A person can be lucky all his life and the plane you're on could crash, and that would be the end. Politics do not work that way. There are so-called pendulum swings, and about the only thing that can cause a sudden change is something like Pearl Harbor and World War II. Mind you, that top tip could also move, but only gradually.
Freedom Caucus is only two years old and sabotaged the Ryan-Trump healthcare bill. It's not that they didn't like the direction. It's that the bill did not go far enough. Trump's tax reform legislation will mostly push for America First. It will alienate traditional Republicans and any company that imports. The Senate will neutralize it anyway.
The environment and climate change? A whole different set of Republicans will come out of the woodwork. Democrats can safely sit back and recite motherhood and liberty. In the end, when all is said and done, there will be no Reagan-like Republican party anymore. Want to bet whether the next president will be a Democrat?
The bombastic non sequitur of Donald Trump to Make America Great Again, is a theme I kept asking myself: How can so many Americans believe such nonsense? What is non sequitur, you ask? As a scholar who took French for my PhD requirement (mind you, I spent only six weeks in an intensive summer course on how to pass the French Graduate Record Exam), this term applies to something that does not logically follow the previous argument.
We spend more on war than the next eight countries combined. Donald Trump wants to add $54 billion more. Why? There are no worthy enemies. We can cut the defense budget in half and apply these funds to education, the environment, re-building the infrastructure and a million other higher priority matters. Why we spend so much is simply the power of the Military Industrial Complex. Plus jobs. Every state has significant defense monies. Every state wants to maximize their share.
The Gerald Ford (right) will be commissioned this year and the John F. Kennedy and Enterprise are next. The U.S. Navy told Trump we only have 274 ships, all in various stages of obsolescence, and we need a new fleet of 355. He believed them! Does he know that aircraft carriers are considered to be strategically obsolete? Plus, you can't effectively fight terrorists in the ocean.
Well, what about China? That above poll indicated that their #1 hope for emigration was to America. Sure, but China has the biggest economy. Only so because they have too many people. On a GDP/capita basis, China is #84 ($14,340) in the world. Mind you, the U.S. is at #11 ($56,084). #1? Qatar at $132,870. I've been there. You won't want to live in that desert.
trillion dollars for the next 40 years. There is even one estimate of $51 trillion. Yet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to increase the defense budget. Remember, Japan and Germany re-became great because they lost World War II and were thusly prohibited from spending money on war.
getting old quickly. In 2050 Vietnam is projected to have 20 million more people than Russia. That's because the Russian population will drop by 20 million and Vietnam will add 30 million. And I've been there, you can't even safely cross the street anymore because of the motorbikes...and the polluted air.
60-year experiment. Remember how great Greece was, once? Or the Romans? Now they're called Italians. There was a time when Portugal and Spain were discovering the New World. Great Britain once ruled the world. Even Germany is now showing signs of declination. What happened?
Tropical Cyclone Debbie, with wind gusts of 162 MPH, slammed into the Queensland Coast as a Category 4, dropped as much s 30 inches of rain in 24 hours and, as a slow moving storm, continues to cause floods: