In an apparent attempt to “one-up” and embarrass Russia many are wondering if President Donald Trump just tweeted out U.S. national nuclear secrets. Seven people died last week during a “failed test of Russia’s SSC-X-9 Skyfall, a nuclear-powered cruise missile still in development,” as Vox reported. One expert called it a flying nuclear reactor.
President Trump, who has been tweeting up a storm ever since he kicked off his 10-day August vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, NJ, apparently decided late Monday afternoon was a good time to respond – not with condolences for the lives lost, but by gloating.
“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia,” Trump tweeted, needlessly. “We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”
Some were quick to realize Trump at least sounded like he was (once again) revealing national secrets via Twitter.
Assuming he’s not lying, Trump would seem to be casually tweeting out national secrets. https://t.co/7NiWD19aXh
— Chris O’Leary | Baseball (@thepainguy) August 12, 2019
Here’s the Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Science Committee.
Tweeting about the status of secret nuclear weapons research, as one does https://t.co/wpZQ5rjRl4
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) August 12, 2019
Some experts chastised the President, while appearing to try to assure the world Trump was basically bluffing.
Here’s a professor of international relations and national security at the U.S. Naval War College:
It is a bad idea for the President to tell the world the U.S. has secret nuclear powered super-weapons and that we’ve been lying about that for years. Especially if we don’t actually have them, which we almost certainly do not. https://t.co/pK0sNPRpeg
— David Burbach (@dburbach) August 12, 2019
Here’s a noted nuclear weapons expert:
This is bizarre. We do not have a nuclear-powered cruise missile program. We tried to build one, in the 1960’s, but it was too crazy, too unworkable, too cruel even for those nuclear nuts Cold War years. https://t.co/DWMn07yO3Y https://t.co/7Uqpx7B7Sk
— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) August 12, 2019
There were other responses from some notables.
Washington Correspondent for TIME magazine:
Did the President just confirm the existence of a missile system with mini-nuclear reactors aboard, eliminating distance limitations, and that can fly low and weave around anti-missile shields? https://t.co/Bg1bzBXRwG
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) August 12, 2019
If news reports on nature of the Russian test are correct, then the President has just asserted that the US has nuclear-propelled cruise missiles.
That would be newsworthy. https://t.co/XhxzLM5l0k
— Dan McFadden (@Dan_McF) August 12, 2019
Reuters DC National Security Correspondent:
Huh? Is he saying the US has secretly developed a nuclear-powered cruise missile? Project Pluto was canceled in July 1964. At same time, he confirms story I published Friday on experts suspecting explosion of Skyfall. https://t.co/Df8pHAS8Gm https://t.co/SXp12oxq3I
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) August 12, 2019
So, is the President of the United States lying/bluffing about our capabilities (we don’t have missiles with tiny nuclear reactors) or just revealing our secret weapons to the world… Which is worse? https://t.co/LpO7bY1nlI
— Real Talk 910 (@RealTalk910) August 12, 2019
— Jason Tiscione (@JasonTiscione) August 12, 2019
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‘Guess You Flunked Econ 101’: Trump Mocked for Insane Rant Falsely Claiming His New Tariffs Are Paid ‘By China’
“I’ve never seen a president so proud of raising taxes on American consumers.”
They say love is blind and when it comes to President Donald Trump, it’s true. Trump loves tariffs so much he once bragged, “I am a Tariff Man.”
….I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2018
Sadly, Tariff Man does not know how tariffs work.
President Trump just imposed a 25% tariff on $200 – $250 billion in goods imported from China into the U.S.
And in a Friday morning tweetstorm he insisted those tariffs are being paid “by China.”
Talks with China continue in a very congenial manner – there is absolutely no need to rush – as Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China of 25% on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods & products. These massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
The tariffs are being paid by the companies – American companies – that import those products. Those companies then, more than likely, pass those costs on to the consumer – Americans – who cover the increased costs.
Trump is intentionally blind to this very basic fact of economics.
Trump is also intentionally blind to how manufacturing works.
Friday morning, apparently feeling uncertain his previous seven tweets promoting his false tariff plan had not succeeded, he added an eighth:
Build your products in the United States and there are NO TARIFFS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
But a quick glance at the list of Chinese products subject to his new tariffs show many of them, like copper, aluminum, lead, zinc, metal gaskets and washers, are not sold directly to consumers, but to manufacturers making other products. They are parts.
He just doesn’t get it, as many on social media were quick to point out – and mock him for his willful ignorance:
Guess you flunked Econ 101 in college https://t.co/Fu324nn0Re
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) May 10, 2019
Reality check: Tariffs are paid by U.S. importers of affected Chinese goods, not by China’s government or by Chinese companies. Importers then either raise costs on consumers, lower their own profit margins or both. https://t.co/6J5afZdgsX https://t.co/MjJL2XIfVd
— Axios (@axios) May 10, 2019
TARIFFS ARE NOT BEING PAID BY CHINA, YOU JAMOKE! Tariffs are paid by American businesses that import goods form China. They then pass those costs onto the American taxpayers. Honestly, have an Econ 101 book read to you or something. https://t.co/VAnJMzRD9Q
— Michael Salerno (@MikeNJD) May 10, 2019
Maybe China can pay for the wall? https://t.co/gqXqsDxxN9
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) May 10, 2019
— J.C. Bradbury (@jc_bradbury) May 10, 2019
He still has no idea how tariffs work.
