WHM: Happy 76th Birthday to the Indomitable Nancy Pelosi

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March is Women’s History Month and there are a great many women to be singled out, honored, thanked and celebrated for their remarkable feats in every area of endeavor; politics is no exception. In this blog we honor Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi on this her 76th birthday. Mrs. Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her father was a Democratic Congressman  and also a Mayor of Baltimore.  Mrs.  Pelosi is a committed and hard-working Democrat who has never had any serious challenge in her district.  She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1987.

A mother, a grandmother, and a leader who is focused on strengthening America’s hard-working families: http://www.democraticleader.gov/about/

She has been married to Paul Pelosi since 1963; they are the parents of five adult children and eight grandchildren. They live in California.
In addition to being the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, in 2001 she was also elected the House Minority Whip.

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Pelosi is the first woman, the first Californian and first Italian- American to lead a major party in Congress. After the Democrats took control of the House in 2007 and increased their majority in 2009, Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House for the 110th and 111th Congresses alongside Presidents Bush and Obama.

On November 17, 2010, Pelosi was elected as the Democratic Leader by House Democrats and therefore the Minority Leader in the Republican-controlled House for the 112th Congress.[2]

She is considered to be a straight-shooter; hard-working, fair and fearless.  She understands the political landscape.   Examples:

She blocked an effort to impeach George H.W. Bush over the Iraq war.  However, she strongly opposed America getting into Iraq.  She said the threat of Saddam Hussain using Weapons of Mass Destruction against the USA was low.  “This is about the Constitution”, Pelosi said. “It is about this Congress asserting its right to declare war when we are fully aware what the challenges are to us. It is about respecting the United Nations and a multilateral approach, which is safer for our troops.” Despite Pelosi’s opposition, Congress still passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use the Armed Forces of the United States against Iraq.”

Accurately reading the political tea leaves in 2009-2010, she pushed for President Obama’s health care reform bill while Democrats had control of the House.

Health Care Reform

“Pelosi has been credited for spearheading President Obama’s health care law when it seemed that it would go down in defeat. After Republican Scott Brown won Democratic Ted Kennedy‘s former senate seat in the January 2010 Massachusetts special election and thereby causing the Senate Democrats to lose their filibuster proof majority, Obama agreed with then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel‘s idea that he should do smaller initiatives that could pass easily. Pelosi, however, dismissed the president’s fear and instead mocked his scaled-back ideas as “kiddie care.”[39] After convincing the president that this would be their only shot at health care because of the large Democratic majorities they currently had, she rallied her Democratic caucus as she began an “unbelievable marathon” of a two-month session to craft the health care bill, which successfully passed the House. In Obama’s remarks before signing the bill into law, he specifically credited Pelosi as being “one of the best Speakers the House of Representatives has ever had.”

The American Civil Liberties Union‘s Congressional Scorecard has given Pelosi a lifetime rating of 92% for her voting record on civil liberties.[87] In 2001, she voted in favor of the USA Patriot Act, but voted against reauthorization of certain provisions in 2005.[88] She voted against a Constitutional amendment banning flag-burning.[89]

President George W. Bush and Pelosi honor 300 Tuskegee Airmen at the Capitol building, March 2007

As Speaker, Pelosi has tried to focus more on economic than social issues.

Pelosi received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for the 107th, 108th, and 109th sessions of Congress, indicating that she voted in agreement with HRC’s slate of pro-gay legislative issues and other issues pertaining to civil liberties, equity and fairness.

On March 21, 2008, Pelosi criticized the People’s Republic of China for its handling of the unrest in Tibet and called on “freedom-loving people” worldwide to denounce China.   She was quoted as saying, “The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world”, while addressing a crowd of thousands of Tibetans in Dharamsala, India.  She however did not call for a boycott of the 2008 Summer Olympics that were held in Beijing. 

“Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people,” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.”

“Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.

“Speaker Pelosi achieved passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House which establishes a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. The new law provides patients with affordable insurance choices, curbs abuses by the insurance industry, strengthens Medicare, and reduces the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.”

It seems it would have been wonderful to have Nancy Pelosi as president of these United States.  Afterall, Trump has elected people older than Mrs. Pelosi to fill key positions.  If age is not an issue for men, why is it considered an issue for women?  HAppy 76th Mrs. Pelosi; you look marvelous!

