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Trump tax plan: Plant beans and wait for the beanstalk

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- You would think that the Trump administration, with so many emigres from the business world, could at least perform simple arithmetic. Judging by the president’s looney-tunes tax plan, you would be wrong.

As usual for President Trump, he has offered few details. But the outlines of his proposal, released Wednesday, are nothing ...Read more

Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In the annals of pathetic climbdowns, this Sunday morning tweet from President Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor:

“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”

To put those weasel-words in context, let me ask a ...Read more

It’s time to pull the plug on repeal-and-replace

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are apparently ready for yet another attempt to snatch health insurance away from constituents who need it. Someone should remind Speaker Paul Ryan of a saying often attributed to his legendary predecessor, Sam Rayburn: “There’s no education in the second kick of the mule.”

Having failed miserably to win ...Read more

A Cake and Golf Presidency

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump’s spending of public money on his own ease and comfort is lavish and wasteful. His attitude toward taxpayers seems to be, roughly: Let them eat “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen.”

That is how the president described the dessert he shared with Chinese President Xi Jinping at ...Read more

Lack of Focus, Lack of Vision

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- So much for Donald Trump, the “America First” populist champion of the forgotten working class. The president now sounds pretty much like a garden-variety globalist, defending the “rigged” system he denounced during the campaign.

Then again, who knows how he’ll sound next week? He hasn’t even been in office for three ...Read more

Trump’s Missile Attack on Syria Changes Nothing

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The United States has become a combatant in Syria’s horrific civil war. The Trump administration, which intervened with deadly military force, gives no sign of knowing what it’s doing or why.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has absurdly tried to suggest that nothing has changed. He is wrong. Fifty-nine cruise missiles ...Read more

Tasked with Saving the World, Jared Kushner is Destined to Fail

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner is emerging as the smoothest, slickest operator in the Court of King Donald. He is also, by far, the busiest -- and the hardest to fire.

President Trump is apparently convinced that his son-in-law, who serves officially as a senior adviser, can fix anything. Make that everything: In less than three months, ...Read more

Republican Muddle is an Opening for Democrats

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Will anyone be left standing when the Republican circular firing squad runs out of ammunition? Or will everybody just reload and keep blasting away, leaving Democrats to clean up the bloody mess?

The political moment we’re living through is truly remarkable, but not in a good way. Republicans control the White House and both ...Read more

Trump Could Learn Plenty From His Mistakes -- If Only He Acknowledged Them

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Last week’s health care fiasco could end up being a positive experience for President Trump if he learns a few obvious lessons. Spoiler alert: He won’t.

The first thing that should dawn on Trump is that the warring Republican factions in Congress have multiple agendas, none of which remotely resembles his own. This is why the ...Read more

Mr. President, the Disgrace is All Yours

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump called himself “instinctual” this week, but the word he must have been groping for was “untruthful.” He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying corrodes and dishonors our democracy.

Of course we’ve had presidents who lied -- to name a few, Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam, ...Read more

Does the FBI’s Trail Lead to Russia?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether persons involved with President Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russian officials to help Trump win the election. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a deep breath, exhale, and try to imagine where this might lead.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday what we suspected: An active ...Read more

A Bellicose Budget in Trump’s Own Image

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump’s first budget is an attempt to reshape the federal government in his own image -- crass, bellicose, short-sighted, unserious and ultimately hollow.

Unsurprisingly, Trump titled it “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The reality is that if Congress were to accept these numbers -- ...Read more

One Congressman’s Unbounded Racism

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- White supremacism was never banished from American political thought, just shoved to the fringe and hushed to a whisper. Now, in the Age of Trump, it’s back in the mainstream and ready to roar.

Witness the words of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on the subject of immigration: “Culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t ...Read more

The ACA Replacement Bill Reflects the GOP’s Fiscal and Moral Irresponsibility

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It’s time to put an end to the myth that Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility. Saving taxpayer dollars takes a back seat to the ideological imperative of blaming and shaming the poor.

Witness the GOP’s long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. House committees are moving forward on the legislation before ...Read more

Can This President Weather His Own Storms?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Wow, we went from no drama to all drama in the blink of an eye. An embattled President Trump spent the weekend raging in frustration at his inability to control events -- and his administration is just in its second month. How will he make it through a year? Let alone four?

And how long before Trump campaign insiders whose ...Read more

No, Trump’s Speech Was Not ‘Presidential’

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What I heard from President Trump in his speech Tuesday night was a greatest-hits compilation of campaign promises he has no earthly way to keep. “Dying industries will come roaring back to life,” he vowed. Gleaming new roads, bridges and airports will magically materialize. Health care will be better, cheaper and available to ...Read more

Does Trump Know That He’s in Office?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration so far has been smoke and mirrors, sound and fury, self-proclaimed victimhood and angry tweets. Where is the substance? Where is the competence? And where -- increasingly -- is the public support?

Donald Trump’s approval rating of 41 percent is the lowest Gallup has ever measured for a president this ...Read more

Trump’s ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’ is Going Haywire

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is flailing like a man who fears he’s about to go under, and he hasn’t even been in office a full month. His instinct is to flee to the warmth and comfort of his political base -- but he will learn that while presidents can run, they can’t hide.

Trump’s administration faces two acute, interlocking crises: ...Read more

The GOP’s Profiles in Cowardice

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Imagine how Republicans would have reacted if former president Obama had attacked a retailer for dropping his daughter’s product line. Or asked senators to confirm a Cabinet pick who said guns are needed in schools to defend against grizzly bears. Or tried to undermine the independence of the federal judiciary. Or equated the ...Read more

Governing by Tantrum

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- No one should have been surprised when President Trump raged that the “so-called judge” who blocked his travel ban should be blamed “if something happens.” It is clear by now that the leader of the free world has the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old who kicks, punches and holds his breath when he can’t have ice cream.

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