Latest Polls Show Democrats Are Still Running From Salvation

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Some of you ⸺ well, fewer of you, assuming the latest polling news is accurate ⸺ will groan as I resurface an earlier point I made about how redemption shall remain a fleeting fantasy for the Democratic National Committee until they first pursue salvation.

While the DNC has spent much of its post-November implosion state spitting “Agent Orange is the St. Petersburg Candidate” memes, a new survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post shows that only four percent of Trump voters have buyer’s remorse.

And the woes of Democrats crash down even harder. Look at this chart:

When comparing the percentage of voters who believe the two major parties and Trump are out of touch with everyday Americans, the Democratic Party ranks the worst with 67.

ABC explains why this is worse news for Democrats:

That’s a steeply negative turn for the Democrats, 19 percentage points more critical than when last asked three years ago, including especially steep losses in their base.

Now, I would like for someone to coherently explain to me what any Russian has to do with the DNC’s deterioration in relevance.

While I admit that gerrymandering is a state and local problem that needs to be addressed, this poll sends a clear message: even with a level, electoral playing field and do-over, Trump would still become Commander-in-Chief.

Still not convinced? Well, the ABC/WaPo poll is about to break your heart some more.

Here’s the setup: the percentage of survey respondents who said they voted for Clinton or Trump respectively reflect the popular vote margin that tilted toward Clinton in November’s general election.

And now for the hammer: the survey shows that 85 percent of those Clinton voters would not vote for her in a do-over election. Only two percent of her defectors would switch to Trump, but the remainder would support a third-party candidate or stay home.

(Laughing) Did Russia hack the survey?

The DNC also can’t blame Bernie Sanders’ primary supporters for these issues of relevance. ABC explains:

Still, there’s no strong evidence that defectors primarily come from groups that favored Bernie Sanders in the primary. There are no broad differences by age, and liberals are 9 points more likely than moderates and conservatives to stick with Clinton.

The DNC played themselves attempting be the Party of Hillary Clinton and hoping that working-class Americans could not tell the difference between a progressive values-driven candidate and a neoliberal shrill for the rich. Implosion became the result.

And not because Trump is so likeable. His approval ratings continue swim near the bottom of the scale.

It’s because the Democrats ignored its past sins of becoming the party of bankers, Hollywood and free trade agreements, and then doubled-down on its bad behavior by not delivering a clear vision America’s future while supporting an damaged brand called “Clinton.”

I’ll remind you of a reason why I call Democrats the Party of no Guts.

Salvation is hard work, plus it requires admission of past sins like ⸺ in the case of Democrats ⸺supporting the financial deregulation scheme that nearly destroyed Western civilization in 2008.

Such an admission ⸺ one of several transgressions, I must add ⸺ requires Democrats to revisit the political franchise they’ve built from donations of oligarchs who have no regard for the working families Democrats claim to represent, and then vow to build new roots.

That kind of admission can be scary. And embarrassing. Plus, it’ a sure-fire way to lose a handful of your rich friends.

Needless to say I’m not surprised by any of this.

Read the survey’s more detailed findings here [pdf] …

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Iraq and Vietnam Saw False Flag Attacks — You Just Witnessed One in Syria

Syria Gas Attack
You already know by now I have strong suspicions that the Syria chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhoun either didn’t happen or sarin gas was not used to kill those civilians, as the US has claimed.

I said back then about the video evidence found on YouTube:

All the hospital personnel either wore surgical masks or nothing over their faces at all.

So, why did we NOT see medical personnel dropping to the floor on camera due to exposure?

Anything less than wearing a hazmat suit and protective headgear when near sarin gas attack victims who were immediately exposed to the agent means trouble.

But doctors are wearing leather jackets for protection?

Ted Postol also has doubts about the chemical attack as well as the evidence presented by US intelligence that points to Syria being responsible — except Postol is Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a recognized expert in missile systems and weapons of mass destruction.

Postol went much deeper than my leather protective gear observations and GIFs to not only prove the evidence produced by US intelligence to connect the Syrian government with the April 4 gas attack is faulty, but he also presents a strong case that the attack and its evidence were staged.

We’re talking about a using false flag to justify subsequent acts of warfare. “Iraq has WMDs” style. Gulf of Tonkin-type stuff.

