A few days back we predicted that the government shutdown over Trump’s border wall wouldn’t influence the distribution of Snap benefits, or food stamps as most of us still call them. This wasn’t because we had some inside knowledge it was just because it was clear and obvious that no one was going to stop tens of million of people from getting their food over said border wall. That’s just not the way that politics works.…See More
Donald Trump has announced that he’s going to – or desires to – stop sending money to California through FEMA over forest fires. This seems fair enough to be honest for given the incidence of such fires they’re now part of normality rather than emergencies. This is before we even get to the major claim here, which is that Trump thinks some to all of such fires are caused by government actions themselves.
So, fair enough perhaps:
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Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen.
Of American Presidents who have made speeches about walls we think we prefer Ronald Reagan’s in front of the Brandenburg Gate to Donald Trump’s about the border wall. But still, at least The Donald isn’t arguing for one to keep us in as the other one was designed to do. At which point, what he has actually said, that border wall speech in full:
And for those who prefer reading to listening to the Leader of the Free World:
My fellow Americans,
Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.…See More
There’s a certain amount of muttering that the government shutdown – prompted by Trump’s insistence that he really, but just really, wants a great big wall – will start to affect the distribution of SNAP benefits, food stamps to you and me. This isn’t going to happen, the fix will be in long before that happens. No, I’m not insisting that the government shutdown will be solved by February although I fully expect it to be so.…See More
There’s a certain puzzlement in this from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. For she tells us that taxes on high earners and the rich should be raised in order to fund the Green New Deal. But this is the same Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who has told us that the Green New Deal is going to make the most lovely profit, isn’t it? And if there’s a profit then why do we need higher taxes to fund it?
Could of course be that Ms.…See More
It is, of course, entirely possible that Donald Trump’s bone spurs were diagnosed as a favour to his father, Fred, by a friendly podiatrist. A rich man keeping his son away from a dangerous and useless war – as it seemed to many at the time at least – is hardly all that unusual. Even in the US it’s not historically been unusual, the Union allowed substitutes, paid ones, for those due to offer military service after all.…See More
A strange case here, where a priest is under fire for having stated standard Catholic doctrine. Sure, if he was a Methodist, Baptist perhaps, then stating what is Catholic theology might be a little odd, but he’s a Catholic priest and this is rather his job. It might not be all that polite nor common to make such statements at the actual funeral but it is indeed what the Church does teach. Suicide can or will mean non-entry into heaven, in fact suicide is regarded as the ultimate sin.…See More
It’s our old friend Karl Marx who called the thing about the workers’ wages right. Full employment is indeed the workers’ best friend and now that we’ve got it we can see wages rising at their strongest rate for a decade, 3.1% year on year. We can also run this the other way around, if we’re seeing such strong wage growth then we’ve got to be pretty much at full employment.
We can also use this as an example of both classical and neoclassical economics being right.…See More
Steve Bannon has, according to reports, just turned up to give a speech and found an entire 25 people waiting for him. This doesn’t bode well for the popularity of Bannon and his ideas, obviously enough. Either that or there was free pizza the other side of town. But what’s the lesson to take from this? The one that all too few people are taking. That the great national upchuck was in fact a great national upchuck rather than an endorsement of anything positive.…See More