’t get along with America’s democratic allies. Before flying to Osaka, Trump complained that “Europe treats us worse than China” and even claimed that “European nations were set up to take advantage of the United States.” (How prescient of the Europeans to create their nations to take advantage of another country that did not yet exist.) In a telling comment, Trump said, “You have a woman in Europe, I won’t mention her name . . . she hates the United States perhaps worse than any person I’ve ever met.” He was apparently referring to Margrethe Vestager, the European Union antitrust chief. So he thinks Vestager is more anti-American than his pal Putin, who has actually attacked America.”
Must be more treasonable noticing of seditious facts.
Seriously, this is important and people need to pressure Congress to do the right thing.
Legislators should seize the moment to pass meaningful protections for the digital age.
Paul Krugman in the New York Times: “What, after all, is Trumpism? In 2016 Trump pretended to be a different kind of Republican, but in practice almost all of his economic agenda has been G.O.P. standard: big tax cuts for corporations and the rich while hacking away at the social safety net. The one big break from orthodoxy has been his protectionism, his eagerness to start trade wars.
“And all of these policies disproportionately hurt farm country.”
His biggest supporters are his biggest victims.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
Many routinely skip meals and take ?poverty naps? because they cannot afford groceries. Campus food pantries are helping, but are they enough?
Mueller laid out the evidence for members of Congress to take action against President Trump. Will they?
Perhaps we do, but only if you have access to it. Otherwise, it can be quite medieval (complete with medieval diseases).
Typhus, tuberculosis, and other illnesses are spreading quickly through camps and shelters.
No one who is guilty (as this person obviously is) of treasonable noticing of seditious facts should expect to work under the current administration.
Revelation: the Department of the Interior has a “scientific integrity officer” (who apparently hasn’t been fired yet).
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