Friday sounds like a great time for indictments…What say you Mr Mueller?
There is so much disinformation out there, though for the most part us squirrels and Hillary voters know the facts, even though there is a lot of hand wringing out of too many. Something that can’t be said for the RWNG’s and the bern fools. Those two factions are the spreaders of the “fake news” that make too many people run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Good analogy as all trumpers and bernturds are such morons that losing their heads would make them smarter.
How 32%, or whatever the number has dropped to, of the electorate is still stupid enough to still be believing anything that Thing or the Goopers have done or are alleging they are going to do is good is amazingly stupid. I don’t think there is anything they can possibly do that is terrible enough convince the followers of moronism to go against what they do. Only thing I can think of is for Thing to actually call for Marshall Law and start shooting them and I’m not too sure that would do it.
Gotta keep resisting and persevering until November 6th, when we can vote all the deplorables out of office and hope the FBI gets Jane and Bernturd thrown in jail.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: – Indict Jared Kushner – Indict Ivanka Trump – Indict Eric Trump – Indict Donald Trump, Jr. – Indict Donald Trump – Indict Mike Pence – Indict Paul Ryan – Prove I exist – Eat fewer carbs
Bernie should take up yelling at clouds from his porch and interrupting Jane every ten seconds. I can see that he will never accomplish more than naming a few post offices in the Senate. He needs a new hobby. Any suggestions?#BernieHobbies
It’s sad that our daily life has come to having to fight bigotry, misogyny and a myriad of other terrible things on a daily basis. It’s disheartening and depressive to say the least.
It’s all because of the right wing and their xtian fundie twisted beliefs that have increasingly become more radicalized in the last 20 years.
What has all of us pissed off though, and rightfully so, is the aid the vocalized far left has given the right wing bigots. It’s increasingly being brought to the conscientiousness of us(even though we’ve all known it for years) and the Dem party at large that the faux progressives are nothing more than an extension of the right wing trying to make life harder then it needs to be. They started their idiocy during the election of Dubya with Nader and his stupidity and festered into the idiocy of Fuckin Bernie and his meager band of morons.
Maybe it’s for the better that this has happened becasue it’s woken up a large part of the electorate that didn’t know how gov’t worked much less cared. I know this is a hard lesson to be taught, and we have taken a lot of hits becasue of it, but the world will end up being a better place just because people have jumped in with both feet to fight back.
Trumps stupidly on display!
Every one of those pages protects your food from being filled with rat droppings, spoiled meat out of your deli, lead out of your paint, your child’s medicine from being defective & corporations from polluting the air you breathe or dumping medical waste in the water you wade in. https://t.co/iOT9ifbqiE
Bernie: "Let's break up the banks!" NYDN: "Ok, how?" Bernie: "Huh?" NYDN: "How do you propose we do this?" Bernie: "Do what, now?" NYDN: "The banks." Bernie: "Do what w/them?" NYDN: "Break them up?" Bernie: "I have no idea." NYDN: 😐
Yesterday, I went looking for a database of Black women who are running for office in 2018. I didn't find one, so with the help of 4 other people, I created one that has info of 100+ women: https://t.co/IIzYcQhac4
I’ve been trying to keep my anger under control by taking time away from everything. With problems in my daily life controlling that anger is getting harder and what is happening in the country just exacerbates my anger. So, sorry for taking time off but I feel I don’t have much choice in the matter.
The Democratic Party is blowing up right in front of our faces. None of the Dems in Congress seem to know what they are doing from one minute to the next and aren’t working together, at lest from what I can see. This latest kerfuffle involving Sen Franken by select members of Congress goes to show just that. Headlined by Kirsten Gillibrand who can’t seem to keep her mouth shut when she should and other Senators following her lead to condemn Sen Franken without due process while not saying anything about Trump or Moore is slowly pissing me off.
They need to get together and fight back against Trump and the Repukes in a concerted effort and quit giving into purity fights because the right wing doesn’t give a shit about their purity. It’s making us look like a bunch of wimps.
