Blog No. 170. The Budget Act, the Trump Budget and the Road to Fiscal Ruin

Writing, and no doubt reading, about budgets is not as much fun as writing about the pronouncements of the Tweeter in Chief and various misadventures of the Trump White House. But the budget is an important matter, so even a further look at the peculiar saga of Trump and the Russians will be temporarily deferred,[…]

Blog No. 169. The Nunes Memo: An Outrage Produces a Damp Squib

The release of the Nunes memo was an outrage perpetrated by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, and President Trump, with the other Republican members of the Intelligence Committee and even Speaker Paul Ryan acting as their aiders and abettors. The focus of the memo was the conduct of the FBI in[…]

Blog No. 166. Donald Trump: “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

Washington and the media are agog at Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which describes in vivid detail a President intellectually and emotionally unfit for his office, a man treated by his staff and advisers as a child. Trump has in characteristic fashion struck back on Twitter, calling the author a “total[…]

Blog No. 165 The Republican Tax Bill: The Sausage Examined

The passage of the Republican tax bill was celebrated at the White House with a gaggle of Republican legislators showering lavish praise and gratitude on their Dear Leader. Peggy Noonan aptly described the scene: Wednesday afternoon’s big White House rally celebrating its passage was embarrassing. All these grown men and women slathering personal, obsequious, over-the-top[…]

Christmas 2017: A Carol for Children

For the fifth Christmas in the history of, I am posting Ogden Nash’s 1935 poem, “A Carol for Children,” and it seems as fitting as ever. Christmas last year came in the wake of the heartbreaking tragedy of Aleppo and the vicious attack on the Christmas Market in Berlin. This year it arrives amid[…]

Blog No. 162. Donald Trump and the “I” Word

The impeachment breezes that have been wafting through the air for months have recently grown a bit brisker. Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager turned Democratic activist, has been promoting impeachment through a $20 million campaign of television ads. And, on November 15, several House Democrats introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of[…]

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Last year, the Thanksgiving blog of reflected on the divisive aftermath of the 2016 election and the impact that it was having on Thanksgiving preparations in many homes. In particular, the blog noted reports of Thanksgiving plans being rearranged or even celebrations being canceled altogether to avoid political arguments. Sadly, it appears that similar[…]

Special Bulletin. The Republican Tax Bill: An Interim Report From the Sausage Factory will defer comment on the specific ingredients of the sausages being produced by Republicans in the House in the Senate. In the meantime, and for an overall perspective, we are publishing below the analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) of the bill released by the Senate. Senate Tax Plan is[…]

Blog No. 159. Republicans: Adrift or a Rift?

  Blog No. 158 paid tribute to the eloquent addresses by John McCain and George W. Bush, and they were followed this week by a moving testament from Senator Jeff Flake. All three speeches depicted in gripping terms the serious failings of the Trump presidency. McCain and Bush called out the abandonment of American ideals[…]