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Showing posts with label nancy Pelosi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nancy Pelosi. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Game of Marbles and Trump's GOP

Before We Do Trump's Marbles Image result for Trump  marbles 

US Representative Katie Porter and a very condensed and shameful segment with Trump's Ben Carson. Carson was appointed to head the Department of Housing and Urban development via a president two doesn't give one damn about the plight of Americans who earn less than a million dollars per year. A president who has validated he has absolutely no interest in the plight of the nation's poor. If the aforementioned poor is a person of color... well you can complete that thought. 

The twitter post follows.
Let's drill down on that again.
If you believe that was a bit revealing and uncomfortable give this segment a few minutes of your time. Time is valuable, but the current state of life int he US requires expending time and effort to understand the level to which 70 percent of the US electorate has delivered the nation to Trumpism.

US Representative Alma  Adams, D-NC, questioned Trump's obviously inept and misplaced Head of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. 

As is the case with all things Trump, how do you suspect Carson handled his utter inept stumble offer a common housing industry acronym, REO?  He resorts to theatrics akin to that of a trump carnival clown. Courtesy The Business Insider.


ben carson note to katie porter

From Carson to a quick visit with  Republican who stated the prospect of the rape of a woman as in some cases consensual.

May 17, 2019 | 1:44 PM EDT

Apparently, the Republican returned to this statements and offered the ever-present perfunctory apology.

From "consensual rape to the leader of the GOP, and the leader of conservative America (as well as the 46.9% of potential US voters who didn't vote in 2016), and the nation's irrefutable worse president in the nation's history.

Earlier today, Nancy Pelosi responded to questions about Trump's potential involvement in a coverup.  Her response was "yes." It appears as such.  Within the hour Trump is reported to have left an infrastructure meeting with Pelosi and others. He seems to have run out the Rose Garden for a game of marbles. Yes, take ones marbles and run hone when the game just isn't as one wishes.

Take a few minutes to watch and listen to a guilty person throwout invalidated garbage regarding his presidency.

Last week we held on the follows Trump carnival acts.  Life is simply too short to work at tracking and reporting on Trump's idiocy and his rapidly growing reality of the Trump Lie
Everyone should go back and view a few segments of The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, and after viewing ask yourself a question.  Is it truly possible Trump as a celebrity would warm to the hearts and psyches of so many very gullible Americans? Obviously, the question is a look back with an overdose of rhetorical. 

A Game of Marbles. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: "I am proud to shutdown the government!”"

Do you recall a historic case of recent Trump carnival barking? 

If the leader paced his credibility in a sieve, why are we now awash in daily accusations of Democrat party responsibility for Trump's federal government shutdown? Answer: we are the perpetual victims of Trump's carnival barking and absence of forethought lies.  Our Sunday morning dose of utterly ridiculous demagoguery was served-up by Trump's White House talking head Kelly Anne Conway.

CNN's Dana Bash took a turn in the Trump information carnival via offering up airtime to the White House's number one presstitute (word salad slinger if you prefer). Yes, Kelly Anne Conway is a hired talking head who will deliver any message for a price.

When asked about the Trump wall shutdown and its related death of two immigrant children CNN, Conway spewed out the salad. The segment is five-plus minutes long; you may wish to skip around a bit to avoid overexposure to Trump's Shutdown defense.

While sitting in the friendly and facilitating confines of a Fox News studio, Conway visited Nancy Pelosi's vacation to Hawaii.
"The Democrats have to come back," (from Hawaii) "Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii -- less hula, more moola for the DHS Customs and Border Patrol, funding our border security. They need to come to the table and do their job. A fully-functioning democracy demands that both parties come together and that the Congress and the executive branch work together."

And, where was Conway as she criticized Pelosi's vacation? In Florida, pray tell

How ridiculous the level and scope of chaos inherent in Trumpism?  If for no other reason our world and humankind will be far improved if Trump and company were no longer in the White House along with a few more of his cohorts indictment.

