“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown reveals the real reason the president attracts hardcore supporters.

“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

The tell when someone is acting in bad faith is when the argument and their actions are misaligned to the point of cynical irony. When the president and his supporters insist they are only against illegal immigration and then do everything they can to stop any immigration, they are showing the bad faith that has been the hallmark of the GOP for the past 25 years.

FOX news has convinced them that their fellow Americans are a threat and now they will rally around anyone who will hurt “those people”

Think about that line for a second. Roll it over in your head. In essence, Minton is declaring that one aim of the Trump administration is to hurt people — the right people. Making America great again, in her mind, involves inflicting pain.“

New estimate: GOP’s second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit

A second round of Republican tax cuts would add an additional $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a new report released by a centrist think-tank. The package was taken up by a House committee on Thursday and is expected to head to a vote on the floor later this month.

via New estimate: GOP’s second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit

This is burning down the country to collect the insurance money.

Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

After a student was expelled for refusing to stand for her school’s Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas Attorney General is intervening.

Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

This was settled by the supreme court in 1943 “West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette”

Students can NOT be required to say the pledge.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

If the NY Times is fake news, Trump could expose them to the whole world by releasing his tax returns. He could release those returns and then make a big show of exposing the Times as being unfair to him, making things up, etc.

He won’t.

Why?

Why Populists Reject Evidence

But Kuhn did see a means through which true change could come—both in science and politics, whose revolutions Kuhn saw as fundamentally similar. Even though revolutions—profound shifts in thought—are a response to inherent problems, mere arguments and empirical evidence pointing out the problem aren’t enough to start them, Kuhn argued. A compelling alternative theory also needs to be available. Moreover, since two competing theories lack enough common ground to agree on an evaluation of the arguments and evidence, a level of faith in the new theory is needed, as well as persuasion by rhetoric and other non-evidence based means.

via Why Populists Reject Evidence

The is a must read.