Two Things

First and really noteworthy is the book called Fire and Fury:  Inside the Trump White House, where according to a quote in the book, Steve Bannon blasts Donald Trump Jr. for his meeting with the Russians:

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon continued, according to the Guardian. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately….”You realize where this is going … This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose (senior prosecutor Andrew) Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy,” Bannon reportedly said. “Their path to f***ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

Now I happen to think Bannon does not do anything without an agenda and the fact that this is coming out says the rats are abandoning the ship.  Maybe I am wrong and we will be able to tell in the near future if other Republicans start to distance themselves instead of trying to cover up the investigation.

The other thing to think about is that it is reported in this insider book that on election eve, Trump was shocked, horrified, and then became enamored with being the most powerful man in the United States.  The fact that he won was a shock to everyone.  This again makes the point how badly Democrats misjudged the mood of the country and ran the wrong candidate with the wrong message.  That establishment is still around and makes me fear for 2018.

Okay the other thing is for sure we need no stink’in gov’ment or do we?  The other day I talked about Paul Krugman’s theory about the survival of small cities and whether they have evolving industries to stay alive and flexible to the market place.  Today the Washington Post had an interest article about the sam them and the fact that many people discount the value of trust that residents of these towns feel, making them hesitant to move.  These were Trump voters that wanted their past back and the Democratic approach was evolve or move on.

“Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says Trump’s obsession with muscle jobs is shortsighted. Stiglitz is advocating for totally transforming what these towns are known for, taking them from blue collar to green collar — or even high-tech hoodie. Stiglitz points to Pittsburgh as the true American success story, a place that evolved from a steel city into a tech and health-care hub.”

And where do you think the money to do this is going to come from, especially small cities without universities and an already diversified economy?  That stink’in gov’met.  

But an example closer to home on the need for government is flying the friendly skies.  In the WaPo there was an article about how miserable airlines are getting and how they are hiding more and more fees as government regulation and rules to make them divulge these fees in ticket prices so a real comparison can be made are being gutted by the Trump administration.

Delta Air Lines dropped a bombshell on its Europe-bound passengers. Starting April 10, it will charge basic economy passengers checked-baggage fees — $60 for the first bag and $100 for the second…Look closer, and an even more troubling picture comes into focus for passengers. The department hasn’t implemented rules required by Congress that would allow families to sit together or regulations that would require airlines to refund checked-baggage fees when they lose passengers’ luggage. “It’s as if the police decided not to do their job,” said Charles Leocha, chairman of Travelers United, a Washington passenger-advocacy group.

Then up the fees for early boarding so you can find overhead space.  So wait!  Won’t there be competition to drive down these fees? “With just four major carriers, which many consider an oligopoly, you can’t threaten to take your business elsewhere.”  That is just one of the thousands of reason we need that stink’in gov’met, to level the playing field and not be a slave to those that control all the money.  Just saying.

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