"...less hula, more moola....."  Did Conway actually go there?  I have yet to hear use country music line dancing to support her demagoguery. 

Before closing let's have one last visit with Trump's puerility-like White House spokesperson. Why Puerility? Lying to the extent Trump works his communications department reminds of the child who repeatedly gets caught stealing from the neighborhood confectionary. Oh, I date myself with use of confectionary. Nowadays such neighborhood retail stores have been replaced with Walgreens stores.

Watch as Sarah Sanders offers a job-ending set of lies before her departure from Trump's White House. She comments regarding the death of children at the US Southern border; children who were in US border patrol custody.

The lie as US Policy and practice.


Monday, May 5, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi," And "No" Interest in "JOBS"

While the GOP via Boehner and Issa are embarking on yet another round of "Benghazi Derangement, I am reminded of the 55 appeal ACA (AKA Obamacare) votes that cost the nation ($1.6 million per vote) $88 million USD. After digesting the ACA repeal financial impact via use of our tax dollars, my mind moves further into tea party governance. It doesn't take, but a second to settle on the "Sequester" and the GOP initiated and perpetrated 2013 Federal Government Shutdown. 

Fact Check Dot Org and the differences in cost from the "GOP government shutdown. "
But estimates for total economic cost only range from $12 billion to $24 billion. The $12 billion estimate comes from Macroeconomic Advisers, but Democrats are fond of quoting the higher of those figures, issued by Standard & Poor’s on Oct. 16, only hours before the shutdown ended 
And now Standard & Poor’s is saying the shutdown cost the American economy $24 billion. And some people are saying that the job implications may go as high as almost 1 million jobs.
Yet, the GOP chases the dragon of Benghazi as the economic recovery chugs along with the real prospect of a more rapid recovery. Prospect available to all in Washington DC. I shouldn't say all as the SCOTUS is busily working to return the United States to its pre-1950s privilege for some and various forms of oppression for others. I will exclude the SCOTUS for failure to work to improve our economy. It is not part of their job description and  after all, the conservative Justices are effectively delivering on their mission aligned with and delivering on American conservatism. 

Benghazi is obviously a 2014/2016 battle cry. It is factually all they have as political leverage. The battle cry is troublesome for those who know the history of US Embassy security. Mother Jones in October 2012 published apiece about GOP support for lack of support for US Embassy Security. 

Mother Jones "Breaking: It Turns Out That Protecting Our Embassies Costs Money"
House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012....Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected. 
Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

GOP strategy and Benghazi aside, think of our economy, improving jobs number, low employment rates (lingering), three plus million Americans stuck in a jobs void, unemployment payments fiendishly denied via the GOP, and public sector jobs reductions at historical highs.

Think Progress June 1, 2012.....
Take a look at what the 2009/2010 GOP has done to public Sector employment. 
But what if we hadn’t cut those jobs providing critical public services and investments? Under President Reagan, rather than shedding public service jobs, governments added more than 1.4 million jobs — or twice as many government jobs as have been cut in the current economy — by the time he left office. And rather than cutting government purchases from the private sector, government actually expanded by $410 billion under President Reagan. 
Note that both the population and the economy of the United States were significantly smaller back then, so these stimuli under President Reagan were much larger in relative terms than what we are seeing today. If government jobs continued growing at the same rate as during Reagan’s presidency, today government employment would be 1.05 million jobs larger.

