Art of the Deal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee has released a complete account of accusations made against Trump's VA nominee Ronny Jackson by over 20 current and former military service members and to say it's bad would be a gross understatement.

The accusations include drunkenly wrecking a government vehicle, drunkenly pounding on a female employee's door at night, dispensing opioid painkillers and other controlled substances without paperwork (they called him the "Candyman"), keeping his own supply of controlled substances, and many other things. One person told the committee he's the "most unethical person" they've ever worked with. The list goes on.

Meanwhile, the U.S. saw its first net drop in private sector employment in 7 years during the third quarter of 2017 according to new data from the Labor Department. Small businesses with less than 50 employees saw the most losses. Data from the fourth quarter isn't available yet.

Finally, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been caught red-handed. Mnuchin has long claimed that his infamous eclipse flight had nothing to do with viewing the solar eclipse in August of 2017, but an FOIA request submitted by ThinkProgress uncovered photos of Mnuchin and his wife viewing the eclipse at Fort Knox.

Programming note... I will be offline tomorrow. I have couple errands to run, a haircut appointment, and I'm catching the first showing of Infinity War. I'll see you on Friday.

  • Aynwrong

    The incompetence from this “administration” is staggering. I have to believe that McConnell and Ryan could have brought it to heel by telling the White House and Trump himself that they simply will not tolerate it. Instead, they stick their heads in the sand and push for the next policy win (tax cuts/deregulation) or, in Ryan’s case, join the mass exodus. In the face of the nation being led off an endless series of cliffs he chooses not to stay and try and provide even a modicum of leadership, but to cash out.

    Calling it unpatriotic is far too mild.

    • Badgerite

      “Cash out” is the exactly right phrase to describe Ryan. It was never about policy or any ethical or moral standards. It was always about greed, corruption and money. He does the bidding of people who have ample amounts of all of those ‘virtues’ and calls it ‘defense of the individual’.
      I don’t know where there is a consistent thread in his alleged thinking or actions that one could even point to that justifies his time in DC. Other than he does the bidding of anyone who puts money in the gop coffers.
      The simple equation for him is money equals virtue. Which is simply repackaged Social Darwinism and has nothing to do with the fundamental principles that founded this country or that made it a source of great power and influence in the world.
      Exhibit A. The current nominee to fill the slot of Administrator at the VA. My God. They have to be kidding.
      The ‘Candyman’? If we ever are involved in a war with this crowd in charge, after trump’s never ending campaign to destroy leadership and competence in the executive branch, we lose. Sycophants and crooks don’t make good leaders.

      • Aynwrong

        Well said.

        • Badgerite

          Thanks. I think it is true. For the life of me, I don’t see how Ryan rationalizes his BS to himself but somehow he does.
          How do you rationalize bump stocks? (Rhetorical Q)