So They Just Pulled the Plug on TrumpCare

by Scott Creighton

It would appear the libertarian/neoliberal side of the Rethuglican branch of the One Party System (the Business Party) didn’t get enough promises about screwing over the poor and the working classes for Little Entitled Randie to change his vote on TrumpCare in the House of Representatives and so The Donald seems to have decided to pull the bill from the floor rather than letting his first big initiative go bust 60 days into his rule.

“President Donald Trump announced Friday afternoon that the House of Representatives would postpone a planned vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare.

The news was first reported by Robert Costa of The Washington Post, who spoke to the president directly.” J. Cohn

The so-called “Freedom Caucus” had wanted even more brutal austerity for the working poor and the totally poor while standardized Republicans wanted more big money giveaways for their friends in Big Business so I guess the abject greed at the feeding frenzy blew the plan apart and Trump finally pulled it.

Don’t worry Ayn Rand fans, the great industrialists who rule the world will get em all back on the same page in no time and soon enough you’ll be able to feel better about yourselves cus you have some shitty insurance you pay WAY too much for and can’t use… but the mudpeople wont have shit… and that’s good enough for you, ain’t it?

Meanwhile… Ayn Rand used Medicare and Social Security til the day she died poor (cus back then people were smart enough to see what a load of crap her theories were) and your heroes like Trump and Little Entitled Randie (and their families and their families’ families) will continue to enjoy good health via a socialist program PAID FOR by YOU, the voting tax-payers.

But for now, TrumpCare is being taken off life support. They’re gonna defund the big ebil gubmint next via TAX REFORM (read as “big giveaways to billionaires and BIG BUSINESS”)

Oh.. and just for the record… if you think Trump, Ryan and Rand are anti-establishment, anti-Washington Consensus… think again.

Sunday’s Big Ankle News Brief

by Scott Creighton

Good morning.

On Friday evening I was looking at my phone crossing a parking lot when my left foot came across a mini-pothole. The edge was only about a half of an inch but that was enough to roll my ankle and send my goofy ass tumbling across the asphalt. Today my right knee is still skinned and stinging and my left ankle is swollen like Rachel Madcow’s ego (and bank account)

That’s why I didn’t post anything yesterday and why I’m just posting this today. It’s a good thing there’s not much happening in the neoliberalized world today.

related: my ankles are weak because way back when, I broke them, one after the other, playing pick-up and intramural basketball at VCU. Since I was poor back then, as I am now, I could not afford to get them looked after and I just sucked it up and they eventually “healed” on their own. But they were left weakened and these days (I sprained one and then broke the other a couple months ago) in their weakened state, I am always just a 1/2″ away from another embarrassing tumble.

Maybe one day we’ll have real universal healthcare, not the FascistCare that we have now and even poor kids can avoid a life-time of suffering for no apparent reason. But it looks like Ryan/DonaldCare will make sure we have a long wait til those days are here.

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Accessory After the Fact James Comey Refuses to Answer Questions in Congress About Surveillance of Trump Campaign (as good as a confession at this point)

by Scott Creighton

When the story first broke via the dreaded “Saturday morning tweets” from President Trump (here’s an idea Donald: watch cartoons until your handlers wake from their alcohol induced commas) the complicit media launched into a breathless attack on the current administration because he dared to suggest his predecessor “wiretapped” Trump Tower in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Forgotten is the fact that then President Obama and First Lady Michelle were running around doing campaign events for Killary like their lives and his legacy depended on it. Her holiness didn’t show up for the events, but the seated president did, repeatedly, like he had nothing else to do other than make sure her coronation went off on schedule. It was an embarrassing segment of President Peace Prize’s reign and a historic one. Never before has a seated president spent so much of the people’s time campaigning for a candidate for his replacement. They did that because Killary was unwatchable at the time and folks simply didn’t show up for her events at all.

Is it so shocking that given that, the administration would do whatever they could to influence the outcome of the election and make sure Hillary Clinton took office? We know that the congress was illegally “wiretapped” and that millions upon millions of people in the country have been as well. We know journalists and government employees were spied on with regularity.

And we also know Clapper and Brennan lied about these things to congress and were exposed for doing so afterward.

I don’t even need to provide links to ANY of these claims I just made because it’s common knowledge in America these days. All of it is.

So after the president’s tweet, James Clapper came out and said his agency didn’t “wiretap” the Trump campaign and he was unaware if there were any programs at the time of any other agency doing so. The inference there being the FBI of course.

