The Most Popular Political Figure In the USA

Bernie Sanders

It is not Donald Trump. His polls are tanking in the 30 percent range.

Yes, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is the most popular political figure in the country, at 61 percent. He can boast a +28 net favorability rating, dwarfing all other elected politicians on both ends of the political spectrum.

Sanders’ effect on Trump voters can be seen in a gripping town hall this week that MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hosted with him in West Virginia – often referred to as “Trump country” – where the crowd ended up giving him a rousing ovation after he talked about healthcare being a right of all people and that we are the only industrialized nation in the world who doesn’t provide healthcare as a right to all its people.

Best of all, Bernie has inspired a wave of progressive candidates that could re-make the Democratic Party into the party of the people in just a few years.

More info:
Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party
What’s Next For Bernie Sanders Voters? Former Aides Want Progressives To Challenge Democrats In 2018 Midterms

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Does It Seem As Though Our “Leadership” Is Trying To Destabilize Their Own Country?

Sure seems like it to me.

Stephen K. Bannon calls it “deconstruction”. Fake news czars have their methods, I guess. 🙁

Leaves me depressed, but my mom also died last Friday at my arm, after a long battle with old age at 96. She followed the rules to a fault, and did more for her country then Bannon could ever scrape up in a thousand years of reflection.

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Is the Tea-GOP Wealthcare Plan Designed to Fail?

Just stop being poor

The Tea-GOP politicians have spent eight years making impossible health care promises. They said they would repeal the ACA, and challenged it in the courts (wanting us to forget that it originated as a right-wing proposal from the Heritage Foundation). Senator Orrin Hatch condemned the individual for-profit private insurance mandate as unconstitutional, ignoring the fact that he once wholeheartedly supported this exact same policy. Then they said they would replace the ACA with something better, except everybody knows that single-payer Medicare For All (supported by a majority of Americans) is the better system– and the Tea-GOP is adamantly opposed to it!

Of course Donald Trump’s characteristic style of campaigning meant that his pie in the sky was the highest and the best.

“Obamacare has to go. We can’t afford it. It’s no good. You’re going to end up with great healthcare for a fraction of the price. And that’s going to take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast Quick.” (CSPAN 2/19/16, Timestamp 34:23)

Of course progressives understand that everything the Tea-GOP says about healthcare is, as they say in political science, bullshit. They have no interest in using government to provide health care or even health insurance to average Americans. Speaker Paul Ryan is looking for one thing: Big tax cuts for the rich, and benefit cuts for the rest of us — especially the most vulnerable who rely on Medicaid.

What has inevitably been dubbed “Trumpcare” is now being railroaded through the House of Representatives. But it might be designed to fail. The bill as it is presently constituted cannot pass the Senate without a 60-vote super-majority, and a number of Tea-GOP senators have come out against it.

I suspect that the Tea-GOP deliberately produced an extremely unpopular wealthcare bill because they don’t actually want it enacted. Why take ownership of the health care issue and have to spend years defending “Trumpcare,” which Paul Krugman describes as a bill “so bad it’s awesome”?

Instead, they want it to fail and they plan to blame the Democrats. Trump is already saying this.

More info:
The American Health Care Act Is A Wealth Grab, Not A Health Plan
Trump Prepares To Blame Democrats For His Health-Care Fiasco
Teflon Don? On The Right, If The Repeal Effort Fails, Trump May Emerge Unscathed
Trump administration teams up with Big Pharma to block drug pricing transparency

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Reince Priebus: Take Trump’s Claim That The Press Is The ‘Enemy Of The State’ Seriously

Enemy of the People

Steve Bannon

Reince Priebus: Take Trump’s Claim That The Press Is The ‘Enemy Of The State’ Seriously

Only trust Trump and maybe Faux News Channel.

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Meet Gene Huber, Trump Supporter

Gene Huber

Via Raw Story:

…Trump attacked the press and invented a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened on Saturday at his rally in Melbourne, Florida, but some people will remember the rally for one reason only: Trump supporter Gene Huber.

“A star is born,” said Pres. Trump on Saturday after he invited ardent supporter Gene Huber on to the stage to address the audience.

Huber is a longtime Trump booster who followed the campaign from rally to rally in 2016.

He told CNN after the rally, “I got a six-foot cardboard box of Pres. Trump in my house and I salute that every single day.”

Huber continued, “And I pray. I tell him, ‘Mr. President, I pray for your safety today. And I’m not lying. I do that every day.”

Huber was first in line for the rally at 4:00 am (i.e. 14 hours before it started). While waiting, he was interviewed by cable news reporters. Trump was watching TV of course, and later when he recognized Huber from the stage he invited him to come up and speak.

Maybe he can replace Sean Spicer.

More info:
Fact Check: What Trump Got Wrong at His Rally (Really, at this point why bother?)

