There is no ‘right’ v ‘left’: it is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest | Robert Reich

The president is the puppet master so Americans of all persuasions must look behind him, to where the real danger lies I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved left and that Democratic candidates may be too far left. But in an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I cant help wondering what it means to be left. A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the left sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the right sought greater reliance on the free market. But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else whether on …

Promises, promises: has Donald Trump kept his word in office?

In 2016, the insurgent Republican hammered home his message on jobs, judges, immigration and more. Has he delivered? Promise: Building a border wall and making Mexico pay for it Verdict: Failure. As of last month, no new wall had been erected in places where there was not already a barrier at the border. Trump has awarded contracts for 247 miles of wall construction but this has been challenged in court. Even if he prevails, all but 17 miles would promising a phenomenal replacement but while Democrats control the House, this is dead in the water. Promise: Reforming tax Verdict: Success. Republicans passed the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades in December 2017. Trump has claimed it was the biggest tax …

The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change

Millennial Trump supporters are starting to bring scientific reality to their party, but how far are they willing to go? Donald Trumps indifference, punctuated by bursts of mocking disdain, towards climate change has been indulged and even cheered by his supporters. The president has called climate science bullshit, donned a coalminers helmet at rallies and defenestrated federal rules designed to cut planet-warming emissions. It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires and Democrats have seized the initiative with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC), a Republican youth group founded 18 months ago but already with a presence in 125 colleges across the US, …

If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal | Rev William Barber and Phyllis Bennis

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic At long last the political debate in the worlds richest country is vibrant with proposals that would help the most vulnerable in our society. And what do we hear in response? A growing chorus of naysayers. challenged Senator Dianne Feinstein to support a Green New Deal, she told them theres no money to pay for it. She probably didnt expect those eight- and 10- and 11-year-old kids to respond immediately: Yes, there is, theres tons of money going to the military. Feinstein responded condescendingly that the military does important things with that money. Our never-ending wars say otherwise. Last …