Trump did keep himself at the center of the very early Republican nomination discussion. I don’t think it possible that he will wear well with voters whose support he doesn’t now have, and must get.
The Iran and Greek deals. Taking stock. If the Iran deal kept the conventional arms embargo, it should be a Win,
Win deal. Tsipras and Syrza having some intra-party opposition. May require a National Coalition Government.
Republicans have long ridden the same pony, i.e., lower taxes, especially for corporations and the wealthy, and anti-regulation by government. As a by product, they have opposed most social welfare operations by government. They believe these tenets with a zeal that borders on religious doctrine. A free market will always make the best decisions. Government regulation of business practices are enemies of free markets and must always be opposed. Faced with the wreckage produced by following those precepts, namely the Great Depression in the thirties and the near collapse of the banking industry in 2008, their voices dim for a while, but then shamelessly they attack the very regulatory measures enacted in response to those crises. The markets, they argue, would have righted itself if left alone by government. The stolidly Republican former CEO of Goldman Sachs and Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury during the 2008 financial crisis, Hank Paulson expressed it as follows: “An open, competitive, and liberalized financial market can effectively allocate scarce resources in... Read More
The partisanship-izing of the Israel-U. S. relationship continues unabated. This time, even as Netanyahu tries to soften his attacks on U.S. policy, the Republicans are continuing to throw fuel on the flames on an ongoing basis. Recall that Republicans Speaker of the House, John Boehner, broke with a long standing tradition by inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress—WITHOUT first notifying either President Obama OR the Democratic leadership in Congress. This in the final days of the Israeli election. Interfering with an Israeli (or U.S.) election was yet another historical N0- No! Netanyahu cemented the alliance of the Israeli right-wing to the U.S. right-wing by both accepting the invitation–a slap in the face to President Obama–and then by refusing Jewish Senator Dianne Feinstein and others’ invitation to meet face-to-face with congressional Democrats. Now, Speaker Boehner announces a post-election visit to Israel, and Republican Spokesmen are sounding a unified insulting attack on the Democratic President Obama, urging him, as National Review (a Conservative magazine) long-time... Read More
CNN Reports that “The Obama administration’s frustration with Benjamin Netanyahu is turning into outright hostility after the Israeli prime minister’s commanding victory this week.” Senior officials in President Obama’s administration, including White House spokesman John Earnest, are reported as saying that Netanyahu’s final pre-election push, in which he said that there will be no Palestinian State and no Palestinian capitol in Jerusalem, present “very significant substantive concerns,” and that, “we will have to reassess our options going forward.” Yet another official asserted that if Netanyahu’s change of position reflects a new Israeli policy, that we are in a “different situation than we have been in years,” and that, in effect scuttling the multi-administration peace talks, could change the U.S. relationship towards Israel. Others focused on the democratic nature of Israeli elections as if to suggest that Netanyahu’s hawkish posture to reclaim the far right vote might well be softened once the coalition is formed. President Obama is giving Netanyahu space to back down on his desperate last minute campaigning... Read More
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came, delivered his contentious speech before Congress, and left to thunderous applause. This applause has been commented on by one proud Israeli, as by “a man in a class by himself. One who will stand up to the world’s leaders,” and most observers believe it will help Netanyahu in his March 17 election try at retaining his Prime Minstership. Conveniently for him, it came just as the weekend’s polling showed some slippage by Netanyahu’s Likud to the new Zionist Union Party made up of a coalition of Isaac Herzog’s Labor Party and the remnants of Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah. Clearly Netanyahu’s speech before Congress had the effect of interfering with Israel’s domestic political campaign, though we will have to see if there is a backlash against him because of the speech after the initial pride effect makes its mark. Meanwhile, back in the good old U.S. of A., in the aftermath of what was clearly a Republican partisan move by Speaker Boehner in inviting... Read More