Month: March 2017

President Trump

Obama Admin Wiretapped Trump *UPDATE 2*

Now you know. You can stop doubting. You have more than hope. The Obama administration spied on Donald Trump and his campaign and transition teams. There is no longer any doubt. The questions that remain are: Who ordered and authorized the illegal wiretaps? Who illegally received and disseminated the intelligence? What did Obama know? It’s …

Political Strategy

Trump’s Next Move: Infrastructure

I’ve changed my mind on priority. Instead of going to tax reform next, President Trump should work on that big-league infrastructure bill. Now. Fast. President Trump needs a big win because power is in perception. He also needs to put Democrats in a bind. Plus, he needs to prove he can pass big legislation without …

Politics

How to Neuter a Crossing Guard

This is for my conservative friends who are celebrating the healthcare bill’s demise. You’ll want to read it all. Let’s begin with a little story about a crossing guard. Imagine you are standing at a dangerous intersection now. Cars whizzing by nonstop in all 4 directions. You feel powerless and frustrated. There are no structural safeguards, …

Political Strategy

Without Power, Principles Are Platitudes

Without power, principles are platitudes. Consider this a favor to the Freedom Caucusers. Those folks can’t see past the end of their own principles. Knowing the Freedom Caucus people pretty well, I know they’re very happy with Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. I know they’d be very miserable if Gorsuch were rejected and Trump had …

Obamacare

Antibiotic-Resistent Bacterium: Obamacare

Overexposure to antibiotics and antibacterial soaps and lotions makes bacteria stronger. They adapt. That same thing happened to Obamacare over the years. It’s now untouchable. Obamacare survived the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts. So it was born in a toxic environment. Then, Obamacare survived two Supreme Court rulings, each time by a single vote …

News

7 Questions for the Freedom Caucus

Yesterday, I placed blame for the healthcare debacle at Speaker Ryan’s feet. I also wrote that I expected the Republican establishment to blame the tea party. To blame us for aborting the Trump presidency in his first 100 days. Today, I’m going to beat the establishment to that punch a little. Because the Freedom Caucus …

Obamacare

Paul Ryan’s Battle of Kasserine Pass

General George S. Patton arrived in North Africa with a single mission: lead the Allied forces to victory over the Hun. But Patton’s assignment was also in response to a miserable and deadly failure of leadership. The failed leadership of General Lloyd Fredendall. Fredendall was a Francophobe and an Anglophobe ill-suited to wage coalition warfare; …