Trump’s remarks from Carrier Plant, taken from Time’s transcript:
And if I have to tell you, you know, doing speeches, I’d say — they say it’s not presidential to call up these massive leaders of business. I think it’s very presidential. And if it’s not presidential, that’s OK. That’s OK. Because I actually like doing it.
Trump styles himself, in his rallies and actions, as our own fixer-in-chief, believing it better for citizens to place their hopes not within institutions, but within him. What could possibly go wrong?
From Vanity Fair, author Zadie Smith answers a bunch of questions so-named because once Marcel Proust answered them quite well:
Here’s one of my favorites from Zadie.
What is it that you most dislike?
Inability to imagine alternative realities. Red trousers.
Brilliant. All of it.
Here’s the latest installment of your favorite short story discussion podcast:
In which we discuss, “Every Tongue Shall Confess” by ZZ Packer and “The Jewish Hunter” by Lorrie Moore, along with, among other things, wrestling with god and kneading bread.
Mike Grunwald, writing in Time, in 2014:
But that’s just a bow to political reality. Republicans say nice things about infrastructure but haven’t shown any interest in paying for it. As a result, the nation has failed to take advantage of historically low interest rates to invest more in our overcrowded airports, outdated railways and flimsy bridges.
Matt O’Brien, writing in the Washington Post, this week:
“It will be as exciting as the 1930s.”
That is what Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon said about the incoming administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. “With negative interest rates throughout the world,” he argued, “it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything” from “shipyards” to “iron works” and just “throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks.”
Dave Flessner, in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, quoting Senator Bob Corker
“I don’t think that (repealing the deal) is a very good place to start,” Corker told reporters during a Chattanooga visit today. “If you tear the agreement up on the front end, it’s almost like cutting your nose off to spite your face because they already have access to all of their dollars.”