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If something is presented as an accepted truth, alternative ways of thinking do not even come up for consideration.
   —  Ellen Langer
[To start off, #IncompetentDonald hasn’t made America great again.  He wouldn’t know where to start or how to go about doing it even if he really wanted to make it happen.  So, to now claim  he’s “done” it (made America great again), and now wants to be re-elected to keep it that way, is even more laughable.  (Yes, we haven’t even had the mid-terms and #DonTheCon is already running for re-election.)  It reminds me of “W” standing in front of his “Mission Accomplished” banner at the start of the Iraq war (1 May 2003).  We are still there (in Iraq and Afghanistan) over 15 years later…  If you are not in the 1% which the Republican tax cut greatly benefited, ask yourself: “Will I be better off without healthcare and with reduced Social Security and Medicare coverage?”  That is surely where we are headed if Republicans retain control of both Houses of Congress.  John McCain is gone.  Obamacare will go down if there is another Republican controlled vote to kill it.  The tax cut has already worsened the federal debt AND deficit, and despite their claims they will protect Social Security, Republicans are already targeting “entitlements” (SSA and Medicare benefits) in their rhetoric.   How long will it be before they are reducing benefits in their legislation?  America, it is long past time to wake up and smell the coffee.  —  KMAB]
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When the gardeners are praying for rain, the picnickers are praying for sunshine.  So what is the poor Lord to do?
     —  William Feather
[When the majority is praying for affordable health care, the rich are praying for lower taxes.  So what is the “poor” President to do?  How about what he promised…  Better and cheaper for everyone.   Wake me up when it looks like “we” are going to start winning so much I’ll get tired of it.  —  KMAB]
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Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
  —  Edward Abbey
[The “Great Negotiator” failed to negotiate with the other side (the Dems) at all.  The “Great Closer” failed to seal the deal within his own party.  “I have a GREAT plan to replace Obamacare!  And it will cover everybody, be cheaper, much cheaper, and better!”  But he refused to let anyone see it before the election.  After the election, he accepted Paul Ryan’s plan – basically, a tax break (“give-away”) to the wealthy, and a screw-job to the poor, the working poor, the elderly and women.  The final proposal – take it or leave it, I’m taking names and I get even – health care without ambulance service, without guaranteed prescription coverage, without pregnancy coverage, and without HOSPITAL coverage!  And these are just the main one’s that I’m upset about.  There were others, too!  Oh, and let’s try to cover up the effects of the law until after the next election, by not having them start to take effect for two years (after the next mid-terms).  Gee…  I wonder why the Republicans are getting roasted when they go back to their home districts for a “town hall” meeting?
Now, I am no expert in the arcane rules of Congressional reconciliation, but I understand that if a bill has been voted on once and failed, the chamber it failed in is not allowed to submit the proposed bill for a second shot at reconciliation.  This means had there been a vote, which failed, the Republicans would not be able to have a revote on the same bill.  They would have to put it through the regular procedure and then it could be filibustered within the Senate.  By removing the bill and not voting, the Republicans are positioning themselves to get a second bite at the cherry without facing the filibuster.  Look for them to try to “sneak” the bill by in the House at a later date.  This is going unmentioned amongst all the “Obamacare is the law of the land indefinitely”, malarkey.  They just want to twist some arms out of the spotlight.   You heard it here first…
It seems the price of health care is eternal vigilance and constant protest!  —  KMAB]
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Perfect always becomes the enemy of the good.
   —  John Boehner
Former Republican Majority Speaker of the House of Representatives
Describing the Republican replacement for Obamacare
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Let me see if I’ve got this straight:  Back in the 1990’s a Republican came up with an alternative to “Hillary Health Care” (aka: “Socialized Medicine“), which was promoted by a conservative think tank (the Heritage Foundation), and which was tested in the real world by a Republican Governor (Mitt Romney in Massachusetts).  This same health plan was adopted by a Democratic Presidential candidate, who was elected.  The health care law was passed by both houses of Congress in March of 2010 (over three and a half years ago), with a phased implementation so the market place (and States) would have time to set it up in an orderly fashion.  The law was signed by the President and later approved by the Supreme Court (as Constitutional).
In 2010, Republicans took advantage of an off-year election (that is, no President running for office) to use (normally) low turnout to take over some state houses, most governorships and the House of Representatives.  Locally, they ran the advertised message as “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” and Republicans know how to “put people back to work”; their real promise was to make “this” President a failure and defeat him in his re-election.
Since 2010, the House has made NO effort to introduce ANY jobs bills, but has voted over 40 times to repeal “Obamacare”.  The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” is the signature piece of legislation to come out of President Obama’s first term in office.
In 2012, the sitting President was re-elected specifically running a pro-health care campaign with a five million vote majority (5,000,000) against an opponent who pledged to introduce a bill to overturn Obamacare his first day in office.  The House was retained by the Republicans by virtue of controlling a majority of state houses and thereby “gerrymandering” their districts so traditionally Republican districts were even more biased, yet if you totaled all the votes for all seats for the House, they “lost” the popular vote by over five hundred thousand (500,000) votes.  The Republicans DID lose seats, just not enough to lose the majority.  The Democrats picked up seven (7) seats, but they needed twenty-five to turn over control of the House.  By the way, the Democrats also picked up two (2) seats in the Senate.  Statewide voting for Senators is not subject to gerrymandering by the state legislatures and governors because each state is only allowed two seats.
Please watch the following opinion piece on what is happening regarding the current government shutdown and what it means to be a “conservative” in today’s Republican party…
— The video is from YouTube, but originally appeared on: “The Cycle” on MSNBC with Krystral Ball, who is one of the four hosts.
Romney/Ryan ran on a budget proposal which would have “slashed” the budget to a level ($967 Billion) which the nation soundly rejected.  “Soundly” here refers to the Electoral College landslide (332 vs 206), not the actual popular vote which was “only” 3% (five million votes) in favor of President Obama.
The column on the far left ($1203) is what the President’s budget asked for.  The column on the far right is the “Ryan Budget” proposal ($967).  The column next to it, second from the right, is the amount the Democratically controlled Senate is willing to pass as part of a “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR, $986).  Now, seriously, does this look like the Democrats are unwilling to negotiate?  Or, does it look like the Democrats have already capitulated and are willing to accept that even when you win an election, you still don’t get to run the country the way the people voted?
 — Image is from the MSNBC show: “Chris Hayes, All In
The next time you hear the “the American people” have spoken and we don’t want Obamacare or the Democrats don’t want to negotiate or that elections have consequences, understand the truth.  We The People have already decided in two Presidential elections and two of three House elections that we DO want the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and as far as the budget goes, there’s not much more to negotiate because we’ve already surrendered the whole pie to the Republicans.  Don’t look behind the curtain because the powers that be are getting what they want regardless of how We The People voted.
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