Politicususa.com: Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down on Russia Investigation

The following is an excellent article written by Sean Colarossi on the Politicususa.com website on August 7, 2017 titled “Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down on Russia Investigation” and I quote:

“Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down On Russia Investigation”

Instead of taking Trump’s bait, Sen. Blumenthal is digging in his feet and doubling down on the increasingly serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down On Russia Investigation

Despite Donald Trump’s childish and deeply personal attacks on Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday, the Connecticut senator refused to lose focus of the special counsel investigation into Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia during last year’s election.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Sen. Blumenthal – a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – said Trump’s Monday morning attacks will not distract him from the investigation.

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Blumenthal said:

I won’t be distracted by these bullying tweets. If anything, they strengthen my resolve and determination to work for protecting the special counsel against exactly these tactics of bullying and intimidating, and that’s the reason that I have joined with two other Republicans and four of us Democrats in sponsoring bills that would protect the special counsel, require judicial review – a three-judge panel who would have to find good cause … before Donald Trump could fire Bob Mueller. And there are growing, ominous threats, tweets and warnings that we’ve seen – the world has seen – that we’re heading toward a collision between Bob Mueller and the President of the United States.

The Democratic senator’s renewed commitment to focusing on the Russia investigation and other key issues comes after Trump released several tweets on Monday targeting Blumenthal.

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Despite Trump’s latest unhinged tantrum, Sen. Blumenthal is clearly not taking the president’s bait or stooping to his level. Instead, the Democrat is digging in his feet and doubling down on the ongoing and increasingly serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia – and he’s working with Republicans to protect Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

The more this president takes to Twitter to bully those running the investigation into his ties to Russia, the more guilty he looks and the more determined those investigating him become.”

(DEMOCRATIC SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL OF CONNECTICUT KNOWS THERE IS PLENTY OF EVIDENCE FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, ROBERT MUELLER TO START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RUSSIA-TRUMP CONNECTION.  I HOPE IT STARTS SOON BECAUSE PRES TRUMP’S POPULARITY RATING KEEPS GOING DOWN SHOWING THAT THE VOTING PUBLIC IS GETTING DISGUSTED WITH HIS RIDICULOUS TWEETS, PARTICULARLY SINCE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WENT BANKRUPT SIX TIMES BEFORE HE BECAME PRESIDENT AND EVEN BRAGGED ABOUT IT DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES WITH HILLARY CLINTON.  IT’S TOO BAD THAT RNC CHAIRMAN, REINCE PREIBUS DIDN’T CHECK OUT PRES TRUMP BEFORE THE ELECTION.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, overtaxed, independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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PoliticusUSA.com: Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency

The following is an excellent article written by Jason Easley on the Politicususa.com website on August 7, 2017 titled “Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency” and I quote:

“Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency”

As poll show softening support for Trump among Republicans, the President used rallies of handpicked supporters to claim that his base is getting stronger, which illustrates how Trump is hallucinating a presidency that doesn’t exist.

Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency

As poll show softening support for Trump among Republicans, the President used rallies of handpicked supporters to claim that his base is getting stronger, which illustrates how Trump is hallucinating a presidency that doesn’t exist.

Trump tweeted:

Recent polling shows Trump’s strong support among Republicans has fallen to 53% as his unpopular policies and personality have combined to even push many Republicans to take a step back from this president.

President Trump is using rallies that are full of his own supporters as proof of the strength of his base. At some level, Trump realizes that his base is all he has, which is why he has tried to demand the repeal of Obamacare and ban transgender persons from the military.

Trump never seemed like he was on solid mental and emotional ground, but the Russia scandal has broken something inside of him. The President has retreated to dream land, and he is imagining support for that lives only in his mind.”

(REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS JUST TRYING TO PEP UP HIS TROOPS WITH A BUNCH OF FAKE NEWS OF HOW HIS POLL NUMBERS ARE GROWING.  THE FACT THAT HIS TRUMPCARE FELL FLAT ON ITS FACE EVEN THOUGH HE SAID HOW EASY IT WOULD BE TO PASS IT, HE FAILED TO REALIZE JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD LOSE THEIR COVERAGE, ACCORDING TO THE CBO REPORT BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.  IN THE MILLIONS.!!!  YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS, WHICH HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK THIS THROUGH, WOULD HAVE COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER, RATHER THAN SAYING “WE’LL HAVE A HEALTHCARE BILL MAYBE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS.”  MEANWHILE, PEOPLE CAN GET SICK ANYTIME.  AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY MY BILLS?????  SO, I UNDERSTAND HE IS GOING TO WORK ON HIS FEDERAL INCOME TAX PROPOSAL THAT WILL GIVE HUGE INCOME TAX BREAKS TO THE RICHEST 1% WHICH, IF THE MEDIA COVERS PROPERLY, WILL ALSO FAIL.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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Crooks and Liars.com: ‘Let’s Not Waste Any More Time’: Chris Wallace Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway For Linking Clinton to Russia

The following is an excellent article written by David on the Crooks and Liars.com website on July 30, 2017 titled “‘Let’s Not Waste Any More Time’: Chris Wallace Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway For Linking Clinton to Russia” and I quote:

“‘Let’s Not Waste Any More Time’: Chris Wallace Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway For Linking Clinton To Russia”

7/30/17 8:10am

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, on Sunday deflected questions about Attorney General Jeff Sessions by slamming the media over the investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.

During an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace became impatient when Conway tried to redirect every question he asked, from Obamacare to Russia.

“Kellyanne, you’ve got to allow me to ask some questions,” the Fox host told her as she continued to talk. “This week the president continued to attack his attorney general… Does the president want Jeff Sessions to continue as attorney general or — as has been suggested — is he considering him moving over to replace General Kelly as the secretary of Homeland Security?”

“That’s a personnel question that only the president can answer,” Conway opined before pivoting to the president’s campaign against “vile groups” of undocumented immigrants. “These MS-13 gangs are murdering innocent Americans and bringing drugs and violence into our communities.”

“I understand that,” Wallace said, trying to get the interview back on track. But Conway ignored him.

“The question is, is he considering moving [Sessions to Homeland Security] if the immigration part of this is so important?” Wallace asked.

“I won’t comment on that but I will tell you that that the president has expressed frustration about [Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation],” Conway admitted. “And look at what’s happened with this ridiculous Russian collusion delusion. You see all these journalists, who built entire TV sets and lower-thirds and screaming graphics and breathless coverage, now slinking away this week, Chris, from the Russian collusion coverage. Why? Because you have everyone, from Jared Kushner meeting with the House and the Senate and giving his public statement.”

“You have no ‘there’ there whatsoever,” she continued. “We were promised the next Watergate, we don’t even have water polo. We don’t have watermelon. It’s so ridiculous and the only thing I can see happening with Russia right now is this FusionGPS matter [allegedly connected to Hillary Clinton], the Senate witness who said everybody should go look over there at what’s happened. Somebody being paid by the Russians to compile a damaging dossier on Donald Trump. Again, filled with falsities and lies.”

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“Do you know how much time has been wasted away from the victims of Obamacare?” Conway scoffed.

“Okay,” Wallace interrupted. “Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s talk about Obamacare… Is that the president’s plan, stay on repeal and replace, change the Senate rules, end the legislative filibuster so that you can pass a fuller repeal and replace, including selling insurance across state lines?”

“The president will not accept those who said it’s time to move on,” the White House aide insisted. “We’ve met with the Obamacare victims at the White House several times now. They are real people.””

