Mattis Pentagon Appointment Gives Democrats Leverage -- President-Elect Donald Trump has announced that Major General James Mattis of the US Marine Corps is his choice to be Secretary of Defense. Nicknamed "Mad Dog" and "The Warrior Monk," General Mattis had been in the armed forces for more than 40 years, retiring in 2013. Unfortunately, the law says no one who has been on active duty in the last 7 years can be Secretary of Defense. This gives the Senate Democrats some leverage to extract concessions. Done correctly, the White House and Senate Republicans could be forced to compromise. The man who had The Art of the Deal written for him may be in a position to accept a deal he otherwise wouldn't. [2 December]
Voters Must Back LibDems in Richmond Park By-Election -- Today, the voters in the west London constituency of Richmond Park will cast ballots in a by-election that was triggered by the resignation of Zac Goldsmith. Tory MP Goldsmith resigned his seat after the government of Teresa May announced plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport, which many believe would diminish the quality of life in Richmond Park. Mr. Goldsmith is standing as an independent in the by-election. He faces Sarah Olney of the Liberal Democrats and Christian Wolmar of Labour, as well as four minor candidates. Since all of the major candidates oppose the third runway, the election shall be decided on other grounds. This journal urges the election of Ms. Olney as the first practical step in halting Britain's ridiculous departure from the EU. [1 December]
Trump Saves Jobs at Carrier Corporation -- President-Elect Trump and Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence have cut a deal with Carrier Corporation, manufacturer of air conditioners, to stop 1,400 jobs from moving to Mexico from Indiana (where Mr. Pence is still governor). The details suggest a lot of subsidies are coming Carrier's way, and the people whose jobs are saved couldn't care less. It's a win-win, except that it can't be replicated on a national scale. All it will do is encourage other firms to threaten moving jobs to see what the best bribe they can extort is. [30 November]
Trump Claims Millions Voted Illegally -- The latest claim that reeks of bovine excrement from the president-elect is the outrageous lie that he won the popular vote if only legal votes are counted. His exact tweet that has absolutely no evidence backing it is, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." Normally, a candidate who wins an election does nothing to undermine the legitimacy of the election. Yet, Mr. Trump is claiming there are millions of votes that were cast contrary to the laws of the United States. How does he know they were all cast against him? Perhaps the millions put him over the top in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. It makes no sense for him to do this if one looks at the matter through a political lens. For the next four years, what makes sense politically is not going to be a useful predictor of executive action. What garners praise for the president is how things are going to be decided. [29 November]
US TPP Withdrawal Will Hand East-Asian Trade Rules to China -- The Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] is a proposed trade agreement among the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. Clearly omitted from the deal was the People's Republic of China. The reason for that was simple; the TPP allows the US to write the trade rules for the bloc, and given composition of the membership, the bloc would be able to write the rules for Asian trade. Chinese membership would prevent that. President-Elect Donald Trump has threatened to keep a campaign promise to kill it off. As a result, China will be able to craft the rules of east Asian Trade. [23 November]
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