I read Postol’s observations of the video evidence on turcopolier’s Sic Semper Tyrannis blog, where I saw yet another image of an investigator dressed more like he was out gardening for the weekend than tending to ground zero of a sarin gas attack:

The guy in the image has no hazmat suit but was able to pick up a bird, recently killed by sarin gas, without risk of death or illness? Not even a cough? 

C’mon, he’s wearing sandals!

The image came from this video.

I then learned that Postol published an exclusive report [PDF] on Washington’s Blog that further destroyed the US intelligence assessment of the gas attack. By the way, I suggest you bookmark Washington’s Blog.

Based on the US’s story version that says Syria carried out the gas attack by dropping a bomb from a jet fighter and the bomb’s blast distributed the lethal gas, Postol analyzed weather conditions, the most likely path taken by the gas plume and the crater resulting from the gas bomb’s explosion to not only conclude that the explosion was staged from the ground, but he also determined that the sarin gas attack didn’t happen.

In addition, Postol studied a series of photos from ground zero over time and pointed out that the site went through a series of revisions (PDF). In other words, evidence tampering appears to be at work.

But something awful indeed happened. Postol’s analyses beg for the US and Russia to jointly endorse a formal investigation of whatever happened on April 4.

For example, Postol points to this photo of the crater supposedly forged by the gas bomb dropped from a Syrian military jet plane. The bomb’s ruptured fuselage — which Postol says looks more like the section of an artillery missile than a bomb dropped by a plane, but that’s another story — is bent as if an explosion occurred OUTSIDE of the missile, as opposed to an explosion from INSIDE.

Light firecrackers (common sense advisory: don’t do this) that are placed inside a long, thin beer can so see what Postol’s talking about. The can will rupture, but not bend like a banana or the supposed sarin bomb container in the photos.

Or as Postol puts it:

If this is in fact the mechanism used to disperse the sarin, this indicates that the sarin tube was placed on the ground by individuals on the ground and not dropped from an airplane.

On the ground. In a territory controlled by jihadists at the time.

Postol also analyzed the travel path of of the sarin plume — given the wind direction, temperature and sun’s position during the time of the alleged gas attack — and determines that there would be mass casualties at a hamlet approximately 300 meters from the supposed bomb strike site

However no one reports of any mass deaths in the hamlet. Instead, we see waves of video posts of more or less the same gas victims in a different area.

We could resolve the inconsistencies found in the US intelligence report by conducting a properly-resourced investigation of the attacks

Except Team Trump has no interest in such an exercise. They accused the Syria government of the April 4 attack, fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase three days later and then shared its intelligence report to justify the missiles on April 11.

View Postol’s analyses here …

A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria (Formatted version, with images)

Addendum to A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria (PDF version with images)

Video Evidence of False Claims Made in the White House Intelligence Report of April 11, 2017 (PDF version with images)

The Nerve Agent Attack that Did Not Occur [PDF version with images]

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Trump — Assimilated

President Donald Trump was set to dump “obsolete” NATO — until he changed his mind.

In the name of efficiency, Trump imposed a federal hiring freeze — and then cited “efficiency” when he lifted the freeze.

Fed chairperson Janet Yellon was “toast” in Trump’s bold new world — and then he began to have second thoughts.

Abolishing the Export-Import Bank was a Trump priority — and then it wasn’t.

Trump’s stance on Syria signaled America’s shift away from the regime change business. And then that stance began to change.

And now Trump has changed his mind about attaching the “currency manipulator” label to China, his one-time nemesis.

The China policy is admittedly more complicated. I’ll explain that in a separate post.

Still, I’m sure that Trump and former President Barack Obama could have an interesting tea conversation one day about their first time being borged …

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Fire Spicer; Shut Down Pepsi; United Still Not Down

Sean Spicer, Pepsi, David Dao

Leave it to Sean Four-Fingers.

Politics aside, US Press Secretary Sean Spicer should be fired for being an idiot.

President Trump is free to choose any Conservative he wants to serve as his mouthpiece. I’m just asking that he chooses among the smart ones.

No need for me to break down Spicer’s waves of failing “Assad worse than Hitler” remarks during Passover(!) when Wonkette did a thorough job of that.

Spicer must’ve had the same communications training as United Airlines
… a company I’ve avoided flying with even before 9/11, when I became convinced that terrorists actively think about bombing any American company or physical asset around the world that contains a permutation of the words “America” or “United States.”