(THREAD) Erik Prince—Trump advisor; ex-head of a murderous mercenary army; would-be head of Trump's private spy agency; would-be head of a privatized U.S. army—is a dangerous liar. He just testified under oath. This is a live reading of the transcript. Hope you'll read and share. pic.twitter.com/XNMqpnERX6
80%+ of your hires are white men. You forcibly invade women's personal space, dismissing them if they protest. You literally & figuratively try to shove women out of your way. You wrote "many teachers are bitches." You derided PP as "the establishment." Sit down & STFU Senator. https://t.co/uy477Te9BZ
This is going to be a brief one…good old lackadaisical Thanksgiving…Forgot yesterday was Thursday ..oops :)
Well it looks like bobby-three-sticks didn’t hear our call for action for any perp walks Wednesday. I’m gonna let him get away with it since we’ve come to find out Flynn is distancing himself from Thing meaning that he’s selling Thing down the river with no boat. Hopefully we’ll see some movement towards arrests this coming week.
If you're dead to rights, flipping on others and cooperating with the prosecution is the only sane and rational move. Also, prosecutors accept cooperation only if you can provide "substantial assistance." Higher up in the food chain. Stay tuned… https://t.co/ZtAxKGx8Wi
.@realDonaldTrump – you should be thankful for the work others did before you, otherwise, you'd have gone bald by now: zero bills passed, russian affairs, nepotism, anticlimate, lowest approval ever and constant threat to world peace. https://t.co/8l0IZMdwo7
Life is a hard as hell at all times but especially what we’ve had to endure the last 18 months and more to the point the last 12. I thought I was going to write some long spiel for this edition of TGIF, about Al Franken, and what this all means in the bigger picture but I just don’t have it in me right now…It all depressing as hell what we have to go through from one day to the next anymore so I’m just gonna put a few tweets up and let things progress as usual.
Another week of the fast and furious news cycle we seem to be caught in lately. Funny how becasue of Thing and his minions all the deplorables are coming out of the woodwork left and right. From adulterers to rapists to child molesters to outright criminals all being outed as what and who they are…Deplorable assholes.
Seems fitting that most if not all are Conservatives and getting what is coming to them. The morons speaking for them like this asshole are beyond anything I can make sense of…
Wow. This defense of Roy Moore from AL state Auditor Jim Ziegler:
"Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”https://t.co/IhaWiCEFmq
The evangelical non christian right are showing their true colors in amazing and truly frightening ways and these are the people that want us to bow down to their way of thinking…Sorry, assholes, it ain’t happening, ever.
Maybe this is something that is good in all this mess…The worthless bastards are getting outed and we can bury them and be done with it. Not what anyone wanted to go through but it didn’t seem like it was going to happen until Trump. So thank you Thing for driving the deplorable people out of the woodwork out in to the light so we can get rid of them, including yourself.
I don’t think I would be saying this before Tuesday and our glorious trouncing that we administered on the Republicans and no Bernie, you didn’t have anything to do with it.
All of what happened Tuesday and with all of the deplorables looking at public shaming for their actions I’m looking at 2018 as a banner year for us. I can see the House and the Senate turning blue and putting a stop to any further damage and allowing us to retake the WH in 2020 and start to fix what the Republicans have fucked up once again.
I honestly did not think that any “conservatives” would stoop so low as to defend a pedophile. Wrong. There is no limit to how far they will go to win elections, no line they will not cross, no norms they will not transgress. There is a sickness in the land.
Via @daveweigel, a startling expose of the Sanders plan to co-opt the Democratic Party nomination process. Folks, it's time to mobilize. Wrapped in velvet glove, this is cold-blooded voter suppression plan worthy of Scott Walker. pic.twitter.com/ujNt0Gkbia
Legally, treason is aiding & abetting a declared enemy of the United States. We have not declared war against Russia, so Conspiracy to Commit Espionage is the appropriate legal terminology. Still a capital crime. Rosenberg's were executed for those crimes.
Rant time…Got to get this shit out of my system…I’m angry becasue of the asswipe we have in the WH…angry because of the dipshit Republicans that are doing nothing but having a circle jerk and letting the already mentioned asswipe ruin our way of life…angry at the MSM for normalizing the asswipe…we used to be able to depend on some of the media but it doesn’t seem as if that’s true anymore. Even reliable liberal media, not all, is untrustworthy from day to day.
