“We had no Democratic support. They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” — President Donald J. Trump. Indeed: when one tries to repeal a major piece of Democratic legislation, and one’s party does so without any attempt to negotiate before the vote, one tends not to get Democratic votes. Further, when the Republicans […]
Via the NYT: Wealthy Would Get Billions in Tax Cuts Under Obamacare Repeal Plan It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans. But the benefits of these reductions would be aimed squarely at the top. […] People making $200,000 to $999,999 a […]
Giving credit where credit is due, via NPR: Mic Check: There Was Something Up With Donald Trump’s Debate Mic “Regarding the first debate,” the commission said in a statement, “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.” NPR has reached out to the commission for more information but […]
The idea that Donald Trump has gotten his racialized rhetoric from libertarians is simply errant nonsense. The libertarian view, broadly speaking, is not defined by Murray Rothbard, Llewellyn Rockwell, and Ron Paul and those who share their views. This is but a small and even fringe group of what could be called the libertarian community.
So, there is this (via CNN): Donald Trump: ‘I think Islam hates us’ Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks “Islam hates us,” drawing little distinction between the religion and radical Islamic terrorism. “I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, deploring the “tremendous hatred” that he said partly defined the religion. He […]
Or, at least, a key challenge. Via the Monkey Cage: No, we’re not arguing from the same facts. How can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed? Widely shared misinformation hampers democracy because it makes it difficult for groups of people to take effective and appropriate action on shared civic problems. Indeed. I recommend […]
One of the things that a politicians can do to immediately underscore to me their total cynicism vis-a-vis their own supporters is to propose a constitutional amendment on a highly controversial subject. To wit (via Bloomberg): Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, […]
Via the BBC: Rouble turmoil leads to Apple halting online sales in Russia Technology giant Apple says it cannot sell products online in Russia because the rouble’s value is too volatile for it to set prices. The company stopped sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in the country after a day in which […]