Politics, Moderate



Why do Republicans hate consumers?

Why do Republicans hate consumers so much?

Seriously. It's bizarre. Whenever they get the chance, Republican officials seem intent on bleeding consumers dry. Or at least celebrating others' bloodletting.

Such consumers might be 9/11 first responders and brain-injured National Football League players alleged to have been bilked out of millions ...Read more

China will learn its lesson -- just not the one Trump wants

President Trump wants to teach China a lesson. Unfortunately, the lesson that China learns may be the exact opposite of the one Trump thinks he's teaching.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration released a list of proposed tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products. This would be in addition to tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods partially ...Read more

Repealing Obamacare didn't work. So Republicans are trying sabotage.

Last year, Republicans learned that conspicuously ripping health insurance from millions of poor and sick people would probably cost them votes. So instead, they pursued a sneakier strategy: sabotage.

Undermining Obamacare can be nearly as effective as repealing Obamacare, after all. And relative to a big, splashy legislative vote, boring-...Read more

Can China build an anti-U.S. alliance?

President Trump is right about one thing. China really has been stealing many of America's most valuable ideas.

For years, the Chinese government turned a blind eye to counterfeited U.S. luxury goods, bootlegged Hollywood films, fake Apple stores, trade secrets pilfered from cutting-edge U.S. tech companies. It forced U.S. firms to hand over ...Read more

Trump wants more tax cuts, and I agree. Sort of.

President Trump wants more tax cuts. And for once, I agree with him!

Sort of.

In a Fox News interview that aired Sunday morning, Trump touted his one and only major legislative achievement -- his deficit-funded $1.9 trillion tax cut -- and expressed great enthusiasm for slashing taxes further.

"We're doing a phase two," he said. "We'll be ...Read more

Finally, a family separation story with a happy ending

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, and LOS ANGELES -- Finally, a family separation story with a happy ending.

It's not the sort of family separation that has been in the headlines lately. But it's illustrative of the many other injustices that the Trump administration has been inflicting upon those navigating our legal immigration system. Absent media ...Read more

Factory workers aren't getting what Trump promised

Factory workers and farmers are slowly learning that President Trump's fanatical protectionism -- plus Congress' economic absenteeism -- has left them painfully unprotected.

That's not what Trump promised them, of course.

A little more than a year ago, Trump invited executives and union representatives from Harley-Davidson to the White House. ...Read more

The real hoax about the border crisis

It's all a hoax. A great big hoax.

Not the family separations, the babies alone in cages, the drugged immigrant children, the stolen toddlers too traumatized to speak, the wailing children whom Ann Coulter slanders as "child actors."

Sadly, those cruelties are all too real.

The hoax is the premise that President Trump's administration has ...Read more

We'll be cleaning up Trump's mess for generations

President Trump's generational warfare continues, as he repeatedly prioritizes cheap political wins today over the massive costs they will impose tomorrow.

Consider, first and foremost, all the ways he's trashing the planet.

In pandering to his base last year, the president announced plans to pull out of the Paris climate accord, which would ...Read more

Trump's tariffs are already backfiring

CLYDE, Ohio -- Before steel and aluminum tariffs alienated our allies, before President Trump suggested car imports threatened our "national security," before that 1,000-plus-item list of Chinese goods targeted for new tariffs, there were washing machines.

Yes, washing machines.

It seems almost quaint today, but the U.S. washer industry was ...Read more

Republicans take the coward's way out on health care

If the GOP really thinks gutting protections for people with pre-existing health conditions is good policy, they should pass a damn law.

I dare them to try.

For eight years, on and off, they did. And they failed. The House passed literally dozens of repeal bills, none of which had the chance of becoming law while Barack Obama was still ...Read more

No, we don't treat immigrant families the same way we treat other "criminals"

Sorry, Trump officials. It's flat wrong to say that tearing asylum-seeking immigrant parents from their children is "no different" from how we handle other "crimes."

This past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revived a problematic argument the Trump administration keeps using to defend its inhumane policy of forced family separations at the...Read more

Trump is waging a trade war in the dumbest way possible

President Trump says we need to be "smarter" in how we deal with other countries. And yet his approach to extracting concessions from our trading partners has proved very, very dumb.

Notwithstanding Trump's Twitter declarations, trade wars are neither good nor easy to win. In a trade war, every side loses, experiencing lost jobs, crippled ...Read more

Faced with the free market, Trump takes out the shackles

The GOP has, for decades, portrayed itself as a champion of "free markets." The party's definition of free markets turns out to be pretty confusing, though.

It apparently includes allowing the president to personally dictate what companies must buy, from whom, and at what price; what products they should sell; which employees they should hire ...Read more

Trump's trade policy is stuck in the '80s -- the 1680s

WASHINGTON -- President Trump often seems as though he's stuck in the '80s. But maybe the better comparison is to the 1680s, not the Reagan era.

Consider his announcement Thursday of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. These countries not only supply about half of our imports of these metals; ...Read more

Republicans' inhumanity at the border reveals their grand scam

Since October, more than 700 minor children have been separated from their parents at the border. More than 100 have been under 4 years old.

Some, like an 18-month-old Honduran boy torn from his mother in February, are just toddlers.

"The immigration officers made me walk out with my son to a government vehicle and place my son in a car...Read more

So you're telling me my Subaru is a national security threat?

What -- you didn't know your Subaru was a national security threat?

On Wednesday evening, Trump instructed the Commerce Department to investigate whether to raise tariffs to up to 25 percent on auto imports. The official rationale for launching this probe wasn't that foreign countries were "dumping" their products at unfairly low prices, ...Read more

It's been amateur hour on China negotiations

The Trump administration is supposed to be negotiating with China. But right now it more often seems to be negotiating with itself.

China knows what it wants out of these bilateral negotiations; the White House plainly does not. Trump officials have offered shifting and at times contradictory demands and objectives, further complicated by ...Read more

Congress takes food from 2 million poor people -- and doesn't even save money

Leave it to Congress to take food away from 2 million poor people and somehow save no money in the process.

The House farm bill, scheduled for a vote Friday, contains a major overhaul to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps). In many ways, the legislation -- which, in a break with tradition, was written ...Read more

This is what a death spiral looks like

This is what the start of a death spiral looks like.

Three states have announced preliminary 2019 premium-rate requests for Obamacare individual-market policies, and the numbers don't look good.

In Virginia, the first state out of the gate, insurers requested hikes as high as 64.3 percent. Across all insurers, and weighted for current ...Read more


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