A collection of some of my favorite quotes and ideas that apply to the current situation we find ourselves in and offer hope to me.
On Trump and his fear of Muslims (well poor ones) and his attempts to ban them
On Trump and his ties to Fascism and the Alt- Right Movement
On Trump’s budget and all the people it hurts in order to make the rich richer
On Climate science and leaving the Paris Accord
On Congress’ conflicts of interest
On the Economy
On all the lies (alternative facts)
On Faux (FOX ) news
On Health Care
On Women’s Rights
On Trump himself (his character or lack there of)
On the GOP
On Christian GOP Hypocrisy
How the world sees us with Trump in charge
Things I wish Democrats would point out.
There is a lot out there regarding Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey.
My quick takeaways from everything.
- They can make up all the other reasons they want, it’s hard not to believe this is not related to Comey’s investigation of the Trump’s election and Russia. Especially when news will come to light that there is a Grand Jury determining subpoenas for the FBI, that Comey has requested more money to expand the investigation, Trump being outraged they were putting more effort into the Russia connection than his leaker witch hunt, and the Comey hearings keeping the Russia story in the news.
- We NEED a transparent independent investigation into the connections between the Trump Campaign, the GOP, and Russia. We need to know who, and how many of the associates of Trump are connected. Luckily members of both sides of the aisle are calling for this and I hope they continue to pound that drum until they get it.
- Just like his issues with the Travel (Muslim) Ban, Trump’s own ego and twitter handle will be his downfall. He cannot leave things alone and keeps a trail of bread crumbs that lead to his paranoia and self-delusion.
- The day after he fires Comey, he brings in Russia’s foreign minister. Seriously is he that dumb? And to make it worse, he refuses to let in any American reporters but allows in the Russian state run propaganda media. He also for some weird reason, brought in Henry Kissinger, aka Richard Nixons national security advisor, the day after firing Comey.The Russian embassy then followed up with a tweeted photo of Mr. Trump shaking hands with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the same ambassador who is currently at the forefront of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling of the 2016 election.
- Trump wanted it to be a public spectacle to embarrass Comey and to warn others who cross him, they are next.
- Fox news is essentially now just the Trump Propaganda arm, considering how they covered the Comey firing. When your take away from the situation is “The most important question of the night,” according to Sean Hannity; “Will new FBI director have the guts to go after Hillary?” and not even mentioning the investigation with Russia, that tells you all you need to know.
- Trump did not fire Comey over his handling if the Clinton emails, he has been one of his biggest fans, and it could be part of the reason he is president in the 1st place.
My favorite part of this all, Jeff Sessions pushed Trump to fire Comey because he kept talking about the investigation, and yet when it was helping Trump, he felt they had to share what he knew about Hillary.
But in the end, his Ego will be his undoing- because as Nixon learned, you cannot fire the person who is investigating you.
Trump’s Watergate Moment?
Comey’s firing is a moment of truth for the GOP, are they going to stand behind Trump and risk their own careers?
Today the GOP in the House showed their hands to everyone. They are for the Rich and only care about the Rich.
WE MUST NOT FORGET
They have shown time and time again to show the belief that healthy people are blessed by God and that the sick are somehow less than them and it’s their fault they are suffering. They do it all in the name of reducing costs for them and their friends.
“My understanding is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool,” he said, “thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives.”
Of these people who live “good lives,” he then added, “They’re healthy, they have done the things to keep their bodies healthy, and right now those are the people who have done things the right way and are seeing their costs skyrocket.”
WE MUST NOT FORGET
When the GOP is more worried about their rich benefactors over their constituents.
WE MUST NOT FORGET
When the GOP basically says being a Woman is a pre-existing condition
WE MUST NOT FORGET
When the costs of our insurance skyrocket due to illness or even just having a baby, while the Billionaires continue to get tax break after tax break
WE MUST NOT FORGET
Because their agenda has not changed. Their tactics and leaders might have, but in the end, selfishness and greed has been around from the beginning and we need to STOP FORGETTING
November 6th 2018. Remember this date. 33 senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be up for reelection. You can change this administration and get Trump out by 2020
Follow-Up the next morning
Winner: People who are young, healthy, and high-income
If you earn a good salary, are young and healthy, and want to buy a cheaper, skimpier insurance plan, the American Health Care Act could be pretty good for you. It would give Americans who earn upward of $100,000 tax credits to help purchase insurance. Right now, Obamacare’s tax credits are only available to individuals who earn less than $64,000.