Major Accomplishments of the 110th Congress

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Mrs. Pelosi is arguably the most powerful woman in American history. There have been female governors, secretaries of state and Supreme Court justices, but only one female Speaker.”

– The Economist, March 2010

SPEAKER PELOSI AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS PASSED OVER 230 KEY MEASURES – MORE THAN 70% WITH SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

Learn much more about Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at this web site: http://www.democraticleader.gov/about/

Get more Fast Facts about Nancy Pelosi, according to CNN here:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/01/us/nancy-pelosi-fast-facts/

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Special Report: ACA Repeal Pulled Back 3/24/2017. No Deals

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This is a Special Health Care / Health Literacy Blog March 24, 2017.

“In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails”

The negotiator-in-chief, Mr. Trump, could not quite pull it off. The threats, deceptions, false promises and outright LIES did not get the job of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) done.  Mr. Trump threatened Republicans yesterday; he went on television this morning (3/24/17) and said if they did not vote for the Ryan Plan, he would turn the page and move on.  Of course, it seems Mr. Trump only want to be able to say he tried, but the GOP did not deliver the votes.  Since his supporters believe anything he says, they will believe him.  Most likely he and the Republicans will blame the Democrats for the fact that his own party people would not vote for the callous, inhumane proposal put forward.  Some of the ultra-conservatives want an even more drastic plan; other more humane moderate Republicans want a more realistic plan.  Democrats had nothing to do with it.

The ACA delivered LIFE to millions, not the death squads predicted. The ACA was supposed to allow people to stay with their doctors and health plans. It was the GOP who would not allow that to happen; it was not because Mr. Obama lied; it was because he was deceived. Yes, he might have been naïve in trusting the GOP leadership; they laid a trap for him. However, Mr. Obama used the lemons he got and he made lemonade that quenched the medical thirst of millions of Americans.

Yes Mr. Trump, developing and passing a reasonable Health Care Plan is tough. President Obama worked VERY HARD in 2010 to get the ACA through the Congress. Republicans blocked him at every turn. The Plan that passed is only about 60 percent of what he had proposed; however, Mr. Obama decided that 46 million Americans not having any health coverage was a disgrace. So he took the best deal that he could get. It’s not perfect, but the ACA with its Medicaid expansion has saved millions of lives, and has made life easier and more palatable for more than 30 million Americans.   Instead of being determined to repeal the ACA, Republicans should work with Democrats to restore the other 40 percent that is not included in the ACA now, and make it a better plan for all concerned.  Health is about quality of life and access to care; that is the ACA! It’s Obamacare.

There is no question that the ACA needs to be amended; it does not need to be ended.  Fix the ACA; don’t repeal it.  Make the modifications President Obama wanted in the first place.  He read the bill in detail.  Mr. Trump should try doing the same.  Even the date Mr. Trump and Mr. Ryan targeted to repeal the ACA was done outof viciousness – March 23, 2017; the 7th anniversary date of the signing on the ACA. 

Why the rush?  Why March 23? In most things, when we are motivated by ill-will we often don’t succeed.  The pettiness and vindictiveness involved in this effort is sad!

Every American should be concerned that we have a president who cares mostly about: 1) making deals that make him look good; 2) showing off how powerful he is; 3) accruing all types of long-term benefits to his family; 4) making his wealthy friends more wealthy, and 5) setting up a future he can brag about. It’s doubtful that Mr. Trump knows what’s in the GOP-proposed health plan. There is no emotional commitment from Mr. Trump.  In fact, in a stunning admission on the Tucker Carlson program on March 23, he said as much.  Mr. Trump abused the trust of the millions of people who who for him; he could care less about them; he cares only for his billionaire

TRUMP KNOWS HIS HEALTH CARE PLAN HELPS THE RICH – SO WHAT? “Trump admits his health care plan would benefit rich investors, screw over people who voted for him.  He didn’t even pretend otherwise.”

Watch this Tucker Carlson EXCLUSIVE video linked below. Unbelievable!

