Corruption

The End Of "The End Of History" - US Mid-East Policy's Fork In The Road

"Saudi Arabia has simply replaced one group of autocrats with another, Crown Prince (and soon to be King) Mohammed bin Salman.  There is not one democratic impulse in his body.  But he is the tip of the spear that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are wielding to remake the landscape in the Middle East."

The Fetid Swamp Of Tax Reform

The likelihood that either party will ever drain the fetid swamp of corruption that is our tax code is zero, because it's far too profitable for politicos to operate their auction for tax favors.

Frontrunning: November 9

  • In China, Trump Cajoles Xi With Tough Talk, Flattery (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Flashy $250 Billion China Haul Has Little Substance (BBG)
  • Blame Game Over Rising Health-Insurance Premiums Begins (WSJ)
  • How to End Our Long National Tax Nightmare (BBG)
  • Trump Says Democrats Will Like Senate Tax Plan Over House Version (WSJ)

How Broke Is The House Of Saud?

"It all paints a very dark picture for the world... Russia won’t stand for attacks on Iran. And Iran won’t let attacks on Lebanon/Hezbollah go unanswered. All that is set to push up oil prices further, and all parties involved are just fine with that. Because they can buy more weapons with the additional profits."

America's "Abject Servitude" Is Now Exposed

"Our abject servitude is now exposed. We are peasants and debt-serfs imprisoned in a deeply corrupt and oppressive neofeudal society. Will we ever tire of worshiping our predatory entitled-insider class exploiters?"

Frontrunning: November 8

  • A year in: U.S. stock market under Trump's shadow (Reuters)
  • Democrats’ Wins in Virginia, New Jersey Fan Hopes for Anti-Trump Momentum (WSJ)
  • New York Gives De Blasio a Second Chance, Re-Electing Him as Mayor (BBG)
  • Democrat Wins New Jersey Governor’s Race as Voters Pan Christie, Trump (BBG)
  • Trump Starts China Visit Seeking Progress on Trade and North Korea (BBG)

America Cracks Up: The Anatomy Of A National Nervous Breakdown

"The government’s answer, as always, will lead us further down the road we’ve travelled since 9/11 towards totalitarianism and away from freedom...As we have learned the hard way, the phantom promise of safety in exchange for restricted or regulated liberty is a false, misguided doctrine that has no basis in the truth."