Glory, Glory Hallelujah!!!

Everyday is Trump Christmas. The gifts just keep on coming.

Today we get a train transfer on ObamaCare, the question of “what is more important – an illegal immigrant or women” answered, and potentially even more information to prove President Trump correct in his battle with the “deep state”.

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Let’s start with women. In 2008 we saw the left favors black men over women during the presidential election. Fat ol’ Oprah the crackhead in 2007/2008 went with skin color over the audience that made her. The left in unison went with the black guy too over the woman candidate. In 2017, we can see that illegal immigrants too are more important than women to the left.

Remember that Rockville rape we wrote about? A 14 year old girl was raped anally, orally and vaginally. Last night on Tucker Carlson the experienced lawyer for the men who raped her claimed she wanted it. You can’t rape the willing said the leftist lawyer:

Bitch wanted to get fu*ked says the lawyer and we will smear her as much as we can. So much for the “To every survivor of sexual assault … You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you” mantra Hillary Clinton used to declare. We have not heard from Hillary Clinton on this issue. The womens’ rights activist remains silent. Why? Well, illegal immigrant male rapists are more important to the left than women. Go to hell bitches!

14 year old bitch ain’t alone. A two year old toddler was also assaulted by a man in New York. You won’t know it from the Newsday report because it’s buried, but yeah, illegal alien. Big Media won’t report he’s illegal. You have to search to find that he was deported four times already. He’s also a gang member. The two year old? She’s the daughter of his “girlfriend”. Illegal alien also stabbed his “girlfriend” and another woman. One in the face. He was sleeping peacefully when gently arrested. Illegal woman stabber and toddler rapist will soon have a great lawyer from the left. Yeah, we’re waiting for Hillary Clinton to comment on this too.

Guess Donald J. Trump was right on the illegal immigration issue. And, on this issue President Trump is on the job and soon these problems will be a thing of the past. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

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Today is also the day when President Trump will have additional ammunition via Representative Nunes for his astonishing claims of Obama skullduggery and snooping. President Trump, as we wrote previously, has already been vindicated. We also wrote that “the scandal is the ‘unmasking’“. Vindication! – On all fronts in this story, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.

The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

Lots more at the link. Lots more today from Nunes. The F.B.I. is not cooperating with the investigation. F.B.I. Director Comey has been summoned for more testimony before the Intelligence Committee. Nunes is on the job. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah.

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Then there is ObamaCare. Less glory, less glory, but a hearty Hallelujah! This was our analysis about the fight to repeal ObamaCare:

It’s two trains running. Two trains running along two separate tracks and President Trump ready, willing, and able, to jump from Von Ryan’s Express to the TrumpTrain. President Trump is on Von Ryan’s Express on the healthcare debate for now, but it is very easy to see that President Trump has a very good grasp on the truth in this healthcare debate and might soon jump to the TrumpTrain.

Well, President Trump is about to jump from Paul von Ryan Express to nowhere and onto the fast moving Trump train to victory.

Yesterday, President Trump realized games were being played and he decided to play “schlong the swamp”. President Trump declared he wanted a vote TODAY and if it is no, then he will move on. What we suggested should happen, will happen if the Phase I vote fumbles today:

If we are wrong and Phase I does fail or looks like it is about to fail, President Trump can implement Phase II and thereby force a revisit of Phase I by one and all – Democrats responsible for ObamaCare and the current mess as well as Republicans. President Trump can basically gut ObamaCare like a fish via Secretary Price.

President Trump can basically agree to the federal court ruling and stop immediately the cost sharing program and thereby destroy ObamaCare with the excuse that he is obeying a federal court order. End of the world ensues for Obama Dimocrats.

To quote from the band that wrote/sang “You can’t always get what you want” this is an instance of “Let It Bleed”. In “Enders Game” we quoted from a CNN article about the next “let it bleed” step:

In an Oval Office meeting featuring leaders of conservative groups that already lining up against House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump revealed his plan in the event the GOP effort doesn’t succeed: Allow Obamacare to fail and let Democrats take the blame, sources at the gathering told CNN.

If by some miracle the Phase I bill passes today, well, it will be a miracle entirely due to President Trump’s efforts and nobody else.

In Enders Game we pinpointed one of the big problems of the current ObamaCare repeal and replace bill: Paul Ryan. As we wrote, Something is just not right with that boy.

President Trump apparently knows (according to the New York Times, so grain of salt warning) “something is just not right with that boy“:

Mr. Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans.

He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.

Two of his most influential advisers — Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and Gary D. Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who had a major role in pushing the bill — came to agree, and did not like the compromise that was emerging. So on Thursday night, Mr. Trump delivered an ultimatum.

He dispatched his budget adviser, Mick Mulvaney, to a conference of House Republicans and told them they had to vote on Friday. And if the bill fails, he said, Mr. Trump will move on.

Bryon York had warned earlier on about Paul Ryan:

Now, however, in the middle of his first 100 days in office, Trump has gotten bogged down in a complex, time-consuming, and unpopular fight over another issue — repealing and replacing Obamacare — that, while a key Republican priority and a Trump campaign promise, is not at the very top of the public’s concerns.

New to Washington and with no experience in public office, Trump has become a prisoner to the House Republican leadership — or more precisely, to the complicated procedural requirements of the House and Senate, and the judgment of the GOP leadership that must operate within those boundaries.

All across the capital, politicos are arguing about what House Republicans should do next in the Obamacare fight. Can they prevail in the Budget Committee? How much damage has the CBO report done? Can the Freedom Caucus be brought aboard? What about the moderates? And reconciliation? The three-step process?

It has become mind-numbingly complicated. And perhaps the answer to all those questions is one simple sentence: Republicans are working on the wrong thing. And the Republican president is allowing himself to be distracted from delivering early and often on his core campaign promise of improving the economy and bringing jobs to millions of Americans.

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Now President Trump understands the above and has unshackled himself. President Trump has jumped from the Paul Von Ryan Express and onto the Trump train!

It’s over for Ryan, really:

In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.

Behind the scenes, the president’s aides are planning to blame Ryan if there is an embarrassing defeat on a bill that has been a Republican goal for more than seven years, a senior administration official said. [snip]

Ryan is coming to the White House to brief Trump on the bill’s status, three Republican officials said. Several House Republicans including the chairman of the Appropriations Committee announced in the morning that they would vote against the measure, making its prospects grim. [snip]

I think Paul Ryan did a major disservice to President Trump, I think the president was extremely courageous in taking on health care and trusted others to come through with a program he could sign off on,” Chris Ruddy, chief executive officer of Newsmax and a long-time friend of Trump’s, said in an interview last week. “The President had confidence Paul Ryan would come up with a good plan and to me, it is disappointing.”

A Trump associate who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s views on the matter said that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus may also be imperiled.

Trump’s core supporters regarded Ryan as at best unimportant during the presidential campaign and at worst a poster child for the sort of establishment, scripted politician they loathed.

As we’ve written previously, anything is better than ObamaCare. ObamaCare must be repealed. Replaced? Eh.

Today’s real failure or potential failure (we’ll know soon) will not be good news on the face of it. It will be a GOP failure and all President Trump will be able to claim is that, as we discussed, “he is making a good faith effort to pass the current bill“. Done, done, and done.

But, as we discussed, ObamaCare will be repealed one way or the other. As of today, it will be the “let it bleed” way.

So why are we “happy”? Because we like clarity. We like it that everyone sees which Republicans really meant their earlier votes to repeal ObamaCare. We like it that everyone saw how hard President Trump worked to get the ObamaCare repeal passed.

We also want the swamp drained. We want Paul Ryan gone. We want as Mike Mulvaney said, health care, not costly useless health insurance.

After today, one way or the other ObamaCare will be repealed – along with Paul Ryan – and President Trump can govern as the outsider he is.

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!


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    WASHINGTON — President Trump got his first court win on Friday in the challenges to his new travel and refugee executive order, as a federal judge ruled against a lawsuit backed by the Council on American–Islamic Relations in Virginia.

    US District Judge Anthony Trenga, in a 32-page opinion, found that the plaintiffs in the case — Linda Sarsour v. Donald Trump — were not likely to succeed in their challenge to the March 6 executive order barring travel from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and temporarily halting the refugee program.

    Specifically, Trenga ruled that the challenge to the executive order was unlikely to succeed on the statutory claim that the order violates the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the constitutional claims that it violates the Establishment Clause or the Equal Protection Clause.

    “In determining whether the Plaintiffs have made the required showing, the issue is not whether EO-2 is wise, necessary, under- or overinclusive, or even fair. It is not whether EO-2 could have been more usefully directed to populations living in particular geographical areas presenting even greater threats to national security or even whether it is politically motivated,” Trenga wrote.

    The legal issue before him, Trenga wrote, “is whether EO-2 falls within the bounds of the President’s statutory authority or whether the President has exercised that authority in violation of constitutional restraints.”

    Trenga placed great weight on the significant changes made between the first and second executive orders on the issue and concluded that the executive order likely did fall within the president’s authority.

  2. Nancy Pelosi can now celebrate that their beloved Obamacare survived, at least until it starts coming apart on its own and the peasants start blaming it on the Democrats.

