Is the Senate Republican Health-Care Bill Dead?

Late Monday evening Republican Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Jerry Moran (Kansas) tweeted their opposition to the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA).

“There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it,”

“This closed-door process has yielded the BCRA, which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.” – Moran

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the republican senate started the process of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare knowing they could only afford to lose 2 votes to pass any legislation. With Lee and Moran announcing their opposition to the BCRA the number of republicans that have publicly opposed the legislation now stands at 4, including Senators Rand Paul (Kentucky) and Susan Collins (Maine).

As much as Republicans hate the idea, they should work with Democrats on legislation that can shore up the health exchanges, lower premiums and lower deductibles within the framework of Obamacare.

Of course that’s easier said than done since republicans have built their base on a repeal and replace rhetoric that never had their constituents in mind.

Meanwhile, what’s next for the Trump White House?

Right now their only accomplishment is helping the ratings for MSNBC shows ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

 

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit – Vice News & Washington Post

Senate votes to end a Republican filibuster on new Gun Control Bill

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This morning the Senate successfully voted to end a Republican filibuster that would have held up debate on a new Gun Control Bill.

68-31, to end a Republican filibuster blocking the start of debate on a new gun control bill, a top priority for President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders.  Sixteen Republicans crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats. Two Democratic senators – Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas – sided with the majority of Republicans. Sixty votes were needed for passage.

Every once in a while common sense does a play a role in government.  Last week 13 Senate Republicans including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a letter informing him their intentions of filibustering any legislation that would “infringe” on the American’s people 2nd Amendment right.

Whatever your belief/stance is concerning gun control having an open debate on the legislation being offered is good for everyone.  Plus this legislation should have a fair shot at being voted on; let the record show where certain senators stand in the debate of gun control.  Let the people see where there elected officials stand!e

Here is something to start thinking about…  Once the Senate comes up with some kind of gun control legislation, what will House Majority Leader John Boehner do?

Will Boehner allow the bill to be debated or will he stuff the bill in a draw to collect dust?  If you were Boehner what would you do???

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

President Obama releases his 2012 Budget

With Pres Obama set to release his 2012 Budget on this Valentine’s Day I doubt he will receive much love from Republicans; especially in the House.  Obama’s 2012 Budget will propose $3.7 trillion in spending and $1.1 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 1o years.  Now with an overall National Deficit of $14 trillion, $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years doesn’t seem like much but it’s a start.  What’s lacking from the 2012 Budget are cuts to programs like Medicare, and Social Security.

Here are some other highlights from Obama’s 2012 Budget:

  • 2/3 of the money for the $1.1 trillion in deficit reductions over the next 10 years will come from program cuts and 1/3 of the money will come from tax hikes.  Well known programs to be cut are as follows; fewer subsidies for lower-income Americans for heating and cooling. And no more Pell grants for summer college.  Tax hikes will come from capping charitable deductions for wealthiest at 28% rate. Bush tax rates gone in 2013. Estate tax would rise back to 09 level
  • The 5-year spending freeze (at 2011 levels).
  • $78B in cuts over 5 years in the Pentagon budget

As I mentioned earlier this budget does nothing to tackle the entitlement spending like Medicare and the impending bankruptcy of Social Security; also what is missing is any mention of tax-reform.  The Obama Administration explained this by saying that cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Tax-reform are separate conversations.

Ummm, really???

We have to have these “conversations” soon, and right neither Republicans or Democrats seem willing to step forward and start that conversation.  The only one willing is Rand Paul, as I noted in a previous blog Paul’s ideas are definitely out of the box thinking for Washington but at least he is thinking.

We need to get serious and it needs to happen now!!

We will definitely see heated battles concerning Obama’s budget, but what good will that do if those battles don’t include cutting/reforming programs that carry the most weight in government spending (Defense, Healthcare, and Taxes).

With all that said, before we can move forward with the 2012 Budget we need to find out what is going to happen with the Debt Ceiling?  Some Republicans want to play a dangerous game by saying they will vote against raising the Debt Ceiling; if the ceiling is not raised the U.S. Government will default on its bills…

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Say something Tea Party…..

