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GOP Tax Plan II

So today we get a few hints and details. From what we can gather, Republicans are pushing for a multi-trillion dollar tax cut, at a time when the budget deficit is at a 4-year high and growing. 80% of the cut is going to the 1%, with most of that actually going to the top 1% of the top 1%. This is nothing less than a raid on the US Treasury by the ultra-rich. There is simply no public-good argument to be made for bankrupting...

GOP Tax Plan

I’d like to comment on the new Republican tax plan, but no one has seen it yet. Apparently the strategy this time is to pass it before anyone has a chance to figure out what is in it. Why? Because the Republican big donors want their ROI. For forty years they have been funding the ascent of the Republican party so that when the party finally takes over the government they can slash top taxes. Now they have the...

Jeff Sessions’ dishonesty

Jeff Sessions is a total weasel. For a year now he has been suspiciously unable to recall anything about Russia, including things that would stick out in the mind of any ordinary person. But despite not remembering, he would give decisive assurances that nothing happened. And then he had to suddenly correct himself when proof emerged that contradicted his assurances. No less than four times so far! For example, he assured...

Trump and the First Amendment

Trump about NBC News: “‘It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write”. And this from a man who swore to uphold the Constitution. For reference, here’s the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people...

Gun control

I believe, based on the experiences of other developed countries, that it is possible to successfully regulate guns in the interest of public safety while allowing for limited recreational uses. I also do not believe that issues of public policy are best solved with weapons, which is why I particularly disagree with the tortured logic that states that people who oppose gun control are really pro-gun because they will need...

The Two-Party System

In a country of 330 million, represented by two political parties in a system that skews to the preferences of the very wealthy, literally nobody is going to find a political party that perfectly represents all of their policy preferences. Even Republican donors are hopping mad that after all those hundreds of millions of political contributions and even with their party in control of all three branches of government, they...

How lax gun laws drive police militarization

The problem the police have is that they, understandably, feel that they need to be as well equipped as the worst-case scenario they might have to face. If they might have to face down the equivalent of an infantry squad, they’ll want MRAPS and body armor. If nobody has that firepower outside of the military, then the police won’t feel the need to gear up to military levels. The Las Vegas shooter literally had...

The Trump Paradox

The “Trump Paradox” – that his inability to keep any of his promises turns out to be his greatest virtue.

Trump’s Tax Plan, again

“I don’t benefit. I don’t benefit,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday. “In fact, very, very strongly, as you see, I think there’s very little benefit for people of wealth.” Says the man whose tax plan is estimated to save him and his family over $1.1 billion in taxes. Granted, most of that is estate taxes. His annual savings (based on his 2005 return) would likely only be in the $42 million-per-year range. I guess for Trump that...