I’ve been nice so far because Miss Hillary has been in my lap with her motor running…She got up and left…all semblance of nice has disappeared. :)
But most of all I am angry about the lack of anything resembling brains in the people that are supposed to be progressing our liberal agenda. Tom Perez has been a complete failure…what the fuck Ellison is doing is anyone’s guess since I haven’t heard him mentioned once since taking his position…The DNC might as well close shop becasue they have lost the base and with the lack of leadership won’t be getting the base back anytime soon…Donna Brazile can fuck off…Liz can fuck off…Bernie can fuck off and die and take all his rats with him. Any Democrat that demonizes Hillary or the base can fuck off including our estranged Uncle Joe. I’m too pissed off to pick out any more right now but they know who they are and will not be getting anything but ridicule moving forward.
Right now our aim should be to support Bob Mueller and his quest to tie all the motherfuckers up into knots and deliver them to jail. Our aim should be to support Democratic candidates running in their quest for office.
Thanks for the togetherness we’ve formed for the last year…I don’t believe I would have lasted the last year without you all…
It's simpler then that. Independent Socialist Bernie Sanders lost because he's a Independent Socialist not a Democrat. That's it that's all
Donna Brazile is lying about numerous aspects of the Democratic primary race, to try to make herself relevant to Bernie Sanders fans. Now Elizabeth Warren has fallen for Brazile's lies. What a shit show. All because Bernie & his fans can't handle that he lost by MILLIONS of votes
Well, the deflections are starting to get more absurd as the days progress. Once they brought Hillary deflections back we wonder if it’s becasue she’s back and getting more vocal and they want to denounce what Hillary is saying by trying to stifle her? Me thinks they are wasting their time as Hillary isn’t going away and all it’s going to do is make us fight them that much harder. If anything it’s going to show the truth that Hillary is who we know her to be and it’s going to end up showing everything they’ve said about her for the last 30 years are all lies.
I expect the deflections to become an everyday thing with the craziest yet to come. Trump is guilty as sin and more people are starting to realize that. I’m wondering when there is going to be an investigation in the death of Abraham Lincoln. I’m sure the Republicans and Trump will try to make a case that it was the Democrats who shot Lincoln. Anything to waste money and try and get everyone to forget Trump is even in the White House. Of course that a fools errand since Trump can’t shut up long enough to let one of his stupidities to sink in before a new one passes his lips.
So the next few weeks are looking good for our side as long as we keep the pressure on Trump and the Repukes.
Morning meese…Sorry about last week..First time for everything I suppose…Back to my old irritable self…
Seems we can’t go one damn day without something stupid happening. This is mostly because we have an empty headed buffoon in the WH but we’ve been seeing this be the norm for decades as the Conservative right has gotten worse with every day, month and year since President Clinton was in office. Now that their plans to take over the Gov’t by cheating is being derailed, since they sold their souls to Russia to get the deplorable Bum elected and their rottenness is front and center, we are being given a fighting chance to shove them back under the rocks they slithered out from.
Us meese, being endowed with mega common sense and a love for all, have seen this shift coming on and have fought against the take over. We succeeded with electing Bill and Barack but have been derailed by a bunch of fools otherwise. The fools say they stand with us and then ruin everything because of their puritanical bullshit. They have been thorns in out sides to getting a country that works for everyone. You know all the suspects…Sarandon has pulled her head out of her ass to run her mouth in 2000 and 2016. She needs to go to the garbage bin. We need to shut Bernie and his rats down which I see is gaining momentum as they keep getting foot in mouth disease.
Things are looking up as Barack and Hillary are back and showing they are the grownups while Bum and the Republicans are showing they haven’t a clue. Our voices have made a difference. Let’s keep going forward together.
