U.S. District Court judge allows D.C. and Maryland attorneys general to proceed with a lawsuit against our President for violating the emoluments clause of our Constitution. Dig our President's argument that "the Founding Fathers had written this clause to stop officials from taking bribes — but not to stop them from doing business." Those of us who think public service is more important than making craploads of money won't be impressed with that. (If Mr. Kavanaugh ascends to the Supreme Court, though, I bet this story will have a happy ending for our President.)
As our President does a Jeff George Victory Lap about a 4.1% second-quarter GDP growth, Jake Johnson at Common Dreams reminds us that most of that largesse is going where it's been going for years -- to the rich. As you may recall, wages have actually gone down over the last year, so if you're looking for that $4,000 raise you were supposed to get from corporate tax cuts, I think it's safe to say you can stop looking. (As an aside, "you can't eat GDP" should be, like, the greatest Twitter hashtag, ever. I'll get on it.)
Mike Ludwig at TruthOut reminds us that our Administration's "tough-on-crime" approach most certainly does not extend to corporate lawbreakers. This won't surprise you if you remember how many health-and-safety citations our President's Mar-a-Lago resort has received over the years, or even if you've noticed, ah, how many folks Mr. Mueller has indicted and/or convicted already. But it sure does seem like this Administration thinks rule are for "the little people," i.e., us, and not for the "important people," i.e., them. You might call that elitist. You might also call it un-American.
If you weren't already ROFLing over Joe Freaking Lieberman trying to advise Democrats not to embrace socialists, Branko Marcetic at Jacobin reminds us exactly how noxious Mr. Lieberman's four-term career in the Senate was. He ran to Lowell Weicker's right because he always was to Lowell Weicker's right, and he never met a "war on terror" he didn't like, but I think he was at his worst on health care, constantly moving the goal posts so he could scuttle the Clintonian reform plan and water down the Obama reform plan. You may recall that he also proposed an internet "kill-switch" -- you know, like the one the Egyptian government used before it fell! Could it be that folks like socialism more because of politicians like Joe Lieberman?
Finally, Chuck Collins at Yes! magazine says we can start fixing the crisis in affordable housing by taxing rich absentee real estate owners. Wealthy folks all over the planet are sinking their money into real estate they don't intend to occupy. But high-end real estate taxes -- like the one Vancouver levied upon unoccupied properties, or the one British Columbia levied on absentee owners, or the one San Francisco levied upon real estate transfers over $5 million -- can either use the revenue to fund affordable housing programs or, at least, discourage wealthy folks from driving up housing prices wherever they decide to use municipalities as "piggy banks." The haters will say it can't be done, but the haters ain't the boss of us.