38 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-26-17

  1. The gang that can’t shoot straight is at it again. And still missing the mark.


    “Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff.

    House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.

    The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would allow states to waive out of Obamacare’s ban on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy people.

    Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) who authored this amendment confirmed this was the case: members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping this Obamacare regulations. Health law expert Tim Jost flagged me to this particular issue.”


  2. Ryan’s logical path is clear:
    1. Announce retirement.
    2. Sign book deal.
    3. Sit back and laugh as Trump, Democrats and Trumpkins accelerate country’s decline.

    When Reagan was President, it was possible to educate a majority of the American people about trade, tax reform, budget cuts, etc. In the last primary cycle, the vast majority of Americans voted for Sanders, Clinton or Trump. That is proof that no honest, intelligent politician is going to be successful in modern day America. Leave it to the socialists, the crooks and the con men and the idiots who elect them.


  3. To understand the Speaker’s role you must understand that Congressmen are sheep: They aren’t very sharp, they move in groups, they can easily be led astray and they are easily frightened.


    It is impossible for Ryan to be a good shepherd while at the same time you have the world’s greatest moronic shepherd leading the sheep off of cliffs, into the midst of wolves, etc.


  4. Ricky, not to worry. Our PM gave your President a talking to: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2017/04/25/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-speaks-united-states-president-donald-trump
    Trump assumes the opinion of the last person who talked to him, so I expect any concessions made to Trudeau will last only until lobbyists for U.S. lumber or milk get to him. I do not watch markets, so the whole trade thing is a bit beyond me. However, Canada is a tenth of the size of the U.S. in population, so there is a limit to how much milk we will be buying. Also, despite Canada’s small population, we have more land than the U.S. with huge tracts of forests to harvest (responsibly) from, so we have a lot of wood to sell. The softwood lumber dispute has been going on and off for years (I remember there being a fuss when the younger Bush was in office), but Trump is the first President who feels like a school yard bully with these kind of necessary trade disagreements.

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  5. Ah, but Ricky, I used the collective ‘our’, so it should be assumed that the ‘your’ is also collective. Since Texas has not yet seceded from the U.S., you are included merely by default.

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  6. I tried not to bad-mouth Obama outside of a few friends, and not all friends at that. I DID whine and complain to my wife, who only gets her news from TV and Facebook. She didn’t know much of anything and isn’t interested, at all!

    This blog is like my wife. I complain too much on here. This blog is also where i tire of hearing Trump (and the Bushes) being bad-mouthed. I am a Republican. Trump was not my choice for President, The two Cubans were after Scott Walker dropped out. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Hillary (Gag!).

    Let it go! Talk about something other than W, The Donald and “Trumpkins”. Please, let go of Jefferson Davis. He was a Democrat! Like Bill, Barack, Michelle and Hillary! A Democrat!!!

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  7. And Ricky,

    Really? “Your” president was a traitor to his country, caused the deaths of 600,000 of his fellow Americans, and should have hung to death on a short rope alongside his treasonous compatriot Lee.

    I’ll take Trump over an un-American criminal like him any day.


  8. Waaaaaa. Somebody call the wambulance.


    “Dozens of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the detention of a 54-year-old woman who now faces deportation for living in the country illegally.

    Teresa Vidal-Jaime was picked up by federal authorities Monday after a massive drug bust at a Boyle Heights apartment complex where she lives. During the raid, her husband was arrested for drug possession and investigators seized more than 30 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 in cash, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

    But Vidal-Jaime’s daughter, Claudia Rueda, an immigration activist in Los Angeles, joined community organizers to protest her mother’s detention, calling it an unlawful raid that swept up an innocent woman in a criminal probe.

    “Her mother didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Marcela Hernandez, one of the organizers. Vidal-Jaime “didn’t know anything about anything in the apartment. She let them in.””

    “Border Patrol agents and sheriff’s investigators swarmed and arrested four men. Investigators seized about 33 pounds of cocaine inside a car registered to Hugo Rueda, 50, who is married to Vidal-Jaime.

    Next, investigators headed to an apartment where Vidal-Jaime gave consent to a search, Border Patrol officials said. At the apartment, about $600,000 in cash was discovered. Authorities also found an ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

    Hugo Rueda and the three other men were booked on narcotics charges and were each being held in Los Angeles County jail on $500,000 bail.

    How Vidal-Jaime was detained is unclear and a source of controversy among activists and community members.”

    Unclear? Really?

    She was in a home she shared with her drug dealing husband, 600,000 in cash, drugs, and yet no one can figure out why she was detained?


  9. Here’s your quote of the day Ricky.

    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”

    Willaim Shakespeare Donald Trump


  10. The Real, well it is true that the leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada is more of a fire eater than Trudeau, who leads the Liberals: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trump-trudeau-softwood-lumber-response-1.4085315

    The unofficial policy inside the federal government is not to react to everything Trump says. Leave that to the media. The prudent approach is to react to what Trump does — which is why the prime minister called the president yesterday and vowed to defend the interests of Canada’s softwood lumber industry.

    But some are advocating a harder line.

    “We don’t seem to have a plan,” NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters Tuesday in response to the softwood lumber tariffs. “When you are dealing with a bully, at some point you have to stop backing up and that’s all Mr. Trudeau seems to be able to do with President Trump.”

    The Canadian who leads the United Steelworkers union takes a similar view.

    Leo Gerard was invited to the Oval Office where Trump signed the executive order on steel imports — which he supports — but his union also represents workers in the softwood industry.

