Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, December 22, 2017

Donald Trump has scored a legislative victory with staggering costs. The price of the tax bill has to be measured not only in the loss American society will face in the increase in inequality, in the impact on public health, and the growth of the deficit, but also in the damage to political culture inflicted by the spectacle of one powerful man after another telling lies of various sorts.

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Political speeches are rarely occasions for truth-telling. But the good ones combine a description of shared reality with the expression of a vision, or with words of celebration. The mediocre ones consist of platitudes -- well-intentioned but lacking the force of inspiration or recognition. And then there is the genre of the thoroughly insincere pronouncement that is all empty ritual. This is not normally observed in countries with functioning democratic institutions, because hollow words are the very opposite of accountability. These kinds of speeches are usually given in dictatorships: their intended audience is not the public but the tyrant. This is what we observed in Washington on Wednesday, and it's the scariest part of Trump's big tax triumph.

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sycophant Orrin Hatch was-is pathetic. all those okd drug warriors are pathetic... Hatch, Grassley, McConnell, et al, have destroyed large swaths of Americans.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-22 12:08 PM | Reply

Between this cabinet meeting and the speeches on the balcony over the "tax reform" passage we look more and more like North Korea. These people really have no souls.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-22 01:02 PM | Reply

"This is a middle-class tax cut"

Lie One.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-22 01:04 PM | Reply

The democrats will fix it in 2020. That is, if they can produce a viable candidate.

#4 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-12-22 01:09 PM | Reply

"The democrats will fix it in 2020."

Why shouldn't the responsibility fall to those who screwed it up in the first place?

Oh, that's right. You're the Party of Personal Responsibility...as long as it's someone else's.

#5 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-22 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The democrats will fix it in 2020. That is, if they can produce a viable candidate.

#4 | Posted by Daniel

I know!

Just like when the Republicans fixed problems with the ACA.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-22 05:14 PM | Reply

Whitefolks let it happen?

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-12-23 12:03 AM | Reply

^^^^^^^^ Racist.

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2017-12-23 10:19 PM | Reply

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