16 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-7-17

  1. A moment of honesty from my Senator.

    His excuse for why the ObamaCare replacement has been in disarray is because they (Congress) were totally unprepared for a Trump win, so they didn’t prepare. In fact they were completely unprepared to lead in a lot of areas. And it shows.

    So it’s not Trump’s fault for not properly using his bully pulpit, or explaining the debate. No matter what he did or didn’t do, it wouldn’t have happened anyway because once again the Republican House and Senate dropped the ball. The fault is their’s, not Trump’s. Sorry Ricky.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/analysis-one-reason-the-gop-health-bill-is-a-mess-no-one-thought-trump-would-win/ar-BBDTZip?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    “Sen. Patrick J. Toomey offered a simple, remarkable explanation this week for why Republicans have struggled so mightily to find a way to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    “Look, I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn’t, so we didn’t expect to be in this situation,” the Pennsylvania Republican said Wednesday night during a meeting with voters hosted by four ABC affiliates across his state.

    Toomey, now playing a critical role in negotiations over the GOP health-care bill, spent most of last year criticizing Trump’s personal behavior and the fights he picked on social media. Toomey did not announce his support for Trump’s candidacy until polls closed in Pennsylvania last Nov. 8, fully aware that no Republican presidential candidate had won his state since 1988 — and assuming that Trump would continue the streak.

    Toomey did not participate in detailed Republican planning sessions on the Senate Finance Committee about how to reshape the nation’s health laws if Trump won the election — because no such planning sessions were really ever held.

    Every important Republican leader expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to win, and that left Republicans confused and paralyzed about how to proceed when she didn’t.

    That in turn led to a rushed initial decision, made in consultation with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during the presidential transition, to push for a full repeal of the 2010 health law and then set up a two- to three-year window in which Republicans would pass bills to replace it.

    We all know how that has gone so far: The proposal was jettisoned amid a rank-and-file rebellion — and Trump’s conflicting statements about what Congress should do. At one point, Republicans could not even agree on what metaphor to use to describe the process for replacing the law. Ryan referred to “buckets,” while others called for “rescue missions” and some talked about “backpacks.”

    That the GOP didn’t think they would take back the White House has informed other policy debates this year. A massive overhaul of the tax code, a Holy Grail of policy for Ryan, remains completely at loggerheads because the speaker’s preference for a controversial tax on imported goods was never litigated within the party last year, ahead of the election.”

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  2. This one explains in some part Trump’s appeal to rural America. Decades of govt. money dumped into poverty programs concentrated on the cities (Democrat bases) and ignored the problems growing in middle America.

    They voted for Trump because he was the only one listening and speaking up for them.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/theres-a-hidden-poverty-lurking-in-american-suburbs/ar-BBDU7Gl?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    “In 1990, U.S. cities had roughly 9.5 million people living in poverty — about 1 million more than the number of people living in poverty in the suburbs at the time.

    Nearly three decades later, that ratio has taken a surprising turn: 2014 data show that cities had roughly 13 million poor people, while the suburban poor totaled nearly 17 million.

    It’s a troubling trend, but one few people seem to have noticed.

    That’s according to Scott Allard, a professor at the University of Washington and author of “Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty,” a new book that exposes and explains the hidden poverty in American suburbs. It debunks the myth that the suburbs are an idyllic, middle-class paradise immune to drug abuse and unemployment. The reality today is far more bleak, he contends.

    “Our discourse is so focused on urban poverty, even though poverty trends have changed dramatically,” Allard told Business Insider.

    “Places in Need” shows that researchers, policymakers, and journalists have all overlooked the growing trend of suburban poverty. The misconception is partly reflected in how much attention urban-area poverty earns in the press compared with suburban poverty, he’s found.

    Despite the overwhelming shifts that took place between 1990 and 2014, news media showed little to no awareness that a shift was taking place, according to Allard’s research. If anything, he said, the public got the sense that cities were getting worse, while suburbs remained as picture-perfect as ever.

    “I think these narratives are really powerful, and really kind of blind spots,” Allard said.

    Poverty has been a creeping presence in the suburbs for the last few decades. As in cities, the disproportionate growth of low-wage jobs and decline of service-sector jobs has led to larger concentrations of people living at or below the poverty line.”

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  3. Rooney is also wrong. No repeal and replace has been adopted for the following reason:

    Democrats and Trumpkins like other people paying for their healthcare. They like the “goodies” in Obamacare.

    No Presidential candidate told the public the harsh truths about healthcare. Trump was completely ignorant. The other Republicans did not think Americans could handle the truth, and they were almost certainly right in that conclusion.

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  4. Sure Ricky, I’ll take your word for it, because you obviously have so much more insider knowledge on the matter than a sitting Senator. 🙄

    As for your second uninformed statement, the Trumpkins (Yes, we voted for him) in this household have been paying for their own healthcare for over 25 years. We got nothing for free, not then and not now. And we never asked for it to be free, nor expected it to be. While I can’t speak for Democrats, not being one, your blanket statement rings false either way.

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  5. If Toomey is so smart, where is his healthcare plan?

    He may not be the brightest Senator, but he knows better than to goodies away from his Trumpkins.

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  6. Like all the rest of the R’s in Congress, he didn’t have one either. Just like Ryan and Graham, the so’called “leaders”. They’ve been displaying an unprepared style of leading, and are a disappointing failure when it comes to planning to govern. And yet if they lose seats in 2018, you’ll still blame Trump.

