Perhaps I’m being overly optimistic, but I don’t see Trumpcare in its current form passing in both chambers of Congress even with the benefit of using reconciliation to get it through the Senate. I am very doubtful that it can pass the House. I don’t see any Democratic support and the Republicans are far from united in support of it. With earmarks gone, Speaker Paul Ryan no longer can control his caucus like in days gone by. That was one of the things that led to John Boehner effectively saying take this job and shove it. On the premise that I’m counting the votes incorrectly, let’s explore what Trumpcare might yield. Continue reading It Would Be A Nightmare!
On Christmas Day Amy Gardner wrote a story in the Washington Post that has not received sufficient follow-up. Today I am doing my part by putting the Cancer Treatment Centers of America on the Rated R list. Continue reading Rated R – Cancer Treatment Centers of America
I’m certain the kneejerk reaction of conservatives who monitor my site is there goes another liberal pouncing on the tobacco industry. It is not their products, but how Reynolds American uses the profits they derive to harm America that motivated me. I actually accept much of the conservative argument that tobacco is a legal product in our society and Americans should have the freedom of choice to decided whether they partake of it or not. In the spirits of full disclosure, I am an ex-smoker who quit back in the late 1970’s. Continue reading Rated R – Reynolds American
The poster boy for the reverse Robin Hood role is North Carolina billionaire Art Pope. Pope’s inherited business empire operates under the umbrella of Variety Wholesalers. Variety is privately held and therefore it is difficult to get exact numbers, but they do business under ten different names. They are in retail and there are two guiding principles they utilize when determining where to locate a store. They look for a neighborhood with a median income of under $40,000 and a population that is at least 25% African-American. In less polite language, they look for people with fewer options that they can exploit. Continue reading Rated R – The Enterprises And Associates Of Art Pope