(YOU CAN SURE TELL THAT KELLYANNE CONWAY IS A LAWYER THE WAY SHE TRIES TO EVADE THE QUESTIONS.  THE PROBLEM IS–SHE’S WORKING FOR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, WHO HAS FAR TOO MANY BROKEN PROMISES AND KEEPS CHANGING HIS STORY FROM DAY TO DAY TO TRY TO WIGGLE OUT OF IT HIMSELF.  I CAN SEE WHY PRES TRUMP WENT BANKRUPT SIX TIMES.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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Politicususa.com: Key Dem Promises Bipartisan ‘Firestorm’ If Trump Fires Bob Mueller For Looking At Tax Returns

The following is an excellent article written by Sean Colarossi on the Politicususa.com website on August 2, 2017 titled “Key Dem Promises Bipartisan ‘Firestorm’ If Trump Fires Bob Mueller For Looking At Tax Returns” and I quote:

“Key Dem Promises Bipartisan ‘Firestorm’ If Trump Fires Bob Mueller For Looking At Tax Returns”

“There’s a likelihood that there will be a confrontation. And if there’s a confrontation and if there’s a threat to fire Bob Mueller, there will be a firestorm of opposition on both sides of the aisle here in Congress.”

Key Dem Promises Bipartisan ‘Firestorm’ If Trump Fires Bob Mueller For Looking At Tax Returns

If Donald Trump forces the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller – the man leading the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign – one key Democratic senator said it won’t just be members of his party who will put up a fight.

According to Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, who is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, if Trump fires Mueller for looking into his financial dealings, including his tax returns, then there will be a bipartisan firestorm waiting for the president.

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After Chris Matthews reminded the senator that Trump likely won’t give up his tax returns without a fight, Blumenthal said:

There’s a likelihood that there will be a confrontation. And if there’s a confrontation and if there’s a threat to fire Bob Mueller, there will be a firestorm of opposition on both sides of the aisle here in Congress. And that’s why we want to forestall that effort and we’re doing it on a bipartisan basis to adopt some protective measures so the independence and integrity of that special prosecutor will be safeguarded. … I agree with you, Chris, that we need to be realistic here given what Donald Trump has done in the past. 

Republicans may have spent the first six months of this president’s term giving him political cover on a range of issues, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that those days are coming to an end.

Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake’s op-ed earlier this week indicated that vulnerable Republicans are not going to be sticking by Trump much longer.

With midterm elections inching closer and Trump’s behavior getting increasingly dangerous, more Republicans are jumping ship before this reckless president brings them down with him.

As Blumenthal said on Wednesday, firing Mueller to stop an investigation into his financial ties to Russia would be a red line, and it Trump crosses it, he can expect backlash from members of both parties.”

(THE BATTLE LINES HAVE BEEN DRAWN BETWEEN REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND SPECIAL PROSECUTOR BOB MUELLER CONCERNING WHY PRES TRUMP IS REFUSING TO SHOW HIS FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS.  IN THE PAST, EVEN MOB MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PUT IN JAIL FOR TAX EVASION.  SO WHY SHOULDN’T PRES TRUMP HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE???

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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The Progressive Populist: Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

The following is an excellent article written by Richard Eskow on the OurFuture.org website on July 11, 2017 which was published in the August 15, 2017 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 10 titled “Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say” and I quote:

“Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say”

July 11, 2017

Richard Eskow

The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy:

More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000.

But at the same time, Medicare for All suffers from the rise of a new growth industry: telling Americans what can’t be done to make their lives better. It seems like the nation that used to pride itself on its “can-do” spirit is constantly being told, “No, we can’t.” Why do critics oppose this idea, which could improve the lives of so many?

Bernie Opens the Door

Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy injected the single-payer idea into the political discourse. That created an opening for Democrats to embrace the idea as they seek to oppose Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare. These include, significantly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“President Obama tried to move us forward with health care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” Warren recently said. “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single-payer.”

Yet even as the idea grows in popularity, opposition to it has become more vocal. Much of that opposition adopts the world-weary pose of the seasoned professional who has abandoned the idealism of his youth and is regrettably forced pass his disillusionment on to those who are more naïve.

