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Showing posts with label GP 2017. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GP 2017. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump Grabs Obama Economy and Wishes Himself Well

If you follow US politics, you know Rasmussen polling is polling loved by the Right. It is the model of conservative polls while employing methodology long ago abandoned by more neutral and credible pollsters.

Rasmussen poll results since Trump's inauguration, January 20, 2017:



Approval Index


Strongly Approve


Strongly Disapprove


Total Approve


Total Disapprove



In 2016, Nate Silver's 538 Blog published an extensive review of national political polling. Rasmussen was posted as one of the top four Right leaning polls accompanied by:  ccAdvertising, Merriman River Group, and TCJ Research. 

Rasmussen is comfortably conservative. Today's poll results are stark and revealing.  Is the nation actually growing weary of the carnival barking liar it elected to the US Presidency? Are we awakening?

After a private swearing-in of his new White House chief of Staff, Trump sat for a photo op with former General Kelly.  After a few remarks about the greatest of Kelly and in response to a question Trump unleashed typical Trump lies and misrepresentations about the US economy (and how well things are under his leadership).  

The linked video (1:32 minutes) is your latest dose of what I call:  Fake it to make it, Trump.
Just over six months into the Trump administration, anyone who accepts Trump's over-the-top lying about the US economy and his presidential leadership is nothing shy of a PT Barnum-like sucker. 

U.S. News Report addressed Trump's morning bluster early this afternoon.
1:25 p.m.
President Donald Trump's tweet Monday about economic progress under his administration isn't completely accurate. 
Trump tweeted: "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising." 
In fact, economic growth averaged 2 percent in the first half of this year, which Trump promised to lift to 3 percent. The stock market first hit a record under President Barack Obama and has kept growing. The unemployment rate, too, started to decline on Obama's watch. And wage gains have been weak.
While remarks have merit, the informed American has to realize Trump's blustering is a form of celebrating the reality of a US economy non-collapse. It is impossible to overlook steady improvement in the US economy since the Obama Stimulus of 2010. An economic relief package approved by the GOP Congress at a level well shy of that requested economic bailout. The congress authorized an $845 billion stimulus of the $1.3 Trillion request.

Yet, as Trump and politics go, Trump's statements have a degree of merit. 

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United States Labor Force Participation Rate
Talk a look at a Bloomberg Conference Board Chart Trumpbrandishedd via a Tweet last week.

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It seems to me, the chart certainly speaks to Trump'ss claims of jobs.  But, use of the chart is shortisighted as it more shows the fallacy of GOP Trickle-dwon supplsy side economics. Moreoever ii shows the almost immediate reversal of a failed US economy after enacting Obama's Stimulus of early 2009.

Of course, Trump doesn't spew such economy fallacy with others in mind beyond his base: people who will not even consider the chart back beyond Trump talking office.

Should we surmise Trump is either continuing to celebrate the Obama economy or should we assume he is celebrating he has served six months in office with no economic collapse?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Junior's Landmine Meeting and Security Issues

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Junior's Turn

Well, your weekly Trump reality show issue from the trump camp: Junior Colludes!

The Washington Post has published a detailed review of all things related to "juniors" past claims of never meeting with Russians (regarding the 2016 campaign as well as other matters common to Trump's presstitute corp. Link.

No matter the level of malarkey Trump and his presstitutes lay-on Junior's potential collusion, the meeting with a known Russian operative led to Junior lawyering-up.  Is there anyone in the Trump world who hasn't lawyered up.  

Let's walk through a few comments from people who are obviously not Trump supporters while seemingly people who are bullish on the United States.

Former Bush Administration Ethics official.

Former US Attorney

Trump surrounds himself with Russia lovers who tend to deny their affinity for Putin's world.
Noted conservative pundit Mark Halperin also feels Junior stepped on a landmine.

It is Monday. I am wondering what Trump will do over the course of the week to move Junior's meeting off the print headlines and off cable news.

Now for a look at how Trump's most busy presstitute is handing her job and what happens when challenged about her past meetings with Russians  

And, the ultimate question for CNN's Jake Tapper: "Why so many lies?"


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Trumpcare And You (VIDEO)

Before we moved to a few details about Trumpcare (AKA Ryan's Tax plan for the wealthy), take a look at 13 Senators charged with developing or studying a Senate repeal to Obamacare. Do you notice anything peculiar (but common to US conservatism) in the picture?

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I will wager, it didn't take but a second to see the fallacy of Republicanism. If you didn't notice anything I will call un American, You might be a gullible person and culpable in the diminution of the nation. If you didn't notice an absence of people of color, you certainly must know the Senate has a few GOP women who hold office.

Let's start with a short video of how the current Trumpcare bill differs from current national health policy (and law).

One more critical video. Do you recall Mitt Romney over running then President Barack Obama in their first 2012 Presidential Debate? Yes, Obama came out as President with reference to missing his anniversary celebration not knowing Romney was equipped with a debate technique tactic which when deployed effective is a debate winning tool. Romney Gish-Galloped President Obama and provide an impetus for better White House debate prep.

gish-gallop. Noun. (uncountable) A rhetorical technique in which a dishonest speaker lists a string of falsehoods or misleading items so that their opponent will be unable to counter each one and still be able to make their own counterpoints.

