Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump versus the Deep State

Source: CounterPunch
by David A Schultz

"The Trump presidency is fraught with contradictions. Among the most notable is the degree to which the Steve Bannon war on the 'deep administrative state' is at odds with a presidency aimed at making America great again. To achieve that goal — whatever it means — it requires the Trump administration to take control of the political machinery of the state to secure policy goals, not seek to destroy it as Bannon and many Republicans aspire." (03/16/17)


Trump's Schwarzenegger problem

Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

"In any B-grade action movie, this is the part where the antagonist says, 'We are not so different, you and I.' For in fact Trump and Schwarzenegger have even more in common than hosting the same television show, taking the same unusual career path from celebrity to executive office, and surviving the same type of sexual allegations. Each man was a rank outsider in the field he would come to dominate: the bodybuilder with a thick accent in Hollywood, the Queens hustler in Manhattan real estate and high society. Each would live their lives surrounded by liberal Democrats, including sometimes at home. And each exceeded skeptics' expectations at nearly every step, in large part due to a conscious cultivation of consumer fan bases. It's that last commonality, as applied to politics, that provides the cautionary tale." (for publication 04/17)


McCain to Trump: Retract wiretapping claim or prove it

Source: Washington Post

"Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Sunday for President Trump to either prove his claim that President Barack Obama tapped the phones in Trump Tower during last year's election campaign or drop the accusation. 'The president has one of two choices, either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve,' McCain said in an interview on CNN's 'State of the Union.' 'I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute.' McCain is one of several top lawmakers in Congress to call on Trump to provide evidence of his unsubstantiated claim that Obama ordered Trump’s communications monitored." (03/12/17)


Donald Trump, social engineer

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"At his daughter Ivanka's urging, President Trump is showing us his liberal or progressive side by urging Congress to enact tax-code legislation relating to childcare and paid leave. Of course, this shouldn't surprise anyone given that conservatives have, one, long supported other liberal programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, and, two, have long supported the income-tax code as a method of social engineering. Trump is providing a valuable lesson for Americans. Not only does income taxation provide government officials to seize whatever percentage of people's income they want, Trump is reminding us that it also provides a means by which government officials can provide special benefits to people or manipulate them into doing what the government wants them to do." (03/03/17)


Budgest, taxes, deficits and debt: Or, Mulvaney versus the math

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"On one hand, in addition to the increased defense spending, Trump wants a $1 trillion infrastructure program and he's pledged not to touch Social Security or Medicare spending. On the other hand, he's promised to cut taxes. Even if his hands weren't so famously small, they'd have trouble holding on to both sets of promises while juggling two more in the air: He's promised to reduce the federal government's annual spending deficit and pay down its gigantic debt." (03/03/17)


UK: MPs clash over Trump visit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"MPs have clashed over whether Donald Trump should be given a state visit to the UK in a packed Westminster debate. Protesters gathered outside as Labour's Paul Flynn said it would be 'terribly wrong' to go ahead with the visit. But Tory Nigel Evans told the US president's critics to 'get over it' and that plans would not be changed. The debate was triggered by two petitions — one against a state visit, which got 1.85 million signatures, and one in favour which got 311,000." (02/20/17)


Trump doubles down on Sweden weirdness. Swedes point fingers, laugh.

Source: Business Insider

"President Donald Trump repeated criticism of immigration in Sweden in a tweet Monday morning, appearing to double down on remarks made at a rally in Florida Saturday. 'Give the public a break — The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!,' Trump tweeted. Trump tweeted on Sunday that his original comments about 'what's happening last night in Sweden' were sparked by a Fox News segment about immigrants in the European country. Trump's original comments, made at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida, seemed to suggest a security incident involving immigrants had taken place in Sweden on Friday that was on par with terrorist attacks in Germany and France." (02/20/17)


Was Hillary Clinton's progressive [sic] presidential bid doomed from the start?

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"One person who pays keen attention to political fundamentals is Grover Norquist, head of the anti-tax advocacy organization Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). After the election, ATR compiled revealing data about politics on the state level with profound implications for interpreting the national election results and thinking about the future of politics in America. Most Americans, it turns out, live in states where Republicans have a virtual lock on state policymaking. More than half of the U.S. population, 162.3 million, lives in 25 'Red' states where the GOP controls the governor's office and the state legislature (both houses). This is not a trivial accomplishment. Securing and maintaining this kind of partisan control is very, very difficult. A reasonable interpretation of this result is that a majority of Americans live in states where the Republican Party political platform resonates more deeply and directly than the Democratic Party platform." (02/18/17)


Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Trump is well-known for his hyper-sensitivity to being perceived as anything less than top dog in every respect. He decries negative press and polling as biased and can't wait to tout his latest triumph, even if he has to invent it himself (see, for example 'inaugural attendance figures'). It's time to stop thinking of that as a character defect and recognize it for what it is. Donald J. Trump represents the pinnacle of the 'permanent campaign' ethos. He's all politician, all the time." (02/16/17)


Bribes, catapults, and corruption trump Trump's wall

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Donald Trump is obviously a smart man. One cannot build up a billion-dollar financial empire without being smart. Unfortunately, however, Trump is not so smart when it comes to some things, like the drug war. He thinks that simply by cracking down in the drug war and becoming more ruthless than previous presidents, he's going to be the one who finally wins the war on drugs. It's not going to happen." (02/16/17)