Will Trump still attempt Obamacare repeal?

Obamacare repeal on back burner

OBAMACARE-As healthy as ever
OBAMACARE-As healthy as ever

Apparently bottom-feeder Mitch McConnell has been pushed to the side on his crusade to repeal Obamacare, as Republicans attempt to reorganize and make some intelligent sense out of the seven months they have so far led this country…nowhere. As they attempt to find their way–maybe they could use a Progressive seeing-eye lawmaker–Donald Trump is once again threatening Obamacare with his two promises to cancel public support to insurance companies and ending federal subsidy payments that reduce premiums for lower-income Americans. As late as Saturday he was saying he would also yank the bailouts for members of Congress.

All Trump seems to want to do is hurt

Trump’s reasoning is that, in his opinion Obamacare is hurting American consumers, so why shouldn’t it hurt insurance companies by taking away federal support. And if he eliminates the subsidy fr low income Americans…

  • The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if these CSR [cost-sharing reductions] payments were stopped, insurance premiums on the individual markets would increase by 19 percent or higher.

A combination of things could happen as a result of the above, according to experts. Unable to afford their plans, these lower-income insured would simply drop their insurance. As the market dries up for a particular plan(s), insurers would decide to drop coverage. Here’s another interpretation…

  • “Some insurers may also interpret a decision to stop these reimbursements as evidence that the Administration wants the market to fail, causing them to exit the market entirely,” Matt Fielder, a fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Healthy Policy explained to ABC News.

Trump could act in third week of August

Donald Trump will have his chance to act in the third week of August when the monthly payment of federal subsidies is due to be paid. Congress is concerned…

  • Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have have expressed concerns that abruptly ending payments could dramatically disrupt the health care system and send the individual markets into a tailspin.

Further…

  • Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, said in a statement earlier this week that he wants the president to approve two months of CSR payments and hopes Congress will pass a bill after the August recess that include federal subsidies for 2018.

Watch the actual Obamacare repeal voted down…

Rate increases could be coming…if

Sarah Sanders says Trump has made no decision yet on what he will do about CSR payments, but ABC says there are other options that Trump could take. Like not enforcing the requirement to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The younger healthy could decide to pass, leaving insurers with an unbalanced market with too many senior citizens. ABC says the threat alone could lead to some insurance companies increasing their rates. And one thing T-rump is famous for is his threats. There are even more options Trump could use to thwart Obamacare, but the biggest problem of all is the unknown…the Donald Trump unknown. That s most devastating.

Constitution says Trump must uphold law

However, The Affordable Care Act is still law and Donald Trump hopefully realizes that he is required by the Constitution to uphold the law. Democrats will keep a close watch on Health Secretary, Tom Price, and his his deputy, Seema Verma, who runs the federal agency that administers health insurance programs. Outside forces are also at work…

  • “We are going to hold HHS accountable to fully implement the law,” said lawyer Mara Youdelman, who heads the Washington office of the National Health Law Program, an advocacy group. “The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and everyone who is working for the administration should be committed to upholding the law of the land.”

Since Obamacare reduced the U.S. uninsured rate to a historic low of about 9 percent, any person who is interested in the overall health of this country and his or her fellow American should be elated, and interested only in modifying and improving a program that has helped millions. But then, that’s not what Republicans do.

Irresponsible Gun Nut starts huge California fire

California Detwiler fire caused by gun nut

The Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California burned 82,000 acres and is finally 97% contained. It destroyed 131 structures including 63 homes and 67 other types like barns and one commercial business. Cal Fire investigators said it was caused by firearm discharge on public lands. One estimate so far puts fire’s cost at $60 million, just because some half-witted gun nut thinks he or she has the right to shoot their gun anywhere they damn please. At least 63 families are without their homes and one business will have to start all over. There is a $2,000 reward out for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. When they catch them, they should shoot them.

