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Trump Will Provoke a Crisis or Be Humiliated This Week

"It is unprecedented in the modern era for an appropriations fight to end in a government shutdown when one party has full control—or really under any configuration other than when the president is a Democrat and Republicans control at least one chamber in Congress. The current partisan alignment should effectively preclude a shutdown, but Trump’s particular mix of incompetence, narcissism, and poor judgment is potent enough to confound basic game theory. As in so many realms of public affairs, Trump’s mere presence creates massive amounts of uncertainty."

President Trump’s First 100 Days: An ‘Entry-Level’ Presidency

"This man is without experience, and it's showing," said Robert Dallek, the presidential historian and author of multiple books on presidents, from Roosevelt and Truman to Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan. "Particularly in his dealings with Congress, he's been an utter failure in the sense that he's gotten nothing passed. He's issuing all sorts of executive orders, like immigration limits; they're failing. The attempt to get health care reform failed. I'd give him failing marks for his 100 days."

Despite my concerns about many of the policy positions that President Donald Trump has put forward, I still like the idea that we have a new president with new ideas, who is not afraid to shake things up. Already his ideas on many issues have gotten people talking — even if his ideas don’t necessarily agree with mine — and they are forcing people to examine their positions and put forward new ideas. For too long in our country, people have been resistant to change, to try new ideas, make government relevant to people’s lives. Sometimes we need to tear down our society, so we can rebuild it.

While his proposed cuts to the federal budget and impoundment of funds to so-called sanctuary cities will inevitably cause real pain to some individuals and organizations, it also means that states and cities will have to re-examine their spending priorities. This is not a bad thing, because government is quite bloated, and we need to get government more concerned about it’s core purposes. We need to cut government spending at all levels, and Donald Trump is forcing politicians to think about small government. Big government leads to high demand for revenue and idiotic pro-sprawl policies. Big government is a cancer on society, it saps resources from the all of society.

Donald Trump has raised the stakes, and made people not take the services they receive from government for granted. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. When the government threatens to take away your favorite park or service, more people take ownership and volunteer to make their place great. It’s time for people to stop taking all that government provides for granted.

As Robert Moses once said:

‘You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”

Google Maps: Women-Men Pay Gap By County

While the pay gap between women and men in New York State at 86.4%, it's lower then most states. Some counties across our country have a larger pay gap then others. A few counties, women earn more then men. More blue counties have a greater pay gap on this map, while more white counties have less of a pay gap. Pink and red counties are those where women earn more then men. Click on the county to display the county, the median wage for women and men.

Data Source: S2412: OCCUPATION BY SEX AND MEDIAN EARNINGS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (IN 2015 INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS) FOR THE FULL-TIME, YEAR-ROUND CIVILIAN EMPLOYED POPULATION 16 YEARS AND OVER. 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_5YR_S2412&prodType=table