Category: Quick Takes

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…

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…

Gorsuch Confirmed

Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court today. Let’s look at how we got here. In March 2016, President Obama nominated Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland, a completely qualified judge, to the Supreme Court seat created by the death of Antonin Scalia. For much of election year 2016, the Republicans in the House and Senate said that “the…

Troubling Events In Trumpland: Wiretapping

There have been some very troubling and concerning events during the last two weeks. For example, on March 15, there was a very high-security, highly classified briefing held by FBI Director James Comey with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Chuck Grassley. Grassley is the Republican and Feinstein is the Democrat.  This briefing was held in a specially compartmented facility to…

Trump’s New Deportation Rules — February 21, 2017

Just a couple of things that spring immediately to mind after reading about Trump’s new deportation rules for people in the United States illegally: 1) What will become of the millions of children who have been born in the US to the immigrants here illegally? Since the children — having been born here in the United States — are citizens…

Trump Spreads His Own Fake News

Honestly, we can’t make this stuff up. At his “campaign event” rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017, Trump claimed that something awful had happened the previous day in Sweden. Specifically, he said, “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” Trump said at a rally on Saturday. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night…