Irresponsibility by some gun owners

Drastic, perhaps, but gun rights radicals have taken this 2nd Amendment crap way too far, and the Detwiler fire is but one example of the irresponsibility of U.S. gun owners. The problem is they view their “rights” as untouchable so they are pushing the envelope regularly. Like the Detwiler fire. And like its sister, the Telegraph fire in 2008, close to Mariposa where David Mosher was target shooting and started a fire destroying 30 homes costing over $37 million. This fire was close to Yosemite National Park and the shooter was firing steel-jacketed bullets. But the kicker here is the assault weapons he was using were unregistered. This is the kind of responsibility the NRA teaches.

NRA favors gun rights over prevention of destructive wildfires

In Arizona, where all it takes to buy a gun is a heartbeat, target shooting is a major cause of wildfires. They have caused 31 fires in the Tonto National Forest since 2009, where there is a ban, but either ignored or missed through negligence by gun nuts, according to the Phoenix New Times. Mother Jones covered the Utah wildfires in 2012, apparently caused by target shooters the state tried to rein in but weren’t successful, thanks to the National Rifle Assn. (NRA). The Daily Beast dubbed Utah the second most-armed state in the country. It’s like gun murders, the NRA will fight for their right to shoot, over innocent deaths and devastating wildfires.

A video comparison of guns in U.S. to rest of world

Wayne LaPierre of NRA loves his guns over life

On the one hand, we can thank the gun nuts for starting fires that destroy our homes and businesses, scorching the land we live on that produces other environmental disasters. Just because they have a right to go out and shoot their guns in the bone-dry forest that hasn’t had any rain in months, and anyone above the level of idiot should have known it was dangerous. That’s okay, the 2nd Amendment gives them that right and NRA head Wayne LaPierre says they should go right out and do it. But this is only one factor in the firearms problem, and though it is colossal in size, it is dwarfed by the way guns kill innocent people, maiming others, and devastating communities like Sandy Hook.

Detwiler fire
Detwiler fire

Who gun owners are

I am reading a new book, “Confronting Gun Violence in America,” by Thomas Gabor. It’s not exactly easy reading for all but when I get started, it’s hard to put it down, but then I am in to statistics, particularly the countries comparable to the U.S., gets into the demographics of gun owners, illustrates how gun owners are more likely than others to have been arrested, assault weapons owners to be binge drinkers and to drink and drive. In other words, gun nuts have more bad habits that non-gun owners.

310 million guns in America

Did you know that the U.S. has 90 guns in private ownership for every 100 people? That’s almost one per person. But with only 36% of the 126 million households having guns, those 45,360 households have all the guns, some 310 million, which works out to about seven guns per household. Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) head would like to see every American Household with its own complete arsenal, including assault weapons. And folks, that is why we have gun nuts setting disastrous forest fires across the country and enough guns available on the streets so anyone can use one to kill anyone they want to. Read the book, you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Trump lies about Boy Scout opinion of his talk

Let's see...which hand do they use?
Let’s see…which hand do they use?

Donald Trump gave a speech before the Boy Scouts on July 24, and exclaimed afterward, “They loved it.” when Politico called the reaction “mixed,” Trump responded, “I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.” In fact, the BSA Chief Scout Executive “…apologized to anyone in the scouting community who could have been offended or alarmed by the political rhetoric in the speech.” Boy Scout officials implicitly denied Trump’s statement of what they supposedly said. Pathetic!

NAACP cautious about state of Missouri travel for blacks

That’s pretty bad since this is the first time the NAACP has issued this kind of alert for any state. But the Chicago Tribune says, “the warning follows a recent trend of similar alerts issued by other groups for vulnerable people around the United States.” Missouri was nailed, “…because of recent legislation making discrimination lawsuits harder to win, and in response to longtime racial disparities in traffic enforcement and a spate of incidents cited as examples of harm coming to minority residents and visitors.” Donald Trump received all 10 state electoral votes in 2016 which could explain some of Missouri’s bizarre behavior.