  3. Rumors from New York Magazine:

    The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare would be a stinging defeat for Trump. But it would be an even bigger defeat for Paul Ryan, who has all but staked his Speakership on passing this bill. And in the hall of mirrors that is Washington, the big winner to emerge out of the health-care debacle could be Steve Bannon. That’s because Bannon has been waging war against Ryan for years. For Bannon, Ryan is the embodiment of the “globalist-corporatist” Republican elite. A failed bill would be Bannon’s best chance yet to topple Ryan and advance his nationalist-populist economic agenda.

    Publicly, Bannon has been working to help the bill pass. But privately he’s talked it down in recent days. According to a source close to the White House, Bannon said that he’s unhappy with the Ryan bill because it “doesn’t drive down costs” and was “written by the insurance industry.” While the bill strips away many of Obamacare’s provisions, it does not go as far as Bannon would wish to “deconstruct the administrative state” in the realm of health care. Furthermore, Bannon has been distancing himself from the bill to insulate himself from political fallout of it failing. He’s told people that Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn — a West Wing rival — has run point on it. (Bannon did not respond to a request for comment.)

    Whether or not the bill passes, Ryan has been weakened, the pro-Breitbart Freedom Caucus has been emboldened. It’s hard to see how the Republican health-care civil war hasn’t been a boon for Bannon.

  4. President Trump on TV said he worked as a “team player”. PDT delivers his trademark slaps and says “the big losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own ObamaCare completely.”

  5. “Freedom Caucus” is anything but. They would rather retain Obamacare and his legacy than pass a reasoble, albeit not perfect, replacement. Tremendous blow to country and big win for left.

  6. I actually thought Ryan did well at his presser.

    He impressed me as being more blunt and forthright than usual, and less like a “wedding-cake groom” (to use wbboei’s expression) spouting talking points.

    Maybe Trump’s style is rubbing off on him.

  7. Joel Pollak is thinking along similar lines.

    Exactly two weeks ago, this author predicted the defeat of the American Health Care Act — and explained that it was a step towards the final, actual deal that will repeal and replace Obamacare.

    President Donald Trump faces three irreconcilable factions: the GOP establishment, conservatives, and Democrats. He must bring them together — to “deliver the goods,” a key rule in The Art of the Deal. But first he must show them “the downside” — and convince them they will fail on their own.

    The most difficult faction to deal with is the Republican establishment — not because they are politically strong, but because on policy issues like health care, they are convinced that they have all the answers and that Trump just does not understand.

    So he let them make the first move — and he exposed two things about them: first, that they had not come up with a plan that was ready for prime time; second, that they had not done any of the political legwork necessary to sell their plan to voters.

    Trump gave Speaker Paul Ryan and the House Republican leadership enough rope to hang themselves. Instead of dictating terms to him, they will now depend on him to save them, politically. They must accept whatever plan he will put forward.

    But Trump will not make the next move. He will let the conservatives move first. They are the big winners in the first round — much more so than the Democrats, who are enjoying the spectacle of Republican dysfunction but have no role to play yet.

    The conservatives will proceed with their demand for a full repeal of Obamacare. And then they will face the ire of voters who are deeply unhappy with Obamacare but upset about losing the paltry, expensive health insurance they currently have.

    That, too, will strengthen Trump, and convince conservatives they need his leadership.

    Whereupon Trump will turn to the moderate Democrats and offer them a deal — perhaps catastrophic health coverage in exchange for repealing Obamacare.

    Democrats would take that deal because they would see a government-backed catastrophic insurance system as a possible path to the universal health care system of their dreams. Republicans would take that deal — after exhausting all of the other options — because it would leave enough room for the free market to provide insurance for most health issues, and for states to experiment with their own policies. And the more health care stakeholders who can be brought into the process, the better.

    To quote Morpheus, from the Matrix Reloaded: “What happened, happened, and couldn’t have happened any other way.”

  8. jbstonesfan
    March 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    “Freedom Caucus” is anything but. They would rather retain Obamacare and his legacy than pass a reasoble, albeit not perfect, replacement. Tremendous blow to country and big win for left.
    JB. Read admin’s post again. This is hardly a win. Just wait.

  9. Freedom Caucus” is anything but. They would rather retain Obamacare and his legacy than pass a reasoble, albeit not perfect, replacement. Tremendous blow to country and big win for left.
    They would rather let Obamacare continue its death spiral which will be blamed on the democrats than accepting Obamacre lite which will be blamed on them. Because democrats created Obamacare, and because they failed to embrace the new plan, democrats will get 100% of the blame. That is not a close question. If someone commits a dastardly act, and someone else tries but fails to present it, the responsible one is the party of the first part—the initiator of the dastardly act.

  10. Maybe this is indeed what Trump has in mind to replace Obamacare as admin postulated previously.

    The American Health Care Act, the bill House Republicans introduced to replace Obamacare, has faced severe criticism, even as it survives close committee votes on Capitol Hill.

    Several Senate Republicans say that the bill will never pass the upper house. President Donald Trump has supported the bill, but has also talked about changing it.

    Video House GOP touts new healthcare plan, ‘This is Obamacare gone’

    A new Trump bill that hearkens back to Trump’s campaign promises could explicitly repeal Obamacare — and offer catastrophic coverage instead.

    A recent Ph. D. dissertation by Jodi L. Liu of the RAND Corporation describes a system in which the federal government offers catastrophic coverage — i.e. insurance for the massive, often unforeseen expenses Americans fear most — to all legal residents, and the market provides insurance for everything else.

    Liu suggests catastrophic coverage would be cheaper for the poor than Obamacare, while cutting federal expenditures by $40 billion and overall health spending by $211 billion. (In contrast, the comprehensive system Democrats favor would cost the federal government $1 trillion more than Obamacare.)

    Kip Hagopian and Dana Goldman described a similar idea in Forbes recently, proposing a plan “to provide a catastrophic insurance policy to 100% of the approximately 200 million Americans not covered by Medicare and Medicaid.” The system works by limiting the coverage offered on the one hand, but creating a huge risk pool. That would, in turn, lower the cost for covering the most expensive treatments and patients with pre-existing conditions. The plan would also lower federal deficits.

    Universal catastrophic coverage might not satisfy conservatives, for whom the primary ideological objection to Obamacare is that it makes the individual dependent on the state. A solution to that objection might be for the federal government to pull out of health insurance (aside from Medicare) but provide states grants equal to the cost of catastrophic insurance. The states could then decide whether to offer that to residents, to adopt another coverage plan, or to let the market cover everything.

    Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system in which Americans were not forced to buy health insurance from the government. And yet on the campaign trail in 2015, Trump also said: “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not.”

    A plan for the federal government to provide, or underwrite, catastrophic health insurance while leaving the rest to the markets and the states could potentially satisfy both of those objectives. And given the struggles of the current legislation, Congressional Republicans may be ready to consider a new policy approach.

  11. Exactly two weeks ago, this author predicted the defeat of the American Health Care Act — and explained that it was a step towards the final, actual deal that will repeal and replace Obamacare.
    President Donald Trump faces three irreconcilable factions: the GOP establishment, conservatives, and Democrats. He must bring them together — to “deliver the goods,” a key rule in The Art of the Deal. But first he must show them “the downside” — and convince them they will fail on their own.

    Daction to deal with is the Republican establishment — not because they are politically strong, but because on policy issues like health care, they are convinced that they have all the answers and that Trump just does not understand.

    So he let them make the first move — and he exposed two things about them: first, that they had not come up with a plan that was ready for prime time; second, that they had not done any of the political legwork necessary to sell their plan to voters.

    Trump gave Speaker Paul Ryan and the House Republican leadership enough rope to hang themselves. Instead of dictating terms to him, they will now depend on him to save them, politically. They must accept whatever plan he will put forward.

    But Trump will not make the next move. He will let the conservatives move first. They are the big winners in the first round — much more so than the Democrats, who are enjoying the spectacle of Republican dysfunction but have no role to play yet.

    The conservatives will proceed with their demand for a full repeal of Obamacare. And then they will face the ire of voters who are deeply unhappy with Obamacare but upset about losing the paltry, expensive health insurance they currently have.

    That, too, will strengthen Trump, and convince conservatives they need his leadership.

    Whereupon Trump will turn to the moderate Democrats and offer them a deal — perhaps catastrophic health coverage in exchange for repealing Obamacare.

    Democrats would take that deal because they would see a government-backed catastrophic insurance system as a possible path to the universal health care system of their dreams. Republicans would take that deal — after exhausting all of the other options — because it would leave enough room for the free market to provide insurance for most health issues, and for states to experiment with their own policies. And the more health care stakeholders who can be brought into the process, the better.

    To quote Morpheus, from the Matrix Reloaded: “What happened, happened, and couldn’t have happened any other way.”

  12. Admin,

    Your post is tripping me out. This morning Christmas carols started playing in my head. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. And as I was leaving my house I noticed the poinsettia in my garden, that had started to fade, have come back to blood red. And throughout the day, more Christmas carols. I think the right thing happened with the healthcare bill.

