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Paris, Trade and Economic Nationalism

Tonight President Trump tweeted that he will announce his decision with regard to the Paris Climate Accord (PCA) tomorrow at 3pm. And based on earlier reports, more than likely renewed Never Trumper hyperventilation will commence upon the announcement of America's exit. An exit from the PCA is smack in line with the Bannon/Breitbart "Economic Nationalist" ...

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President Trump’s Still-Stubborn Approval Rating

On May 18 I said here that President Trump was teetering on the edge of a political cliff, and that if obstruction of justice was proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump should go - period, end of story. And in less than a week, the "evidence" appears to continue to mount against him. But ...

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Clarifying Non-Group Healthcare Insurance Market Reform

In a Maine Voices op-ed published last Saturday I outlined my "let the federal government fund it, and the free market run it" non-group healthcare insurance market reform framework, building upon the initial outline posted here in mid-April. But after reflecting on the op-ed myself, as well as digesting third-party feedback, some clarification is in ...

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Bernie Sanders is a Liar

Bernie Sanders has many problems - chief among them the 1985 support of Cuba's Fidel Castro-led economic holocaust. But the following video is just a beautiful representation of the insanity of Never Trumpers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j99VlHNWYwo&feature=youtu.be In a flat out lie, Sanders claims Trump's "Muslim ban" was appropriately struck down by the courts. This is just absurd; ...

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President Trump on a Cliff’s Edge

To date I have framed the Trump presidency as: Chaos at the top, high-powered policy below. Until the policy agenda advanced, I have cited the team Trump has put into place - Mattis, Tillerson, Cohn, Ross, and eventually McMaster - as primary evidence of the latter. And with regard to the former, I am personally ...

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Warren Buffett on Renewable Energy

At this morning's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Warren Buffett said the following in response to a question about tax credit policy (paraphrasing): The government has made it a policy to shift the country toward renewable energy generation. Because the free market cannot support that shift on its own, tax credits are critical to support the ...

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The Insourcing Strategy

As noted on these pages, after the House Freedom Caucus served the White House an embarrassing defeat on AHCA 1.0 the Administration pivoted from policy construction outsourcing to insourcing. This pivot became apparent via Press reports indicating the Trump Democrats were taking over tax reform construction.  Now, according to Axios, it appears the Administration has ...

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