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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Too many of our nation's citizens live in the depths of hopelessness and despair. The news came and went so fast that you might have missed it. American life expectancy has declined. Again. In 2015 and 2016, in fact, the average American life span declined for two years in a row for the first time in more than 50 years. The preliminary numbers for 2017 are looking grim as well. Multi-year declines are typically attributable to war or disease outbreaks. In America? Our decline is based largely on our capacity for self-harm...

Thursday, January 04, 2018

A.'s new recycling program has some laudable goals, but the execution doesn't look so hot in the underground parking lot of a condo building on Hazeltine Avenue in Van Nuys. Hovsep Hajibekyan walked me into the trash room there Tuesday morning, and a big blue bin overflowed with a mini-Mt. Everest of boxes, bottles, paper and other recyclables. "The pickup service is on and off," said Hajibekyan, who is president of his homeowner association. "They miss two weeks, then they come, then they miss a week. ... And the price went up. By a lot." Hajibekyan said the pickups used to be twice weekly before the new and improved program. Now they are made once in a while at more than twice the cost. And he's heard every excuse from the haulers, including the standard line about how they're adjusting during this transitional phase.

Fusion GPS and the New York Times want to disassociate the dossier from the collusion narrative they labored to create. The New York Times' Russian Reset continues. My weekend column argued that the Democrats and the media are scrambling to pull together a new origination account of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The original origination account has become a political liability because it centered on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who featured prominently in the so-called Steele dossier. The dossier, a compilation of Russia-sourced reports authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, is now known to have been a Clinton campaign-funded opposition-research project. Though its key allegations seem never to have been verified by the FBI, the dossier was apparently used by the Obama Justice Department in applying to the FISA court for a surveillance warrant targeting Page as a Russian agent enmeshed in a corrupt plot against the 2016 election.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Something fascinating is happening in Chicago. When Barack Obama became president, the city was ebullient; he was, after all, a favorite son, and he'd promised to deliver the liberal policies beloved by Chicagoans. But now, nearly nine years later, city residents find themselves at odds with Obama over the plans for his presidential library. In its initial bid for the right to host the library, put forth on behalf of the city, the University of Chicago offered large tracts of idyllic land in Washington Park and Jackson Park as two potential sites. Almost immediately, the people of those parks' districts began scratching their heads. "Why not build it in one of the many blighted areas?" they asked. "Why are you taking a huge chunk of our parks?" Obama's response was essentially an ultimatum: If the library couldn't be built in a Chicago park, he'd take it to Honolulu or New York City. After Obama selected Chicago and the Jackson Park site, protests began to grow....

Why is a plan to cut taxes for working families, enact an Obama-style approach to corporate taxes and increase child-friendly spending the subject of such partisan passion? It's not policy. It's not math. It's Trump. Re-reading the details of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," I keep imagining life over on Earth II, where this bill being proposed by a President Romney or Kasich, to Democrats lead by Kirsten Gillibrand and Joe Manchin. Would there even be a debate? Or would it pass the Senate 74-23, with a majority of Democratic support, as the 1986 tax-reform bill did? The 1986 tax reform cut the top rate for those evil "millionaires and billionaires" Bernie Sanders loves to rail against down to a mere 28 percent -- nearly 10 points lower than the top rate in this bill.


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