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Now for an August 2013 Think Progress excerpt that is relative as it gets.
While the public sector added 1,000 net jobs in July’s jobs report, shrinking government payrolls have been a consistent drag on the economy throughout President Obama’s term. By contrast, at the same point in President George W. Bush’s time in office the government had contributed over a million jobs to the economy:

Of course, the recession early in the Bush years looks like a blip next to the economic collapse that was underway when he handed the Oval Office over to Obama. But the ongoing weakness in government employment isn’t an automatic consequence of the Great Recession — it’s the result of policy choices Congress has made. Economists say that the shift to austerity since 2011 has pushed the unemployment rate a full percentage point higher than it would otherwise have been. Those spending cuts harm growth across the entire economy, not just the public sector. But of the last four American recessions, the current is the only one where government payrolls shrank in the years of recovery that followed.
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With an exception for the infestation of far right anti-government Tea Party Members of Congress to the US House in 2010, many House members sat quietly and in full support while the GOP drove the US in economic collapse.  Today they throw lip service at improving jobs numbers, focus their attention to labor participate rates, and reach via a White House stumble on an email back to revive

Here is the 'real deal' when it comes to the GOP and Benghazi when the nation so badly needs cooperation of improving our economy.

Nancy Pelosi on the "New Benghazi" initiative

From there, how about seriously relevant information the GOP seems to hold in a "low interest" file: Jobs!

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures

May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am
Today’s mixed jobs report shows a big jump in payroll employment but a sharp fall in labor force participation. The labor market is clearly much stronger than in the depths of the Great Recession but still far from the “maximum employment” goal that Congress has mandated the Federal Reserve to pursue. Long-term unemployment remains a particular concern, highlighting why Congress must restore federal emergency jobless benefits – which it allowed to lapse at the end of 2013 and has not restored even though long-term unemployment remains substantially higher than when any of the previous seven emergency programs expired.

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Chad Stone
Chad Stone is Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in the economic analysis of budget and policy issues. You can follow him on Twitter @ChadCBPP.

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State and Local Jobs Climbing out of Deep Hole

May 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm
State and local governments added 18,000 jobs in April, according to today’s jobs report, and have added 43,000 jobs since the start of 2014.  This is great news given the steep loss of public jobs due to the Great Recession.
Yet, while states and localities have slowly begun to rehire in the past two years (see graph), the number of public employees remains far below six years ago. Meanwhile, the demands on states and localities continue to grow.  For example, public elementary and secondary schools have 492,000 more students than before the recession.

And, to think, the us voters are not clamoring for better.

....And The Band Plays On......


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Pelosi on Meet The Press And ACA Saves $8 Billion on Donut Hole

David Gregory Presses Nancy Pelosi on Obamacare Promise: Are You Accountable For Saying Something That Turned Out Not to be Correct?

Nancy Pelosi joined David Gregory on Meet The Press. Since you probably know our thoughts on David Gregory, let's roll the video.  Pelosi responds to Gregory's pressing against the ACA as is the case with the vast majority of network news show hosts.

While some media is scraping for ratings via the unprecedented coverage of ACA implementation problems, substantive and meaningful sources move forward with information commensurate with critical nature of the ACA.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a "beneficiaries services" report late October. 

According to CMS, since the Affordable Care Act provision to close the prescription drug donut hole took effect, more than 7.1 million seniors and people with disabilities who reached the donut hole have saved $8.3 billion on their prescription drugs.

We have inked the report press release, here. In response to readers who have an affinity for posting related information in addition to links we have also posted the press release text below, in this case.