But United’s depiction of David Dao — the physician they manhandled and “reaccommodated” from their plane TWICE, after issuing him a boarding pass — as a guy with anger management issues makes me wonder about the synchronization of United CEO Oscar Moñoz’ statement and the news story about Dr. Dao being a gay, illegal drug-dispensing emotional firebomb.

As if It’s okay to yoke gay, illegal drug-dispensing emotional firebombs …

Speaking of yoking 69-year olds, Why should the airport security guard, who was asked by United to remove Dr. Dao, be placed on leave before disciplining the requestors?

It’s not like the officer was asked to invite the good doctor out for tea — I’m sure the guards involved would have been fired if they went back to Untied and said “Hey boss, the doctor won’t to leave, so he rides, right?”

Whoever dispatched the guards knew the outcome could be violent. This is just another corporate game of deflecting root causes.

Looks like my decision to stay the hell away from United’s Friendly Skies remains on point.

Which reminds me of this hilarious Pepsi-United mashup:

#NoWords #Pepsi #AmericanHorrorStory #HoldMyBeer

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I think boycotting Pepsi for trivializing people’s decades of struggle for equality and justice is too lenient.

I say let’s shut Pepsi all the way down.

Put ‘em out of business.

No negotiations, no acceptance of offers to kick in a few dollars to some National [fill in the organization’s name here]’s annual banquet. Lights out. Bye-bye, sugar.

Perhaps you’re a Doritos fan (I’m not). Then just shut down Pepsi’s soda division. Or decommission the company’s existence in chunks.

Individuals like Spicer, Muñoz — along with the institutions they represent — are quite accustomed to Twitter critics and marches.

That’s why you have to kick them in their vital organs: the polling spot and the market cap …

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Download This Soul Music Podcast Now.

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If you love modern, independent Soul music creators like Kindred the Family Soul, Angela Johnson, Moonchild and Amp Fiddler, give thanks to Soulsorts’ Roger Williams for this three-hour show of top-shelf tracks.

Click the pic below or go here to listen, get the track list and download. Be sure to follow his podcast to get the latest show uploads. Thanks for the Soul fix, Roger!

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Trump, Russia and the Big Boys Regime Change Club

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After a brief distraction from the November 8, 2016 elections and President Donald Trump’s brief declaration just over a week ago that removing President Bashar al-Assad would not be the United State’s priority in concluding Syria’s civil war, it appears that the Global Regime Change Tour — produced by the US — is back on track.

Or is it … ?

Let’s first deal with this chemical weapons attack in Idlib Province’s Khan Sheikhoun — allegedly committed by the Syrian government — and then cover Trump’s military response.

It’s clear that something awful happened, but the chemical attack story seems fishy to me.

These videos aren’t helping matters.

Take a look at this story of the attack victims submitted by Dr Shajul Islam:

Is that a doctor wearing a leather jacket and treating a “gas” victim with a ventilation bag?

Next scene: the film director must’ve told Leather Jacket Guy “Hey, stupid! Put your white Ghostbusters outfit on! This is the post-gas attack scene!”

So, the guy goes through a wardrobe change but still halfway handles the ventilation bag in the next scene. His protective surgical mask poetically hangs halfway off his mouth.

Plus, the Former Leather Jacket Guy spent more time staring at the camera than helping his patient.

Bad acting? Or bad doctor? In the latter case, the patient probably gave up the ghost by now.

Back to masks — this WAS a chemical attack, right? What’s a surgical mask going to do?

All the hospital personnel either wore surgical masks or nothing over their faces at all.

So, why did we NOT see medical personnel dropping to the floor on camera due to exposure?

Anything less than wearing a hazmat suit and protective headgear when near sarin gas attack victims who were immediately exposed to the agent means trouble.

But doctors are wearing leather jackets for protection?

Oooh, wait — how do you tell the difference between a Sarin chemical attack and a chlorine gas one?

You sniff the contaminated body, of course!

And we’re not even past a minute into the 10-plus minute video.

One more thing about Dr Shajul Islam — Google his name with the term “terror charges.”

Like many other skeptics have pointed out, there’s no strategic reason for the Syrian government, who is winning the war at this point, to gas anyone.

Something terrible appeared to happen, but what? And how?

I have a stupid question for you: how would you like to see children die — from gas attacks, or bombs?

Innocent children have been bombed to death across the Middle East since 2001, but a chemical gas attack against these children is Trump’s red line?