Trump incoming phone calls of praise another hoax

The first occurred when Trump introduced his new Chief of Staff John Kelly mentioning a recent phone call from “Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during which Nieto praised his work to curb illegal immigration.” Didn’t happen, says the Mexican Foreign Ministry. The other, the bogus call from the head of the Boy Scouts supposedly praising trump’s speech to the group, covered in the first part of this post. That didn’t happen either and apparently the Scouts had to correct the Oval Office idiot more than once. Here’s a quote about lying from Dorothy Allison, American writer: “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”

Trump pot calls Senate kettle black

I will not deny that the U.S. Senate is jammed with fools but for the crowning idiot of politics to even imply that someone else is a fool is to push the limits of reality completely over the edge. First of all, could an idiot even know that someone else is a fool. Psychologically, an idiot is considered the lowest form of intelligence, which means a fool falls into a higher category. T-rump’s comments were directed toward the GOP’s inability to pass his healthcare plan, which was a loser from the start and never had a chance. So it wasn’t intellect that lost the battle, it was the fact that Donald Trump wanted a piece-of-shit legislation passed.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller convenes a criminal grand jury

Supposedly this makes it harder for Donald Trump to fire him if he already isn’t afraid of retaliation from Congress. One of his biggest Republican critics, Lindsay Graham, said that if he fires Mueller it would be the “beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency. Not sure how much total GOP support Graham has on this but the main thing is the fact that Robert Mueller has taken this important step that allows him to do many things now he couldn’t do before. Like the subpoena and being able to get at Trump’s family. Cornell University law professor Jens David Ohlin said “…the convening of the grand jury indicated the investigation will end with indictments.”

How soon can we dump Mitch McConnell?

How did McConnell win

His current Senate term is up in 2020, and he barely won the last election. A Quora.com reporter says

  • “I’m continuously baffled by his appeal in Kentucky, because the most dyed-in-the-wool Republican would have trouble identifying anything he’s done for the commonwealth. Mitch’s only interests appear to be money and power, both for himself and the Republican Party.”

Angela Stockton wraps up the Mitch McConnell profile in two words, “money” and “power.” Either the people of Kentucky–my birth state, unfortunately–are completely stupid, don’t read the papers nor watch TV, or the voting system is fixed and also under the control of McConnell. I go with the latter.

 

Most disliked member of Senate…probably ever

This from my February 2017 post

“There are several terms used for Mitch McConnell, the most disliked member of the U.S. Senate, but “condescending prick” in The Daily Banter is perhaps one of the best. My favorite is asshole, which is described in the dictionary as, a stupid, mean, or contemptable person. That certainly works for me. But get this, in Kentucky, Rand Paul, the state’s other Senator, has an approval rank of 51%, McConnell only 40%.

“Even Breitbart, an alt-right publication, says he is the most unpopular U.S. Senator with a 52% disapproval rating, only 38% approve. The man is a disgrace to this country.”

 

 

 

Line up a firing squad for McConnell

I did a post back in April exclaiming that Mitch McConnell deserves the firing squad. Here’s how the post went…

“Can you imagine the line that would form to take up a gun in the shooting party? There’s Chuck Schumer to start with, then Elizabeth Warren followed by Barack Obama, most recently John McCain, and most notably himself, if he could be two places at once. There are more, many that hide their real feeling for this political mutant, because he is so powerful and has absolutely no qualms about what he does.

Sen. Chuck Schumer berates McConnell

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate.” He added…

“Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and, most importantly, the future of our country before he acts.”

 

Mitch McConnell video “Dikipedia”…

Home state newspaper asks McConnell…Why?

Well, the “head obstructionist” didn’t and the last we heard was that there were still rumbles of repeal and replace for Obamacare. One of Kentucky’s own newspapers, the Louisville  Courier-Journal said it best

“Eight years wasted.

