32 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-29-22

  1. Not to be outdone by crazy old dude, crazy old lady chimes in with idiocy of her own….

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  3. A hollow victory.

    Too late, and once again, the Dem controlled PA Supreme Court will ignore the state constitution on the matter, just like the first time around which allowed the corruption that gave us Biden.

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  4. This is totally normal, right?

    Only 3 more years…..

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  5. Satan and his minions pay well, and the downfall of America can’t happen without cash.

    “George Soros Gives Democratic PAC $125 Million to Help With Midterms”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/george-soros-gives-democratic-pac-125-million-to-help-with-midterms/

    “It’s okay when the Democrats do it. It’s okay when it’s George Soros.

    Soros started Democracy PAC in 2019 to help Democrats in 2020. I’m guessing he is seeing a deer in the headlights because he cut the PAC a $125 million check.

    Soros told Politico the donation will support “pro-democracy ’causes and candidates, regardless of political party.’” Those who want to strengthen “the infrastructure of American democracy: voting rights and civic participation, civil rights and liberties, and the rule of law” will receive the money.

    Can we please stop using the words democracy and infrastructure? No one in their right mind would want a pure democracy and not everything is infrastructure.

    Do we also believe the money would ever go to non-leftists?

    Nothing to see here. Soros’s son Alexander will become the PAC’s president. He supports his daddy’s donations because of January 6th, 2021, you guys.

    Let’s look at the donations.

    Democracy PAC gave $2.5 million to the Senate Majority PAC and $1 million to House Majority PAC.

    I cannot stand him, but you have to admit that Soros is a genius. Soros refuses to take a stand in primaries because he doesn’t want to “divide the Democratic Party.” He also knows local politics is the best way to make a difference. Look at the mess his big-shot attorneys have caused in their major cities:

    Los Angeles District Attorney George Glascón
    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg
    Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner
    San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin (son of two actual domestic terrorists!)
    Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
    Soros has so many more.

    It’s why Democracy PAC gave the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, which helps elect Democrats to state offices, $1 million.

    It also handed $250,000 to BlackPAC and Vote Rec $1 million. The latter group trains the “campaigns to canvass voters at polling places to then reach out to their family and friends, urging them to vote.”

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  6. I’m sure it’s fine…..

    Besides, I’m sure they can probably just have Hunter call The Big Guy and arrange for them to get one the easy way, by bribing public officials.

    “An F-35 went into the South China Sea this week, the Navy is trying to get it back before China gets it”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/01/28/an-f-35-went-into-the-south-china-sea-this-week-the-navy-is-trying-to-get-it-back-before-china-gets-it-n444891

    “There were recently two US carriers in the Philippine Sea carrying out a Naval drill with Japan. The drill seemed to go well but on Monday things took a turn when something went wrong during a landing on the USS Carl Vinson. This is allegedly video of the final approach of a $100 million F-35C stealth fighter that was landing.”

    “The video cuts off but what apparently happened next is that the plane impacted and then slid off the deck. The pilot ejected but was injured. In addition, 6 sailors were injured in the crash. The photo above shows the plane floating in the South China Sea before it sank. And now the race is on to try to recover the plane before China can get to it.”

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  7. There are several things that non-Americans find surprising and in-turn Americans are surprised when they go abroad. And one is the price of drugs…..this isn’t a partisan issue; both parties take from Pharma and protect Pharma. If I recall correctly, a part of the build better act contained measures to lower the price of prescription drugs but was removed in the Senate to keep Manchin happy (his daughter is a CEO of a company making insulin). The close relationship between business elites and Congress is illustrated when Jon Ossoff proposed legislation to ban Congress from trading stocks; suddenly there was bipartisan action.

    I don’t think Canada does particular well either, there’s no universal coverage a few gov’t programs for the young, old, and poor; but it usually only covers generics. In the UK drugs are free even if you are foreign exchange student (why did I buy insurance for my daughter?). I just googled it; insulin prices are ridiculous….why do Americans tolerate this;

    https://pharmanewsintel.com/news/insulin-prices-8x-higher-in-the-us-compared-to-similar-nations

    Seriously for all the energy people put into “stop the steal”; put it in health care. Life expectancy is 40th (CAN – 15th), Infant mortality is 55th….. just below Bosnia?? (Canada is 44th tied with Cuba — which is also embarrassing). For all the talk about family values and pro-life in the US, there’s very little done in terms of keeping people alive. As the only developed nation without maternity leave — just paying moms to stay home to breastfeed and take care of the baby should change the infant mortality rate; In all the years, I’ve commented on the US, the lack of outrage over the short changing of Americans in health care and family time never ceases to amaze me. And I think Canada is getting short changed compared to other places……

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  8. HRW,

    Sure, I believe we’re behind Bosnia and Cuba….

