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  • Reply to: 2020 Democratic Presidential straw poll   12 hours 39 min ago

    on the front page. Which is symbolic in a way, but irritating af. May have to shorten the field sometime in the near future, so unless you want to see your favorite candidate swept away by the System (me), cast your vote and bring a friend.

  • Reply to: 2020 Democratic Presidential straw poll   13 hours 1 min ago

    who have hinted at a possible run, and if there's somebody you are interested in, just drop a comment here. I've left out a few (like Beto) who are either backing off or don't stand a snowball's chance in hell (like Tulsi), but all bets are off. Or...on? Whatever...

  • Reply to: Monday News: Braving the cold   14 hours 8 min ago

    of a fricking Russian mobster friend of Putin's having sanctions lifted, while hundreds of thousands of Federal workers are going unpaid, is a sure sign he doesn't give a rat's ass about what's right.

  • Reply to: Monday News: Braving the cold   14 hours 16 min ago

    No how many times he talks about bipartisanship, still nothing but a political whore.

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   1 day 14 hours ago

    J. Peder Zane reclaims his throne as the most outstanding jackass of the week:

    The revival of the Chuck & Nancy show and the renewed calls for “free” healthcare and “free” college make this a good time to recall a central truth of American politics: Republican gains are fleeting, but Democrat victories are forever. GOP tax cuts and deregulation schemes can be undone with a single vote; Trump’s proposed border wall could be dismantled lickety-split by the next Democrat president.

    But the Democrats’ signature achievements — Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare — are now as entrenched as the Constitution.

    For once I'm actually glad the N&O gives this idiot column space, because he just proved that Democrats work for the people, not big business and the wealthy.

    Those signature achievements have done more to keep our nation healthy and prosperous than *all* Republican initiatives combined. And that may be the main reason the GOP hates them so much. Not because they don't work well, because they do, but because they are a constant reminder that one party always pursues progress with everybody in mind, not just a select few.

    We can debate whether they endure because they are necessary and good or because so many people are dependent on them. But it’s clear that both parties now consider these programs, which exploded the role and reach of our federal government and account for about half of the national budget, effectively untouchable. This capitulation to the welfare state is a significant reversal for the GOP, challenging the false talking point that it has moved sharply to the right.

    Zane is either horrifically uninformed or is being intentionally deceiving. Republicans in Congress resolved to cut $537 Billion from Medicare and over a Trillion from Medicaid over the next 8-10 years. If that's "untouchable," I'd hate to see what they would do if touching was allowed.

    Instead, the best true conservatives can do these days is nibble around the edges, such as North Carolina’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

    The left is relentless and will not stop until it wins that battle as well. As they do on so many issues, they try to obscure the hard choices and tradeoffs involved by framing expansion as a moral issue — and, therefore, beyond reasonable debate.

    It's not just a moral issue, it's also an issue of equal treatment under the law. Whether it was a wise choice or not, those who designed the Affordable Care Act had a formula, an approach to make health care more easily available for all but the highest income brackets. The expansion of Medicaid was a link in that chain, to connect with lower-middle and middle class citizens who receive a subsidy to help them pay premiums. By not expanding Medicaid, NC's Republicans put an unequal and patently cruel burden on that specific middle group, who now receive zero assistance while those above them in income tiers are subsidized.

    Basically, Republicans in NC did this because they could. Because the law gave them that option, which it shouldn't have. They did it not to save money, but to destroy the ACA, by creating such an imbalanced approach. And now that they realize their little gambit did not work, they need to fix the problem they created in their lust to undermine Obama.

    North Carolina’s proponents of Medicaid expansion like to note that the federal government now finances 90 percent of the cost. That does not make it free — because we are the federal government. Thanks to a lack of fiscal discipline from both parties — and the unwillingness of the American people to confront our perilous finances. We are currently running trillion dollar deficits and the national debt stands at around $22 trillion. We can’t pay for the government we have; expansion will just add to the burden of future generations.

    Is it moral to stick them with more debt?

    Not one solitary word about Trump's $1.5 Trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy. Nada. We jumped from annual budget deficits of $500-$600 Billion to a Trillion a year, and these right-wing pundits act like that never happened.

    To call it "cognitive dissonance" would be a mistake, because most of these jackasses know exactly what's going on, they're just intentionally misleading their readers. In Zane's case though, he may actually be that delusional.