Think about how much better off we all would be if during the last eight years the Republicans worked across the aisle to refine Affordable Care Act, crafting improvements that everyone – including Democratic lawmakers – felt were needed. We might have a much better health care system now that would move us forward towards the humane, and very American, goal of affordable and accessible health care for all.

Mitch: I really don’t understand why. You could have been a real hero in all this. What about the people.”

Eileen Arnold

It’s a given. Mitch McConnell must go!

When will Donald Trump resign or fire himself?

This is a June 2017 Poll

Trump polls way down

Not soon enough for 61% of the American public who think he is doing a lousy job in the White House. This is the lowest yet for the Quinnipiac University poll where his biggest upset is the fact that with whites without a college degree, only 29 percent said they approve strongly of how Trump is handling his job, while 49% disapprove . This is the demographic that elected him in 2016. There’s more…

  • “An overwhelming 67 percent of non-college whites supported Trump, as opposed to only 28 percent who supported Hillary Clinton. Whites without a college degree also find the president unfavorable — 49 percent — opposed to 45 percent who view him favorably.”

12 of Trump staff fired or resigned already

Quinnipiac also found that 63 percent of those surveyed believe the Russians interfered in the 2016 election, with 30 percent saying Trump did something illegal, and 30 percent saying he did something unethical. A majority of voters are embarrassed that Donald Trump is their President as compared to being proud, and a whopping 71% do not think he is balanced. The last one is the most troubling and the trait is borne out by the fact that there have been 12 departures from the Trump administration in the first six months he has been in office…

  • Anthony Scaramucci, Communications Director, after only 100 days (864,000 seconds)
  • Sally Yates, Acting Attorney General, from Obama administration, only 11 days
  • Michael Flynn, national security adviser, only 23 days
  • Katie Walsh, deputy chief of staff to Priebus, 70 days
  • Mike Dubke, first communications director, 86 days
  • Angella Reid, White House usher, 106 days
  • James Comey, FBI Director, 110 days
  • KT McFarland, deputy national security adviser, 118 days
  • Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, 181 days
  • Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, 183 days
  • Michael Short, deputy press secretary, 187 days
  • Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff, 189 days

Who will be next???

If you can get your mind beyond all that, who do you think is next? Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Not likely since he is a former Senator and the good old boys of that chamber are backing him. Special counsel Robert Mueller? Probably not since Congress has inferred that might be grounds for impeachment. How about Steve Bannon, Trump’s top adviser or Jared Kushner, the son-in-law who supposedly colluded with the Russians, even Donald Trump, Jr., also being vigorously investigated for his Russian shenanigans. The way Bannon has survived so far indicates to me he has something in his pocket about T-rump, and the other two are family.

Here’s an MSNBC video of the latest Quinnipiac Poll…

The firing of Anthony Scaramucci

The new chief of staff, John Kelly’s first task was a hatchet job on former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who actually deserved a beheading. It was quick and deadly but no one really knows where the order came from since the need for the Mooch’s firing was so obviously called for. When Huckabee Sanders said he boss condoned Scaramucci’s behavior, everyone figured it was no holds barred for a new form of White House vulgarity. Since John Kelly rarely talks about his beliefs, and Army cronies say he follows orders, there is concern that things will still come from the top with T-rump giving the orders.

Looks like a tsunami at the White House

When Quinnipiac tried to determine what was actually causing the plunge in poll numbers, Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Poll commented, “The daily drip drip of missteps and firings and discord are generating a tidal wave of bad polling numbers.” It’s more like there was an earthquake in the ocean of politics and there is a tsunami roaring through the American public. [my words] Malloy added…

  • “Profound embarrassment over his performance in office and deepening concern over his level-headedness have to raise the biggest red flags.”