    Oh wait, that’s BS.

    Nice try though.

    But you didn’t at all address the facts.

    FACT: Trump lowered these drugs like insulin thru EO. It was the right thing and lowered costs.

    FACT: Biden rescinded the EO and the price went up and will go higher yet.

    FACT: You dodged the point of the post above.

    FACT: That’s par for the course….

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  9. Here’s some more of those pesky facts.

    “Trump slashes cost of insulin for Medicare enrollees to $35 a month”

    https://nypost.com/2020/05/26/trump-cuts-cost-of-insulin-for-medicare-enrollees-to-35-a-month/

    “President Trump on Tuesday will announce a prescription plan drastically reducing the cost of insulin for American seniors who rely on Medicare.

    The deal struck with the nation’s insulin manufacturers and health care providers will limit the co-pay for a month’s supply of insulin to $35 — a 66 percent reduction to current costs, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said.

    The initiative will apply to the 1 in 3 Medicare enrollees who have diabetes, which is approximately 3 million people.

    The announcement comes on the heels of hearings into the rising cost of insulin in the United States, with one diabetic groom-to-be dying in 2019 after switching to a cheaper version to help pay for his wedding.”

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    https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/president-trump-announces-lower-out-pocket-insulin-costs-medicares-seniors

    “Today, under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that over 1,750 standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage have applied to offer lower insulin costs through the Part D Senior Savings Model for the 2021 plan year. Across the nation, participating enhanced Part D prescription drug plans will provide Medicare beneficiaries access to a broad set of insulins at a maximum $35 copay for a month’s supply, from the beginning of the year through the Part D coverage gap. The model follows on the Trump Administration’s previously announced 13.5 percent decline in the average monthly basic Part D premium since 2017 to the lowest level in seven years.

    Currently, Part D sponsors may offer prescription drug plans that provide lower cost-sharing in the coverage gap; however, when they do, the Part D sponsor accrues costs that pharmaceutical manufacturers would normally pay. These costs are then passed on to beneficiaries in the form of higher premiums. The new insulin model directly addresses this disincentive by doing two things: 1) allowing manufacturers to continue paying their full coverage gap discount for their products, even when a plan offers lower cost-sharing; and 2) requiring participating Part D sponsors’ plans, in part through applying manufacturer rebates, to lowering cost-sharing to no more than $35 for a month’s supply for a broad set of insulins.

    Under President Trump’s leadership, for the first time, CMS is enabling and encouraging Part D plans to offer fixed, predictable copays for beneficiaries rather than leaving seniors paying 25 percent of the drug’s cost in the coverage gap. Both manufacturers and Part D sponsors responded to this market-based solution in force and seniors that use insulin will reap the benefits.

    Based on CMS’s estimates, beneficiaries who use insulin and join a plan participating in the model could see average out-of-pocket savings of $446, or 66 percent, for their insulins, funded in part by manufacturers paying an estimated additional $250 million of discounts over the five years of the model. With a robust voluntary response from Part D sponsors, CMS anticipates beneficiaries will have Part D plan options in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, through either a standalone prescription drug plan (PDP) or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage. Beneficiaries will be able to enroll during Medicare open enrollment, which is from October 15, 2020 through December 7, 2020, for Part D coverage that begins on January 1, 2021.”

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    But the senile old fool in charge now took away this valuable tool for diabetics.

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  10. Where’s Justin….?

    Still hiding…..

    Run Chicken Little….. 🤣

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    Isolate him, before it spreads….

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  11. The stats aren’t BS; they’re from the CIA factbook and are similar to the UN. Given the large amounts of data, the margin of error is very small.

    I am impressed that Trump did implement this — with no skin the phrama game and the large number of his own supporters who relied on cheap meds, it was the perfect move. I am a bit confused though since the US system has so many parts to it — medicare is free and thus Part D is free to medicare enrollees?, so that covers people over 65?, does Medicaid count here? Are there premiums to Medicaid and Part D? Is Medical Advantage similar to ACA and do they include Part D? So you pay 35$ a month if you belong to those plans and may have to pay an additional premium? How does it work for those not enrolled — say a middle class diabetic with no private plan; is it better to go broke, divorce and then enroll in one of the plans? Is it 35$ a month for them or do they pay a higher fee. btw, the Ontario system isn’t much better but we at least have lower drug costs if you are not in a program

