Trump recently issued an executive order titled, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” Conservatives love it; it plays to all of their fears and prejudices. This is their red meat. They claim it will keep us safe.
They’re wrong. See more
In an attempt to back up his claim that 3 million people voted illegally, thus explaining Hillary’s popular vote win, Trump attempted to define “voter fraud” expansively.
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states….”
Just one problem. See more
Trump tweeted today about the violence in Chicago: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, I will send in the Feds!”
Let’s ignore for the moment that the numbers he used were wrong. Leave aside for the moment the fact that Chicago’s homicide rate is far from the worst in the country. Set aside the fact that “violence in Chicago” is conservative code for “black liberal violence we can point to so people won’t pay attention to police killing unarmed black men.”
No, let’s instead think for a moment about where this came from. See more
And no, I am not making that up. A study by researchers at Harvard made the rather conservative estimate that if having health care saves one life out of every 455, and repealing Obamacare without a workable alternative will kick as many as 20 million people off of health insurance, then the death toll on an annual basis will come out to 43,956 people. See more
On Trump’s first day in office, he immediately signed two executive orders which made life harder for Americans in the middle class.
First, he cancelled a rate cut for middle-class home owners with mortgages. The rate cut would have saved millions of home owners hundreds of dollars a year on their payments. See more
The Trump administration must be at war, because—fittingly enough—truth was its first casualty, when Trump and his aides lied about the size of the inaugural audience.
Lying is nothing new regarding Trump, and this particular reaction was fully predictable; after all, there had been a movement for weeks to deny Trump a large audience, given his obsession with relative size and his agitation when anything else is even suggested. People knew it would cheese him off, and they knew he would react this way. See more
With the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, it is hard not to feel a certain urgency in seeing that this rather grievous error is either corrected or, at the very least, substantially mitigated in some way.
What we need are sources of information that distribute information that is not tempered by fear or favor, but remain objective and reliable in reporting information while also providing cogent and useful commentary to help read between the lines of a situation.
That is, in essence, the mission statement of this blog. See more