Please Stop Voting for Conservatives. You’re Hurting Your Country.

At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a predictable report on poverty in the United Kingdom, posted today on The Independent’s site. I know.  It isn’t just Tories and Republicans.  It’s also public officials who know better, cooperating with Tories and Republicans.  In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton — a Democrat — signed so-called welfare reform legislation which was destined to put more families on the streets.  He was cooperating with Republicans in Congress, and complying with misguided public opinion.  It was a self-serving, rotten thing to do, but he wanted to be re-elected (which he probably would … Continue reading Please Stop Voting for Conservatives. You’re Hurting Your Country.

Opportunism at its Finest

The GOP may not be enthusiastic about gun control after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, but they’ve found something to get excited about.  Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) has an especially endearing role in this. Here’s a link to a Think Progress article, addressing the way some Republicans in Congress plan on protecting human life after the tragedy in Las Vegas.  Please don’t be discouraged if you see an overlap with the text on this link.  I tested it, and it works: https://thinkprogress.org/house-gop-shooting-reproductive-rights-56aa970278a8/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59d567f404d30108a7347f56&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter   Continue reading Opportunism at its Finest

The Affordable Care Act is Safe, For Now

For the time being, it looks as if our health insurance won’t be pulled out from under us. We’d better not get too comfortable, though.  Repealing the ACA, with or without replacing it with a substandard system, is one of Donald Trump’s obsessions.  Many Republicans in Congress share that obsession. If you live in a state/district where your representation sides with Trump, you must make your wishes known to your elected officials (it also helps if you’re registered to vote, and show up at the polls).  Some people have already done that, which may have a lot to do with … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act is Safe, For Now

Too Little, Too Late

Senators Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and the rest of the GOP majority in Congress should have raised hell in three dimensions about this stuff before the election. Granted, Republicans all over the country had reservations about Donald Trump before the election.  Still, there was just enough party unity to allow him to win the electoral vote. Senators Graham and Rubio are quoted as saying reasonable things in this New York Times article.  Whether anyone listens now is irrelevant.  The horse is out of the barn. Continue reading Too Little, Too Late

GOP Gives up on Healthcare Demolition For Now

This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. It says a lot when a Republican defeat saves lives.  That happened today, when the GOP-majority Congress declined to gut the current system for health coverage, a.k.a. Obamacare.  Apparently, some constituents in Republican districts don’t want the proverbial rug pulled out from under them when they need to see a doctor, and they made that clear to their elected officials.  Then, by some weird twist of fate, a handful of Members of Congress listened to constituents instead of obeying the spoiled rich kid in the White House. … Continue reading GOP Gives up on Healthcare Demolition For Now

The Donald’s Announcement

I hope the mainstream media are emphasizing that Donald Trump’s VP Running Mate Announcement was scheduled as a news conference, not a campaign speech.  Journalists arrived with lists of questions they planned to ask, but those questions went to waste. It was a campaign speech.  No questions allowed.  It was more about The Donald than Mike Pence, too, although if straightforward statements had been made about Governor Pence’s politics the speech may have been equally obnoxious. I’m wondering how many Donald enthusiasts listened to that nonsense and felt confident they were supporting the right candidates.  We should also ask when … Continue reading The Donald’s Announcement