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“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?” Clinton said
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“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?” Clinton said



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“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.” - Keef
 
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" Donald Trump's economic #'s are through the roof. But ... "








" Washington (CNN)Here's a great headline for Donald Trump as he turns toward his 2020 re-election bid: "CNN Poll: Trump's approval rating on the economy hits a new high."

And the story, which details new poll numbers out from CNN, is equally good news for Trump. Wrote CNN's Grace Sparks of the numbers:

"The result comes on the heels of the announcement that the US economy grew at a much better rate than expected in the first quarter, and Trump's performance on the economy becomes one of his prime selling points for next year's general election.

"Trump's previous high mark in CNN polling on handling the economy came in March 2017 when 55% approved. Since then, he's edged above 50% four times, but this is the first time it's been meaningfully over the 50% line."

Big deal, right? After all, if past is prologue, the state of the economy is perhaps the biggest indicator of a president's chances of getting re-elected. "You hate to sound like a cliche, but are you better off than you were four years ago? It's pretty simple, right? 'It's the economy, stupid.' I think that's easy," White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said earlier this week in Los Angeles. "People will vote for somebody they don't like if they think it's good for them."

Except ... there's this: In the same CNN poll, Trump's overall job approval rating is just 43%. While that's better than previous findings that had the President in the upper 30s, it's not exactly a comfortable place to be heading into a bid for a second term. Especially when you have an economy that a) is widely perceived to be booming and b) that a majority of Americans give you credit for.

The delta between 43% and 56% is obviously huge; in terms of the 2020 presidential election it's the difference between losing in a landslide and winning in one. Neither outcome is likely for Trump, largely because our current polarization makes a blowout -- on either end of the win-loss spectrum -- very, very hard to imagine.

But what's clear from those two numbers is that Trump and his team have their work cut out for them between now and November 2020. They need to figure out how to convert a chunk of people who disapprove of Trump but think the economy is doing well and credit him for that fact. It's of course doable, but the fact that Trump's approval rating hasn't moved upward -- as views on the strength of the economy (and his role in it) have -- has to be somewhat concerning for the Trump team. "
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" Robert J. Samuelson: Do we have a deflation problem? "









" There are times when it seems we’re worrying about things that aren’t worth worrying about. A good example these days is inflation. Amazingly, the complaint is that it’s not rising fast enough. In March, the consumer price index, or CPI, had increased 1.9% over the past year. The gain of another inflation indicator, the “deflator” of the personal consumption expenditures, or PCE, was 1.5%.

What’s not to like? Despite criticism from Donald Trump, all this qualifies as good news. Prices have hardly risen. Indeed, technical difficulties in measuring inflation — for example, how to account for new products, such as smartphones — suggest that that actual inflation could be close to zero. Some prices go up (new vehicles, 0.7% over the past year); other prices go down (televisions, 19%).

The PCE is the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation indicator. For workers, this means that if their wages and fringe benefits rose by more than 1.5% over the year, they would have received a modest boost to their inflation-adjusted incomes. And yet, many respected economists worry that inflation is too low.

To those of us, including me, old enough to have lived through the double-digit inflation of late 1970s and early 1980s, this is crazy. High and uncontrolled inflation (annually, it peaked at 13% in 1979) was a scourge. It sowed almost-universal anxiety and was wildly unpopular. People felt they had lost control of their lives. Government seemed powerless to stop it.

Why would anyone want to re-create this anarchy?

Three reasons are typically given. First, critics complain that the Fed isn’t hitting its own inflation target, which is 2% on the PCE. This suggests incompetence. If the Fed can’t hit its target, the assumption goes, what else can’t it do? Frankly, this is fear-mongering. The Fed simply isn’t powerful enough to hit a precise target. As long as reported inflation stays between zero and 2%, the Fed is delivering a crude price stability.

A more realistic concern involves the Fed’s ability to respond to a recession. Typically, the Fed cuts interest rates to reverse an economic downturn. But interest rates, reflecting inflation, are already low. The fear is that the Fed won’t be able to cut rates enough to prevent a recession from getting worse.

Consider. The so-called fed funds rate — the rate on overnight loans and the rate most influenced by the Fed — is now set at about 2.5%. By contrast, it was 5.25% in 2007, the start of the last recession, and higher earlier. If the Fed can only cut rates modestly before they hit zero, then the next recession could be lengthy and stubborn. That’s the argument.

This brings us to the most serious of inflation’s alleged shortcomings. Paradoxically, it’s “deflation” — or falling prices. Of course, some prices are falling even when the overall price level is rising. To take an obvious example: Computers and other tech products have experienced massive price cuts.