    I think Ryan has a job lined up with Mark Zuckerberg to become his personal healthcare manager and make sure there are plenty of hearts ready for transplanting. Maybe he will need fewer than his Grandfather. Or maybe he will need livers instead. Anyway, Ryan is his guy.

  13. jbstonesfan
    March 24, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    I re-read it and understand the long game, but still very frustrating.
    Trump’s move is a sound negotiating tactic.

    A generation ago, Northwest Airlines had a ceo named Frank Nyra. I believe he had an accounting background, rather than an operations one. In any event, those were the days when the airline unions, i.e. pilots, stewardesses, mechanics, baggage handler and other support personnel–crafts or classes as the Railway Labor Act characterizes would go to the bargaining table together, under the guise of solidarity, but in truth they all wanted to get a better deal than the other. If the negotiator stayed in the room and tried to negotiate with each of them, it was a sure bet that he would get whipsawed. The ceiling you negotiated with one union became the floor for the next one. So what he did is he would walk into the room and inform them that the money was tight, nevertheless he was willing to offer a total of 2% in the first year, 3% in the second year, and 4% in the fourth year to the entire group.

    Now then, I am going to let you decide among yourselves how that bottom line amount will be divided up. So you guys can fight it out and let me know. And with that he walked out of the room. It save him many hours of management time at the bargaining table and it ensured the company would not be whipsawed.

    Trump is doing essentially the same thing, while letting pressure build on each faction.

  14. If they could not reach a consensus themselves, then he reserved the right to re enter the negotiation in order to save their bacon. Having tasted failure, and realizing for the first time its adverse consequences, they would then be ripe for plucking. The name of the game is leverage.

  15. It was a bad bill, I’m glad it failed, with that being said, I don’t underestimate the stupidity of the American people not to blame Trump.

  16. Lovely story on Alan Bean the 85 year old astronaut who walked on the moon. Bean is pretty sure aliens have not visited the Earth. Bean is a sweet man. Here’s his healthcare rationale for no aliens visiting this planet:

    Mr Bean has logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space — 10 hours and 26 minutes of that were spent on the moon and in Earth’s orbit.

    His experiences in space have led Mr Bean to develop some interesting theories about the possibility of alien life.

    “I do not believe that anyone from outer space has ever visited the Earth,” Mr Bean told from his home in Houston, Texas.

    “One of reasons I don’t believe they have been here is that civilisations that are more advanced are more altruistic and friendly — like Earth, which is better than it used to be — so they would have landed and said ‘we come in peace and we know from our studies you have cancer that kills people, we solved that problem 50 years ago, here’s the gadget we put on a person’s chest that will cure it, we will show you how to make it’.

    Bean is sweet but we doubt he is correct. More likely alien visitors would say, “This place is great for a barbeque. Look at all those dummies walking around on two legs. The fat ones look mighty good for a roasting. The skinny ones would make a great stew.”

    Then the aliens would walk up to a dog and say “Take us to your leader you smart creature. You obviously are the ones in charge here, not those bipedal dopes.”


  17. Tony Stark, that catastrophic health insurance article is interesting. Some good ideas with jibe with ours although the ideas expressed in that article are much better developed. At first blush, we kinda like the idea of catastrophic insurance for all in one huge pool.

    Here’s another possibility for the GOP to consider:

    Here’s How 51 Senators Can Reduce Premiums
    The secret to repealing ObamaCare’s regulations through reconciliation is buried in the Ryan bill.

    It’s more health insurance mumbo-jumbo, but worth considering on those terms.

  18. Roger Stone has suggested that the persistent claim of Russian collusion emanates from the CIA and Brennan and its purpose is to rationalize their illegal spying on Trump operatives. Then they censor the response by the target, so the public never gets the other sid of the story.

  19. My mother passed away about 4 years ago and I went through a high stress period that brought out some health issues I developed over the years. One of the most significant ones was an apparent magnesium deficiency I had developed. This came as a result of following doctors recommendations for calcium supplementation for women a high risk for osteoporosis and consuming food produced by modern farming methods. They have since changed the recommendations on calcium supplementation and included vitamin D and magnesium. But our modern farming methods remain the same as the magnesium gets farmed out of our food and there are high estimates (50-80%) for how prevalent this is in the population.

    To speak of healthcare this is huge, causing a multitude of expensive health issues. You can do you own internet search and see just how much information these is on this and the long list of health effects. But what attention does this get from the healthcare community or authorities? Illness is Big Business. THAT is the problem. They are not trying to keep healthcare costs down. Quite the opposite.

    I discovered mine after my doctor recommended supplementing vitamin D based on my blood tests. The vitamin D gave me terrible leg cramps at night. It turned out to be a magnesium deficiency. It was severe because of all the calcium I had been taking and I am still struggling with correcting it. It is quite frightening actually. Calcification in the arteries can lead to heart attacks. Some are questioning if that is what happened to Carrie Fisher.

    Magnesium is an effective fertilizer that promotes plant growth. I have to wonder why it is not included in modern farming method as a health issue and what the bottom line impact would be on healthcare costs.

  20. If you are having leg cramps, then maybe you need to add more salt to your food. That was my problem too when I went low carb, but adding more salt pretty much stopped it.

  21. Tony Stark
    March 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm
    These are not simple leg cramps. I get plenty of salt and I tried many other things. The only thing that has been effective is magnesium and some potassium. They hit at night, waking me up. There is an accupressure point on the upper lip I use to temporarily stop them. Then I apply magnesium lotion or oil and it prevents their recurrence. I have other symptoms of magnesium deficiency. I even had food cravings for nuts high in magnesium (and unfortunately calories) that has gone away since I have been correcting the problem. They are gradually becoming less of a problem. But it is surprisingly difficult to correct. I take oral supplements, but that is limited by absorption. That lead me to the whole issue of pre-biotics and probiotics. That is a whole other world of health issues where there huge potential for individuals to improve their health and keep the doctor away.

    Having limited resources of my own and considering what to invest it where my money would be “safe”, I chose to invest time and money in my health. There is a world of alternative medicine (not much covered by health insurance) that is curative and preventative. I can only hope my investment pay off because I am getting older and the healthcare outlook is bleak.

  22. These are not simple leg cramps. I get plenty of salt and I tried many other things. The only thing that has been effective is magnesium and some potassium. They hit at night, waking me up.
    When I’m on a low-carb diet, which causes dehydration, I’m often awakened by cramps in my legs.

    These cramps usually affect my lower legs: My calves, my shins, and even the arches of my feet.

    Drinking some water, with or without electrolytes, usually solves the problem.

  23. matthew77
    March 25, 2017 at 8:11 am
    My night time leg cramps were triggered by following a doctors recommendation for supplementing vitamin D. When that occurs, it is fairly well established that it relates to a magnesium deficiency. The vitamin D was so beneficial that I did not want to stop taking it so I have to address the magnesium deficiency. There are a multitude of articles on magnesium deficiency that support it as a pervasive problem, with a multitude of costly health effects. This is just one:

  24. Well this is depressing as all hell. Would be interested in admin’s thoughts.

    “Republicans do not want ObamaCare repealed. Whenever you see people talking about a republican ‘this‘, or a republican ‘that‘ wanting to repeal ObamaCare – It’s false.

    This reality underwrites the reason why Ryan refused to have an actual vote on the record today. The UniParty scheme can only exist so long as you remain blind to their affiliation and purposes.


    Those who say there are politicians within DC that want to repeal ObamaCare are absolute liars. It is a 100% false assertion. This is a narrative of fakery created by specific and intentional design, being utilized as countermeasures to throw you off the trail. The narrative is intended to keep you from identifying the reality of the DC UniParty and the trillion dollar legislative agenda.

    Repeat. The Republican Party does not want to repeal ObamaCare. (Neither does the Democrat party.)

    Both sides of the Uniparty have fought to retain ObamaCare’s existence. The House GOP fully funded it in every year since 2010. All efforts made to give the illusion of ‘other‘ are exactly that, an illusion. That illusion is called “controlled opposition“. An example of that “controlled opposition” is the House Freedom Caucus. The HFC voted for Paul Ryan as House Speaker.


    Everything appearing ‘other‘ is a distracting ruse; a scheme to hide the intent of retention.

    The UniParty worked to defeat candidate Donald Trump. They lost. Stunningly.

    Donald Trump coming to DC meant the UniParty needed an even bigger and better set of countermeasures if they were going to remain indulged.

    Hence, the Ryan Healthcare plan.

    Counter to popularly expressed BCS opinion, it wasn’t President Trump who wanted the Ryan Healthcare plan to fail, it was the UniParty – including Ryan himself. President Trump wanted the approach to succeed, the UniParty did not.

    Just like all of the connected candidates in the 2016 GOP Primary (Graham, Pataki, Gilmore, Fiorina, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio et al), the Ryan Healthcare plan was “controlled opposition”; only necessary because President Trump won the 2016 election.

    The problem for the DC Uniparty wasn’t that the Ryan healthcare reform might fail, the problem was that it might succeed. Hence billionaire donors who were vested in the construct needed immediately to give support to those who would eliminate it; and ultimately Ryan needed to avoid a vote on the proposal.

