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October 13, 2017 06:26 AM UTC

Friday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

–Mark Twain

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  1. Hey wait a minute!  Breibart said this? From the New York Times:

    Taxes for truckers. Where do you think the article with this lead sentence appeared yesterday:President Trump pitched his tax overhaul plans to truckers on Wednesday evening, though many of the men and women behind the wheels of U.S. trucks may see little or no direct benefit.A liberal site or mainstream media organization? Nope. It appeared on Breitbart.

  2. WOTD as usual from Josh Marshall: Do what I say or the Hostage gets it

    So again, why is Trump doing this?

    The underlying driver here is Trump’s transactional, bullying way of approaching business which he brought from his predatory business to the White House. I don’t think you can understand what’s happening here except through that prism. For Trump, Democrats own Obamacare. It’s theirs. If he breaks it, it’s still theirs. It’s all on them. The “Obamacare” brand is the entirety of it. The more he breaks it, the more they need him to fix it. It’s like if the Democrats owned a building or a company. They more he damaged it, the more they’d need him to stop. This is a logic Trump understands. It’s his native environment. This is an organized crime mentality, one he used again and again in his private business. But that’s not how big social programs like this work.

    But let’s draw back for a moment. President Trump signed his executive order on cross-state insurance policies yesterday. He just cut off CSR funding. He’s about the decertify the Iran nuclear deal. Each action is consistent with the campaign he ran in 2016. But they’re coming in a rush. Why now? Each move has some contingent logic. But I suspect the big driver is that rising pressures on the President are leading him to act out. And the acting out is escalating. As I wrote a year and a half ago, beyond the policy specifics and verbiage, Trump’s politics is about dominance and destruction. It’s a drive deep in him and one that he shares – albeit with very different life experiences – with his core political supporters. That’s the bond.

    1. And his one year anniversary in office is fast approaching with nothing to show for it. That's going to be the lead story for at least a week and he sees that train a'comin. 

      1. Sorry, Trump has been extremely effective at getting his policies implemented.

        And his tweets have been very effective at making you not notice his success.

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