Monday, March 27, 2017

If Republicans gave a rat's ass about their constituents, they would stop their "repeal Obamacare" bullshit, and work to make changes in the ACA that will make it better. Even Obama was aware and stated from the get go that the bill as passed was not perfect, that there would likely be a need to change things as time went on. This was the first such bill EVER passed by congress and signed into law. 

Reps complain now that no Democrats supported their bill, but they conveniently forget that they were just as opposed to the ACA and none of them voted for it either. Had there been a greater level of cooperation by Republicans during the process of setting up the ACA, it might have been better.

The problem is that the two factions are so ideologically divided that apparently little or no cooperation is possible.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Republican Health Care Bill - Bleah!

Paul Ryan adamantly claims that the Republican health care bill is historic. No it isn't, not in any substantive way. The ACA WAS historic. It was the first comprehensive health care bill to ever pass out of congress and be signed into law.

What the Reps have done so far is put millions of people who currently have health insurance at risk, making it more difficult and far more expensive - especially for the elderly - to obtain and maintain health insurance, and providing more tax cuts for the rich. It there is anything historic in this, it's simply a reiteration of how self serving, miserly and out of touch house reps are.

Monday, February 6, 2017

TRUMP IS A LYING LIAR WHO LIES ABOUT HIS LIES AND THAT'S NO LIE

Donald Trump is a liar. Everyday he has done something that in effect sells out the people who voted for him. His so called "swamp draining" has resulted in the nomination of no less than six former or current Goldman Sachs executives, and most of his nominees are billionaires. Several of them are totally unqualified to run the agencies they will be expected to administer. Some have vowed to abolish the very agency they will be running. His nominee to head up the EPA has sued the agency at least a dozen times, and some of the suits are still unresolved. In effect, he will be suing himself. 

Now Trump accuses the judge, and the judiciary in general, of putting the country in danger with the ruling to stay his immigration ban. 

PEOPLE!!! 

First: Trump would have us believe that immigrants, including refugees, are flooding into the country unchecked. That is total bullshit. Refugees in particular are vetted thoroughly often taking anywhere from 18 months to over 2 years to get approved. Even with that, only about 15% to 20% of those applying actually gain entry.

Second: Trump claims that this stay is giving bad "hombres" an opportunity to take advantage of it and slip in unnoticed. That is stupid bullshit! Anyone who was apt to be stopped under Trump's order would be stopped and interrogated in any case. Anyone who would not have been stopped before Trump's order would not likely be stopped under it.

Trump can require all the "extreme vetting" he wants, and it almost certainly will have no greater effect against terrorists bent on killing Americans on our soil than the system that currently exists. 

Trump is a con man. Everything he involves himself with is a con. He is conning all of us. He is the ultimate narcissist, and frankly, I believe him to be a megalomaniac. 

He envies Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un because they wield great and unquestioned power. Consider how Trump responds any time he is criticized or denied anything. He goes ballistic; becomes unhinged, and goes on one of his Tweeting binges.

Pretty much his entire adult life he has been the unquestioned boss. Anything and everything he wanted, he got. But now, he has more than half the population hating his guts. Pretty much all congressional democrats despise him, and most republicans, who have aligned with him, have done so for solely political reasons, not because they like him. Even his staff has started leaking shit out of the White House, because there is so little organization, and it's quite likely that their boss has proven to be the total asshole to them as he has pretty much been to everyone else. 

He defames the press with the intent to silence it. Hitler did the same. I'm not overstating that. Note that the press is the only business mentioned in our Constitution. The founders understood the vital role the press plays in holding our government accountable. It serves as a check on all of the branches of our government. Again, Trump wants to silence it. Why? 

He wants to be our first dictator. He hotly desires the same unquestioned power enjoyed by Putin and Kim Jong Un.The things he has said and done that point in that direction are legion. 

Sadly, Trumpsters are still in their adoring mode. They believe him to be sent to them by god; that he is destined to be our savior; that he will deliver our country from evil. They believe he can say and do no wrong, even though much of what he says and does is either a complete lie or insane... or both.

