How to cover Trump’s tweets

Ignore them.

Of course, there’s a case to be made that what the President says in inherently newsworthy.  That said a lot of “the president X ….” doesn’t really apply to Trump in the same way.  Hard to ignore the President’s bellicose bluster with Iran, but I think there is a very good case for completely ignoring the president’s inane and 100% false popping off about other matters, like this:

Nobody’s been tougher on Russia!!  Riiight.  And we have Eastasia always been at war with .

Anyway, if you are going to cover it, I like the approach the Post seems to be taking of late:

Without evidence [emphasis mine], Trump claims Russia ‘will be pushing very hard for the Democrats’ in 2018 midterms”

Of course, that could almost be the default for covering Trump, “Without evidence, Trump claims…” or “In a series of falsehoods, Trump claims…” or “in direct contravention of reality, Trump claims…”  etc.

A simple agenda?

Here’s Drum’s proposal for a simple, post-card size agenda for Democrats:

Works for me.  And here’s the thing, both Drum and I are center-left, policy wonk types, but other than quibbles with “real borders” (judging by the comments to Drum), this seems like something pretty much everybody across the liberal spectrum can endorse.  And, yeah, the devil is totally in the details on all this.  But that never stopped Republicans from proposing things.

How the corporate tax cuts are great for average Americans

Kidding, of course.  Here’s the key chart and the Vox article about it:

It’s not that corporations don’t have more money — it’s that they have no particular reason to give that money to workers.

The Republican tax bill has been a major windfall for corporations and the wealthy.

According to estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the top fifth of earners get 70 percent of the bill’s benefits, and the top 1 percent get 34 percent. The new tax treatment for “pass-through” entities — companies organized as sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, or S corporations — will mean an estimated $17 billion in tax savings for millionaires in 2018. American corporations are showering their shareholders with stock buybacks, thanks in part to their tax savings, and have returned nearly $700 billion to investors this year.

When the tax bill was passed, a number of corporations announced bonuses and investments. Some of those were recycled news, and regardless, while a $1,000 one-time payout is a nice boost, it is not a sustained benefit to workers in the same way a wage increase is.

Some Republicans have even admitted that the tax cuts aren’t the boost to workers they promised. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) this spring said there is “no evidence whatsoever that money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.” President Donald Trump has already started talking about a new tax bill that would reduce the corporate tax rate even more and make temporary tax cuts for families and individuals permanent.

Of course, these basic facts were widely predicted before the tax cuts were passed.  But Republicans never were actually concerned about helping the wages of ordinary Americans.  They just wanted the rich to get richer.  And they succeeded.

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