The Madness, Exhibit N

The president’s director of the National Economic Council says deficits are shrinking. The president’s Office of Budget and Management says deficits are increasing. This is the madness: claiming two realities at the same time. Truth is whatever we say it is.

Here is the Summary of Receipts, Outlays and Surpluses and Deficits. This table is created by the Office of Management and Budget — in other words, it is produced by the White House itself.



The madness, Exhibit J

May 4, White House:

Very importantly, it’s a great plan, and ultimately that’s what it’s all about.

June 13, White House:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House-passed health care bill is “mean” and urged them to craft a version that is “more generous,” congressional sources said.

Even if you want to support the guy, he makes it impossible. His only consistent position is that words don’t matter.

Your excuse is invalid

aca mapActual Companions Wanted classified ads from recent editions of Adventure Cyclist magazine:

> Looking for a few folks to join me on a fascinating tour from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Gilgit, Pakistan. We’ll travel through Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and end in Pakistan. I’d like to avoid China. This tour would last 4-6 months. I’m looking for experienced world travelers. Staying in modest hotels, camping. I’m 75 and have travelled extensively . . .

I’m celebrating turning 70 by riding cross country for the third time . . .

I’m a 65-year-old male retired firefighter. I plan to leave April 30 and meet the TransAm at Mammoth Cave NP on May 2. Transfer to Great Parks at Missoula, and then to the Northern Tier for the westward trek to Anacortes . . . . Camping, hostels, motels, etc., 50-80 miles per day, whatever strikes the fancy at the moment

> 57-year-old female, cycling the Northern Tier west to east, leaving on or by June 1. Will be utilizing low-budget motels, churches, and Warmshowers. Average 60-80 miles/day.

> Planning a bike trip through Western Europe, spending a good deal of time sight-seeing. Tentatively thinking about 8-12 weeks seeing France, Italy, Spain, England, and Ireland. Open to additions. Riding about 50 miles a day . . . . Just did a summer trip this year from Texas to St. Augustine, Florida, and from there to New Jersey solo, and learned I would rather do trips with like-minded people. I’m a 62-year-old male looking to see the world . . . .

> TRANSAM WEST TO EAST: 69-year-old male planning to depart from Astoria around June 7-10. Expect to work up to 50- to 60-mile days, mostly camping, motels only when necessary. Did Pacific Coast last summer and Thailand and southern Laos in January.

> Riding the TransAmerica Trail from Astoria (Ore.) to Norfolk in 2017.  . . .Want to travel light, motels for lodging, of course see th esights along the way but don’t want to be tied down with 60 pounds of gear.  . . . Turning 60 in July.  . . . Those of you thinking of a transcontinental ride, do it now, don’t wait! This is a beautiful country with beautiful people and the best way is slow on a bike. Last time was solo but company is very welcome.

> My name is Ann and I’m planning a two-month bike trip through Norway, north to south, and a bit of Denmark too. I (female, 55 years young) cycled Norway in 1992, my first of many fantastic self-contained solo tours. I usually average about 50 miles per day, depending on the terrain and availability of campgrounds. Looking for a companion who enjoys a leisurely pace and has a sense of humor.

I want to be these people when I grow up.