    President Trump being fully versed in the techniques of “controlled opposition“, actually stunned the UniParty by putting his support behind it. That was unexpected.

    Now, as they retreat to their safe spaces, the UniParty is trying to create the narrative that the plan failed because of Paul Ryan.

    Again, this is a false premise.

    The Healthcare plan failed because the billionaire funders who underwrite the construct (and who demand retention) gave cover under the ruse of threatening the HFC.

    Blaming Ryan now only allows the UniParty to hide again. And keeps everyone in the dark about the actual construct of the UniParty.

    The House Freedom Caucus are just as much a part of the UniParty as Paul Ryan. Each becoming “controlled opposition” on an ‘as-needed’ basis.

    ObamaCare will fail. ObamaCare was designed to fail. What follows the failure of ObamaCare is a single-payer system, again supported by the Big Government UniParty.

    There was one shot at avoiding the single-payer conclusion. That shot was to actually pass the repeal and replace O-Care proposal previously designed by Dr. Tom Price.

    The only reason why the bill was put forth, was because Trump won the election. The UniParty had no option other than to put some form of Repeal/Replace forth or the electoral sunlight would have exposed the UniParty.

    We cannot now avoid the path to single-payer government controlled healthcare.

    The UniParty republicans do not want ObamaCare repealed.

    No repeal bill can pass because of this essential fact.

    For Six Years – We tried to warn…. We failed.”

    “…………And before you light up the comments section telling CTH about all of these endlessly possible plans being put forth by (___ Fill In The Blank ___) please note the following reality:

    …The Republicans Do Not Want to Repeal ObamaCare!…

    So if you have a plan for legislation to repeal ObamaCare that does not include Republicans or Democrats, your healthcare plan might succeed.

    Otherwise it’s a unicorn fantasy.

    We are getting single-payer.”

  25. Gosh, I have been feeling nothing but doom and gloom all morning. I through my email and blocked every political email I got over this hateful Obamacare abortion.

    Then I come here and can hardly believe my eyes when I read “Glory-Glory-Hellelujah” Giggling now, I have to go back and find out why I am suddenly happy again.

    Kindest of kind regards, Betty

  26. Outris
    March 25, 2017 at 10:08 am
    I find Sundance’s pontifications and sermons at the CTH more often wrong than right and increasingly tedious since the elections.

  27. Outris
    March 25, 2017 at 10:08 am
    When they passed Obamacare they made our healthcare into a corporate welfare system. The gun is to our heads: pay or die. Now it has become pay and die.

    And you know the foul POSs are exempt and have their own healthcare system.

    Why in the world would they remove their fangs from our jugular?

  28. Liberal Democrat Jonathan Turley:

    Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps [snip]

    The curious thing about President Trump is that his method and language in communications often mask legitimate issues or concerns. This may be such a case with the disclosure that indeed some Trump officials may have been subject to surveillance under the Obama administration.

    Trump triggered this particular jump scare with the tweet on March 4 that he “just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” He followed with such tirades as “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

    The media pounced and rightfully demanded proof to support such a charge. When it was clear that no evidence would be produced, the media (again rightfully) pummeled the White House for failing to support one of the most alarming claims ever made by a president against a former president.

    However, that is when the media seemed to switch roles and fell into a loop of repeating the same accusation over and over again like Jack Torrence endlessly typing “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The media seemed so delighted by the quagmire created by Trump’s tweet that it refused to acknowledge reasonable interpretations of the tweet or the possibility that there might have been surveillance.

    One of the most telling examples of media mania was the insistence that Trump was referring only to wiretapping and no other form of surveillance. From the earliest days of the scandal, I balked at that narrow reading. As someone who has written and litigated in the surveillance field for over three decades, the narrow reading is absurd.

    “Wiretap” has often been used as a generality for surveillance, particularly among those of Trump’s generation. It is the same colloquial meaning as when the Supreme Court commonly used “eavesdropping” to refer to surveillance.It was not limiting decisions like Katz v. United States to circumstances where people hid in the eaves of homes and listened to conversations within.

    There is no reason to assume that Trump meant solely the act of an actual wiretap when he put wiretap in quotations as opposed to surveillance. Yet, when this obvious point was made by White House spokesman Sean Spicer, the media lit up over the White House was changing its allegation.

    Likewise, referring to President Obama as tapping phones can reasonably be understood as the Obama administration, not specifically President Obama, venturing to Trump Tower in some disguise as a repairman to tap a phone. Yet, the media has continued to express alarm that the “facts are changing” when the White House made that obvious point about these tweets.

    Now, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (who previously said he knew of no evidence to support the allegation) has disclosed that he has seen evidence that Trump presidential transition officials had their communications monitored during the Obama administration (though Nunes later suggested that he might not have actually seen the evidence of the surveillance).

    He also said that the inadvertent interceptions were then subject to “unmasking” where intelligence officials actively and knowingly attached the names of the parties to transcripts and then circulated the information widely within the intelligence community. If true, that would clearly support a part of the president’s allegations and raise very serious questions about the improper use of surveillance. It would be Trump’s ultimate “redrum” moment.

    Yet, when this disclosure was made by the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, CNN and other news outlets immediately proclaimed that it did not prove anything about the Trump allegations — again emphasizing that he said Obama “wiretapped” Trump’s phone. That is like saying that an alleged victim is not to be believed because he said that some “second story man broke into my home” when the evidence showed that there was no second story on the house and the burglar entered through an open window. The point is whether Trump campaign staff were subject to surveillance under the Obama administration.

    Of course, the original tweets were poorly worded and inappropriate as a way for a president to raise this issue. Moreover, the inadvertent surveillance is rightfully distinguished from the original suggestion of a targeting of Trump. However, this would still be a very serious matter if intelligence officials acted to unmask the names and distribute them. The masking of names is meant to protect innocent people from such inadvertent interception as part of the minimization procedures in the surveillance area.

    The White House appears unwilling to address the exaggeration and unfairness of the original allegation, while most of the media seems entirely unwilling to admit that there might indeed be an alarming abuse of surveillance rules. Redrum.

  29. Trump knows what to do about the healthcare bill

    Remarks by President Trump on the Health Care Bill

    Oval Office

    4:26 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. We were very close, and it was a very, very tight margin. We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.

    I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now. Many states have big problems — almost all states have big problems. I was in Tennessee the other day, and they’ve lost half of their state in terms of an insurer; they have no insurer. And that’s happened to many other places. I was in Kentucky the other day, and similar things are happening.

    So Obamacare is exploding. With no Democrat support, we couldn’t quite get there. We were just a very small number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed. A lot of people don’t realize how good our bill was because they were viewing phase one. But when you add phase two — which was mostly the signings of Secretary Price, who’s behind me — and you add phase three, which I think we would have gotten — it became a great bill. Premiums would have gone down and it would have been very stable, it would have been very strong. But that’s okay.

    But we’re very, very close. And again, I think what will happen is Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode. It’s going to have a very bad year. Last year you had over a 100 percent increases in various places. In Arizona, I understand it’s going up very rapidly again, like it did last year; last year it was 116 percent. Many places, 50, 60, 70 percent, I guess it averaged — whatever the average was — very, very high. And this year should be much worse for Obamacare.

    So what would be really good, with no Democrat support, is if the Democrats, when it explodes — which it will soon — if they got together with us and got a real healthcare bill. I would be totally up to do it. And I think that’s going to happen. I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare. They own it — 100 percent own it.

    And this is not a Republican healthcare, this is not anything but a Democrat healthcare. And they have Obamacare for a little while longer, until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future. And just remember this is not our bill, this is their bill.

    Now, when they all become civilized and get together, and try and work out a great healthcare bill for the people of this country, we’re open to it. We’re totally open to it.

    I want to thank the Republican Party. I want to thank Paul Ryan — he worked very, very hard, I will tell you that. He worked very, very hard. Tom Price and Mike Pence — who’s right here — our Vice President, our great Vice President. Everybody worked hard. I worked as a team player and would have loved to have seen it passed. But again, I think you know I was very clear, I think there wasn’t a speech I made, or very few where I didn’t mention that perhaps the best thing that can happen is exactly what happened today, because we’ll end up with a truly great healthcare bill in the future, after this mess known as Obamacare explodes.

    So I want to thank everybody for being here. It will go very smoothly, I really believe. I think this is something — it certainly was an interesting period of time. We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process. We learned a lot about some very arcane rules in, obviously, both the Senate and in the House. So it’s been — certainly for me, it’s been a very interesting experience. But in the end, I think it’s going to be an experience that leads to an even better healthcare plan.

    So thank you all very much. And I’ll see you soon.

  30. admin
    March 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm
    What is this about???

    I watched that video included with the tweet (?) and when the guy walked behind the announcer I couldn’t help but think of Baghdad Bob.

    Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if that had been Comey?

  31. Outris, Tony Stark, a little glimpse behind the scenes of Big Pink:

    The main section of “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah” was edited out of the article that was published. The excision was made due to concerns about the length of the article (yes, we do try to keep articles short but will violate that rule regularly in the interests of providing information).

