What Wealth Redistribution War?

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The 1% Already Won!

It always annoys me when very wealthy people whine and complain that they may have to pay more taxes. Those of us who live paycheck to paycheck say Waa, waa, waa. The GOP and the wealthy threaten that higher corporate taxes will cause productivity to be reduced and therefore people’s wages will be reduced or workers will lose their jobs. Conservative economists argue that taxation reduces economic activity. “When you tax people, you usually cause them to reduce the amount that they do the thing that is subject to the tax.” So if investments are taxed, then rich people reduce their investments. Taxing consumption reduces consumption. “Anyway, the basic message is that the more the government tries to shift income around, the less total income there is to distribute. The more equal you force your society to be, the poorer it gets.”  The GOP repeats this threat ad nauseum. They believe if they say something often enough people will begin to believe them.

Economist Arthur Okun described redistribution from wealthy to poor was like using a leaky bucket. This theory was named as Okun’s bucket which states that some people are helped but along the way some money is lost from leaks. So, “Mostly, they focus on trying to quantify the trade-off between equality and efficiency. That may seem a bit heartless, but to many economists, it feels like the most objective way to approach questions of redistribution” These are the views of Noah Smith. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-11-25/leaving-the-justice-out-of-wealth-redistribution.

The question I keep asking is why it is okay for redistribution to go up to the 1% but not down to the 99%. The redistribution of wealth up to the 1% has been happening since Regan. When regulation was reduced, big business won and our citizens lost. When the EPA was hamstrung, big business won and our citizens suffered from poisoned water and air, death on the job, confiscated wages etc. Over and over this happened until finally war and more deregulation catapulted the wealthy into the stratosphere.

In To Raise Productivity, Let’s Raise Wages Brenden V Dukes argues that a slow economy is due to a lack of demand and that “weak demand is the main reason for slow business investment growth in the United States. This suggests that policies that raise demand—such as low interest rates and increased infrastructure spending—will cause companies to raise investment as they expect stronger sales as a result of job and wage growth.” https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2016/09/02/142040/to-raise-productivity-lets-raise-wages/

As congress begins to grapple with next year’s tax structure let us hope that they can absorb the lessons learned in the 1930’s and 40’s, when policy makers turned “the Great Depression and World War II into the most rapid improvement in living standards ever.”  https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2016/09/02/142040/to-raise-productivity-lets-raise-wages/

Peaceful Resistance!


See No Evil? Trump Is Evil

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Trump is Evil. There is no other way of saying it. He promised not hurt his constituents during the campaign but then proceed to push for a health care bill that he himself described as “mean”. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/25/politics/donald-trump-confirms-mean-health-care/index.html.  Trump complained to Fox News that Obama had stolen his phrase when he wrote, “Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.” (I really miss Obama’s ability to speak correctly.)  So Trump even bragged about using the word mean, but then proceeded to strong-arm GOP members of the house to vote for a ‘mean’ bill that would throw many millions of people off healthcare. Trump pushed a bill that he knew would kill thousands of people who would die without healthcare and he did it with no sense of responsibility.

The United States is known for its poor dental health care coverage. So thousands of people are crossing the border into a town called “Molar City” Los Algodones in Mexico to get dental care. There are 600 dentists in an area with 6000 people. According to Mayor Camacho, Molar City receives 6000 or more Americans and Canadians who come to get dental care every day during the winter’s mild weather.

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, “114 million Americans don’t have dental insurance, including 46.3 million people aged 65 or older. And for those who do, the costs of dental work can still be out of reach.” https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/americans-going-to-dentists-in-molar-city-mexico?utm_term=.fkOPQx2VX#.em8a6m0NA 

How about drugs? U.S. pharmaceutical corporations price urgently needed drugs out of the ability of most people to pay. Many lawmakers around the country have tried to come to grips with the price of drugs, but have failed miserably. As long as Americans are held hostage by the pharmaceutical companies there is no competition and drugs will continue to be sky-high for U.S. citizens. If we were allowed to order drugs from Canada, prices would come down in the U.S. But competition is the last thing that Republicans want. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-prescription-drug-prices-transparency-20170724-story.html

We have Ryan, McConnell and Pence as the main hawkers for Trump’s plans. They know there is evil but do nothing to stop that growing evil from destroying the United States government.  And those three shameless people let our evil president cover his butt and allow him to stay out of trouble.

