Consider that these events have all occurred in the last 72 hours:
- The White House has been caught in a flat-out lie about what they knew and when about disgraced West Wing staffer Rob Porter. The Trump Administration – and specifically Chief of Staff John Kelly – continued to employ an egregious domestic violence offender for six months, even granting him interim security clearances.
- Top American intelligence officials warned that Russia is already using a digital strategy to worsen United States’ political and social divisions, spreading disinformation. They have told the White House. And the Trump Administration has responded by . . . doing nothing. Well, not quite nothing; President Trump talked to V. Putin who assured him it was all untrue. And, in the meantime, President Trump has assured us that it’s all fake news.
- Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, admitted – boasted, really – that he had personally paid the $130,000 to Stormy Daniels to hush up her affair with President Trump. Cohen said because he paid the money, there were no campaign finance violations. Apparently, Mr. Cohen sees nothing wrong with pimping for the president of the United States. Cohen’s disclosures beg the question of whether Trump directed him to make the payment. How is it that Cohen still has a license to practice law? Can you imagine the Republican firestorm if Bill Clinton’s lawyer had paid hush money to Monica Lewinsky?
- The President is giving himself a $30 million military parade. Never mind revealing a budget that will create a $7 trillion – that’s trillion with a “t” – budget deficit over the next ten years. And that’s probably a low estimate, understated by wildly optimistic projections of economic growth. Sure, Presidential budgets are near to meaningless, but ou have to wonder what exactly it is that Republicans believe in.
This isn’t a presidential administration. It’s an ongoing train wreck, threatening our democracy, our economy, our international credibility and our existence.1
In a longer time scale, it took no special skill for WC to predict an inflation spike in response to the recent tax bill and President Trump’s increased federal spending. Prices rose 0.5 percent last month and 2.1 percent over the past 12 months. By Federal Reserve standards, that’s an unacceptably high inflation rate. The Fed will have to raise interest rates in response.
Three more years?
- Some commentators have called it a dumpster fire. The stench of corruption is certainly similar, but the metaphor fails to capture the human suffering that’s involved. ↩