Watch the professional "galloper" from the great State of Tennessee, A veritable motor mouth who knows the news host has limited airtime for the segment and the galloper has opportunity to consume the time.

Republican surrogates, pundits, and officials deploy a similar technique when they appear on certain news segments.

Kaiser Family Foundation published a detailed review of how Trumpcare's restrictions of "pre-existing conditions" will impact current and potentially insured and  a table of deniable medications. 
Before the ACA, individual market insurers in all but five states maintained lists of so-called declinable medical conditions.  People with a current or past diagnosis of one or more listed conditions were automatically denied.  Insurer lists varied somewhat from company to company, though with substantial overlap.  Some of the commonly listed conditions are shown in Table 2.
Table 2: Examples of Declinable Conditions In the Medically Underwritten Individual Market, Before the Affordable Care Act
Alcohol abuse/ Drug abuse with recent treatmentMental disorders (severe, e.g. bipolar, eating disorder)
Alzheimer’s/dementiaMultiple sclerosis
Arthritis (rheumatoid), fibromyalgia, other inflammatory joint diseaseMuscular dystrophy
Cancer within some period of time (e.g. 10 years, often other than basal skin cancer)Obesity, severe
Cerebral palsyOrgan transplant
Congestive heart failureParaplegia
Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgeryParalysis
Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitisParkinson’s disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysemaPending surgery or hospitalization
Diabetes mellitusPneumocystic pneumonia
EpilepsyPregnancy or expectant parent
HemophiliaSleep apnea
Hepatitis (Hep C)Stroke
Kidney disease, renal failureTranssexualism
SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation review of field underwriting guidelines from Aetna (GA, PA, and TX), Anthem BCBS (IN, KY, and OH), Assurant, CIGNA, Coventry, Dean Health, Golden Rule, Health Care Services Corporation (BCBS in IL, TX) HealthNet, Humana, United HealthCare, Wisconsin Physician Service.  Conditions in this table appeared on declinable conditions list in half or more of guides reviewed.  NOTE: Many additional, less-common disorders also appearing on most of the declinable conditions lists were omitted from this table.
..... Current use of any of these medications by an applicant would warrant denial of coverage. Table 3 provides an example of medications that were declinable in one insurer prior to the ACA. Our analysis does not attempt to account for use of declinable medications.
Table 3: Declinable Medications
 Anti-Arthritic Medications
  • Adalimumab/Humira
  • Cyclosporine/Sandimmune
  •  Methotrexate/Trexall
  • Ustekinumab/Stelara
  • others
 Anti-Diabetic Medications
  • Avandia/Rosiglitazone
  • Glucagon
  • Humalog/Insulin products
  • Metformin HCL
  • others
Medications for HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis
  • Abacavir/Ziagen
  • Efavirenz/Atripla
  • Interferon
  • Lamivudine/Epivir
  • Ribavirin
  • Zidovudine/Retrovir
  • others

Anti-Cancer Medications
  • Anastrozole/Arimidex
  • Nolvadex/Tamoxifen
  • Femara
  • others
Anti-Psychotics, Autism, Other Central Nervous System Medications
  • Abilify/Ariprazole
  • Aricept/Donepezil
  • Clozapine/Clozaril
  • Haldol/Haldoperidol
  • Lithium
  • Requip/Ropinerole
  • Risperdal/Risperidone
  • Zyprexa
  •  others
Anti-Coagulant/Anti-Thrombotic Medications
  • Clopidogrel/Plavix
  • Coumadin/Warfarin
  • Heparin
  • others
Miscellaneous Medications
  • Anginine (angina)
  • Clomid (fertility)
  • Epoetin/Epogen (anemia)
  • Genotropin (growth hormone)
  • Remicade (arthritis, ulcerative colitis)
  • Xyrem (narcolepsy)
  • others
SOURCE:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Product Guide for Agents ISSUE BRIEF
Literal death panel policies from the GOP and Trump.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yes, Trump And Company Vetted Flynn (VIDEO)

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Sometimes I really don't understand Rachel Maddow and her production teams' need to have extra long introductions to segments which at times run along 20 minutes. I suspect her production team has to use the full hour (excluding commercial time) and has a need to start segments with what at times seems quasi-relevant and too long segment teasers.  In other words, there are times when a viewer can skip the first few minutes of Maddow's "A" Block segments and still follow the meaning of the piece. The following pic is one such piece.  Before you recoil as if to strike like an angry Spitting Cobra, know that Maddow is the absolute best of cable TV news hosts and her production team is the very best.  So, no need to write and attempt to post a nasty retort in the protection of our liberal host favorite.

Yes, the trump transition Team vetted Flynn as much as they wished and no more. The first 3:50 minutes of this segment...well, your choice.

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ABC News and the Mike Flynn Russian Timeline:

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