“Our county voted for President Trump, so I’m not sure they quite understand what is going to happen. I don’t think people realize how much we rely on these services. I don’t think people are making the connection between cutting the HUD funds and paving our streets or building new affordable housing.” NYT
LARC provided to roughly 5,200 low-income Granite Staters in 2016 alone, is now under threat. The Trump administration’s budget plan proposes to eliminate the Legal Services Corp. – the federal dollars that fund about 70 percent of LARC’s work. “I honestly don’t know how LARC would survive at all if that money went away,” Executive Director Breckie Hayes-Snow said. And Bilodeau – who voted for Trump – doesn’t want that to happen. She said she elected her president precisely because she thought he would help the poor people of America who need services like LARC. AP
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
A couple of weeks ago my dog Bella passed away - just a few days away from her 10th birthday. Probably the only good thing about blogging, which is no more than yelling at clouds after all, is I have 10 years of photos to reflect on. Just a few of her greatest hits:
It's a tough business coming home to an apartment without a dog. My vet left me a letter with the following poem,
“The individual defendants, aided by PwC, knowingly cause Caterpillar to engage in an improper, illegal and possibly criminal course of conduct spanning more than a dozen years.” According to the complaint, one PwC employee discussing the alleged scheme over email with a manager said they would need to “do some dancing” to defend the transaction to tax authorities, but the manager replied that they would both “be retired” before the IRS would conduct an audit.
In his prepared remarks, Trump mentioned jobs 14 times, immigration 9 times and safety 8 times.
The overall theme was big solutions to big problems. The problem is that most of the problems Trump described aren’t real. By any measure, the economy has been growing for years, net illegal immigration is low, violent crime is down significantly and terrorism kills almost no one. Political Wire
All the best problems to solve are those ones that have already been fixed.
Most of America thinks Trump is fairly entertaining, but none more than Wall Streeters. If we're honest it's because most of his bile is directed elsewhere now and we're used to obnoxious New Yorkers (shit, just look in the mirror).
To be fair though, a lot of Trump policies are just better than the alternative. Case in point - Clinton wanted to put a no-fly zone over Syria, essentially starting a war with Russia. I'm no fan of Russia and think Trump's embrace of Putin is weird, but I also don't think you should go around poking bears either. That's because I'm not an idiot.
On the domestic side, I do think US companies should do more to help American workers. I don't think they should incorporate elsewhere, nor ship jobs overseas. They've become what they are because of a myriad of US support over the years and should reflect that in their hiring and strategic decisions.
The biggest case against Trump is simply that he believes strange things and that could get the country into trouble. An elegant way of describing how we rationalize this is as follows:
The Big Trump hypothesis: The president is a vindictive demagogue and a unique threat to Americans norms and institutions, with the potential to wreak havoc on the country’s politics, economics, and culture.
The Little Trump hypothesis regards these fears and declares: “meh." Instead, it posits that the president will be a loud yet minor figure, sound and fury signifying nothing; a wannabe superhero hemmed in by the limited powers of the executive branch. Rather than rule like a populist demagogue, he will mostly sign bills written by his pro-business staffers and approved by a pro-business Congress.
“You are patiently standing in a long line” for something you call the American dream. You are white, Christian, of modest means, and getting along in years. You are male. There are people of color behind you, and “in principle you wish them well.” But you’ve waited long, worked hard, “and the line is barely moving.”
Then “Look! You see people cutting in line ahead of you!” Who are these interlopers? “Some are black,” others “immigrants, refugees.” They get affirmative action, sympathy and welfare — “checks for the listless and idle.” The government wants you to feel sorry for them.
And who runs the government? “The biracial son of a low-income single mother,” and he’s cheering on the line cutters. “The president and his wife are line cutters themselves.” The liberal media mocks you as racist or homophobic. Everywhere you look, “you feel betrayed.”
only 163 Americans have died in terrorist attacks of any kind since September 2001, coming out to an average of 10.87 deaths each year. In other words, the odds that a given American will die in a terrorist attack this year are about 1 in 29 million — and yet still more than half of Americans fear it will happen to them Stratfor.