U.N. poverty monitor tours the United States for two weeks and releases a scorching report on our government's apparent attempts to make America the "world champion of extreme inequality." Moreover, no excuses: "(t)he persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be eliminated." We are the can-do country, after all, so I see no reason to doubt him.
Ho hum, a gaggle of CEOs interviewed by Yale say the passage of the Republican tax "reform" bill won't induce them to "immediately make large domestic capital investments,", though that was, supposedly, the point of cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. But despite their many other criticisms of the bill, a majority of those CEOs surveyed said they thought it should pass! That would constitute some serious cognitive dissonance, unless we admitted the possibility that their main motivation is greed.
Speaking of which, be wary of claims that ZOMG TEH CORPORASHUNZ ARE SPENDINGZ TEH TAX CUTZ ON TEH PEEPULZ!!!!, particularly where Wells Fargo is concerned. Wells Fargo said it would raise its minimum wage to $15/hour and invest $400 million in communities next year, but raising the minimum wage would comprise a mere 2% of Wells Fargo's expected windfall from the tax bill -- and a Wells Fargo spokeshack has also come out and said these moves had nothing to do with the bill! You might well suppose the Fight for 15 movement had more to do with Wells Fargo's decisions than most "liberal" media organs report.
So, this didn't go well: Dutch reporter asks incoming U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands (and former U.S. Rep.) Peter Hoekstra about his statements accusing Muslims of creating super-violent "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, and he not only calls reporting on such statements "fake news," but once confronted with video evidence of the statements, he denies even using the term "fake news"! Wow, he and our President sure are made for each other. I wonder what Mr. Trump thought of Mr. Hoekstra's racist ad that he ran during the Super Bowl in 2012.
Finally, Adam Johnson at FAIR questions whether journalists "who served as message-carriers for Republicans’ claims that the deficit was an urgent issue" should apologize for being "taken in," now that Republicans just passed a tax "reform" that adds more than a trillion dollars to out national debt. In describing Republican "concerns" over the deficit, I might have used the term "whining" instead of "moaning," but that's about my only criticism of Mr. Johnson's article, which takes us through the bad old days of deficit hand-wringing and "liberal" media uh-huhing about it.