Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept reminds us that "The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers." And since a significant number of Republican House Reps actually opposes warrantless government spying, Democrats could have unified and killed the bill. But they didn't. Remember that the next time someone tells you that electing more Democrats is the only way to get things done.
Remember back when President Trump "saved" all those jobs at the Carrier plant in Indiana by giving Carrier a boatload of corporate welfare tax breaks? Well, a lot of Carrier workers are getting laid off now, and have had it up to here with Mr. Trump's "promises.". The deal was never that good in the first place -- over 500 Indianapolis workers got laid off, and Carrier completely closed its Huntington plant and moved the jobs to Mexico -- but that didn't stop a lot of obnoxious right-wingers from whining that TEH LIBRULZ HATES TEH JOBZ!!!! Are any of them sorry about that now? I kid, of course -- being a Trumphole means never being sorry, or accountable.
Ho hum, the Republican mania for cutting the IRS's budget will lead to an IRS workforce that won't be able to implement the Republican tax "reform" with any skill or efficiency. Why, it's almost like that's the whole idea! Congress has slashed the IRS's employee training funding by almost 75% over the last eight years, which I'll admit is likely the envy of the corporate world vis a vis training workers, which they regard as yet another drag on profits. I wish I could say corporations that refuse to train their workers will fail -- I mean, they should, but Our Glorious Elites always seem to fail upward in this sick, immoral, and decadent society.
Julia Kassem at TruthOut finds corruption and mismanagement of public water in the Middle East to be even more damaging than in other parts of the world, leading, of course, to privatization of those resources, and thus also to more corruption and more lousy service. You see this everywhere: governments promising to "make sure" private corporations handle the public's resources properly, then being missing-in-action when those private corporations foul up. Again, it's almost like that's the whole idea.
Finally, some bad news: the number of folks without health insurance in America went up by over 3 million people in Mr. Trump's first year in office. I'm sure Mr. Trump will blame all of that on the Democrats, but nobody put a gun to his head and cut off subsidies, nobody put a gun to his head and reduce the exchange sign-up period to 45 days, and certainly nobody put a gun to his head and told him to repeal the individual mandate. I guess it's Democrats' fault because they wouldn't "work with him," by which he means capitulate to him. See? He is a real Republican!