Category Archives: Republicans

That one moment of clarity for Paul Ryan

Remember when the  truth about him “destroying the health care system” slipped out on C-SPAN?

Oops!

Looks as if he is getting his wish.

How anyone is shocked is beyond me. Ryan is a grown man who still believes in the writings of objectivist kook and academic fraud Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand! You expect sincere but uninformed college freshmen to have flirtations with Rand. They don’t know any better until they find out what a horrible human being she was. And then there are the weirdos who have grown a kind of cult around her.

This is the Speaker of the House who still follows this woman. Of course he want poor children to go back to working as chimney sweeps and the elderly to starve. This is part of the essence of Ayn Rand.

Today’s Republican Party

“We only provide you with “access” to health care. Don’t bother us with details about how to pay for it. Stop being not rich. That’s your problem, ya know. Stop being poor and middle class. “

When incompetent cartoon characters match real life

It’s striking how often The Simpsons and Family Guy inadvertently anticipated today’s Republican Party.

Trump war on the press goes into overdrive

The White House press briefing room

This is pretty outrageous:

Journalists from The New York Times and several other news organizations were prohibited from attending a brieäng by President Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.

Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, 

[snip]

Aides to Mr. Spicer only allowed in reporters from a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed. Those organizations included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. 

Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended. 

Reporters from Time magazine and The Associated Press, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions.

Who knew that Politico, which started as a news source favoring Republicans, would be in this group? Politico seems to have found its journalistic footing while covering The Orange Great Leader.

I may need to renew my lapsed New York Times subscription, which I had let lapse over their shameful following of the journalistic lemmings over the Hillary emails cliff.

If nothing else, Trump is proving that the glorious White House access the media has long held as the sine qua non of prestigious presidential coverage is proving to be somewhat of a bust since the media outlets who are being shut out are doing a better job than the non-right-wing “mainstream” ones still in the White House’s good graces.

Along those lines, David Frum, once a reliably pliant journalist during previous GOP White House regimes, tweeted this very good question:

When GOP Congresspeople go home 

Life as a coward on the run from righteous anger. 

Check the closets!

Not something you see on on a pickup every day

What it lacks in oratorical elegance it makes up for in its bold use of imagery.

Grassley sends mixed signals on ACA

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley at a Town Hall meeting in Iowa Feb. 21.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley R-Iowa) at a Town Hall meeting in his home state Feb. 21.

Give Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa some credit. While many of his Republican colleagues have been ducking the angry crowds in their home districts, Grassley has been facing them head-on, according to this article from the Washington Post:

In the politest possible way, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked his constituents to keep their voices down.

“I learned a long time ago that if I keep shut, I learn more,” Grassley said on Tuesday afternoon, to the crowd spilling out the doors of a community center meeting room. “If people just kind of respect other people speaking, it’ll help everybody to hear.”

It was Grassley’s second town hall of the day, the umpteenth of a political career that began with a 1958 race for state legislature. He wrote down each question as it was spoken to him — about the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, about whether Congress would probe Russia’s election meddling, and whether he’d favor the impeachment of President Trump.

And he faced round after round of questions on the Affordable Care Act, from people who sometimes choked up as they described their specific, positive interactions with the law. After one woman emotionally described how her family would have been “destroyed” had the ACA’s subsidies not defrayed the cost of her husband’s illness, Grassley assured her that the law would not simply be repealed.

“There isn’t one piece of legislation put together yet,” he said. “If there is, it would be along the lines of giving the states some options of either staying under Obamacare or having some flexibility to do Medicaid.”

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Deep in Trump country, anger turns on GOP

The Trump election and GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which many of them did not realize is the same thing as the GOP's much-maligned Obamacare, are showing up en masse to confront Republicans back in their home districts.
The Trump election and GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which many Trump voters did not realize is the same thing as the GOP’s much-maligned Obamacare, are showing up en masse to confront Republicans back in their home districts.

The anti-GOP hits just keep rolling along for beleaguered Republicans back in their home districts. This time it’s in New York State:

New York GOP Rep. Tom Reed probably knew what kind of day he was in for when he arrived at the Ashville senior center for his first town hall on Saturday. The crowd was so large the gathering had been moved outside to a slushy parking lot.

“First and foremost, we are going to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare,” Reed said at the outset, using a loudspeaker propped up on a ladder to try to reach the sprawling crowd.

The response was loud and sustained boos.

The congressman is just the latest Republican to face boisterous constituents voicing concerns with the nascent Trump White House, and more confrontations are expected as members head home for recess this coming week.

When you run campaigns based on free-floating fear and anger instead of facts — which includes misleading people about their health care — it’s one of the bright spots of this dismal time when voters who are not Trump sycophants can see through the bullshit no matter their political affiliation. 

GOP voters were sold lies and it’s plainly apparent to the smart ones that they were duped.

I hope everyone keeps it up. Because Republicans are counting on the fact that people  will forget about all of this by the time the mid-term elections roll around.

I’m tracking a couple of races here in Illinois where our Trump-supporting GOP congresspeople already have viable opposition.

Illinois Republican still hiding from constituents

Roskam, far left, during a Congressional hearing.
Roskam, far left, during a Congressional hearing.