Oh yeah…Great damn thread…
Can’t I dislike Bernie not because of Hillary, but because he’s a self-centered, “independent” ass who’s tone-deaf on non-economic issues
Obama in Virginia on Charlottesville/statues: "If we’re going to talk about our history, then we should do it in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds, not in a way that divides. We shouldn’t use the most painful parts of our history just to score political points." pic.twitter.com/ClDsOa9hQs
Obama took direct shot at GOP's Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie at Richmond rally: "What he’s really trying to deliver is fear. What he really believes is that if you scare just enough voters, you might score just enough votes to win an election." pic.twitter.com/DSX3DkXHPf
So POUTS doesn’t think much of the Iran agreement. As a result, a fair number of people don’t think much of POUTS. Well, if we’re going to be strictly accurate, it’s not as though most of said people thought much of him before, but they now think even less.
On these occasions, It’s usually sensible to take the thoughts of Patrick Cockburn:
As President Trump withdraws certification of the nuclear agreement with Iran, commentators across the world struggled for words to adequately convey their outrage and contempt. A favourite term to describe Trump is as “a wrecking ball”, but the phrase suggests a sense of direction and capacity to strike a target which Trump does not possess.
The instant that Trump decertifies the deal struck by President Obama in 2015, the US becomes a lesser power and Iran a greater one, because he will confirm the belief that America is led by an egoist motivated by ignorant prejudice. Accusations of mental derangement have always been part of common currency of political abuse, but there is a growing belief among international leaders that in Trump’s case there might be something to it, though they have few ideas about what they should do about this.
Their bemusement is understandable given that the situation is so bizarre. In the past, highly neurotic individuals were most like to gain power as hereditary monarchs, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany being a prime example. Full blown psychoses are less common, though madness of Charles VI of France and Henry VI of England in the late Middle Ages precipitate both countries into civil wars. What is extraordinary about Trump’s all-consuming egomania, or what some call “malignant narcissism”, is that it did not prevent his rise to power.
Iranian leaders may calculate that, short of all-out war, they come out the winner: the US-led coalition of states that once isolated Iran has disintegrating and today it is the US that risks isolation. Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China and the UN nuclear watchdog all say that Iran has abided by the terms of the agreement. The ability of the US to line up all the other big powers in support of a deal brokered by itself was proof that the US was a superpower; its abandonment will have the opposite effect. As if this was not damaging enough to the US, turning over the whole mess to a dysfunctional Congress only highlights the implosion of US influence in the world.
The Iranians are sensibly saying very little, presumably calculating that nothing they do will be quite so damaging to US interests as what Trump is doing. The true destabiliser in the Middle East is not Iran but Trump himself.
Of course, he hasn’t actually withdrawn from the Iran agreement yet. All he’s actually done is said he doesn’t like it. Clemens Wergin looks at the saving of face:
Trump is about keeping his face. Every three months, he has to confirm against the US Congress that Iran adheres to the terms of the agreement, which makes it look bad on its voters at regular intervals.
Therefore, Trumps employees now had to design a little pocket game. The task: How do you announce the deal, without really denouncing him and dismissing Iran from his obligations? His advisors have now found a way that appeals to the President.
Trump no longer wants to certify that Tehran is fulfilling the agreement. At the same time, however, America does not rise from it either. The formula is that Iran may not be right against the letter of the agreement, but against its spirit. This would mean that the Congress would then have to decide with which measures America should react. The Trump government, however, does not wish the parliamentarians to terminate the agreement, but rather to formulate conditions for Iran.
The situation in Syria is similarly contradictory. The unwillingness of both the Obama and Trump governments, the Russians, as well as the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who had allied themselves with Tehran, has now led the Assad / Tehran / Moscow / Hezbollah partners to control more and more parts of Syria. Through the complete dependency of Assad of Tehran, the Iranians have managed to establish an almost continuous sphere of influence from Iran (via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon) to the Mediterranean Sea and move dangerously close to Israel on the Syrian border in the Golan.
Restraining this influence would require a far more robust American intervention in the region and in the Syrian civil war. And it is questionable whether Trump, who so far is based on less than on US involvement in the Middle East, is really willing to do so.
