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the presidency

A President for the Worst Among Us

Violence "on many sides, on many sides". He had looked up from the lectern and some viewed it as off-script, an ad lib. By suggesting there was an equivalence on both sides — neo-Nazis and white supremacist bigots on one side and those who had come to Charlottesville to protest against their toxic message — President Trump begin three days of disgracing the presidency with progressively worse arguments and stunning unawareness of what country he lives in.

He condemned "in the strongest possible terms this display of egregious hatred, bigotry and violence" without naming the groups or even which groups he was talking about, his primary concern being not to offend his white nationalist base.
The torchlight procession the night before the rally. An unmistakable echo of Nazi Gernmany

He was prompted by the press to say more, with one asking "do you want the support of these white nationalists", but he passed up the opportunity and simply left the room.

The neo-Nazi group, the Daily Stormer, was exultant:

"He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

Former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, tweeted:

"Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa"

He was referring to Black Lives Matter and the anti-fascist group.

His advisers pressed him to make a stronger statement.…

healthcare

The Underside of Healthcare: Rife with Greed and Corruption

So, one cheer for Sessions' Justice Department

One has to look past a number of odious policies adopted by the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions — his latest is to restore police stealing from people to fund their departments — in order to find one bright spot.

And that was, a couple of weeks ago, the arrest of 412 people, across 20 states, in a Justice Department crackdown against
healthcare fraud amounting to $1.3 billion. Perpetrators had billed Medicare and Medicaid for drugs that were never disbursed, treatments and tests that were never administered, had sold prescriptions to patients for cash, and a third of them were involved with the horrific opioid scourge that is ravaging this country, taking the lives of 91 daily according to the Centers for Disease Control.

At a news conference, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that, of the 56…

healthcare

Repeal Failed, So Will Trump Now Sabotage Obamacare?

That's what's been happening since day #1

On his first full day in the White House, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively told all federal agencies to be lax in enforcing provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The order's vigorous instruction was to let things slide
“to the maximum extent permitted by law”. Much of this has been going on ever since, most of it hidden from view.

With the Obamacare sign-up period still in progress, the newly installed Trump administration immediately pulled advertising off the air that urged people to buy insurance. In mid-February, the Internal Revenue Service said it would not be systematically rejecting returns from taxpayers who fail to disclose whether they have bought health insurance, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Failure to charge the penalty for not buying into the pool, for not "taking responsibility for oneself" as Republicans themselves advocate, deprives either the healthcare system or the… Read More »

zeitgeist

The World Thinks Less of Us, Says Survey, and Trump Is a Factor

The world's opinion of the United States has plunged, according to a survey by Pew Research. Donald Trump has made a troubling contribution to our worsening reputation after only five month in office, the survey says, and this was before the recent misogynistic tweets against television host Mika Brzezinski — which continue two days after universal condemnation, even by the few Congress members who had principles enough to speak out.

The survey spanning 37 nations comes up with a median rating of just 22% confidence that Trump will do the right thing in international affairs. Republicans and a smattering of Democrats thought Barack Obama's foreign policy performance was disastrous, but the world rates confidence in him at 64%. Only Israel and Russia rate Trump higher than Obama.

The world's view of the United States as a country seems closely linked to Obama — also registering at 64% and dropping to 49% now. A chart… Read More »

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voting rights

Are We Headed Toward a Permanent Republican Majority?

The campaign to purge voter rolls

In November after the election, when Donald Trump tweeted that he would have won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”, it seemed like more nonsense from a narcissist who insists he has won everything no matter what foolishness it takes to make the case.

But three days after his inauguration, there it was again. He met with congressional leaders and spent the first 10 minutes to make the same claim, that Read More »

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