Does Economic Growth Drive GOP Tax Cut Strategy?

According to historical data, there is no correlation between a tax cut and economic growth. Given that, GOP lawmakers are only expressing hope when they insist that tax cut bills in process would result in massive economic growth. However, hope is not a strategy. According to POLITICO, some tax cut measures have preceded periods of both GDP growth and decline. Although tax cuts don’t have…

Taxes And Wages

The claim by many Republicans that cutting taxes on businesses will lead to wage growth is completely absurd. They are using this claim to promote enormous tax cut bills in the House and Senate, which would benefit businesses and the wealthiest people in America more than anyone else. In fact, companies pay employees based on labor market conditions, competition and…

Tip Of The Iceberg — Manafort And Gates

Today former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to indictments from the Robert Mueller probe into the Trump campaign and Russian collusion or cooperation during the 2016 United States Presidential election. Quoting from a Reuters story published today, one needs to remember why Manafort left the Trump campaign chairmanship in August: “Manafort ran…

Trump Pardon Of Arpaio An Atrocity

Donald Trump’s Friday, August 25 (while Category 4 hurricane Harvey was making landfall) pardon of former (note the word “former”) sheriff Joe Arpaio was not a surprise. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/politics/trump-finland-harvey-arpaio-russia.html?mcubz=0) But it was and is reprehensible. It is another in a long list of Trumpian atrocities committed during the first eight months of the Trump administration. Arizona citizens voted Arpaio out of…

Trumpian False Equivalency

Individuals or members of groups opposed to white supremacist/nationalist groups are not equally culpable as members of the KKK, neo-Nazi, white supremacist, white nationalist or other hate groups. Members of hate groups have perpetrated many more crimes and acts of violence against others than have been perpetrated against them. Please see the summary compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center…

Trump And Charlottesville And White Supremacists

Despite being President of the United States, and therefore theoretically representing the interests of ALL Americans, Donald J. Trump has never stood up for populations of Americans who have been attacked: Defying years of tradition, Trump did not recognize June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month. Trump didn’t recognize Jews — the targets of the Nazi campaign of extermination — in…

Hygge Is A Thing

I recently learned that #hygge is a thing. Apparently it’s been trending all year. (I need to get out more.) Pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah,” it’s a Danish concept. You may of heard that the Danish are the happiest people in the world. Denmark is also home to some of the best crime writers on the planet. Don’t try to reconcile…

This Was The Week That Was — In Trumpland

Well, this has certainly been quite the week! Where to begin? We saw the resignation of Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary and Communications Director, after it was announced that Anthony “not trying to suck my own cock” Scaramucci would be the White House Communications Director. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was promoted to the role of Press Secretary. Scaramucci, who is very much like Trump —…

McConnell Does Not Want To Collaborate With Dems

According to reporting by Politico, “Mitch McConnell is delivering an urgent warning to staffers, Republican senators and even the president himself: If Obamacare repeal fails this week, the GOP will lose all leverage and be forced to work with Chuck Schumer. “President Donald Trump continued to float the possibility on Monday that Congress and the White House would simply let…