Economy

Excellent description of why Trump was elected and who will rule

Submitted: Jan 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The spread of Trump's debt can in large part be attributed to the process known as "securitization," when debt is repackaged into bonds and sold off. More than $1 billion of debt connected to the president-elect has been handled in this way. -- Lauren McCailey, Common Dreams, Jan. 5, 2017.

And so, again we run into the obfuscation of securitization, this time in its disastrous political manifestation. Gretchen Morgenson, who explained the financial shenanigans that produced the Great Recession, got at one of the root causes behind Trump's election in the short, cogent article below.

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Arms and The Donald

Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

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Some thoughts about Christmas Day

Submitted: Dec 25, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

12-24-16

Washington Post

Pope Francis is waging a war on Christmas. Christians should join him.

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Clinton campaign's political mis-, mal-, and nonfeasance in Michigan

Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-14-16

Politico

How Clinton lost Michigan — and blew the election

Across battlegrounds, Democrats blame HQ’s stubborn commitment to a one-size-fits-all strategy. Edward-Isaac Dovere

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Baseline #7: Energy

Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 

12-13-16

bloomberg.com

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Baseline #6: Plutocracy

Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 12-15-16

Common Dreams

Trump's Cabinet Wealthier Than One-Third of US Households Combined

In addition to uber-wealthy, Huffington Post notes Trump's cabinet "is shaping up to be the least diverse in recent history"

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"Public trust doctrine requires ..."

Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Public trust doctrine requires that natural resources like water be shared equitably. That means there must be diverse use of the water by the various interests that comprise the public. -- Jody Hallstrom, Modesto Bee, Nov. 25, 2016

Ms. Hallstrom's mention of the centrality of the Public Trust Doctrine is most timely, considering the recent federal water bill, which favors agribusiness over vital environmental interests.

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