Recently I complimented the decision and Congress’ action to package three must pass issues into a single bill and pass it. Theoretically that left the rest of September to act on things like renewing the flood insurance program and CHIPs. In the interim an initial aid package for Hurricane Irma relief became a front burner issue. President Trump dumped the DACA mess back into Congress’ lap. The talk you commonly hear is that they have six months to act when in reality Trump’s action starts negatively impacting real people’s lives in October. That is still a lot on the table without ever even considering tax reform or an infrastructure package. Let’s explore how Congress is scheduled to handle this slate. Continue reading Should We Say 12 Days?
Today is Labor Day. It is a very special day for pro-union progressives like me. I am retired (except for my writing which to date I have never accepted monetary compensation for) and know what it is like to work for a paycheck. What that paycheck represented to me was disposable income with which I financed my lifestyle. Two factors: earnings and taxes determined what my net pay was. One of President Trump’s big agenda items is what he calls tax reform. Let’s explore what that really means to Joe Lunchbucket. Continue reading Labor Getting Trumped
It’s a cloudy crystal ball day but nonetheless I wanted to look at a few thoughts that had passed through my head the last few days. Let’s explore. Continue reading Wondering About Trump
Tuesday afternoon I happened to watch the Senate’s vote to proceed to debate on the Republican Tax Cut for Our Financiers Bill (a/k/a Obamacare repeal and replace, just repeal or do something with Obamacare as long as we include a big tax cut for the people who don’t need it). One thing was established, some drama appeared to exist and the water got even murkier. Let’s explore. Continue reading A Tuesday In DC
The 4th of July (as most Americans call Independence Day) has been my favorite holiday since I can remember. I have always liked it better than Christmas, my birthday or any other cause for celebration. Perhaps it was because I grew up in Buffalo loving baseball and it was the one holiday where the odds were in favor of baseball weather. The fond memories continued into adulthood, my first date with my wife was on a 4th of July many years ago. This year it just doesn’t feel the same and it’s all because Donald Trump is President. Let’s explore. Continue reading A Different Feeling