Mitch McConnell no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when John McCain’s surgery gave him an excuse to postpone a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Now that Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins have made it abundantly clear that no concession or reasonable argument will persuade them to do the right thing on Obamacare, every remaining GOP Senator has to support BCRA in order to get the bill passed. And it was by no means certain that McConnell had enough votes to accomplish that even with McCain present. Why? The GOP has become the party of poltroons.
Many have not noticed, the game has changed. The game used to be "get as much money as you can, you can overwhelm your opponent". Hilliary spent twice what PDJT did, and lost. Voters care more about what they´re saying, and don´t care what name is more "qualified". They had better learn quickly.
Todays democrat party is yesterdays communist party. Todays republican party is yesterdays democrat party. So I call todays democrat party the new Soviet Party. And todays republican party the new Democrat Party.
Although their are some constitutional conservatives scattered about, they all have a target on their backs and its ´open season´ by both partys, the media and academia against any and all real conservatives and even some ´perceived´ conservatives.
The constitution is dead, with the current leadership and the progressive republicrats who are allied with their comrades in the new Soviet party. The few constitutional conservatives that there are need our support now, more than ever. And I´m not referring to the fake conservatives that so many people want to associate with ´conservatism´. That is really getting old.
Note the lying headline. This bill isn´t about repealing Obola-care. The pubbies don´t seem to be listening. Maybe we need to shout in their ear at a much closer distance, say, just before we pull the lever on the trap door of the gallows.
This vote should be cast with one and only one thing in mind. What is in the best interest of the people who voted us in. Forget all the crap about "all the people". People who voted for 0bama twice don´t give a rat´s petute what happens to the country and richly deserve the consequences for their actions. What the ´polls´ say and what will happen in 2018 should be of no concern.
That´s right, #7, and isn´t it interesting that only Senator Rand Paul is being blasted by some Washington pundits for declaring he is a No vote. McCain is too and before he got sick, nobody criticized him.
God bless Rand Paul for specifically and thoroughly exposing this phony non-repeal bill. The Republicans pass this turkey and they just put their stamp of approval on the framework of Obamacare forevermore.
During the recent eclipse, NASA urged us all to protect our eyes by turning our backs on the sun itself, observing the eclipse only through pinhole cameras. A similar technique proves remarkably useful in observing the Trump administration. If you ignore the strangely dazzling figure of the president himself, examining instead the second order effects he’s producing, you’ll find that a certain reassuring clarity emerges. To wit: Item: Congress may have thwarted the administration’s effort to replace Obamacare, but wherever the administration has been able to take action on its own it has done just that,
Hillary Clinton should have paid more attention to her husband´s former adviser Paul Begala, who once said, "Never interrupt your opponent when he´s destroying himself." And even if the former Democratic nominee resists that strategy, her party might want to insist on it. Because Clinton´s highly publicized and problematic book tour is rescuing President Trump from a political corner into which he had largely painted himself. Trump has had a bumpy month with his base, thanks to some surprise engagements with Democratic leadership and a continuing reshuffle of White House personnel. His core group of populist voters have
Will the real moderate party please stand up? On the same day that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) introduced his “Medicare for All” health-care plan, Senators Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R., La.) introduced a last-ditch effort to sorta-kinda repeal and replace Obamacare. Despite having zero chance of being passed any time soon, Sanders’s bill grabbed the limelight for two reasons. First, it’s a beacon of hope for the demoralized base. As a Rolling Stone headline put it, “Single-Payer Movement Shows: Life After Trump May Not Suck.” Second, Sanders got 15 co-sponsors — including some
After two previous deadlines came and went, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has set a new date for the FBI and Justice Department to turn over documents relating to the Trump dossier. Nunes originally subpoenaed the FBI and Justice on Aug. 24, demanding dossier documents by Sept. 1. When none were produced, Nunes agreed to extend the deadline to September 14. During that time, arrangements were made for intelligence committee investigators to visit the Justice Department to make sure officials on both sides understood precisely which documents the committee seeks.
A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month. Supporters do not have the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. In a crucial boost for its chances on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) offered his support. “Congress has 12 days to say ‘yes’ to Graham-Cassidy. It’s time for them to get the job done,” he said, referring to the bill's two
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How rudderless is the Democratic Party? Its membership is so bereft of leadership and policy direction that 16 of its senators have signed on to a health care bill sponsored by a self-avowed independent democratic socialist from Vermont. The "Medicare for All Act of 2017" would repeal Obamacare, along with most other private and public insurance, and replace it with a government-run, one-size-fits-all, centrally directed system of reimbursement for medical expenses. Sanders, who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, holds the same opinion of health insurance as he does antiperspirants: "You don´t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," he said in a statement, referring to the legislation spearheaded by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C) and Bill Cassidy (La.). McCain´s announcement leaves GOP leadership with no room for error.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has spoken about what life was like for her and her family during her eight years in The White House. Her candid comments came during a moderated discussion at a tech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday evening. ´It´s like being shot out of a cannon while drinking from a fire hydrant blind,´ she explained as she told of how she got used to her new way of living. ´You have to tell The White House what kind of toilet paper you like. You don´t know where your forks are.´ (Photos) Mrs Obama
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