The Case for #NeverTrump in 2018

During the Republican presidential primaries in 2015 and 2016, the case for opposition to Donald Trump was clear to all but Trump’s core supporters comprised of largely uneducated working class nationalists and Baby Boomers, who now vastly outnumber the declining Greatest Generation and Silent Generation voters that elected Ronald Reagan, George H. W Bush, and George W. Bush. To Trump’s voting block, it didn’t matter that Trump’s entire life had been a horror show of marital infidelity, financial incompetence, small-minded bigotry, pathological dishonesty, and unchecked narcissism. This would have more than…

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How Obama’s Giant Ball of Twine Got Trumped in the Budget Contest

By Janice Barlow On my way back from an appointment today, I cringed, but put Rush Limbaugh on the radio as nothing else was on. I wanted to see what he was addressing in his latest ratings grabbing excuse while trying to justify the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Yes, Rush, we know Hillary Clinton is a liberal, a liar, and has a uranium problem. Yes, we know Barack Obama was a huge deficit spending, big government pushing progressive socialist enabler in the form of welfare programs and government controlled…

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Secretive Legislative Process Produces Failed Health Care Bill – “You Can See It After We Release It”

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By  Janice Barlow It looks like, at least for the time being, at least unless/until it implodes, that Obamacare is here to stay. It is the Democrats’ baby. The majority in both the House and Senate are Republicans. They couldn’t even get their act together in their promised effort to repeal Obamacare in a laborious process that dragged on for months. So by default, we are stuck. Half-hearted efforts toward another bill are being bantered about, mostly to appease Trump it would appear; but these will probably end up in the…

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Six GOP Senators Still Stand Strong Against The “Mean” Senate Health Care Draft

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By Janice Barlow As the clock ticks rapidly toward a vote on the Senate health care reform bill, (Yes, that’s right, it’s no repeal, it’s a reform), another Senator has jumped into the No vote column, Susan Collins (R-ME). The real concern is that the general public has no idea about several issues regarding the bill and why some Republicans do not support it. Some are firm in what they refuse to vote for. Others are wavering. Let’s examine who the fairly certain No voters are, their most recent sentiments…

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Senate GOP Leaves Large Openings For Non Citizen Residents In Obamacare Replacement Bill

by Richard Cameron The Senate’s version of the Obamacare replacement bill maintains a considerable degree of eligibility for non-citizens, including beneficiaries of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Existing law – “Obamacare” includes provisions for immigrants with “Temporary Protected Status”, (TPS).  By definition, “Temporary Protected Status” involves (according to Wiki) “immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.”  The full list of present eligibility includes the following classifications: Lawful Permanent…

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Obamacare 2.0 Down for the Count as Senate Republicans Square off Against McConnell

By Janice Barlow Republicans in the Senate today released a draft of what their committee version of the AHCA bill looks like. This version has many issues, not the least of which is that Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader, went into lockdown mode during the writing of the draft and excluded some of the members. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee, (R-UT) were among those on the committee who were actually not allowed to see the draft of the bill until today. Reasons for committee members to not only be…

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Single-Payer Health Care Is The Goal For Both Democrats And Republicans

by Oletta Branstiter Both California and New York are moving rapidly toward legislating a state-run single-payer health care system. The plans would be costly – about $400 billion to cover every Californian, legal or not, and between $91 billion and $225 billion for New Yorkers. The plans would necessarily raise taxes substantially. Economists estimate a 15% rise in payroll taxes for the Golden State. Reason.com reports that “Vermont experimented with single-payer health care, but ultimately abandoned the project in 2014 because it was too costly.”  State-run single-payer health care is…

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Ted Cruz, The RINO’s and Trump – 3 Ways to Oppose Obamacare: Is it a Lose-Lose?

By Janice Barlow Obamacare has been a thorn in the side of Republicans since its passage. Many of the candidates campaigned on repealing it, including Donald Trump. Most of us remember back in 2013 when Ted Cruz (R-TX), fought against its original passage with a lone 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. Yet, here we are, almost five months into a solidly GOP dominated government, and we still have Obamacare. Not only is that the case, but the “repeal” passed by the House nearly three weeks ago has not been…

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Is Planned Parenthood Funded, or is it Gone Now? A Simple Explanation to Allay Confusion

Photo: Courtesy St. George, Utah News By Janice Barlow PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING EXPLANATION There is some confusion as to whether Planned Parenthood is defunded in the $1.1 Trillion massive spending bill which passed in April. No. It is fully funded. Where it is defunded is in the House portion of the “repeal” of the AHCA. But only the Medicaid part is has passed through the House for defunding – the part that covers free abortions. This is not passed legislation. It needs to go to the Senate. Title X in…

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Republicans Use Tactics They Once Condemned To Pass Trumpcare – Carrots & Sticks

By Dani Graham With the narrowest of margins, the House of Representatives passed the Republican’s healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), aka Trumpcare. Needing 216 “yays” the bill passed 217-213 with 20 Republicans voting against it. For years Republicans complained about how Obamacare was “rammed” through without knowing what was in it and without a single Republican vote. While campaigning Republicans condemned Democrats for the underhanded tactics they used to pass their healthcare bill. This went a long way in securing major Republican victories in the last three elections.…

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