Some recent items, to provide context for his visit yesterday.
When Republicans in Congress passed a big, fat tax break bill in December, they insisted it meant American workers would be singing “Happy Days Are Here Again” all the way to the bank.
The payoff from the tax cut would be raises totaling $4,000 to $9,000, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors assured workers.
But something bad happened to workers on their way to the repository. They never got that money.
In fact, their real wages declined because of higher inflation. At the same time, the amount workers had to pay in interest on loans for cars and credit cards increased. And, to top it off, Republicans threatened to make workers pay for the tax break with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
So now, workers across America are wondering, “Where’s that raise?”
It’s nowhere to be found.
So far, the new alliance of Trump, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel against Iran formed in spring of 2017 has had no successes at all. If anything, in the last year Iran’s hand has been strengthened in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
If you’re like me, your email address finds its way onto a lot of Democratic campaign lists. And especially if you’re like me, you’re just generally too lazy to unsubscribe. So even if you give most of them just a brief glance before deleting, you regularly see, in big, bold letters, something like “Trump Approval SKYROCKETING!!!!” (I acknowledge that the sad truth is that scaremongering is what works best, for online fundraising, like it or not.) This, also from Informed Comment, takes a more in-depth look at Trump “approval.”
The other side—the accurate perspective—isn’t that complicated. In 2016, Vladimir Putin’s regime mounted information warfare against the United States, in part to help Trump become president. While this attack was underway, the Trump crew tried to collude covertly with Moscow, sought to set up a secret communications channel with Putin’s office, and repeatedly denied in public that this assault was happening, providing cover to the Russian operation. Trump and his lieutenants aligned themselves with and assisted a foreign adversary, as it was attacking the United States. The evidence is rock-solid: They committed a profound act of betrayal. That is the scandal.