  • President Trump sat down Wednesday for an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and Carlson asked him to respond to criticisms that the Republican health care plan favors the wealthy and hurts most of the voters who supported his election. Trump didn’t hesitate to agree that that is exactly what it does.
  • Here’s the full exchange, which speaks for itself:
  • https://thinkprogress.org/trump-health-care-admission-dd759907622f#.nql7r16i9

Trump’s First Legislative Effort Fails as G.O.P. Pulls Bill to Repeal Obamacare.  Or: In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks after Republicans decided not to bring the bill repealing the Affordable Care Act to a vote today in the House.  Photo by Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon in a humiliating defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency.

Paul D. Ryan, the House speaker, rushed to the White House shortly after noon to tell Mr. Trump he did not have the votes for a repeal bill that had been promised for seven years — since the day President Barack Obama signed his landmark health care act into law.

Mr. Trump, in a telephone interview moments after the bill was pulled, blamed Democrats and predicted that they would seek a deal within a year after, he asserted, “Obamacare explodes” because of higher premiums. The president said he did not fault Mr. Ryan and said that he was pleased to move past his first legislative fight. He maintained that he was merely going along with the House bill.

But the effort to win passage was hardly kept secret. Vice President Mike Pence and Tom Price, the health secretary, rushed to Capitol Hill for a late appeal to House conservatives, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

“You can’t pretend and say this is a win for us,” said Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina, who conceded it was a “good moment” for Democrats.

“Probably that champagne that wasn’t popped back in November may be utilized this evening,” he said.

  

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan walked in the Capitol on Friday after a vote on the rules for debating the American Health Care Act, the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

At 3:30 p.m., Mr. Ryan called Republicans into a closed-door meeting to deliver the news that the bill would be pulled, with no plans to try again. The meeting lasted five minutes.

“We’re going to go home and spend time with our families and time with our constituents, and one day I hope we can eventually repeal,” said Representative Chuck Fleischmann, Republican of Tennessee.

The Republican bill would have replaced the Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, which mandated that almost everyone have health insurance, with a system of age-based tax credits to purchase health insurance plans.

Lawmakers will have to clear several hurdles before it’s ready for President Trump’s signature.

 

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Even if Health Bill Passes the House, It Still Has a Way to Go

Lawmakers will have to clear several hurdles before it’s ready for President Trump’s signature.

But it never won over conservatives who wanted a far more thorough eradication of the Affordable Care Act. Nor did it have the backing of more moderate Republicans who were anxiously aware of the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment that the bill would leave 24 million more Americans without insurance.

With the House’s most hard-line conservatives holding fast against it, the bill’s support collapsed Friday after more rank-and-file Republicans came out in opposition, including Representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, the soft-spoken chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose suburban Washington district went handily for the Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, in November.

“Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue health care in America,” Mr. Frelinghuysen wrote in a statement. “Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey.”

In the end, Republican leaders doomed the bill by agreeing to eliminate federal standards for the minimum benefits that must be provided by certain health insurance policies.

“This provision is so cartoonishly malicious that I can picture someone twirling their mustache as they drafted it in their secret capitol lair last night,” said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. “This backroom deal will kill the requirement for insurance companies to offer essential health benefits such as emergency services, maternity care, mental health care, substance addiction treatment, pediatric services, prescription drugs and many other basic essential services.”

Defeat of the bill could be a catalyst if it forces Republicans and Democrats to work together to improve the Affordable Care Act, which virtually every member of Congress believes needs repair. Democrats have been saying for weeks that they want to work with Republicans on such changes, but first, they said, Republicans had to abandon their drive to repeal the law.

With President Trump in office, the goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act is finally within reach for Republicans. Margot Sanger-Katz explains why repealing and replacing Obamacare may not be easy.

By SHANE O’NEILL and DAVE HORN on Publish Date February 10, 2017. Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

President Trump, through his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told House Republicans on Thursday night that he was giving them this one chance to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If they failed, Mr. Mulvaney told them, the president would live with his predecessor’s law.

Rejection of the repeal bill may also prompt Republicans to reconsider the political strategy they were planning to use for the next few years.

“We have to do some soul-searching internally to determine whether or not we are even capable of functioning as a governing body,” said Representative Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota. “If ‘no’ is your goal, it’s the easiest goal in the world to reach.”

Representative Robert Pittenger, Republican of North Carolina, offered this advice to hardline conservatives who helped sink the bill: “Follow the example of Ronald Reagan. He was a master, he built consensus. He would say, ‘I’ll take 80 percent and come back for the other 20 percent later.’”

