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  • Dec 28, 2016 03:11 PM
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    Schmidt Wrote: I suppose now they will continue with sabotage efforts against Obamacare hoping to change the public's perception.

    That does worry me, but I have a suspicion that doing so will only make matters worse for them. Punishing working class white voters by making it impossible to receive healthcare probably isn't the best way to get them more solidly on your side.

    Schmidt Wrote: Next up on the Trump agenda --- Tax cuts for the rich and corporations.

    What confuses me is why he didn't just push for tax cuts for the rich and corporations first. That's the Republican holy grail and a heck of a lot less dividing among House and Senate Republicans than taking away healthcare from millions of their constituents.

    The only problem now is that he's wasted precious political capital on a bill that was destined to fail. The Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans now know that they can rebuke the President. That typically happens in the months leading up to an election, but not two months into a Presidency.

  • Mar 21, 2017 02:22 PM
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    Schmidt Wrote: I just hope that Ruth Ginsberg and other justices keeps healthy for the next four years. Even Justice Kennedy, if he retired, would be replaced with another early 50's Gorsuch look-a-like much worse than Kennedy. The Trump presidency (or Pence if Trump doesn't make it four years) will fill all SCOTUS vacancies with people selected or vetted by the Council for National Policy.

    Or two if Democrats are able to ride a wave of anti-Trumpism and retake the Senate in January 2019.

    The map isn't in our favor, but another "wave election" is quite possible if Donald continues to be as unpopular as he is now.

    I'll never forget 2010. It's not that Republicans showed up in droves; it's more so that Democrats didn't. If Democrats are galvanized in 2018 then we can just do what the Republicans did if there's another vacancy on the high court.

  • Mar 24, 2017 02:27 PM
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    Donald's health care bill is on the verge of going down in flames even before the Senate has a chance to rip it to shreds and that must be a very bitter pill to swallow for someone who is used to getting his way all the time. What our dear leader is starting to find out is that running a private business is just a little different than running the Federal government.

    Trump is used to being able to strong arm business deals, but what he didn't seem to understand before taking over as President is that there are 535 independent (in theory) people who have the power to tell him whether he can have what he wants or not. If enough of them say "no" then he can complain all he wants, but he's still not going to get it.

    Someone, somewhere, should have informed Donald that he wouldn't be able to run the Federal government like a private business. He can threaten a Congressperson or Senator all he wants, but that Congressperson and Senator is going to (most of the time) vote in a way that will keep their constituents happy. Trump doesn't have to go to town halls to face angry voters in his district, but legislators sure do.

    That's why I always shook my head every time Donald promised his adoring fans that he was going to drain the swamp and run the country like the successful businessman he supposedly is. (We can discuss the fact that he would be a hell of a lot richer if he just invested the money his daddy gave him in index funds in another thread.) Negotiating international trade deals and passing major pieces of legislation is just a wee bit different than negotiating the construction of a hotel.

  • Dec 19, 2016 07:38 PM
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    TJ Wrote: I agree with Maindawg about everything said.

    Everything?

    Donald's cabinet is not filled with Nazi sympathizers.

    We may not like his cabinet, but we have to stop falling prey to this hysteria.

    TJ Wrote: This administration has bat shit crazy potential but sadly I believe he will be more patient to enhance his personal signature on the job. I hope more realize the truth about the issues and continue to demonstrate or protest. The only thing to do now is try to get dem/progr. Persons elected in '18. Then hope or pray for Impeachment. I know Pence is bad but 1 idiot to be eliminated at a time.

    I agree. Democrats can't sit on their ass in 2018. They shouldn't have sat on their ass in 2016 either.

    Something that drives me nuts about certain Democrats is that they always let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    I blame Bernie supporters for Hillary's loss more than anything else. They convinced themselves that Hillary and Donald were one in the same and then want to wipe their hands clean of any fault now that Donald is implementing his right wing agenda.

    "Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line." If we ever want to take control of the Federal government again then we have to understand that we need to fall in line once the people in the Democratic primaries have spoken.

