Wednesday, 7/5/17, Public Square

dignity low bar


by | July 5, 2017 · 9:40 am

13 responses to “Wednesday, 7/5/17, Public Square

  1. Poland doesn’t like immigrants, they want no refugees, they don’t believe the scientists about man made global warming or climate change and they don’t want to take any responsibility for fixing it either. OK, not the most compassionate or trusting people nor are they the brightest bulbs on the tree but they should get along fine with our hateful brainiac, except the Poles don’t trust Putin, so dumb as they are about science, they are smarter than trump about Russia.

    Trump looks for friendlier European welcome in Poland

  2. (From the link): And with many Republicans in Congress eager to make the same mistake Brownback did, the Times’ piece quoted one Kansas Republican whose perspective is worth considering.

    “If there were three words I could say to Congress right now,” said Stephanie Clayton, a Republican state representative from a district in the Kansas City area, “they would be, ‘Don’t do it.’”

    She criticized what she said was a desire by her party to be more faithful to the principle than to the people Republicans were elected to help. Mr. Brownback and many conservatives, she said, overpromised on the tax cuts as a “sort-of Ayn Rand utopia, a red-state model,” citing the author whose works have influenced the American libertarian movement.

    “And I loved Ayn Rand when I was 18 – before I had children and figured out how the world really works,” Ms. Clayton added. “That’s not how it works, as it turns out.”

    Some Republicans give up on the idea of an ‘Ayn Rand utopia’

    • When I read Ayn Rand in high school, I knew her world view wasn’t how things worked. My take away was human society would not have evolved if her concept of selfishness had existed.

      Should any of you ever have incurable insomnia, may I recommend The Fountainhead then Atlas Shrugged to read in ascertaining whether your insomnia is indeed incurable.

      • I don’t remember how old I was when I finally got through Atlas Shrugged. I tried to read it at least a dozen times and even forced myself to read well beyond my desire to stop. Anyway, sometime in my 30s I really did read it all the way through. I still have never read The Fountainhead (I’ve seen the movie) even though I’ve been told it’s a better book. ONE Ayn Rand book was quite enough for me. 😉

  3. Poland, Putin and the G20 conference, lots of fresh new ways to humiliate US and create even more separation from former allies and more kissy face with Russia. I wonder what he is going to give them now, the National Parks, the oil in the Arctic? Oh, no, he already did that.
    “WE will bury you without a shot being fired” -Nikita Khrushchev

    Trump Wants a Do-Over in Europe
    But the president’s upcoming trip offers ample opportunity for fresh trouble.


    Not a lot of people in the White House are having fun these days. But one top official is having a blast — inviting friends over for lunch, joking about good times from the campaign, plotting 2018 and even 2020. He was recently spotted in the West Wing carrying the New York Post cover mocking CNN as “THE MOST BUSTED NAME IN NEWS.”

    Steve Bannon, the proud culture warrior who was briefly and very publicly in the Trump doghouse, is ascendant after what friends call a period of “hibernation.”

    “He’s not cocky — he’s comfortable,” said a longtime friend. “And he understands the game.”

    His ideas are being taken seriously, and his worldview is clearly in Trump’s head:

    Bannon loves, enables, encourages the smackdowns with the media.
    Bannon loves, enables, encourages the middle finger to NATO, and Germany in particular.
    Bannon loves, enables, encourages the instincts that led Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.
    Bannon loves, enables, encourages tougher tone and trade action against China.
    Bannon loves, enables, encourages a hard line on immigration.
    Bannon loves, enables, encourages a base-first and often base-only strategy.
    “Trump loves the fight, and Bannon loves the fight,” another friend said.

    In many ways, being cornered and lashing out is Trump’s comfort emotion; and his chief strategist is always there to feed it.

    Events in this madcap West Wing have conspired to give Bannon back much of his mojo: He’s clearly going to stay, after being long rumored to be on the outs. He’s no longer in a hot war with Jared Kushner. He played a key role in developing the Russia response. And he’s back to pushing ideas the GOP establishment hates, including a tax hike on the rich and trade wars.

    Bannon’s insurance policy is that he’s the keeper of the base. Trump understands he’s never going to be broadly popular, so he absolutely has to preserve his 46%.

    Axios’ Jonathan Swan says that behind closed doors, Trump talks constantly about the base as “my people” and “our people”: “What does this mean for my people?”