Starting now we must all do everything that we can to elect people who actually care about preserving what is good about this country. We must work at the city and state levels just as the Republicans did years ago. We must take back the Senate so that Trump cannot put another extremist on the Supreme Court. But we must also put pressure on the Democrats in control so that they don’t blow this tremendous opportunity.

So let’s pull up our sleeves and get started. Write, call, march.

Peaceful Resistance!

Pardon Me

PardonMeA couple of nights ago my family and I joked about the ridiculous idea that Trump could pardon himself. After all, he is the president and has the power to pardon most people. He will likely try to use that power to pardon his children. Could he actually pardon himself?

Imagine my surprise the next morning when I saw an article in the Washington Post about Trump’s legal team looking into that very possibility. That is a very scary idea. If a president could pardon himself then that would free up a whole range of illegal activities the president could engage in knowing that there would be no penalty for his actions. That is a serious threat to our democracy. There would be no checks and balances left. But according to the Washington Post’s Jonathan Turley who is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, Trump can pardon himself.  Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, states that the president “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment”.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/yes-trump-can-legally-pardon-himself-or-his-family-no-he-shouldnt/2017/07/21/6134fb12-6e2d-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html?utm_term=.db3aeb4ff84d . Unbelievable!

However, other legal experts have a different opinion. An article in the Washington Post by “Laurence H. Tribe who is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, Richard Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, was chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007 and is vice-chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)”, Norman Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, was chief White House ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011 and is chair of CREW” wrote that the pardon provision of the constitution strictly prohibits anyone, including the president from ruling in his own criminal case. They cite examples going all the way back to 1610. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-trump-cant-pardon-himself-the-constitution-tells-us-so/2017/07/21/f3445d74-6e49-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html?utm_term=.1adba766e219  I am fervently hoping that Jonathon Turley is wrong.

I am sure that Trump’s legal team will be looking for any reason they can use to discredit Mueller’s investigation. Various press sources write that Trump’s legal team is looking into the possibility that Mueller and members of his team have conflict of interest problems and therefore are not able to discharge their duties properly. Trump’s team is also trying very hard to prevent Mueller from looking into Trump’s taxes by threat and innuendo. So we continue to ask: what is Trump hiding in his taxes that could be illegal or impeachable.

We have scary days ahead of us. Threats to our constitution are threats to the United States. Trump must not be allowed to pardon himself, but I am sure that he will try.

Peaceful Resistance!

The 8th Man – Putin’s Spider web

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Why Was the Identity of the Eighth Man Kept a Secret?

This is a complicated story but I will do my best to give a brief summary. The eighth man at the June 9 meeting in 2016 is Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze a Russian whose past puts him squarely in the crosshairs of U.S. investigators of the Trump/Russia scandal. It now looks like Jared Kushner, Trump’s right hand and one of the people in the infamous meeting may have outed the eighth man in his ‘revised’ security clearance disclosure form.

First of all, Kaveladze was president of IBC, a corporation that was responsible for registering over 2000 dummy corporations with the intention of laundering money from Russian and Eastern European oligarchs. The IBC set these companies up in Delaware at an office that was not staffed. Unopened mail outside the office was seen by Politico investigative reporters. The office is rented to IBC and Russian Art Mall which is registered to Aras Agalarov and who also owns Crocus Group, a real estate development firm. Agalarov, through Crocus Group worked with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. Kaveladze is a senior vice president of Crocus Group.  In 2000 the GAO (Government Accountability Office) discovered through an investigation requested by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan that Kaveladze played a big part in the $1.4 billion money laundering scheme through Citibank in New York and Commercial Bank in San Francisco. Kaveladze was also involved in “a Russian crime syndicate apparently laundering around $10 billion using the Bank of New York”. http://www.newsweek.com/eighth-man-russia-meeting-laundered-russian-money-639144 Continue reading

