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Yeah, he can “fix” things by ending insurance for millions of Americans and cutting Medicare and social security benefits. If only those people would just die early – that would “fix” a lot of problems, right?
Trump sucks.January 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm in reply to: 4200 joints to be lit up at 4:20 into Chumps address #26322
Sorry, Paul, but I don’t share your faith that the new president will feel constrained by public opinion at all in doing whatever he feels he can get away with. I have no idea if he wants to start enforcing federal pot laws or not, but I really don’t see the big backlash you are imagining among people who don’t already oppose him.January 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm in reply to: 4200 joints to be lit up at 4:20 into Chumps address #26315
Other than Alaska, only blue states have legalized pot.
What “political suicide” would cracking down on recreational use of pot cause the Trump Administration? Clinton beat him by 30 points in California. I don’t think his administration will care too much what California voters think.January 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm in reply to: Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds #26249
Absolutely disgusting and shocking but not exactly surprising.
Popularity polls mean very little this far from the next election (2018, anyway). The public has an extremely short memory. Republicans in Congress have been horribly unpopular for recent stunts like shutting down the government in the fall of 2013 over Obamacare. Remember how incredibly unpopular that was? A year later, they were punished by voters by being given the control of the Senate and a bigger majority in the House.
91% of Americans approved of stricter gun control measures after Sandy Hook – and yet, look what happened? Nothing – probably in large part because Sandy Hook happened right after the 2012 election.
I wish Trump’s unpopularity meant anything now – but unfortunately, I think it means about zero at this point. If his low popularity numbers persist into October 2018? We’ll see.January 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm in reply to: As Obamacare repeal looms, OHSU to 'significantly reduce' hiring #26213
Let’s hope so, Paul!
But there are an awful lot of voters out there who HATE the ACA Mandate requiring them to buy insurance, and those people are going to be pretty angry if the Mandate isn’t repealed.
And the Mandate is required to make the whole ACA work. Without it, many people simply won’t buy insurance, not enough healthy people will participate in the health care exchanges, prices will go up, and the exchanges will go into death spirals.
It seems more likely to me that the Republicans will keep weakening the ACA until costs go out of control, and then even Democrats will be begging Republicans to kill it. Then Republicans can say, “See? We told you it wouldn’t work!” (even though they slyly made sure it wouldn’t work.) and come out smelling like a rose.
People like Marco Rubio have already kneecapped the ACA in small ways that have caused insurers to flee the market and send prices higher:
But how much major media coverage did this get, besides a few wonky stories like this one? How likely is it that uninformed members of the general public blame Republicans for these subtle moves?
I confess: this lurid story has a ring of truth to it. This creep has done some very twisted personally vindictive things to people over the years. It fits with his personality.
But it still may not be true – and even if it is, there may be absolutely no way to prove it.
It is weird. Got about four inches in inner NE Portland. I didn’t think we were supposed to get anything til tomorrow and not much.
It’s a very wet, heavy snow. Also very bright outside.
Then again, I lost track of how many times during the campaign Trump would say something or do something, and his detractors would pipe up and say, “THIS IS DIFFERENT! He’s done!” The weekend the Access Hollywood tape came out, people weren’t debating whether Trump would lose or not (that was just assumed) – they were wondering whether he’d even stay in the race. And then look what happened…
These are strange times, hard to predict. This story could easily be gone in a few days, unless some concrete proof (like a video in a hotel room) emerges.
You’re on fire tonight, Langston!
Trust me – all of this sounds so incredibly crazy and far fetched that I could never have believed it…a year ago. But now?
I suspect Republicans in Congress are not going to need too much prompting to jettison the new president, if any of this stuff has any bit of truth. You have to wonder if this stuff isn’t going to start coming out bit by bit. I still won’t predict anything – but if Republicans wanted to jettison Golden Boy, they’d probably want to do it sooner rather than later.January 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm in reply to: Hypocrite Mitch McConnell Whines About Democrats Blocking Trump SCOTUS Nominee #26035
Largely “yes” to the second question.
I’d say the ultimate goal for Republican leaders (and the people funding them) is tax cuts mostly for the rich. Everything else is gravy if they achieve it.January 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm in reply to: Hypocrite Mitch McConnell Whines About Democrats Blocking Trump SCOTUS Nominee #26010
Of course McConnell is a hypocrite.
But pointing it out is a losing issue for Democrats. Most of the country isn’t even paying to the Supreme Court and doesn’t care (they should!); that’s why Republicans were able to ignore the nomination of Merrick Garland without much more than a yawn from the media and the general population.