    The deleted section will eventually be published, possibly as “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah – Part II” or under some other title. The Part II article will deal with an issue in which CTH “analysis” has been particularly “cray-cray”. That CTH site is veering dangerously close to a right wing version of DailyKooks, although nothing can be a nuts as the kooks site.

    The CTH article posted by Outris for example, is very flawed. CTH should have acknowledged from the outset, as we did that “The current GOP public plan to replace ObamaCare is stupid and not very bright on policy and electoral grounds ….” Perhaps if CTH would have dealt with reality from the outset they would not be so deranged in their reaction.

    The repeal/replace plan was very flawed. It is a big defeat for the GOP and President Trump. The question is does PDT go home crying and weeping as CTH, or does Trump find another way to get to his goals? We’re betting that this has been a great lesson and a good scorecard for PDT on who/what can be depended on to react in what manner in the future.

    Our assessment on the debacle is that this ended well. The vote on a bad bill that was bound to get worse in the Senate was cancelled and options to continue with repeal/replace have not vanished. Electorally, no GOP members were forced to walk a dangerous plank for a bill that was likely doomed.

    Further, the months and months of wasted time fighting for an electorally dangerous and flawed policy bill can now be turned to better purpose (we never believed Ryan’s claim that ObamaCare had to be dealt with first. More importantly it was rather disgusting that Ryan wanted to deal with ObamaCare first so he could cut taxes and then use that revenue for his alleged tax cut plan. HealthCare should have been about healthcare, not about taxes. Tax plans should be about tax plans.)

    Lastly, PDT is now in a much better position politically. Paul Ryan has been effectively neutered (picture upcoming strategy sessions when Ryan says “I think we should…” and Bannon turns to him and says “shut up Ryan, you were wrong before, you don’t know what you are talking about. Just follow orders.”) The Freedom Caucus and partners in the Senate have also been neutered because in future battles they cannot be seen as, once again, the stumbling blocks. All the other electeds that will be needed in the future also realize that they cannot be the ones to author a second big defeat.

    If the bill had passed it would have meant President Trump in hock to Ryan and McConnell for months and months. Now, PDT can turn to jobs, jobs, jobs, and tell the electeds that he will be completely in charge and they should just do what he tells them to do.

  32. Betty, the biggest story from yesterday might turn out to be the Comey story.

    What was Comey doing at the White House? With all the potential conflicts of interest in such a visit why did he risk going there? Comey knew there was even more than usual Big Media presence yesterday at the White House due to the ObamaCare vote so did Comey go there to be seen by the camera crews or did Comey think there was a big distraction so he could visit without anyone noticing? Was Comey warned about his actions and lack of cooperation with the House Intelligence Committee by someone in the White House? Or was Comey threatening someone in the White House? Was Comey’s visit related to the Nunes claims in his earlier visit to the White House?

    Lots of questions not being answered because everyone was distracted by the House vote.

  33. The dam just broke:

    An Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump?

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.

    Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump’s tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.

    The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, “unmasked” their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.

    If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

    Comey readily confirmed there was no evidence to back up the Trump tweet. But when it came to electronic surveillance of Trump and his campaign, Comey, somehow, could not comment on that.

    Which raises the question: What is the real scandal here?

    Is it that Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s emails and handed them off to WikiLeaks? We have heard that since June.

    Is it that Trump officials may have colluded with the Russians?

    But former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-CIA Director Mike Morrell have both said they saw no evidence of this.

    This March, Sen. Chris Coons walked back his stunning declaration about transcripts showing a Russia-Trump collusion, confessing, “I have no hard evidence of collusion.”

    But if Clapper and Morrell saw no Russia-Trump collusion, what were they looking at during all those months to make them so conclude?

    Was it “FBI transcripts,” as Sen. Coons blurted out?

    If so, who intercepted and transcribed the conversations? If it was intel agencies engaged in surveillance, who authorized that? How extensive was it? Against whom? Is it still going on?

    And if today, after eight months, the intel agencies cannot tell us whether or not any member of the Trump team colluded with the Russians, what does that say of their competence?

    Have something to say about this column?
    Visit Pat’s FaceBook page and post your comments….

    The real scandal, which the media regard as a diversion from the primary target, Trump, is that a Deep State conspiracy to bring down his presidency seems to have been put in place by Obamaites, and perhaps approved by Obama himself.

    Consider. On Jan. 12, David Ignatius of the Washington Post wrote,

    “According to a senior U.S. government official, (Gen. Michael) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials … What did Flynn say?”

    Now, on Dec. 29, Flynn, national security adviser-designate, was not only doing his job calling the ambassador, he was a private citizen.

    Why was he unmasked by U.S. intelligence?

    Who is this “senior official” who dropped the dime on him? Could this official have known how many times Flynn spoke to Kislyak, yet not known what was said on the calls?

    That is hard to believe. This looks like a contract hit by an anti-Trump agent in the intel community, using Ignatius to do the wet work.

    Flynn was taken down. Did Comey turn his FBI loose to ferret out the felon who had unmasked Flynn and done him in? If not, why not?

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, Dan Henninger points anew to a story in The New York Times of March 1 that began:

    “In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and Russians — across the government.”

    “This is what they did,” wrote Henninger, quoting the Times:

    “At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government — and, in some cases, among European allies.”

    For what benign purpose would U.S. intelligence agents spread secrets damaging to their own president — to foreign regimes? Is this not disloyalty? Is this not sedition?

    On Jan. 12, writes Henninger, the Times “reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed rules that let the National Security Agency disseminate ‘raw signals intelligence information’ to 16 other intelligence agencies.”

    Astounding. The Obamaites seeded the U.S. and allied intel communities with IEDs to be detonated on Trump’s arrival. This is the scandal, not Trump telling Vlad to go find Hillary’s 30,000 missing emails.

    We need to know who colluded with the Russians, if anyone did. But more critically, we need to unearth the deep state conspiracy to sabotage a presidency.

    So far, the Russia-connection investigation has proven a dry hole. But an investigation into who in the FBI, CIA or NSA is unmasking U.S. citizens and criminally leaking information to a Trump-hating press to destroy a president they are sworn to serve could prove to be a gusher.

    As for the reports of Lynch-White House involvement in this unfolding plot to damage and destroy Trump the real question is: What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?

  34. admin
    March 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    Betty, the biggest story from yesterday might turn out to be the Comey story.
    Admin: the Buchanan article which I just posted before I saw your post, this development may prove to be the key to the kingdom, and ultimately the kill shot. The 7 or so questions Buchanan raises have no innocent answers.

  35. Comey was on the Clinton team. There can be no doubt about that. After that little trip to the White House, and seance with Nunes, I think it is possible that like a football player who can no longer serve his team, he just got traded. On the other hand, if you subscribe to my personal view, which is identical to the view of Joseph deGenova who is the former US Attorney for the DC circuit, Comey has always been a fixer for the Clinton machine, and is therefore a dirty cop. His denial of wiretapping of Trump and his willingness to keep the false narrative about the Russians which was spun out of the minds of dirtbags in the administration to cover their own illegal acts, lends further credence to my view. If this assessment is right, then there is no place for a dirty cop at the pinnacle of our main law enforcement agency, the FBI. For him to remain in that role is an invitation to treason, domestic discord and future abuse. The remedy in that case is prosecution, and nothing less.

  36. I have been trying to think of the right name for Comey as you parse through his circumlocutions before congress, which are at a fine example of nuance and evasion which is deeply troubling.

    May I have the envelope please:

    Ladies and Gentlemen . . . the proper name for James Comey is giraffe

    No no no, I am not Warren Beatty, the just gave me the wrong card, and I did not have the good sense to hand it over Dumbaway/

    Someone else grabs the card, while I stand there no plussed and smiling vapidly for the cameras unusure what is going on/

    The new nickname for James Comey is . . . . The Artful Dodger!

    Fade to black (subtext: no more embarrassment for one evening please)

    Another great tinsel town moment, and a star is born.

  37. wbboei
    March 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    It is a YUGE part of the fail. Especially for people promoting unwanted pregnancies for women. It is what makes Pence creepy. He just doe not get it.

  38. I am glad to see that Obama is taking up residence in Washington DC to orchestrate the sedition against Trump amid pious pronouncements about why can’t we all just get along.

    The reason I am pleased is because if the big media beloved messiah the fled to Hawaii to avoid a Watergate style prosecution then I can only surmise that that fine Hawaiian judge who blocked the Trump travel ban on the flimsiest of pretexts (which would only occur to a Harvard trained mind), would find a similar pretext to deny extradition to any forum where he could be prosecuted.

  39. Lu4PUMA
    March 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    March 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    Then you would agree at a minimum that he is not the one to be making that argument.

    Now that I think about it however I realize my first impression was wrong.

    By making that argument before the dims seized on it

    He prevented the opposition from casting the aspersion against the party as a whole.

    Thus, it is in the nature of damage control.

    Nevertheless it is ironic.