No one is against these. By contrast, deflation signifies declines in most prices, and this prospect can do enormous economic damage. The most terrifying example is the Great Depression of the 1930s, when the wholesale price index fell a staggering 33% from 1929 to 1933.

The result was to prolong the Depression. Deflation causes people to delay major purchases — they think that prices will go even lower. Deflation also makes it harder for debtors to repay their loans. The economy gets caught in a vicious circle of deflation, weak consumer spending and more loan defaults. In the 1930s, annual unemployment peaked at around 25%.

Higher inflation is cast as the antidote to deflation. It’s an extra cushion of protection. This sounds sensible, but it overlooks the likely reality that the transition to higher inflation would create a new set of problems, involving interest rates, exchange rates, consumer and business uncertainty and the stock market.

Moreover, it presumes deflation would quickly attain Depression-like proportions, when a more likely outcome would be modest deflation. Probably many Americans wouldn’t notice slight price declines; others might seize on them as an opportunity to go bargain-hunting. Indeed, the combination of rigid wages and falling prices would enhance consumer purchasing power and could stimulate an economic recovery.

Japan has been grappling with deflation for years, but price declines have been puny. From 2001 to 2010, the average annual decline was 0.3%, says the International Monetary Fund. Millions of Americans are unaware of our disastrous experience with double-digit inflation. They have either forgotten or weren’t yet born. The Fed says it won’t abandon its current inflation target of 2%. That’s a promise the Fed needs to keep. "

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“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?” Clinton said



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“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.” - Keef
 
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“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?” Clinton said



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“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.” - Keef
 
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     Hello Me Stoneslings : Such was the frame of mind last Friday Evening when Emperor Xi , His Entourage and myself all met up at our favorite hideaway ,
The Brazen Head  , for rounds and rounds of Jagerbombs , Guinness Pints and the requisite pawing of VIP Hostess Erin and Senior Bar Manager Christy .
Everyone was in a Fantastic Mood as the annual “ Woodstock for Capitalists “ was in full swing ( Buffet and Munger having achieved another superb year
of making every single shareholder EXTREMELY wealthy )  .  Xi himself told me his family was lucky enough to invest 10K with Warren back in 1965 and
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we used to quote your very own LBJ  :  ‘  No More of this Coup Sh#t !  ‘     …….. make me President for LIFE !!!!!  “

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" Robert J. Samuelson: The $100 trillion question . "







" WASHINGTON -- We live in an age obsessed with economic inequality. There is too much of it, most people seem to agree. After Donald Trump -- his personality, behavior and policies -- inequality may well become the dominant issue in the 2020 election. This poses dangers, the most obvious being the tendency to blame the rich and the super-rich for everything that ails us or displeases us. Still, we can't, and shouldn't, duck the issue.

Americans have long tolerated some inequality, because almost everyone would like to strike it rich. If you harbor these ambitions, you've got to accept the consequences. But today's gaps between rich and poor, or between the super-rich and upper middle class, long ago exceeded these permissive limits. The present inequality must make all but the most avid enthusiasts of laissez-faire ("let it be") squirm.

Anyone who doubts this should consult a recent study by the Federal Reserve. Until now, most studies of inequality have focused on income -- what people earn or receive in a year. By contrast, the Fed study concentrates on the less common subject of wealth -- what people own, from cars to homes to stocks.

The study's most striking feature is how gigantic the numbers are. In 2018, the Fed estimates that Americans owned $114 trillion of assets, including $26 trillion of housing and real estate; $26 trillion of pensions, such as 401(k) accounts; $22 trillion of corporate stocks and mutual funds; and $6 trillion of durable goods, such as vehicles, appliances, furniture.

Liabilities -- mostly mortgages and consumer credit -- totaled about $15 trillion, leaving net worth at nearly $100 trillion.

Some of these numbers have been available before. What's new is the distribution of this wealth, which is highly skewed and getting more so:

In 2018, the net worth of the wealthiest 10% of Americans represented 70% of household wealth, up from 61% in 1989, the study's first year. Even among this upper crust, wealth became more concentrated. Over the same years, the share of the top 1% went from 24% to 31%.

The bottom 50% of U.S. households had virtually no net worth, the difference between assets and liabilities, mainly loans. Their wealth share tumbled from 4% of total wealth in 1989 to 1% in 2018. Their assets (roughly half were homes) stood at $6.8 trillion compared with liabilities (primarily home mortgages) of $5.6 trillion, leaving a net worth of $1.2 trillion. Many of these households borrowed heavily in the real estate boom. Recall: Total household net worth equals about $100 trillion.