It’s all about the Trump brand

It is hard to imagine there is anything Donald Trump could do to raise his favorability ratings, and it is even more doubtful that he cares. I have said before many times that Donald Trump is in the White House for one reason, to promote the Trump brand. He did it with his travel decision on Turkey, again with the peddling of his golf courses and Ivanka’s jewelry and clothes. This sort of thing has been unconscionable until…Donald Trump entered the Oval Office. So now he rides out the wave of unpopularity until he has sucked every bit of Trump prosperity out of the White House. Then he’ll go his way with his family of simpletons and leave the United States fucked up.

 

 

Is Donald Trump involved in Seth Rich murder conspiracy?

One would hope not since he is the President of the United States, but that hasn’t seemed to make any difference so far in the man’s bizarre behavior. The latest Oval Office tidbit is a report that Donald Trump encouraged a news story that says Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee (DNC) data specialist, was killed in connection with his alleged leak of information on the Clinton 2016 Primary campaign. The idea was to take the heat off the charges that Trump colluded with the Russians in giving up Clinton’s campaign secrets. Private detective Rod Wheeler is suing Fox News in the matter.

It seems that the Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump, Ed Butowsky, promoted the idea on Sean Hannity’s show and Fox & Friends, but was retracted by Fox News about a week after it was published. Now we all know that there is very little you can believe on Fox News so that should have sent up red flags. But wait, is there really some substance here? Former press sec. Sean Spicer said Bukowsky told him the president was personally overseeing the project. Earlier NBC had released the story that Butowsky was bankrolling a private investigation into Rich’s death, and all of this was reported by several news outlets other than Fox.

NPR reports

  • [Rod] “Wheeler alleges Fox News and the Trump supporter intended to deflect public attention from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russian government. His suit charges that a Fox News reporter created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.”

Good coverage on Seth Rich conspiracy…

Sean Hannity, who replaced the misinformation of Bill O’Reilly recently fired by Fox for abusing female employees, wouldn’t let the story go and says he has no intention of retracting anything which, of course, doesn’t mean anything he said was correct, just means he won’t say it isn’t. At the same time Fox News was releasing this ludicrous but purely laughable statement…

  • “The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” the Tuesday statement read. “Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards.”

Think Progress has reported that n May 14,  the day before Fox News published their story, Rod Wheeler told them that “…Ed  Butowsky sent him a text [of the story] indicating President Trump read the article and wanted it published immediately.” More from Wheeler…

  • “Wheeler alleges that just before he sent that text, Butowsky left him a voicemail and said, ‘A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this. And, tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do. But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now.’
  • “Wheeler claims that the Fox News story, authored by investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman, contained two quotes attributed to him that were completely fabricated. But they were included in the story at Trump’s direction.”

What is sorely missed in all this conspiracy is the fact that Seth Rich was murdered on July 10, 2016, in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, and his death has never been solved.  CNN says, “He was shot several times including at least once in the back just after 4 am.” It could have been made to look like a robbery, and it is just possible that when the killer is found, this whole conspiracy could be solved. In the meantime, the door is still open to the fact that Donald Trump might have maliciously provoked the whole thing. I hope not and I also hope there will be some closure soon for the Rich family and the American public.

Wednesday Political Roundup

Someone just took a big bite out of Apple

The Apple computer system that the company claimed couldn’t be invaded by a virus was…invaded by a virus. According to ARS Technica, Mac computers have been infected for up to ten years. The rational I have heard for ages was that there were just too few Macs in the market for the hackers to bother. Having always been a PC user, I could only snicker at the news. With at least 400 infections, the malware dubbed Fruitfly was able to delve into the Mac OS with little trouble. Patrick Wardle, a researcher with security firm Synack said, “This shows that there are people who are sick in the head who are attacking everyday Mac users for insidious goals.” Welcome to the club.

Trump threatens voter healthcare

Donald T-rump has his feelings hurt when the Republican Congress couldn’t repeal Obamacare, and he plans to take all his healthcare goodies and go back to Trump Tower. Those goodies are bailouts for insurance companies and bailouts for members of Congress. Since the insurance bailouts–about $600 million a month–help moderate and low-income families, he could care less. But screwing with Congress could put the Oval Office lunatic one step closer to impeachment. He keeps talking about The Affordable Care Act imploding–which is far from reality–I have been talking about Donald Trump imploding since he entered the White House.

