Donald Trump has renewed his attack on Mitch McConnell saying he should just do his job and get something done on the repeal of Obamacare. His exact words in a Tweet: “Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!” T-rump had already criticized McConnell earlier for not getting the job done. Congress has retorted that part of the problem comes from the Oval Office. I know that Republicans have a tendency to be dense, but it would seem that by now they would have realized that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, in one form or another.
Is your doctor on the take?
One in twelve is receiving money from drug companies marketing prescription opioid medications. This could explain why Donald Trump has just been forced to declare the over-indulgence of opioids a national emergency. “…from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.” It seems that family doctors received the most payments and for some people, “It’s very common that the first opioid they’re ever exposed to is from a prescription,” [Scott] Hadland [CDC] said. Biggest push was for fentanyl, “illicitly manufactured overseas and cut into heroin.”
Phoenix schools punish minority, disabled children at higher rates
The ACLU has recently finished a study on Phoenix area schools confirming what many parents have been saying for years…”Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.” In charter schools, black students are likely to be suspended eight times more often than whites. Hispanic students are six times more likely. Those with disabilities are twice more likely to be suspended. I live in Phoenix and know Arizona is a highly bigoted state; SB-1070, the failed Immigration bill was spawned here under the tutelage of the number one bigot Russell Pearce. Under Republicans, we never seem to learn.
Robert Mueller has organized excellent team to get Donald Trump
A Medium article says, “You can tell a lot about the direction of an investigation by the records of its lawyers.” Anthony Pannullo claims that when you expand the legal team, the scope of the investigation is also expanded. Greg Andres, is “…a former Justice Department lawyer who specialized in unlawful foreign bribery.” Andres is well known for prosecuting members of the Joe Bonanno mob family, and also specializes in targeting economic and white-collar crime. James Quarles was brought in early due to his background in high-profile cases, especially those involving Presidential administrations. Now we wait until Robert Mueller’s jury is in.
The vitamin supplement business is around $5 billion a year, and has a powerful lobby. Regulations are limited because “…dietary supplements are not considered drugs, thus they are not required to undergo clinical trials or obtain approval from the FDA prior to sale, unless the product is labeled as intended for therapeutic use.” This, according to the Center of Injury Research and Policy, reported on CBS. 70% of the calls involve children under six swallowing unattended supplements with more than 12,300 cases causing serious medical complications. Personally, I was told by a doctor supplements could interact negatively with certain prescription drugs. So, BUYER BEWARE.
Donald Trump’s 27% chance
A poll by USA Today and iMediaEthics, discovered that only 27% of the American public think Donald Trump “definitely will complete” his four-year term. And this is only six months into his presidency, one that has proven repeatedly that he is not fit for the Oval Office. 13% said he definitely will not complete it, and 10% of those are Republicans. ” Nearly 70 percent of Democrats say Trump should be impeached, as do 36 percent of independents and 15 percent of Republicans.” A bill for impeachment has been introduced by a California Democrat but it isn’t likely to go anywhere in a Republican House. But one can only hope and it’s obvious many Americans are.
Unrest in the State Department
What do you expect when your selection criteria is limited to “millionaire.” minimum? Billionaires also welcome. Sec. of State Rex Tillerson says he isn’t resigning but there are reports that he is thinking about it. Tillerson insiders have indicated he is losing patience with Donald Trump, and also after he discovered he “violated U.S. sanctions against Russia while he was CEO of Exxon-Mobile.” Additionally, the head of the State Department’s diplomatic security bureau , acting Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Bill Miller, has resigned. It’s time for the Washington Post to do its thing comparing Trump resignations and firings with Pres. Obama’s administration.
Another “”hot mic” goof with a Donald Trump connection
First it was a tape with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood.” Donald Trump clearly brags on the tape, about being able “…to ‘grab’ women ‘by the p—y’ because “when you’re a star they let you do it.” This was in the throes of T-rump’s steady parade of offensive comments about women just before the election. So why did 42% of women vote for him? Well, the latest hot mic involves the womanizer but in a different light. It was caught in the Senate where Rep. Sen. Jack Reed says about Trump, “I think he’s crazy.” Rep. Sen. Susan Collins followed with, “I’m worried.” Two top GOP Senators are concerned over the mental stability of the U.S. President. Sounds like a great idea for a novel.
Even the Boy Scouts reject Donald Trump
The President of the United States is asked to speak to the Boy Scouts of America to issue an uplifting speech about the future of our country, but instead Donald Trump spews a political diatribe that prompts the organization to distance itself from him. Is there any organization this man hasn’t offended or outright demeaned? He criticized prominent Democrats, blasted “fake news” and “fake polls,” and characterized Obamacare as “a horrible thing… that’s really hurting us” According to ThinkProgress, he even “conflated his politics with the values and work of the Scouts.” He was condemned by current and former Boy Scouts. It gets more pathetic every day.