the Republican bill makes it easier for insurers to charge lower prices to young people, too. Right now, insurance plans are required to only charge the oldest enrollees three times as much as the youngest enrollees. AHCA would change that rule to allow insurers to charge the oldest enrollees five times as much. This would raise premiums on the elderly but lower them for young Americans. Christine Eibner, a researcher at the RAND Corporation, estimates that this particular policy would lower annual premiums for a 24-year-old from $2,800 to $2,100
AHCA would let states apply for waivers so that insurers in those states could charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums. For healthy people without pre-existing conditions, this would be a benefit: They would no longer have to pay more so that the insurance company could cover the high medical bills of other enrollees. Instead, the Republican bill would move the individual market closer to the one that we had before Obamacare, where health insurance premiums were meant to reflect how much an individual’s own coverage is expected to cost.
If you’re someone who uses little health care, that could be a good deal. If you’re someone who is expected to have high bills, however…
Loser: people who are older, sick, and low-income
For low-income people who get their coverage through either Medicaid or the individual marketplace, though, the AHCA will likely change things for the worse.
The bill would end the Medicaid expansion in 2020, a program that millions of Americans who earn less than 138 percent of the poverty line (about $15,000 for an individual) currently rely on. The end result would be that people eventually get moved into the individual market, where they would have to pay for private insurance coverage. They would get some help from AHCA’s tax credits, but likely not enough to afford to purchase a plan — keep in mind, these are people who are only earning $15,000 or less per year.
People already in the marketplace would see significant change, too. Right now, Obamacare’s tax credits are based on income, with those who earn less getting more help. Under Obamacare, people who earn less than 200 percent of the poverty line (about $24,120 for an individual or $49,200 for a family of four) get the most generous help, enough money so that a midlevel plan would cost no more than 6.4 percent of their income.
Under AHCA, which doesn’t base tax credits on income alone, those people would get substantially less help. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the average 40-year-old who earns $26,500 would see her tax credit fall from $4,800 to $3,650 under AHCA.
For an older Obamacare enrollee, the problem would be even more acute, because insurers would be allowed to charge the oldest enrollees five times as much as the youngest enrollees. This would have the result of raising premiums for Obamacare enrollees in their 60s.
CBO estimates that a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would see their annual tax credit decline from $13,600 to $4,900. The amount they pay out of pocket for their premiums, meanwhile, would go up from $1,700 in annual premiums under current law to $14,600 under AHCA. Right now, with the tax credit, that person spends very little of her own money on a premium. Under the new bill, she’d spend nearly half her annual income on health insurance.
Winner: the Freedom Caucus
The Freedom Caucus went into the Obamacare repeal fight with two non-negotiable demands. First, they wanted a bill that got rid of Obamacare’s requirement that sick and healthy people be charged the same premiums. Second, they wanted to end Obamacare’s essential health benefit mandate, which requires insurers to cover 10 types of medical care including hospital trips, maternity care, and mental health services.
This was a huge ask. These are two of the most popular parts of the Affordable Care Act. American voters really like Obamacare’s ban on preexisting conditions; a recent Washington Post poll found that 70 percent want that part of the law to stay.
But the Freedom Caucus ultimately got its way, as the Republicans added an amendment that would allow states to waive out of these two provisions. This group of legislators moved the Republican replacement plan sharply to the right, and showed that they could sway the caucus toward a more conservative health care plan.
Loser: the Tuesday Group and moderate Republicans
The Tuesday Group, a loose affiliation of moderate Republicans, had the exact opposite experience in the health care debate. These moderates opposed the first version of AHCA because they felt it didn’t do enough to protect the Americans who rely on the health care law’s programs.
The Freedom Caucus then added a series of changes that made the bill more conservative, the ones described earlier. They let states waive out of the preexisting condition ban and cover fewer benefits.
Moderates, somewhat amazingly, signed onto these changes while getting incredibly little in return. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan secured an additional $8 billion in funding to help cover people with preexisting conditions. He admitted that he didn’t know whether this would be enough to actually make sure those people receive quality health care.
The moderates went from opposing the more moderate version of AHCA to supporting the more conservative one — which doesn’t speak especially well to their leverage and muscle on Capitol Hill.
Winner: very rich Americans
The AHCA would amount to a huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans by rolling back key taxes included in Obamacare. One analysis of an earlier version of the bill estimated that it contains $600 billion in tax cuts that would save the wealthiest 0.1 percent of Americans, on average, $200,000 each.
