I refrained from writing about the special elections. Now that they are over I’d like to make a few comments. Let me preface my remarks by saying that experience has taught me that special elections are generally much more hype than impact. Let’s explore. Continue reading We Discovered What We Already Knew
It is difficult to make the call but I’ll go out on a limb and say the American Health Care Act (ACHA) was the biggest American political story of last week. I like pinning the tail on the donkey and we all know a synonym for donkey that starts with the letter “A” is very appropriate when you consider the most popular nickname for the bill is Trumpcare. Today I want to concentrate on the CBO’s (Congressional Budget Office) report and the Republican reaction to it. Let’s explore. Continue reading 1, 2, 3 But Not So Easy
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!
Please note: This article was originally published on August 16, 2015. Since then it appears the term alt-right has become the most popular term used to describe the extreme right wing element that I still firmly believe is the most dangerous threat to America. They are here and show no inclination of leaving. The only thing they have done over the years is change labels, grow and take further control of one of America’s two great political parties. Continue reading Greatest Hits: The Most Dangerous Threat – Revisited
When you operate a country of over 320 million people with a two party political system expecting homogony is unrealistic. There are interest groups in either Party. The individual hierarchy of issues will vary by individual. Today’s version of the Republican Party has taken that principle to the breaking point and it is now time for them to either reinvent themselves or split up. To me it looks like the latter is the only viable option. Continue reading Irreconcilable Differences