It has been over three weeks since I posted, an indication of how sick I am of writing about Trump, a man who deserves little written about him at all, except for one revolting fact: He is the President, the only guy with a one man nuclear capacity. Oh, right, there is also that North Korean guy. More about the two of them below.
This seems a good time to make a few points as potentially important events might be in store for us this month and not just speculation and wild goose chasing launched by the President’s off hand comments in tweets and in public, a continuous fourth of July fireworks of distractions that usually leave us a little more divided each new day.
Here are three key areas to keep our eyes on over the course of this month despite whatever distractions that Trump trumps up:
The Mueller investigation has become more concrete in recent days with a couple of indictments and news of a guilty plea by one of the actors, George Papapodopoulis, a guy unknown to most of us, but with the potential of opening up Trump’s can of worms regarding connections with Russia. What the indictments and plea deal suggests is that Mueller is sending a message to those tied to the Trump administration that they too could be indicted if they try to deceive investigators. This could produce a number of real news events in contrast to the suffocating miasma of speculation that we have had to stomach for months now.
The second news thread to follow is the Republican tax “reform” plan that is supposed to be revealed today. One key idea is that a few trillion in closed loopholes will be necessary to prevent this “reform” from ballooning our national debt, and as always, we all hate loopholes accept for those which benefit ourselves. They couldn’t get a healthcare bill to pass and that seems a walk in the park compared to this. If this is a park, it is replete with muggers.
Saving the worst for last is Trump’s upcoming 12 day visit to Asia starting Friday. On the surface this would seem a good thing to do for several obvious reasons, except we are talking about Trump doing it, so who knows. Of course, he will say it was all great, especially him. I’ll say it was good if we don’t seem even closer to war with North Korea than we do now.
The NOKO issue is particularly scary because Trump and Kim Jong Un appear on a collision course, as the latter seems to see an expansion of his nuclear weaponry as the best way to keep his regime, especially himself, safe while the former seems unlikely to tolerate a NOKO capacity to strike our mainland with a nuclear weapon.
Something has to give here, or catastrophe on both sides seems inevitable. An additional danger is that one of the bluster brothers might interpret some threat the other makes as a sign of imminent attack, prompting a preemptive strike. I can’t recall who labelled North Korea the “land of lousy options,” but that’s remains a fine description.
Thanksgiving is in three weeks and while I have much to be thankful for in my personal life, I wonder how thankful I will feel regarding the three issues touched upon above.