Trump is in a fiscal hole but wants to keep digging

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Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
See article below.

Meanwhile, on a different subject, the mortality rate for whites, ages
50-54, with a high school education or less, is now higher than the rate
for blacks, due in large part to alcohol, drugs, and suicide.  So much
for white privilege.  And the mortality rate for whites, ages 45-54, is
way higher than the rates in France, Germany, Britain, Canada,
Australia, and Sweden.

Regards,
Mencken’s Ghost

    *Trump’s $4 Trillion Fiscal Hole*

By*David Stockman*

    

David StockmanThe “you ain’t seen nothing yet” rule applies from here on
out.

The GOP was unified on Obamacare “repeal” but completely fractured on
“replace,” both on policy philosophy and fiscal cost.

That particular chapter of the “replace” saga, however, is chicken feed
compared to finding a coherent majority on measures to “replace” the /$4
trillion /of revenue loss from the
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Mike Pence Represented Trump at AIPAC

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Mike Pence Represented Trump at AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

Last March, candidate Trump addressed AIPAC, saying he came “as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel.”

Its high crimes and threat to world peace didn’t matter then or now.

Railing against the Iran nuclear deal he hadn’t read or understood, he lied calling the Islamic Republic is “a problem in Iraq, a problem in Syria, a problem in Lebanon, a problem in Yemen and will be a very, very major problem for Saudi Arabia.”

The “problem” he didn’t explain is its sovereign independence. It threatens no countries regionally or elsewhere.

Trump let Mike Pence speak for him at AIPAC’s ongoing conference. Like virtually everyone in Washington, he said he and Trump “stand with Israel for the same reason every freedom loving American stands with Israel, because her cause is our cause. Her values are our values.”

Fact: Growing number
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Bill Gates, Hypocrite of the Year

Read more on this subject: Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Bill Gates vs. the Robots

Sure, they’ll kill jobs. Like Microsoft Excel, they’ll also create
new ones.

By
ANDY KESSLER
The Wall Street Journal, Updated March 26, 2017 4:22 p.m. ET

Bill Gates, meet Ned Ludd. Ned, meet Bill.

Ludd was the 18th-century folk hero of anti-industrialists. As the
possibly apocryphalstory
<http://modernnotion.com/ned-ludd-the-mythical-man-behind-the-luddite-movement-who-never-really-existed/>
goes, in the 1770s he busted up a few stocking frames—knitting machines used
to make socks and other clothing—to protest the labor-saving devices.
Taking up his cause a few decades later, a band of self-described
“Luddites” rebelled by smashing some of the machines that powered the
Industrial Revolution.

Apparently this is the sort of behavior that would make Mr. Gates proud.
Last month in an interview
<https://qz.com/911968/bill-gates-the-robot-that-takes-your-job-should-pay-taxes/>
with the websi
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NFL Announces Raiders Move to North Korea

Read more on this subject: Entertainment: Sports
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
NFL Announces Raiders Move to North Korea – The Libertarian Institute
https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/nfl-announces-raiders-move-north-korea/

*NFL Announces Raiders Move to North Korea*

March 28, 2017
By Mencken’s Ghost

Scottsdale, Ariz. – National Football League bigshots, meeting here to
drive drunk and get in fights in Old Town nightclubs, in the
longstanding tradition of college and professional football players who
visit this resort city, announced today that they had voted unanimously
to allow the Oakland Raiders to move to North Korea.

NFL spokesman Dennis Rodman said that N. Korea epitomizes the league’s
values—and, increasingly, America’s values. “The North Koreans have
taken sports socialism to the next level,” said a beaming Rodman.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Raiders will not only get a free
stadium from the generous government, they will also get free coverage
on state TV, as well as
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Settlements Opponent Challenges Israel

Read more on this subject: Israel – Palestine
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Settlements Opponent Challenges Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli ruthlessness harms Jews and non-Jews alike. The late Palestinian/American scholar/activist Edward Said once called its agenda “refined viciousness” against Occupied Palestine and Arab Israeli citizens.

Its sordid history reflects a pattern of appalling high crimes – why BDS activism flourishes, important resistance against what’s too intolerable to ignore.

On March 6, Israeli legislation banned foreign BDS supporters from entering its territory and areas it controls.