Donald Trump-The stupid bully

The law enforcement assn. listened to Donald’s Trump’s advice to be rough with people they arrest and reacted with disdain in the form of statements that said diplomatically that their, “…”priority has been and continues to be building relationships and trust with the community we serve. As a police department we are committed to helping people,not harming them.” That a quote from the Boston PD. It all stems from the 2016 election campaign when T-rump used his bully pulpit to incite violence against protesters. A Birmingham, Alabama man was allegedly injured and has filed changes against Trump.

Large insurance companies cry indigence from Obamacare but are making millions

Mitch McConnell went down in flames in the latest Obamacare repeal but there are rumbles over making another attempt. And there will once again be opposition from a greedy iinsurance industry that has unsuccessfully tried to convince the American public that Obamacare is bad. What it has been bad for is their bulging profits as you will see from this article in Consumer Affairs: “Health insurance industry rakes in billions while blaming Obamacare for losses.” Insurance companies are screaming about their losses which “…ignores the record-breaking profits and compensation packages that health insurers continue to collect.” Give em hell Bernie!

Maricopa County, Arizona’s former Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt

I have personally witnessed this man for years defy judges’ rulings that he must refrain from “…racially profiling Latinos during patrols and turning them over to federal immigration authorities.” It was so obvious but Arpaio was so revered in this state that he continued to get away with it. That is until the last the election in November when he lost to Paul Penzone. It was downhill from there with the legal system but Arpaio continues to enjoy support from the public. The one thing I will give the former sheriff is the way he cared about animals. His MASH unit where my wife worked as a volunteer is legend around animal lovers.

 

 

Is America finally ready for Progressives?

IT'S BROKEN
IT’S BROKEN

The Democratic Party has failed miserably over the last several years under people like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, even the Barack Obama administration. Its biggest loss was during the ten-year tenure of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where she allowed the GOP to make huge inroads into local and state offices. This turned governments across the country conservative. But Wasserman Schultz’s biggest faux pas was her rigging of the 2016 Democratic Primary to insure a win by her buddy, Hillary Clinton, over Progressive, Bernie Sanders. Even this didn’t change the thinking of the DNC as it continues to forge ahead aimlessly.

Progressives haven’t forgotten 2016, nor have they lost sight of Bernie Sanders’ ideology that has brought so many together for a much stronger left. And when I say left, I am no longer talking the traditional Democratic Party that has chosen to remain in the past-left, a period of confusion and disharmony that first lost the U.S. Congress and then the White House. It’s not just that we lost the Oval Office to a Republican, it is the fact that “those” Democrats lost it to Donald Trump, the most incompetent president since…well, probably ever. I know it took an uninformed, perhaps shallow public to help elect the man, but where was the left, the entire left?

Great analogy of Progressives’ progress…

With the failure of the repeal of Obamacare, Progressives feel that the time is right to start their push to reshape Washington back to a government of the people, by the people and for the people. It was even a Republican, Abe Lincoln, who came up with that in his Gettysburg Address. Lincoln also had this to say that I feel describes the deceitful and ruthless Senate head, Mitch McConnell, who has made it his goal, and now downfall, to attempt the repeal of the Affordable Care Act simply because he hates Barack Obama…

  • I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.

Sure, the Tea Party has been prominent in its opposition, as well as most conservative Republicans, to Obamacare, but it has been Mitch McConnell’s hatred that has guided this fight for over three years. However, Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post makes the claim that the Tea Party revolution has ended with Washington returning to “regular order, while at the same time Donald Trump has become a lame-duck president. It was ushered in by the defeat of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Just before this vote, the besieged Jeff Sessions had said, “…he had no intention of acceding to White House requests that he resign and dared the president to fire him.” Mutiny?