I would ask why no-one has explained it to him, but I suspect they have and he doesn’t listen. https://t.co/LAKa1cATpE
— Dylan Reeve (@DylanReeve) May 10, 2019
There’s a blatant falsehood from Trump here:
“Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China…these massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S….”
That is false and misleading.
China does not pay a dime to the US Treasury. Importers pay the tariffs. https://t.co/56E6CjVdUh
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) May 10, 2019
Tariffs are paid by US citizens and businesses you moron. https://t.co/x9SrWSOaXj
— markhughes (@markhughes) May 10, 2019
I’ve never seen a president so proud of raising taxes on American consumers. https://t.co/7I1g6kfTs2
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) May 10, 2019
“tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China 25% on 250 Billion Dollars”
— Roy Azoulay (@rozoulay) May 10, 2019
We are reduced to having to follow the logic of a complete idiot. And to anticipate the reactions to this idiocy by machines. We are in the nether world. https://t.co/LEJlvd4kkU
— Nick Givanovic (@NickGiva) May 10, 2019
How is he still clueless about how tariffs work? And how is .@Wharton still not humiliated enough to rescind the degree they never should have given him? At the very least they owe us all a very public apology.#Kakistocracy https://t.co/UaqCfdG5T9
— W.L. Lewis (@ArtMusicLife) May 10, 2019
Governor Blames Shooting of 7 Year Old Girl on Teachers’ Sickout
Just one week after traveling Kentucky with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to advocate for her plan to co-opt federal tax dollars from public schools to support private and religious schools, Governor Bevin once again thrust himself into the debates about education, teachers – and gun control.
On Thursday, Bevin told members of a Kentucky Rotary Club that public school teachers who staged a “sick-out” were responsible for the non-fatal shooting of a 7-year old girl, as the Courier Journal reports.
That young girl was shot accidentally by her 11-year old brother while they were reportedly in the care of their uncle, who was outside at the time.
“One thing you almost didn’t hear anything about while we had people pretending to be sick when they weren’t sick, and leaving kids unattended to or in situations that they should not have been in — a little girl was shot, 7 years old, by another kid,” Governor Bevin said.
“Because they were somewhere that they weren’t intended and because a parent didn’t have any option, put them in a situation so that they could go to work, it left these kids in a compromised situation where they encountered a gun and there was not enough awareness.”
The teachers, who are by law not allowed to strike, organized the sick out to protest at the state capitol after lawmakers without notice started to legislate away their pension rights.
This is far from Bevin’s only attack on public school teachers, and far from his most controversial remark.
One year ago Bevin blamed teachers for children being raped and “introduced to drugs” during a teachers’ protest over the state budget that forced schools to close.
“I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” Bevin, said in April of 2018. “I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them.”
“Children were harmed – some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time – because they were vulnerable and left alone,” he insisted.
There were no reports of any children harmed as a result of the strike.
Bevin also came under fire nationally – and at one point even by popular NBC weatherman Al Roker – after the governor mocked some school districts in his own state for deciding to close during sub-zero weather.
“By the way, this nitwit governor in Kentucky, saying that, ‘Oh, we’re weak.’ These are kids who are going to be in sub-zero wind chills. No, cancel school. Stop it. Adults, if they want to be out there, that’s great. These are our children,” Roker blasted back in January.
In February of 2018, after a horrific shooting in Kentucky, Bevin blamed “psychiatric drugs,” but not guns, for America’s gun violence and mass shooting pandemic.
And last month Bevin, who does not believe in science or vaccines, came under fire after he revealed he had sent all nine of his own children to a “chicken pox party” because “this is America.”
Bevin, according to a recent poll, is the nation’s most unpopular governor.
Notorious Right-Wing Economist Tells Fox News Obama Caused the Financial Crisis—Two Years Before He Took Office
On Monday, right-wing economist Arthur Laffer went on Fox News and warned that if Bernie Sanders is elected president, he would cause a financial crash just like the one Barack Obama caused in 2007 — two years before he took office.
“By giving to those who have a little bit less, you provide them with an alternative source of income, other than working, and they too will produce a little bit less,” said Laffer, who is best known for his belief that tax revenues will go up the more you cut taxes for the rich, and who helped design the package of tax cuts that wrecked the state of Kansas. “Now this is math. It’s not left-wing, right-wing, Republican, Democrat, it’s not liberal or conservative. It’s just plain economics.”
“Whenever you redistribute income, you reduce total income, and that is what [Sanders is] doing, and I’m very afraid that if he were elected, we would have an enormous crash in the market,” said Laffer. “Now that crash would come in anticipation of his election, but it’s much like Obama, who I believe was the reason we had the Great Recession. As he got closer and closer to winning, the markets collapsed.”
The actual cause of the 2007 financial crisis and ensuing recession was a runaway mortgage market that bundled together bad loans to sell as high-yield investments on Wall Street. This problem started years before Obama was even conceived of as a presidential candidate. Moreover, the economy rebounded and then some once Obama’s policies were actually implemented.
Entirely discredited “economist” Art Laffer said that Obama is the reason for the great recession, which started in 2007. “Serious news” anchor Martha MacCallum did not follow up on that little nugget pic.twitter.com/o4Z7jNWh1A
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