You can go online and actually see people making the, the argument that because three men stood up for two young women who were being verbally assaulted and maybe shoved this guy first, that his free-speech rights were violated. And if that is where the academic discussion of free speech is going, then I want no part of it. I mean, if these men didn’t stand up and put themselves in between this armed lunatic and these vulnerable young women, there would be a lot more people dead.Corey Pein
The two men stabbed to death yesterday on a train in Portland, trying to intervene when another passenger began shouting anti-Muslim hate speech at two young Muslim women, represent the best in us. Their compassion and courage in the face of brutal intolerance is the essence of what it means to defend the founding principles of this nation — and what we memorialize on Memorial Day.Robert Reich
As I’ve said a few times since His Electoral Highness descended the golden escalator “Nazis are as Nazis do.” I’d rather be stabbed to death defending the oppressed than I would be counted as of the same heritage as the knife-wielder. This is the decision that all of us must make over the next few months, because it is only going to get worse as Trump’s presidency continues.
I find it remarkable that Trump supporters like Steven Moore believe it’s possible to insure the sick and the poor without requiring any sacrifices from the healthy and wealthy. This is conservative rubbish. – Robert Reich on Facebook
Conservatives and libertarians console themselves with the belief that the charitably minded will pay for required services. I heard that hand-waving excuse countless times when I was a libertarian. I half-believed it myself. The truth is that programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc were established precisely BECAUSE charity failed to take care of these people. That studies have shown the wealthy will not give as much to charity percentage-wise as the middle or even lower classes will. That it is a humanitarian principle that everyone contribute to public health and public welfare, for the benefit of us all.
This kind of civic-mindfulness needs to be re-established in America once again, because we have clearly lost our way. I even encounter professed liberals who do not agree that there shouldn’t be a thing called the working poor. That having a job means you should be able to afford to feed, house, clothe and tend to the health needs of your family. If liberals have lost sight of this grounding principle voiced by the most influential minds in the enlightenment, I fear we have even darker times ahead of us than we are currently living through.
A thousand times yes. I’ve just been waiting for everyone else to catch up. He couldn’t be president a year ago now and he still can’t be even though he was given the office. If the Democrats would come out in favor of impeachment now, hammer that point for the next 18 months, the congress will be theirs in 2018 even if congress acts to remove him before the election. This is because President Pence acting on a belief in a conservatives mandate will alienate more people than a simply incompetent Trump ever could. #ImpeachTrump
Facebook status backdated to the blog. I was (and still am) growing more resigned. The Orange Hate-Monkey could have been tossed out of office on his first day but responsible people refuse to act. We average American must sit idly by, watching as Rome burns, all the time wishing that we had paid for a better fiddler than Nero. Would probably have paid for better entertainment if we had known how long the act would run.
They are rats leaving a sinking ship. It’s just too bad that the GOP put him in power in the first place. I don’t think their tactical retreat will do them much good; or rather, I hope they don’t profit from it. They don’t deserve it, they backed him solidly right up to this point and now, Now, NOW that he’s admitted impeding an investigation into his and his campaign’s actions, NOW they think this presidency is questionable.
So the targeting of hispanics and muslims wasn’t bad enough? The scapegoating of the poor wasn’t disqualifying enough? The bragging that he could kill people in the street and he would still win wasn’t troubling enough? The evidence that he is a sexual predator wasn’t damning enough?
Now he fires Comey and brags that he told him to lay off the investigation, the investigation that he insisted was fake news since day one, so this isn’t surprising behavior, and NOW they have a problem.
Well, welcome to the club, dumbasses. Wipe the drool off your collective chins and try to pay attention. Caveat Emptor.
“He’s a fucking, out of his depth estate agent”
Finally, someone who understands what I’m talking about. Caveat Emptor. Trump is a genocidal maniac in the making. That is the difference between Trump and his stormtrumpers versus Hitler and the Nazis. I’m sure there were plenty of Germans who said sit down and be quiet before someone gets hurt. Insert Niemöller’s law here.
Don’t be that guy.
And those states are going to let you die.
Yes, they are. They are going to do it for profit. They’re going to do it because they think you are a luxury. They going to do it because they can’t stand the thought of having to pay for some baby with a heart defect or somebody who’s HIV positive or somebody who has cancer or the mentally ill.
These are the REAL death panels, right here.
That is some Nazi shit. Literally. Aktion T4, the Nazi program to eliminate defectives. The people they considered “luxuries.” And don’t your forget for one minute that Eugenics began here in the US, the Nazis got the idea from US. When states were allowed to decide, they were perfectly happy to sterilize those they deemed unfit and less than perfect. Luxuries. – Stonekettle Station on Facebook
What this is, more than anything, is an underscoring of something I’ve known for a long, long time. Employers should be banned from inquiry into the health of any of its employees. Not only should they not be allowed to offer insurance of any kind, they should be forbidden to even ask, officially. My health is my business. Not the states’ business, and not my employer’s business. My business.
It all comes back to the problem of who pays for that for most people. This is what public health is established for. Public health’s job is to pay for the care that the individual cannot afford, or that requiring the individual to pay for reduces the application of good health practices.
If you want to pay less for healthcare as a society, you have to encourage people to seek health advice regularly. Get their injections. Get their screenings and checkups. There should be rewards for this behavior, not costs, because doing these things saves the public money. You never hear conservatives talk about these facts. Why? That’s a good question, one you will have to ask conservatives about. Jim hazards several answers to this question, several pointed answers. But in the end, conservatives will have to answer the question for themselves. Why do you think that individual health is anybody’s business aside from the individual?