Voter Suppression

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While everyone’s attention is focused (and rightly so) on the Don Jr mess with the Russian meeting on June 9, 2016, and GOP Healthcare, Trump Sr. and republicans around the country, are quietly working to win the 2018 and 2020 elections by controlling who gets to vote. Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity along with its leader Kris Kobach are pushing hard to control who gets to vote in future elections. The Commission sent letters requesting that “states provide voter-roll information including the names, addresses, birth dates, partial Social Security numbers, party affiliation, felon status and other data for every registered voter in the country.” http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-voter-suppression-team-playing-long-game/  This plan was received with indignation and refusal by most states. Some states are providing information that is already public but others are refusing to comply at all. Even Kris Kobach as the Kansas secretary of state had to decline on providing some of the data that he himself required in the letter!

In a meeting of secretaries of state a resolution was passed stating that “states are responsible for protecting the integrity of their elections including the secrecy of the ballot, security of their election infrastructures and sensitive personal information included in the states’ voter rolls” and reaffirming the secretaries’ “commitment to strengthening election cyber security, improving processes, and increasing voter participation.” http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-voter-suppression-team-playing-long-game/ 

At the same time, the DOJ is proceeding with their own plan, driven by attorney general Sessions and VP Pence. This could be a more treacherous plan to control voting in this country. Their letter was sent to 44 states and commanded the states to show proof of how they were abiding by the rules of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. The NVRA allows voter registration at public service agencies. Kobach, Sessions and Pence want people to have to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The problem with that is that many people do not have U.S. citizenship papers, nor even birth certificates. So the ultimate goal of Kobach and Sessions may be to get the NVRA repealed so that the federal government can order states to follow their voting restrictions.

In the meantime, the ACLU and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed separate lawsuits against the Trump administration saying that their Commission on Election Integrity is violating federal law. They also challenge the lack of transparency. Trump’s plan is viewed as a way to prove that millions of people voted illegally, and proving that Trump’s claim that he lost the popular vote was due to massive election fraud.

Please remember, the truth is that it will only take restricting the vote in a few states to change the winner.

Peaceful Resistance!

GOP Learns How to Fix Healthcare

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Don’t repeal! Fix The Affordable Care Act!

McConnell knows that his healthcare bill is in real trouble. The republicans in the Senate are still desperately trying to get enough votes to ram through their deeply unpopular and dangerous healthcare plan. If two of the following senators vote no on the current Senate bill, then McConnell will have some hard decisions to make. One option that McConnell has mentioned is the frightening word, democrats. He has suggested that republicans may have to work with democrats to shore up Obamacare options. In the meantime, Trump, Pence and McConnell are planning to single out and put pressure individual Senators, just as they did with the House bill. Those twelve senators are:

Colins – Maine, Portman – Ohio, Cruz – Texas, Capito – West Virginia, Moran – Kansas, Heller – Nevada, Rubio – Florida, Johnson Wisconsin, Sasse – Nebraska, Paul – Kentucky, Lee – Utah, Murkowski – Alaska.

But, U.S. senators are not quite as beholding to our very sick president as the house members are. In other words, U.S. senators are not afraid of Trump, and they know how reviled he is in their states. Hopefully they fear their constituents more than our child president.

Warren Buffett was interviewed on PBS and said the republican plans for healthcare should be called “Relief for the Rich Act”. He said that just by himself he would get $700,000 in tax breaks. Buffett also questioned the republican plan to eliminate the ACA surcharge on people earning a higher income, a boon to the senators trying to ram through the lethal weapon that is their healthcare bill. A real billionaire’s opinion of Congress. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339799-warren-buffett-obamacare-repeal-bill-should-be-called-relief-for-the-rich?utm_source=General&utm_campaign=ff223a1514-AUTOMATION_New_Member_Onboarding_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_01143049a7-ff223a1514-55742975.

