The Siegfried State of the Union

trumpsinging The vote to release of the House Intelligence Committee’s “secret” memo (and the vote to suppress Dem committee members’ minority report. The pressure on, resignation of, and subsequent humiliation of FBI Deputy Director McCabe, and the GOP and right wing media echo chamber’s FBI/Secret Society/Conspiracy Du Jour smearing of Mueller, while Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors marches forward to a steady drumbeat….it feels operatic.  Will Trump stay ‘on script’ tonight, dutifully reading the teleprompter to media acclaim of his presidential and dignified address, or will we get the shrieking Valkyrie, calling doom upon his enemies?

More likely, given the low bar he (and his spiritual predecessor Bush) established,  he will mumble incoherently through a journeyman address, then go crazy tomorrow in the AM and tweet doom upon his enemies from the toilet.

Sadly, we’re still suffering through the Seigfried stage of the Ring Cycle, with the protagonist seemingly unstoppable, and we still have a ways to go before we watch his downfall in the Gotterdammerung, following the 2018 elections, victory of the Dems and subsequent impeachment hearings.

 

The Conman Cometh

artoftheconThe Atlantic provides us with some greater detail on Trump’s use of the Bully Pulpit (Elect) to advance his business interests.  Thing is, though, that this is just penny-ante con artistry.  He intends to go Yuuuge.  He needs to top the billions of dollars in cash on pallets that went ‘missing’ in Iraq during Bush’s Reign of Error, the billions wasted on reconstruction sent to his contractor buddies without an open bid, etc.

A likely gambit is his ‘infrastructure’ plan.  His gullible voters likely envision a WPA-like effort to repair our decaying roadways and bridges, except with private investment magically trickling down into shovel-ready projects to employ blue collar Americans.  Well, sort of. It involves us elite libtard taxpayers subsidizing giant private contractors via tax credits to develop projects, such as toll roads, that they will then own.  And then charge us directly for.

The hundred billion dollar question is – how does Trump funnel this directly into his own pockets (or those of his children, by proxy)?  Does Jared’s real estate company buy strategic bits of property that are then purchased via imminent domain?  Too transparent?  Do they buy minority stakes in key subcontractors that get the subsidies?  Or is this just the obvious con while he plans to go Bush 2.0 and get into the lucrative defense contractor business on the eve of a ‘sneak attack’ somewhere in the Middle East?  So many possibilities.

*Update 11/29/16* I wonder if Trump’s real play here is establishing a Monarchy…get it all in his hands for himself and future generations.  He definitely plans to put paid to campaign finance reform.