Failure of the House effort leaves the Affordable Care Act in place, with all the features Republicans detest.

The Republican bill would have repealed tax penalties for people who go without health insurance, rolled back federal insurance standards, reduced subsidies for the purchase of private insurance and set new limits on spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program for more than 70 million low-income people. The bill would also have repealed taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act on health insurance providers, manufacturers of prescription drugs and medical devices, and many high-income people.

The bill would also have cut off federal funds to Planned Parenthood for one year.  Mr. Ryan said the bill included “huge conservative wins.” But those provisions were ultimately not enough. 

 

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Trump: An Opportunistic Religionist Or Political Shyster?

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Upon reading the opinion piece below by Peter Wehner, OneWorld invites readers to digest the article and answer this question for themselves before Nov. 8, 2016: Is Donald Trump an opportunistic religionist or simply an effective political shyster? And exactly what is happening in our country when an adult — considered to be of sound mind– writes about Mr. Trump and argues that “Christians “must” vote for him because he is “the last best hope of keeping America from sliding into oblivion.” This is not only frightening, it appears that some people are taking leave of their senses.  The article below by Peter Wehner is certainly worth reading, sharing and discussing with others.  Donald Trump is dangerous for many reasons; however, what might be most frightening about him is that he seems willing to go to any length to deceive, to get what he wants and there seems to be no barriers he will not break down (temporarily) to achieve his objectives; it’s frightening.  In the “Theology of Donald Trump” Mr. Wehner addresses some salient points to be analyzed and carefully thought about. 

  • a) Is Donald Trump really a Christian or merely an opportunistic religionist?
  • b) Does anyone know exactly what it is that Trump believes in other than himself?
  • c)  Are Christians truly motivated by pride or by principles?
  • d)  What defines one as a Christian and how can that fact be proven?

When so-called ‘Christians’ get all wrapped up in make-believe, the rest of us need to be attentive; there is no predicting the unseen dangers involved.  Such is the case with Donald Trump and his religious supporters. Here is a paragraph from the article below to be carefully considered:

“This fulsome embrace of Mr. Trump is rather problematic, since he embodies a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity. If you trace that worldview to its source, Christ would not be anywhere in the vicinity.”  OneWorld encourages visitors to please read and share the complete and very informative article below. Thanks

The Theology of Donald Trump

And should your conscience tell you that Mr. Trump might not be the right choice, Robert Jeffress, the influential pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, explains that “any Christian who would sit at home and not vote for the Republican nominee” is “motivated by pride rather than principle.”

This fulsome embrace of Mr. Trump is rather problematic, since he embodies a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity. If you trace that worldview to its source, Christ would not be anywhere in the vicinity.

Time and again Mr. Trump has shown contempt for those he perceives as weak and vulnerable — “losers,” in his vernacular. They include P.O.W.s, people with disabilities, those he deems physically unattractive and those he considers politically powerless. He bullies and threatens people he believes are obstacles to his ambitions. He disdains compassion and empathy, to the point where his instinctive response to the largest mass shooting in American history was to congratulate himself: “Appreciate the congrats for being right.”

What Mr. Trump admires is strength. For him, a person’s intrinsic worth is tied to worldly success and above all to power. He never seems free of his obsession with it. In his comments to that gathering of evangelicals, Mr. Trump said this: “And I say to you folks, because you have such power, such influence. Unfortunately the government has weeded it away from you pretty strongly. But you’re going to get it back. Remember this: If you ever add up, the men and women here are the most important, powerful lobbyists. You’re more powerful. Because you have men and women, you probably have something like 75, 80 percent of the country believing. But you don’t use your power. You don’t use your power.”

In eight sentences Mr. Trump mentioned some variation of power six times, to a group of individuals who have professed their love and loyalty to Jesus, who in his most famous sermon declared, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” and “Blessed are the meek,” who said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness,” and who was humiliated and crucified by the powerful.

To better understand Mr. Trump’s approach to life, ethics and politics, we should not look to Christ but to Friedrich Nietzsche, who was repulsed by Christianity and Christ. “What is good?” Nietzsche asks in “The Anti-Christ”: “Whatever augments the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man. What is evil? Whatever springs from weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power increases – that resistance is overcome.”