Center For Medicare and Medicaid Services PART B and PART D

Details for Title: CMS announces major savings for Medicare beneficiaries

CMS announces major savings for Medicare beneficiaries
For Immediate Release
Monday, October 28, 2013
CMS announces major savings for Medicare beneficiaries 
Part B premiums will see zero growth; billions of dollars saved in donut hole
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today said that health care reform efforts are eliciting significant out-of-pocket savings for Medicare beneficiaries, pointing to zero growth in 2014 Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles, and more than $8 billion in cumulative savings in the prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”  
According to CMS, since the Affordable Care Act provision to close the prescription drug donut hole took effect, more than 7.1 million seniors and people with disabilities who reached the donut hole have saved $8.3 billion on their prescription drugs.  In the first nine months of 2013 nearly 2.8 million people nationwide who reached the donut hole this year have saved $2.3 billion, an average of $834 per beneficiary.  These figures are higher than at this point last year (2.3 million beneficiaries had saved $1.5 billion for an average of $657 per beneficiary).  
The health care law gave those who reached the donut hole in 2010 a one-time $250 check, then began phasing in discounts and coverage for brand-name and generic prescription drugs beginning in 2011.  The Affordable Care Act will provide additional savings each year until the coverage gap is closed in 2020.
CMS said the standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $104.90 in 2014, the same as it was in 2013.  The premium has either been less than projected or remained the same, for the past three years.  The Medicare Part B deductible will also remain unchanged at $147.  The last five years have been among the slowest periods of average Part B premium growth in the program’s history.  
“We continue to work hard to keep Medicare beneficiaries’ costs low by rewarding providers for producing better value for their patients and fighting fraud and abuse.  As a result, the Medicare Part B premium will not increase for 2014, which is good news for Medicare beneficiaries and for American taxpayers,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.   
People with Medicare don’t need to sign up for the new Health Insurance Marketplace, as they are already covered by Medicare.  The Marketplace won’t affect Medicare choices, and no matter how an individual gets Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, they still have the same benefits and security they have now.
Medicare Parts A and B Premiums and Part A Deductible
By law, the standard Part B premium represents roughly one-fourth of the average cost for beneficiaries aged 65 and over, plus a contingency margin to provide for possible variations between actual and projected costs.  Part B covers physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items.
Beginning in 2007, beneficiaries with higher incomes have paid higher Part B monthly premiums.  These income-related monthly premiums, which affect less than 5 percent of people with Medicare, also will remain the same as they were in 2013.
CMS also announced today that the Medicare Part A premium, which pays for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, and some home health care services, will drop $15 in 2014 to $426.  Although about 99 percent of Medicare beneficiaries do not pay a premium for Part A since they have at least 40 quarters of Medicare-covered employment, enrollees age 65 and over and certain persons with disabilities who have fewer than 30 quarters of coverage pay a monthly premium in order to receive coverage under Part A.  Beneficiaries who have between 30 and 39 quarters of coverage may buy into Part A at a reduced monthly premium rate which is $234 for 2014, a decrease of $9 from 2013.
The Medicare Part A deductible that beneficiaries pay when admitted to the hospital will be $1,216 in 2014, an increase of $32 from this year's $1,184 deductible.  
The deductible covers beneficiaries' costs for up to 60 days of Medicare-covered inpatient hospital care in a benefit period. Beneficiaries must pay $304 per day for days 61 through 90 in 2014, and $608 per day for hospital stays beyond the 90th day.  For 2013, per day payment for days 61 through 90 was $296, and $592 for beyond 90 days.  For beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities, the daily co-insurance for days 21 through 100 in a benefit period will be $152.00 in 2014, compared to $148.00 in 2013.
The income-related monthly premium rates, which will remain the same as they were in 2013, are shown in the following table:
Beneficiaries who file an individual tax return with income:
Beneficiaries who file a joint tax return with income:
Part B income-related monthly adjustment amount
Total monthly Part B premium amount
Less than  or equal to $85,000
Less than or equal to $170,000
Greater than $85,000 and less than or equal to $107,000
Greater than $170,000 and less than or equal to $214,000
Greater than $107,000 and less than or equal to $160,000
Greater than $214,000 and less than or equal to $320,000
Greater than $160,000 and less than or equal to $214,000
Greater than $320,000 and less than or equal to $428,000
Greater than $214,000
Greater than $428,000
Monthly premium rates to be paid by beneficiaries who are married, but file a separate return, are as follows:
Beneficiaries who are married but file a separate tax return from their spouse:
Part B income-related monthly adjustment amount
Total monthly Part B premium amount
Less than or equal to $85,000
Greater than $85,000 and less than or equal to $129,000
Greater than $129,000

