Big Government, Economics, Trump

GOP Tax Plan Predicated on 5% GDP Growth

Let this sink in for a second.  As the GOP pushes its terrible no good very bad tax plan, all assumptions for its impact on the economy and the national debt assumes 5% GDP growth year over year.

The chart below represents the last 5 years of the economy.  Notice anything problematic with a 5% growth rate prediction?historical.png

Since no one is economically literate in this country any more, don’t expect to hear this on the talking head networks or from your dumb uncle on Facebook.

Celebrity Idiots, Trump

Eminem Is Upset Trump Didn’t Respond To His Corny Rap

I actually thought this was parody until I saw it was in Newsweek…

“I was and still am extremely angry,” Eminem said on his XM radio station. “I can’t stand that motherf**ker. I feel like he’s not paying attention to me. I was kind of waiting for him to say something and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”

Imagine a guy being so un-self aware that he does a corny-ass freestyle rap wherein he chides the President for tweeting, then complains that he isn’t tweeting in response to some rapper doing said corny-ass rap.

Then again, high levels of intelligence aren’t usually associated with the music industry anyway.

via Eminem Is ‘Extremely Angry’ at Trump for Not Tweeting about His Freestyle Diss

Trump, Warfare State

Trump Wants Arab NATO, Big Saudi Arms Sale

What could go wrong?  I mean it’s not like our enemies have used our weapons against us in the past or anything.

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history.Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The discussions began shortly after the presidential election, when Mohammed, known in Washington as “MBS,” sent a delegation to meet with Kushner and other Trump officials at Trump Tower.

Source: Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia – The Washington Post

Politics, Trump

WSJ Editorial Board: “Comey Deserved Dismissal”

The President will now pay a larger political price for waiting, as critics question the timing of his action amid the FBI’s probe of his campaign’s alleged Russia ties. Democrats are already portraying Mr. Comey as a liberal martyr, though last October they accused him of partisan betrayal.The reality is that Mr. Comey has always been most concerned with the politics of his own reputation. He styles himself as the last honest man in Washington as he has dangled insinuations across his career about the George W. Bush White House and surveillance, then Mrs. Clinton and emails, and now Mr. Trump and Russia. He is political in precisely the way we don’t want a leader of America’s premier law-enforcement agency to behave.

A lot of good points in this one.  Go read.

Source: WSJ Defends Comey Ouster: “Comey Deserved Dismissal” | Zero Hedge

Media, The Speech Police, Trump

Colbert Makes Gay Joke, Catches Praise Because Target Was Trump & Putin

Stephen Colbert, who totally has a late night talk show you guys, called Donald Trump Vladimir Putin’s “cock holster.”

Let me know the day a right-winger can make that joke and not be called homophobic.

Now to be clear, I don’t care if this nobody with shit ratings makes a gay joke, but you can bank on the fact that if someone else made one he’d be leading the mob, pitchfork and torch in hand, as would his friends.

Source: [WATCH] Stephen Colbert Skins Donald Trump Over Q&A Insults To John Dickerson | Deadline

Politics, Trump

Nate Silver: Utah May Already Be Blue

But Silver told the Deseret News in an exclusive interview that he’s not just fascinated by the Beehive State, but constantly surprised by it because it looks and breathes like a blue state, even though it’s traditionally red.“In some ways, it increasingly has the markers of a blue state, meaning high education levels, big tech sector, young population. So you can kind of envision a world in eight years, 12 years, 16 years in which Utah behaves more like Colorado or something, right?” he said.

As a reminder, Silver got both the primary and general election grossly wrong, admitting after the GOP primary that he let his own biases get in the way of his objective analysis.

Source: Could Utah become a blue state? Why expert Nate Silver says it already is | Deseret News

Politics, Social Justice Snowflakes, Trump

The #resistance Is A House of Cards

David nails it, takes it down, then nails it again.

What seems to most vex critics of the anti-anti-Trump contingent (and I am mentioned in the Atlantic piece) is that conservatives aren’t appropriately agitated about the world that liberals see — a world that has turned out to be far less apocalyptic in the early going than they imagine. But if it’s a zero-sum choice they’re offering, that includes picking Neil Gorsuch over Planned Parenthood; tax cuts over teachers unions; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s Holocaust deniers; deregulation of the bureaucratic state over legislation, or forcing progressive cultural mores on everyone. And so on.

Source: Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump