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Republicans Simply CANNOT Govern

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 10/19/17 16:44

by Dave Mindeman

Republicans have always had this mantra that government is too big. That less government is smart government.

Well, can we say mission accomplished?

Frankly, there is no government. We have a President who is more concerned about whether or not he gets "good ratings" on what he does, rather than making sure things get done properly.

Watching him in the Oval Office today giving himself a "10" on Puerto Rico... only commenting on things that were done, and totally ignoring or making excuses for the things that didn't was well, pathetic.

That's not governance. That is not being responsible. That is nothing of value.

And I have to say that it isn't just Trump that is the problem. We have a Congress that is hopeless. Even with a full Republican majority in all branches, legislation gets stalled, rendered useless, and yes, is even damaging to the American people.

And on top of all that, this "no government" concept doesn't even save any money. Trump's "plan" to stop the health care subsidies actually will add over $200 billion to the deficit. How's that for an accomplishment?

Government can work. A few years ago when Minnesota Democrats had control of state government, things worked. They set the state on a path of fiscal stability and accountability that never happened before or since.

And then Republicans took back control and, yes, you guessed it...obstruction, delays, no transparency, special session, and now lawsuits. Republicans CANNOT GOVERN.

We can only hope that people are paying attention and understanding what is going on. When Trump says that Democrats are obstructing his agenda, he can only blame his party - because THEY DO NOT NEED Democratic votes. They can operate as if they do not exist - and they pretty much do except when they cannot pass anything - then Trump looks for his scapegoat.

This is a Republican pattern. They cling to old ideas that do not work. Trickle down. Defense increases - social safety net decreases. Social policy legislation. Debt reduction based on tax cuts (which never works). They do not know how government actually works for the people it serves. They have only one constituency - the 1%, and they serve them well, while the rest of us try to figure out how to make ends meet.

If nothing else, health care is the prime example. They cannot pass the bill atrocities that they peddled earlier...and then when a bipartisan deal for fixing current issues (at least temporarily) gets officially proposed, they cannot bring themselves to allow it.

This has to end. It has to stop. This is a travesty in governance - and their is only one remedy.

Kick them out.
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The Trump Health Care Disaster

Category: Health Care
Posted: 10/13/17 12:09

by Dave Mindeman

Who is most affected by Trump's decision to suspend ACA subsidies....

States with the highest average monthly tax credit for premiums:

AK - NC -WV - OK - AZ - TN - AL - NE - WY - CT - SD - MN - LA - PA - SC

If it looks a little red to you, you are right. 13 of 15 are Trump states.

States with total dollars received from ACA premium credits:

FL -CA -TX -NC -VA -PA - GA - IL - MI - NJ - MO - WI - TN - MA - OH

Again, fairly red. Ten of top fifteen are Trump states.

Total number of people receiving tax credits by state:

FL - CA - TX - NC - GA - PA - IL - TN - VA - MO -AL - WI - SC - NJ - AZ

Red again. Eleven of top 15 are Trump states.

It is worth noting that New York does not appear on any of the top 15 lists even though they are a high population state. While North Carolina is in the top five for all three. Minnesota will get hurt disproportionately because they have had one of the highest average credits and in addition, MinnesotaCare will take a big hit as well.

This is a direct assault on the poor. It takes a system that was working with a few problems...to a system that gets completely unraveled.

Trump is destroying our health care system singlehandedly.

And Congress, once again, stands by and watches.
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Using The 25th Amendment

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 10/12/17 20:07, Edited: 10/12/17 20:15

by Dave Mindeman

According to the workings of the 25th amendment, it would take 14 people to set in motion the removal of Donald Trump.

13 Members of the cabinet (a majority) and VP Mike Pence.

So, let's speculate about where his cabinet people would come down on this:

Sec of State - Rex Tillerson (think he wouldn't do this right now?)

Treasury - Steve Mnuchin (follower not a leader, so don't count on him)

Defense - James Mattis (I think he'd be in the 'kick him out' camp)

Attorney General - Jeff Sessions (revenge, people, revenge)

Interior - Ryan Zinke (total Trump lackey- no vote here)

Agriculture - Sonny Perdue (unknown feelings about Trump)

Commerce - Wilbur Ross (crony - he's with Trump)

Sec of Labor - Alexander Acosta (he's a Trumper)

HHS - Acting Sec Don Wright (Price out - Wright is total unknown)

HUD - Ben Carson (If cabinet numbers are close, Carson would oust Trump)

Sec of Transportation - Elaine Chao (wife of McConnell; need we say more?)

Sec of Energy - Rick Perry (Perry will go with what's best for Rick Perry)

Sec of Education - Betsy DeVos (devout Trumper)

Veterans Affairs -David Shulkin (came out of Obama Admin - yes vote)

Homeland Security - soon to be Kirstjen Nielsen (Kelly cohort - yes vote)

Chief of Staff - John Kelly (he'd be the one to start the process)

US Trade Rep - Robert Lighthizer (unknown quantity)

UN Ambassador - Nikki Haley (Probably a Yes vote, but not a deciding one)

OMB - Mick Mulvaney (he'll stick with Trump)

CIA - Mike Pompeo (allies with House leadership - could be a yes vote)

DNI - Dan Coats (Trump has him bewildered - betting on Yes vote)

EPA - Scott Pruitt (only Trump would give him this job - loyal Trumper)

SBA - Linda McMahon (also a Trump loyalist)

So, by my count - we have 10 or 11 votes right now - of the 13 needed.

And you know that Pence would sign on if there were 13.

Trump could fight it, and then it would take a 2/3rds vote of Congress. And Congress could get there.....believe me.

Would these characters have the guts to do this? Doubt it - but never say never.
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