Medicare for all is the only way to fix America’s healthcare problems. Medicare for all would move public health out of the commercial morass it has been in and make it tax funded as it always should have been. Require the government to negotiate for better prices from drug manufacturers rather than forbid them from negotiating as they currently are. It is time to stop this slide towards kleptocracy before we wake up and discover we live in Russia.
Facebook status backdated to the blog.
On Saturday, he gave an angry, rambling speech to his supporters in which he obsessed over perceived enemies in the media and elsewhere. In recent days he has given a half-dozen incoherent interviews. Recently he insisted he won’t “stand by anything” in his accusations about alleged wiretapping by President Barack Obama, yet argued that his case has been “proven very strongly.” He praised the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, as a “smart cookie.” He invited the blood-thirsty president of the Philippines to the White House, without consulting with anyone first. He insists the health-care bill that the House is struggling to pass does not say what it does and is still changing.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment allows Congress to set up a “body” of people to assess whether a president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and, if they decide he is unable, transmit their written findings to the presiding officer of the Senate and the Speaker of the House – whereupon the Vice President shall assume the office of Acting President.
When, if ever, do you think this will occur?Robert Reich on Facebook
This stupid/crazy act of Trump’s is getting old. That is my take on this. He pretends at stupid so that people will underestimate him just as he pretends at crazy bluster because that has worked for him in the past.
None of it will work as president. He wanted the fucking job of President, he had better get busy doing the job if he wants to stay out of jail. if he wants his Russian mafia buddies not to snuff him in self defense. Do the fucking job or quit already.
Everything he says is an act, is false, is part of a con he thinks he’s running, which is why I don’t bother listening to a thing he says. Just as I said here, the only things that matter are the things he signs. Stop paying attention to the narcissist and focus on surviving till he is gone.
Which is one way to say, Congress will act when we force their hands and not one minute before. Time to start occupying the halls of Congress until they agree to do something.
Facebook status backdated to the blog. Still just holding on till the 2018 midterms.
Resisting Trump is necessary. But getting behind an agenda that takes back our economy and our democracy from the privileged and powerful is essential.Robert Reich
The Tea Party started out the same way; controlled by independents, focused on reform. Look at them now. Support is welcome, but support is not leadership. Clinton especially needs to understand this distinction. We don’t want a repeat of 2016.
Medicare for all is a baseline measure, like a litmus test. Get behind it or go somewhere else. I would go further. Parties need to be de-emphasized as power brokers. This means an end to party primaries and an end to party controlled district drawing. It possibly means an end to the house as it has been known since the 435 rule was introduced. We want an electoral college that reflects popular will. That means more, smaller districts. We have to keep beating on this message until it sinks in.
More equal representation. More connection between representatives and their districts. An end to money primaries. An end to money as speech, or legislation that makes everyone a party to the current funding of elections through vouchers for contributions to elections.
Higher taxes on the wealthy. Universal Income. Medicare for all. I’m done playing around with half measures as proposals. If the conservatives can lead with “let the poor die for lack of care” then we should lead with make the wealthy care for the poor until they are no longer wealthy. We can then meet somewhere in the middle.
Facebook status backdated to the blog.
Trump’s unpopularity is affecting other elected Republicans in Washington.
Republican officials across the country are becoming anxious, even in ruby-red districts — sweating out a closer-than-expected victory last week in a House race in a Kansas congressional district that Trump had carried by 27 points. Another stress test arrives Tomorrow with a special election for a House seat in Georgia.
Trump’s approval rating is still at 39 percent, and the percent of Americans who disapprove of him is still 54 percent, according to Pew Research.
But just 40 percent of Americans now have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party — down from 47 percent in January, prior to Trump’s inauguration.
This is important. When congressional Republicans think Trump is harming their reelection chances rather than helping, they’re more likely to turn on him. If present trends continue, that could be soon.
What do you think?Robert Reich
I’ve been waiting on them to understand they’ve made a deal with the devil since Nov. 8th. I really expected the GOP to be able to understand what they were in bed with (they should know, being all about business and free markets, small governments and such) that this frequent nuzzler of the government’s teat, this tax-cheating money-laundering excuse for a real estate developer was going to poison their whole party. But the Electoral college voted for him even though they had to know he was in bed with Russians and was going to be completely ineffectual at leadership.
I say all this, every single word of it that I’ve written on the subject of Donald J. Trump or his 3am rage tweeting alter-ego The Orange Hate-Monkey over this past year with the personal knowledge I have gained through experience. That we have elected a con-artist to the presidency. That when you are forced to deal with a con-artist you keep your hands on your wallet and don’t agree to anything without seeing it first in writing; and even then, don’t let go of those purse-strings. Keep your legal representation on retainer and make a point of running every single thing the con-artist says to you past your counselor before responding in any fashion to him.
Above all, understand that you’ve already bought whatever it is he does while he has the office of the president in his control. If that knowledge keeps you up at night, then you are just beginning to glimpse the nightmares I’ve been having since November 8th.
I think the GOP have started believing their own bullshit and can’t remember that they’ve been lying to their own base for decades already. That anyone who emerged declaring they would do what the GOP and the Tea Party claimed they wanted to do for all this time was going to be the instrument of destruction that could potentially take down the entire US government.
It’s just too bad we can’t hold another election now before the damage gets worse (and it will) before the healthcare system fails and the SCOTUS scuttles a hundred years of progress and the do-nothing congress sits on their hands and watches Trump play golf while the US burns. I’ll be in the bar if you need me.
Facebook Status backdated to the blog. BTW, I’m still in the bar if you need me.