Forum provides insight and analysis on the latest political news, including the fall out from Michael Wolff’s explosive new expose on the Trump administration and the latest on the looming budget showdown in Washington.

Guests:
Aimee Allison, president, Democracy in Color

Lanhee Chen, research fellow, Hoover Institution; policy director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign

Monday Morning Political Roundup 9 January,2018Michael Krasny

  • Kurt thialfad

    There’s always stories about DACA and dreamers. And we are told by many that we shouldn’t punish children for crimes committed by their parents. But have any of the parents been punished for violations Ra

    • Sar Wash

      Amnesty for any of these illegals that invaded as minors would set a powerful incentive for more illegal parents to invade America. Just as the Ronald Reagan amnesty for all illegal aliens contributed to our current crisis, a trump amnesty for illegal aliens covered by DACA would incentivize further illegal immigration.

  • EIDALM

    The Trump presidency in the short time he has been in office have brought in the worst nightmare the country have ever seen since the civil war, whether his constant taunting all of us with potential nuclear holocaust in potential nuclear attack on North Korea, to his shifting trillions of dollars to his paymasters billionaires, goons of the Wall Street, multinational corporations, foreign interests, white sending the U S deficit and the national debt by trillions of dollars, while destroying all of the rules and regulations that protect our environment, and ourselves including the consumer protections, cutting funds to education, healthcare for tens of millions of Americans including children and babies, advancing his daytime highway robbery of each and all of us by the so called tax plan, at the end of it, the result will be bleak future for us all, with many tens of millions of American thrown into extreme poverty and homelessness, as well as untold millions who will meet an early death from lack of medical care, and starvation.

    • Curious

      The country is finally booming after the 8 disastrous years of the Obama regime.

      • Noelle

        thanks to Clinton’s repeal of Glass-Steagal Act which years later brought on the Great Recession.

        • Curious

          Nonsense.

  • Skip Conrad

    Jeff Sessions’ recent action reminds us that federal marijuana laws are still in effect, and that federal law trumps state law, according to the supremacy clause.
    Can we expect to see changes to marijuana laws in the Congress, much like we saw federal action on marriage laws, in response to state actions on same-sex marriage?

    • Another Mike

      Senator Cory Gardner, I’m looking at you for leadership on getting the marijuana statutes changed.

  • EIDALM

    Donald Trump just tweeted that he may freezes subsidies to the poor until the Democrats repeal the Obama care, what a cruel heartless, inhumane thing to say.

  • EIDALM

    The mere fact that we are questioning the mental stability of Donald Trump, along with all of the revelation that came out in this book about so many of his ministers and close advisors questioning his mental stability, should give us great concern about potential disastrous actions he may take that may cause us and the whole World great harm at any moment.

  • jakeleone

    I hear Oprah is considering running for President. The only thing, and we need to ask all the candidates for any office this. While racism is bad, and we need to work to end it. Religious bigotry has cost more lives and led to more war over the last 30 years. We need a President who understands this. What can they do, in office, to help the world get over this crisis of religious and ethnic genocide and hatred?

  • William – SF

    Make Obama President Again

    • Curious

      8 disastrous years was more than enough.

      • William – SF

        President Obama:
        – more than tripling the stock market
        – taking a cratering economy with +600,000 jobs disappearing a month to adding +200,000 jobs a month
        – providing health care to more than +25,000,000 Americans that had none
        – removing hundreds of thousands of American troops from fighting needless wars
        – …
        – bringing integrity to the White House

        • Curious

          Under Obama, we had the highest rate of poverty ever. He doubled our debt. Highest rate of food stamp use. Obama admin the first in history to never top 3% in annual GDP growth. Income inequality increased under Obama. Lowest workforce participation in over 30 years. Household net worth down under Obama. Household income down under Obama. Destroyed healthcare. Unconstitutionally attacked Libya and withdrew from Iran – creating ISIS. Barry was an unprecedented disaster.

          Since Trump took office, the economy is booming.

