Category: Politics

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…

Texas GOP and Its Anti-Homosexuality Party Platform Plank

The following Texas Republican Party platform language was adopted at the Texas GOP convention the week of June 2, 2014. It reads like something straight out of the late 1950s or very early 1960s: “Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no…

Congressional Budget Office and the Minimum Wage

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report regarding the possible impact of raising the minimum wage on employment. In its report, the CBO also concluded that job losses “could be higher or lower” than the 500,000 number cited in the headline. The keyword in the headline and sprinkled throughout the CBO report is “could.” Tomorrow 10 million people…

Congressional Inaction and Low Poll Ratings

With polls indicating that Congressional approval ratings were in the single digits in early December 2013, it would likely help Speaker Boehner to understand that preventing development of regulation and blocking the President’s agenda, which the majority of Americans support, are not accomplishments. Preventing things from happening is not action, it’s inaction. And inaction is not what the American people…