“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.
“Dogs put some really dumb things in their mouths,” Dr. Levitzke said. “We have dogs come in that have mouth and esophageal burns from drinking bleach. You never see a cat do that because they’re smart. Dogs will try anything once, sometimes twice.”
I don't believe the "my dog ate a joint in Central Park" story at all, although I can definitely empathize with this,
“He was just really body stoned and completely jelly,” said the woman, who produces fashion shoots and spoke on the condition that her name not be used. “His tongue was hanging out of his mouth, his head was lolled over, but any kind of movement in his peripheral vision would just scare the crap out of him.”
Wrap this woman in bacon and put her in front of the firing squad.
The F.B.I. arrested the wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., and charged her with obstructing the investigation of the mass shooting, law enforcement officials said on Monday. CNN
I learned a great expression today - "SJW" or Social Justice Warrior. Apparently their Public Enemy Number One is an obscure, perfectly-reasonable Canadian professor named Jordan Peterson.
CO: Isn't it also the role of a society to make people feel included and to have inclusiveness?
JP: No. It's not the role of society to make people feel included. That's not the role of society. The role of society is to maintain a modicum of peace between people. It's not the role of society to make people feel comfortable. I think society is changing in many ways. I can tell you one thing that I'm very terrified of, and you can think about this. I think that the continual careless pushing of people by left wing radicals is dangerously waking up the right wing. So you can consider this a prophecy from me if you want. Inside the collective is a beast and the beast uses its fists. If you wake up the beast then violence emerges. I'm afraid that this continual pushing by radical left wingers is going to wake up the beast.