The Weekend Politics Thread Goes It Alone

The United States of America is doing fine, just fine, thank you. Really, we’re good, we don’t need your help, leave us alone! And here, take your “universally acknowledged facts” with you!

White House blocked intelligence aide’s written testimony saying human-caused climate change could be ‘possibly catastrophic’

The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the written testimony of a senior analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research comes as the Trump administration is debating how best to challenge the idea that the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

 

We handle things by ourselves. This is America, a nation of rugged individualists, and collectively we aggregate into one giant kaiju-sized rugged individualist! We’re awesome – what would we even need friends for?

European allies made the D-Day landing at Normandy possible. 75 years later, Trump questions those bonds

Like past presidents, Trump paid homage to the 160,000 American and Allied troops who landed on D-Day, altering the course of World War II. But he offered little embrace of institutions such as NATO that rose out of the ashes of the fighting. Trump did not mention NATO by name in his address. …

The president has faced pushback at home from some veterans groups. The White House remains embroiled in a controversy over an apparent order to block from view the USS John S. McCain during Trump’s recent trip to Japan. Others have blasted Trump for pardoning – or considering pardons for – those accused of war crimes.

“He’s probably the worst president in our history to commemorate this moment,” said Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets, a left-leaning veterans group. “He’s undermined the alliances which gave us peace in Europe for over 70 years.”

 

And you know what? Trade is dumb too! We already have all the best money – we’ll trade with ourselves! We’ll trade ourselves! Hey, got any self to trade, self?

Trump’s Tariffs Have Already Wiped Out Tax Bill Savings for Average Americans

President Donald Trump’s trade wars have already wiped out all but $100 of the average American household’s windfall from Trump’s 2017 tax law. And that’s just the beginning. …

Here’s how the math works: middle earners got an average tax cut of $930 for the tax overhaul passed in late 2017, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. The tariffs already in effect cost the average household about $831, according to research from the New York Federal Reserve.

Add in the additional tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese goods that Trump proposed in May, and is still considering, and that increases the cost for an average family of four to about $2,294 annually, according to research from “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland,” a coalition of business groups. …

Republicans are hoping to campaign in 2020 on the message of a strong economy buoyed by their tax reductions and deregulation, which began two years ago. But the fresh sting of tariffs risk erasing any economic goodwill those policies generated.

“For the average household it will be a net loss, no doubt,” the Peterson Institutes’s Hufbauer said. “It will be painful.”

 

So yeah, obviously we have everything we need already. Except your comments – we definitely need those! Please refrain from threatening Mayor McSquirrel of the Moon, Mars, USA, or any other Martian or Earthling.