Whether or not he has read a word of Nietzsche (I’m guessing not), Mr. Trump embodies a Nietzschean morality rather than a Christian one. It is characterized by indifference to objective truth (there are no facts, only interpretations), the repudiation of Christian concern for the poor and the weak, and disdain for the powerless. It celebrates the “Übermensch,” or Superman, who rejects Christian morality in favor of his own. For Nietzsche, strength was intrinsically good and weakness was intrinsically bad. So, too, for Donald Trump.

Those who believe this is merely reductionism should consider the words of Jesus: Do you have eyes but fail to see and ears but fail to hear? Mr. Trump’s entire approach to politics rests on dehumanization. If you disagree with him or oppose him, you are not merely wrong. You are worthless, stripped of dignity, the object of derision. This attitude is central to who Mr. Trump is and explains why it pervades and guides his campaign. If he is elected president, that might-makes-right perspective would infect his entire administration.

All of this is important because of what it says about Mr. Trump as a prospective president. But it is also revealing for what it says about Christians who now testify on his behalf (there are plenty who don’t). The calling of Christians is to be “salt and light” to the world, to model a philosophy that defends human dignity, and to welcome the stranger in our midst. It is to stand for justice, dispense grace and be agents of reconciliation in a broken world. And it is to take seriously the words of the prophet Micah, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?”

Evangelical Christians who are enthusiastically supporting Donald Trump are signaling, even if unintentionally, that this calling has no place in politics and that Christians bring nothing distinctive to it — that their past moral proclamations were all for show and that power is the name of the game.

The French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul wrote: “Politics is the church’s worst problem. It is her constant temptation, the occasion of her greatest disasters, the trap continually set for her by the prince of this world.” In rallying round Mr. Trump, evangelicals have walked into the trap. The rest of the world sees it. Why don’t they?

“Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the last three Republican administrations and is a contributing opinion writer.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/campaign-stops/the-theology-of-donald-trump.html?

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Trumpcare Vs Obamacare: Don’t Be Deceived. Get Informed Now

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TRUMPCARE Vs OBAMACARE: APOCALYPSE FORETOLD  (This OneWorld Summary Was Posted to FaceBook 3/16/17)

Trumpcare vs. Obamacare: Apocalypse Foretold

Paul Krugman is an American economist and professor of economics at Princeton University. He is a leading liberal voice in American policy debate and has been labelled one of the most influential academic thinkers in America. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 2008 in recognition for his work on international economics.

Krugman was born in Albany, New York on February 28, 1953, and grew up in Nassau County. He went to John F.Kennedy High School in Bellmore, before graduating with a B.A. summa cum laude in economics from Yale University in 1974. Krugman did a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977.  In the late 1970s, Krugman began working on international trade and a new model of monopolistic competition within trade. Krugman later developed and popularized work on new trade theory. He also explained the importance of consumers’ preference for diversity, which explains the survival of higher cost goods, which have a distinctive brand. This field of New Trade theory became one of his areas of expertise and would form the basis for his Nobel Prize.  Paul Krugman writes on: Macroeconomics, trade, health care, social policy and politics.

Krugman has worked at various top universities, such as MIT, London School of Economics, and Princeton University. In 1982, he spent a year working for the Council of Economic Advisers under the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.

The information immediately below is a OneWorld summary of the Krugman article. The Krugman article starts after the group picture with Donald Trump and Cabinet members.

WAKE UP AMERICA – The Apocalypse IS at Our Doors. What are we going to do about it? (All essential information taken from NYTimes article)

  • The Congressional Budget Office (C.B.O.) report on Trumpcare is out, and it’s devastating:
  • 14 million people losing insurance in the first year, 24 million over time,
  • Premiums soaring for older, lower-income Americans — in many cases,
  • These are the very people who voted strongly for President Trump.

“The C.B.O. thinks it would reduce the deficit, but only marginally, around $30 billion a year in a $19 trillion economy.

“Let me offer one assertion and ask two questions.

“The assertion is that something like this was to be expected. The C.B.O. came in even worse on coverage than most predicted, but it was obvious that the news would be terrible because that’s what the logic of the situation told us.

