Things I’m Thinking About This Morning: George H.W. Bush,Weak Enforcement of laws against White Collar Crime and other things.

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  • Reporting that Turkey is massing troops to wipe out the Kurds.
  • The new Secretary of Defense chosen by Trump. He has no military or political experience.  He worked for Boeing one of the two most important military contractors.  Who’s draining the swamp?
  • Jane Mayer’s book “Strange Justice” about Clarence Thomas. What a piece of scum this man is.  People who wanted to lament the demise of George H.W. Bush should remember that Bush gave us not only Willie Horton, but Clarence Thomas.
  • Arm sales and military support to Saudi Arabia to continue the war in Yemen.
  • The lax enforcement of laws against white collar crime. This weak enforcement has given us Trump, Manafort, Cohen, Wilbur Ross, Epstein and a host of others.  If these laws were enforced, these guys would be in jail.
  • In a related thought, the Justice Department’s decisions to settle a number of cases involving big pharma over pushing opioids. In the NYT, Barry Meier (12/26/18) reports the difficulty holding big Pharma accountable.
  • “A Gutted I.R.S. makes the Rich Richer,” article about lack of enforcement by the IRS on big violators.

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