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Trump Owns the Health Care Mess

It’s clear that Trump has no clue how the Affordable Care Act works. But then, few Republicans in Congress do, either, including their alleged policy wonk, Paul Ryan. Trump’s understanding of the health care law probably came from them. Today Trump explained his reasons for ending the cost-sharing subsidies, a move that will raise everybody’s […]

Keep Discussing

My grandson is visiting. I will post something tomorrow.


No time to post today, but you must have heard about Trump’s scuttling of Obamacare. Please discuss.

So Sorry, Puerto Rico

We don’t actually know how many people have died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and the deprivation that has followed. The death toll from the hurricane is now up to 45, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. But 90 percent of the 3.4 million American citizens on the island still don’t have power, and 35 […]

Harvey Weinstein Types Pervade the Universe

This week many fingers have pointed to “Democrats” and “liberals” and “Hollywood” regarding Harvey Weinstein. One particularly objectionable piece was actually titled “The Specifically Jewy Perviness of Harvey Weinstein.” I’m not going to link to it. Ross Douthat, for example, had great fun hanging both Weinstein and the late Hugh Hefner around the neck of […]

The Dreamers Are Screwed

New York Times: Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, Mr. Trump will insist on the construction of a wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” officials said. The […]

Evolutionary Psychology and Extreme Gun Ownership

Via Josh Marshall, there’s a good article by David Frum on our fruitless gun control debates. Frum points out that the entire debate has been bound by rigid rules that keep us from talking about the central issue, which is that it’s just plain too damn easy to get guns in the U.S. Americans die […]

Know Your Gunz

I want to gripe about “I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise” in WaPo. I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that […]

Yeah, He’s a Moron

From what I’ve seen Trump has managed to not make a complete ass of himself in Las Vegas today, which is a triumph compared to yesterday in Puerto Rico, where he did make a complete ass of himself.  See Charles Pierce, “Trump’s Puerto Rican Air Ball.” This morning NBC News reported that Tillerson had called […]

Labeling Stephen Paddock

When I heard that the Las Vegas shooter owned 42 firearms, I thought back to this post I wrote last year. It linked to this study, which said, The more guns a person owns, the more likely they are to report experiencing serious, uncontrollable outbursts of anger and aggression. That’s the conclusion of a new […]

Trump Is Angry With Puerto Rico for Making Him Look Bad

Well, he does everything bigly. Now Trump has made Bush’s “heck of a job, Brownie” moment look like Clara Barton arriving on the battlefield. As I posted yesterday, the Trump Administration’s tepid “response” to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico pales in comparison to what Obama did for Haiti in 2010. Even the general in […]

Stuff to Read

Tom Price resigned from HHS. If only that were the entire cabinet. Ryan Grim and Aída Chávez at The Intercept write that Lindsay Graham admits he had no idea what he was doing regarding health care reform. A reporter pointed out that such ignorance at this late stage is hard to understand. “You’ve been working […]

When Lefties Are Their Own Worst Enemies

Last night’s segment of the Burns-Novick PBS series, among other things, told the story of how Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers and got them published. This was significant, because one of the gripes about the series that seized social media even before the first segment was shown was that Ellsberg had been left out. […]

Making the Democratic Party Democratic

This op ed is by a guy, Ronald Klain, who was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign last year, but with that caveat I have to say I agree with his suggestions for reforming the Democratic nomination process. They are: (1) eliminate the caucuses; (2) open the primaries to independents; (3) take away the […]

Trump, Interrupted

Trump has responded to people nagging at him about Puerto Rico by agreeing to visit it next Tuesday. That’s a week from today, right? I know he’s really busy bitching about the NFL and Republicans in Congress, but one would think he could have scheduled something a bit sooner. Puerto Rico is in crisis — […]

Police Brutality in St. Louis

Today the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has committed an act of journalism and reported on police activity last weekend. A bit slow, there, but better late than never. It appears that last Sunday night, some vandals broke some windows and flower pots, and the police conducted a sweep that covered several blocks. Among those arrested were […]

Well, Damn

North Korea’s foreign minister announced today that the United States had declared war on his country, and therefore North Korea would be justified if it shot down U.S. bombers, even outside of their airspace. This is in response to one of Trump’s adolescent tweets. Meanwhile, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is facing a massive […]

Noted in Passing

The Rapture was yesterday. So far, nobody has turned up missing. Stupid is as stupid does: Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using […]

More on the New Republican Atrocity

The most important thing to understand is if this new “repeal and replace” bill becomes law, it won’t just screw up Obamacare. It will impact how most of us access health care, directly or indirectly. It’s actually worse than the last bill they tried to pass. Will Bunch wrote at The stated motive of […]

Republicans Are Still Trying to Take Away Your Health Care

The continents are getting slammed. Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes. I don’t really want to talk about politics. But duty calls. The Senate is trying to pass another repeal-and-replace bill, and it’s a doozy. It’s safe to say that if this goes through, whatever health care plan you have now would be screwed, sooner or later. […]

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