  • Obamacare imposes a mandate to induce healthy people to sign up, offers means-tested subsidies to make insurance affordable and expands Medicaid to take care of people with really low incomes.
  • Trumpcare eliminates the mandate, slashes subsidies overall and redirects them to those who don’t need them and sharply cuts Medicaid. Of course that leads to a huge drop in coverage.
  • Obamacare is actually an intelligently designed system, and Republican claims that they could do much better even while slashing funding so they could cut taxes on the rich were always obvious nonsense.
  • Trumpcare is a slapdash, incompetent piece of legislation; but even a much more competent set of people couldn’t have done better given the constraints of Republican Party ideology.  
  • Now my questions: First, can this legislation still go through? I have learned never to underestimate the cravenness of Republican “moderates,” who may posture to the center but almost always cave to the hard right when it matters.
  • But even so, it’s hard to imagine this act of cruelty getting 50 senators. And if it can’t pass the Senate, won’t right-wing purists in the House decide to advertise their purity by voting against a bill that still falls short of free-market ideals rather than vote for Obamacare 0.5?
  • WE KNOW THAT THE INTENT OF OBAMACARE WAS TO BE HELPFUL TO THOSE IN NEED.
  • WHAT IS THE INTENT OF TRUMPCARE AND THE GOP PRESCRIPTION? WHO IS BEING HELPED?
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/opinion/trumpcare-vs-obamacare-apocalypse-foretold.html?

 Trumpcare Vs Obamacare: Apocalypse Foretold

President Trump meeting with cabinet members on Monday, the same day the Congressional Budget Office released its report on Trumpcare. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

“The Congressional Budget Office report on Trumpcare is out, and it’s devastating: 14 million people losing insurance in the first year, 24 million over time, with premiums soaring for older, lower-income Americans — in many cases, the very people who went strongly for President Trump. The C.B.O. thinks it would reduce the deficit, but only marginally, around $30 billion a year in a $19 trillion economy.

“Let me offer one assertion and ask two questions.

“The assertion is that something like this was to be expected. The C.B.O. came in even worse on coverage than most predicted, but it was obvious that the news would be terrible because that’s what the logic of the situation told us. Obamacare imposes a mandate to induce healthy people to sign up, offers means-tested subsidies to make insurance affordable and expands Medicaid to take care of people with really low incomes. Trumpcare eliminates the mandate, slashes subsidies overall and redirects them to those who don’t need them and sharply cuts Medicaid. Of course that leads to a huge drop in coverage.

Or to put it differently, Obamacare is actually an intelligently designed system, and Republican claims that they could do much better even while slashing funding so they could cut taxes on the rich were always obvious nonsense. Trumpcare is a slapdash, incompetent piece of legislation; but even a much more competent set of people couldn’t have done better given the constraints of Republican Party ideology.

Now my questions: First, can this legislation still go through? I have learned never to underestimate the cravenness of Republican “moderates,” who may posture to the center but almost always cave to the hard right when it matters. But even so, it’s hard to imagine this act of cruelty getting 50 senators. And if it can’t pass the Senate, won’t right-wing purists in the House decide to advertise their purity by voting against a bill that still falls short of free-market ideals rather than vote for Obamacare 0.5?

Second, what were Republican leaders thinking? Something like this C.B.O. score was a foregone conclusion; would it really have mattered much if it were 15 million losing insurance, not 24 million? How was this supposed to work out politically?

Again, I wouldn’t count out the possibility that this law will be rammed through regardless, with budget analyses relegated to the category of fake news. Democrats might even want to hope that this happens, so that there is no question about who to blame if insurance collapses. But the lemming-like way Republicans rushed into this disaster is still amazing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/opinion/trumpcare-vs-obamacare-apocalypse-foretold.html?

Here is another informative and fascinating article by Paul Krugman that visitors might find interesting.  We recommend it highly.

Facts Are Enemies of the People

Reality is whatever Donald Trump says it is. What is frightening about that is – apparently, there are millions of Americans who believe him. When did so many of us become so daft?