Krugman for the Opposition

One example of this world-weary opposition is a 2016 column by economist Paul Krugman column entitled “Health Reform Realities.” Krugman argues that Obamacare is the left’s “biggest political success in almost half a century,” that “incumbent players” like insurance companies are “too powerful,” that there would be disruption in a switch to single-payer (more about that shortly), and that it would be “difficult to make that case to the broad public” that they will save more money from out-of-pocket health costs than they will spend in new taxes.

Krugman reiterates this argument in a recent op-ed, writing: “Most of the health economists I know would love to see single-payer — Medicare for all. Realistically, however, that’s too heavy a lift for the time being.”

Elsewhere, Krugman approvingly quoted Ezra Klein, another healthcare “realist,” for dismissing a major overhaul of the health system as “puppies and rainbows.” Condescending phrases like that are a key element of the “world-weary” style.

Krugman argues that Medicare For All is politically unachievable, despite its growing popularity. But when he’s confronted with a real political problem – Republican governors’ unwillingness to work with Obamacare’s Medicaid provisions – he waves the problem away, saying only that “Republicans show no interest in making that happen.”

A health plan whose ultimate success relies on cooperation from Republican politicians and for-profit insurance companies? Now that’s “puppies and rainbows.”

False Hopes

But then Krugman has been misjudging the politics of healthcare for at least a decade now. In the 2007 primaries, a mandate-driven plan much like “Obamacare” was proposed by John Edwards and quickly embraced by Hillary Clinton. Krugman insisted on characterizing it as “universal health coverage.” We chided him for it at the time, since it was always clear (or should have been) that many people would remain uninsured under such a program.

Krugman also misinterpreted a 2009 poll somewhat. The poll, conducted by the Boston Globe and the Harvard School for Public Health, found that 79 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted to keep the law. A closer reading indicated the political dangers facing Obamacare. Support for the law had begun to slip, even without the Republican onslaught that everyone should have seen coming at the national level. Residents were “evenly split” on whether the law could continue without changes. A majority wanted to see the law changed, with cost reductions being the primary concern.

Health care costs, even after the Affordable Care Act, are at crisis levels. The actuarial firm Milliman calculates that the average family of four with “good” employer-based PPO coverage will pay more than $11,000 in out-of-pocket expenses this year. So when Krugman writes that “most Americans under 65 are covered by their employers and are reasonably happy with that coverage,” and that “they would understandably be nervous about any proposal to replace that coverage with something else” – well, I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

The Trillion-Dollar Miscalculation

The Washington Post Editorial Board took a harder line than Krugman, weighing in recently with an editorial entitled, “Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag.” The “astonishing” figure is derived, not from a dispassioned analysis of all health plans, but from a single, hihgly controversial analysis of a single plan. The Urban Institute reviewed Bernie Sanders’ single-payer proposal in 2016 and concluded that it would increase government spending by $32 trillion over ten years. Single-payer opponents have been citing that figure ever since.

But that figure is “ridiculous,” according to Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein of the City University of New York School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. In a detailed rebuttal, they note that the Urban Institute’s findings “project outlandish increases in the utilization of medical care, ignore vast savings under single-payer reform, and ignore the extensive and well-documented experience with single-payer systems in other nations – which all spend far less per person on health care than we do.”

The Post’s editors insist that “the public piece of the American health-care system has not proven itself to be particularly cost-efficient,” but this is misleading at best. Medicare, our country’s only nationally-run health system, has much lower overhead costs and inflation rates than private-sector health care. You could even say they’re “astonishingly” lower:

Medicare’s overhead amounts to 2 percent of total costs, versus 12-14 percent for private insurers, while annual cost increases between 2010 and 2015 were 1.4 percent for Medicare and more than double that (3.0 percent) for private insurance.

