This Wednesday is a day of great consequence in Donald Trump’s mind. It is the day – he announced Friday – on which he would unveil his magnificent, biggest ever, tax plan. Sadly, his staff and the grunts at Treasury, who would have to actually write the program, were caught off guard by Trump’s impetuous grandiosity.

Earlier in the day Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, wouldn’t even guess as to when we could expect a tax plan – saying “Tax reform is way too complicated”. But his boss never understands how difficult things are (see health care & Korea) until actual action has to be taken.

The White House, charged once again with massaging the boss’s message (accent on mess), downplayed the value of the upcoming grand reveal – saying that the announcement would merely outline the “broad principles and priorities” of his policy.  In other words, while we should expect hot air and hand motions, we will not be burdened with details.

Wednesday is also the day that the White House promised a vote on a new repeal and replace of Obamacare. They are convinced (no doubt by the pressure of the 100-day deadline) that the GOP’s warring congressional factions have discovered a glorious compromise. And the Republican resolve to strip millions of Americans of health care will now be realized.

However, congressional Republicans are not enthusiastic with Trump’s exuberant vacuity. Paul Ryan believes that – before the House gets bogged down in the internecine warfare a rehashed health measure would undoubtedly engender – the GOP should ensure the government won’t shut down. Trump is indifferent to that calamity.

It is hardly surprising. A man who has enjoyed four bankruptcies is obviously not bound by the same standards as people cut from a moral cloth. He has waved failure and fraud away as ‘business as usual’. He has no sense of right or wrong – just what he can get away with. And after the government last shut down – even though America’s credit rating was downgraded – the world didn’t end. So why worry?

The con artist succeeds because humans have an essential sense of decency and fair play. Without it, we would be no better than jackals – or members of the nationalist fringe.

Charles Barkley, the basketball philosopher, once complained that sports stars shouldn’t be role models. He’s probably right – if hopelessly unrealistic. But our leaders must accept the responsibility. Presidents may have had feet of clay – but the office survived. The one time it was severely diminished a bipartisan Congress forced Nixon’s resignation.

But now we have a man who has no concern for anyone or anything but himself – enabled by a Republican Congress which has abdicated its constitutional responsibilities. We can console ourselves that Trump will eventually be gone – one way or another. But we cannot be confident that his damage to America’s reputation – both in its own citizens’ estimation, as well as abroad – will be undone.



Really? 4.12.17 Trump, Carson, & DeVos Do What’s in Their Nature.

April 12, 2017

Appetizer. Ben Carson was concluding a visit to Miami’s Courtside Family Apartments when he got stuck in an elevator for 20 minutes. Let the headlines write themselves. Trump’s core principle is to have no core principles. Donald Trump is ‘unpredictable’ in his own words. He says that it is an advantage in negotiations. Others say that it […]

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Trump: The Welfare Emperor Picks the People’s Pockets.

March 26, 2017

Donald Trump is keeping Melania and Barron in New York until the end of Barron’s school year. This has irked New Yorkers who have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a security lockdown in the middle of Manhattan. No doubt some Trump apologists argue that he is only acting as a thoughtful father – who […]

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Trumpcare: A Failure So Big, the Finger Pointing Will Be Epic.

March 25, 2017

On Thursday, when it became apparent that there weren’t enough votes to pass Trumpcare, Donald Trump, the nation’s preeminent, petulant toddler told Congress to hold its stupid healthcare vote anyway and see if he cared. Then he washed his hands of the responsibility and said he never wanted to do it, it was dumb, and besides it […]

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Really? 1.1.17 The Gun Follies Continue – And People Still Die.

January 1, 2017

She’ll never see six. Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, thought it would be fun to shoot a gun across his yard to celebrate the New Year. A 5-year-old girl walked through his field of fire – and was shot dead. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the civilized world. But then the rest of the civilized […]

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Really? 11.27.16 – Evangelical Is Just a Fancy Way of Saying Hypocrite.

November 27, 2016

Louisiana GOPer sexts 17 year-old-boy. “I’m not gay” – so claims Mike Yenni, Parish President of Jefferson Parish, LA. Which raises the question: Why was he sexting a teen boy? Why did he kiss him in a mall bathroom? And why buy him underwear as a gift? Now his wife, Michelle Swanner, has announced – after praying […]

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Evangelicals Elect an Unholy Man.

November 11, 2016

When I was a boy, I went to schools that were unmistakably Christian. As it was in England, where parents think their children are vaguely criminal and too rambunctious to have underfoot, I was sent away to a low-security detention facility at the age of eight. A place called, in British private educational parlance, a ‘boarding school’. The authorities […]

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The ‘War on Halloween’ & Some Other Evangelical Nonsense.

October 31, 2016

Pat Robertson’s ‘War on Halloween’. Every holiday season it’s the same. First ‘Christians’ claim there is a ‘War on Christmas’ – and then they mount a ‘War on Halloween’. In that conflict, there is no more dauntless warrior than the venerable Pat Robertson. His biography is stained with failure, yet he clings to the absurdity that trick or […]

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Evangelicals Sleep with a Dog – Wake up with Gold-Plated Fleas.

July 15, 2016

Donald Trump has strong support from white evangelicals. On the face of it, this xenophobic, racist serial adulterer and divorcee, would hardly seem the object of affection of a Christian movement. But their adoration of the snake-oil salesman is understandable if you consider that evangelicals are not Christian – they are America’s largest white supremacist group. Take […]

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