The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 160)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. Sens. Grassley and Johnson start investigating Hunter Biden and Alexandra Chalupa; Treasury Dept. hand…

Space Force and its Starship Troopers – $2 billion for what

Because global hegemony needed a branding campaign in time for the debut of the latest Star Wars film. And the border wall got some direct funding. But with Space Force, and like other boondoggles, Trump “wanted a favor, though”, and remains a question to be asked in the 2020 campaign. x The GOP figures that if…

Donald Trump’s 10 most pathetically predictable broken promises

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump presented a unique conundrum for the public and pundits alike. Simply put, Trump lied at a rate never before seen in modern American politics. No candidate in the 21st century, from either party, even came close. Writing in The Atlantic that September, Salena Zito offered this warning…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 112)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1281. Deported 471 parents without their kids 1282. Trump's costly trade war was revealed…

Fund the wall or we kill the economy: GOP debt ceiling extortion returns

“Both sides do it” may well be the most dangerous and deceitful phrase in U.S. politics. The lazy analyst’s substitute for actual journalism doesn’t merely misdiagnose what plagues the American body politic, but fails to correctly identify the source of the disease. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it in their 2012 book, It’s…

Deep thoughts, by Paul Ryan

In the future, historians and political scientists will speak of the “Ryan Gap.” That moniker will be used to measure the yawning chasm between the shining image a politician manufactures for him or herself and the brutal truth of their failed ideas and meager accomplishments. Of course, the inspiration for that damning delta between perception…

The Obama economic expansion keeps rolling on

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney made a not-so-bold promise about the stewardship he would provide for the American economy. “I can tell you,” he guaranteed, “after a period of four years, by virtue of the policies we'd put in place, we'd get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent—perhaps a little…

Donald Trump is America’s tax cheater-in-chief

A new Gallup poll last week once again confirmed that Americans are decidedly unimpressed by the GOP’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” passed in December. Coming just weeks after a Fox News survey found Obamacare enjoyed greater popularity than the Republican tax cuts, Gallup’s latest tally revealed that respondents continue to disapprove of President Trump’s…

How to Hatch a Republican leader

“If you had gone into a chemical laboratory to concoct a politician whose background and manner would sound liberal alarms,” Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief and Bill Kristol son-in-law Matthew Continetti pondered in 2009, “You probably would have come up with someone like Sarah Palin.” While the Quitta from Wasilla made Continetti’s theory laughable at the…

Trump's golden showers

Campaign Action Donald Trump and his Republican allies have two definitions of the term, “golden showers.” The first concerns a notorious—and as-yet unsubstantiated–claim from the so-called Russian dossier: Decorum prohibits elaborating further here. The second meaning of the term, however, describes any public policy—usually involving taxes—which overwhelmingly delivers its benefits to the very richest people in…

Why 'America First' really means America last

To say that the slogan “America First” has a checkered past in the United States is an understatement of epic proportions. Launched in the spring of 1940 on the eve of Hitler’s conquest of France, Belgium and Holland, the America First Committee was an isolationist crusade which grew to 800,000 members who sought the keep…

CBO: Conservative Bulls**t Obliterator

This past week was a very big one for some very big promises from Republicans in Washington. It didn’t go well for them. Three weeks after House Republicans voted to pass a new version of their “American Health Care Act,” the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) weighed in on high-profile pledges from President Donald Trump…