John Seiler

John Seiler

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Ridiculous Establishment Attacks on Trump

If you wonder why the American Establishment lost its grip on power, at least a little bit, look no further than its ridiculous attacks on President Trump over Russia and deposed FBI Boss James Comey. The Establishment, which I call the Rancid Ruling Elite, just isn’t serious. Maybe they still can bring down Trump, although I doubt it; but that only would mean the whole country isn’t serious – something that also seems more evident every day. What serious person even takes these allegations seriously? As I pointed out here five months ago, there’s no way the Russians could have...

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Trump’s 114 Days

“How am I doin’?” the late Ed Koch used to go around New York asking when he was its terrible mayor. In my article here, “The Hundred Days Myth,” I debunked the need for judging President Trump so early. Now, after 114 days, we finally have some developments that show how he’ll be governing the rest of his term in office. Presidents, being human, naturally govern the way their lives were before being draped in the imperial purple. President Obama was a “community organizer.” Hence, Obamacare and its ever-inflating premiums; and what’s being called the “out of control” murder rates...

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Andrew Sullivan’s Reactionary Nightmare

One of the worst commentators anywhere is Andrew Sullivan. Even though he edited the left-liberal New Republic, and hasn’t changed his views, he sometimes fashions himself a “conservative.” Granted, “conservative” doesn’t mean much nowadays – or maybe means so many contradictory things the word has become meaningless. Yet, although he took back his massive support for the Iraq War, his major lack of judgment in that murderous folly should have pushed him from the field of opinion-making and into a monastery to do penance for the rest of his life. Even with his mea culpa, in 2008 Sullivan excused himself...

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The Hundred Days Myth

The chattering classes are all aTwitter about Trump supposedly failing to do much in his first “Hundred Days” haunting the Oval Office, which ends on April 29. Actually, I think he has done fairly well, as I’ll write about more in detail once he actually has passed the supposedly crucial milestone. FDR started the Hundred Days craze in 1933 during the depths of the Great Depression. He used it as a marketing gimmick to push his New Deal socialist schemes which, far from ending the Depression, extended it. His New Deal actually was an expansion of President Hoover’s schemes –...

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Trump Needs to Cut Taxes Now, Forget ‘Revenue Neutrality’

Tax cutting should be simple. We’ve done it before, the best ones being the 1964 JFK/LBJ reduction of income taxes across the board, with the top rate dropping to 70% from 91%; and Reagan’s 1981 cuts, with the top rate dropping further, to 50%. President Trump campaigned repeatedly on tax cuts – and won on that promise. Unfortunately, now his administration is stuck, with the cuts delayed until after August. Part of the reason is Trump’s recent embrace of “revenue neutrality,” as explained in an op-ed by four of the president’s campaign advisers on taxes: Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur...

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Syria Strike Aids Trump’s Enemies, Alienates Friends

  “I reward my friends and [expletive] my enemies,” was how the noted political philosopher Bill Clinton once explained his governance. It’s pure Machiavellianism, but it worked for him. And while such amorality is an abomination, the kernel of truth is that a politician needs friends, and needs to keep them, because he certainly will gain plenty of enemies whatever he does. I’ll provide some examples in a minute. President Trump seems not to understand that his Syria attack endangers his entire presidency because it repulsed his truest friends, who backed him no matter what during the long and bloody...

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War Could End the Trump Administration

It didn’t take long for President Trump to let the dogs of war bite him. Item: He just attacked Syria with a “targeted military stroke” on an airfield supposedly used by President Assad for chemical attacks. But what if reports the chemical weapons are “fake news”? The reports came from the U.S. intelligence community, which hates Trump and, as we now know, relentlessly spied on him, his family and his campaign, while conjuring up the fake news of his collusion with Russia. Why would Syria use chemical weapons, bringing condemnation on itself, it it’s now winning the war against the...

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Can Trump Repeal and Replace Obamacare? (FREE)

Obamacare is giving us the worst of both systems: The expense of capitalism and the deadly incompetence of socialism. President Trump’s attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare – made during the election at every rally before voters – has descended into Cheyne-Stokes. Here’s a reality check. We’ll now see how good President Trump’s deal-making prowess really is. He’s attempting something Republicans never have been able to do: repeal, or at least sharply scale back, an entitlement, in this case Obamacare. The general history of Republicans long was to be the “adult in the room,” paying...

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Trump Should Fire All Generals, Admirals and the Equivalent Civilian Intelligence Agency Officers

Here’s what President Trump should do to deal with the Deep State that, with the connivance of ex-President Obama, is attacking the new presidency: Trump should ask for letters of resignation the top military officers and intelligence officials, then accept all the resignations. And the ex-officers and officials should be banned for life from getting jobs anywhere in the military-industrial complex, or in anything even close to the military. Let them take their plush pensions and leave us alone. Would some worthy officers get thrown in with the bad ones? Yes, but no government job should be a sinecure. Fired...

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Reconstituting the Supreme Court

As I noted in my recent article here, “The Supreme Court: The Most Dangerous Branch,” the third branch of government has aggrandized central power beyond that even imagined by the most fevered early Hamiltonians. The country will be revisiting the court’s history and makeup as Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the open space, begins confirmation hearings on March 20. Now is a great time to ask the question: Would there be a better way to structure the court, assuming the rest of the Constitution remained intact? I submit the following reform. The idea is to restore to the several...