27 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-9-17

  1. Gee, Ricky, your expressed lack of confidence in Pres. Trump over these last few weeks is starting to sound like these folks before the election: 🙂

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  2. The Thunder need to win badly, but they aren’t playing well at all. I would favor the Spurs even though they are on the back end of a back-to-back.

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  3. The reactions to Trump’s “tapp” allegations have been interesting:

    1. Many Democrats believe Trump was trying to distract and cover-up nefarious connections between Russia and Trump’s campaign and/or administration.

    2. Trumpkins believe their Orange Idol had some special knowledge of an illegal Obama-led plot against him.

    3. Then there are those who know Trump best: Pence, White House aides and the Cabinet. They have produced no evidence to support the truthfulness of Trump’s allegations. They have carefully avoided saying whether they personally believe Trump’s charges are true. I saw poor Pence dancing around that question on TV this morning. Those closest to Trump know the truth: On Saturday morning Trump was just being his usual idiotic self.

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  4. Looks like everyone needs a new meme.

    https://gma.yahoo.com/former-top-spy-chief-no-evidence-trump-campaign-114606394–abc-news-topstories.html

    “Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told ABC News he did not see anything to suggest that Russia successfully infiltrated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign or recruited any of Trump’s advisers – at least as of Jan. 20, when the retired three-star general left office.

    “There was no evidence whatsoever, at the time, of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Clapper, a career intelligence officer, told ABC News’ Brian Ross in an interview Monday for “World News Tonight.”

    The Clapper comments came amid a fight between the Trump administration and the FBI over the wiretapping claim the President made in a series of early morning tweets Saturday from his Palm Beach getaway, in which he accused former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. The president compared it to the Watergate scandal but without backing that up with any explanation as to why he believes the eavesdropping occurred.

    Clapper denied in the same interview that there were any wiretaps on Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, saying “there was no wiretap against Trump Tower during the campaign conducted by any part of the National Intelligence Community.”

    “None at all…including the FBI,” he said.”
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    I would note that his denial on the wiretapping leaves out one of the more obvious perps were it true, the CIA.

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  5. AJ, It also leaves out The Tooth Fairy who likely left evidence of the whole thing under Trump’s pillow on Saturday morning. This would explain why Trump, but none of his aides, Pence or the Cabinet have such evidence.

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  6. Millennials-

    Sponging, lazy leeches?

    Or victims of circumstances beyond their control?

    You decide. 😀

    But either way. like with all pets, they’re expensive to keep around. 😊

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/boomers-are-losing-dollar11000-a-year-to-their-millennial-children/ar-AAnGjdf?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=U452DHP

    “As a parent, it’s your job to support your children on the path to adulthood. But plenty of parents continue to support their children financially once they’re adults with kids of their own.

    That’s the finding of a new 2,000-person survey by TD Ameritrade. On average, millennial parents ages 19 to 37 said they received $11,011 in financial support and unpaid labor from their boomer parents, ages 50 to 70. Without that help, many millennials couldn’t support their current lifestyles, the survey found.

    “Faced with record-high student debt, stagnant wages and rising childcare costs, millennial parents are facing the growing bundle that their bundles of joy cost,” said David Lynch, managing director and head of branches for TD Ameritrade. “Grandparents are the secret to making it work — eager to help with financial support, child care and running the household.”

    However, half of the grandparents surveyed said they’ve made sacrifices to help their children and grandchildren. “

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  7. AJ, I get to see how those intergenerational subsidies work on a daily basis in my job. When the older generation dies off, it is going to be the ultimate bursting of a bubble.

    Meanwhile, the young people who are working hard, supporting themselves, delaying purchases and paying lots of taxes see nothing but train wrecks ahead in the country’s future.

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  8. I’m just curious – has anyone ever explained HOW the Russians could have manipulated our election if they wanted to? What is it that they supposedly did?

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  9. Linda, They hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary’s campaign computer systems (quite easily due to the stupidity of the Dems). They then turned over that data to Wikileaks so that emails embarrassing to Hillary could be leaked on a regular basis during the campaign. These items got a lot of play in the press when Trump wasn’t being seen on tape bragging about sexual assaults or trying to link Cruz’ Dad to Lee Harvey Oswald.

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  10. The cat earns her keep in pest control. The dogs, however, have become emotionally crippled and over-dependent on me in this era of loud, crashing house fixes.

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  11. People making sacrifices for their family?! What a horrible idea!

    Seriously though, as Michelle & Cheryl have pointed out, our economy really is tougher for the millennials than it was for us boomers. It used to be you could afford a small apartment only making minimum wage, but now that would not be possible (at least not here in Connecticut). I think Cheryl pointed out that many positions that used to pay above minimum wage now only pay minimum wage. And then there is that college debt that has sky-rocketed at the same time we’ve told kids that college is a necessity.

