I’ve been thinking a lot about risks lately. Risks associated with doing certain things, as well as risks associated with not doing certain things. I’m a risk-averse person. In most things. But not all. For people like me, doing nothing always seems less risky than doing something. Even if it’s not. Continue reading
President Trump is the consummate con man. Show man. No one can dominate the public attention and discourse like he can. He’s superb at what he does.
Meanwhile, of course, the daily barrage of distractions — the show he orchestrates — provides cover for the real Republican agenda: cutting taxes for the rich and their corporations, privatizing governmental functions such as education and the military (i.e., converting them into profit-making enterprises, further enriching those with capital), eliminating constraints on businesses so nothing gets in their way of turning a profit, undermining and weakening the forces of liberal democracy in whatever way he can, and pruning and, where possible, eliminating the social safety net (i.e., overturning Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and its progeny). In short, Mr. Trump has been very good for the elite of this country, his populist persona notwithstanding.
(President Trump after announcing a new trade deal with Mexico.) Continue reading
This morning my mind is on ideological morons, service, the church and perverts. Continue reading
This afternoon the president’s personal lawyer admitted in open court that he was in a criminal conspiracy with his client. Specifically, the president (then a candidate) directed his lawyer to commit a federal crime.
Of course, no one could have been surprised by this. But now it’s official.
Today, in another courtroom, a jury found the president’s former campaign chairman guilty of eight federal crimes.
The president’s former national security adviser previously pleaded guilty to felonies.
We’ll do our best to clean up this cesspool before you come of age, Vera. Suffice it to say there’s more work to be done.
P.S. Another tidbit: The first two members of Congress to endorse Donald Trump – New York’s Chris Collins and California’s Duncan Hunter – are both under indictment.
Maybe this is why some people feel threatened by immigrants.
(Thanks to Derek Thompson for the above tweet.)
It will be interesting to watch the ways the changing face of America will impact our country over the next generation or two.
So what could go wrong?
Oh, that’s right, we’re living it. And it could get worse.
But it could get better. That’s the challenge. That’s my generation’s obligation to yours, Vera. To seek justice. To care.
Today’s tweet by one of the investment world’s most respected economists:
This is what happens when a country elects a self-proclaimed “King of Debt” to the presidency.
Once again, Vera, I’m sorry for the mess my generation will be leaving yours. My generation adhered to the philosophy, “Live for today, don’t worry about tomorrow.”
At least your and your parents’ generations won’t be without any remedies. You can always slash the Social Security and Medicare programs.
If you’re interested, check out Naked Capitalism’s post titled The World Is Hot, on Fire, and Flooding. Climate Change Is Here.
Perhaps you’ll be able to afford that oceanfront property soon. And enjoy it until it’s underwater.