After reading this article about what Iranian hardliners are saying on social media, I was struck by how much the hardliners in Iran and the hardliners in the U.S. mirror each other and feed off each other. The hardliners in Iran (inadvertently) strengthen the hardliners in the U.S. by giving them something to point to and say, "See, we can't trust the Iranians--they are going to violate the JCPOA and build missiles that threaten us." Meanwhile, hardliners like John Bolton (inadvertently) give the Iranian hardliners something to point to and say, "See, we can't trust the Americans". The similarity between American and Iranian hardliners even extends to their alarm at our trade imbalances with China. Our hardliners and Iranian hardliners might actually get along if they took their collective heads out of their asses and tried--really tried-- to see things from each others' point of view. But if they were accustomed to trying to view the world from other countries' points of view they would probably not be hardliners in the first place. Here are some excerpts from the article, but I recommend reading the whole thing.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin has said that President Trump definitely did scorn immigrants from Haiti and "shit hole countries" in Africa. Donald Trump just posted a tweet that mocked "Senator Dicky Durbin" and called him a liar.
Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2018
This series of tweets by Steve Schmidt, a former spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee who led the day-to-day operations of John McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign, is so outstanding that it deserves its very own blog post
This tax bill demonstrates,once again, the total collapse of all and any rigor around the policy making process in the GOP congress. It is built on a foundation of lies. It adds more than a trillion to the debt. No real conservative should vote for this
Roy Moore's supporters will point with glee and shout that , Beverly Young Nelson lied about her claim that Roy Moore attempted to rape her in a car by a dumpster when she was only 16. During her November 13 press conference, Nelson and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, claimed that Moore's signed note in Nelson's Yearbook was proof that the two knew each other in 1977. (Note below that the note was signed "Love".)
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No matter how you slice it, both the House and the Senate versions of the tax reform bill pose a grave danger to our economy for decades to come. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would increase the deficit by $1.7 Trillion over the next 10 years. House Republicans have objected to this estimate because it doesn't account for the job growth that will result from the tax cut. The Republicans might not have liked that estimate, but they were in such a hurry to pass their bill that they refused to wait for the CBO to calculate a dynamic score. However, dynamic scoring from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Tax Foundation both indicate that the deficit will increase by over $1 trillion.
Life is unfair. Some babies are born to billionaires and will never have to worry about working for food and shelter for the rest of their lives. Others are born into grinding poverty and may be homeless or unable to obtain enough food or medical care. The tax reform bill under consideration will increase the unfairness of the system by eliminating the estate tax. As you know, eliminating the estate tax benefits only those with estates worth over $5.49 million for a single person or $10.98 million for a couple. Why would you want to make life more unfair than it already is?
I saw a Trump supporter comment that it would be great if people would just stop fighting the President. The following is my response to this suggestion.
Can Tom Reed Legally Block His Constituents On Facebook?
My Congressman, Tom Reed, has two Facebook accounts. The first is his “Politician” Facebook page. The second is his official government Facebook page. Tom Reed (or an assistant) blocked me from posting on his “Politician” page well over a year ago and all my comments on that page have been deleted. I am not sure exactly why he blocked me. It might be because I have posted a comment or two that he didn’t like about the Iran nuclear deal. I imagine he didn’t appreciate my column in the Ithaca Journal last year that criticized his bashing of the deal.
Or it might be because he made a post saying something that was bashing President Obama (I forget what it was, probably something about ObamaCare) and then said something like “Everyone who agrees with me, like this post.” I responded by saying, "I wish Facebook had an Unlike button".
Donald Trump's condemnation of the Nazi terrorists in Charlottesville was as strong as his condemnation of Vladimir Putin for interfering with our election and for expelling hundreds from the American embassy in Moscow. In other words, it was so weak it was almost nonexistent.
Here was his condemnation on Twitter