“Yachting Randy” & the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“Yachting Randy” & the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Each time Trump announces a new nominee for a position in his administration, the same question arises: where does he get these people? (The ones who aren’t family members, that is. Family may be equally unfit, but we do know where he gets them.) Really, who knew there was a vast pool of corrupt, unqualified, mean-spirited people willing and eager to work […]

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Public Versus Private: the Privatizer-in-Chief

Public versus private - Despite mounting evidence, conservatives continue pushing for the privatization of America

Between tweets, Donald Trump is a big proponent of privatization, and those he has named to cabinet positions share his passion for turning government over to the private (for-profit) sector. A couple of examples: Betsy DeVos wants to privatize public schools; Jeff Sessions is a fan of private prisons. (Neither of these ideologues is likely to let mounting evidence of […]

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Trump Attacks Nordstrom Over Decision to Discontinue Ivanka Line

Trump Attacks Nordstrom Over Decision to Discontinue Ivanka Line

Lashing out on Twitter this morning, Donald Trump attacked retail giant Nordstrom for their decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s line from their stores. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” he said. Though Nordstrom is on the #GrabYourWallet boycott list, they made an announcement to […]

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Your Congress at Work: Gutting Financial Reform & Environmental Protections

Donald Trump

The Congressional GOP is running the show in Washington, and clearly feeling its oats.  They aren’t even embarrassed about moving quickly to pollute the environment and remove rules intended to protect Americans from a variety of threats, physical and financial. As Vox reports, With everything that Republicans want to do — repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code — it might […]

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Rise of the SWASP: Suffering in Trump’s ‘Great’ America

Rise of the Trump SWASP

A friend recently sent me the following “joke:” The Republican Congress is preparing to pass a resolution adding an “S” to WASP.  The S will stand for STRAIGHT, and “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant will henceforth be “Straight White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.” The Democrats in Congress will respond by creating  a new acronym of their own. MAGPIE will stand for “Minority Americans, Gays, […]

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The Costs of Regulating–and Not Regulating

regulation and regulating

A few days ago, I wrote about the REINS Act, a Congressional effort to block administrative regulatory activity. A commenter asked for a discussion of what we know about the costs of regulation, so I did a bit of research. What I discovered reinforced my belief that the answer to most questions is: “it depends,” and/or “it’s more complicated than […]

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Conway Announces Trump Will Never Release Tax Returns [UPDATED]

Kellyanne Conway: Trump will not release his tax returns

In one of the most blatant broken promises of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Kellyanne Conway announced this morning that Donald Trump is “not going to release his tax returns” even after his audit concludes. The refusal is a new turn for a man who started his campaign with a promise to release them followed by repeated promises to release them […]

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A Ferengi Approach to Public Safety

A Ferengi Approach to Public Safety

Elizabeth Kolbert is a measured, thoughtful observer of government who writes for the New Yorker. So when she characterizes a bill as a measure to “undermine public safety,” I listen. A handy rule of thumb in Washington is that the more pernicious the act, the more high-minded the title. Thus, last week, the House of Representatives approved the Regulations from the Executive […]

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ACCE: ALEC’s Little Brother

ALEC

Most readers of this blog know about ALEC–the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is an arm of corporate America, and writes “model” legislation for lazy legislators (most of them beholden to those corporations for sizable campaign contributions) to introduce as their own. Once ALEC began to receive a good deal of public scrutiny, it began to bleed members, but it is […]

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TANF, Peter the Citizen and “Less Appealing” Indiana

TANF safety net

On Wednesday, I shared portions of an analysis of TANF–welfare after “reform”–from Peter the Citizen, a conservative policy analyst who has deep experience with social welfare policies. Among the many papers he has written on the subject is one I found particularly interesting, because it references poverty and welfare policy in my home state of Indiana–and because Peter’s analysis is […]

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