Community groups in the Illinois Sixth Congressional District — including six chapters of the League of Women Voters from within the district — are not having any luck getting Republican Peter Roskam to come out of hiding and agree to an open town meeting.

Instead Roskam agreed to a phone-in meeting for which he and his handlers vetted the questioners and there was no follow-up allowed. Also, the robocalls announcing the long sought phone-in were reportedly done in a haphazard manner, with many calls going to people outside the district. Additionally, many interested parties, including the local Patch newspapers, were either never given notice of the event or were not followed-up upon after they used the e-mail sign-up system Roskam used for the event.

This is part of a pattern by Roskam of avoiding any public group contact with his constituents, meetings he calls “a circus.” This is also beginning to be a pattern for Republicans across the country, who are facing swarms of angry constituents when they do hold town meetings. Some are even being confronted at their homes or at airports by people angry about, among other things, continuing GOP support of Donald Trump and the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile a Facebook group has been formed to try and influence Roskam and policies in his district. That group, Action 6th District Illinois, has the following on its About page: 

This group was created by the people of the 6th Congressional District of Illinois in order to seek change and responsive leadership. Our goal is to make our voices heard, and bring attention to the needs not addressed by our elected representative, Peter Roskam. We will work together to bring positive change within our district.

Guidelines:

A few basic rules for posting on this page: This is a page dedicated to the 6th district of Illinois and the current Representative, Peter Roskam. This page is not about Donald Trump or Paul Ryan, unless Peter Roskam is involved.

The goal is to be bipartisan group of positive change agents. Trolls and personal attacks will also not be tolerated. Nor will third party sales of any type. Any posts of this type will be deleted and trolls will be removed from the group altogether.

This group will not request monetary contributions. Upon such time members will be notified and information disclosed.

Sharing screen shots of posts or member information outside a closed group without members consent is absolutely prohibited. If you are caught you will be removed from Action 6th District Illinois.

Contact Roskam:

https://roskam.house.gov/

https://twitter.com/PeterRoskam

Follow us on Twitter @Action6thDistIL

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Research Sites:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/peter_roskam/412202

https://votesmart.org

https://www.facebook.com/countable.us/

http://www.accountablecongress.com/issues/

https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php…

I was impressed when I first saw all of that information. Clearly these people mean business in terms of keeping on top of things.

And isn’t that what the purpose of marching ultimately is? To get people involved? (Although it should be made clear that this Facebook group pre-dated all of this year’s marches.)

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page. It is a closed group and you have to ask the moderator to add you.

There is another group  — 6th District of Illinois – Holding Rep. Peter Roskam Accountable — on Facebook. Click on the link for more information. I had not had a chance to check them out before I wrote this and am not yet a member, though I did request membership as of this writing. They are a public group, whereas the previous one mentioned is a closed group.

The 6th congressional district of Illinois covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties, as part of the redistricting which followed the last census. All or parts of Algonquin, Barrington, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Downers Grove, Elgin, East Dundee, Fox River Grove, Gilberts, Glen Ellyn, Hoffman Estates, Lake in the Hills, Lake Zurich, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, St. Charles, Wayne, West Chicago, West Dundee, Westmont, Wheaton and Willowbrook are included.

Agency protecting everyone from banks still on chopping block

Dear Precious Angry Collegiate Snowflakes Who Voted Anyone-But-Clinton:

Congratulations. The only thing standing between you and the big banks owning your student loan ass for most of your adult lives — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — is likely going away under the Trump administration, as this article in today’s Chicago Tribune makes clear:

Trump’s transition advisers already are evaluating ways to legally fire CFPB Director Richard Cordray, according to people familiar with the matter. If they move forward with such a plan, many Republicans want Trump to replace him with someone committed to dismantling the agency. In Congress, another aggressive tactic being considered is forcing through an overhaul of CFPB funding so lawmakers can starve it of money.

The many, many ways that the Trump administration is going to make sure the banksters have high-interest rate, rapacious access to your money — including the high-rate credit cards you will take out to make ends meet — are only just beginning to be made clear.

If there were any election where the perfect was the enemy of the good, this one was it.

Clinton made loads of money off speeches she made in front of Wall Street movers and shakers. But she would have not only kept the CFPB, she very likely would have strengthened it. 

Because that is what Democrats do, and it is one of the major ways they make a key difference for the better in the lives of average Americans, despite their having to play many distasteful political games to have access to campaign cash in the system which Republicans largely created.

I’m not excusing some of the issues on which Democrats have not been able to keep their campaign promises on the national level. But it should be pointed out that they failed on most of them because the GOP effectively blocked them at every turn.

And now the Republicans are in charge of the Congress, the White House and likely will change the all-important third branch — the judiciary — for a generation or two.

This is why I have a hard time getting too angry at many conservative voters. At least many of them voted their values.

The Left? Well, much of the Left — Jill Stein voters, BernieBots — are getting the government they deserve.

Too bad for the rest of us. And too bad for the nation.

I understand voting your convictions. But your convictions ought to include the possibility that not getting everything you want is better than your worst nightmares coming true. 

Despite all of this, I still feel sorry for college students who protest voted against Clinton or simply stayed home. That one decision may affect many of them for the rest of their lives. A tough lesson to learn.