    As you all know, Hubby & I fall into that category of parents helping grown children. Yes, we have made, & are making, sacrifices, but we believe it is worth it – for Nightingale’s sake & even more for Little Guy’s sake.

    We are proud of Nightingale. She has worked hard to become a working LPN, & will be taking classes again in the fall to work towards an RN degree, & hopefully one day earn a master’s degree. Her job is supposed to be just part-time, but that has worked out to be about 2/3 or more of what full-time hours would be. Some nurses refuse to work on the rehab unit because that is more work, & more hectic, but she forged ahead to train on that unit, even though she was nervous about it, & now often is assigned to rehab. (Today she has been in charge of both rehab units for half her day, which means she is once again quite late getting home.)

    She also has a budget, & is putting away money for retirement & Little Guy’s college savings, among other things. I realize that maybe not many millennials are thinking that far ahead, but hopefully some are. And yes, we recognize that she wouldn’t be able to do much of that if she had to pay rent & pay the going rate for child care. (She does pay half the electricity bill, & puts in “sweat equity” by doing much of the yard work & snow shoveling.)

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  12. I’m not sure that it is always a bad thing to have parents helping children. The parable of the Prodigal Son shows a very different picture of the economic structure of families than the one which modern culture has – that of sons living with and working for their father, while, as he tells his eldest son, “All that I have is yours.” I have observed that attitude is much more prevalent among eastern cultures, that the property of the parents is the property of their children. Paul touches on this in a passing statement in II Corinthians 12:14, “Now I am ready to come to you this third time. I will not burden you, for I am not seeking what is yours, but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.”

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  13. We too , help our adult children. I do not give mine money, but do help with daycare. We also share meat with all of them. My husband gives his daughters money, and payed vehicle insurance until the youngest turned 30.

    We also help support both of our mothers. They get SS, but the financial support we add to it gives them some extras.

    I am happy to help the grown children as long as they are working and not spending frivolously. Just my opinion.

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  14. Ricky forgets the most important reason why US health care is the most expensive — the profit motive.

    As a member of a generation X, I’m a neutral observer in the battle between the two largest demographic groups but I have no doubt that millennials have a far tougher situations. Baby boomers benefited from a higher minimum wage, lower housing costs, cheaper energy and a heavily subsidized college tuition.

    Much of this generational conflict is a western idea especially in North America. Even in Europe but especially elsewhere, families cooperate across generations to benefit everyone. And there is far less envy and anger over who benefits from gov’t assistance at what particular time since they realize when society as a whole benefits they all do.

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  15. The real reason I dropped by is these two links

    If I wrote the first article, I would have been far more nuanced but I think he was deliberately polemical. However, the thought has occurred to me; perhaps its not the costal elites not listening to heartland maybe its the other way around or it goes both ways. I think both have an echo chamber.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/rural-america-understanding-isnt-problem

    Perhaps its my Dutch Reformed roots which gives me the nuance and perhaps the previous author might look toward them to understand both the coastal elites and the heartland have nuances. My second link allows me not to be embarrassed of my childhood denomination. I do think the Canadian element in this denomination accounts for some of their social stance especially in regards to refugees and migrants. Across the political spectrum in Canada, immigration is seen as a societal good and refugees are usually welcomed.

    https://www.crcna.org/news-and-views/crc-leaders-release-statement-treatment-refugees

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  16. HRW, There is nothing wrong with profit as long as the consumer is paying a percentage of the cost and has incentive to keep costs low. With Medicare, Medicaid and Employer Funded health insurance, the consumer has little or no incentive to keep costs low. The provider can overcharge, run unnecessary tests and perform unneeded surgeries. The government or the insurance companies pick up the tab. Consumers can eat until they are 100 lbs overweight. The government will pay for new knees and all the other treatments caused by obesity.

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  17. Thanks for posting the articles, HRW. I very much agree with you on refugees. Since the US had so much to do with causing the current mess in the Middle East (by creating complete anarchy in Iraq which then spread), I believe it has a moral duty to take a fair share of refugees.

    I have been waiting for articles like the first. When people in the heartland vote for Trump AND mindlessly support him as he tells outrageous lies and humiliates himself and the country, liberals on the coasts are bound to conclude that such Trumpkins have lost their minds.

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  18. ricky — if gov’t healthcare leaves zero incentive to keep costs low, why does the only system with the profit motive have the highest cost? On the other hand since the US gov’t is bought by corporations, we can’t really trust the US gov’t to keep cost down. I think the US is stuck in a Catch 22 — corruption both private and public will keep the cost up — nowhere to turn.

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  19. One of the big reasons Healthcare costs are so high is because of malpractice insurance. That is the reason so many tests etc are ordered, as it is CYA for the providers. Tort reform would go a long way in lowering costs.

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