Dearly beloved, We, the People of the United States of America, are gathered here today to put to rest 8 years of lies. President Obama and the Democrats in the Congress did their homework and passed a sound bill. Like all pieces of legislation, it was not perfect, but it was the best compromise. It was a compromise negotiated with patients, doctors, hospitals, and yes, private insurance companies. ObamaCare made life better for millions of Americans. There was, and is, no viable conservative alternative. TrumpCare was a monster. Today, the lie of repeal and replace is dead.
- “As of July 1, 2016, 19 states have yet to expand their Medicaid programs. I hope that all 50 states take this option and expand coverage for their citizens in the coming years, as they did in the years following the creation of Medicaid and CHIP.”
- “increased financial assistance could make coverage even more affordable while still keeping federal costs below initial estimates”
- “Adding a public plan in such areas would strengthen the Marketplace approach, giving consumers more affordable options while also creating savings for the federal government.”
- “Congress should act on proposals like those included in my fiscal year 2017 budget to increase transparency around manufacturers’ actual production and development costs, to increase the rebates manufacturers are required to pay for drugs prescribed to certain Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and to give the federal government the authority to negotiate prices for certain high-priced drugs.”
Rural America depends on Federal funding to supplement their budgets. Why? Because urban areas are more prosperous in the modern economy. Liberals recognized this fact during the New Deal and built programs to help. Ronald Reagan’s Conservative Revolution started tearing them down.
Donald Trump is trying to finish the job. He is a con man. He cannot tell the truth. Donald told voters it was “those people” that would suffer under his cuts. Now, the facts are disrupting his lies.
A proposed $6.2 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development could translate to an annual loss of $310,000 in the city of Denison’s budget. Earlier this week, White House officials presented a budget that included a 13 percent funding decrease for HUD and an elimination of all funding for its Community Development Block Grant program.
These stories are multiplying across the country. Voters who thought “those other people are moochers” have found out the target is on their back. They have discovered that the budget knife cuts to the bone. Most federal social and economic programs are very efficient and help our communities survive in good times and in bad.
“This is the country that elected Donald Trump,” said Garth Gardiner, driving a pickup across the 48,000-acre Angus beef ranch he runs with his two brothers. They lost about 500 cows in the fires. “I think he’d be doing himself a favor to come out and visit us.” …Emergency programs run by the federal Department of Agriculture — which is facing 21 percent cuts under Mr. Trump’s budget proposal — will help ranchers, up to a point. One provides up to $200,000 per rancher for replacing burned fences. Another offers up to $125,000 for livestock losses.
When voters elect politicians who run on an anti-government platform, it should come as no surprise that they can’t make government work. This is the world Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan birthed.
The link between work and poverty was different in the past. In the early 1980s, the share of the rural poor that was employed exceeded that in urban areas by more than 15 percent. Since then, more and more poor people in rural areas are also unemployed – a trend consistent with other patterns documented below.
Earlier in this month I presented “What’s at Stake: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act”. Stanley Alluisi filmed and edited it. Thank you Stanley and Democratic Women of Grayson County.
It looks like a big Russian connection story is about to break. Donald wants to divert attention. I wonder what could have him so scared? Donald wrote, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. ”
Too many people are calling him crazy for this tweet. We’ve known, however, about a potential wire tap for some time. From the Guardian Wednesday 11 January 2017 09.36 EST
The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.
Yes, I think there was a wire tap. Donald just confirmed it. We can now officially say that his campaign was under federal investigation for treason or conspiring with a foreign government.
Here is the real question: Why did Director Comey “reveal” the meaningless investigation of Secretary Clinton, but not tell the American public that the FBI was investigating Donald might have ties to Russia?
Graham gets it. Donald says there was a tap. Why would a judge authorize a tap?
We need the truth.
I woke to see that conservatives had elected a president. Congratulations. Now we can see what we have to lose. Until then, hold your heads up. There is no benefit crying over spilt milk. The Pottery Barn rule applies. You break it; you own it. Now, they have to replace Obamacare. Now, they have to cut taxes for billionaires and balance the budget. Now, they have to renegotiate NAFTA. Now, they have to eliminate the EPA. Now, they have to deport 11 million of our neighbors. Now, they have to get Mexico to pay for a wall.
