I'd resisted repeating the Trumpcare-raids-Medicare meme, because folks who deployed it tended not to explain it, but I was being thick: as Allegra Kirkland at Talking Points Memo reminded us a while back, the Trumpcare bill repeals most of the taxes that fund the Affordable Care Act -- and one of them is the payroll tax on high incomes that helps fund Medicare. As Atrios has reminded us, Republicans really won the House in 2010 because they ran ads claiming that the ACA "stole" $500 billion from Medicare, and now here comes a bill that will steal money from Medicare. Think Democrats will apply the good-for-the-goose lesson in 2018? I kid, of course.
Peter Maass at The Intercept reminds us that "For Donald Trump, A Terror Attack Will Be An Opportunity, Not a Curse." There's hope, of course, not least in the fact that we saw all this before with Tha Bush Mobb and that resistance to the fact of the Trump Presidency has already begun. We'd also do well to remember, of course, that he retreats to Florida to play golf every weekend, that he hardly attends Presidential intelligence briefings, that he's gutted the State Department and his budget would gut it further, and that he's generally acted like an arrogant prick, and so if a massive 9.11-sized attack comes, he will have failed America.
Dean Baker reminds us that "(o)ver the past two decades, the economics profession has compiled an impressive track record of getting almost all the big calls wrong." Paragraphs 17 through 21 explain scare numbers pretty well -- the ZOMG TEH WELFAREZ IZ $17 BILLYUNZ!!!! crowd never explain their numbers in any kind of context (in the context of a $4 trillion federal budget, for example), and of course they'd never suggest taxing the rich more, because when did that ever happen? Except back when most of the Tea Party were growing up, that is. Have I mentioned that I think psychology is a more rigorous science than economics?
The incomparable David Dayen reminds us that "Donald Trump Isn't Even Pretending to Oppose Goldman-Sachs Anymore," now that his brain trust, such as it is, includes no less than five Goldman-Sachs veterans. As Mr. Dayen suggests, there's no use protesting the Democrats hire Goldman-Sachs vets to run finance, too, since Mr. Trump said he'd be different and went out of his way to criticize banksters when he knew it would get him votes. The good news? Maybe some of his votaries will see this and be angry. The bad news? I thought a lot of those votaries were in it just for the Jew-hate anyway.
Finally, John Light at the Moyers and Company website shares "11 Ways the EPA Has Helped Americans." You don't hear much about the hole in the ozone layer anymore, nor the Cuyahoga River catching fire, nor acid rain nor DDT, and that's mainly because of the EPA's authority, derived from law, to regulate these matters. Nice also to know that right-wingers whined about blackouts and higher electricity prices when the EPA moved against acid rain. Seems like they're always whining about that, and they're never right. It'd be nice if the "liberal" media would give their whining the appropriate amount of oxygen, i.e., none.