Michael Corcoran at TruthOut discusses "How Civil Disobedience Helped Kill Trumpcare -- At Least For Now." To the degree that we've won -- and we have to fight to preserve every victory, because nothing endures quite so long in Washington as a bad idea! -- it's because we looked around the morning after Election Day and we realized it was down to us. Now let's keep thinking that way in the coming fights over tax "reform" and the Trump infrastructure "plan," rather than worrying about getting more Democrats into the House and Senate.
Dig this understated headline from ITEP's Just Taxes blog: "GOP Leaders in Congress and the White House Set Out Goals for Tax Reform that Their Plans Fail to Meet." Remember: when they say they want to "fix our broken tax code for families, small business, and American job creators," they really only mean "American job creators," and by "job creators," they don't mean "anyone who buys something," though that's what "job creators" actually means -- they mean corporate CEOs, who would never create a job if they could help it.
Reed Richardson at FAIR reports on the "liberal" media's shameful rediscovery of the inaccurate body count in covering the "war on terror." It's bad enough that we hear so often these days about how many thousands of people we've supposedly killed, but the numbers all too frequently don't add up -- the "liberal" media regurgitate official kill figures such that "the official estimated size of ISIS in 2015 and 2016 averaged 25,000 fighters, which means the US coalition had supposedly wiped out the equivalent of its entire force over both years without making a dent in its overall size." You'd think that would pin their BS detectors to the red.
Nicholas Thompson at Wired talks to Tristan Harris about "how technology is hijacking people." Ever find yourself watching Paul Davis videos on YouTube when you only meant to check email? Well, that's the technology -- created and curated by engineers at very, very large corporations -- hijacking you. And if you don't like it (maybe you like Paul Davis better than I do, but at the point you're watching "Superstar" I think you've gone too far), you'll want to contemplate the difference between "ethical and unethical persuasion," or whether a "let's meet" button would be better than a "comment" button.
Finally, President Trump says we should get rid of the Senate filibuster in order to prevent failures like the Senate health care bill -- though that bill, thanks to arcane Senate rules, wasn't even subject to the filibuster! Of course, he has also complained that Democrats are stalling his nominees, though thanks to Harry Reid's 2013 "reforms," Democrats can't filibuster a single Presidential nominee anymore! Mr. Trump sure will say anything to divert your attention from the concrete cold fact that only the people stand between him and his cruel and stupid agenda.