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Oversight

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 01/13/17 05:04, Edited: 01/13/17 05:04

by Dave Mindeman

Just for an example of why Republican oversight is a joke, here are two headlines for today:

Key Senate committee won't probe possible Trump-Russia collusion.
--Politico

Also today....

Chaffetz threatens to subpoena federal ethics watchdog over Trump criticism.
--Politico

Don't think too hard - which would you think should be an actual topic for an investigation?

The Congressional Republicans need to figure out what they stand for.
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Honest Truth: Senate Democrats Are Getting This Wrong - For Now

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 01/12/17 19:58, Edited: 01/12/17 20:06

by Dave Mindeman

Alright, I am going to explain something. This is about facts not partisan foolishness.

You are going to hear from Democrats (in fund raising letters) that the GOP Senate in Washington took away the ACA coverage on pre-existing conditions.

Actually, this is not true.

An amendment failed that would guarantee pre-existing coverage but it failed because of procedure....not any wish to actually kill this coverage.

The process that the Congressional Senate is using to repeal the ACA has to meet certain criteria to avoid the use of filibuster to block it. If that amendment had passed, then the bill would be changed enough to warrant a filibuster attack.

The bill (this is a procedural bill, not actual repeal) passed with 51 votes (Rand Paul voted against because, so far, it does not include replacement language).

So fundraising on this vote is a little dishonest. Yeah, stuff like this goes on all the time, and Democrats will get attacked in the future because they may need the same tactic.

But I want readers of this blog to know what is true.

I have decided that this will be the true purpose of this blog...that to the best of my ability, the writing here is going to give you the facts as I know them. Sometimes my understanding may be wrong, but it will not be without effort of finding the reality of a situation. And if I find what is wrong, I will correct it.

I know I have a liberal slant. I freely admit to that and won't change that. But one thing I hate most is hypocrisy. I call Republicans out on it a lot, because they do it a lot. Democrats do as well and when it is the wrong thing, I will call that out as well and give a fair representation.

The process for repeal of the ACA is going to be an ongoing process and you need to know the realities of it, not the spin.

Personally, I believe that a lot of people are going to be hurt by this repeal. And most of them will be the rural voters who were so sure that Trump was the answer to all their problems.

Trust me on this one....he is not.

The Congressional Senate will soon move to the next phase and their is no actual guarantee that pre-existing condition protection will be included, but it is not dead yet. Trump has indicated he still wants that, but the irony of that is, that any replacement plan with these popular ACA protections but without the payment provisions will NOT give more access - will NOT guarantee you get to keep the same coverage - and will absolutely NOT be costing less for anyone....absolutely.

So feel free to contribute to the Democrats...that is still a necessary thing because they are at a clear disadvantage in this fight - but don't do it because of scary language that is not true....just yet.

I will give it to you straight on this blog and on my Twitter account. I'd appreciate your readership and your following.

We have a lot of very serious work to do.
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Supreme Court: Eight Is Enough

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 01/08/17 00:02

by Dave Mindeman

One week prior to the election on November 1st, NC Senator Richard Burr said this....

(Burr) promised that he would oppose any candidate Hillary Clinton nominated to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia's death "if Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court."

Burr was not alone in that sentiment as Republican think tanks began developing rationales for keeping the court at 8.

But now that the election has given them the advantage, the GOP cannot conceive of the Democrats doing such a thing. Their thinking has turned 180 degrees the other way and have chastised the very thought that Democrats might propose doing the very same thing.

Democrats in the Senate need to consider this. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander. Republicans play this game much too often and get away with it. These type of power plays, seemingly, are only allowed if they, the GOP, get to do them. If the very same scenario appears for the Democrats, then it is wrong and "bad for the American people".

It is so transparently hypocritical, yet they seem perfectly fine with the contradictory responses.

If that is the new norm, then the Democrats need to follow that path. We are looking at four years of uncertainty - and Senate Democrats hold the only card that can be played.

Exercise the self proclaimed right that the Republicans have been bold enough to assert. You are only following their example.

Do it.
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