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Trump’s first budget

In case there were any doubts remaining, Trump’s first proposed budget proves he lied his ass off during the campaign. So much for being a populist. Almost nothing in there remotely helps the people who voted for him (or anyone beyond the 1%, who – wait for it – get huge tax cuts). Understatement of the day: “The events of the past four months have demonstrated that Donald Trump is not going to solve...

Easy Listening White Supremacists

I recently came across a new term for a certain subset of Trump supporters: “Easy Listening White Supremacists”. They don’t personally or directly advocate Aryan supremacy or dress in white robes, but they sure like to sit back and nod and listen as other people hint at (or straight up advocate these things. In history there are witnesses, perpetrators, and victims. And it is the reactions of the witnesses...

Flynn lied on his security clearance application

From the NY Times: “Michael T. Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about his income from Russian companies and contacts with Russian officials when he applied for a top-secret security clearance last year…” So what are all the conservatives going to say now? Because I don’t know how many times I heard, “But Obama gave him a top secret clearance!” as a reason for why Flynn’s Russia...

Feeding Private Prisons

While we are gawking at Trump, the House is drafting an immigration bill that will change the penalty for being in the country illegally from a civil infraction (subject to deportation and possibly a fine) to a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. If this bill passes, it will instantly create 11 million felons in this country. Instead of mass deportation, this sets up a mass transfer of civilians into federal...

Trump and the Law

The thing about Trump is that, while he hasn’t obviously broken the law in any area (that we know of; his secrecy is suspicious), he has obviously disrespected the Office of President, the American public, half our allies, and most of our traditions. All previous presidential candidates released their tax returns not because the law required it, but because it was customary, and a sign of respect for our democratic...