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The Deeply Deranged State

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, Britain's Department of Health warns that the country could face a shortage of "6,000 doctors, 12,000 nurses and 28,000 care staff" in the case of a hard Brexit. The department warns that scores of people (they single out women for reasons) may have to quit their jobs to care for family members because a Brexit will shut out their caregivers at the border.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has been asking banks for account information, including balances, so they can micro-target more users for advertising and "services."

Delete your Facebook account if you still have one.

Finally, internal documents obtained by Foreign Policy show that the White House ignored comments from economic officials inside the White House when writing their economic rebuttal to a U.N. report on poverty in America.

Their comments, typed into the margins of the draft or included in emails, were either watered down or ignored altogether. As a result, the statement the administration issued in June included misleading data and painted an overly optimistic picture of the American economy.

Next to a line in the draft which reads: “The U.S. is entering a new era of economic growth and prosperity,” an official from the White House Council of Economic Advisers remarked that the economic growth had long predated Trump and said the trajectory might not last.

“Already 8-9 years long … which started under Obama and we inherited and then expanded. But it will end prob in 1 – 2 years. So I’d not get into this,” the official wrote.

Again, the final version of the statement, put out by the U.S. Mission to Geneva on June 22, ignored the suggestion and used the original language.

I guess another subtle takeaway here is the White House Council of Economic Advisers believe a recession is coming in 2019 or 2020.

  • “The U.S. is entering a new era of economic growth and prosperity,”

    Fuck Trump.

    Thanks, Obama!

  • Draxiar

    “Finally, internal documents obtained by Foreign Policy show that the White House ignored comments from economic officials inside the White House when writing their economic rebuttal to a U.N. report on poverty in America.”

    Was anyone else reminded of the ol’ “Bin Laden determined to attack the U.S.” dismissal?

  • muselet

    1) Brexit may not be absolutely the stupidest thing ever done by any political entity to itself in the long history of political entities, but it doesn’t miss by much.

    2) Once again, I’m glad I’m not on social media.

    3) The White House ignored informed opinion in favor of talking points and gibberish? Must have been a day that ended in a “y.”

    4) The White House Council of Economic Advisers isn’t the only one thinking recession in the near future.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I guess “real English” are about as wise as “real Muricans.” Nicely Done.

    Wow… and I thought Twitter was terrible…

    I think we all understood that the Trump administration was always going to be the Bush administration on steroids so, this is no surprise.

    Posting this for laughs, if anyone’s interested.
    https://youtu.be/Bzibe7kMHNI

    • muselet

      “This video is unavailable.”

      I think (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr2PtuviAJo) may be the link you wanted (and I desperately wish Disqus wouldn’t automagically link to every gorram video link in comments because sweet monkey fritters! that’s really annoying).

      –alopecia

      • Aynwrong

        I don’t know what happened. But no, Jones put up a Cinema Snob review of “Hillary’s America” and I thought it was great. I saw this review when it came out. It was great as well. These respond with the vitriol and mockery it deserves.

        • muselet

          Every so often, YouTube goes weird, or Disqus and YouTube don’t play well together. It happens.

          –alopecia