  40. This new evidence is a bombshell. Will it be swept under the rug? Will they introduce a diversion? Will mainstream media, who are in this conspiracy up to their necks (David Igantius at WashPo for sure, and believe it or not, there is even an allegation that Dana Bash has ties to the CIA, but don’t lets get ahead of ourselves). I think it is too big to bury. For Obama, his entourage, and his confederates in deep state, and the tangled webs they have weaved, this old country western song tells it how it is:

  41. wbboei
    March 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    No, it is not as complicated as all that. It is the disengagement of an elite, exclusive group planning to impose onerous conditions on another, with no clue of how they appear.

  42. CTH has gone over the deep end seriously, it’s such a mix bag, sometimes it seems to get it, and lately it’s, all hands on deck

  43. Ryan laid the blame on growing pains. The idea that it was hard to go from the position of the opposition party to the governing party. The point I would make in rebuttal is that his party has had control of the House since 2010, so in that chamber, they were the governing party. Therefore, the explanation for the failure must lie elsewhere.

    I believe the problem is the way House leadership has operated for all the years they have been in majority. From Boehner to Ryan the same procedure has persisted. The leadership writes the bill behind closed doors, with the help of industry leaders, in this case the insurance industry. And then it forces it down the throats of all members, with no debate, no time to digest its contents, and heedless of the commitments they made to their voter, upon which their survival hinges.

    Finally, most post mortems are useless. They are simply a case of cya. The 911 commission was exactly that way. I was told by a former member of that commission that the purpose of the bi partisan commission was not so much to get to the bottom of what occurred, as to make sure neither side got blamed, when in fact, there was plenty of blame to go around. And to some degree that required not getting to the truth, which was contrary to its supposed mission.

    But there are exceptions to the general rule that post mortems in the political arena are useless. The one Newt delivered on Hannity last night which touches on the observations I have mentioned shows that they can be a useful exercise in illuminating the root cause of failure, and the path forward to reconciliation, renewal and a more hopeful future.

    Perhaps you will agree.

  44. Lu4PUMA
    March 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    March 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm
    So cool! How did you find that?

    I do not remember Lu. Glad you like it. 😀

  45. The blew it plain and simple. They had more than enough time to get it right, but in typica GOP fashion pulled defeat from the jaws of victory.

  46. A fascinating interview with the former director of the NSA turned whistle blower, William Binney.

    The program which surveils every on line communication of every American was called Stellar Wind, and all that information is stored in the NSA data banks. Twenty people are officially authorized to go into it, but roughly 2000 people within the agency have access. If the surveillance involves communications with foreigners then those communications the American participant is not supposed to be listened to without a warrant. The process is called minimization, the exposure is called unmasking, and in no event are those communications which have zero to do with security supposed to be leaked to the press or for the press to report them. AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THIS RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT MEME—TO LEGITIMATIZE THE ILLEGAL LEAKING WHICH WAS FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES, AND TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT IT WAS DONE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSES WHICH WAS A LIE. Comey knew about Stellar Wind since 2004, and at that point he refused to authorize it. Therefore when he denies it now with clever word games and parsing, as in it depends on the meaning of the word is, etc. he is attempting to mislead and play politics. Dirty cop.

  47. jbstonesfan
    March 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm
    The blew it plain and simple. They had more than enough time to get it right, but in typica GOP fashion pulled defeat from the jaws of victory.
    If you are in the corporate world, working on a sensitive project, upon which other projects depend, and you assure your boss not to worry, everything has been taken care of, and then your program collapses, you will be in front of the ass kicking machine, and your future career with the company will not last long. That is the position Ryan is in, but getting rid of him may prove to be more complicated. The quote by Bismark so fits this situation, when after the Prussian Victory in the Franco Prussian War of 1870, it was pointed out to him that the public wanted the head of Louis Napoleon on a stick, Count Dracule style. His response? Public opinion always takes that tack. But we have no business meddling in the calling of Nemisis. Rather, the question for us is which of the two will be most useful: a well used Napoleon or a badly used Napoleon? Or here, a well used Ryan (worked very very hard, etc) or a badly used Ryan (off with the head of that globalist)? On that consideration alone policy must hinge.

  48. Wbboei:

    I hope you’re right, but we’ve been down this road before and I’m not holding my breath. Republicans have shown that they don’t have the stomach for playing nasty (otherwise known as following the law), which is what is required here.

    Lois Lerner ADMITTED that her IRS office targeted conservative groups and even apologized for it; she then took the fifth before congress and is now retired with her six-figure government pension and no accountability.

    John Koskinen became IRS Commissioner after the Lerner scandal, destroyed evidence, thumbed his nose at congressional committees, and is STILL the IRS Commissioner.

    Eric Holder was held in contempt-of-congress; I’ll bet he’s losing sleep over that.

    The IT guys who built Hillary’s server took the fifth before congress (one didn’t even bother to show up); what happened to any of those guys?

    Any prosecutions in the futures of any of the three Awan brothers, the IT guys who illegally accessed congressional staff computers?

    According to Nunes, the FBI is not cooperating with his request for information. How can that happen and how can Comey remain in charge if that’s true?

    Until the Republicans start to indict, prosecute, and jail some people, I’ll remain jaded about anything serious coming from it, no matter how much of a slam dunk it seems. No one seems to really fear anything.

    It’s always possible that things (like serious investigations) are going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. If that turns out to be the case, I’ll be right there cheering with you; however, if the past is any indication of the future, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rhodes, Jarrett, et al, will probably be joining Lois Lerner in non-accountability retirement with very comfortable pension packages very soon.

    Fool me once …..

  49. gonzotx
    March 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm
    CTH has gone over the deep end seriously, it’s such a mix bag, sometimes it seems to get it, and lately it’s, all hands on deck
    CTH? Who are you talking about?

  50. Mike Marks
    March 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    Its much harder to sweep violations of the Espionage Act such as these under the rug.

    Furthermore, the public is realizing for the first time that big brother is watching.

    This has direct implications for every sentient American whereas what Lerner inter alia did was Washington centric, and confined t a forseeable group.

    Where I am at sea is allowing Congress to investigate these matters, after Congress—Feinstein in particular has been fully aware of them from the get go. Put differently, Gingrich has more faith in them than I do.

    Given the nature of these revelations, I would prefer they be handled by a special prosecution.

    I have seen enough of the ship of fools, manned by the likes of Shiff and Franken. To have to sit through more of it would be fruitless, aggravating and unendurable.

  51. Matthew, there are other reasons as well.

    The reason the prior cases you mention went nowhere is because the democrats controlled the justice department.

    The head of the CIA is a republican.

    More whistle blowers will be coming out of the woodwork.

    Finally, this scandal is of great interest to the world, and the world is waiting to see how it turns out.

    Every foreign newspaper every ambassador will have to deal with it.

    Unlike others this scandal will not go gently into that good night.

  52. What I said about congressiona post mortems applies here

    When the democrats face exposure, Elija, Shiff and others will seek to obstruct the process

    I believe we should appoint Rudi Guilani as the special prosecutor, because he has relevant experience prosecuting the mob and other criminal organizations, which is precisely what we are dealing with here, except their crimes are more serious that theft or even murder. The Obama people and their deep state confederates must be charged with sedition and high crimes and misdemeanors.

  53. Wbboei @ 5:34PM:

    “It’s much harder to sweep violations of the Espionage Act such as these under the rug.

    Furthermore, the public is realizing for the first time that big brother is watching.”

    Not really; Binney (who comes across as an extremely credible source) has been saying for 15 years that the NSA has been collecting everything on everybody. Lately, he’s been on the Lou Dobbs Show and Tucker Carlson’s show (just last night) in the wake of the Trump tweet; however, he’s been actively opposing the NSA policies for years.

    The media’s (over)reaction to Trump’s tweets have accidentally brought the issue of NSA spying policies into the sunlight. Edward Snowden’s actions a few years ago only resulted in his being forced to live in exile; he’s been more-or-less forgotten at this point. Otherwise, the public doesn’t seem to be interested.

    A special prosecutor would be forced to investigate in private; IMHO, this investigation needs to remain public. But in order for anything significant to result, the GOP will have to be much more aggressive in what they do. Uncooperative witnesses need to be squeezed, put in jail, waterboarded (:-)), whatever it takes. If that fails, put Dave Bossie in charge of the investigation. Hopefully, someone will eventually be convinced to blow the whistle a la John Dean; THEN, the dam will burst. The media will be in an uproar, but what else is new?

  54. Wbboei:

    I agree that Rudi would be a great choice for special prosecutor of this case; he really is the Eliot Ness of our era. However, his personal business deals with international security and his impartiality might be questioned.

  55. “The reason the prior cases you mention went nowhere is because the democrats controlled the justice department.”

    Good point.

  56. Mike Marks 4:59

    I agree with you, they have all gotten away with everything, no prosecution, no accountability… sick of it

    Sessions, I don’t know, seems too nice and gentlemanly…not tough enough, but what do I know.
    I saw no reason for him to recuse himself, it’s what they wanted, and what they got, it sickened me.

  57. From powerline blog:


    Pretty much everyone thinks the House’s failure to pass the GOP’s repeal-and-replace bill is a disaster for Republicans. The Democrats are giddy with glee, and Matt Drudge calls it a “catastrophe.” Perhaps they are right, but I doubt it.

