Jeffrey St. Clair, writing at Counterpunch, reminds us that Donald Trump's "noxious nativism" is "a grandiose hypocrisy": "(h)is father Fred boasted that his empire of suburban shacks was constructed by laborers 'right off the boat,' untainted by union membership. Donald followed the same reasoning at his own construction sites and in the low-wage jobs at his casinos and hotels." He also reminds us of the target audience for Mr. Trump's nativism: the same "Reagan Democrats" who have been pushed to the economic edge by thirty-plus years of Reaganism.
You may have heard that a certain Speaker of the House whose name rhymes with "John Boehner" has resigned. The headline here, "John Boehner May Have Been the Only Thing Standing Between America and Madness," is a little overheated. More likely, the next House Speaker will be a little to Mr. Boehner's right, and the "liberal" media will undeservedly label him a "leader" and a "moderate," as they did for Mr. Boehner, and thus move the "center" of American politics even further right. And we could fix the Constitutional "flaw" of having different parties control different branches of government by making independent commissions, not state legislators, redraw House districts. If Democrats would do something for America while they're in power, that would also help matters.
Jeb Bush tells a questioner at a South Carolina town hall that Republicans can win Black votes not with a "message" of "division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff," but an "uplifting" message "that says you can achieve earned success." Question: if your taxes pay for "stuff," how is it "free"? I wonder how long it'll be before Mr. Bush starts making town hall attendees sign loyalty oaths.
Marco Rubio proposes giving corporations a tax credit for giving their employees paid sick and family leave. Because if there's anything corporations just don't have enough of, it's tax breaks. Plus it still caps employee benefits at $4,000 annually, whereas the boon to corporations (a 25% tax credit?) will obviously be much larger. Is there any policy initiative Mr. Rubio can't drag through the mud?
Daily Kos diarist Puddytat says Scott Walker pulled the plug on his campaign because he listened too much to national Republican advisers and because it was hemorrhaging money. The lunchbags with Walker campaign logos on them is truly priceless irony. I must admit that I had forgotten that Wisconsin doesn't term-limit Governors, so Mr. Walker could run for a third term in 2018. But the damage he's done to Wisconsin should be so obvious to everyone by then that he'll again be "called" to quit.
Finally, the Russian government fails in its plan to crack the Tor network (upon which users can surf the net anonymously), as the corporation contracted to accomplish the deed has now committed to spend twice the money the Russian government gave them just to get out of the deal. Well, like your parents always said, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself -- and not contract it out to private corporations, particularly when FOUR MILLYUNZ RUBLEZ!!!!! doesn't go as far as it used to. Seriously, though, yay privacy!