Why isn’t anyone calling out Saudi Arabia’s B.S. when they condemned these gas attacks while they are killing or starving innocent babies in Yemen with US-made bombs, US-sourced intelligence and US fighter jet refueling capabilities?

yemen baby starved to death

This Yemeni baby starved to death.

Why isn’t Trump condemning the baby deaths in Yemen?

#45 referred to the “beautiful babies” from Syria who died in last Tuesday’s gas attack.

Do the dialectics of Trump’s prose and the substance of his actions (or inactions) declare the babies of Yemen less beautiful?

When Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS) was killing babies in 2014, the US only half-azzed bombed ISIL — and as a result, we saw the terror group’s medieval-like caliphate actually grow its territorial footprint. It took Russia’s madness-ending air strikes to reverse ISIL’s momentum.

We know by now that the half-azzed air strikes were by design since ISIL appeared to be an effective bet — risks of creating Mujihadeen 2.0 considered(?) — to remove Assad.

I’ll save that for later.

But were the Syrian babies not beautiful in 2014?

How about the hundreds of Syrian babies who were killed by US air strikes?

What about the babies killed by US-led coalition air strikes in Iraq? You can analyze those deaths here.

What beautiful baby deaths moved Trump to act this time?

I know we’re talking about the simple thinking of Trump, but I’d like to think the answer is more complex than the blond twins:

Hey, I stated my desire …

The situation finds Trump pushed by two catalytic vectors — the wave of recent setbacks concerning his domestic agenda, and the way this attack serves as a test of his own “red line” preferences.

You can’t go out like a punk!” is what I’m sure his aides said to him.

Blaming President Obama on TV for how the former President’s reaction to the 2013 Ghouta gas attack led to what we see today didn’t go terribly far in convincing people that Trump was acting sufficiently presidential.

But Trump had to do SOMETHING to show Americans what kind of leader he is — without ratcheting up Russia’s anger.

So, he gives Russia the heads-up that America will have to bomb a Syrian airfield, Syria gets the advance warning to prepare and then missiles flew.

All this with no publicly accessible evidence of what exactly happened in Idlib, and no plan for what should happen next.

Did we just witness another erratic decision by Team Trump, or an attempt at a deft parry that hoped to turn a horrific event into the neutralization of domestic critics and Russia collusion witch hunters?

The gas attack and Trump’s response open a new chapter that will give keen observers an opportunity to separate the political elites from people just want to screamRUSSIA” from their lungs for MSNBC airtime.

Like I mentioned in previous posts, the US has wanted regime change in Syria for about two decades. Some will argue the desire and attempts at implementation have occurred several times since 1949.

Active planning for removing Syria President Assad began about a decade ago.

The convenient convergence of the Arab Spring and the Gulf nations’ desire to build a natural gas pipeline through Syria — against Assad’s wishes and erasing Russia’s gas market advantage in Europe — prompted the US to channel arms and training to shady “rebels” for the purpose of overthrowing Assad.

And yes, those rebels have been infiltrated by jihadists.

Allowing the formation and expansion of Islamic State under the “I thought they were junior varsity jihadists” excuse — despite 2012 warnings from a nutcase intelligence chief who happened to be right this time — was part of the regime change plan.

Overthrowing Assad this way means Russia loses the European gas market and Iran loses a client state, but the region gains an extremist cesspool that would be the worst mixture of 1999’s Afghanistan and 2017’s Libya. Both were also US creations, by the way.

With Assad out of the way, Iran — and its enormous oil reserves — would be an imminent stop on the Global Regime Change Tour. Besides, without regime change in Iran, the country will soon become too powerful to obey rules of desired behavior in the Middle East.

I suspect that Trump did not understand much of this during his presidential campaign and the beginning of his honeymoon in the White House when he declared that ridding Syria of jihadists would be his administration’s priority, and not regime change.

If you get the concept of how “the enemy of your enemy is not always down with you,” you’ll now understand why the political elites, including Bush The Second, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and 2016 political opponent Hillary Clinton take the same side when criticizing Trump about Syria. I rap about this in more detail here.

This also explains why nutcase General Mike Flynn had to leave his NSA director position one way or another, and Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council.

Some of you still see the world through red or blue lenses, so I’ll say this differently to avoid being misunderstood: Bannon and Flynn may not be down with down with you, but they’re also not down with the political elite’s bigger picture.

I’m particularly concerned about Trump’s more recent decision to focus on regime change in Syria.

