Friday, October 6, 2017

How the GOP Will Manage "Synthetic Repeal" of ObamaCare, ACA

"Synthetic Repeal" of the ACA?  They will try anything.

A Tweet thread about the GOP plans for health care posted by Andy Slavitt* Thursday afternoon, October 5.  He talks about "synthetic repeal" of the ACA since all of the other attempts to repeal it have not passed.  I did correct some of Andy's tweets for "regular" non-140 character limits, but there were a few things that I couldn't quite understand.

Who is Andy Slavitt?  Info and links at the bottom.
From Andy's Twitter feed

Andy writes: 

"I am leaving four intense days in DC and I now have a very different theory of what's going on in Health care.  I will tweet soon. Follow if interested.
3:37 PM - Thursday 5 Oct 2017

2/ The GOP is now trying to create what I call "synthetic repeal." Before I explain what that means let me tell you why this is happening.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Alt-Right's War Against Women; RIP Heather Heyer

Liberals, progressives, and Democrats do NOT have any war against Christmas, no matter what the Republicans and fundamentalists say.  

Image Found at Variety  
But the Alt-Right, the white supremacists who marched with torchlights to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend of August 11-13, are definitely engaging in a disgusting, disturbing War Against Women that is just as vile, just as repulsive, as the racism and antisemitism that these people espouse.

Are there more White Supremacists?  Or are they just crawling out of the woodwork now?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Here's Page 1 of the Crazy Memo Written by Former NSC Staffer Rich Higgins

The Crazy Memo Written on the Government's Dime

The article at Foreign Policy magazine about this crazy memo,  the crazy far right memo which was written by a National Security Council staffer named Rich Higgins (on your and my dime as American taxpayers), was published by Foreign Policy magazine on Thursday, August 10th.  It rolled down my Facebook newsfeed yesterday; that is, Friday morning. 

Though Foreign Policy magazine published the whole memo Thursday, I found the format they used difficult to follow.  So I copied the 7 page memo to my blog one page at a time starting here, and I added a few paragraph breaks for readability.

(I will be adding pages 2 through 7 during the week.  This has become more important after this weekend's Nazi march in Virginia.) 

I've also listed links to other information and articles about this whole insanity and some of the people involved.  Those links are found below the copy of Page 1.

Why is this important?  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Add It Up and Weep, Trump and Republicans!

Enjoy your fun, Trumpsters!

Trump and his Republican allies are gloating about how well the Republicans did in the recent special elections.  They are busy trashing the Democrats and the Democratic candidates.

But here's the reality, which those who live in the alternate facts universe conveniently ignore:

The Democratic candidates in the four Congressional special elections this spring swung those 4 solid red districts an average of 18% in only five to seven months. Any Republican with an ounce of sense should be very concerned about 2018. Here's what happened:

  • Montana at large: The Republican Zimke won this seat by 15% in November. Gianforte (R) won this seat by only 6% last month. That's a 9% swing to the left.
  • Kansas 4th: The Republican Mike Pompeo won this seat by 32% in November. Estes (R) won this seat by only 7% in April 2017. That's a swing of 25% in 5 months.
  • South Carolina 5th: The Republican Mulvaney won this seat by 20% in November. Norman (R) won this seat by only 3% last night. That's a swing of 17%.
  • Georgia 6th: The Republican Price won this seat by 24% in November. Handel (R) won this seat by only 4% last night. That's a swing of 20%.

Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Apologies to Warren Zevon

The Shit has Hit the Fan!

Thanks to my friend Kathleen for the inspiration.  Just a few words changed here and there:

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Don't Politicize Tragedy! (Yes or No?)

In "The Echo Chamber of Extremism" at the Daily Beast, John Avlon writes: 

We’ve been playing a dangerous game in America. The more the rhetoric is ratcheted up, the more we increase the risk of an unhinged soul being darkly inspired to take action.
Picture of a victim of the Alexandria, VA, baseball shooter. 

Farther down in the article, Avlon writes:
"In the wake of a mass shooting—take the 2015 attack on a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs that killed three people and injured nine, for example—we’ve often been told not to politicize the tragedy by conservative groups.
Nonetheless, there were predictable attempts to politicize this attack from conservatives like Newt Gingrich and from the alt-right crowd, casting the shooter as somehow representative of Bernie Sanders or Democrats in an attempt to muddy the record of hate-fueled rhetoric in the past and claim moral equivalence if not moral superiority. Guilt by association is the glue of politics in 2017."
It's not that I really disagree with Avlon--

This was a horrible tragedy and my heart is with Representative Steve Scalise and the others who were hurt in this attack.

BUT Republicans favor policies that keep people without health insurance, take away their health insurance, and, therefore, they are policies that result in many more people, millions of people, with no healthcare. How many people have died and will die due to Republican policies?

BUT Republicans are against laws that may help stem the flow of gun violence. How many people have died and will die due to that Republican opposition?

BUT, over the last 40 years, Republicans have tended to favor war and warlike foreign policies resulting in military incursions into many foreign countries. The Dems have also led military incursions, but how many people have died far away from home under the Repubs vs. under the Dems? The numbers are out there.

BUT Republicans do favor economic policies that result in working, middle, and poor classes having less, therefore, dying earlier than wealthier people. And how many wound up dead from stress, suicide, or drug/alcohol use during the Republican-led Great Recession?   

No, Both Parties Are NOT The Same!
So this is not really a "Both parties are at fault because of partisanship" kind of thing. The baseball shooter was a left-wing nut, apparently a long-time loon, but perhaps we should politicize some of the insanity going on these days (even if we try not to policitize the baseball shooter rampage). And, first, I blame much of this insanity on Trumpsters, the alt-right, the right wing blogosphere.. and I blame Republicans who won't stand up to this bunch second.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Republicans Now Body Slamming Reporters?

I'm sure by now everybody has heard the audio of Montana Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte body-slamming Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs in Bozeman, Montana, a few hours ago.

The special election for Montana's Representative-at-large seat is tomorrow, Thursday, May 25.  Ben Jacobs wanted to ask Gianforte what he thought of the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) scoring of the Republican health care bill, also known as #TrumpDontCare.  Gianforte rewarded him for his professional persistence by grabbing "Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slam(ming) him into the ground behind him."

The Fox report continues:
Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

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