          • William – SF

            Poverty
            – Republicans have offered no solution in decades and continue to ignore millions of poor Americans
            – Trump and Republicans threatened to withhold funds for CHIPS covering 9 million children
            – Food stamp use with continue to increase since DJT and Republicans are not addressing poverty
            Debt
            – Trump and Republicans in year one have committed to adding $1.5 Trillion to debt
            Growth
            – Corporate profits and cash reserves at historic highs during President Obama’s terms – regardless of annual GDP growth rate – an indicator that growth rate > 3% isn’t meaningful
            – Income inequality will expand rapidly during DJT’s term
            – Republicans as the majority party in Congress stymied programs Obama and Democrats proposed to benefit average Americans – except health care which passed in first 2 years.

  • Noelle

    Wolff’s book is reporting what was already leaked earlier(maybe by Bannon?), but now it’s in book form. An interesting point someone made is that this is the 1st time we get to read about dysfunction in the White House so soon in the presidency(usually these books get out afterwards)

  • Another Mike

    Trump openly bragged about his sexual appeal to women. He did tell about his failure to seduce one married woman.

  • Noelle

    So some people want another TV celebrity for president? I need to mull that one over.

    • Bill_Woods

      A couple of years ago, a lot of people took a dim view of a billionaire TV celebrity with no political experience running for president.

      • Another Mike

        As my dad used to say:
        “Fool me once, shame on you.
        Fool me twice, shame on me.”

  • Another Mike

    In her 2004 New Republic article, Michelle Cottle described Wolff’s peculiar way of working from his imagination, rather than actual knowledge:

    https://newrepublic.com/article/67746/wolff-trapped

    “Much to the annoyance of Wolff’s critics, the scenes in his columns aren’t recreated so much as created–springing from Wolff’s imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events. Even Wolff acknowledges that conventional reporting isn’t his bag. Rather, he absorbs the atmosphere and gossip swirling around him at cocktail parties, on the street, and especially during those long lunches at Michael’s. ‘He’s around town enough to have those insights, to spot people, to come across [pieces of information],’ says a friend. He also has a talent for making the most of even the briefest encounters. “His great gift is the appearance of intimate access,” says an editor who has worked with Wolff. ‘He is adroit at making the reader think that he has spent hours and days with his subject, when in fact he may have spent no time at all.'”

    Skill at adding verisimilitude to his imaginings is not what I look for in a reporter. Jayson Blair was also adept at making the reader think he was actually on scene, but no one pays for his journalism any more.

    • Noelle

      Sounds like Bob Woodward’s books too.

  • Another Mike

    Have we not learned from Trump that someone best known as a television personality is not the best choice for President?

    • Noelle

      That’s my concern too. Our political system is so dysfunctional, that people are considering this as a serious thing. I say we change the constitution and have a parliamentary system instead. We really need to change this system.

      • Bill_Woods

        You’d rather have Prime Minister Paul Ryan?

        • Noelle

          if he’s really bad, his party could depose him and call for new elections. You don’t have to wait 4 years for a new president(or PM) this way.

    • Brux

      Celebrities are great for manipulation of the public. Look at Reagan and Schwartzenegger and others. At least Reagan had a clue in the early years how the government worked, but Arnold and Trump are just tools, and the people backing Oprah want her for her image so she can play against it. Even Obama was a marketing campaign to Americans to make everyone feel good, and he just was a generic US President who did not do a thing that could be considered Democratic or Progressive.

  • Another Mike

    I would like to propose Janet Napolitano — a woman who has run a state, a large Cabinet department with an essential mission, and now the largest public university system in the country — to be President over Oprah Winfrey.

    • Curious

      She has recently been exposed as hiding money in the UC system and cooking the books. No thanks.

      • Another Mike

        Fake news to give Gavin Newsom something to talk about. And what’s wrong with the UC system’s having a “rainy day fund”?

        • Curious

          She is a handsome woman ….

  • William – SF

    Moral high ground is a lonely place when the political party in power is wallowing in the stench of tax cuts for the wealthy and prosperous corporations at the cost of $1.5 trillion to the Treasury, while actively eliminating social benefits in the name of lack of funds and cost cutting.

    Those wanting to oust the occupants of this Washington swamp would do well to lay off the sugar high of celebrity and focus on results.

    • Dan Albert

      Moral high ground? With Trump in the White House, I’d settle for plain old moral ground. Any.

    • Curious

      Vast majority of Americans will receive tax cuts under Trump’s tax law.