    Obamacare is in a death spiral. It is rapidly collapsing, and steadily becoming more unpopular as it fails more and more Americans. Congress will now move on to other tasks, like cutting taxes and building up the military. The Democrats had one chance to save Obamacare and they blew it: why isn’t that the conventional narrative?

    Minnesota’s own Amy Klobuchar writes on Facebook:

    So now what? Are we just going to walk away, as the White House suggested? Or are we going to work together to bring healthcare costs down? There’s so much we can do – reduce prescription drug costs, help out people on the exchange, reform delivery systems, eliminate the medical device tax and more. We can’t walk away from the American people. Moving beyond healthcare isn’t an option.

    Oh, yes, it is. If the Democrats have ideas on reducing prescription drug costs, helping people on the exchange, and so on, where have they been for the last seven years? And since when are Democrats interested in “working together”? They passed Obamacare with zero input from Republicans and zero Republican votes. When they had an opportunity this week to save Obamacare, not a single House Democrat was willing to vote for it.

    Fine. Democrats are stuck with the Obamacare they passed. It won’t be reformed, and it will limp along for the time being. But the day will come, before long, when Obamacare’s collapse is so complete and so manifest that repeal will be revisited. In the meantime, I see no reason why Republicans should take the hit for the Democrats’ disastrous overreach.

    Is that too optimistic a view of the situation? Maybe. But that is how it looks to me.

  58. “One of reasons I don’t believe they have been here is that civilisations that are more advanced are more altruistic and friendly — like Earth, which is better than it used to be …

    What civilizations besides earth has he seen to compare with earth….? lol

    If he’s talking about “civilizations” within earth, perhaps I would agree – but it’s still a gross generalization. It seems every “civilization”, “society” perhaps?, no matter how advanced, isn’t pure – there are plenty of violent people, as well as uncaring people – people who wouldn’t share the cure for cancer unless they got the dollar amount they wanted.

  59. Entirely off topic, but there is this to continue our earlier loathing of “not-for-profit” thievery:

    Many critics lay the blame on the College Board itself, a huge “non-profit” organization that operates like a big business. The College Board earns over half of all its revenues from its Advanced Placement program — more than all its other revenue streams (SATs, SAT subject tests, PSATs) combined. The College Board’s profits for 2009, the most recent year for which records were available, were 8.6 percent of revenue, which would be respectable even for a for-profit corporation. “When a non-profit company is earning those profits, something is wrong,” says Americans for Educational Testing Reform. (The AETR’s “report card” on the College Board awards a grade of D and cites numerous “areas of misconduct” by the College Board.)

    It’s clear the College Board has the mentality of a voracious corporation, charging $89 a shot for an exam to millions of students who have no business taking it.

    “Not-for-profit” organizations are “for profit” except they pretend to be high and mighty because of their disdain of filthy lucre. Generally, if you scratch a big “non-profit”, you will find avarice and vicious self-interest.

  60. Tony – that website by someone named Jen you posted – it seems a bit like the pot calling the kettle black to me.

    And one tiny point – she says that someone (SDC) saying that a person puts Israel over America (Levin) is anti-semitic. That’s non-sensical.

    I’ve only looked over there a couple of times for a loooong time. I got tired of the group think, the “Let Trump be Trump”, the stomping on commenters (by other commenters) and accusations of non-loyalty to Trump because someone had a personal opinion – it was so stifling.

    So I don’t know what’s been happening over there since I haven’t been reading. But IMO, this woman sounds like a Cruz person who doesn’t like the other site because it has greatly criticized Cruz. And her logic about what makes someone an anti-semite makes my question her analytical skills.

  61. I tend to agree with gonzo – I think most people (the majority of our country who listen to MSM and don’t delve further into learning about politics) are going to see this as Trump’s loss. Ryan = republican administration = Trump. Especially since Trump is being nice when talking about Ryan, saying how hard he worked, etc. I think at some point, should they get a good health insurance plan going, then Trump will get the credit, but right now I think they’ll all be lumped together.

    Plus, it’s always been silly that this has been called a debate about healthcare. It has always been about insurance. If they really want to improve healthcare, one of the many changes they need to do is get more future MDs into the pipeline. It was crazy of Obama to think he could insure millions and millions more people without increasing the number of MDs. A lot of people now have health insurance but face huge waiting lines.

  62. Lu, recently there was a photo of a bunch of people in (Saudi Arabia…?) meeting to discuss something about women – and it was all men. Someone should juxtapose that photo with the Pence photo lol


    In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%

    In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid.

    Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid.

    New Hampshire earned the distinction of having the smallest percentage of babies born on Medicaid. In that state, Medicaid paid for the births of only 27 percent of the babies born in 2015.

    Virginia and Utah tied for the next to last position, with 31 percent of the babies born on Medicaid.

    However, according to KFF, some of the nation’s most populous states shared the distinction of having 50 percent or more of the babies born there born on Medicaid.

    In California, Florida and Illinois, for example, 50 percent of all babies were born on Medicaid in the latest year on record.

    In New York, 51 percent of the babies were born on Medicaid.

    In Ohio, 52 percent of babies were born on Medicaid.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation gathered its data on the number of babies born on Medicaid in each state by surveying the state Medicaid directors. [snip]

    A study published by the journal “Women’s Health Issues” in 2013 looked at births covered by Medicaid in the years 2008, 2009, 2010. [snip]

    That study, done by researchers at George Washington University and the March of Dimes, determined that in 2008, 40.08 percent of the births in the United States were covered by Medicaid; and that, in 2009, 43.89 percent were covered by Medicaid.

    By 2010, according this report, the percentage of births in the United States covered by Medicaid had risen to 47.75 percent—or 1,805,151 out of 3,780,519 total births.

  64. That photo of all men determining women’s health care infuriated me. So I posted two tweets listed below – then I found the photo of the Arab men determining the girls’ club stuff, so my 3rd tweet was with the two photos side by side (I don’t know how to bring them here).

    I liked the second tweet best, though – I put “creeping sharia”, but of course it’s more a throwback to our own past – but I wanted to be provocative… But really, that men think they have no part of maternity care – uh, you’d be a miscarriage or handicapped, bub, without that maternity care your mom got… but yeah, pretend maternity has nothing to do with you…

    Newfie Lover‏ @newfielover41 56m56 minutes ago

    Photo looks a lot like Saudi Arabia. Men (a minority at 47%) owe very lives to maternity care.
    Newfie Lover‏ @newfielover41 37m37 minutes ago

    OK,women will pay 4 maternity care-just for girl babies.Shame next gen of men will be malformed/intell deficient/small

  65. wbboei
    March 25, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Ryan has a lot of pay back coming for his behavior last year during the campaign. Trump’s staff wants him gone. I don’t think Trump cares one way or another as long as Ryan gets with the program which is doubtful as the functionary of globalists for so many decades. The two biggest events in his career he has flubbed. He chokes. Debating loony grandpa Biden and now this. He is the globalist donor’s Wonder Boy no more. It appears to me as if President Trump gave him rope, letting Ryan run his Ryan’s Donor-Care bill and pissing off the almost the entire Republican caucus, while making sure the various populists like Meadows and Gohmert and Bratt (who hate Ryan’s high-handed, money sucking, guts) were constantly on media and opposing it. Then Trump “made” him drop the bill like Ryan was his lackey while “praising” and how hard he works. Bless his heart!

    Now Obamacare will implode. The Dems really should have backed this bill if they had a brain but alas they don’t. Ryan-Care would have bailed out the stupids in states that took the Expanded Medicaid as a bribe to support Obamacare. These states as ‘admin March 26, 2017 at 5:25 am’ notes now pay the medical expenses for ever other child born in the country. Working young people can’t AFFORD to have children but the non-citizen and poor can on someone else’s tax dime. This is what Dems and open border GOPe want but they didn’t vote for it. Now that expanded Medicaid is exploding in costs for things like obstetrics and newborn care, Obamacare starts scaling back the federal Medicaid money to the states in 2017 and the percentage to the states for 2018 and thereafter will be even less. This bomb was put into Obamacare to explode after Obama left office to set up for single payer. It is going to bust state budgets but they asked for it with the expectation they would be bailed out with legislation like RyanCare. Not going to happen now. Purging illegals, paying the real price for “refugees” and migrants, upping the poverty level cutoff, is going to be necessary if these states don’t go broke. Virtue signaling by cost shifting to the rest of the country who don’t want to pay for these states cheap labor and Democratic votes is over and their state tax payers are going to have to foot the bill. This wasn’t supposed to happen but Ryan took the rope and f’ed up. This looks like a master level strategy to geld Ryan.

    It also looks like Jeff Sessions (and Bannon) had a hand in taking down Ryan, open borderers, state cost shifters, sanctuary movers and shakers in the Soros orbit, stupid federal tax money grabbers like Gov Kasich and the state of New Mexico, the hospital lobby, government workers unions who lobby for full employment to pass out freebies like crack, and NGO’s paid to “process” non-citizens onto the public dole. Cut off the money! But Obamacare already had that in place for 2017 and after and the Dems and GOPe chose not to reverse the budget bomb. When will the stupids have an “oh shit” moment? Lucky Trump.