Senator Cornyn of Texas asked democrats to offer their own plan if they didn’t like the GOP healthcare plan. Senator Chuck Schumer replied that the democrats already did – the Affordable Care Act. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/323934-top-gop-senator-to-democrats-offer-your-own-bill-to-fix-obamacare 

So, lets get busy and call our senators and representatives and insist that Congress finally works together and do their jobs to protect the American People.

Peaceful Resistance!




Trump Budget – Slashing the Safety Net

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What does Trump’s budget do to the social programs needed to protect people. Trump is bleeding us dry.

In order to pay for his $600 Billion dollar tax cuts for the rich, his useless border wall, the school voucher programs designed to destroy public schools, and unnecessary increases in the defense budget, Trump’s budget made cuts into just about every federal agency which actually helps and protects American citizens. He also completely eliminated many programs. The EPA is gutted, Arts and Cultural Agencies virtually eliminated, the Transportation Agency is hit hard and the State Department is grossly undermanned and its budget cut by a third.

After looking through this budget by Trump’s regime, it is clear to me that poor people, old people or the infirmed  mean Nothing to Trump’s administration. A deliberate attempt is being made to kill off and dumb down our people by deliberately ignoring their needs. Plus his budget makes a direct attack on culture in our country by  removing any source of joy that people still can enjoy. My daughter plays bass professionally. It is so wonderful to sit in a beautiful hall and listen to that gorgeous music. Small orchestras will not make it without Federal money. Even the biggest orchestras in our country are having a difficult time and that is a travesty. Visiting museums are a great day out for the family, usually for free. The kids really enjoy the Natural History museums that we have in many big cities around the country. Children delight in climbing on dinosaur replicas, digging in the dirt for fossils, seeing the giant shark that once roamed our oceans. I have seen the shark in the National History Museum in D.C. It is quite amazing. The attacks on our Public School Systems frighten me terribly. It is easy to see where they are going with the charter school/voucher business of DeVoss. She has made millions from failing charter schools in Michigan.

Trumps budget kills protection from invaders, as in protection from the Zika virus. Why isn’t Trump’s administration protecting us from the cyberwar which we are currently fighting against Russia, China, North Korea, and which we are losing? I don’t see anything in the defense budget about building cyber bombs. Why is he intent on hurting our college kids by taking away federal work study programs? Does he want them paying for school debt making them indentured servants for their entire lives? I would guess the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

His budget eliminates the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which helps low-income seniors find work. It seems to me that it is counterproductive to remove programs which help people to take care of themselves. Isn’t that what the republicans keep complaining about? That’s all they keep saying. They should listen to the old adage: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Here is a list of the different Departments and Agencies receiving cuts. The numbers in this article are a little different from other sources, but not significantly.

The following information and more detail can be found at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-budget-benefits-cuts/?utm_term=.fe05d108a67b


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Fourth of July – Quotes from our Founders

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Happy Fourth of July. On this, the day that we celebrate the creation of the great democratic experiment of our country, I thought it appropriate that we read what our founders said during that tumultuous time. The majority of these quotes are just as applicable to our country today as they were at the beginning of our country.

I include Abraham Lincoln in this list because he is instrumental in the preservation of our country. And besides, I am a fan.

I am sure that you have other favorites, but I found these quotes to be inspiring and some are just funny. I hope you enjoy them also. Sources for the quotes are listed below.

George Washington

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The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.

Our Constitution gives to bigotry no sanction.

The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

John Adams

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There is nothing I dread so much as the division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our constitution.

If ever a time should come when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.

Always stand on principle….even if you stand alone.

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.

**As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims] … it is declared … that no pretext arising from religious opinion shall ever product an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries…. The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.**

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.

As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.

 Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.

