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Thursday, March 2, 2017

ACA: A Nagging Case Of Heartburn For The GOP

In October 2016 mere weeks before the fall General elections, candidate Trump spoke as such about repealing the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).

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Well, it is amazing how election aftermath includes "truthing" we realize is not a state of mind inherent in Trump, the following words are astonishing considering his use of "ease of repeal" just before you cast your vote.
“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

Yes, there is less need to remind of Trump's election win via the adroit and ever-present use of any opportunity to lie which presented as expedient. There is critical need to note the fumbling manner in which the House of Representatives (under Paul Ryan's leadership) is now moving all repeal consideration and development literally under the covers.  Would Ryan and company dare go "secret" with working to eliminate a law which provides a degree of life-sustaining medical coverage to millions? The question is rhetorical. Of course, the GOP would operate as such; especially when we consider the extent to which the ACA is sacred to millions (even beyond those with direct family or personal coverage). 
Last week we published a piece with a theme of the ACA as a thorn for the GOP. The piece included survey results from credible polling authorities as well as additional information from Connect The Dots you should consider clicking over to the piece (linked above).

Polling majorities have no interest in repealing the ACA.  If you are not one who follows polling, we are comfortable you saw or heard townhall unrest focused on GOP representatives during recent recess meetings.  

A telling set of exhibitions.

Before Paul Ryan's move to take all ACA repeal dealings to the level of secret, we ran acorss a Twitter piece regarding GOP ACA repeal details.
The #ACA replacement first details have been leaked. Here's quick estimated impact. Please RT if helpful. Source at bottom.

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) February 26, 2017


Thursday, August 11, 2016

GOP Obstruction As A Barrier To Economic Progress

An interesting must  read from over two years ago regarding the business of the US economy. We consistently hear and read republicans and non-elected conservatives railing about 74% of the nation feel we are headed in the wrong direction. Is it a reality American's direction is solely an edict from the president Does Congress and state governments have any responsibility? What does the SCOTUS play in the nation's directions? How about contrary data indicating Barack Obama, the nation's 44th President, is currently receiving favorable numbers at the level of 56 percent?

The two-year piece is worth the quick read for anyone who values information that counters pure propaganda from the Right.

Dave JohnsonThe Cost To Our Economy From Republican Obstruction And Sabotage

The Republican political strategy has been to obstruct efforts to help the economy for everyone but the wealthiest few, and then campaign on complaints that the economy isn’t helping anyone but the wealthiest few. It’s working.
In President Obama’s July 12 weekly address he said, “So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.” He could have said, “Since 2009.” Since the 2009 “stimulus,” Republicans have obstructed pretty much every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they have filibustered hundreds of bills, and since the “stimulus” they have managed to keep anything from passing that might help the economy.
In the House, Republicans have refused to allow votes on anything that seriously would help the economy, instead passing only tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, spending cuts on essential things like maintaining our infrastructure and scientific research, and cutting regulations that protect people and the environment from being harmed by corporations seeking profit.
Republicans have blocked every effort since the stimulus to maintain infrastructure, hire teachers, raise the minimum wage, give equal pay for women, stop special tax breaks for millionaires corporations (especially oil companies), stop tax breaks for sending jobs out of the country, provide student loan relief, help the long-term unemployed, and more. Instead they insist on even more tax breaks for oil companies and billionaires, on cutting environmental protections, deregulating oil companies, and so on.
Obstruction Using Senate Filibusters
How many bills have been filibustered by Senate Republicans since President Obama took office? Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein, in “All Filibusters, All the Time,” writes, “The correct count of how many bills have been filibustered during Obama’s presidency is: approximately all of them.”
That’s what it means to have a 60-vote Senate, which is what Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans declared as soon as Obama was elected. Almost every measure and, until Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats invoked the nuclear option last fall, almost every nomination, had to have 60 or more votes to pass. That’s a filibuster.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of bills Senate Republicans have filibustered since President Obama took office — just a few:

  • Equal Pay for Women

  • Minimum wage increase

  • Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act

  • Bring Jobs Home Act – stop tax breaks for moving jobs and production facilities out of the country

  • Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011 – rehire 400,000 teachers, firefighters, paramedics and police officers.

