So, the midterms have come and gone, and the big story, pretty obviously, was flipping of the House of Representatives. The Democrats now hold the majority, which, if we’re honest, was probably the best we could have hoped for. But honestly, for me, the more entertaining news came the morning after. Donald Trump tends to go a little train-wreck-y during press conferences, which is always fun to watch, but this time…It was something a little more. I don’t know how to place it, because Donald Trump doesn’t have normal, human reactions to things. His temper was short, and the totality of his bluster was just lots of shouting about how things were basically totally fine. He really went to town on Jim Acosta, and then called a black, female, journalist from PBS, by the name of Yamiche Alcindor, a racist for asking about the empowering effect to White Supremacists of Trump referring to himself as a nationalist. He talked about war stances and threatened everyone under the sun who might possibly investigate him. He was pretty clearly having a moment of reflection at the worst possible time, and I think he came to some troubling realizations. Also, no one seems to have told Trump that the House basically has carte blanche to ask for any tax returns they want. So yeah. It’s been an interesting week.
So Paul Ryan is retiring. Well, more specifically, he’s not seeking re-election, which is basically the same thing. He talks a big game about wanting to settle down, raise his kids, and just move forward knowing he’s accomplished the things he’s want to accomplish, which was apparently to screw over just as many old and poor people as he possibly could. But it’s hard to not to see it as a well time escape. A jumping ship move, or to quote Douglas Adams, “So long and thanks for all the fish!”. It’s hard to argue that the Republicans aren’t in something of a politically turbulent time right now, and how that’s going to shake out in the coming weeks and months must be on the forefront of Ryan’s mind. I wonder if he’ll be getting out soon enough?
The Florida House of Representatives has declared Pornography a health risk. The bill, which was voted on and passed, took precedence over state gun control legislation, which some might argue, is a bit more urgent in light of recent events. But no, the Florida legislature might be going to war with porn, which is, if nothing else, entertaining.
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.