Our capitalist system generally rewards companies for manufacturing quality products, but that’s not always true of Hollywood. The new movie “Joker” is a vile concoction about a comic book villain, but set an all-time October record by earning $234 million in its opening weekend worldwide. Some hailed the film for its bleak, desolate view of society and humanity, and its portrayal of a lonely, bullied, mentally ill protagonist achieving empowerment through murderous violence.
Jeff Yang, however, derided the movie’s exploitative nihilism as “an insidious validation of the white male resentment that helped bring President Donald Trump to Power.” He described the anti-hero as a victim “who has been crushed underfoot by the elite, dragged down by equality demanding feminists, and climbed over by upstart nonwhite and immigrant masses.”
The president’s critics blame him for a lot, but a tortured effort to connect Trump to “Joker” is as loathsome and irresponsible as the film itself.Read More »
When Democrats demanded President Trump release the transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s President Zelensky, the president quickly did so, even though such a precedent is deeply disturbing when one considers the need for any president to be able to assure their counterparts of confidentiality.
Now the tables have turned: Democrats staged a showy hearing in the House Intelligence Committee last week, featuring former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. Selected tiny bits of the proceedings were leaked in an attempt to bolster the Democrats’ threadbare argument that a quid pro quo happened. Republicans in the hearing say the full testimony reveals exactly the opposite, that there was no quid pro quo.
But: Adam Schiff—the chair—won’t release the transcript of the hearing after he demanded Trump release the transcript of the call.
Which one has something to hide?
The gravity of impeachment and the polarized nature of today’s political environment demands transparency.
Release the transcript, Adam Schiff.Read More »
The new jobs report is out, and it looks like workers are winning … bigly.
Unemployment is now at a 50-year low. Black and Latino unemployment numbers have reached all-time lows. The employment rise was okay, a little lower than expected, but to be fair it’s really hard to add a huge number of new jobs when unemployment is this low. And wage increases are beating inflation—so that’s jobs and raises.
The left told us that tax cuts would be great for big business and bad for the workers. The truth is almost the opposite. Business profits are struggling a little, but labor markets have done extremely well.
Yes, there’s are some cautionary signs: We can see some storm clouds on the horizon. In order to keep this going, the president and his team are going to have to resolve this trade war and quickly.
But the good news for today: More of us now have work.Read More »