  66. If Ryan steps down and Trump gets the bill he wants then it will be much easier to put this episode behind him. But by the time that happens Ryan must be gone. There must be a clean break so the country understands that this failure was Ryans alone, and there was accountability. But it is not only Ryan. Scalise, the little velvet whip from Louisiana did a face plant here to, therefore he must go. My guess is he will go first, by Ryan needs to go too. And what about Kevin and McMorris Rogers, remitance people from the get along go along with Obama crowd. Ought not they to go. Much needed is someone who is not a RINO and can work with the Freedom caucus.

  67. Mormaer
    March 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

    As Obama continues in its death spiral, time is working against the dims and in favor of Trump.

    They will demand that more taxpayer money be flushed town the crapper to pay for this obscenity.

    That demand will be welcomed by the RINO, but must be resisted at all cost..

    The response should be throwing a few more life jackets on the Titanic will not save the ship.

    That is the time for brinksmanship.

  68. Much better coverage than my 4:39 AM tweet about Philadelphia MAGA vs DisruptMAGA

    Anti-Trump ‘black bloc’ thugs crash Philly rally, trigger bizarre events; ‘craziest thing I’ve ever seen’

    And Donald has a surprising tweet out this morning
    Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
    I just did not imagine he would tweet sarcasm.

  69. We Need an Independent Investigation of the Trump Leaks Mystery Now

    The detective story of our times is unspooling before us and the MacGuffin could affect all of our lives for years to come and the very nature of our republic.

    That mystery is “whodunit” in the great Trump Transition leak(s) scandal that actually pre- and post-dates the transition itself.

    Who unmasked Michael Flynn and — so it seems now — others and why did he, she or they do it? Who later leaked (selectively) President Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Australia and Mexico? Is this the same person or are there several?

    More importantly, who is watching the watchers and why was their work — this raw data that supposedly is never seen except on the most extreme “need to know” basis — apparently so widely distributed? Who inspired this? And who ordered what is known as a “tasking” to enable this to happen in the first place?

    These questions are as or more important than healthcare, immigration, taxes or even how long ISIS will survive because they speak to the very nature of our society and the values for which we stand. Are we still a democratic republic or have we drifted so far into a high-tech Orwellian nightmare that we will never emerge from it again?

    Yes, I am aware some of Mr. Flynn’s activities may be dodgy. But that doesn’t excuse the unmasking, particularly of others, one of whom may even have been the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, who was himself a member of the Trump transition team.

    We need a truly independent investigation as divorced from partisan politics as humanly possible to unravel this mystery and expose the roots of this surveillance — if, as now seems likely, something of this nature occurred — to public light.

    Yes, for the sake of bipartisanship, putative electoral collusion between Trump people and the Russians must be part of this investigation, But I think at this point we can stipulate that the Russians have been trying to monkey with our elections from time immemorial and are now able to do that more effectively due to cyber technology. We should work to counter that and undoubtedly are. And we can also stipulate that people like Paul Manafort and John Podesta — just to name two on opposite sides of our politics – in their zeal to enrich themselves probably made deals with Russian business-types many of us would regard as unsavory. But I would be surprised, again at this point, if the activities of those men rose to anything close to treason.

    No, this is not about the Russians, nefarious as they may be. As Pogo said many years ago about an entirely different matter, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Illegal surveillance of Americans by Americans — whether “coincidental,” deliberate or something in between — is our problem, and we have to correct it.

    Finding truly independent, impartial leadership for such an investigation will not be easy. Jesus and Moses, by all reports, are dead. But it must be done and they must be found. Perhaps it should take the form of the 9/11 Commission, because this is just as important for our times as that event was then. The investigation, to the extent possible, should err on the side of transparency, even to the extent of revealing state secrets. It should be conducted in full view of the public, because such a large number of us have lost confidence in the leaders of our intelligence agencies, including the FBI, and also in their rank-and-file. Our suspicions may be overblown, but that must be proven to us.

    Indeed, the Democrats, who have been in control for the last eight years, have much more to fear from such an investigation. But, if they think it through, it is actually in their interests as much as anybody’s, perhaps more. They aren’t in control now and it is a certainty that the Trump administration is going to be restaffing a good percentage of our intelligence agencies. Mike Pompeo is already at the head of the CIA, and Dan Coats is the director of national intelligence. The Democrats should not want done to them what they — purposefully or not — have done to the Republicans.

    But even without an investigation we have learned something extremely disturbing. The five-year incarceration for conviction for a single leak is evidently not enough of a deterrent in our current political culture to prevent such a felony. We should double or triple that, probably more. If you are able to see the raw data available to the NSA, which means you are inches away from the most private information of almost every human being on Earth, you have a privilege akin to the gods. The temptations to abuse this are huge. Employees of the agency have been caught spying on lovers or ex-lovers, which is already despicable. To try to use this legally confidential information to change the course of events in a democratic country is a far more horrendous crime and should be prosecuted accordingly. It is indeed treason.

  70. wow. Not certain I have adequate perspective to deal with this:
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏ @JackPosobiec 21h
    NBC-owned @Breaking911 steals my content and changes the headline to be pro-Antifa
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏ @JackPosobiec 22h22 hours ago
    Trump March Through Philly with Police Escort as Antifa Flees

    Until now I believed that police pushed pro Trumpers back.
    Now I am hopeful that karma prevailed, but am not sure.

  71. I just noticed one more video to that sequence
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏ @JackPosobiec 21h21 hours ago
    Antifa Running Toward Trump March, Clashing with Philly Police

    Jack is fantastic for sure. Covering what media won’t. If anyone comes up with the real story on this I’d appreciate seeing a link here.

    One other area neglected: Dobbs, Judicial Watch – Leftist Media Ignore Trump Vindication – Big Revelations Ahead from Rick Wells.

    OK. I’m really done now. TY.

  72. People first, not parliamentarians:

    President Trump and his advisers ought to study the collapse of the American Health Care Act. It’s a case study in how Beltway institutions—the so-called Swamp Trump pledged to drain—can herd a president and his party toward unpopular legislation and political defeat. [snip]

    Republican leadership unveiled a plan and gave the caucus very little time to influence it before calling for a vote. They did so because repealing and replacing Obamacare would give them more leeway to cut tax rates down the line. The legislative schedule determined policy. Not a good idea.

    The objective of the American Health Care Act was not to write into law the best possible conservative reform of health care. While I happen to think the bill had plenty of good stuff in it, its main purpose was to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. That’s why the bill failed to overturn Obamacare’s regulatory structure: House leadership didn’t believe such reforms could pass the watchful eye of the Senate Parliamentarian. And when, late in the process, Senator Mike Lee of Utah suggested that the parliamentarian would allow deregulation in the bill, the situation became even more confusing.

    The legislation was unpopular with the House Freedom Caucus and outside conservative groups when another D.C. institution, the Congressional Budget Office, began to scare moderates. The coverage losses predicted by CBO forced Republican congressmen to face up to the fact that universal coverage has never been a goal of the conservative movement or the GOP. The potential blowback from reductions in Medicaid rolls worried Republican legislators from Medicaid-heavy districts while the conservatives from safe seats argued that the bill did not go far enough. The parliamentarian and CBO were a left-right combination that knocked the American Health Care Act to the ground. It never recovered.

    President Trump seems determined not to slow down, to move on to other issues such as tax reform. But if the GOP House leadership makes the same mistakes with tax legislation that it did with health care, Washington is likely to defeat Trump a second time. The wiser course of action might be for the Congress to take its time, allow the relevant committees to write legislation with the input of all the various factions, and not to rush to meet some arbitrary August deadline. Don’t write laws for the Senate parliamentarian, write them for your constituents. And if the Democrats obstruct these proposals, then be prepared to make the case for them not on procedural grounds but on policy ones.

    In his remarks after the bill was pulled from the House floor, President Trump said he’s learned from this experience. Anyone who went from punchline to president in a little over a year is a quick study. Conservatives and Republicans hope that what he took away from this experience is not to rush, to let the committees do their work, and to keep the denizens of Trump country foremost in his mind.

  73. @TonyStark
    If the two are married, they can’t testify against each other…right? This is what Hillary and Bill brought together. They are stuck for life unless one wishes arkancide on the other.

  74. A tweet each from Ben and Axelrod showing up this PM
    Here is Ax’s.
    The ACA passed, against all odds, because of the sustained, personal commitment of a president to the cause, the details and the process.

  75. holdthemaccountable:
    Last Friday night I went to a seminar given by Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Philip Haney. The event was located in a small western Wisconsin town and kept very quiet, only people who had a history with the organizers were given an invitation. Still there were police in attendance.

    When it was over a lot of people stayed to chat but I wanted to get on the road back home, When I stepped out of the building into the dark, peaceful Wisconsin night I was surprised that my first thought was of the violence the peace loving people at the California Trump Rally had to face, even families with small children. How grateful I was to step out into such peace. And how I admire the courage of all those, I was going to say Trump supporters, but they are way more then that.

  76. Betty March 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    holdthemaccountable:Last Friday night I went to a
    Surreal and breathtaking and good to know.

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