    In terms of general drug prices here’s an interesting website;
    https://www.drugwatch.com/featured/us-drug-prices-higher-vs-world/

    if you scroll quarter way down, you can choose a drug from a drop down menu and compare prices. This is the part where I said you should be outraged — no matter what drug you pick the US is paying more. And no matter what Trump or Biden do for or against, the problem lies in the legislatures bought off buy pharma. (And if the amount of money/corruption in US politics also outrages you which it should — there’s a particular Supreme Court decision that leftist have long said is a problem)

    My other point on the stats was how non-Americans are shocked by the health care indicators in the US….it really shouldn’t be that low. The US used to be a leader in infant mortality rates, similarly in maternal death rate. The maternal death rate in the US has actually doubled from 16 per 100,000 to 32 per 100,000. The rest of the developed went from 12 – 16 per 100, 000 to 4 – 8 per 100,000. Again, where’s the outrage? Americans need to spend more time implementing a real pro-life policy rather than complaining an election 18 months ago.

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  12. I was wondering if you would post the “Freedom Convoy” — Trudeau’s security tells him to leave, he leaves; the threats from online sites were overblown. Not much different than when Trump went into a bunker — both cases its the security team’s decision. Besides these people will never vote for him and he doesn’t have to have them vote for him. Canadian politics are fairly simple — win Montreal, win greater Toronto, win Vancouver, and you win the country. Urban and suburban Canada generally vote Liberal.

    The protest was a real gong show. The personal vulgarities toward Trudeau is amusing — he’s a “face” not a leader and Canadians know that, not sure why these protesters blame him. Besides public health mandates are provincial — Trudeau has nothing to do with them. Not to mention the border vaccine issue was Biden’s decision. Most of the vulgarities were probably addressed to his father as most of the protesters were from western Canada where Trudeau Sr is still reviled. The gong show managed to alienate even some conservatives — parking on the War Memorial, dancing on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and decorating the statute of Terry Fox ( a non political secular saint if Canada ever had one). The vulgarity doesn’t impress most Canadians who prefer politeness . Harassing service workers who tried to enforce Ontario’s mask mandates in stores and malls is not impressive either. They’ll drive home and the Liberals will once again win the next election and as the country become more and more urban the Conservative will become a rural fringe.

    btw, The real leader of the Liberal party is Chrystina Freeland both deputy PM and Finance Minister — Trudeau takes most of his direction from her, his face and her policies win the election.

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  13. Just a bit of irony as I procrastinate from writing report cards;

    Protesters were handing out copies of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; waving them around yelling “we have rights”. Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, helped write it and was the one who passed it into law. You have right — thank Trudeau

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  14. Medicare is NOT free! Part A can be secured by those 65 and older. Part B costs us over 500.00 quarterly…each! That is for a 80/20 coverage for most medical needs but not all. No RX included…that costs one much more depending on which plan is signed up for. We didn’t not sign up for a supplement as we wanted to have control over our choice of doctors and healthcare…not the government nor an insurance company. It would be not wise for me to sign up to get my one RX “covered” by plan D as most plans do not cover it…and the one’s who do cover some of the cost charge outrageous premiums and I still would pay the lion’s share of the RX….so I pay for it myself! Vision, dental and a plethora of other “medical” needs not covered by Part B nor A. So ya there’s nothing free in the good ol” US of A….not even those “free” covid home tests and N-95 masks!! Come on…someone is paying for them and it’s NOT BIDEN!!!! Taxpayers!!!

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  15. Medicare is complicated. lol What a maze, I finally called a medicare agent/broker when I was first trying to figure it all out (which was hopeless).

    There are numerous plans and will fill gaps that the basic Medicare hospitalization care doesn’t cover so it’s important and really necessary to have those. Because I’m still working, I can afford one of the PPO plans which provides the widest freedom on where you can go — virtually to any doctor or facility that accepts Medicare.

    It’s a monthly fee for that, but is much cheaper than my portion was for health care through our very limited work health care plan.

    And I’ve been impressed so far by what it’s covering for me, including just $20 co-pays for visits to the orthopedic surgeon (for knee treatments which also are covered); my 4-month Physical Therapy stint was also fully covered, for the most part.

    But a weakness is vision and dental care — so I still carry those employer-offered plans through work. I’ll have to figure out how to get coverage once I quit working full time and expect to pay more for that.

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  16. Thanks Nancy and DJ, that cleared up a few things. Essentially you are paying premiums, have several different plans, and are often limited in choice — I’m assume this for Medicare over 65. Once you turn 65 in Ontario, your health card pays for drugs with a $2 co-pay, and for basic vision and dental. Medical equipment is a different program and medical suppliers will usually do the paper work for you and it will cover about half the cost. Still not the same as the Europeans but at least its fairly simple. And of course you can pick any doctor you want, the health card must be accepted.