Going on two years now, pretty much everyone has underestimated and/or misunderstood Trump. Some of his success has been luck, but much of it has been calculated. As repugnant as he is, he is not stupid. He knows how to manipulate people. He manipulated the press. He was the shiny object. The media fawned over him, on the one hand considering him to be rather a joke, but on the other, Hey! he drew the big numbers. His republican opposition never had a clue. He played them all like a fiddle. In his campaign he appealed to the lowest common denominator sucking voters in in droves. 

So, as long as we stay in our disbelief mode, as long as we still expect him to "pivot" into some semblance of a normal president, we will eventually rue the day. It ain't gonna happen folks.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TRUMP AND CONGRESS RUSHING TO DESTROY THEIR OPPOSITION

Trump and congressional republicans are falling all over themselves to enact as much carnage as possible as quickly as possible. Possibly, in the recesses of their limited little minds they fear that retribution may be coming fast and furiously from somewhere. 

Anyone who believes that what is happening is in any way in our interest is kidding themselves. Virtually all of it is targeted against their opposition for the betterment of the rich who pull their strings.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

WHY WE CONTINUE TO RESIST

Trumpsters claim that those of us voicing our negative response to the election are just whiners.

We are NOT whiners. Yes, we are dismayed, but more importantly, we are angry at how what is supposed to be such a great country could have elected such a low life, repugnant, thin skinned, asshole to what is arguably the most visible and most powerful political office in the world.
I've been around long enough to have seen all manner of politicians - good and bad. As much as I disliked Nixon, Reagan and George W, they are all head and shoulders above Trump as regards honesty, dignity and competence.

We are now doomed to at least 4 years of Trump's vengeance and self-aggrandizement. He is a man having no ideology beyond the promotion of Donald Trump. He is without any sense of honor, having no appreciation for the worth of others beyond how well they serve him.

I've written a few similar posts over the past few weeks, and they will continue unless and until Trump proves me wrong.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

THE FIGHT BEGINS

Just as most of us - like it or not - assumed that Hillary would carry the day back in November, we must, as you say, do battle with "cunning, intelligence [and] study." Republicans and the Trumpsters are nothing if not cunning which they apply with intelligence and study. They must NOT be underestimated.

Republicans have been working us for several years going back at least to W's first campaign, and which was sharply accelerated after Obama's first election. They smartly worked at state and local levels, taking advantage of redistricting by gerrymandering congressional districts in their favor.

Now, they have achieved their ultimate goal have wrested control of the WH and both houses of congress along with a large % of state houses and state legislatures. They now have carte blanche to put forward their agendas at all levels.

Democrats fucked up royally. A lot of it had to do with complacency, or perhaps more accurately, laziness. With Obama in the WH and a democratic congress, we all came to believe that we were off on a progressive joy ride. Little did we realize just how effectively the Reps were eroding Obama's support which resulted in the disaster of the 2010 midterm elections which saw a Rep takeover of the House and winning many races at the state and local level which effectively shoved a knife into the heart of progressives. The rest is history as we are all too sadly aware.

HILLARY CLINTON

I find it disingenuous and wrong that the lambasting of Hillary Clinton continues. People claim that she was a weak candidate. 

Really? 

Does a weak candidate manage to have 65+ million people vote for her - nearly 3 million more than her opponent and the most votes cast for any individual - EVER? Does a weak candidate manage that while having to deal with FBI and Russian meddling in the campaign?

People claim out of hand that Bernie Sanders would have beaten Trump. Maybe, maybe not. It would have been a very different campaign. Trump would have used Bernie's socialism against him, and who knows what skeletons may have emerged from Sander's closets? Damn few people manage to be successful in politics for several years without some dirt gathering at their feet. It is, in any case, a moot point.

I believe that Clinton's campaign made some mistakes. They wasted time campaigning in red states like Arizona when they should have bolstered their standing in Wisconsin and Michigan. Hillary should never have made her "deplorables" comment nor should never have talked about putting coal miners out of work.

Of course, balanced against the literally dozens of outlandish and offensive things Trump said during the campaign and continues to do even now as president, Hillary was comparatively very disciplined in her speeches and commentary.

Hillary Clinton should be our president today.