The big losers over the past 30 years could be termed the broad middle-class: those with wealth starting at the median (the midpoint of all wealth) and going to the 90th percentile. Their share of household wealth, though still sizable, has dropped from 35% in 1989 to 29% in 2018.

Some caveats are in order. Perhaps the most important is this: Economic inequality at the bottom of the wealth distribution does not always indicate poverty. Low wealth sometimes reflects age. Young households on average have lower incomes and wealth; but as they age, these increase. The opposite is often true of older households. Even though they saved for retirement, they're depleting their wealth.

The paucity of past studies on wealth has mainly reflected technical difficulties. Information needed to be collected from many sources and merged into a common statistical framework. There was often a long lag between data collection and publication. Fed economists overcame these problems by merging two existing data sources: the Survey of Consumer Finances and the Financial Accounts of the United States.

The new wealth statistics, which will be available on a quarterly basis, will give economists a new set of tools to judge the effects of wealth on spending and saving behavior. The biggest impact could be political, because the new data will enable economists, scholars, pundits and interest groups to produce studies showing how various groups -- by age, race, ethnicity and family status -- are faring.

The truth is that we still don't fully understand the surge in economic inequality of the last three decades. The populist temptation is to blame greed, but this is not a satisfactory explanation because greed is hardly new. It seems virtually certain that, sooner or later, taxes on the well-to-do and wealthy will go up. That's where the money is, and that's where the biggest private gains have been.

But can we do this in a way that doesn't weaken incentives for risk-taking and investment? Can we do it in a way that strikes most people as reasonable and not simply an exercise in political and economic revenge? Good questions, all. "

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" Marc A. Thiessen: Trump can use the economy to change people's minds about him . "








" WASHINGTON -- With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations, President Donald Trump has reached an inflection point in his presidency. He has the chance to turn the political tides decisively in his favor, if he takes it.

On Friday, we learned that the economy added 263,000 jobs in April -- exceeding the 190,000 that economists predicted. This came on top of the news, a week earlier, that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2% in the first quarter, far exceeding predictions of 2.5% growth. Unemployment is at the lowest level in five decades. In fact, America's biggest economic problem is that, according to the Washington Post, "the United States has more job openings than unemployed people" to fill those jobs.

Not only are people finding work, but their paychecks are growing. In April, wages rose 3.2%, the ninth straight month of above 3% wage growth. And the Wall Street Journal reports that wages for Americans without a high school diploma rose more than 6% last year, outpacing all other groups.

That's bad news for Joe Biden. His presidential campaign is built on the rationale that he can win back the "forgotten Americans" in key swing states who voted twice for him and Barack Obama but switched to Trump in 2016. His problem is these Americans are doing better under Trump than they did under Obama-Biden. In Wisconsin, the unemployment rate is 2.9%; in Pennsylvania, it is 3.9%; in Michigan, it is 4%; and in Ohio, 4.4%. Are these voters really going to switch horses in midstream when they are doing so much better during Trump's presidency than they did during Biden's vice presidency?

Here is the bad news for Trump: While approval for his handling of the economy reached a new high of 56%, his overall job approval is still a dismal 45%, according to a CNN poll. Despite the booming economy, a 54% majority still disapprove of Trump's presidency.

Why is that? One reason may be that, for the past two years Trump has been fighting accusations that he committed treason by conspiring with Russia to steal the 2016 election. No one likes a traitor, even if he is a job creator.

When under attack, the natural instinct is to circle the wagons. Trump has spent the first two years of his presidency feeding and tending to his base, rather than working to expand it. He lashed out with what we now know was justifiable anger at the special counsel and Democrats who accused him of being a Russian agent. Persuadable Americans did not know what to think. But now with the Mueller investigation over, and Trump cleared of any conspiracy with Russia, they might be willing to give the president a second look.


How many voters are out there whom Trump might be able to win over? A lot. In the CNN poll, 20% of those who say they disapprove of Trump's performance generally say they approve of his handling of the economy. These Americans are happy with the results of Trump's presidency but not with him. The president's challenge between now and November 2020 is to win over as many of those voters as possible.

He can do that by restoring some normalcy to Washington. Trump needs to focus on a positive agenda to improve the lives of Americans, draw attention to his accomplishments rather than his controversies and reach out and try to work with Democrats. He needs to keep the economy moving, which is why the $2 trillion infrastructure package he announced with "Chuck and Nancy" is so appealing to the president. For Trump, it is a win-win -- blue-collar jobs and Keynesian economic stimulus.

