Here’s the thing, I feel like even the most ardent supporters of Presidents past weren’t afraid to admit their guy made questionable judgments. Bush diehards were pretty angry to find out that the whole WMD in Iraq thing was a crock. Sure they didn’t yell for impeachment, and stood by their guy, but they could admit he was being shady. Obama supporters, more often than not were willing to admit that some shady dealings seemed to go on behind the scenes. But Trump’s cult of personality seems to have eclipsed rational discourse at this point. Among his supporters and party members, everyone else is at fault. His dissenters are all traitors and the media is all fake news and liars, except Fox News, which is basically an organization of true blue patriots. I just don’t know that there is a point where enough is enough any more. Which is a scary thought indeed.
Watching Mark Zuckerberg testify to Congress was a bit like watching someone explain the internet to their grandmother. At first, you see the Senators had some questions loaded to really kind of grill Zuckerberg on Facebook and privacy, but as soon as he starts explaining any facet of software, you can see the senators eyes just glaze over. I don’t want to blame it on the ages of the respective senators. I know plenty of older people who are more tech savvy than me. But you can tell that the current generation of senators are a few steps behind in understanding the basic business model of social media.
Trump went to a rally in Pennsylvania for a Republican named Rick Saccone, the Republican running for the Republican seat in their special election for the House. Trump spoke for 80 minutes, 2 of which were for the reason he came for: Endorsing Saccone. The rest of the time…well it was pretty whacky. I mean, when it comes to an off the cuff Trump speech, it usually is, but come on! Calling Chuck Todd a “sleepy son of a bitch”? That’s crazy.
So another government shutdown is looming around the corner. With political factions more divided than they’ve ever been, I don’t think it’s surprising to anyone. But this crazy inability to find any level of common ground has become ridiculous and petty. Throwing another wrench in the works is Donald Trump constantly distracting everyone, helping to keep people from making any kind of headway. Trump just can’t seem to let things not be about him for even a few days.
The justification for this scam of a tax bill is that the permanent corporate tax cuts will incentivize corporations to make new big investments spurring salary increases and new jobs. And I keep reading articles that have company heads and CEOs claiming that this will in no way make them interested in doing that. They’ll mostly use the breaks to do what they’ve always done: boost shareholder profits. So I find it awfully bold for people like Paul Ryan to insist that corporations will absolutely do something that they have no financially good reason to do.
Reports have indicated that Steve Bannon has been in constant contact with a Mr. Kid Rock regarding his congressional bid. Oh to be a fly on that wall…
So, at the beginning of October, Donald Trump was supposed to put in place the initial sanctions against Russia that he agreed upon in August. That deadline has passed and….no one seems to be talking about it? It’s buried beneath NFL protests and all around tom foolery. I imagine this is how Congress confronted him two weeks ago…