Americans should feel no more gratitude for President Donald Trump’s eleventh hour decision to sign the $900 billion pandemic relief measure than they might have for a vandal’s choice not to spray paint graffiti on their walls. The president’s behavior merely conforms to what might pass as normalcy.
At last, Congress has undone disastrous Federal Aviation Administration policy that abetted Boeing’s lapses in pushing the unsafe 737 MAX to market. The restoration of trusted FAA oversight is a necessary step to set Boeing back on course as aviation’s longtime leader.
Rewind to July 2016, when word leaked that Barack and Michelle Obama had chosen Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side as the venue for the Obama Presidential Center. Much of Chicago buzzed with excitement and satisfaction. The site, nestled in a corner of the park near the Museum of Science and Industry, stoked visions of “Museum Campus South.”
Once again, President Donald Trump has decided to squander the value of the presidential pardon in order to reward allies and score political points. On Tuesday, the White House announced five commutations and 15 pardons, including a full pardon for disgraced former U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.