    Under 65, it gets messy. My workplace insurance pays most of my dental, vision and drugs. If you don’t have a workplace plan, the gov’t will help depending on income. It used to be only welfare recipients got a gov’t drug/vision card but they realized this prevented some people from working so they go by income. They also pay for dental but this is limited to dentist who take the gov’t pay. Right now, some drugs are provided free of charge if you are under 25 but its mostly generic. My daughter would rather pay for her birth control then take the generic — different brands have different effects.

    I think the Ontario plan is barely adequate especially in dental/vision/drugs, but for the most part its far more simple and efficient than the US. Again, the outrage is missing and instead diverted. There’s no need for your drug prices, and complicated gov’t programs — if you need a broker to sort things out, its too bureaucratic. One card and complete freedom of choice — need to know if its covered, the provider will tell you or you can look it up on the website. This is the norm in the developed world and explains why their health stats are better — and it has nothing to do with left or right. The most right wing gov’t in the EU, Poland, has a very extensive health care system, child friendly policies, excellent education, some of the best maternal care in the world etc., They’re not socialists, they do it because its a pro life, pro family policy which respects the country’s Catholicism.

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  17. I guess this is what passes for “acceptable views” among Canadian elites….

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  18. Sorry about my emotional view on Medicare but honestly it is frustrating. We checked out many supplemental plans and left feeling as though the company was fleecing us…even more than the confused government program. We are possibly facing in the very near future where we will be testing the coverage😢 but we are praying it won’t come to pass

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  19. Nancyjill, it is very confusing, multi-layered. I’d say it’s almost impossible to “figure out” on one’s own — in terms of knowing what plans to sign up for or not.

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  20. When that time comes for me (in about four years – yikes!), I am planning on going to a business owned by a man I knew who used to go to my church. He helps seniors figure out which plan or plans are best for them. He helped my mom with that years ago, and my sister-in-law was very impressed by him.

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  21. NancyJill — that’s exactly how you should feel, no need to apologize. Actually, I’m surprised more Americans aren’t mad. The medicare system is set up in patchwork fashion to both benefit private companies and to avoid the stigma of socialism. A stigma that doesn’t exist in the rest of the world where, right or left, they agree its important to take care of each other. The different political parties may have different motivations but social conservative parties such as the one in Poland promote child and family friendly policies based on pro-life Christianity — child benefits, maternity leave, universal health care, etc, These are pro-life policies.

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  22. AJ

    Calling Trudeau a chicken is fairly childish. His security team said he had to leave, so he left. Besides why would he meet with them; PMs rarely meet with protesters especially ones who carry flags saying F*CK TRUDEAU. As I said, he doesn’t need their vote.

    Some of these protesters will stick around for a bit but they will slowly drift home. The Ottawa police will tow the remaining trucks away, charge a few with misdemeanours, etc. Its been pretty much a gong show.

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/egan-the-convoy-has-lost-the-room-now-how-do-we-lose-the-trucks?fbclid=IwAR3HAbEKR-z5bX88a_NAD9LiFWEDSpPdwlsGmmT-Ongr3iHaUgYXigLhiKk

    Singh is partially correct. A number of Nazi and Confederate flags were at the protest. Now you could claim this was just a few nuts but none of the other people stopped them. Sikh truck drivers including some of Singh’s own relatives initially supported the protest because it started as a protest against vaccine mandates for truckers crossing the border, but once it morphed into something different, the Sikhs stopped supporting it. In all liklihood the picture of two Sikh truck drivers is at least week old when this first started.

    The CBC question is fairly ridiculous until you consider many of the gofundme donations upto 30% are anonymous including ones over $10 000, and many of the larger donations are coming from outside Canada. It does raise a few questions about who is involved — my guess is some Conservative and People’s party members are manipulating the process but on the other hand Russia covertly donates to right wing parties in Europe for at least the last decade. The now ruling Hungarian party openly thanks Putin for his help in the early days. With this much money coming from various places anonymously, anything is possible.

    Interestingly, the BLM organizer who is criticizing the BLM leadership and actually broke the story comes from my city — she’s a disabled Somali women who fights for disability rights, defund the police, homeless etc. The socialists in my city will call you on any BS.

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  23. Trudeau is just another elitist coward. He’s Marie Antoinette in a suit. He won’t stand and take the heat for his draconian measures from the people who have to suffer thru his stupidity.

    He should cower in fear, in an undisclosed location, of course. He built this, he needs to own it.

    And so do you. He’s a coward, chicken, wuss, whatever you want to call it. Them’s the facts.

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