“The former senator, who was a frequent critic of Trump, called on his former colleagues to put themselves through a “simple test.” And that involves asking, “What if President Barack Obama had engaged in precisely the same behavior?”
Jeff, they would reverse themselves. You should know, you were there. You watched your party reverse itself on executive oversight. The deficit. Golfing. Impeachment. On the issue of character in the executive. Free trade.
Quoting Paul Krugman from last year:
the real test came after 2016. A complete cynic might have expected economists who denounced budget deficits and easy money under a Democrat to suddenly reverse position under a Republican president.
And that total cynic would have been exactly right. After years of hysteria about the evils of debt, establishment Republican economists enthusiastically endorsed a budget-busting tax cut. After denouncing easy-money policies when unemployment was sky-high, some echoed Trump’s demands for low interest rates with unemployment under 4 percent — and the rest remained conspicuously silent.
Jeff, if you don’t know that your party acts in bad faith, on almost everything, no one should listen to you.
Air Force budget documents show a 63 percent increase in Hellfire purchases in Trump’s 2017 budget and another 20 percent increase in the most recent budget request.
During the election I heard so many
people concern trolls warn me about the horrors of the future Clinton administration. The drones they say. The dems used to be against war now they are all about drones.
The drone war was in decline under Obama. And now it’s growing.
I don’t hear much about this anymore.
When that term is used, “I am generally working, not relaxing,” Trump wrote, before adding, “I probably work more hours than almost any past President.”
From: Trump defends use of Executive Time.
If you take him at his word, 60% of what he is doing is being concealed from the public. We have no idea what that work is, who, if anyone, will benefit from it or who exactly is asking for that to be his focus.
And that is if we take him as his word in the most generous way possible.
Republicans are trying to recast their extortion as ordinary negotiation. “We’re asking for $5.6 billion. They’re offering us zero,” Mulvaney told CNN. He complained that in a meeting with Trump on Friday, Democrats “said they were not interested in having any further discussions until … the government was open.” Trump and Mulvaney dismiss that position as absurd. The least Democrats can do, according to the White House, is “come to the middle.”
From The Government Shutdown Is Like a Hostage Situation
The they are demanding $5.6 billion and offering nothing in exchange other than the end to the harm they are causing. Calling this a hostage situation is not a leap.
The Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have engaged Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, to question Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday about Ford’s allegations of sexual assault.
via How Ken Starr’s Associate Brett Kavanaugh Would Question Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Oh, the irony of Alex Jones and Laura Loomer disrupting GOP hearings partly focused on censoring conservatives.
Republicans Finally Got to See Why the Internet Finds Right-Wing Trolls So Insufferable
The gap between Democrats and National Review conservatives is dwarfed by the chasm between National Review conservatives and Infowars conservatism.
For the better part of his presidency, conservative commentators and provocateurs dogged Barack Obama with accusations of disloyalty and subversion, questioning his commitment to American exceptionalism and accusing him of being a secret agent for foreign powers. But Obama never did anything remotely as damning as Trump’s inexplicable defense of Vladimir Putin on Monday, when the sitting president publicly sided with his Russian counterpart over the findings of American intelligence.
via Donald Trump Is Fulfilling All of Those Obama Conspiracy Theories
Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
Forty-six percent of Trump voters polled just after the 2016 election either thought that Hillary Clinton was connected to a child sex trafficking ring run out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., or weren’t sure if it was true.
Motivated ignorance is scary. How many of them will vote for Roy Moore?
Do Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Private Email Accounts Violate the Presidential Records Act?
Take a moment to think of all those who were oh so very concerned about Hillary’s emails that are now totally unconcerned about Jared and Ivanka and Mike and Scott and Don Jr. and Eric and John and the eight others who did what Hillary did except worse and after making it a major campaign theme. Think about them answering every issue of Trump’s fitness for office with Buttermails!
Now, can you think of a single reason why you should take those Trump supporters seriously?
Racism Doesn’t Need a Devil’s Advocate
As a concept, the devil’s advocate is incoherent. If a position is really as unpopular as the name indicates, there is no need to argue for it. Debating isn’t an ideology; it’s a methodology. We debate to get to a truth, not for its own sake. Most often, the devil’s advocate is really saying there is something at the core of the argument that they are (perhaps ashamedly) compelled by, and so they employ a rhetorical trick allowing themselves to argue a position without ever having to hold it. This allows exploration of deep-seated racism under the guise of putting forth someone else’s argument. The irony is that it could invite a deeper discussion of race than may otherwise happen, since it inherently reveals what white people really think and struggle with around race.