\States have programs that pay some or all of beneficiaries' premiums and coinsurance for certain people who have Medicare and a limited income. Information is available at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and, for hearing and speech impaired, at TTY/TDD: 1-877-486-2048.
To read CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum’s blog Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of- pocket savings, go to:
To see a state-by-state breakdown of savings in the coverage gap, go to:
To read the notices please go to:  The notices will be published on October 30, 2013.
For more information about the 2014 Medicare Part B premium, and Medicare generally, please go to

It is a surprise to no one, news is inherently negative in focus and quasi-investigative by nature. "Investigative" for news sources that continue to pursue some degree of reporting news related current events, weather and sports. It has come to the point that sitting for a news broadcast on most networks is like reading the grocery store gossip magazines next the the candy shelves. The every network coverage of the Mayor of Toronto is a classic example. Not one network expended one minute on positive aspects of life in Toronto. People simply do not tune-in to news to hear or witness Denzel Washington write a personal (six figure) check to military authorities in New Mexico while filming remote movie scenes. The check was apparently, to personally fund facility improvements at the New Mexico base. I would never expect to see NBC, Fox News, nor CNN report on Matt Damon, George Clooney and Sean Penn's efforts to relieve pain and suffering across the globe. For that matter and much more locally, it amazed me to see a recent segment about prisoners who claim to be wrongfully imprisoned and the activist actions of Danny Glover and other celebrities. 
The rational person would think news critical to millions would be worthy of two minutes on electronic media. I have yet to hear anything on network news about the CMS press release. 
David Gregory joined other network hosts in railing about the downsides of the ACA implementation without even a thought of mentioning benefits of the law.
If people are only exposed to problems associated with ACA implementation they are no equipped to think through personal benefit analyses to counter bullying tactics of wealthy international plutocrats and their subject political party. 

Despite universal angst (on the Left) about problems associated with implementation of the ACA, Kudos to Nancy Pelosi for speaking frankly with NBC conservative Meet The Press host.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: The Blaze publishes on Palin calling Pelosi a "dingbat"

Dingbat at her most DINGY and crass...and a lingering libidinal charge for her older male 'wishfuls'.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a “dingbat” Friday in response to her celebration over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold theAffordable Care Act.

“First off, Nancy Pelosi is a dingbat,” Palin said on Fox News’ “Hannity.“ ”She is the perfect spokesperson for this whole agenda of the far left running the Democrat Party.”
The real kicker, from Palin.
.....“I know a lot of Democrats who are absolutely embarrassed and disgusted with what her and Harry Reid’s leadership has provided the Democrat Party,” Palin continued, without naming anyone specifically. “They want to bail out of the Democrat Party specifically because of the things that she says, the things that she does, what it is that she represents.”
Do you recall Palin derogatory comments about "people" who make non-attributed comments after release of the telling movie "Game Change"?  So soon she forgets, or is she just a basic hypocrite.  I posit, the latter.
Hannity and Fox News (and CNN) know the prospect of a tax penalty this only 1% of the populations and that is only if people in that grouping choose not to purchase health coverage (and can afford to purchase the coverage).
American politics and right-wing social dogma have really gone too far when a documented (media, writing and certainly speaking) dingbat earns big dollars to provide 'projection comments' as those of Palin.
I hope all readers notice that I avoided any comment about her choice of attire for the international broadcast. Did she use the word dingbat? Really?

....And the Band Plays On.... 

UPDATE: I borrow a brief video segment form someone who states the truth about Sarah Palin

I am not a huge proponent of messages from the pulpit.  I did not say I have no regard for such messages, to be clear.  I think the following minister speaks volumes about Sarah Plain (and John McCain) starting at the 3:10 mark of the video to its end).

The video was posted on YouTube and it was posted from a  negative perspective. The pastor, however, does embodied all that is Palin. We do not subscribe to comments we cannot verify as accurate regarding Palin's's husband.