Over the past week we have seen that the NAACP has voted on a declaration asking the Tea Party to denounce the racism that seems to follow their events across the United States. In that declaration the NAACP respected the right of the existence of the Tea party and their core values (fiscal responsibility, and small government). In my opinion the NAACP went out of their way to ensure that they were not saying all Tea Party members are racist but to point out that for the past year there is enough evidence to show there is a disturbing presence at Tea Party rallies.

In response to the NAACP Tea Party backers like Sarah Palin decided to only focus on the idea that Tea Party members are good Americans; Palin and the rest of the Tea party backers time and time again fail to acknowledge what is clearly evident; and now we have the “open letter” from Mark Williams (Tea Party organizer)…

Dear Mr. Lincoln

We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!

In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’.

The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.

And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.” What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!

The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.” Again, they directly target coloreds. That means we Coloreds would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! How will we coloreds ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Sincerely

Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew NAACP Head Colored Person

Mark Williams attempt at comedy is in poor taste and is inappropriate for someone who is suppose to be a major organizer for a group trying to legitimize themselves. Recently Michele Bachmann spoke about her vision of the Tea Party having a caucus in congress that would represent Tea Party interest; you can’t talk about that until you address the deficiencies in that party.

So why does the Tea Party stand-by and say nothing?

In my opinion the Tea Party refuses to call out the racist in their party because they are fearful of alienating any supporters. As a young group their strength is in the number of supporters, if they call out the racist they worry about diminishing their numbers.

It’s time for Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul, and Sharron Angle to step up and be real leaders and demand the racism stop. Or else your silence speaks volumes of your overall views!

As always….
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

F-A-Natic Fridays – Rand Paul

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Are we really on the verge of a political revolution? Is our current political systems so screwed up that someone like Rand Paul could be the next political superstar? Personally I don’t believe we will suddenly see the fall of the 2 party system in the near future, but if we are not careful the radical aspects of both Republicans and Democrats will become dangerous influences within the parties.

In the case of Rand Paul he is a Libertarian with strong ties to the Tea Party Movement; officially he is a Republican.

So what exactly is a Libertarian?

Libertarians are committed to the belief that individuals, and not states or groups of any other kind, are both ontologically and normatively primary; that individuals have rights against certain kinds of forcible interference on the part of others.

Basically, Libertarians believe we the people would be much better off with less government in our lives.

So what would our society look like with less government? Would life really be that much better?

Well according to Rand Paul YES!

For some reason Rand Paul has a tremendous amount of faith in that society and natural progression will always fix what is wrong in the world. For example, Rand Paul supports the Civil Rights of every man, woman and child. He has said no one should be treated differently because of the color of their skin. He agrees with the Civil Rights Act on almost all points except for one part…

Title II of the Civil Rights Act made it a crime for private businesses to discriminate against customers on the basis of race. Paul explained that had he been in office during debate of bill, he would have tried to change the legislation. He said that it stifled first amendment rights.

In my opinion this is where being a Libertarian goes too far! Government stepped in to right a terrible wrong in our society. At the time society was not moving fast enough to abolish segregation; the government rightfully stepped in. Can you imagine if we waited for society to finally realize the wrongs of racism?

So now Rand Paul is a victim of his beliefs. He is now a player on the national stage as he prepares for the November elections. This country is not as conservative as he thinks it is. After making his remarks about the Civil Rights Act Paul was widely criticized. It was so bad he cancelled an appearance on Meet The Press.

So what happened to the Rand Paul from primary night that boldly stated the Tea Party was going to take back their government? You can’t fall back now, because you got slapped around by Rachel Maddow, HAHA!!!

At the end of the day he may win the Senate seat for Kentucky, but I predict he will not have much of an impact on the national scene. For the most we are a moderate society and this is what Libertarians like Paul have to understand.

There is a reason why we have government agencies like the Federal Avaition Administration and the Food Drug Administration. I like the idea that there are rules that pilots can only fly a certain amount of hours and that the government demands there are warning labels on drugs.

Rand Paul your too far left; come back to reality!!

As always….
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!