The “shithole shutdown” is the right name for what just happened in DC

❝ There’s been a lot of debate over who’s to “blame” for a shutdown…But I am not sure the question of who is to blame for a shutdown will answer the question of who wins a shutdown, assuming anyone does. Both sides will think their opponents are to blame…

Republicans have a natural advantage in a shutdown because they care less how well the federal government works, and the parts of government they care most about — like the military and immigration enforcement — are exempted.

But Republicans are at a disadvantage in this particular case because their position is extremely unpopular — not only do 87 percent of Americans support letting DREAMers stay in the US, but President Trump and congressional Republicans have said, over and over again, that they agree! It is hard to defend continuing a shutdown in order to block a policy you say you want.

❝ The other big problem for Republicans is that everything Trump says every single day of the shutdown will be disastrous for them. Days before a possible shutdown, Trump sent an early-morning tweet that upended the GOP negotiating position on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. This was mere days after he reversed himself and destroyed the deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. How Republicans think they’ll manage a shutdown when they can’t manage Trump’s Twitter feed or even predict his shifting views is beyond me. He might wake up one morning and undercut them completely, and they know it.

Which is why Trump’s new favorite political analysis fits so well.

RTFA for details and order to this conclusion. Worth knowing as completely as Ezra Klein has put it.

Second Year in a Row – US Life Expectancy Drops

❝ The life expectancy at birth for Americans has dropped for the second consecutive year, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average lifespan as of 2016 is 78.6 years, down 0.1 years from 2015. This marks the first time it has decreased for two years in a row since 1962 and 1963 when influenza had a pronounced effect on the population…

The drop is being attributed to the opioid epidemic, which is causing a significant number of deaths as a result of overdose among young and middle-aged people — which, in turn, is having an impact on the average lifespan of the country as a whole.

But, hey, it makes a lot of money for Big Pharma. The creeps who own more politicians than any other lobbyists in corporate America.

Testimony from Fusion GPS on Trump and the Russians. Republicans don’t want you to see this!

❝ This is the document released publicly by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to committee staff taken behind closed doors on August 22, 2017.

Click here to get to the CNN Post of the testimony. That creepy feeling is just the NSA watching you through the camera on your computing device.

Humans Responsible For Virtually All Global Warming Since the 1950s


Ready to challenge the creeps who profited from this?

❝ Humans are likely responsible for 93 – 123% of Earth’s net global warming after 1950, says a blockbuster climate report…The Climate Science Special Report is the first product released by the Fourth National Climate Assessment; the core assessment itself, focusing on impacts, will be released in 2018. The NCA is an congressionally mandated quadrennial effort by hundreds of U.S. scientists to assess how the climate is changing in the United States. The project is carried out by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Preparation of the report included workshops around the nation, a public-comment period on the draft, and a technical review spanning 13 agencies.

Yes, of course, Trump and his lackeys in Congress – mostly Republicans – will try their best to stop the full report next year.

28 Countries Rate as High-Income in the OECD. Which Does the Worst Job of Reducing Income Inequality?

The US government, through its tax system and spending, does the least to reduce inequality among all high-income advanced economies. The US market income Gini coefficient, a measure of how equally income is distributed across the population before government policies take effect, decreases by 22 percent after taxes and transfers like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The average reduction for countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is 37 percent.


Click to enlargePIIE Chart by Melina Kolb

And the corporate pimps working for Trump in Congress want to make it worse.