It’s true that our government’s healthcare programs are costlier than their European equivalents. But what the Post’s editors fail to mention is that private profit-seeking is largely responsible for the additional cost. Medicare is forced to share the road with private-sector insurers who can drive rates up, especially when for-profit corporations are increasingly driving every aspect of treatment from hospital care to provider practice management. A single-payer health system could set rates and design treatment guidelines that are based on best practices and are subject to public debate, unlike private plans.

A Change is Gonna Come

The transition to a single-payer system will be complex, but despite what the no-can-doers say, it is achievable. None of the obstacles that are cited are insurmountable.

One-third of our health economy is already managed through government programs. Our best minds should be tackling the challenge of reforming the remaining two-thirds. We have already have built some of the infrastructure and expertise we will need.

Medicare For All is not only achievable. It’s inevitable. Health care costs are already too high for most Americans, even those with “good” insurance . The demand for a better-run public system will only grow in the years to come.

It’s easy to understand why the Washington Post, with its history of hostility to social spending, would oppose Medicare For All./ But why is there such entrenched opposition among some liberals? Some Democrats want to defend the Affordable Care Act out of loyalty, because it’s a Democratic program.

Some people have developed deep expertise in the current, flawed system. Consciously or unconsciously, they will be inclined to resist changes that render their knowledge obsolete. Other people want to be proven right about politics, and they’ve staked their reputation on claiming that single-payer is a “hard sell” because it will raise taxes.

Actually, it’s an easy sell: I can save you thousands of dollars a year by replacing a terrible system with a much better one. People say Medicare For All is “politically unfeasible.” But the past ten years have taught us that it’s politically unfeasible to aim for anything less.

Many single-payer advocates are also defending the ACA today for a very simple reason: people will die if it’s repealed. But people are dying right now because we don’t have a national health care system.

The best way to defend the ACA is the way Bernie Sanders is doing it. Sanders is barnstorming the country condemning Republican plans to gut the law, a move that would cause tens of thousands of needless deaths to give millionaires and billionaires a tax cut. But he is also making it clear that the ultimate goal – the goal that reflects both the public’s needs and our shared progressive values – is Medicare For All.

Until we achieve health care for all, it’s our health itself that is in jeopardy.”

(REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS KEEPS ON TRYING TO KILL OBAMACARE, EVEN THOUGH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOESN’T HAVE A HEALTHCARE BILL EVEN ON THE TABLE.  THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS SAID “JUST GIVE THEM A COUPLE OF YEARS,” WHILE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR HEALTHCARE BECAUSE OF LOSS OF OBAMACARE.  I BELIEVE, IF YOU GAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY 20 YEARS OR 40 YEARS, THEY WOULDN’T HAVE ANY HEALTHCARE BILL.  THEIR GOAL IS TO ELIMINATE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON PASSED IN 1965 AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TRIED TO GET 100% COMPLIANCE IN HIS 8 YEARS IN OFFICE AND DID A GREAT JOB AS FAR AS HE WENT WITH FIERCE OPPOSITION BY THE REPUBLICANS.  SINGLE-PAYER IS THE HEALTHCARE BILL OF THE FUTURE.  YOU TALK TO PEOPLE FROM CANADA AND THEY LIKE IT BECAUSE THEY LIVE LONGER AND PAY LESS MONEY AND SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTS IT.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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The Progressive Populist: How Long Until Leading Republicans Turn on Trump? It’s Happening Already

The following is an excellent article written by Bob Cesca on the Salon.com website on July 19, 2017 which was published in the August 15, 2017 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 12 titled “How Long Until Leading Republicans Turn on Trump? It’s Happening Already” and I quote:

“How long till leading Republicans turn on Trump? It’s happening already”

After the health care fiasco, leading Republicans are souring on Trump at last — and it’s only the beginning

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At some point, congressional Republicans will entirely abandon President Donald Trump. How do we know this? If you look closely, you’ll notice that it’s already happening. One by one, Republicans on the Hill are growing tired of Trump’s poorly-informed, lazy, self-centered lack of leadership, and it’s a safe bet that more than a few members are wondering whether the 2018 midterms will turn out better without Trump dragging them down.