    “Part of my job as the president of a large, diverse international union is to ensure that Canada’s interests are protected. And that we know that on all of these industrial activities that Canada is not the enemy. Not the problem. The problem is the countries that are causing us both problems.”

    Gerard says Canada should challenge the softwood tariffs immediately. He says the industry in the U.S. isn’t being harmed by Canadian imports.

    “Right now, the American softwood industry is working at almost 100 per cent capacity,” he said. “Prices are higher than they’ve been in 20 years. There is no injury.”


  11. AJ, You leave Robert E. Lee out of it. He didn’t want to fight against the United States but after much soul searching decided to go with the State of Virginia. Before the War he was considered one of our best Generals. He looked at what happened during the war and was instrumental in founding journalism.
    The United States was much different then. Most people believed in the States Rights over the Federal Government. That war changed things. Now a lot of people wish that it was like it was then. Individual states could make their own rulings on issues like abortion instead of bowing to the Federal Government.
    Me? Despite the fact I could belong to the Daughter’s of the Confederacy I don’t see the point and prefer to tell everyone that my people were starving to death in Ireland and Scotland.

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  12. Roscuro,

    ““Part of my job as the president of a large, diverse international union is to ensure that Canada’s interests are protected. And that we know that on all of these industrial activities that Canada is not the enemy. Not the problem. The problem is the countries that are causing us both problems.””

    I agree, there are worse offenders who should be dealt with instead, and that Canada isn’t the enemy here. But make no mistake the head of the union isn’t concerned with, or a fan of, anything that doesn’t benefit the union’s coffers. They play nice when R’s are in charge, but only because they have to. And I haven’t seen a union head yet that wasn’t a publicity whore, so of course he showed up for Trump’s EO signing. But I can pretty much guarantee you he didn’t have the guts to call Trump a bully to his face while there.

    Now I don’t know how unions operate in Canada, but here in the US they are virulently anti-Republican, Trump, or any other. Unions spend billions lobbying for Dems. As the head of an international union(including the US) he’s extremely biased, and his opinion is to be taken with a grain of salt.


  13. And what’s with the bully nonsense?

    Is this going to be the new buzzword to replace racist now? Everything he does, someone, somewhere, is complain’s he’s bullying. It’s a juvenile attempt to label, and then thereby dismiss their view without ever having to debate the real issue. Just like Islamaphobe, homophobe, racist, and countless others before it. It’s lazy, shallow, and a favorite leftist tactic.

    Just because a president is strong, assertive, and speaks his mind, doesn’t mean he’s a bully. But sometimes it’s necessary, and he is the man currently standing in the bully pulpit, like it or not.

    It’s getting old.


  14. A good starting point.


    “President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.

    The White House on Wednesday was to release broad outlines of a tax plan that would cut the top rate for small businesses from 39.6 percent to 15 percent, according to an official with knowledge of the plan. A top rate cut for individuals would be more modest, from 39.6 percent to the “mid-30s,” said the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the proposal before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    White House officials already have said the top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35 percent to 15 percent. The plan will also include child-care benefits, a cause promoted by Trump’s daughter Ivanka.”

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate was sticking to that strategy.

    “Regretfully we don’t expect to have any Democratic involvement in” a tax overhaul, McConnell said. “So we’ll have to reach an agreement among ourselves.”

    President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut reduced federal revenues by almost 19 percent, according to a Treasury report. In today’s dollars, that would mean a tax cut of more than $600 billion a year — or well over $6 trillion over the next decade.

    Democrats said they smell hypocrisy over the growing national debt, which stands at nearly $20 trillion. For decades, Republican lawmakers railed against saddling future generations with trillions in debt.”


  15. RKessler, Thanks for the recommendation. Anyone who studies Lee at all immediately can see him as Churchill did: One of the greatest heroes of the English-speaking people.

    Davis sort of grows on you. The more you study, the more you appreciate his courage, his character, his work ethic and the difficult job he faced. I also like “A Government of Our Own by William C. Davis. That book has a happy ending as Davis (when he was almost 90) returned to Montgomery (the place of his Inauguration) to address a cheering crowd of Southerners at an anniversary celebration of the formation of the Confederate government.

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  16. The softwood lumber dispute has been around for about 30 years. Initially slapping on tariffs did have an effect on Cdn lumber industry but as time went on Cdn companies diversified themselves to protect themselves. Now over 30% of our softwood lumber exports is to China. The latest outburst will only motivate them further. Its the American consumer who will the hardest hit by any tariffs. Trade policy motivated by emotion and twitter isn’t always the best policy.

    Trump isn’t a strong assertive president neither is he a bully. He is whining petulant child whose bombastic pronouncements masks a paper tiger. I understanding supporting a party who you think will advance your nation, your ideology, etc but I don’t understand party loyalty over the nation. Trump is a corrupt leech whose weekend trips to Mar-a-lago result in a transfer of funds from the gov’t to his company. In addition, the secret service rents out rooms at Trump Tower steering more money to his family. These are just two examples of third world style corruption now besmirching the US image abroad. When the US president acts in a similar manner to a tinpot third world dictator do you honestly think the other great powers — Russia, China, EU — would take him seriously? Such boorish vain men are easily manipulated. One doesn’t have to be a Democrat or a leftists to conclude Trump isn’t good for America or for the western world.

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  17. The ACLU has always had a conscience.



    ACLU defends Coulter: ‘We must protect speech’

    The American Civil Liberties Union defended Ann Coulter Wednesday after the conservative pundit cancelled a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, citing security concerns.

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