Trump Is Offering Populism, Minus the Free Candy : The thing about populism is it usually involves doing things that are popular. This is something that European nationalists and Latin American strongmen have long known. When they come to power, they aim to deliver concrete benefits to their supporters, even at the cost of their nations’ long-term fiscal health. President Trump has delivered on some of the things he promised supporters on the campaign trail: He has appointed a conservative Supreme Court justice; begun more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws; and directed his appointees to slash regulations on fossil fuel and other industries. But in terms of spending, Mr. Trump has embraced the austere preferences of congressional Republicans, even when that approach has contradicted his campaign promises.

Al Franken and Olivia Wilde: Calling a Lie a Lie : Twenty years before Kellyanne Conway seized the news cycle with “alternative facts” about President Trump’s inaugural crowd size, Al Franken (now, Senator Al Franken) began a satirical cottage industry to expose the seemingly loose grasp on truth of various right-wing pundits in such books as “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.” Nearly 50 years before that, George Orwell published his dystopian classic, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” with its “Ministry of Truth” for falsifying historical events and “double-think,” the simultaneous acceptance of two contradictory ideas as true. The 1949 novel became a best-seller again after the Trump inauguration.

Create an Economy for Everyone : Tax breaks for the most wealthy continue to be the Republican Party’s central economic plan. TrumpCare contains $600 billion in tax cuts for America’s wealthiest. Speaker Vos and the Assembly Republican Caucus recently introduced a transportation proposal that would institute a flat income tax in Wisconsin, cutting taxes for millionaires by 50 percent. Wisconsin Republicans slipped the biggest corporate tax giveaway in Wisconsin’s history, the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit (MAC), into the 2011-2013 budget at the very last minute. Designed to nearly eliminate state tax responsibility of manufacturers and big agricultural producers, the MAC is projected to cost $654 million over the next two years. However, businesses don’t have to create one job to get it, and, in fact, they can outsource jobs and still claim this credit.

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