The following commentary by Kathleen Parker was posted on the Washington Post website December 2, 2016:
On the first stop of his “thank you” tour in Ohio on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes.
Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the “crooked media,” prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize flag burning.
And he’s not even president yet. More than a month and a half away from Inauguration Day, Trump’s only discipline seems to be making good on bad faith. His attacks both on the media and on those who, rather rarely, burn an American flag, are fundamentally assaults on the Constitution and the First Amendment.
Do Trump followers really not care about these founding documents and their bearing on all the freedoms we take for granted? Or, could they really not know any better? (more…)
Yes, please! We need journalists doing investigative reporting more so than ever before. These aren’t normal times, it can’t be allowed to be normalized or this country is lost. If you can’t believe what comes out of the mouth of the president of the United States, what can you believe?
… sigh … took us a while to stop banging our heads on the desk. We can only guess that now that Steve Bannon is sitting at the right hand of Donald Trump, they thought this would be good. That in this post-fact era, anything goes and no one will see or care. Sorry, guys, we still do. Take a look at your government in action now:
The following article by Phil McCausland was posted on the NBC News website December 2, 2016:
The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Twitter account retweeted a Breitbart News article that is unscientific and steeped in opinion on Thursday.
The article claims the science behind global warming is “in its final death rattle.”
An important committee in the United States House of Representatives, the committee’s 38 members are in charge of all energy, environmental, marine, civil aviation and astronautics research and development.
This includes oversight of NASA, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, FAA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and FEMA. (more…)
OK, let’s take a look at this by the numbers.
- Mike Pence has promised Carrier $7,000,0000 in tax incentives over 10 years to keep 800 blue collar jobs in the state
- $7,000,000 / 800 = each job costs Indian tax payers $8,750 over those 10 years
- Taking it down to an annual amount, that’s $8,7500 / 10 or each job costs $875 per year for the Indiana tax payers
- In addition, Carrier is getting:
- $500,000 per year in refunds on their state taxes
- $200,000 per year in job training and refunds of previously clawed back incentives
- Tax incentives were offered to them before, and they turned it down
Here’s what Jason Easley at the Politicsususa.com website had to say about the deal December 1:
Using taxpayer dollars to bribe companies to stay in the US is always a bad deal, but the deal gets even worse when it keeps less than half of the at risk jobs in the country. Trump and Pence just threw away seven million dollars that Indiana taxpayers are going to have to pay for so that Carrier can keep a fraction of the jobs they were going to send to Mexico in the country.
No matter how Republicans try to spin it, this is a bad deal that is going to set the standard for more bad deals to come all across the country.
President-elect Trump is already demonstrating that he is going to be great for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, while everyone else is going to be left holding the bag for his upward redistribution of wealth. Trump isn’t even the president yet, but he has already made his first terrible deal that hurt American workers.
Remember, those laid off workers will paying their portion of that amount.
In addition, keep in mind that 700 jobs will still move to Mexico and another plant will be closing next year. This is just the first of what we’ll see of the Trump Administration and Paul Ryan reinstituting trickle down economics on you and me. For those of us old enough the remember Ronald Reagan’s reality not just the deification of the Sainted Ronnie that has taken place on the right, we know what that brings on economically. We saw it again in the George W. Bush years. Everyone should remember what happened at the end of that administration. A broken economy that needed fixing in a single weekend to prevent a total meltdown that would have plunged to world into a global recession.
Don’t know what trickle down economics is? Check this out:
The following article by Rick Perlstein was posted on the National Memo website December 2, 2016:
This January marks my 20th anniversary writing about the American right wing as a historian and a journalist. Wearing my historian’s hat, I’ve documented lunatic John Birch Society members convinced that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy”; underground militias stockpiling guns against imminent Communist invasion, threatening death to congressmen who dared abet the evil socialist agenda; drunken louts in a Queens, New York, bar describing Richard Nixon’s impeachment as a liberal coup, opining, “If I was Nixon, that’s what I’d do—I’d shoot every one of them.” I stroked my chin, and explained how such maniacal, anti-democratic, and violently anarchic rage had always been part of the story, though really only at the margins of the American conservative movement.
At the same time, as a citizen and as a journalist, I documented that margin encroaching on the center, until, with Donald Trump’s apotheosis, it seems now to have consumed the entire damned thing.
Let’s look at the score. (more…)
In race to finish, Obama administration presses ahead with ambitious rules, Washington Post
Minn. leaders expect to see a modest budget surplus Friday, Star Tribune
The following article by Ana Swanson of the Wonkblog was posted on the Washington Post website December 2, 2016:
America’s monthly jobs report can be hard to understand. Here’s
what you need to know about non-farm payroll employment and
the unemployment rate—with gummy bears to help explain.
(Kate M. Tobey, Gillian Brockell, Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post)
The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, a level not seen since August 2007, according to government data released Friday morning. The first employment report since voters went to the polls last month shows an economy in strong shape as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.
“It looks like firms are pretty bullish about what they’re going to see in 2017 and are continuing their strong hiring of the past few years,” said Steve Rick, chief economist at insurance company CUNA Mutual Group. “This is a good tailwind for the new administration.”
Democrats seized on the report as evidence that President Obama had cultivated a much more robust economy that Trump would now take over.
“It is hard to imagine a more stark contrast between the economy that we are passing off to our successor and the economy we inherited,” said Christopher Lu, the deputy secretary of the Labor Department. (more…)
The following article by David Cottrell, Michael C. Herron and Sean Westwood was posted on the Washington Post website December 2, 2016:
With recounts underway and President-elect Donald Trump alleging that Democrats benefited from illegal voting, the Nov. 8 election is under intense scrutiny. Although voter fraud in U.S. elections is extremely rare, Trump, Mike Pence and others have claimed during the campaign, during early voting and again this week that Trump might be the victim of voter fraud. Trump himself tweeted: “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
We have now completed an extensive study of voter fraud in the 2016 election. We have found no evidence that could support anything like Trump’s accusations.
Here’s what we did. First, we predicted Trump’s county vote share in 2016 relative to Romney’s in 2012. Our statistical model drew on a wide array of demographic factors — like the percent white, percent immigrant, percent without a college degree and so forth. Second, we estimated a similar model of Democratic turnout for Clinton in 2016 relative to Obama in 2012. (more…)
The following article by Madeline Conway was posted December 2, 2016:
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, a reliable bastion of free-market conservatism, isn’t cheering the Carrier deal that Donald Trump is touting as his first major political victory since becoming president-elect.
In an editorial published Thursday evening, the Journal argued that Trump’s method to persuade the manufacturer to keep some 1,000 jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico — what it described as an “arm-twisting” — in the long run will lead to a loss of jobs. (more…)