Tag: George W. Bush

The Fourth Estate Has an Obligation to Question Trump’s Motives in Syria

Last week, after the Washington Post published a bizarre story suggesting that the Trump administration had come around to supporting both a federal value-added tax and a carbon tax, Kevin Drum labeled the story bullpucky: Sure they are. This sounds more like a strategic leak to demonstrate “seriousness” on Trump’s part than anything that’s really… Read more »

Three Democratic Senators Ignore the Threat of a Justice Neil Gorsuch

Don’t they realize that it would be like putting Donald Trump himself on the Supreme Court? It’s impossible to grasp the logic of Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), who have signaled that they will vote to confirm unqualified Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Kneeling in subservience to Trump and… Read more »

House of (Human-Caused) Horrors

It could never happen now, but could it happen again two years from now? It was ten years ago today that then-NASA scientist James Hansen testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the George W. Bush administration’s assault on climate science. In his written testimony, Hansen observed: There is… Read more »

Antisocial Media: The Threat of Trump on Twitter

So what madness will he come up with next? It has been two weeks since he accused the former President of illegally wiretapping Trump Tower–an allegation he refused to retract yesterday during his news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Two weeks and no evidence. However, to his supporters, he doesn’t need any evidence; his… Read more »

The Maine Non-Event: Don’t Believe the Hype About Senator Collins

Last week, I noted that self-styled “non-Trump” Republicans will try to blame “guilt by association” if they lose their seats in 2018–a crocodile-tear excuse, considering the fact that these Republicans had the option of leaving the party the moment Trump won the GOP nomination; these men and women could have easily declared back then that… Read more »

What Would You Say to an Embarrassed Trump Voter?

Oh, I can’t believe it And people are strange Our president’s crazy Did you hear what he said? –Talking Heads, “Making Flippy Floppy,” 1983 Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had! Ya been took! Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok! –Denzel Washington, “Malcolm X,” 1992 They’re embarrassed now. They… Read more »