In the Frankfurter Allgemeine, Oliver Kühn considers the wider failure of POUTS as a foreign policy actor:
American President Donald Trump has embraced the foreign policy principle which he propagated in the election campaign and whichwas also one of the reasons why he has been elected to the highest office in the United States: America First. For Trump, the United States has been used for years and has been pushed round by countries, both allies and opponents. This would finally change under him as president, he promised.
With these announcements he had beaten the foreign policy establishment in Washington and the allies of the United States over the head: it broke radically with the politics of his predecessor. While Barack Obama was still interested in multilateral solutions and wanted to take a back seat from the background, Trump simply wants to do whatver he thinks serves the United States the most. Whether allies agree with him, he does not care.
It is no surprise, then, that his foreign policy seems to be, above all, to turn the achievements of Obama back.
The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un he calls “Little Rocket Man” and has often threatened to use harder means than just diplomacy. What he means by this, however, he has never clarified and so far his words have not been followed by any deeds. If we follow Trump’s logic, this approach is also an attempt to keep nuclear threats away from the United States. His unilateral excursions, however, unsettle possible negotiating partners and do not appear to have intimidated Pyongyang. Rather, his behavior awakens fears of a war. The republican senator Bob Corker, for example, accused him of leading the country into a Third World War. Comparisons are drawn between Trump and Wilhelm II, the last German emperor who led the Reich into the First World War.
The European allies of the United States are now puzzling what to do with the American president. On the one hand, he described NATO as superfluous in the election campaign and put the cat among the Europeans’ pigeons. However, he still calls for the NATO partners to spend more on their defense, which is why the two percent target adopted at the summit in Wales should be respected. Since Great Britain is occupied with herself by Brexit, Germany and France will have to jump into the breach and have to assume a greater leadership role.
The only country that to Trump does not appear to be a competitor is, fatally, the only one that has so far been shown to have intervened in the internal affairs of the United States: Russia.
So far, this approach has hardly borne fruit. Rather, Trump has exacerbated some problems with his departure from many years of American foreign policy, see North Korea, and created others, see climate agreement. But his followers probably do not care. They like Trump to take a tough stance. For this they have elected him to “make America great again.” Since the consent of his supporters seems to be the only thing that interests the American president, there will probably be no change in policy in the foreseeable future.
It’s not just Iran and North Korea, of course. He’s also getting annoyed with NAFTA, as Suzanne Lynch reports:
In the months since his election as president of the United States, Donald Trump has been assailed by critics for not following through on his key promises. But behind the drama and intrigue of the Trump White House, the administration has been making progress on several policy priorities that could have ramifications long after Trump leaves office.
Take Nafta. The North American Free Trade Agreement that was signed in 1994 between the United States, Canada and Mexico was enemy number one during the Trump presidential campaign, with candidate Trump dismissing it as the “worst trade deal ever”. Since assuming office, the Trump team has been busy working on dismantling it, officially notifying Congress in May that it was seeking to renegotiate the deal.
With negotiators aiming to reach a deal before Mexico’s elections next July, pressure is on to find a compromise. In the meantime, business groups are watching nervously.
“Withdrawal from Nafta would put at stake millions of American jobs in every sector of the US economy, the competitiveness of US-produced goods and services, and our country’s standing as a global economic leader,” said the influential business lobby group, Business Roundtable, this week.
It will be hoping a compromise is reached – and fast.
POUTS’s ambition is obviously to become the Billy No-Mates among world leaders. Quite how this will MAGA is a complete mystery.
And of course there’s now the withdrawal from UNESCO,which provoked this editorial from Le Monde:
In less than a year, the United States has already withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement , is preparing to undermine the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear and, followed by Israel , announced, on Thursday, 12 October, that they would leave Unesco at the end of 2018. Each time, the United Nations system is weakened and multilateralism is shaken when it should be strengthened .
Donald Trump is true to his campaign promises. He laughs at the sketch of the “international community” represented by the United Nations, the only organization to have a way of international legitimacy because of its universality. Trump believes only in the relations of strength between some of the world’s great – the rest is indifferent to him.