Whether this precipitates a Barry Goldwater Watergate moment in which Republican leadership hikes down the block to insist upon Trump’s resignation remains to be seen, but what’s immediately observable is that the Trump coalition is rapidly vaporizing, leaving the chief executive with fewer and fewer influential defenders in Congress. The rapid, awkward demise of Trumpcare and the president’s confounding reaction in the aftermath might’ve been the last straw in an already ungainly relationship between both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Frankly, if I were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or Speaker Paul Ryan, I’d strongly consider cutting bait with Trump given the way he has repeatedly set them up to fail while doing little to exercise any kind of meager leadership. Without a substantive ally in the White House, it becomes less likely they’ll continue to tolerate and backstop his uneducated, rookie gibberish and social media outbursts, embarrassing the party and tainting it with the stink of his failed administration. How much longer will they continue to tolerate Trump playing honk-honk-goes-the-truck and tweeting on the john while they spend valuable political capital on legislation he barely understands and, despite his marketing acumen, has repeatedly fumbled?

The failure of Trumpcare was partly about the president’s lack of even a basic, entry-level sense of how a bill becomes a law. It was also partly about Trump’s running-on-fumes political capital. The whole concept of repealing and replacing Obamacare with the snap of his short fingers merely set up Trump and Congress to fail. Not only is it nearly impossible for conservatives to create a affordable, universal health care program, but it was never going to get done within a few short months, much less “on day one.” Since Congress was unable to match a lofty goal established by a political amateur, Trump set them up to fail.

Compounding the failure to pass the Senate bill, Trump began to screech weeks ago that if it didn’t pass, he would simply push to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement. Incidentally, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., reminded us what would happen in the event of a repeal:

On the political front, Trump’s threat to push for a repeal once again begged for failure: If the Trumpcare bill couldn’t pass with Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, how the hell would a full repeal have any chance of passing? Nevertheless, what did Trump stupidly do seconds after Trumpcare failed on Monday? He threatened to repeal Obamacare. What happened after that? We learned it would never pass the Senate, given that at least four GOP senators almost immediately announced they would vote against a repeal bill. (In fact the Senate couldn’t pass a full repeal even if they had 51 votes. Without 60 votes, they can only repeal the budget-related aspects of Obamacare via reconciliation, which would leave major sections of the law intact, such as essential health benefits and other consumer protections.)

A top Republican told CNN’s David Wright on Tuesday, “[Trump] was playing with a fire truck and trying on a cowboy hat as the bill was collapsing, and he had no clue.” Elsewhere, Trump has lost the support of Charles Krauthammer and Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano regarding the Trump-Russia scandal. The very fact that Fox News has begun to talk about that issue shows a weakening of support there, to say nothing of Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith, who ripped the Trumps‘ bungled response to the various Russia bombshells. Likewise, Trump has long since lost the support of Republican A-listers like Joe Scarborough who’s gone so far as to leave the party he’s represented on cable news and in the halls of Congress for decades, thanks to Trump’s erratic and undisciplined shenanigans.

Compounding the rapid collapse of Trump’s Republican support, the Wall Street Journal editorial board — normally a safe space for the GOP — excoriated Trump on Tuesday. Here are the two most salient paragraphs from the piece:

Don’t you get it, guys? Special counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating the Russia story. Everything that is potentially damaging to the Trumps will come out, one way or another. Everything. Denouncing leaks as “fake news” won’t wash as a counter-strategy beyond the President’s base, as Mr. Trump’s latest 36% approval rating shows. …

Mr. Trump somehow seems to believe that his outsize personality and social-media following make him larger than the Presidency. He’s wrong. He and his family seem oblivious to the brutal realities of Washington politics. Those realities will destroy Mr. Trump, his family and their business reputation unless they change their strategy toward the Russia probe. They don’t have much more time to do it.