The media ran with that and demanded Trump stop “threatening the core of our democracy” and retract his Saturday morning tweet. That non-denial was enough for them to jump to a hasty conclusion apparently.

Then some “unnamed source” came out and told a “journalist” that Comey said they didn’t “wiretap” the Trump campaign and he wanted an investigation into the facts of the story. Aside from the fact that Comey himself didn’t actually go on record saying it, the complicit media was off and running with the secret source’s supposed statement (you like that?) and they again DEMANDED Trump apologize to poor little mistreated President Peace Prize who now lives 2 minutes from the White House in his 12 million dollar mansion in D.C.

CelebrityNetWorth.com reports Barack Obama’s current net worth as $12.2 million and Michelle Obama’s net worth as $11.8 million. According to data collected by Analytics@American, the online business analytics degree from American University, the Obamas could make as much as $242 million post-presidency.” Mar 1, 2017

The Obamas were worth just over a million bucks before entering the White House. Now they are worth 24 million and bought one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in D.C. to prove it. Funny how that works, ain’t it?

Anyway, back to the story.

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Republicans push plan to gut Medicaid and slash taxes for the wealthy

by Kate Randall, WSWS

Top Trump administration officials appeared on the political talk shows Sunday morning to promote the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican bill for the repeal and replacement of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

The Republican proposal builds on the core features of Obamacare, designed to boost the profits of the private insurers and slash health care costs for the government and big business.

The ACHA seeks to strengthen the grip of the for-profit health care delivery system in America while making sweeping cuts to Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor jointly funded by the federal government and the states. It also slashes financial assistance to low-income people seeking to purchase health coverage and cuts taxes for the wealthy and big business by an estimated $600 billion.

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Roland Martin: That Hustla Ova There Tryna Sell Us School Privatization

by Bruce Dixon, BAR

Roland Martin pretends to be a journalist. But what does a guy do when the one percent won’t pay for an informed public? Roland is a hustla for hire, and he’s found a dependable set of clients. Roland is all about blackening up and selling us the destruction and privatization of public schools, which is what both elite Democrats and Republicans want. Journalists tell the truth without fear or favor. Hustlas do what they’re paid to do, and the charter school sugar daddies pay well…

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Billionaire Religious Fanatic Public School Privatizer Betsy DeVos Becomes Trump’s Sec. of Education

by Scott Creighton

devos

the mask of the free market sociopath

I have written about this neoliberalization crap all day long for almost a decade now and as it unfolds it still makes me as sick as the first day I figured out what these fascist bastards were really up to.

Trump’s VP, Pence, had to step in and break the tie vote in the senate and so the billionaire privatizer who’s married to the Amway pyramid scheme fortune and the sister of Eric Prince (former owner of Blackwater and a guy looking forward to when he can cash in on the new Phoenix Program right here in America) is now your Secretary of Education.

Her goal, now that her cover is blown, will be to privatize as much of the Department of Education as she can, making billions in profits for her colleagues in the charter business while cheating at least a generation of young poor Americans out of their education.

Gov. Martinez of New Mexico can’t wait to help the “brave reformer” DeVos chop up public education on behalf of a couple billionaire oligarchs.

This isn’t about conservative verses liberal ideology. This is about bringing Milton Friedman’s economic brick to America and watching the Miracle of Chile being imposed on us in slow motion. School for profit ideology is sickening just like running prisons for profit or police for profit or wars for profit. It is all the same. And it sickens me.

Donald Trump has done a lot of things already that make me proud to have refused to vote for him. This tops the list thus far.  Makes you kinda wonder what he has up his sleeve next, doesn’t it?

The Trumpening: Trump to order regulatory rollback Friday for finance industry, Wall Street, top aide says

from the Washington Post

President Trump plans to order a rollback Friday of regulations governing the financial services industry and Wall Street under the Dodd-Frank law and beyond.

Gary Cohn, White House Economic Council director, told the Wall Street Journal the administration would also move against a regulation designed to force retirement advisers to work in the best interest of their clients, the “fiduciary rule,” set to take effect in April and designed to eliminate conflicts-of-interests among professionals dealing with those enrolled in qualified retirement plans and IRAs.

In an interview with the Journal, Cohn, a former president of Goldman Sachs, said the order was a “table setter for a bunch of stuff that is coming.”..

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