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Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons

Thursday, April 27, 2017


I have fatigue -- Trump fatigue, that is.  His first Hideous Hundred Days have just about worn me out.  Constant lies, bombast, conflicts of interest, nepotism, shiny-object distractions, and outright ignorance mixed with blatant hucksterism have yielded lots of news coverage but very little in the way of accomplishments.  (Which suits me, since everything he wants to accomplish is abhorrent!)

Some of the latest soul-sucking time-wasters from the Blunt Orange Object and his Insane Clown Posse:

Resurrected Health Care Reform.  BS!  This time the administration pandered to the Tea Bag Freedom Caucus, with a "reform" idea to keep Obamacare but throw a bone to these ultra-conservative assholes -- states can opt out of offering essential medical benefits, and could charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions.  Lovely!  And they exempted their own coverage from those changes.  WTF?  This crap is unlikely to pass the House and is DOA in the Senate if it does.

The World's Greatest Tax Reform Plan (Brought to You by the King of Debt!).  BS!  It's not a tax plan, just a sort of tax cover sheet.  Yesterday, Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn announced this fabulous "reform" plan.  They could not have been more uncomfortable if they stood there stark naked before the cameras.  They came with new lower tax rates and little else.  "What are the income brackets?  Which deductions would be eliminated?"  "We don't know yet.  We'll get back with ya."  (Brilliant plan!)  "It's estimated this plan would slash federal revenue by $6 to $12 trillion over 10 years.  How would this huge cut be paid for?"  "By stimulating economic growth."  (The "growth" concept is just another version of Supply Side/Trickle-Down Economics.  Which. Does. Not. Work.)

Paying less tax might be nice, but what do we give up in the less-revenue bargain?  It's just a plain old tax cut with little to offset it.  It would mainly benefit the wealthy and it would increase the deficit, which is what Republicans always do.  The tax plan is a no-go.

Blame Puerto Rico!  (And Obamacare.)  BS!  Last night, apropos of nothing, Adolph Twitler decided to fire off an angry nonsensical tweet which somehow accused an unincorporated U.S. territory, a popular health insurance law, and the Democratic party of being in league to waste our tax dollars:

Democrats are trying to bail out insurance companies from disastrous , and Puerto Rico with your tax dollars. Sad!

Yo, Yam Face!  You are wasting our tax dollars -- bigly! -- with your every-weekend golf trips to Mar-A-Lago, and by maintaining your Slovenian super-wife in her gilded cage in Manhattan.  Sad!

The first 100 days have been exhausting -- feels like 100 years.



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