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JM Ashby
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In other news, are no more trade talks between the U.S. and China scheduled at the moment according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Meanwhile, the British economy looked healthier than it should have in the last quarter because companies stockpiling for the Brexit added 1 percent to growth. You may recall that the same thing happened here in 2018 ahead of Trump's trade war when stockpiling lifted second quarter growth by 1 percent.

Finally, here's John Oliver on the Green New Deal and right wing commentary.

  • Badgerite

    I’m very much on board with AOC and the Green New Deal. And I think her approach is long overdue. But I would caution the newly elected who were not around or old enough to remember the election of 2000 that Al Gore, the candidate that Ralph Nadar managed to sabotage in order to elect the oilman George W. Bush to the presidency, was the person who first brought the issue of global warming and the dangers of rapid climate change into the public debate. Nader was supported by Michael Moore and the usual suspects on the left because, according to Ralph Nader et all, Al Gore and the Clinton administration had not been good enough on environmental issues among other things. Of course, Al Gore had negotiated the Kyoto Climate Accord long before the Paris Climate Agreement which trump just pulled the US out of.
    We lost 20 years of good leadership because of the ‘left’ in 2000. The gop has thrown this country into disaster after disaster of our own making. And they are preparing to do it again. Count on it.
    AOC is right that we need action on a new and renewable energy system. But we needed that and could have had that 20 years ago. Let’s not, as a society, shoot ourselves in the foot again.

    • Amen, sister!

      • Badgerite

        I would add “Plueeeeeeeez, with sugar on top” if I thought it would do any good.

  • Badgerite

    As to John Oliver’s exposition on “taxes”, the ‘tax cut’ bill which the gop passed under Ryan actually raised taxes on most Americans by doing away with a lot of deductions that lower and middle income tax payers relied on to keep their tax bill low and actually get a refund of some of their withholding at the end of the year. For most Americans, that bill was a tax increase that will be permanent. They just didn’t call it that. But that is what it was. The part of America that got a ‘tax cut’ which was actually a windfall in terms of their taxes are the Wall Street and corporate America. Not mains street by any means.