Clever Senator Mitch has front-loaded “all the sweet stuff and delay[ed] all the painful stuff,” says Nicholas Begley in the Washington Post (quoted by Greg Sargent, Plum Line blog). Tax cuts happen right away, even retroactively, while the deep cuts to Medicaid don’t begin until 2021. Thanks, Mitch, for all the “Better Care.” You are piling up debts no honest man could ever pay off. Whether the harsh Medicaid cuts ever fully go into effect or not, the tax cuts for the rich are designed to be permanent. You have just made our glaring inequalities even worse. Do you really believe this bill increases liberty and freedom–of course you don’t. You know full well from seeing Obamacare work in your own state of Kentucky that, as Josh Marshall summarizes, the ACA “took a pot of money and plugged it into the system to provide secure coverage for a large number of Americans who were neither destitute nor solidly in middle class or who had medical statuses which made it onerous or impossible” to get coverage. “Take away the money and those people all lose their care.” Your version of freedom–or the version you cynically pretend to believe, more likely–is a truly sickening fantasy. Compared with “other” advanced and civilized countries, our taxes are not crushing. The real snowflakes: your greedy donor class.
And against all kinds of evidence, many people still say “give Trump a chance.” I get that trolling “snowflakes” and “elites” is a thrill, but if this bill means Trump is delivering for them, our Country is devolving even faster than I thought, and not in a good way. Trump will not abide blame for any of the carnage and premature death that follows. I do hope that enough people will be hurt or embarrassed or shocked by GOP rapaciousness to bother to vote next year, when everybody, not just the folks in Georgia or Montana or South Carolina, gets a chance to express buyer’s remorse over our sorry bunch of legislators.
Shall we skip all the fake news and go straight to the Senate healthcare–and-by-the-way-big-tax-cut–bill? Will Trump sign this bill, even though it is probably just as “mean” as Paul Ryan’s House bill? Trump managed to appeal in 2016 to both the pro-oligarchy voters and the pro-ochlocracy (endless demands from the plebes) voters. Now he will have to choose. Master brander that he is, he will try to distract and evade blame no matter what, but the McConnellCare bill guts Medicaid in the name of freedom. The struggling Trump voters, and even relatively well-off Trump voters, who think Medicaid only benefits THOSE people are in for a surprise. Maybe not right away, McConnell is figuring not on his watch, but sooner than many voters think, they are going to find their parents kicked out of nursing homes and into their spare rooms, or worse. Will Trump realize before he signs a bill that presidents do get blamed for the consequences of their actions? (Not to mention stuff that they really shouldn’t get blamed for.)
Republicans have persuaded millions of fairly prosperous but more-insecure-than-they-may-know voters that the real governmental problem is “ochlocracy,” or never-ending-demands from the masses of “other” and undeserving people. In fact, the US stands alone among advanced economies in its stingy-and-inefficient-at-the-same-time healthcare system. A universal risk pool could really cut down on overhead costs, but we just aren’t ready to go there yet. Obamacare took several right-of-center (Heritage Foundation before Jim DeMint) ideas and some technocratic ideas and made giant steps toward access to health care, but did not create a robust public option, let alone move toward a Medicare-for-all system. Now the Republicans are on the verge of a huge cutback of healthcare access, and at the same time a huge tax cut for the wealthy.
If you believe we do not have enough inequality of wealth and opportunity, McConnell and Ryan are your guys. If you thought Trump would usher in a golden age of terrific healthcare for everybody, you may be out of luck. Ciao ciao sayonara ochlocracy, hello even-more-rock-solid oligarchy. And Mr. Trump, will he be blamed? I thought he was toast when he disrespected POW John McCain, so what do I know? Prince Harry may say nobody wants to be king, but he doesn’t know our Trump.
I believe John Dowd, 76-year-old lawyer and ex-Marine, when he says in a Reuters interview that he is not a snowflake.
And yet, he is representing a world-class snowflake, our president. How do you feel about that, Mr. Dowd? When snowflake Trump yells at you and blames you and tells you to get off his lawn, will you go quietly like the tough guy you say you are? Good, because I don’t want to hear you or any other servants of Trump whining about how badly he treats you. And I sure don’t want to hear you covering for Trump when his snowflakeness goes even further over the top than it has already. You may not think you are a snowflake, but you lie down with one and you are not going to escape waking up covered with icy white Trump poop.
Of course Attorney General Sessions, while obfuscating, didn’t invoke executive privilege while testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, because of course President Trump (whose name it is an honor and blessing simply to be allowed to mention, as we all learned yesterday) did not and will not invoke executive privilege. That is because Trump is no mere ordinary U.S. President. His grandiloquent eminence precludes any stooping to invocation of privilege. More to the point, Trump already knows all the details, all the Russian connections. No need to inquire or investigate as far as he cares. David Simon’s June 8 Twitter thread lays out the case for Trump’s guilt as well as anything I have read or heard. When an innocent person would look toward the door in expectation, Trump looks only at his nails, never at the door…
So Jeremy Corbyn walks into a pub and sees three politicians standing together at the bar: Ruth Davidson, Nicola Sturgeion, and Arlene Foster. He senses the opportunity to form a government. He approaches the three and starts to high-five Ruth Davidson…
For an all-expenses paid scholarship at Oxford University’s PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) program, finish the sentence above; state who the Prime Minister will be in three months time; finally, compare and contrast the manifestoes of Lord Buckethead and that imminent PM.
Our U.S. President showed again this week that he refuses to stump up for anything or anyone. Every problem is someone else’s fault. His problem isn’t really James Comey. His problem is that he never acknowledges he owes anybody anything. That is a big part of why he had, according to some reports, to turn to Russian banks to fund his schemes and/or bail him out–because, reportedly, American banks got tired of his repeated refusals to stump up. No, we don’t know all, or most, of the details yet. Maybe we never will. But we do have the big picture, if we are willing to face up to it. We have a legitimate but apparently deeply compromised president. Better to admit that than to wish it away. Exactly how Trump is going to get rumped up is quite unclear, but best to prepare as best we can by defending the checks and balances that Trump fails to respect–but that have made the US as great as it is. You want a smoking gun? Really? If you cannot smell all the smoke already you might need some nose work. Furthermore, impeachment is too good for our 45th president. At this point the 25th Amendment (incapacity) seems more poetically just, no?
hint re rump up: try “rump up cheshire”