Tuesday, October 24, 2017
He still can't find Niger on a map, and still doesn't know it's different from Nigeria, but that wasn't the problem. "Why can't they give their kids names someone can remember, Kelly? Tell me that!"
It's a real dilemma when the guy who wants to slash your taxes also insists on screwing up your supply chains and demolishing your agricultural exports — not to mention the little problem of a five-year renewable trade agreement being the same as no trade agreement at all.
Reagan exploded the deficit and the debt, so Republicans just might be willing to do it again to satisfy their wealthy patrons. With mortgage interest, charity, and 401K deductions proclaimed "safe," and elimination of the deductions for state and local taxes on thin ice, the "deficit hawks" might have to reveal themselves as the hypocrites they've been all along.
Predatory behavior by powerful men may suffer a setback in light of scandals in Hollywood, the tech sector, and at Fox News, but America still has a long way to go to overcome its stubborn belief in female inequality. Who's going to "reform" the religious right? Mike Pence?
The Republican "Rebels"
It would be nice if some Republicans who weren't about to retire (or die) were willing to point out some of their nominal leader's glaring flaws, but things may have to get a lot worse before that happens. Self-interest continues to outweigh the interests of their party or their country.