It will be said that the withdrawals mentioned above are not of equal importance. Global warming and the fight against nuclear proliferation are part of the quasi-existential emergency. But despite all its many shortcomings, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – which is to have a new Directorate General in the coming days – has more than ever a role to play in a world plagued by politico-religious extremism, complicism and, often, a questioning of science.
It remains the symbol of an America that rejects the laborious and thankless path of multilateralism. It consists in seeking together solutions to the pathologies of the planet – in the difficult respect of the sovereignty of each other, the great and the small. Mr. Trump’s way amounts to destroying the very system that the United States set up in the aftermath of the Second World War.
One wonders what else there is left for POUTS to leave, or at least threaten to.
Not that he’s confining himself to fucking up America’s foreign policy. David Usborne sees him doing the same at home:
Sulky America is out, not playing any more and we don’t know whether to snicker or sob. The repercussions at home will be many – dented pride now, dented profits soon. A talent drain is sure to ensue, unless the situation is reversed. But that can’t happen for four years. Or eight.
OK. America not showing up for the World Cup in Russia next year has nothing to do with President Grump. They got beat by Trinidad and Tobago last week and their qualification dreams were shattered. (More than a dream – ESPN, the sports network, had, until Tuesday night, put the chances of the US team getting through at 97 per cent.) But still, you could almost imagine Trump on the stump last year: “FIFA is the most corrupt sports body in the history of the world. The worst. It’s horrible. When I am elected I will withdraw America from the World Cup”.
Some political leaders fret about being trapped by pledges foolishly made to voters. Lordy, did I really say I’d hold a referendum? By all the evidence, Trump is not that kind of politician. There isn’t anything he said on the campaign trail that he isn’t gagging to get done or, at the very least, create the impression they are getting done. With some, that’s proving difficult. Like the wall. And draining the swamp, which isn’t going well at all. On those issues where there is an obvious political downside to action, he doesn’t seem to see it. Or just ignores it.
Take Obamacare. Last week saw Trump threw two grenades at the Affordable Care Act passed in the first term of his predecessor. Essentially, they were deliberate acts of sabotage. If he took special pleasure doing so, it’s because probably the worst moments of his presidency so far came when Republicans in Congress repeatedly failed to repeal and replace the law – as promised. He had made the same commitment and thought he’d finally found a way to do it.
But having taken those steps – one allowing small businesses to group together to offer insurance plans outside of the strictly controlled Obamacare framework and the other ending federal subsidies to help the poorest purchase plans under the law – he will also have to now take responsibility if the health insurance industry now goes into a tailspin and premiums skyrocket, as is likely now to happen. Blaming Democrats and Obama will no longer do.
And, politically speaking, so far so good. His base is celebrating. Trump belongs to them and he has made good in as many days on two big things, Obamacare and Iran. Or started to.
Yet, if there is peril with what he did about Obamacare, something far more dire threatens on the Iran front. He did not rescind it, passing the baton to Congress… But that will not be easy, not by a long chalk, especially where 60 votes in the Senate would be required. That means Democrats joining hands with the Republicans on the issue.
Trump, however, stated that if Congress fails to do as he is asking, he will unilaterally pull the US from the deal. The implications of that are not pretty. The US would be isolated from its allies. Iran would feel emboldened to take its own exit from the deal and resume whatever it was doing before in the nuclear field. America’s credibility seeking to negotiate any similar deals with other countries – North Korea is one candidate – would be shot.
None of that is good. Not for the world and ultimately not for Trump either. But he slept well last night knowing he’d made his base happy doing what he said he’d do.
POUTS being a loose cannon causes uncertainty, for obvious reasons. This is now having ramifications for the world economy, as Arnaud Leparmentier explains:
“There’s an elephant in the room. European Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici summarizes the unspoken meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington on Thursday, 12 October: the global economy is doing better, actually much better , with a widespread or almost universal recovery of growth in the world , but uncertainties about US policy pose risks to the planet .
First concern, the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve (Fed, US central bank). Immense amounts of capital have been injected into the economy to curb the crisis, but central banks are putting an end to their unconventional policies and are attempting to return to normalcy.
