It’s a tough time for sanity.

Last fall, a Pennsylvania school board endured a presentation from a lady who believes Earth is flat and the school’s science curriculum should acknowledge that “fact."

Today, I see Donald Trump intends to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer, the originator of the Laffer Curve which “proved” that any marginal tax rate above 33 percent would actually decrease government revenue, a nonsensical notion scribbled on the back of a napkin long since debunked. ( Trump will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to an economic flat-Earther.

But nonsense is a Trump specialty. His tariff talk, back in the headlines because of his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico if they don’t keep those brown people on their side of the border, makes as little sense.

"Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China,” he says, but in fact China is not paying. Tariffs are paid by importers, who raise their prices to consumers. Americans, not China, pay for Trump’s tariff wars. (

Trump also gleefully perpetuates one of abortion foes’ all-time hits about fetuses being “ripped from their mother’s womb up until the moment of birth.” Sure enough, it’s a disturbingly bloody picture, but it’s also a bloody lie. (

Such silliness is Trump’s stock in trade. Want facts about the health risks associated with air pollution? Don’t ask the Trump administration, which is busily “recalculating” pollution risks to make them seem somehow safer.(

How about the Mueller report, which documented 251 contacts between Russians and Trump’s team? ( “No collusion.” Maybe. But certainly not for want of trying.

Newspapers used to call the late summer months of July and August the “silly season.” With Trump in office, silly season is year-round.

Ken Winkes



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