although the GOP has been unable to fulfill their hopes and dreams of getting rid of obamacare (aka the affordable healthcare act), they recently decided to pull back on a BAT (border adjustment tax) just in time for US retailers to start planning their inventories for the fall and christmas. we try not to live in the past here at a blog about whatever. but we will say this: that tax would have immediately raised prices on consumer goods in the immediate term. in the long run it would have encouraged retaliation from US trading partners. so it’s all a win-win for the american people. but the affordable care act is still a problem. like senator lindsey graham once famously said, it’s hard to roll something back that’s got a president’s name attached to it. it would be good if somehow the GOP and the rest of congress would find it in their hearts not to fine people for not having health insurance. it’s a regressive tax and it’s crushing the middle class.
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according to france 24 turnout at noon was 28.23%, only 2 percentage points behind 2012. in 2012 80% of the electorate voted in the second round of the french presidential election.
johnny rotten launched his music career in the 1970s as lead singer of the UK-based band the sex pistols. rotten and syd vicious (r.i.p.) were a much needed relief to the dredful tunes that were on the airwaves back then such as boston (one of whom’s members finally died last week), tiny tim, journey, and the left-over 60s sh*t. but we only know this from historical records because thank god we weren’t forced to actually grow up listening to symphonic rock. rotten, one of the original provocateurs from the first wave of punk thinks trump isn’t as racist as he’s been made out to be and considers nigel farage a working class hero. on most levels, rotten gets it about right. populist politicians such as farage, trump and marine le pen are like the punks from the 70s and 80s saying loads of sh*t people would never say around their granny and in farage’s case with all the wrong accents. in le pen’s case, having attended the wrong schools. and trump’s case, having attended fordham university (which accepts 40% of its applicants) and then transferring to an ivy league school. but then one must always remember that barack obama might be the most famous person who ever attended occidental college.
is the us media normalising donald trump? did one ever think that could be possible? was his first post election win interview on 60 minutes –whereby he, leslie stahl and his family essentially sat on golden thrones, the US media caving into to trump? trump the democratically elected potential strongman was trying to be statesman-like.
fox news hosted the most recent republican debate on december 15 in iowa –site of the first presidential primary. during the debate–the second without herman cain, the participants were asked the electability question. to which ron paul replied, anyone on the stage could defeat barack obama. watch the full debate here.
i believe it was christopher caldwell, writing in the financial times who pointed out that the initial stimulus package that passed the u.s. house of representatives (before it went ’round a second time) neglected to allocate spending for a highspeed rail network. this was pointed out on ‘a blog about whatever’ as well.
well, apparently $28B has been allocated to this endeavour, according to the washington post. but is that really enough money to lay track from coast to coast and create a hub and spoke system on the ground that would rival what delta has in the air?
uk prime minister gordon brown was apparently snubbed by the new u.s. administration this week. to add insult to injury, brown, who is essentially blind in one eye, has a PhD and was formerly chancellor of the exchequer, was given a box of dvds which included star wars and the wizard of oz. perhaps he was mistaken for the queen. hopefully they are all region 2.
michael bloomberg is in new york this week in the middle of the israeli war on what’s left of the gaza strip. yesterday he gave an interview to CNN he was in tel aviv. isn’t this somebody else’s war?