If I were in charge of the Democrats’ messaging operation, I would run zillions of ads making fun of Trump for asking Congress for $18 billion to pay for his border wall after repeatedly and loudly promising that Mexico would pay for it. Unfortunately, Democrats don’t have the zest for trolling that you need to thrive in today’s political environment.
Amazon.com forced more than 200 cities to bid against each other in a twisted race to the bottom in order to score a deal for cheap taxes and labor for its forthcoming second headquarters. Sure, your city might get 50,000 new jobs. But it can’t be good for labor to have city officials selling out their residents and taxpayers to score the deal.
One year after Donald Trump took office and the Women’s March supposedly marked the rise of a new anti-Trump Resistance, it is crystal clear that the Resistance amounts to nothing more than a campaign to elect more Democrats to high office. The only trouble is, Democrats never push for liberal, much less progressive or left, politics once they get into power. The Democratic Party is where the American Left goes to die…and Trump hasn’t changed that.
The Republican tax bill departs from tradition to specifically target citizens of Democratic states with higher taxes via the elimination of the deductions for real estate taxes and state and local income taxes, both of which are more important in the coastal states where those taxes are high. What else will the Republicans do to make life difficult for Democrats?
Is the performance of the stock market inversely related to the mental health of the president of the United States. The big records set by the Dow Jones Industrial Average under Donald Trump (20,000 in 2017, 25,000 in 2018) serve as a reminder that securities markets seem to reward presidential weirdness over competence and sanity. Sorry, Jimmy Carter!