“The reason for the plan negotiation between Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!” That was a tweet earlier this week by Donald Trump. I could analyze it for days. The main point I want to make today is that in 49 words Trump proved (among other things) that he is lacking in understand of basic civics and arithmetic. Let’s explore. Continue reading My President Doesn’t Know How Government Or Arithmetic Works
Monday morning I awoke to the news that a deal had been struck to keep the government funded through the end of its fiscal year (September). That was a pleasant surprise since just last Friday the best Washington could do was a one week kick the can deal. The package, (which still needs to pass both chambers and gets the President’s signature), appears to be a rare example of cooperation between both Parties and among the House and Senate leadership along with the White House. That actually sounds like a functioning federal government which was worth interrupting my regularly scheduled posting. In the blogging world that is the equivalent of a stop the presses moment. Let’s explore. Continue reading Something (Kinda) Nice To Say
Going into the last week of the Trump administration’s first 100 days the Legislative Branch was pre-occupied with preventing a government shutdown. Trump viewed the situation as an opportunity to play bully and extort a few things from the Democrats and his fellow Republicans. Continue reading Abject Failure – Part Two
Donald Trump holds himself forth as a genius when it comes to making deals. (“I alone can do this.”) One of his claims to fame is co-authoring the book The Art of the Deal which, of course, he is the star of. In reality he is a lousy dealmaker. Let’s explore. Continue reading Master Dealmaker?
There is a lot of malarkey swirling around about the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch and I just wanted to explore a couple of aspects of it with my readers today, (thanks again for the “save” Joe!). Continue reading Supreme Malarkey