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Outdoor Retailers to Gov. Herbert: We’re Outta Here

Governor Gary Herbert’s hopes to negotiate with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), sponsor of twice-yearly trade shows in Salt Lake City, were dashed today. It was clear that OIA considered it is time for action, not more talk.

OIA Executive Director Amy Roberts said “it is important to our membership, and to our bottom line, that we partner with states and elected officials who share our views on the truly unique American value of public lands for the people and conserving our outdoor heritage for the next generation.”

The OIA said it specifically asked Herbert for four measures that outdoor businesses consider important to their future in Utah:

• End legal efforts or support for congressional action that would facilitate the sale or transfer of federal lands to the states.

• End efforts to nullify the Antiquities Act.

• Stop seeking to reverse the designation of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Herbert this month signed a resolution from the Utah Legislature asking President Donald Trump to rescind the monument designation.

• Support other public lands “that provide the backbone of the industries sales,” OIA wrote.

Herbert did not agree, Roberts said.

“For 20 years … we feel like we’ve been a good partner and very upfront about our [member concerns],” Roberts said, “and what we’ve seen is sort of a ratcheting up over time in actions either by the Utah Legislature or the congressional delegation that really start to threaten public lands and the public’s access to the lands.”

OIA has decided to pull out of Utah, effective in 2019. Most likely the retailers will move their events to Denver, Colorado.

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Leonard Pitts to Trump: Just who the hell do you think you are?

Yesterday, Leonard Pitts published a bracing editorial in response to statements from Trumpistas:

Just last Sunday, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller declared on CBS’ “Face The Nation” that “our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

What you do “will not be questioned?” Lord, have mercy. That’s the kind of statement that, in another time and place, would have been greeted with an out-thrust palm and a hearty “Sieg heil!” Here in this time and place, however, it demands a different response:

Just who the hell do you think you are?

It gets better:

Yet you and your coterie of cartoon autocrats think you’re going to cow them into silence and compliance by ordering them to shut up and obey? Well, as a freeborn American, I can answer that in two syllables flat.

Hell no.

Trust me, read the whole thing.

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Flynn Needs A Special Prosecutor

It took less than three weeks for the Trump administration to produce its first blockbuster criminal scandal. Gotta be some kind of a record.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz acted with his usual alacrity and immediately added General Mike Flynn to his list of Trump scandals he will never, ever investigate. Senator Rand Paul ruled out the very idea of “having Republicans investigate Republicans.”

“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”

So the answer is simple. Appoint an independent Special Prosecutor. Do it now.

Note: General Flynn was touted as an intelligence expert. He didn’t think that his phone calls were being monitored? Of course, it’s just WaPo anonymous sources again. All the more reason to launch an independent investigation.

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Robert Reich: ACA Repeal Is A Tax Cut For The Rich

Via Alternet:

Trump supporters have to go to bed face-down because of all the knives sticking in their backs, and that’s an alt-fact!

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Trump Ready To Support ‘Entitlement Reform’ And You Know What THAT Means

Liar

The Hill reports:

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said Democratic efforts to tie Trump to campaign comments about preserving entitlement programs miss the mark, and that his talks with Trump show the president is prepared to back entitlement reform so long as current beneficiaries don’t see their benefits cut.

…“Some people are taking his comments to say he doesn’t want to look at anything on entitlement reform,” said Meadows. “In my conversations with him, that was not the case. It was more about the benefits that seniors have earned currently.”

As a candidate, Trump promised to “save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts.”

This is a huge broken promise by Trump, since he campaigned as being the only TeaGOPer who promised never to touch social safety net programs.

More info:
Trump: I’ll protect Social Security. Trump’s budget director: Maybe not.
Trump Breaks Promise To Reduce Drug Prices

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Does It Seem Like Jason Chaffetz Is Having A Hard Time Here?

I would say YES, but I would also say that he is probably the only politician in Utah to hold an actual “town hall meeting” instead of a “phone hall meeting” that we’ve become accustomed to since around 9/11.

You also have to observe that the obviously “leftist” crowd – Americans – didn’t rush the stage or commit any violence. I have to admit, I haven’t seen the whole thing yet. Keep me informed. 🙂

Actual town hall meeting in Utah.

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“Think of his wife”? Really, Orrin?!

In a bit of old fashioned benevolent sexism, Orrin Hatch chastised Elizabeth Warren for her criticism of Jeff Sessions.  Orrin’s argument?

“Think of his wife. She’s a really fine person. Jeff has been here 20 years. He’s interchanged with almost all of us. Sometimes you agree with him and sometimes you don’t, but he’s always been a gentleman.”

And he’s a gentleman, so obviously that deeply troubling record in race is all just a . . .what? Misunderstanding?

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