  • Dec 28, 2016 03:11 PM
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    Update: Speaker Ryan cancelled the vote and didn't disclose when another one will be.
  • Dec 19, 2016 07:38 PM
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    Maindawg Wrote: He is dismantling our government. The state Dept is no more. Every person he nominated processes hatred toward the agenda they now head. Their intention is to destroy every agency weaken our government and make it collapse. I am convinced he intends to take over and eliminate both house both parties and all elections.

    The State Department is still there. We may not like the person in charge of it, but there are thousands of career officials who have been through this dog and pony show before. I also think it's important to remind ourselves that more than enough Republicans in the House and Senate have come forward and said that Donald's budget is dead on arrival.

    Maindawg Wrote: I know it sounds crazy . When he stated that pretty soon there will only be one party , he did not mean the Republican party . He meant his party. The new Nazi party. Hell his cabinet features openly Nazi people.

    No, his cabinet doesn't feature openly Nazi people. He has an adviser who is a Nazi sympathizer. Is that nuts? Yes. A million times yes. But advisers are different than cabinet members.

    This hyperbole only turns people who could potentially be swayed to revolt against Donald and the Republican Party away. We have to learn to fight with reason and facts. I know it's tempting to use the same vitriol that Republicans have used against liberals, but facts and reason trump (no pun intended) hysteria.

    Maindawg Wrote: Now general Mattis is not playing ball. He knows what the drump is doing. The military will not be a part of it. Hopefully the republicans will see the writing on the wall and work to end this crazyness.

    It's almost like we are living in the Twilight Zone when the Department of Defense might wind up being the only thing preventing Donald from getting us in another disastrous war.

  • Dec 28, 2016 03:11 PM
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    The House is set to vote on their repeal bill sometime today and it's anyone's guess if they have enough votes to ram it through. No Democrats have come out to say they will vote for the bill and currently 33 Republicans have expressed grave concerns or flat out said they will be voting "no." That is more than enough to sink the bill before it even has a chance to go to the Senate.

    If Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, doesn't feel he has enough votes to pass the bill then I have a feeling that Speaker Ryan will pull it instead of having to suffer the embarrassment of watching his bill go down in flames due to his caucus.

    It should be an interesting day.

  • Mar 21, 2017 02:22 PM
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    Well it looks like the Democrats are going all in with Gorsuch and that Republicans will either need to strip away eight Democratic votes or change the rules to be able to ram through Gorsuch with a simple majority.

    My guess is that it will be very difficult for Republicans to convince eight Democrats to swing to their side and will very likely try to push through the nuclear option. Once it gets to that, I have zero idea if 51 of the 52 Republicans (or 50 with VP Pence), will vote to change the rules. It's also possible that a new "gang" will form and strike some type of deal.

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    Schmidt Wrote: I support a filibuster and just live with the consequences.

    I agree with pretty much everything you said, but I'm worried that the Republicans would simply rewrite the rules and ram him through with a simple majority.

    What happens if a left leaning jurist dies and the Republicans are able to ram through someone to the right of Gorsuch in their place? That would have the potential of altering the balance of the court for a generation or more.

    Gorsuch is a right wing zealot, but he's replacing a right wing zealot. I believe the Democrats should hold their fire for a fight that means a lot more, like if Kennedy retires or a left leaning jurist dies.

  • Mar 19, 2017 09:38 PM
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    "This issue is far more complex than just blaming "the man." Globalization is why we are able to purchase $15 jeans and $20 shoes"

    So we make more billionaires because people want it cheaper. What about the cost of clean air. You get cheap clothes because products are made in developing countries that have laxer standards for the environment and low standards for everything. Products from developing nations are cheaper for absolutely not one good reason. Globalization is a concept. Could be good or could be bad. Just depends on the execution. Cheap shoes are the denial of unions, good standard of living, safe and healthy working conditions et al. Can you point to one cheap labor country that sets an exemplary example for good working conditions, retirement plan, child care equal opportunity for pay, advancement or anything positive. If it cost $100 to make a pair of shoes here then that is what it cost. If country Z makes them for $50 then there are $50 worth of benefits denied.

    It really bugs me when you selectively choose one sentence of mine and then attack it without taking the rest of my posting into account.