I thought this was an excellent well-balanced article.https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/...-awesome-216159 Everything Is Awesome! Well, Almost.
By almost every measure, America's still on the upswing heading into 2018. Just one thing...
By MICHAEL GRUNWALD December 28, 2017
In many ways, after all, the Trump era feels fine. There's a cool new iPhone. Celebrities are being supernice to that kid who got bullied in Tennessee. Itís too bad Washington is so dysfunctional that funding for the main federal health insurance program for kids has expired, but Congress will probably renew it soon, and itís not as though Washington dysfunction is a new phenomenon. A key point of my first three Everything Is Awesome columns was that objective data should outweigh Chicken Little griping, and Americaís 2017 data look fine.
And yet: Ugh. The president of the United States insinuated that a television host killed an intern. He tossed off a Native American slur at a ceremony honoring Native American heroes. He still refuses to release his tax returns, even as he pushed a tax plan that is expected to save himself and his kids billions of dollars. He still uses his immense platform to go after Muslims, black activists, Mexicans and Americans who donít say Merry Christmas. This is still popular with most of his base and his fan club at Fox News, but privately, even Republicans in Washington admit this is not the kind of behavior we expect from our leaders.
Or anyone else, for that matter. Most of us try to teach our kids basic lessons in humanity: Be nice, be honest, be humble. Donít lash out when things donít go your way. Donít call people names. Donít watch too much TV. Do your homework. Think before you speak. It isnít all about you. Do what you can to help the less fortunate. Treat everyone of all races and religions with respect. Otherwise, you might end up Ö in the White House?
The president has more important responsibilities than modeling good behavior. It's really true that the spectacle doesnít matter as much as the numbers. But while the numbers are still pretty awesome, the spectacle is not. Former General John Kelly was supposed to fix this when he became Trumpís chief of staff. It would be awesome if he got around to that in the new year.
So Happy Holidaysóor, if you prefer, Merry Christmas. Maybe there will be more good news in 2018.