Blog No.168. Shutdown: What Happened and What Now?

Most readers of RINOcracy.com have probably seen and read a great deal—more than they might have wished—about what happened. They will have followed in varying degrees the ups and downs of abortive negotiations leading up to the shutdown, then more negotiations and the end of the shutdown—at least for now. It would tax the patience[…]

Blog No. 167. Donald Trump and The Silence of the Lambs

As nearly everyone on the planet knows by now, when President Trump met with legislative leaders last Thursday to discuss immigration, he referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as immigrants from  “shithole countries.” He singled out Haiti specifically, saying “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” And lest anyone[…]

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[…]

Blog No. 164. The Reckless Attacks on Robert Mueller

On Sunday, President Trump denied that he intended to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. His denial came in the wake of reports by several media outlets, the day before, of a “rumor” on Capitol Hill, that Trump would fire Mueller after Congress had left town but before Christmas. A rumor is just a rumor and[…]

Blog No 163. The Oozlum’s Tax Bill

Regular readers will recall that from time to time RINOcracy.com has referred to the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, and other self-styled “conservatives” on Capitol Hill, as Oozlums. For the benefit of new readers, the term is a reference to the mythical bird that flies in ever decreasing concentric circles until it disappears[…]

Blog No. 160. Carla Hills On NAFTA (and Job Training)

Forty years ago or so, I had the opportunity to work for Carla A. Hills when she was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and several years later we were law partners. In the meantime, Carla had served as United States Trade Representative under President George H.W Bush and formed her own international trade consulting[…]

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[…]

Blog No. 158. McCain, Bush and the Honey Badger

Most readers of RINOcracy.com will have read about John McCain’s speech on Monday to the National Constitution Center. Yet most will probably not have seen a video of the speech, and it is well worth watching. It was short, less than 11 minutes long, but a speech that Bret Stephens called “the finest expression of[…]

Blog No. 157. Congressional Republicans: In Search of a Brain, a Heart and Courage

Collectively, Congressional Republicans resemble nothing so much as a composite character from the Wizard of Oz. In that tale, it will be recalled, the  Scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Woodman wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion wants courage. Too often, Republicans in the House and Senate appear to be lacking in all three[…]