Thomas Jefferson

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The States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore . . . never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate…. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.

I am… for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.

Nothing is more incumbent on the old than to know when they should get out of the way and relinquish to younger successors the honors they can no longer earn, and the duties they can no longer perform.

**I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.**

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape

No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

Benjamin Franklin

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**Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer and the only bounds it ought to know…. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, a thing terrible to traitors.**

The rapid progress of the sciences makes me sorry, at times, that I was born so soon. Imagine the power that man will have over matter, a few hundred years from now. We may learn how to remove gravity from large masses, and float them over great distances. Agriculture will double its produce with less labor. All diseases will surely be cured… even old age. If only the moral sciences could be improved as well. Perhaps men would cease to be wolves to one another… and human beings could learn to be human.

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.

We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt after 200 years.

Where liberty dwells there is my country.

In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people are their superiors and sovereigns.

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.

Abraham Lincoln

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**I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country… corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.**

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.

**Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.**

Peaceful Resistance!


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Quotes from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/better-perfect/201702/inspirational-quotes-the-45-us-presidents






GOP Healthcare – Weapon of Mass Destruction

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27,000 or more people will DIE because of a lack of insurance.

Actual CBO report: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/26/politics/cbo-report-health-care-bill-senate-republicans/index.html

The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report on the Senate Healthcare bill shows that at least 22 million people will be thrown off of healthcare. However, some reports show that by 2026, there will be 51 million uninsured people with the house bill and 49 million with the Senate bill. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/26/the-three-numbers-you-need-to-understand-the-cbo-report-on-senate-republicans-health-care-bill/?utm_term=.178d39998832. But one of the numbers largely going unreported is the detail that 15 million people will lose their insurance in 2018.

“The Center for American Progress compiled the CBO’s estimates of annual coverage losses from the House bill, applied Sommers’ rate (… one death a year would be prevented for every 830 adults gaining coverage), and showed that over the next decade, the repeal would lead to about 217,000 more deaths than would occur under current law — that is, the Affordable Care Act.”  http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-repeal-deaths-20170623-htmlstory.html  

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Trumpcare – Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Hi all. For those of you who have followed me, I have been out of circulation recently because, you know, life happens.

Well, the Senate finally revealed their ultra-secret health care plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. And it is as we all expected. There is very little difference between the Senate bill and the House bill. They both take health care from the poor and infirmed just to give their money to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the form of tax cuts. What is their reasoning for this? They give a bunch of politico-speak which the Trump faithful believe. I know people who are willing to believe because of their racist beliefs about Obama. In fact, when people were polled, one third of the people were in favor of the Affordable Care Act but not in Obamacare. That one third did not know that the ACA and Obamacare were the same. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/upshot/one-third-dont-know-obamacare-and-affordable-care-act-are-the-same.html

The truth is the ACA fought to provide health insurance to millions of the poor, not a priority of the wealthy and GOP politicians. Now that they have control of our government, they are working hard to repeal the ACA and implement their own plan of cutting back Medicaid and eliminate millions of Americans from any federal assistance. The republican Congress is too spineless to make their cuts directly leaving it to the states. Both the Senate and House plans will put states back in charge of providing for the poor, which of course the states won’t do. And it will come at a time when federal assistance to states is reduced. The states will use the excuse that they cannot afford to pay for the poor. And they will price millions out of healthcare again.

The ACA raised taxes on the wealthiest people and the health care industry in order to provide federal support for healthcare. The GOP calls that income redistribution. But they fail to mention all those nice tax cuts and loopholes for the rich that were not always part of our taxation system, as they like to claim. Those cuts and loopholes were put in during the Bush Jr, the Bush Sr. and the Regan administrations. That was when the real income redistribution occurred. The wealthy have already won the income redistribution war. When I was growing up, multi-millionaires were a big deal. Now we have multi-billionaires. More information on taxes: http://www.salon.com/2016/03/24/robert_reich_the_gop_is_plotting_partner/ Continue reading