      • William – SF

        …at an average of $3 per day for family making ~$55k.
        …while the wealthy receive tens of thousands of dollars a day
        …while Corporations, already with historic profits, already avoiding paying U.S. taxes through well documented schemes, will have their taxes halved …at a cost of $1,500,000,000,000 to the Treasury.

        Corporate tax cut from 35% to 21% is permanent
        The $3 per day for an average American family expires

        • Another Mike

          Businesses do long-term planning. If they can’t count on the tax rate being constant, why build a new factory here, when they can do it in a tax haven?

  • Inez I.

    Forum regularly does a good job facilitating thoughtful discussion. PLEASE stop with the Oprah for prez commentary. It’s a sad comment on our culture. Oprah is a celebrity multimillionaire whose most visible statement is a monthly magazine with herself gracing the cover year after year and glorifying consumption. The sentiments she voiced on television last night were well said and true – congratulations and lets move on! There are many women, women of color, working people, etc making similar statements and with better, less self-involved politics and motives, who should be elevated in discussion about who to support for office.

    • Noelle

      I would rather she run for Senate against Dianne Feinstein. Now that would be interesting.

  • Robert Thomas

    Waiting for the guests to provide some illuminating observation… t – 00:20:00

    • Noelle

      Aren’t they going to talk about the El Salvadoreans getting deported soon?????

      • Bill_Woods

        Great timing!

      • jurgispilis

        Every non-citizen in the US, is subject to deportation. Even those with visas. A visa can be revoked at any time. And if TPS is not temporary, then why call it TPS?

        • Noelle

          I agree. Lots of these people are going to try to get into Canada soon.

          • Another Mike

            It’s hard to get into Canada, unless you’re a refugee.

          • Noelle

            and they will claim that status.

          • jurgispilis

            If you’re an American and you have a DUI, you can’t cross in.

          • jurgispilis

            Canada wouldn’t put up with such a joke as “TPS”. No other country would.

          • Another Mike

            Canada is a much more loosey goosey country than the US. An immigrant family living in Alberta bought a Wisconsin brewery because Canadian provinces restrict beer “imports” from other provinces, while NAFTA applies to every province. Similarly, each province can set its own criteria for immigrants, even though it’s one country and immigrants are free to move from province to province once they arrive in Canada.

  • Another Mike

    I do not understand people’s priorities. At least 60 million Americans — well paid residents of big blue states — will be screwed by the GOP’s tax cuts for the 1%. Yet there is more resistance proposed to benefit a mere 600,000 DACA recipients.

    • Noelle

      probably because they have compelling human interest stories, like you write an article about one deserving DACA recipient and that appeals to people. for example is there’s a huge famine, a story about one starving person is more compelling than the suffering of thousands.

    • Brux

      Yes, I think this is part of the inside group that self-sabotages Democrats to discourage and divide us. Have you ever noticed that when something Democratic is in the news or the media in general they always pick out the worst looking minorities to interview? It is sure that Democrats’ priorities are everyone, but the media and Democrats themselves, at least the ones at the top always seem to pander to minorities to the exclusion of the majority, and it alienates whites and drives them away. it is very difficult to talk about because no one wants to diminish minorities rights, at least if you are a true Democrat/Liberal, but it is the majority that has to do this, and the constant concern about minorities, and especially non-citizen minorities to the exclusion of everything else, as well as the pull to the right makes it seem artificial and rigged to me.

      I have come to believe that as in the Orwell book 1984 the opposition party is owned by the establishment and everything is manicured to show just the side of things they want for the purposes they way. The Democrats even though with a more Leftist Bernie Sanders agenda are very popular, the party seems to never make a case for the programs Americans want and need.

      That after all this time we are going backwards on health care, and immigration is hard to believe unless it is a scripted narrative to support the status quo and undermine the people.

  • Noelle

    I don’t know if people are saying DJT has dyslexia; he has no attention span and can’t read for that reason. Too many Diet Cokes I think might be another problem(caffeine leading to sleep deprivation).

  • Brux

    In a You-Tube Interview in Sweden with Thomas Frank a woman on the panel said that to her Donald Trump was just like the Presidents that the USA has installed in third world countries. That one really resonated … funny how it took a non-American to see that and make that point. Trump is presiding over the ripping off of America from American’s to a global billionaire elite using what are basically fascist tactics, which is just what all the dictators installed by the US military around the world have done to their countries.

Host

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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