This tells me the political elites are winning control of foreign policy, and the Global Regime Change Tour will resume in Syria and Ukraine.

Except Russia will not go along with this plan.

To be continued …

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The MLK Speech You’ve Heard Before (But Not Really)

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I’m recognizing the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination by posting his final speech — better known to many as “I have Been to the Mountaintop” — since many of us only know two minutes of it.

Along with the media-saturated “I Have a Dream” speech by MLK, just playing the climax of “Mountaintop” hides the vision of MLK feared by the establishment: a man fed-up with America’s hypocrisy of evangelizing freedom while poor Americans can’t eat and poor people from other lands are obliterated by America’s very expensive bombs.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

What made King especially dangerous is that he had many followers who felt the same way.

I’ve written about this a long time ago — by 1967, King was clearly speaking a language of social justice highly familiar to the Black Lives Matter movement and Berners. [Plus, check this out.]

MLK’s planned Poor People’s Campaign sounds like a decades-earlier version of Occupy Wall Street.

King understood by then that integrating lunch counters would never lead to social and economic equality; and that a more radical change was needed.

King also knew well before fatally meeting a sniper’s bullet on April 4, 1968 that death was following his evolving message of equality.

King came to the aid of striking Black sanitation workers in Memphis Tennessee who were underpaid, barred from forming a union and were subjected to deadly working conditions. The first march led to a chaotic incident — King talked about that in a tone that will remind you of how the media covered those Ferguson demonstrations — but he returned to Memphis to continue this struggle.

This is the backdrop to KIng’s Mountaintop speech.

Embedded media is below. Listen, read, share and discuss with your friends …

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S.F.M.D. (Silly Flynn Makin’ Dollas)

[BK’s note: I still think President Donald Trump lacks the emotional stability to serve in public office so don’t twist my opinions in this piece into an endorsement of his administration.]

The anti-Trump movement has been giddy these days since hearing that recently fired National security Advisor Michael Flynn offered to speak with Russiagate investigators in exchange for immunity. Flynn was forced out of the Trump Administration after it was revealed that he discussed US sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak in 2016, but did not disclose these conversations to Trump officials.

As we’ve learned from the experience of granting members of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s circle immunity in exchange for testimony about her email practices, there’s no guarantee that granting immunity will result in anyone getting arrested.

But let’s take a step backward and discuss the legal trouble Flynn finds himself in.

Because his silly azz couldn’t wait a few weeks until he was sworn-in as a government official to have a chat with Kislyak, Flynn could face jail time for violating a rare law from 1799(!)

(Laughing) And if Flynn can manage to be one of the few US officials to get caught up by the Logan Act, who knows what other legal troubles his lack of common sense created?

I’ll hit that point later, but we don’t know the full answer to that question — yet.

Let’s come back to the present and raise a related question: who the hell knows what Flynn wants to talk about with investigators?

Until we hear what Flynn has to say, we don’t know if the US’s Russia investigation will be any closer to determining if [1] Team Trump collaborated with Russia to steer the outcome of last November’s presidential elections, or [2] the Trump Administration is currently on the Russian payroll as agents.

“What about the $67,000 in payments he received from Russia,” you may ask.

Even if you ignore how President Bill Clinton, like Flynn, received money from Russians in the form of speaking fees — the former Leader of the Free World made $500,000 from a single speech delivered to a Russian entity with ties to the Kremlin — you can’t look past a Washington Post piece that subtly points out how the $45,000 Flynn received from speaking at a 2015 event sponsored by Russian media organization RT was a result of RT talking down Flynn’s initial asking price, which Flynn then had to split with the speakers bureau that helped to book the gig.

Does openly driving a hard bargain against a “Russian agent” for speaking fees make sense to you?

Given how Flynn’s common sense seems to fail him at important moments, I’m not surprised that he withheld the Russian payment transactions as a way to avoid a witch-hunting media firestorm. After all, it’s not easy explaining to the public any Russian relationship you have these days.

But he should have known by now that the US government would soon discover those payments, thus making his lack of disclosure ridiculous.

Besides, Flynn could be tossed in jail for filing false financial disclosure reports.

But the fact that Flynn is a hot mess with respect to his personal business does not yet tell us anything about him being a Russian lackey.

