Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I have sat back in stunned disbelief as an orange-skinned toupee mannequin has cruised to the Republican nomination for President.
I am now even more steeped in disbelief as I watch the leadership of the Republican Party dutifully assemble in support of this centerfold for Carrot And Moss Monthly. Never has there been more profound evidence of the observation that while Democrats fall in love Republicans fall in line.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
By David Cay Johnston
In his signature book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump boasted that when he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City, he persuaded the state attorney general to limit the investigation of his background to six months. Most potential owners were scrutinized for more than a year. Trump argued that he was “clean as a whistle”—young enough that he hadn’t had time to get into any sort of trouble. He got the sped-up background check, and eventually got the casino license.
But Trump was not clean as a whistle. Beginning three years earlier, he’d hired mobbed-up firms to erect Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza apartment building in Manhattan, including buying ostensibly overpriced concrete from a company controlled by mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano. That story eventually came out in a federal investigation, which also concluded that in a construction industry saturated with mob influence, the Trump Plaza apartment building most likely benefited from connections to racketeering. Trump also failed to disclose that he was under investigation by a grand jury directed by the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, who wanted to learn how Trump obtained an option to buy the Penn Central railroad yards on the West Side of Manhattan.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
|Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas|
As we sit on the verge of another Presidential campaign, the fundamental consideration before Americans is how it will affect the state of the U.S. economy and consequently our daily lives.
Many pundits (most notably those of the Conservative persuasion) frequently point out that the individual states are a laboratory for policy prescriptions before they are adopted on a national level.
With that in mind, it is an object lesson in policy to look at the experience of the state of Kansas. Since the election of a conservative legislative majority and a staunch conservative governor, Sam Brownback, in 2010, it has adopted a full blown commitment to the principles of supply-side economics.