When Reagan Tried to Destroy the Postal Service

Wannabe felons crowded around the US Postal Service after Reagan’s 1980 election.  They claimed that “privatizing” the mail would increase efficiency  and lower costs. The trucking industry tried to pack the Postal Board with appointees in their thrall. James Bovard and other dependable conservative lackeys wrote op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, urging…

Today Trump tried killing Social Security with another Executive Order stunt

Deranged Trump syndrome: a dictatorial Trump now confronts his losing with even more autocratic attempts to consolidate power. Sabotaging the postal service to thwart voting…plus another attempt to loot social security.  Republican scorched earth on the way to the bunker. This defunds Medicare. This defunds Social Security. Tax collection is just deferred. You’ll still owe…

More grotesque corruption: Trump tried to steer British Open to his resort

More disgusting corruption, a la Donald Trump’s attempt to host the G-7 summit at his golf resort/bedbug hatchery in Florida.  According to The New York Times, in 2018, Trump asked the U.S. ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson IV, to try to convince the British government to “steer” the British Open golf tournament to his…

Trump again tried for free live campaign coverage – Media didn't take the bait

The recession has begun, and happy talk continues with the “Mission Accomplished” statement by Kushner to Fox and Friends. There was another WH pseudo-event with the third straight day of business frottage, self-congratulating companies, and happy talk. They called it a roundtable because unlike yesterday it was in a different WH room, sitting around a…

2019, the year the press tried—and failed—to stand up to Trump

With Donald Trump becoming the first American president to be impeached in his first term, while holed up in the White House tweeting endless attacks around the clock like some internet troll, 2019 should have been the year the Beltway media finally shed its signature timidity and forcefully stood up to him. This should have been…