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  7. I voted for Trump because the Russians exposed Hillary to be a crook.
    😆

    Not really, I knew that already and I voted for Trump because:
    1. He didn’t think the Iranians are our friend
    2. He didn’t think the police were our enemies.
    3. He isn’t Hillary

    But I said that before.

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  8. The biggest ‘goodie’ given away in the last 30 years has been US law and sovereignty–we’ve given both over to every every big bank or big corporation that could pay our legislators for it. And we’ve used the US Treasury to pump out billions in debt to make sure the bulk of the proceeds stays in corrupt hands. And we’re still doing it. Military contractors and companies will be among the biggest profiteers in our new military buildup. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  9. Debra, In the last 30 years, the US government has spent around $15 Trillion dollars paying for healthcare of its citizens. I think that giveaway wins the gold medal.

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  10. It appears the NSA doesn’t like Trump leaker crackdown.

    Too bad.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/07/trumps-leak-vendetta-sends-chills-240274

    “National security officials across the federal government say they are seeing new restrictions on who can access sensitive information, fueling fears in the intelligence and security community that the Trump administration has stepped up a stealthy operation to smoke out leakers.

    Officials at various national security agencies also say they are becoming more concerned that the administration is carefully tracking what they’re doing and who they’re talking to — then plotting to use them as a scapegoat or accuse them of leaks.

    One U.S. official voiced concern over even talking to superiors about a benign call from a reporter. The agency this official works for had started limiting staff access to information, they said, and it would make it far easier to figure out who was talking to people in the media.”
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    Oh, how horrible. Who does Trump think he is making it harder for lawbreakers to operate in our govt? 🙄

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  11. Rand Paul is not a happy conservative, thanks to establishment R’s.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rand-paul-is-going-to-war-with-his-own-party/article/2627979

    “He continued, “Now, there are Republicans getting so weak-kneed they are saying, oh, we’re afraid to repeal the taxes. What happened to these people? They all were for repealing Obamacare. Now there’s virtually no one left,” and continuing, “every time you add more federal money, more spending, for the big government Republicans, it offends the conservatives.”

    Paul also said on Cavuto: “You could say to the moderates we are going to give you more spending over here but it’s going to be on a separate bill, and then you say to conservatives like me that are worried about the debt and think that we’re going to ruin the country – I can’t vote for all that spending – so if you want my vote, clean up the repeal, don’t put all the Christmas ornaments and billion dollar goodies on it, just give me repeal, and if the Democrats and big government Republicans insist on Christmas ornaments that cost $45 billion and $100 billion, it’ll be on a different bill.”

    His implication is clear: he wants to reduce the federal government’s role in health care – as he and others in his party previously promised to do – and is, therefore, a conservative, and those Republicans supporting this bill are not.

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  12. I may not be a fan of President Trump, but I don’t blame him for the healthcare plan the Republicans came up with.

    How long has Obamacare been the law of the land? And how long before that was it being written & debated? Several years now.

    Republicans should have been working on a real plan in that time. This thing they’ve come up with is just tweaking Obamacare here & there, making no one happy.

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  13. Kizzie, You could give the Republicans, or the smartest one hundred people in the world or Jesus himself 20 years and none of them could have come up with a plan that would have made even 30% of the American people happy. Americans became addicted to Medicare. Others became addicted to Medicaid. Others became addicted to the various waiver programs. Now millions more want the benefits of Obamacare, but they don’t want to pay the taxes and the higher premiums to fund those benefits. To top it all off, less than five percent of Americans have the slightest understanding of the economics of healthcare. As we discovered here months ago, reasonably intelligent Americans think that Medicare recipients are only receiving back what they paid into the system.

    Maybe Trump has the right approach: Just tell the people the new plan will be great, learn nothing about it or the old system, hope that nothing passes and blame the mess all on Obamacare.

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  14. Americans want lower health insurance premiums, lower taxes, coverage for pre-existing conditions, lower co-pays, better care, lower deductibles and no reductions in Medicare or Medicaid benefits. You have to have failed math and economics to think that it is possible to achieve all of those goals. If the US was not an Idiocracy, some politician might have tried to explain the trade-offs and the need to make difficult choices to the American people. Ryan tried that a few years back with his Medicare reform proposal. Americans have made it clear they would rather be lied to, so they elected the biggest liar of all as their leader.

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  15. “Americans want lower health insurance premiums, lower taxes, coverage for pre-existing conditions, lower co-pays, better care, lower deductibles and no reductions in Medicare or Medicaid benefits.”

    I never asked for or expected lower premiums. I understand that costs rise for various reasons. But I do expect those increases to be reasonable, and not artificially inflated like ObamaCare did.

    Everyone wants lower taxes. And those that don’t usually expect someone else’s taxes to rise, not their’s.

    Pre-existing conditions should be covered, because let’s face it, we all have hereditary traits that will make us susceptible to certain illness/diseases.

    Lower co-pays? Again, never asked for, or expected it. Again, costs rise for everyone, unless you have someone else paying your bill.

    Better care? Everyone wants the best they can get, you included.

    Lower deductibles? See lower premiums and co-pays. I just expect that they rise reasonably.

    I can’t speak to the Medi- plans, as I’ve no experience with them. But I’d imagine the reply for better care fits here as well.
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    And there’s millions more who think like me, regardless of political leanings. These are entirely reasonable expectations as well. Once again, your blanket statement rings hollow.

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