During the Trump Care Meltdown, when the same Republicans that chanted "Repeal & Replace" for seven years folded like a broken down lawn chair in a category 5 hurricane, we learned about a couple mysterious Republican Congressional Caucuses instrumental in torpedoing the AHCA. These two groups come from such opposite sides of the political spectrum they undoubtedly have dartboards with each other's pictures tacked to the middle.
Last month's "60 Minutes" feature on the H-1B employment-based visa brought back into national awareness the outrage about displacing U.S. workers with foreign-born labor and, at the risk of losing their severance, forcing Americans to train their overseas replacements. Dissatisfaction with the H-1B has been boiling over since headline-grabbing firings at Disney, Caterpillar and McDonald's, among others. Then-candidate and now President Donald Trump tapped into the national anger about H-1Bs – 85,000 issued annually – and made reforming the visa a focal point of his promises to reform immigration to benefit Americans.
Suddenly, the lawns have shown a remarkable transformation. The old dry, brittle, brown stuff is lush and green. I remarked to Fred what a difference a few inches of rain make in Kansas; it's like a resurrection! The lilacs are out. The redbud trees are coming alive. Grass is growing again.
It's ironic Elon Musk, one of America's premier subsidy farmers, is also a perfect example of the difference between the private sector and the government when it comes to cost. Musk differs from earlier entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford who became wealthy by building a better mousetrap. Musk became wealthy by harvesting government subsidies.
The other day, I was riding on the subway when I heard a commotion behind me. People started running around in the car, and a young girl slammed into my seat as if she was fleeing some kind of murderous thug. The reason for the panic was a crack-head who had decided to beat up on a young, innocent man who happened to be riding on the same car.
Offered an opportunity to explain what he planned to do about a savage chemical weapons attack in Syria that indiscriminately killed 72 people, including children, President Donald Trump located the true enemy and pounced without mercy:
Fox News, where women work at their own risk in a misogynist culture frozen somewhere in the 1950s, is back in crisis mode. Nine months after chairman and accused sexual harasser Roger Ailes was forced out, we're wondering whether accused sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly will be forced out, too.
At a March 28 White House press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired what could be his last warning shot over sanctuary city mayors' heads. Sessions' blunt message: Obey immigration laws or your dangerous cities will lose Department of Justice federal funding, have existing grants canceled, and become ineligible for future grants.
Supposedly, the Chinese or the Arabs or the Scientologists or one of those ancient inscrutable cultures, has a saying that goes "May you live in interesting times." It is generally considered to be a curse. And America right now is living in the most interesting of times. It's breathtaking how thrilling and frenetic the news has gotten. Every single day. It's almost too exciting. In fact, it's starting to look like one of those pre-opening credits sequences of a science-fiction movie that takes place in the ruins of a dystopian civilization. "And Then All Hell Broke Loose."