Until we know what Flynn has to say, we’re back to the same level of insight we’ve been in since November 8th 2016: there is no evidence at this point which points to members of the Trump team colluding with Russia to influence the presidential elections, or that members of the Trump Administration are on the Russian payroll to perform Russia’s bidding.

Let’s revisit this topic after Flynn talks …

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Sunday Smack: Is Steve Bannon the Frantz Fanon of White People?

Frantz Fanon, Steve Bannon

The Strange Persistence of Guilt” piece by New York Times writer David Brooks — where he equates President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and Alt-Right icon Steve Bannon with Martiniquan psychologist, writer, philosopher and radical Frantz Fanon — is the inspiration for today’s Sunday Smack.

Before Brooks raised eyebrows with his comparison, he provided some context:

… America’s heartland populists see themselves as the victims of the oppressive coastal elites.

He then dropped this pairing:

Steve Bannon is the Frantz Fanon of the whites.

There’s almost no argument that America’s heartland has also suffered during the past four decades of growing income inequality.

And Bannon is arguably the intellectual voice for many working class Whites.

But others would argue that the historical backdrop for Bannon and Fanon are highly dissimilar.

Let me know what you think:

Is Steve Bannon the Frantz Fanon of White people?

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You Voted for Death Panels Last November

Do you remember back in 2009 when Party of No Brains Governor Sarah Palin prohesized that the Party of No Guts’ attempt to reform the American healthcare system would result in the formation of death panels that would determine who lives and dies?

Well — dare I say this — she was right

… Except the death panels were formed by her own party, who in turn crafted a death proposal they call the American Healthcare Act.

And that means all of you who voted for the Party of No Brains during last November’s elections also voted for death panels.

There’s a hard truth about bad public policy that many people are too diplomatic to discuss: people DIE as a result of bad policy.

Or, bad policy becomes an obstruction to saving people from death.
Therefore, people still die.

The moment you implement a policy that separates people from their ability to generate wealth at a pace equivalent to the cost of living, or denies them access to health or safety, DEATH follows.

And the Party of No Brains recently tried to “cure” America’s healthcare problem by proposing legislation that would have KILLED people.

Death is the outcome when you make healthcare too expensive for the elderly to purchase.

Death is the outcome when millions of people are removed from health insurance plans.

Death is the outcome when you cut funding to maternity care and mental health.

But few people talk about the Party of No Brains’ American Healthcare Act in these terms.

But not this blog.

Since 2011, the Party of No Brains voted on Obamacare no less than 50 times, which included measures to repeal or replace it.

I could only pray that Congress spends at least a third of such focused energy to eliminate American poverty or destroy Al-Nusra in Syria …

… But these clowns had seven years — more than that when you consider the time spent between the Affordable Care Act’s pre-passage debate and their mid-term conquest of the House of Representatives — to craft a replacement to Obamacare, and the only option they can come up with is a plan that KILLS people?

And for people who’ve given President Trump the benefit of Teflon, There’s no good conclusion you can reach from his endorsement of a policy that leads to people dying.

Trump either never pressed for the death proposal’s details, couldn’t stretch his brain to make the conclusion that death would have been an outcome for many, or simply didn’t care whether or not people would die as a result of the new law.

I have a question for you Party of No Brains fans: how does it feel to vote for a pro-life party that sat down at a meeting table to make decisions about which of your friends or family members would have to die?

How can the same “Party of Fetus Fixations” propose cuts to maternity care and think that’s an expression of love for life or this country?

And while the AHA …

… By the way, folks really need to think harder about the way their legislative titles can be converted to acronyms …

… has been defeated for now, do you realize that the Party of No Brains death panel still exists, and their plans to kill the current healthcare system you with hundreds of slower and smaller lacerations will quietly proceed?

Don’t you Party of No Brains fans feel as if you’ve been played by your leaders?

The Party of No Guts is not innocent here. Both Obamacare and AHA reflect willful bipartisan ignorance of a key driver behind high healthcare costs: the health insurance companies serving as intermediaries between you and your doctor — and then charging progressively higher premiums for this privilege to satisfy demanding shareholders.

You could say the health insurance industry’s half-billion dollar lobbying expenditure on both major parties is really woof ticket money.

Which explains why these companies were never named when one party stood behind an increasingly expensive and crumbling healthcare solution for nearly seven years with no intention of proposing an alternative fix, and the other party had no solution for the same amount of time — and then they threw together one that would kill people.

Therefore, the woofing you see from both sides of the aisle is a perverted game …

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