Second concern, the commercial policy of Donald Trump against a background of populism. The negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have tightened sharply, with Donald Trump threatening to come out on Wednesday (October 11th) during a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Washington. Posture trading or real risk? Again, unpredictability is total. The US administration has so far remained in the multilateral trading framework, but it is weaponizing its gun on many topics: threat of exit from the Alena, proposal of unilateral sanctions on Chinese steel or on Korean washing machines , blocking the appointment of dispute arbitration panels to the World Trade Organization. No one can rule out a crisis by January.
Third concern, US fiscal and budgetary policy. The case gave rise to a clash between the IMF and the Trump administration, which accuses the bank of wanting the failure of its reform. Lagarde recalled that her bank was in favor of a tax reform in the United States which would lead to “a simplification of the system, a reduction of the rates and the elimination of deductions that multiply at the request of various and various lobbies” . But, she added, “we must not create deficits in the medium term” .
Overall, US unpredictability led the IMF to lower its growth forecasts between April and October (2.3% instead of 2.5% expected in 2018): it had during the election of Donald Trump integrated its infrastructure spending or tax reform programs. However, in this period of economic rebound, the major risk is geopolitical : the return of war with the outbreak of an American conflict with North Korea and Iran .
I’ll finish this week with a piece from Anna Sauerbrey looking at how to involve young people in politics, provoked by the observation that German political parties are having enormous difficulty with it:
The interest in ideas on how shrinking can be stopped should therefore be great, now that the peoples’ parties are sorting out and trying to digest their choice. And that’s probably why I’m interested in a meeting with Howard Dean . Howard Dean served as head of the US Democrats until 2009, previously as governor of Vermont, and has been a policy consultant since then. This week, Dean, at the invitation of the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, met politicians and journalists, including, among other things, his latest project: Dean supported ” Onward Together, ” an initiative of Hillary Clinton, founded in May . Clinton wants to support grassroots organizations financially and organizationally, who devote themselves to “progressive targets”, says the website. One might also say that it wants to tap the political energy of the young anti-Trump opposition for the Democrats.
After the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, the US has seen an unprecedented political movement, mainly by young people under and around 30. “This is their French Revolution,” says Dean. They were demonstrating at airports, when Trump imposed entry restrictions on Muslims shortly after official entry. They also loudly protested against the abolition of the Paris Climate Agreement and the announcement that the residency status of 800,000 children of illegal migrants should be terminated. For themselves: most have nothing to do with parties. The young Anti-Trump movement is organized in campaigns such as “Indivisible”, “Flippable” or “Swing left”.
“Indivisible” was founded by several former employees of Democratic congresspeople. In a kind of handbook they give the thousands of small groupings that are part of it, a guide for political influence: start petitions, pressurize parliamentarians through calls, make inquiries. ” Flippable ” and ” Swing left ” specifically supports candidates in states and districts that are on the brink between Democrats and Republicans. They all have in common: they are ad hoc alliances designed for short-term political goals, rather than long-term strategic or substantive changes.
The model is certainly not immediately transferable to Germany. But here, too, many young people are politicizing themselves because of the arrival of the AfD in the Bundestag. A few thousand have already entered into parties. However, it is worthwhile to think about formats that also allow for an ad hoc participation that integrates existing action groups. Completely without local party structures.
I’ll further observe that similar concerns are abroad in Britain. We too have long-established parties with long-established traditions and long-established general outlooks, which also have entrenched histories of things which they regard as inviolable. The difficulty is that the younger generations can’t find a party which they properly agree with as a result. Among the older generations, people who support X usually also support Y and Z and are antipathetic to A, B & C. Among younger generations, support for X may well be accompanied by support for Y, but it’s more likely that X supporters also support B & C. (No, I’m not going to adumbrate what each of these things are, but if you’ve tried any cross-generational conversation, you have probably been surprised by the differing contents of the generational bundles.)
I’m not entirely convinced that the political party as we knew it in the 20th century is a sensible structure for pursuing political goals in the 21st. Admittedly, I have even less idea about what would be a sensible structure; it behoves some people with more imagination than me to come up with it.