    Be smart: The biggest reason that Bannon is back is that his worldview is Trump’s worldview. For the all the ups and downs, in-and-out-of-favor drama, Trump is more Bannon than he is Jared or Ivanka.

  5. This piece, written by conservative George F. Will, is interesting —

    (Snips from the link): What is most alarming (and mortifying to the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated) is not that Trump has entered his eighth decade unscathed by even elementary knowledge about the nation’s history. As this column has said before, the problem isn’t that he does not know this or that, or that he does not know that he does not know this or that. Rather, the dangerous thing is that he does not know what it is to know something.

    The United States is rightly worried that a strange and callow leader controls North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. North Korea should reciprocate this worry. Yes, a 70-year-old can be callow if he speaks as sophomorically as Trump did when explaining his solution to Middle Eastern terrorism: “I would bomb the s— out of them. . . . I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”

    As a candidate, Trump did not know what the nuclear triad is. Asked about it, he said: “We have to be extremely vigilant and extremely careful when it comes to nuclear. Nuclear changes the whole ballgame.” Invited to elaborate, he said: “I think — I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.” Someone Trump deemed fit to be a spokesman for him appeared on television to put a tasty dressing on her employer’s word salad: “What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you’re afraid to use it?” To which a retired Army colonel appearing on the same program replied with amazed asperity: “The point of the nuclear triad is to be afraid to use the damn thing.”

    • That is the same comment I see on the blogs I follow – Trumpublicans just want to drop bombs here and drop bombs there.

      Hell – North Korea would already be bombed if it had been up to these Trumpublicans.

      After the bombing – then what?

      Arrogance + Ignorance = STOOPID


    Interesting reading – especially the part where German’s Angela Merkel talked about the three leaders who will likely make trouble (I paraphrased it).

    Trump -White Evangelical Kristian (?) – well, their Messiah..
    Turkish Muslim President
    Russian Communist Leader Putin

    So – now the United States is seen as member of the Trouble Trio?

    Is this how Trump and his Trumpublicans are making America Great Again?


    When your own team cannot see the big picture and make reservations well in advance for a known trip the president is taking…….what could possibly go wrong?

    Is this Trump’s idea of ‘winning’?

    Or is it just another case of that old saying – it’s the little things that will trip you up.

    You know, like planning the trip and making reservations?

    I’d make Trump sleep on Air Force One – or maybe the Saudis will allow Trump to join them for another rousing sword dance?

  8. Why top Republicans are telling us the health-care bill is doomed … Axios’ David Nather, with the help of MIT’s Chris Warshaw and Roper Center data, synthesized polling and found the House health-care bill is the most unpopular legislation in three decades.

    It’s less popular than Obama’s Affordable Care Act when it was passed, than the widely hated TARP bank bailout bill of 2008, and even than President Bill Clinton’s failed health-reform effort in the 1990s.

    David points out why it matters: “It’s rare for Congress to move ahead with legislation when the signs are this clear that the public doesn’t want it.”

    I asked Republican pollster Frank Luntz for his take on this graphic, and he sees ominous signs for congressional Republicans:

    “The reason … this is so powerful is that the Clinton healthcare vote cost Democrats seats in Congress, as did TARP for the Republicans. The fact that the GOP legislation is even less popular tells me some Republicans will be defeated for their vote.”

    A Republican lobbyist who is for the bill tells me: “Senators could at least make the case the TARP bailout was going to preserve the banking system and protect the public from collapse even in the face of potent conservative ideological arguments about the dangers of socializing risk and crony capitalism.”

    “The health plan has never been tied to the health of individuals. [Stop; read that again.] Abstract arguments about the policy value or ideological purity of legislation rarely work in the Senate. Concrete political ends are needed to create action.”

    Be smart: Rather than giving senators breathing room and letting the health-care bill off the mat, the recess seems to have — if anything — added rocks to the backpack. Mitch McConnell is now talking publicly about a Plan B — hardly a sign that he’s solving his Rubik’s Cube.

  9. David Nather, Axios health-care editor and author of our Vitals newsletter, gives a “Between the lines” on this graphic:

    “This is why Republicans haven’t been able to make the math work out to avoid one of the most damaging attacks: that older customers will pay more for health care.”