Finally! For eight years the Republicans have been trying to destroy Obama’s signature accomplishment. During that time they weren’t busy coming up with their own comprehensive plan. They were busy coming up with bogus reasons that Obamacare was a disaster for the American people. So now they have hastily come up with a crappy plan that will only benefit insurance companies. For the rest of America it will be a disaster. Clever pols that they are, the actual implementation won’t begin until after the next elections.
Let’s face it, the only reason they hate Obamacare, which was modeled after a Heritage Foundation plan and Romneycare, is that they hate President Obama. They failed at their attempt to make him fail. This upsets them so much that they are willing to do anything no matter how badly it impacts the people they represent. #Sad. #Sick.
It’s documented that fake news helped Trump win the presidency. Now Trump and his supporters are calling anything reported that is not flattering “fake news.” It’s become a regular part of their lexicon. It’s not surprising. Chapter 1. of “Dictatorship for Dummies” is about disparaging the press. By repeating this over and over one convinces the masses that they can’t trust the legitimate news. In fact if you want to be a great despot, the thing to do is take over the press and use it for your propaganda purposes.
So expect this to continue. And expect reporters to race out to regions that elected Trump and interview people about trusting the media. We can only hope that journalists will continue to point out the obvious disinformation.
No surprise that Trump would appoint a far right, activist jurist like Neil Gorsuch. The guy loves to legislate from the bench. This is no surprise. His mother was Anne Gorsuch. Most remember her for her stint as head of the EPA during the Reagan administration. She was so awful and gutted it so much that Reagan had to fire her because of contempt of Congress charges.
Prior to that she served as a representative in the Colorado House. She was a member of the “House Crazies.” This was the alt-right before the term had been coined. She earned the nickname “the Ice Queen.” She was the female Steve Bannon. She married Bob Burford in 1983 while he was head of the Bureau of Land Management. She’d met him when he was serving in the Colorado House. Burford was a good-ol-boy rancher from Colorado’s western slope. Putting a rancher in charge of the BLM was like putting a fox in charge of the hen house, due to all federal land they lease for grazing. Even he couldn’t stand her and was in the process of divorcing her when he died. The couple may be most remembered for when Burford got pulled over for driving drunk and Anne jumped out of the car and started screaming at the cop. She was charged with public drunkenness.
Children learn from their parent’s actions. Neil clearly learned from his mother. It’s Groundhog Day. Again.
Many words have been said to describe this new regime. Authoritarian. Totalitarian. Fascism. An oligarchy. A Fifth Columnist. The Fourth Reich. All are apropos. Add to that a kakistocracy which means government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
It’s ironic that on this MLK Day, with the departure of the first African-American president we are about to witness the inauguration of a man guilty of violating discrimination laws. It’s been over 50 years since Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. While progress has been made, it’s clear we still have a long way to go.
The second thing the Republican house decided to do was to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. They don’t have a clue what they’ll replace it with despite the fact that they’ve had eight years to work on it. Democrats have co-opted Trump’s slogan to put attention on what repealing the Affordable Care Act would do. The House has wasted countless votes to repeal the ACA because they didn’t want this president to enact any significant legislation, and the ACA is significant legislation. It’s not clear why they want to repeal this act now as it’s clearly a success. Do they not want to look like they were stupid all these years? Is their irrational hatred of President Obama so great that they want revenge? Whatever their reasons what does it say about their values that they are willing to kick 20 million people off healthcare to massage their egos?
The first thing they tried may answer that question. The House voted to gut the independent ethnics office. Now why would they want to do that other than they planned to be unethical. Only after the optics became obvious did they pull it.
Happy Holidays one and all.