Trump seems ready to make this pivot. He tweeted last week that "after two years of hard work and each party trying their best to make the other party look as bad as possible, it's time to get back to business. … Republicans and Democrats must come together for the good of the American people." But it will take more than a tweet. Trump needs to be disciplined. He cannot allow Democrats to coax him into toxic political fights. He has been cleared of Russian collusion. Democrats are hurting only themselves with their never-ending investigations. He needs to focus on being president. His policies are working. He needs to make sure that Americans know it.

There are millions who are benefiting from the Trump economic boom who do not support Trump -- yet. His job is to change their minds. He's got 545 days to do it. "

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" There's too much at stake for Trump to leave the Pentagon in limbo.  "





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" WASHINGTON -- At a time when America is facing a potential military confrontation with Iran, an escalating trade war with China and a showdown with North Korea, you'd think President Trump would want a permanent secretary of defense to oversee Pentagon plans.

But Patrick Shanahan is still cooling his heels as acting secretary, awaiting a formal nomination that was expected nearly two weeks ago, after Shanahan was cleared in a conflict-of-interest probe. The nomination sits and waits, and some prominent Trump supporters who back Shanahan are beginning to voice concerns.

Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and a Trump confidant, told me Tuesday he thinks Shanahan would be a "very" good defense secretary and added: "I hope the president will nominate Shanahan as quickly as possible. It will strengthen Shanahan's hand in reforming the Pentagon bureaucracy."

Jack Keane, a Trump adviser and retired Army general who could probably have had the Pentagon job himself if he'd wanted it, says he's also mystified by the delay. Asked if Shanahan should be nominated, Keane said, "I definitely think so," because it would boost his standing in dealing with allies and potential adversaries.

Keane explained: "In my discussions with [Shanahan], I'm convinced he understands the issues and is seized with the urgency to reform the department." Gingrich offered a similar assessment of Shanahan as a potential change agent: "Shanahan has a clear vision of the technology investments needed to maintain superiority over the Chinese military and the management experience with big systems to turn that vision into reality."

So why, at a time when Shanahan is gaining GOP support after a somewhat tepid initial reaction, is the president waiting? As with so many aspects of Trump's behavior, it's a mystery. Maybe he thinks the optics aren't right, given that Shanahan was a former top executive at Boeing, a company that's now mired in controversy over the 737 Max. Perhaps he wants a bigger name that will add luster to his administration.

Or maybe, as Trump has shown in his treatment of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the president just likes to keep people dangling in limbo, to the point of personal humiliation.

Whatever the reason, the White House's reluctance to designate a permanent successor to Mattis is threatening to become a Trump "moment," adding to speculation about uncertain presidential decision-making at a time when he has big national-security problems accumulating in a wobbly stack that includes Iran, China and North Korea -- not to mention Russia, Venezuela, Turkey and Syria.

Shanahan's priorities, should he be nominated and confirmed, seem clear. The former Boeing production engineer wants to consolidate and modernize a Pentagon bureaucracy that's notoriously stove-piped and resistant to change. In setting his tentative agenda, he has worked closely with Gen. Joseph Dunford, the widely respected chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The approach Dunford and Shanahan have discussed would seek to better coordinate the geographical nodes, known as combatant commands, that now dominate resources and planning. Rather than segmenting the world through these regional commands, the aim would be to focus more top-level attention on China and Russia, the global strategic priorities. Shanahan wants senior leaders to devote at least 10% of their time collectively to China, and 10% to Russia.

Dunford described the global planning effort in an interview April 25. Without explicitly endorsing Shanahan, he said that his management experience would be a plus in reforming past practices at the Pentagon. "The only way you can drive a cultural change in the Pentagon is if the secretary of defense makes it a priority. Shanahan came in without any baggage about how we used to do things. ... As a business executive, he's interested in outcomes."

Shanahan faced considerable skepticism when he was named acting secretary last December. Critics worried that he lacked Mattis' military experience and personal stature -- and a willingness to push back against Trump, when necessary. Those questions persist, but Shanahan has won some converts among those, like Gingrich and Keane, who favor modernizing the Pentagon's hide-bound systems and its preservation of legacy weapons.

Shanahan's boosters argue that he is a tough manager who's willing to knock heads and who understands the technologies -- from space systems to artificial intelligence to cloud computing -- that will be central to any Pentagon transformation.

But after more than four months with a vacancy at the top of the Pentagon, the biggest argument in Shanahan's favor is simply that America needs a defense secretary -- now. "

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Follow David Ignatius on Twitter: @IgnatiusPost.
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