In addition, “Trump’s approval rating has shrunk 12 points among evangelicals, 20 points among the working class, and eight points in rural areas,” according to The Brookings Institution. Progressives can take advantage of these weaknesses in 2016, that is, if Democrats don’t get in the way. That is the problem as you can see in the following Dems’ mentality…

  • “In the hours after the repeal push stalled, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested that Republicans “sit down and trade ideas” with Democrats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Republicans fully fund subsidies for current ACA exchange plans — money that President Trump frequently threatens to cut off.”

Progressives don’t buy this and don’t want to negotiate with the GOP since history tells us it’s futile and you would think this had gotten through to these old hard-liners by now. But it hasn’t and many think it never will so the answer is a new wing to the left consisting of a new hard-line of liberals that know what they want and are willing to do what is necessary to get it. The compromise lesson actually came in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House and learned that the only good Republicans are those in a minority situation. Trump’s plunge in popularity–which still has over a year to sink–could be one of the necessary factors in the Progressive revolution.

 

Anthony Scaramucci one-ups Donald Trump vulgarity

Anthony Scaramucci’s vulgarity at its best/worst

I was in the Navy for four years and was surprised that I had so many new cuss words to learn that I hadn’t already mastered in high school. But even sailors would look down on the vulgarity of Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. Here’s the Washington Post’s headline: “Anthony Scaramucci’s vulgar New Yorker interview is beyond words.” The man actually looks as shifty and slimy as his crude, disgusting spiels. In a New Yorker interview with Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci talks about, “…killing people. He talks about his new White House colleagues performing sex acts upon themselves.” The world now has to take a new look at T-rump.

Scaramucci gets Reince Priebus dumped

Scaramucci was finally successful in getting rid of Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a flurry of put-downs that identified the Chief of Staff as the official White House leaker. Here is what the foulmouth had to say about Priebus…

  • “Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly. … Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.” He then did a Priebus imitation: ” ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”

Scaramucci takes shot at Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon has not had a smooth ride in the White House, going from trusted insider to outsider when Trump was portrayed as just his puppet with Stevo pulling the strings. Right now things are cool after T-rump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s Russian dealings have taken the heat off. But here is what Scaramucci had to say about Bannon…

  • “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”

Scaramucci’s wife can’t stand him, even after having his baby

This lowlife will stop at nothing to make his vulgar points, and his statement that he is here to serve the country is ludicrous. This kind of miscreant is only out for himself. The man’s egotistical mindset seems even more apparent with his wife’s latest move to divorce him, right after giving birth to his son; this after only three years of marriage. Apparently the wife’s anger with Scaramucci was a factor in the sudden birth. A source reported that…

  • “She’s mad. They aren’t really speaking right now,” the source said of Diedre.“The [pain] runs deep. [Anthony] tells her she’s not that smart, that he’s out of her league.”

This Young Turks video on Anthony Scaramucci is priceless…

Donald Trump condones Scaramucci’s behavior

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who works for Scaramucci, indicates that Donald Trump condones her boss’ behavior giving him “…a thumbs-up for his treatment of Priebus earlier Thursday, saying Trump “likes that type competition and encourages it.” And later Scaramucci “…called for a full-blown federal investigation of leaks in a tweet. His words…

  • “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony,” he wrote on Twitter, “I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45”
    He later deleted the tweet. The White House did not provide information for this fact-check.

Scaramucci claimed incompetent

And here’s another interesting headline from USA Today: “Anthony Scaramucci’s aggressive incompetence.” Now, a lot of people can handle being called vulgar, but no one wants to be called “incompetent” in the job they perform. USA Today said, “Communications is not for amateurs. Nor is governing.” WOW! Two hits in the same ballpark, both home runs. The author, Tom Krattenmaker, calls Scaramucci “The Mooch,” a term that can be taken many ways but in this case, I believe, describing a man desperately chasing a second career (politics) for which he is not qualified. More from Krattenmaker…

  • “As shocking as this professional malpractice might be to communicators, it’s what you’d expect when you take the aggressively incompetent approach to communications that the president is taking.”

