Donald Trump

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.



Trump’s Opening Act: One Hundred Days of Turpitude.

April 21, 2017

The ‘First 100 Days’ has become a totemic emblem of the start of a presidency. Flush with victory, the public’s approval ringing in his ears, his political capital never greater, a President is supposed to start his term with a flourish of activity and accomplishment. By any standard, Trump has failed to meet expectations. However, he is not […]

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Really? 4.18.17 Trump & Pence Stare at North Korea; Ivanka’s China Coincidence; Huckabee Hates Cable; Alex Jones, Joker.

April 18, 2017

America: One big happy family. On April 6th, Ivanka Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. The same day the Chinese authorities approved her trademarks in the world’s second-largest economy. Trump is making America great again – one kid at a time. Pence’s staring contest. Mike Pence is on a tour of Asia. […]

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Republicans Think Trump’s Expenses Are Just Jim-Dandy

April 16, 2017

During his presidency, Republicans ripped Obama for his travel expenses. Now that Trump is President  – and vacationing every weekend – his profligacy makes Obama’s bills seem modest. Then there is the cost incurred with the missus staying in New York. And the security costs of protecting Trump’s children as they jet around doing private […]

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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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Really? – 4.6.17 – The ‘Luv Gov’; Mexicans, Russians – What’s the Dif?; Steve Bannon Met His Garlic.

April 6, 2017

A Tale of Sin in the Heart of Dixie. Republicans call themselves the party of family values. Evangelicals lay claim to morality. Gov. Robert Bentley is both – and has neither. Despite being caught on tape extolling the joys of putting his hands up the shirt of aide Rebekah Mason and saying “If we’re going to do what […]

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From Russian Dressing to James Brown Wigs, Another Dismal Republican Day

March 28, 2017

As the White House colludes with Devin Nunes to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump/Russia connections, Sean Spicer is having to answer questions. In his typically inane manner, Spicer tried diversionary humor. “If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.” No doubt wicked funny, but I […]

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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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