  • Student loan reform – ease the crushing burden of student loan debt by at least allowing refinancing to lower interest rates

  • Extended unemployment benefits – for the long-term unemployed

  • Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) — let working people join unions – filibustered in 2007, killed by threat of filibuster 2009

  • Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act – let public safety officers join unions

  • The Buffett rule – ensure millionaires pay a comparable tax rate to middle-class Americans

  • Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act

  • What would it have meant for the economy and jobs to launch a post-stimulus effort to maintain and modernize our infrastructure? How about reversing the tax structure that pays companies to move jobs out of the country? How about equal pay for women? How about a minimum wage increase? How about hundreds of thousands of teachers and first responders going back to work? How about being able to organize into unions to fight for wages, benefits and safer working conditions? How about relief from crushing student loan debt?
    All of those things blocked, and people wonder what the economy is just slogging along…
    Obstruction And Economic Sabotage In The House
    In the House Republican leadership has been following what is called the “Hastert Rule” to obstruct bills that would win with a majority vote. This is not a real “rule”; it is a partisan method of limiting what Democrats and moderate Republicans can accomplish. Republican leadership will not bring a bill up for a vote unless a majority of Republicans are for it. In other words, even if a bill would pass with most Democrats and some Republicans voting in favor, it can’t even get a vote unless it fits with Republican doctrine. (Actually that would be Republican funder doctrine, which is basically oil companies, Wall Street and a few ultra-billionaires.)
    So instead of looking at what has been blocked in the House, which would be literally everything Democrats and up to 49 percent of Republicans think would help the economy, we should look at what has passed. What has passed is a record of economic sabotage. Republicans claim there are more 300 bills passed by the House that are held up in the Senate. (Note that The Washington Post took a look at this and found that “In 11 of the past 19 Congresses – more than half – more than 300 bills were waiting for Senate action by the time the Congress completed its work.”)
    Of particular note among the passed bills is the Republican “Path to Prosperity Budget” (a.k.a. the “Ryan budget”). It is described as “Cuts spending & implements pro-growth reforms that boost job creation.” It dramatically cuts taxes on the rich. It privatizes Medicare. It cuts spending on infrastructure, health care for the poor, education, research, public-safety, and low-income programs. It turns Medicaid, food stamps, and other poverty programs into state block grants.
    Tax cuts aren’t going to fund schools or repair roads and bridges. And lo and behold, this Republican budget that passed the House cuts taxes and cuts funding for even maintaining – never mind modernizing – our vital infrastructure needs. This is a budget of economic sabotage.
    Other Republican House “jobs” bills, listed at Speaker Boehner’s “jobs” page include:
    • Repeal ObamaCare
    • Working Families Flexibility Act – Eliminates overtime pay
    • Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act
    • Approve Keystone pipeline, to build a pipeline across the country so Canadian oil can be soil to China, easing an oil glut here and bringing prices back up.
    • More offshore oil drilling
    • Student Success Act – Promotes charter schools, cuts federal programs and support for schools
    • Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act – blocks regulations on coal ash
    • Energy Consumers Relief Act – block government regulation of oil companies and carbon pollution
    • Stop Government Abuse Act – “Provides small business owners with tools to protect against government harassment.”
    • Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act – “Stops the IRS from implementing the president’s health care law”
    • Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act – “Requires congressional approval of any new regulation with an economic cost of at least $100 million”
    • National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act – Facilitates the development of strategic and critical minerals used to support manufacturing jobs. (Note Senate Republicans filibustered this.)
    • Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act – Prevents regulations on fracking
    • Responsible And Professionally Invigorating Development Act – Expedites the approval for new energy projects

    • Electricity Security & Affordability Act – Protects coal-fired plants from regulation Preventing Government Waste & Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act – prevents coal regulations

    • Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
    • North American Energy Infrastructure Act – promotes cross-border pipelines.
    • The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act – Expedites the approval of liquefied natural gas export applications
    • Lowering Gas Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act – expanding production of oil and gas
    • Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act – Permanently extends a ban on Internet access taxes
    OK, got that? Their “jobs” bills include things like cutting government support for schools, stopping regulations on coal ash, requiring people receiving federal assistance to work, and drill-baby-drill. Oh, the list even includes bills that Republicans filibustered in the Senate.
    It is not clear how getting rid of public schools and replacing them with charter, private and home schools is about “jobs.” It also is not clear how banning taxes on Comcast internet access “creates jobs.”
    Many of these so-called “jobs” programs are really about subsidizing and assisting the oil and coal companies that provide so much of the funding for the Republican Party and conservative propaganda apparatus. (Note that Koch Industries is at heart an oil company.) They’re just called “jobs” programs because people need jobs – because Republicans have been blocking actual jobs programs.
    And what about direct sabotage? Who can forget the Republican hostage-taking of the debt ceiling, when they threatened to take down the entire world economy unless we cut back on things like maintaining our infrastructure, scientific research, public health, hiring teachers and other things we do to make our lives better? There was a direct cost of $18.9 billion, but then there was the resulting credit rating downgrade, the pullback by businesses worried that they might actually do this, and so on.
    Who can forget the terrible cost to the economy of the government shutdown? There was adirect cost of $24 billion, but also the reduced fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent. And the continuing harm from loss of confidence in our government’s ability to, well, govern.
    The Voting Public Doesn’t Know
    The Senate filibusters of real job and economic recovery efforts, the House’s so-called “jobs and growth” bills, the debt ceiling fights, the cuts in economically necessary spending like infrastructure maintenance and finally the government shutdown combine to show an incredible record of economic sabotage. This was the Republican plan, we saw it unfold, and now we see Republican campaigns running against the “Obama economy.”
    However, the voting public is largely unaware of this record of obstruction and sabotage and the effect on the recovery. Seriously, go out and ask around. If you are reading this you are likely a highly-informed person. So you might be aware that there have been filibusters, but maybe not that there have been up to 500 or more Republicans filibusters.
    The corporate media obscures the obstruction and sabotage. The corporate/conservative propaganda apparatus blasts out diversion and distraction. And, of course, the Democrats are not presenting a unified explanation of how Republicans are hurting the economy and how they would make things better. (Until recently President Obama blamed “Congress” in general, and the media still does.)
    If Republicans take the Senate this fall, will they continue the obstruction and sabotage? What if they later also take the presidency? Here’s the thing, they know their tax cut, deregulate, smaller government nonsense does not work to boost the economy. Any economist will tell you, history will tell you, and common sense will tell you that taking money out of the economy won’t help the economy. It’s bad enough now, what happens to the country if they win? It’s well past time to be fed up with this. Vote, make sure your friends and family vote. Volunteer to talk to people about the urgency of voting. It’s all we have left.
    By the way, here is what that 2009 stimulus spending accomplished — we went from losing more than 800,000 private sector jobs a month to gaining 100-250,000 a month:

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    The Daily GOP Ignominious: Jindal Declares "Tanned" And Exhorts "Take Our Country Back" Back From What?

    Bobby Jindal declares he is tanned and exhorts to "Take our country back."

    Limited Edition: Tanned, Rested, Ready T-Shirt
    Is this what GOP politics has come to.  A non-white American fiends slight of tongue "tanned" to assuage the psyches of this 92% white party. 

    past tense: tanned; past participle: tanned
    1. (of a pale-skinned person or their skin) become brown or browner after exposure to the sun.
      "you'll tan very quickly in the pure air"
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    Painting hangs in Louisiana Capital building

    No, the Governor of Louisiana is not tanned; he is  a person of color and that does not bode well in the GOP.  Jindal can rest assured his party will make the real determination that you are not white when ties comes to make a choice.

    AddictingInfo published a worthy screed regarding Jindal's efforts to close the likes of Clarence Thomas and Kevin Jackson.
    Addicting Info excerpt... 
    Born to Indian-American parents, Piyush Jindal changed his name to “Bobby'”at an early age. While Sharma says in her video that Jindal changed his name because of “Bobby from the Brady Bunch,” it’s likely that early experiences with racism played a major role in that decision.

    Jindal’s own words, from a 2013 op-ed published by Politico, tell us that he believes that racism is the fault of minorities. If only they’d conform to the racists’ demands, there wouldn’t be a problem.

    “We still place far too much emphasis on our ‘separateness,’ our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few. Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward.”

    Jindal’s sad attempts to deny his Indian culture and Indian heritage didn’t stop with changing his name. The Washington Post reports that Indian-Americans who supported Jindal in his run for governor quickly realized that Jindal was embarrassed to be associated with anything traditionally Indian:

    A longtime family friend named Sumir Chehl recalls how, before attending Jindal’s primary-night victory party in 2003, she received a phone call from Jindal’s father asking her to wear Western dress for the event. “He said that’s what his political advisers were saying,” said Chehl, who nonetheless wore a flowing top and pants common in Punjab. “It gave me the feeling that he was trying to disassociate from his heritage.” She said Indian dress was also discouraged for his 2008 inauguration.
    And then there was the February 2014 unveiling of Piyush Bobby Jindal’s portrait, which bizarrely portrayed him as a white-skinned man.

