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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Trump’s Pentagon Socialism Will Ruin Us

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.


Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he’s (gasp!) a socialist in the making.

His plan is now visibly taking shape — one we can see and assess thanks to a Pentagon-led study with a distinctly tongue-twisting title: “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” The analysis is the brainchild of Trump’s adviser for trade and manufacturing policy, Peter Navarro, who happens to also be the key architect of the president’s trade wars.…

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A Democratic House Will Mean More Fiscal Discipline

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


Are you ready for some stalemate? Over the next two years, Washington deliberations will resemble one of those 1960s-era football games in which moving the ball was hard and touchdowns were rare. This will not be the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. It will be two immovable objects.

The old maxim says the best government is the least government. Whether that’s true or not, I no longer harbor innocent dreams of best government. I will settle for least bad government, and that generally means divided government.

In the next two years, Congress is not likely to do much right, but it’s also not likely to do much wrong.…

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Making It Easier For Doctors To Inflate Medical Costs

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


The Trump administration is trying to weaken a landmark set of laws that prevents doctors from jacking up healthcare costs by ordering unnecessary tests and other medical care at labs and hospitals in which they have financial interests.

The Health and Human Services Department has asked for feedback on the Stark Law, a first step toward rolling back the law, or as HHS Secretary Alex Azar put it, “taking regulatory action to reform these rules.” Trump claims he wants to reduce healthcare costs with measures such as repealing Medicaid expansion and reducing prescription drug costs, but the proposed overhaul of the Stark law seems to contradict that.…

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