When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, a strident theme of his campaign — to cut government waste and finally rein in out-of-control spending — kindled hope among his supporters that, at last, America’s mammoth and unsustainable federal debt could be brought under control. The 45th president is, after all, known for his business acumen, and made one of many fortunes with a television show in which he displayed his gimlet-eyed approach to business by unsympathetically firing subordinates who failed to make the grade. Surely the man who turned “You’re fired!” into a popular usage was equal to the task of trimming Big Government down to size.
In what is being hailed as a “landmark” decision, the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee has ruled that refugees fleeing the so-called climate crisis cannot be sent back to their home countries by countries who offer them temporary sanctuary. The ruling, which is the first of its kind by the international body, cites Articles 6 and 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is said to protect an individual’s inherent right to life.