  • “The U.S. economy added 3 million jobs during President Obama’s second term, or 214,000 a month. This brought the official unemployment rate below 5 percent, and a number of indicators suggested that by late last year we were fairly close to full employment.
  • “But Donald Trump insisted that the good news on jobs was “phony,” that America was actually suffering from mass unemployment.
  • “Then came the first employment report of the Trump administration, which at 235,000 jobs added looked very much like a continuation of the previous trend. And the administration claimed credit: Job numbers, Mr. Trump’s press secretary declared, “may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”
  • “Reporters laughed — and should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. For it really wasn’t a joke. America is now governed by a president and party that fundamentally don’t accept the idea that there are objective facts. Instead, they want everyone to accept that reality is whatever they say it is.
  • “Enemy of the people” is, of course, a phrase historically associated with Stalin and other tyrants. This is no accident. Mr. Trump isn’t a dictator — not yet, anyway — but he clearly has totalitarian instincts.
  • It’s part of a much bigger struggle, in which what’s really at stake is whether ignorance is strength, whether the man in the White House is the sole arbiter of truth.
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/opinion/facts-are-enemies-of-the-people.html?

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Women’s History – Honoring Forerunner Shirley Chisholm

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Whether it is Black History or Women’s History, Shirley Anita Chisholm fits the billing. Learn about this phenomenal woman.

OneWorld honored her for Black History month, and we are again honoring her for Women’s History Month.  Shirley Chisholm was a POWERHOUSE.  She lived from  November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005.

Shirley Chisholm was a female Forerunner  in US  Democratic Politics.  She learned to live by Frederick Douglass’ creed or pronouncement– “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.  Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

https://youtu.be/-uk2JuXZMwY  YouTube Trailer for Unbought http://www.pbs.org/pov/chisholm/ 

Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8d5PWe5c8
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Winner of the 2006 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, Chisholm ’72 chronicles Shirley Chisholm ..Shirley Chisholm 

http://www.pbs.org/pov/chisholm/PBS

Synopsis

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to run for president. Her wit, spirit and charisma reminds all Americans of their power as citizens.

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People like to ask, if Shirley Chisholm ran today would she have an easier time? In terms of the public’s perception of her, yes. In terms of actually ‘running,’ I think she would have a harder time.”

— Shola Lynch, Filmmaker

 Personal Life and Legacy: 

Chisholm was married to Conrad Chisholm from 1949 to 1977. She wed Arthur Hardwick Jr. in 1986. She authored two books during her lifetime, Unbought and Unbossed (1970) and The Good Fight (1973).

Chisholm died on January 1, 2005, at the age of 80, in Ormond Beach (near Daytona Beach), Florida. Nearly 11 years later, in November 2015, she was posthumously awarded the distinguished Presidential Medal of Freedom

“She was our Moses that opened the Red Sea for us,” Robert E. Williams, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Flagler County, once said of Chisholm in an interview with The Associated Press. William Howard, Chisholm’s longtime campaign treasurer, expressed similar sentiments. “Anyone that came in contact with her, they had a feeling of a careness,” Howard said, “and they felt that she was very much a part of each individual as she represented her district.”  Below are segments that can be copied and posted elsewhere.

  • Shirley Chisholm: Political Powerhouse.  Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author.  In 1968, she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.   She was Unbought and Unbossed!
  • Read our OneWorld blog at: http://oneworldpi.org/blog/archives/4804 to learn much more about Shirley Chisholm.
  • According to the history of America’s political record, Victoria Woodhull (1872) was the first woman to have announced her intention to run for the presidency.  Here is what the records say:
  • Woodhull, an Ohio native who was with the Equal Rights Party, is credited as the first woman to run for president—in an election won by incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant. Her bid came almost 50 years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment allowed women the right to vote. But there was nothing in the Constitution that prevented women from running for office at the time, says Elizabeth Maurer, director of programs for the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Woodhull’s platform included universal suffrage, an eight-hour workday, abolition of the death penalty and  nationalization of railroads, according to The History Channel. She believed in “free love,” which to her was the ability for men and women to get married, divorced and remarry, if they wanted. A newspaper editor, she was jailed just a few days before Election Day for publishing an article accusing a prominent preacher of having an extramarital affair. http://www.newsweek.com/american-female-presidential-contenders-487355
    While historians agree she was the first woman to run for president of the U.S., she was younger than the constitutionally mandated age of 35. The presidential inauguration was in March 1873; her 35th birthday was in September of that year.

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