The single biggest tax cut included in the bill is the repeal of the 3.8 percent tax the Affordable Care Act applied to capital gains, dividend, and interest income for families with $250,000 or more in income ($125,000 for singles).
Repealing that tax is a change that, by definition, only helps affluent Americans. If you’re part of a married couple and, like the vast majority of Americans, make less than $250,000 a year, or earn more than that but have little investment income, it doesn’t affect you at all.
Loser: the Senate
The Senate has had the luxury so far of sitting on the sidelines of the health care debate and waiting to see what bill the House passes. Now, the ball is in their court — and they don’t sound entirely excited to receive it.
AHCA is an unpopular bill. Different polls find that somewhere between 17 percent and 37 percent of Americans approve of the Republican plan, and now it’s being dropped squarely in the laps of senators.
Senators presumably don’t want to be the roadblock to Obamacare repeal — a goal of the Republican party for years now — but also have major concerns about AHCA. Many of them worry about the bill’s deep cuts to Medicaid and changes to private insurance. Now they’ll have to hash out the issues on their own.
A few senators have suggested they will even draft their own competing bill — which will be just as challenging of an effort in the Senate as it has been in the House this year.
Winner: Donald Trump
Trump has spent months now campaigning on his promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare. He has promised, repeatedly, that a plan would be coming soon and Republicans would get it done.
In getting the American Health Care Act through the House, he finally gets to claim progress on that goal. He has a clear political victory he can point at, in a presidency where very little policy has been made.
Loser: Donald Trump
Trump has repeatedly promised a health care bill that will “cover everyone” and take care of people with preexisting conditions.
The bill that just passed the House is decidedly not that bill. The things Trump says are currently in the bill — protections for everyone with preexisting conditions, for example — are not in the American Health Care Act. The most recent CBO estimate says that 24 million fewer Americans would have coverage under AHCA. Clearly, not everyone is covered.
Trump has repeated these claims this week and he may well keep repeating these claims about AHCA in the future too. But eventually, if he signs this bill into law, the way AHCA actually works will become clear to the Americans who lose insurance and the Americans with preexisting conditions who suddenly have to pay more for coverage. That will be a rude awakening for the voters who have, for years now, been promised the exact opposite.
THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE IS ESSENTIALLY CLASSWARFARE (the bill amounts to a reverse Robin Hood situation. The poor lose and the rich win.)
Right after Trump praised his party for passing the AHCA, he then praised Australia, which has universal care, for having better healthcare than the US.
“I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do.”
Trump is right on that point. Australia’s universal health care system, known as Medicare, provides high-quality healthcare with far more efficiency than the US’s.
A list of pre-existing conditions that will no longer be covered under #Trumpcare:
AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, ADD, addiction, Alzheimer’s/dementia, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, anorexia, anxiety, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism, bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism, cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, DMD, depression, diabetes, disabilities, Down syndrome, eating disorder, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy, kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant, leukemia, lung cancer, lupus, lymphoma, mental health issues, migraines, MS, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, obesity, OCD, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, tuberculosis, ulcers
Here’s just a handful of charming quotes directed at women in the video:
“Didn’t men give you the kitchen?”
“Know your role and shut your mouth.”
“You would be much happier at home with a husband and children.”
So when Trump took office- he made a lot of promises.
Here is the contract he made with the American public as to what he plans to do in his first 100 days in office. This contract is from his personal campaign website.
You should check out this website- It takes all the promises that Trump said he would accomplish in the above contract and lets us know what he has actually accomplished. It is a non-partisan, 100% fact only approach that I really appreciate.
Have you seen the movie Idiocracy?
A quick synopsis (from Wikipedia)
In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when the base they are stored on is closed down and are left in stasis until 2505. When they finally wake up, they discover the average intelligence of humans has decreased so much that Joe is now the smartest man in the world.
So here is this man, who in 2005 is just an average slacker, but in 2505, is now the smartest man due to a poor trend in evolution. Basically, all the smart people end up having fewer and fewer kids and the unintelligent populate the earth to the point that it is not longer valued to be intelligent and the dumb inherit the earth.
Which brings me to this photo from the White House last week
How has a man with 5 kids with 3 different wives somehow become more ideal than a black man with a solid core of his family?
How does Trump seem prouder to meet with people like Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, and Kid Rock then leaders from the free world?
Where does this path lead?
The man behind the 2006 cult sci-fi film “Idiocracy” is lamenting that his fictional movie appears to have become reality.
“I never expected #idiocracy to become a documentary,” tweeted screenwriter Etan Cohen in an apparent jab at the 2016 presidential race