Scaramucci didn’t always support Donald Trump

In a closing note, Anthony Scaramucci hasn’t always adored Donald Trump, according to The Atlantic. A former Obama donor and backer of two candidates running in the 2016 Republican Primary against Trump, he called his current boss, “a hack politician,” a big-mouthed “bully,” and “an inherited money dude from Queens County.”  Apparently T-rump has a short memory, or, was he just attracted to Scaramucci’s vulgarity and incompetence? I go with the latter. Whatever the attraction might be, the Oval Office lunatic has remained quiet over his new communications director’s behavior as the White House uproar goes into its seventh month.

LATEST: As you probably know by now, Anthony Scaramucci was fired by new Chief of Staff John Kelly

Sunday Political Roundup

Lawmakers put Trump in his place

Okay, here’s the summary from The Washington Post: Congress “…passed legislation to stop him from lifting sanctions on Russia. They recoiled at his snap decision to ban transgender Americans from the military. And they warned him in no uncertain terms not to fire the attorney general or the special counsel investigating the president and his aides.” Rep. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said he wouldn’t hold hearings to replace Jeff Sessions and would seek legislation to prevent Trump from firing Robert Mueller. Not an all-out mutiny yet but Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comment was provocative saying T-rump has gone, “…way beyond what’s acceptable in a rule-of-law nation.”

Reince Priebus fired because…who the hell knows?

Is it because he’s had run-ins with Donald Trump loyalists, the most recent the new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci? U.S. News says his downfall has been predicted from the beginning; said he had nine lives. He’ll be replaced with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, according to The Washington Post. Priebus was considered an “establishment Republican” by other T-rump advisers where there has been “friction with some of Trump’s inner-circle loyalists.” Was Priebus fired because of the failure of Trump’s healthcare plans, or is it the fact that Trump’s complete agenda has gone nowhere so far? Kelly says he can fix it but I seriously doubt it.

They’re already asking for Mitch McConnell’s head

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

And I hope they get it, on a silver platter. Mo Brooks, a Republican congressman from Alabama who is running for a Senate seat said, “If I were Mitch McConnell, I would resign,” commenting further blaming the “…party’s internal dysfunction squarely on McConnell.” Precisely what my thoughts have been for years. Anyone who would pursue the repeal of Obamacare just because he admittedly hates Barack Obama is not fit to be a U.S. Senator. And all of this at a time when 53% of the American public want to keep the program. McConnell has conducted his slimy politics for as long as I can remember. Now is the time to rid the Senate of this sleazeball.

Blue Dog Coalition back and planning to win

They are a part of the Democratic Caucus that has been quiet since Republicans swept the House in 2010. Both moderate and conservative, they claim their ideology is the key to success in 2018. As a minority in the Democratic coalition–only 18 members–they are in competition with the centrist New Democrat Coalition which claims 61 members and more liberal. Rep. Keith Ellison, a leading Progressive and deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said, “I just don’t buy the premise that being on the right side of the Democratic Party makes you more advantageous, more attractive to voters, than being on the left side of the Democratic Party.” I agree!

Poor baby Trump didn’t get his way on healthcare bill

In lieu of the repeal of Obamacare, Donald Trump has, “…threatened to end federal subsidies for healthcare insurance for Congress as well as the rest of the country.” This maniac is beginning to sound like Mitch McConnell, who also went down in flames in this ridiculous battle against…Barack Obama. The former President must be looking back now and marveling over how such a conglomeration of morons can make such a mess of the country he had managed to pull out of the depths of Republican chaos. Experts say, “Such a move could cause havoc and much higher premiums in insurance markets.” All to appease the Oval Office lunatic.