The Trump Administration releases its tax "reform" plan, one notable mainly for the lack of details. And the rollout is notable mainly for how testy Messrs. Mnuchin and Cohn got when reporters pressed them for said details. Look at the handy one-page bulleted list, though, and you'll see the same-old same-old: Estate Tax repeal, a big cut for the top income bracket, and an even bigger cut in the corporate tax rate. And they also use "small businesses" as a human shield to justify repealing the Obamacare tax that only hits six-figure investment income! Will the "liberal" media notice when Mr. Trump first says the corporate tax rate is too high and then tries to assuage the fears of deficit hawks by saying "well, nobody actually pays that rate, so it won't be that big a cut"? I wish I could be sure.
I've been warning that Mr. Trump's multitudinous failures as our President foretell another stupid war, and Matt Novak at Gizmodo sees the same thing. The "liberal" media stoking fears of a North Korean bomb hitting New York, Fox News saying air invasion of North Korea would yield fairly immediate victory, the media's amnesia about how hard it actually is to occupy another country -- remind you of anything? Apparently Mr. Trump has decided that the only way to get the "liberal" media off his back is to start a war, and shamefully, he might be right. But I'd like for future historians to be able to tell the story of how he failed because he couldn't get the people off his back.
Jim Lobe tabulates all the times the Washington Post has called French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen "far right" while calling Trump Administration advisor Steve Bannon "conservative." You might come away from this outstanding article thinking there are no more conservatives in America -- just reactionaries calling themselves "conservative" and redefining the term ever rightward. And as bad as it is to use the word "conservative" to describe a man who likes Vichyites and openly boasts of wanting to "bring everything crashing down," it's probably even worse to use the word "populist" to describe the former Goldman Sachs bankster, which our "liberal" media also does. And you never have seen Steve Bannon and Marine Le Pen in the same room.
21 state Attorneys General write Education Secretary DeVos expressing "profound concern" that she has directed the Federal Student Aid office to withdraw a guidance aimed at helping students avoid loan troubles. After all, what says "innovation" more than "letting banksters gouge students more easily"? And right-wingers who say why do we need to tell students how to avoid being fools? should learn to focus their righteous anger more on the banksters who go very far out of their way to fool the students. I'm tired of folks who blame the wrong people all the time.
Ho hum, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) bought over $2 million of a big pharmaceutical stock looking to get an MS drug approved in the U.S., then wrote legislation speeding up FDA approval of drugs, then bought $1 million more of that corporation's stock mere months before his legislation became law. He may have evaded actual law-breaking, but that speaks to the weakness of our laws rather than his upstanding nature. Of course his office has responded by describing how awful MS is, as if letting Rep. Collins do exactly as he wanted was the only possible way to get relief for MS patients.
Finally, President Trump takes to Twitter to excoriate the 9th Circuit for ruling against him on "sanctuary cities," even saying "(s)ee you in the Supreme Court!" Of course it wasn't the 9th Circuit that ruled against him but a federal District Judge, but why have facts when you can wallow in rage? He may also be a bit optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will even take up the case, since their default setting since the Rehnquist days has been "defer to lower courts wherever possible." Still, what a big baby he is! And imagine how much whining you'd hear from right-wingers if Mr. Obama had said something like this. (They are generally silent now, but they may only be pretending to be ashamed.)