Why Conservative Evangelicals Like Trump - The Atlantic. Donald Trump has never been known for displays of Christian humility.
The first few minutes of his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in February were no exception. He thanked the creator of Celebrity Apprentice and, pronouncing Arnold Schwarzenegger a “total disaster,” asked the audience to pray for the show’s ratings. Trump went on to remind everyone that he is a billionaire, “somebody that has had material success and knows tremendous numbers of people with great material success—the most material success.” Later he acknowledged that his mission to stop terrorism “may not be pretty for a little while,” and promised that his administration would confront threats “viciously, if we have to.”
Trump’s signature swagger makes many Christians wince, but it has deterred few white evangelicals. GOP Health Bill Jeopardizes Out-of-Pocket Caps in Employer Plans - WSJ. The Medicare-for-All Imperative: Beyond “Saving” the Affordable Care Act - Healthy California Campaign. How The Gospel of Prosperity Explains the American Health Care Act - The Atlantic. Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
A Trump voter in Trump country—maybe a coal miner in West Virginia or the patron of a sleepy diner in rural Kentucky—is a recipient of Medicaid coverage under Obamacare for a life-threatening illness or chronic condition, but still maintains total support for President Trump and a zeal for repealing the program. Soon enough, there may be an addition to the tale of the anti-Obamacare Trump voter. Today, the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, passed the House after months of deliberation and frustration for the party. Party leaders celebrated in the Rose Garden; perhaps people in Trump country celebrated, too. Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists. ― Hannah Arendt People living in the United States have entered into one of the most dangerous periods of the 21st century.
President Donald Trump is not only a twisted caricature of every variation of economic, political, educational, and social fundamentalism, he is the apogee of an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian culture committed to destroying free speech, civil rights, women’s reproductive freedoms, and all vestiges of economic justice and democracy. Trump is the fascist shadow that has been lurking in the dark since Nixon’s Southern Strategy. Authoritarianism has now become viral in America, pursuing new avenues to spread its toxic ideology of bigotry, cruelty, and greed into every facet of society.
Why Republicans Can’t Come Up with an Obamacare Replacement. (Photo: AP/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise speak during a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference on January 4, 2017, to discuss a strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
It took the United States three and two-thirds years to move from the standing start (to put it mildly) of Pearl Harbor to victory in World War II. Perhaps more germane, it took Franklin Roosevelt’s administration two years and three months from FDR’s first inauguration to conceive, refine, and enact its defining pieces of legislation, Social Security and the National Labor Relations Act—and just a few short weeks to enact federal insurance for depositors’ bank accounts.
Trial Balloon for a Coup? – Yonatan Zunger – Medium. News Reports (1) Priebus made two public statements today.
One is that the ban on Muslims will no longer be applied to green card holders. Notably absent from his statement was anything about people with other types of visa (including long-term ones), or anything about the DHS’ power to unilaterally revoke green cards in bulk. What Do We Tell The Children? Medicare as we know it in jeopardy if Trump supports Paul Ryan's reforms. House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to phase out Medicare is nothing new.
But now, under a Trump presidency and with both houses of Congress in Republican hands, it looks like he could hypothetically be able to make it happen. Back in 2011, as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, Ryan floated a plan to turn Medicare into a "premium support" program. The "premium support" would be a payment that would let you buy insurance from private insurers. But you won't get full coverage. As Josh Marshall acidly noted Sunday in a blog for TPM, "In any case, rather than Medicare you'll have insurance from an insurance company, which everybody should love because haven't you heard from your parents and grandparents how bummed they were when they had to give up their private insurance for Medicare? House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently intends to push through his plan to phase out Medicare after Donald Trump is sworn in as president. Photo: Paul Sancya, AP Photo: Alex Brandon, AP.
Indivisible Guide. Why America should have more than 2 political parties.