Thanks to Republicans, the Next Economic Crisis Will Be Worse

American president Donald Trump arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017
American president Donald Trump arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017 (ANG/Annie Edwards)

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, economists Brunello Rosa and Nouriel Roubini warn that the next financial crisis is already in the making.

Of the ten warning signs they see, six are due to the policies of the Republican government in the United States. Read more

So Much for the “Vanguard” of American Conservatism

Republican governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 26, 2015
Republican governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 26, 2015 (Gage Skidmore)

Six years ago, citing Kimberley Strassel in The Wall Street Journal, I called America’s Republican governors the “vanguard” of a conservative reform movement.

What disappointments they have turned out to be. Read more

Trump Critics and Russia Hawks Have Change of Heart

Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and his wife, Kelley, visit Knoxville, Iowa, January 29, 2016
Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and his wife, Kelley, visit Knoxville, Iowa, January 29, 2016 (Gage Skidmore)

Two of Donald Trump’s fiercest Republican critics have suddenly taking a liking to the president — and with it, come around to his views on Russia. Read more

This Is What They Voted For

Businessman Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 27, 2015
Businessman Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 27, 2015 (Gage Skidmore)

With four of Donald Trump’s former campaign officials pleading guilty to various crimes, and one of his former campaign chairmen convicted of financial crimes, can we take a moment to acknowledge that we could see this coming from a mile away?

  • Paul Manafort’s history of working for dictators, including Ukraine’s pro-Russian stooge, Viktor Yanukovich, was well known by the time Trump hired him to lead his presidential campaign.
  • Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, was known to be an unscrupulous “fixer”.
  • Michael Flynn had been fired from the Defense Intelligence Agency for his outlandish beliefs and was known to have lobbied for Russian companies as well as the Turkish government.

Yet Trump hired all three as well as Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, and useful idiot George Papadopoulos. Read more

Republicans Are Killing Market-Based Health Care in America

President Barack Obama speaks with Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin during a nationally televised bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform at Blair House in Washington DC, February 25, 2010
President Barack Obama speaks with Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin during a nationally televised bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform at Blair House in Washington DC, February 25, 2010 (White House/Pete Souza)

Matthew Yglesias makes a convincing argument in Vox that, by resisting Obamacare at every turn, Republicans are making European-style universal health care more likely in the United States. Read more

Two-Party System Leaves Anti-Trump Republicans in the Lurch

American president Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, February 1
American president Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, February 1 (USAF/Robert Cloys)

Janan Ganesh argues in the Financial Times that, after Donald Trump, America’s Republicans must become more like the European center-right: shed their small-government, low-tax, free-trade ideology in favor of a pragmatism statism. The state can be an instrument of national togetherness.

Perhaps. But what of the Republicans who still believe in small government, low taxes and free trade? Read more

Midterm Elections Likely to Deepen Blue-Red Divide in America

View of the United States Capitol at dusk, December 8, 2011
View of the United States Capitol at dusk, December 8, 2011 (Architect of the Capitol)

Ronald Brownstein reports for CNN that the congressional elections in November are likely to deepen the divide between “blue” and “red” America:

Democrats seem likely to emerge … with a clear upper hand in highly urbanized House seats that are racially and religiously diverse, disproportionately white-collar and secular and connected to the globalized information economy. Republicans, in turn, could remain dominant in districts outside of urban centers that are preponderantly white, heavily blue-collar, more religiously traditional and reliant on manufacturing, agriculture and resource extraction.

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