What Now in World Trade?

  Trump’s tariff war on America’s longtime trading partners leaves the global market in a state of flux. What do you think will happen now? There is retaliation of course, and there will probably be escalation. And…? Trump’s position seems to be that America is such a great consumer market that other countries must accept […]
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South China Sea Drama

  What is China up to now? Why risk armed conflict with America by militarizing the South China Sea? It seems surprisingly counter-productive. For decades the Chinese have stealthily bought up the globe. They have acquired  significant real estate assets in the US and Canada – even attempting to purchase entire communities. They have economically […]
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IBM Watson for President?

Reading the most recent comments by Billy and LogicFish, I got to thinking about the impact artificial intelligence might have on society, and wondering whether it could revolutionize the way we are governed. I suppose most people – if they think about it at all – think of AI as some aspect of IBM Watson, […]
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Walling off America

Trump is forging ahead with plans for a wall to keep out Mexicans, examining prototypes and seeking funds from Congress for the project. (I know, he promised Mexico would pay for the wall, but you know what his promises are worth.) He has also signed an executive order calling for the creation of “a contiguous, physical wall […]
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What Trump’s Faithful Hear

  As the Mueller probe digs up increasingly incriminating dirt on Trump and his minions, the right-wing media concoct ever-more fantastic fantasies to feed his faithful followers. Here’s a sample from an article my nephew Chris sent me this morning: This year could turn out to be the defining year for the United States. It […]
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Like a Bull in a China Shop

Steelworkers union President Leo Gerard was on TV recently praising Trump for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. He said it would punish China for cheating on trade agreements. Does the head of one of the world’s largest labor organizations not know most of America’s steel and aluminum imports iare from Canada – not China? China ranks 11th on […]
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Panderers and Manipulators

Who does today’s Republican Party represent?  They give Big Business massive tax cuts while stiffing the working guy. And their Dear Leader announces devastating tariffs on imported steel and aluminum – just as Big Labor would have him do. Then we hear that Georgia’s Republican legislature quashed a tax break on airline fuel to punish Delta Airlines […]
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This, Too, Shall Pass

  If you have stocks or invest in a pension fund, you’re probably worrying about the precipitous decline in the DOW. But don’t panic. We’ve been there before and we’ll be there again. What goes up must come down, and what comes down usually goes up again. You might have known this crash was coming. […]
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Making America “Great”

  Trump’s America is fantastic. Jobs aplenty. A soaring stock market. Freedom from red tape. Hardly any taxes. ISIS on the run. Even “clean coal”! And he’s just getting started. Coming soon: brand new roads and bridges, global domination, bipartisan legislation, impregnable military might, incredible trade deals… and more. (He didn’t mention a chicken in […]
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What the Rich Really Want

  As the Republicans who control Congress prepare to launch yet another attack on the less fortunate in America, you might be asking yourself what drives them. Now that they’ve looted our  nation’s Treasury to enrich the richest of the rich, why would they want to take away our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? Are they […]
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