US-based Jewish Voices for Peace executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson issued a strong statement, saying:

“On the same day as the Trump administration signed the second version of an unconstitutional and discriminatory executive order barring visitors from specific Muslim countries, Israel just passed its own discriminatory travel ban barring supporters of nonviolent tactics to end Israel’s vi
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Dick Cheney on Nonexistent Russian Act of War

Read more on this subject: WAR: About that War
Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Dick Cheney on Nonexistent Russian Act of War

by Stephen Lendman

Cheney represents the worst of America’s dark side, guilty of genocidal high crimes against peace.

Throughout his public life, he showed contempt for rule of law principles as a congressman, defense secretary and vice president.

A special place in hell awaits him! 

Speaking at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, Cheney lied about nonexistent Russian meddling in America’s presidential election.

He lied about nonexistent “rising number(s) of threats.” He lied about nonexistent “Russia(n) aggressive actions,” saying:

“I think (Putin) has designs on the Baltics.”

False!

“We know he wanted Crimea. He took it.”

False!

“There’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways wit
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Letter to Governor Doug Ducey about drug legalization

Read more on this subject: Drugs and Medications
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Gov. Doug Ducey
R-Arizona

Mr. Ducey:

In George Will’s recent column
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-new-voice-for-conservatism/2017/03/24/76682e56-0fef-11e7-ab07-07d9f521f6b5_story.html?utm_term=.a00f1d2686f0>
you come across as a politician genuinely committed to free markets (March 26).  Excellent!  I warmly applaud your support, for example, of the freeing of trade made possible by NAFTA.

Yet I urge you to reconsider your opposition to the legalization of marijuana.

As reported by Mr. Will, you justify your opposition to marijuana legalization by noting that you are “the son of a cop and the father of three teenage sons.”  With respect, how many people, including cops, are gunned down by sellers of beer and whiskey today compared to the number
of people who were gunned down by such ‘merchants’ during America’s era of alcohol prohibition?  You must know that the an
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Michelangelo and ObamaCare Reform

Read more on this subject: Obamacare
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Michelangelo and ObamaCare Reform – The Libertarian Institute

Michelangelo and ObamaCare Reform*

March 25, 2017

By Mencken’s Ghost

It was almost a certainty that ObamaCare would not be replaced or reformed enough to restore a consumer market in medical care/insurance, one in which the consumer is at the top of the pyramid instead of the bottom. 

Why was it almost a certainty?

Because the government has been chipping away at a consumer market in medical care/insurance for at least 75 years, so that what remains today has little resemblance to a market. To use an analogy, it’s as if a vandal had chipped away for days on Michelangelo’s statue of David and left behind a badly marred chunk of unrecognizable marble. Even if it were somehow possible to glue the chips back together, it would take a long time to do so, and even then, Michelangelo’s masterpiece would never be restored to its former beauty.

Restoring the medical care/insurance market
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Two Great Takes on Putin

Read more on this subject: Russia
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
The first below is a speech given at Hillsdale College by Christopher
Caldwell, Senior Editor of The Weekly Standard, who looks at Putin from
the perspective of Russians.  The second is by Wall Street Journal
columnist Holman Jenkins, who explains the geopolitical reasons why past
administrations tolerated Putin.

Regards,
Mencken’s Ghost

  How to Think About Vladimir Putin

Imprimis, Hillsdale College

March 2017 • Volume 46, Number 3
<https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/think-vladimir-putin/> • Christopher
Caldwell <https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/author/christophercaldwell/>

*Christopher Caldwell*
Senior Editor, /The Weekly Standard/

————————————————————————

Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at /The Weekly Standard/. A
graduate of Harvard College, his essays, columns, and reviews appear in
the /Claremont Review of Books/, the /Wall Street Journal/, the /New
York Times
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Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

He’s a world-class thug, an unindicted war criminal. His deplorable remarks whenever delivered give demagoguery a bad name.

Via satellite, he addressed AIPAC participants, ignoring Israeli apartheid ruthlessness, its high crimes of war and against humanity, its opposition to peace, equity and justice.

“We must ensure that the forces of militant Islam are defeated,” he blustered.

Fact: America created “militant Islam.” Israel supports it like Washington and their rogue allies.

Netanyahu: Iran must be “prevented…from ever…developing nuclear weapons.”

Fact: Iran’s nuclear program has no military component – not now, not earlier, not planned. It supports a nuclear weapons-free Middle East. Nuclear armed and dangerous Israel prevents it – a regional and global threat.

Netanyahu: “More and more in the region and outside the region, arou
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