    Featured image credit: Logan Smith, via Twitter

    Featured image credit: Logan Smith, via Twitter

    White like me…?
    The following is a two minute dead-on responses to Jindal's charade.

    OK ethnic and racial issues aside. Jindal's minstrel strategy to appeal to white voters, is deeply offensive to people of color and indicative of Jindal's deep personal inner core values.

    Jindal differentiates with proclamation of "We need to take our country back."  The mantra works for conservatives, but sits are baseless and groundless when one actually looks at what Jindal (and others) want to seek in their "take back." 

    Lets leave the real prospect that Jindal will never win the GOP nomination (and fie that reality right along with Ben Carson).  How about the business of take our country back? Unless, and of course, you view that mantra as resultant from the election of an African-American President data exists that shed negative light on GOP "governance" of the nation. Let's assume you do not perceive take our country back as the bias railings of US conservatives, and take a peep at their to desire to return life under the GOP.


    GDP Growth (A real measure of the total value of goods and services produce in the United States)

    Voxeu 2014

    Income Growth 1948 - 2005 (with exception for the nation's Top 5% (ers)...The GOP's prime constituency)

    Jobs over time

    Millions of Private Sector Jobs Created Per Year

    Auto Industry

    Of course, we know the GOP bailed on the US auto industry and Mitt Romney (in 2012) actually spoke of forcing the industry to bankruptcy. Thus, casting the US auto industry out for the highest foreign bidder.

    Related Oil Industry Production GOP Vs Obama

    Under Obama the US became the worlds leading oil producers. Of course, much of the success is due to Hydraulic Fracking (a deep undesirable reality), but facts are facts and we report facts.

    Deficit Spending

    Now for quick look at deficit spending during Obama's first term with 2014 and 2015 estimates. 

    I will avoid deep review of GOP social issues (minority, LGBT, single women of childbearing age, food for children, privatize Social Security and the Post Office, pay inequity,  unfair taxation, and repeal the ACA) and leave the piece here.

    If you are of sound mind and not a denizen of America's top 10% income earners all that preceded should concern you. The common GOP Mantra of "Take Our Country Back,"  should e taken in true perspective.

    The GOP mantra relates directly to an African-American as the nation's 44th President and the mantra is pure fodder a the party fulfills its strategy of political manipulation comparable to an out of control Johnny Appleseed.


    Saturday, September 14, 2013

    41 Repeal Obamacare Votes At $60 Million Total!

    Add nine more votes 2013 to the 32 to repeal the ACA. And, you people call these fools legislators.  They are working for organizations who want them to show resistance to health care reform. 

    The 40th House of Oz vote to repeal the ACA ran the cost of such silliness to $58 million total. We now have a 41st vote. Considering, $1.45 million per vote do you think the House of Oz will stop the silliness at $100 million? Thirty-two votes through 2012, and nine this year. Does that mean Cantor And Boehner have authorized and conducted one repeal vote per month in 2013? 
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein
    Einstein's quote is wasted on the GOP. They are voting to appease the money-backers and for no other reason.
    Obamacare is becoming a huge headache for the Republican Party. Conservative advocacy groups are rallying behind House legislation backed by 43 Republicans to threaten a government shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded, undercutting GOP leaders’ efforts to lock in ..... Read More

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Quick Hit: GOP And Conservative Insanity; And It Is Spreading (VIDEO)

    If you want to appreciate why you are not adjoined to conservative insanity, watch this MSNBC video.

    Question. Do you join these people in electing conservative to key office in our federal government?

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    The Daily GOP Ignominious: McConnell Facebook Fun At The Expense of Background Checks


    Either Mitch McConnell or a staff member, and I suspect the latter, typed this Facebook response to someone who sent him a callous, cavalier and Machiavellian example of American conservatism.
    "We love the memes you send us! Keep them coming!"

    Apparently, the meme and Mitch "the Obstructionist's" Facebook page did not only receive the desired reaction from all McConnell Facebook subscribers.  As indicated below the number of Shares and Likes shows the extent to which the jingoist cancer is prevalent on the right, but the comments (linked) show a good deal of contempt for McConnell and his party.

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    We love the memes you send us! Keep them coming!

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