As members of Congress in Washington debate raising the minimum required to obtain a U.S. immigrant investor visa from $500,000 to $1.35 million, Bloomberg reports concern about the hike has set off a scramble among wealthy would-be participants in China.
Asimov’s solution to the failure of humanity to change was to create an academic oriented benevolent ruling class who could save the human race from destroying itself. He seems to have been well before his time with regards to creating Shadow Governments and Deep State functionaries. It appears he agreed with his contemporary Edward Bernays. The masses could not be trusted to make good decisions, so they needed more intellectually advanced men to guide their actions.
After failing to achieve Republican agreement over healthcare reform, The Washington Post reports that while President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan both want to rewrite the tax code, they are deeply divided over how much tax relief to give the middle class.
"This is about making sure we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach to how we do regulation in this country. For too long, over the last several years, we've accepted the narrative that if you're pro-growth, pro-jobs you're anti-environment and that's just not where we've been in the country. And the executive order is going to address the past administration's effort to kill jobs across this country through the clean power plan."
One upon a time, the benevolent future was supposed to bemuse with hoverboards, flying cars and interplantary travel. Instead, according to the folks at Slovakia's Bozena Riot Security Systems, the dystopian future has arrived, and it is made of armored plates and riot gear.
"Do I really think that you guys are gonna tell the story that I would like to have told? No. Your story’s gonna be, “Here’s a guy, spreads fake news, uses social media and these social media people better,” I know the story you guys are doing before you do it."
Following similar calls by his ideological peers, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee demanded on Monday evening that Committee Chair, Devin Nunes, should recuse himself from "any further involvement" into President Trump’s campaign ties with Russia.
A trillion dollars of housing debt has been replaced by a trillion dollars (or more) of student and auto loan debt. Delinquency rates are increasing for student and auto loans, while other loan types have seen a decrease in delinquency. Finally, the value of both the university education and the automobiles people are buying don’t seem to justify the amount being borrowed and spent.
"Trump’s short-term agenda (reforms of healthcare, taxes, and trade policy) seems overly optimistic and has met resistance; healthcare’s lack of progress begs the question – is this GOP Congress an opposition party or a governing party?"
Recently, US Lieutenant General Ben Hodges ordered over 60 US tanks to fire their guns in Poland. The general has reason to be confident. It can be said with relative certainty that, if the US sends scores of tanks halfway around the world to a country that borders Russia, then begins firing the guns, the Russians will indeed interpret that as a warning that their sovereignty is no longer respected by the US.
China's top steel producing province Hebei was ordered by China's central government to investigate firms in Tangshan that have "restricted but not cut production, restricted production but not actually cut emissions, and cut capacity but actually increased output," according to a provincial notice dated March 25.
The mystery surrounding President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama during the 2016 election campaign deepened on Monday with the disclosure that the controversial House Intel Chair, Devin Nunes, reviewed classified information about the charge while on White House grounds.
A state-run Russian bank which has been under U.S. economic sanctions since 2014 disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and key policy adviser, during the 2016 election campaign.