True leadership requires correctly seeing a problem. A leader creates a realistic plan to solve the problem and then mobilizes followers to put the plan into action. Only one of the 2016 presidential candidates has been a leader in this election. Only one candidate has defended the least among us from the vulgar rhetoric of the mob. That candidate is Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Secretary Clinton has never been shy about tackling the problems America faces. She has laid out detailed plans to secure Social Security and Medicare. Clinton is mobilizing an unprecedented majority of Republicans and Democrats who are sick of the division and obstructionism of the past. Americans have learned from our parents and grandparents that we can get more done together.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, feeds the gossip and the vulgarity. Will good hearted conservatives really support a candidate who brags about sexually assaulting women in the work place? Will good hearted conservatives really support a candidate who would turn his back on NATO? Would good hearted conservatives really support a candidate who failed to pay income taxes while our family members are deployed to fight terrorism?
Over the last 30 years, Republicans have wasted millions of tax payer dollars investigating the Clintons. What have we learned? They are human. They have human faults. Which one of our lives could stand up to the scrutiny of federal agents pouring over every intimate detail? And yet, not a single criminal charge has ever been brought against them. The goal was simply to smear them with gossip and vulgarity.
Why did these relentless assaults bear false witness? The Clintons have led the fight against trickledown economics since the 1990s. During the Bill Clinton administration, he raised taxes on the wealthy, balanced the budget and reformed welfare. The result was a thriving economy that worked for all Americans.
Now, Trump wants us to believe that a crude version of George W. Bush’s policies will make our lives better. It didn’t work the first time. Why would it work this time? Slashing taxes on billionaire and millionaires will only put Social Security and Medicare at risk. Tax cuts at the very top will also hinder our ability to pay our troops in the field and support our veterans at home.
Over the years we learned much about Secretary Clinton. She is basically an Eisenhower Republican. Ike built the interstate highway system. Ike protected the Civil Rights of school children. Ike stood tall abroad without engaging in risky overseas adventures. Clinton has studied and learned our history, and her job experiences have taught us much about her grace and grit.
Despite Donald’s Hollywood celebrity status, however, he is a blank slate. Every week a new revelation exposes his lack of self-control. How can a man fight for “liberty and justice for all” when he insults women who oppose him? How can he deal with heads of state when he refuses to do his homework? How can he fight for decent wages when he refuses to pay his workers at the end of a job? Insults and ignorance may be popular on the internet, but as President of the United States of America, we deserve better.
My mom and dad raised me to believe in America. America is the land of opportunity, a nation of justice and the home of the brave. We’ve made our share of mistakes as a nation. Never in our history has a politician so openly called on voters to turn their backs on their neighbors and their values. Leaders don’t incite fear. They chart a path forward. Leaders call us together to solve problems. Only Secretary Clinton has asked us to be an American leader.
The internet is buzzing with the US presidential race this afternoon. Huffpost Pollster did a nice comparison with the 2012 Obama-Romney race. I merged the two images to better illustrate the dynamics. I added the dark red and blue lines to the image to the Clinton-Trump graphic. It’s not perfect, but it makes the point well.
Yet Clinton is in a better place than Barack Obama was at this point in 2012. In the HuffPost Pollster chart, Obama widened his lead to just 1.5 percentage points over Mitt Romney nationally ― but that was good enough for Simon Jackman’s HuffPost model and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight model to give Obama a 91 percent chance of winning. Obama’s odds in the states were good enough that he was predicted to get 332 electoral votes (which is what he got).
I am the proud father of a son who serves in the United States Army, and the proud son of a father who served 27 years. I’ve thought many times about them not coming home to us. Any parent, or child, knows the feeling of waiting for their loved ones to return. When our family is deployed in overseas hotspots, our anxiety rises higher than anyone can imagine.
We, the voters of the United States of American, have a solemn duty not to pour fuel on any of those fires. Secretary Clinton has learned to take a cautious approach to overseas problems. Donald Trump can’t make it through a night without lashing out against his imaginary enemies on Twitter. We must have a steady hand on our rudder to navigate safely through troubled waters. Secretary Clinton is that steady hand. Donald can’t even keep his campaign from burning down from one day to the next.
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