Some idiot once told me Milan is “the Pittsburgh of Italy — skip it” which, apart from being unfair to Pittsburgh, is just nuts: what a beautiful city! Don’t miss the Fondazione Prada.
And Venice! (And Murano, where we watched a master glassblower swiftly craft a vase and then a delicate glass horse.) What an utterly impossible, yet impossibly charming, enterprise Venice is.
Tomorrow, off to Vico Equensa to the site of Mikey’s Last Breakfast and a boat ride to Capri and Positano.
Italy’s trains put ours to shame.
Everyone is so nice!
(Americans are nice, too.)
The thing is, we’re under attack from Russia; and far from doing anything about it — Nixon would have! Ford would have! Reagan would have! the Bushes would have! — this president does nothing but deny it’s even happening. He takes Putin’s word — most recently, on Venezuela — over the findings of America’s intelligence community.
That takes only 11 words to say — he takes Putin’s word over the findings of America’s intelligence community — but think about it.
And the Republicans in Congress back him.
He is a constant liar and a sociopath. (No, really.)
It is kind of a big deal to be losing our democracy, beacon to the world, after 243 years’ struggle to create, preserve, and improve it.
But the market’s high* and unemployment low** and it’s fun, frankly, to make the well-educated squirm.*** So tens of millions of good people don’t see what’s happening and/or can’t much bring themselves to care.
We need to change that.
*Because he borrowed a fortune to slash corporation taxes, boosting after-tax profits; and stocks sell at a multiple of earnings.
**Obama brought it down from 10% to 4.9%; Trump, a little further.
*** “I love the poorly educated.”
Quote of the Day
John Wanamaker found an employee in a dispute with a customer. She wanted a blouse that was being sold only with a skirt. The clerk was insisting they only came together. Wanamaker walked over to the clerk and whispered in his ear the secret of marketing: "Give the lady what she wants."~.
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