14 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-29-17

  1. An interesting article, Debra, but I was there. Reagan made spending cuts to scores of domestic spending programs, and he did it with a Democrat House of Representatives. It is true that most of his targets were LBJ’s Great Society boondoggles rather than the original New Deal Ponzi scheme: Social Security.

    Reagan did something that today would be unthinkable: He made Medicare recipients pay for more of their own healthcare. This led to the creation of Medicare supplement insurance policies. My Dad claimed this change resulted in his mother living for another 25 years by preventing her from having several unnecessary surgeries (which Dad feared might have killed her) because she was too tight to pay the copayment. Prior to Reagan, Medicare was a complete blank check. Docs could perform whatever surgeries patients would agree to/ask for, and the patients paid nothing.

    It was the 16 years (1965-1981) from the start of Medicare to Reagan’s mild reforms in 1981 that set us on our current path to economic ruin. Reagan wanted to make more serious reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, but the power of the AMA, the AHA, the AARP and their greedy, selfish members was too strong.

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  2. Last night @ 9:55 (in the first paragraph) HRW made a great point about where we get our information. For most of the last year, I had come to believe that many who claim to be conservatives had simply lost their minds. It was only recently (from reading posts here) that I figured out that many on the right, as well as the left, are getting very bad information from very bad sources.

    On Trump’s misbehaviors, it is pretty easy to figure out the truth, as HRW did, simply by reading widely and listening to Trump himself. On healthcare, taxes and the budget, the truth is much harder to discover. On these issues, I suggest libertarian sources such as Reason and The Cato Institute.

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  3. He wasn’t done:

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  4. And according to this, Morning Joe‘s ratings have actually been very good.

    Trump’s tweets were just crude & unnecessary. I keep trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, to not judge him too harshly, & then he goes & tweets something like that. 😦

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/29/trumps-latest-attack-on-mika-brzezinski-is-dripping-with-sexism/?utm_term=.db7a8d02b3f8&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation&wpmk=1

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  5. I deliberately don’t follow the man and try to ignore him as much as possible, and yet, everyone is talking about him–especially the people who don’t like him. I just want to say, “if I cared, I would follow him on Twitter,” but I don’t.

    Frankly, I can do without that garbage–hearing it, seeing it, talking about it. The more outrage and publicity he gets, the worse he gets. Maybe if everyone ignored him he’d find some other way to occupy his time?

    Who’s running the government, anyway? Ah, I hope it’s the people he hired to do their jobs.

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  6. Kate’s Law has passed the House. And so has legislation punishing sanctuary cities.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/29/house-passes-kate-s-law-as-part-illegal-immigrant-crackdown.html

    “House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.

    One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.

    Kate’s Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.

    Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. The two-year anniversary of her death is on Saturday.

    President Trump called the bill’s passage “good news” in a tweet, adding “House just passed #KatesLaw. Hopefully Senate will follow.””

    “He should not have been here, and she should not have died,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, in a final push for Kate’s Law, an earlier version of which was blocked in the Senate last year.”

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  7. Agree with Michelle re Trump.

    I know nothing in the Land of Denial.

    Oh, I’ve heard some “noise” about some tweets today. But, honestly, I’m just not interested enough to read anything about it.

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