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The Experiment

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) says he will reimburse the government for the $84,000 he spent to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. You know, now that's he's been caught. He should resign anyway.

Meanwhile, a city investigation of the police response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia found that police officers intentionally let the situation get out of control and the police chief obstructed the investigation.

Finally, our European allies have no idea what to do with America while they wait for Rex Tillerson to get fired.

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an “ironclad” promise of U.S. support to its oldest allies.

The relief in European capitals lasted barely a day as reports surfaced of a White House plan to oust the U.S. secretary of state, plunging America’s friends back into confusion over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. [...]

Just as Tillerson comes to Brussels to give a public statement of support that the EU and NATO have wanted all along, it seems he has no mandate, that the guillotine is hanging over his head,” said an EU official involved in diplomacy with White House officials.

  • Badgerite

    Wow. Chuck Grassley echoing the words of the Duke of Wellington:
    “Railroads will only encourage common people to move about needlessly…..”
    We should start calling him Lord Grassley. And perhaps that should be the moniker of all of the GOP in Congress these days. Lord Ryan. Lord McConnell. Lord Grassley. Lord Hatch. etc.
    In case Lord Grassley was wondering about the benefits of railroads to businesses, Wellington was exceedingly wrong on that point. Oddly enough, ‘encouraging’ the “common people to move about needlessly” turned out to be an economic boon to the development of modern economies. It would seem that if you give people more options in their owns lives rather than less, that tends to redound to the benefit of everyone. We call that Enlightened Self Interest.
    It is a basic principle of self governance and why it works.
    What the GOP bill does in reality is give us ‘common’ people less options. And Lord Grassley feels that is justified because we would only waste that extra money ( see money is freedom equation and how most of the freedom in this country is now being transferred to those who already have most of it) on ‘booze, or women or movies.’
    Lord Grassley says so.

  • Badgerite

    The economy is doing fine right now as it has been for years because of the steady leadership of President Obama.
    Know how I can tell? Jobs. Right at the moment they are readily available for anyone wanting to work.
    In 2008 that was not the case. The need to stimulate an economy that is at full employment is …..questionable…..other than as an opportunity to drain the public treasury for the benefit of GOP ultra donors and to lock out future generations in terms of any ability to determine their own future. We the People can sort of figure this out which is why this particular piece of legislation has about a 25% approval rating. That is an approval rating even lower than trump’s. And that is hard to do.
    In fact, Wall Street is betting on the whopping tax cut to corporate America being used primarily to fund 1 or all of 3 options: the building of automated production facilities, dividends to share holders, or share buy backs.
    Wall Street isn’t betting on ‘job creation.’ Wall Street is betting on profits from other means and is investing accordingly.

    • Draxiar

      Agreed. With the economy and employment moving along as it is now is exactly the wrong time to cut taxes especially for the rich. As a nation we have bills to pay brought on by the Great Recession and taxes are how that’s done. GOP (Grand Old Pedophiles) is anything but fiscally responsible. I hope this bill gets shut down in such a grand way that trump flings another pot of coffee down the hall.

      • ninjaf

        Don’t forget the wars we have to pay for.

        • Draxiar

          Oh my god I totally forgot about those “off the books” wars!

    • We are actually near “full employment” according to many analysts. Ironic because if the new tax bill does actually manage to create 3% growth (it won’t but let’s just suppose it does), where will the new workers come from to take those jobs? Sure many of the already employed will take them but then who takes their jobs? The truth is, I don’t think we could handle a 3% growth rate unless it was a true bubble (i.e., one that didn’t require a massive influx of workers).

      • Badgerite

        And economists warn a wave of inflation likely as well which would spur the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

        • Correct and if they want to ensure that 3% growth doesn’t happen, inflation and rising rates will definitely accomplish that.

  • KanaW

    Well, Trump promised when he was campaigning that his policy would be to embrace inconsistency and keep people guessing all the time about his intentions / future actions, etc. He’s just following through. It’s a power thing – a rather childish one, but a power thing nonetheless.

    • Draxiar

      I think that chaos approach was all a cover for being inept at everything.

  • Aynwrong

    Why is our So Called Liberal Media™ not tormenting the living hell out this reject from an Animal House knock off about using tax payer money (Is there anything more vaunted or sainted in American political discourse than tax payer money?) to pay off a sexual harassment lawsuit?!?

    No promise made or change of staff is going to in anyway provide comfort to our allies. The USA is being run by an idiot. America’s allies are well aware of this. I’m guessing they’re looking for ways to insulate themselves and their citizenry from the damage that may occur as a result of the idiot’s”leadership.” The governments of those nations may never fully trust America again. One can hardly blame them.

    • ninjaf

      This uncertainty is showing our allies that they don’t need us. They can find other ways to do the same without us. This is what it looks like when a super power dies.

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