If you’re a Republican and the Wall Street Journal editorial board flogs you like this, you’d better circle the wagons and lawyer up. As the board suggested, serious trouble is brewing, and it could boil over faster than Trump expects.

The president has, through his unapologetic bullshit and glib incompetence, virtually isolated himself as federal investigators circle the White House like vultures, waiting for Trump and his people to continue incriminating themselves. While he still maintains his 35 percent support — the gaggle of brainwashed loyalists who still aren’t bored with all of this “winning” — there’s blood in the water now, and we can feel sure there are more than a few private, informal conversations taking place in which the concept of “President Mike Pence” is sounding very, very tremendous.

Bob Cesca

Bob Cesca is a regular contributor to Salon.com. He’s also the host of “The Bob Cesca Show” podcast, and a weekly guest on both the “Stephanie Miller Show” and “Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang.” Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.”
(THE RIDICULOUS IDEA OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS OF REPEALING OBAMACARE AND THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS COMING UP WITH A REPLACEMENT IN TWO YEARS IF UNBELIEVEABLE.   THEY WON’T COME UP WITH A HEALTHCARE BILL IN 20 YEARS OR 40 YEARS.  THEIR GOAL IS TO REPEAL EVERYTHING THAT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON PASSED [MEDICARE AND MEDICAID] AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IMPROVED ON IT BY PASSING OBAMACARE.  LET’S HOPE PEOPLE WHO WANT HEALTHCARE KEEP LOBBYING AND PICKETING THROUGH THE HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA NOW [HCAN] GROUP BECAUSE THE TIME IS HERE.  WE CAN’T KEEP WAITING WHILE MOST OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE EXCEEDED US IN HEALTHCARE, STARTING WITH CANADA WHO HAS SINGLE-PAYER RIGHT ACROSS OUR BORDER.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran
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Liberal Speak.com: Trump Refusing to Pay Legal Fees for His Russian Scandal, Begging Others to Bail Him Out

The following is an excellent article written by Paula Kennedy on the Liberal Speak.com website on July 30, 2017 titled “Trump Refusing to Pay Legal Fees for His Russian Scandal, Begging Others to Bail Him Out” and I quote:

“Trump Refusing to Pay Legal Fees for His Russian Scandal, Begging Others to Bail Him Out”

President Donald Trump has been surrounded by countless legal controversies ever since he took office earlier this year – and now it turns out he can’t afford the legal bills.

Trump is reportedly begging the Republican National Committee to fund a legal team to defend him against the numerous corruption allegations facing the president. Considering how many legal problems Trump has stocked up during his political career, the costs for defending him are certain to be in the millions.

What an utter embarrassment – Trump has billed himself as a billionaire and an excellent businessman, but now he can’t even come up with the money to cover his own legal defense.

Trump’s financial and legal trouble is going to end up backfiring on the Republican Party in a huge way.

If the Republican National Committee does agree to pay for Trump’s legal defense, it will deplete a huge sum of money from their legal fund.

However, that money is supposed to be used for the party’s own legal fights, like when there are recounts or contested results. If Trump eats up a chunk of that money, they won’t have as much to go around next time they need it.

Perfect – the Republicans are really shooting themselves in the foot on this one!!

The Washington Post reports:

Some in Trump’s orbit are pushing the Republican National Committee to bear the costs, said three people with knowledge of the situation, including one who euphemistically described the debate as a “robust discussion.”

Although the RNC does have a legal defense fund, it well predates the Russia investigations and is intended to be used for legal challenges facing the Republican Party, such as a potential election recount.

The RNC has not made a decision, in part because the committee is still researching whether the money could legally be used to help pay legal costs related to Russia. But many within the organization are resisting the effort, thinking it would be more appropriate to create a separate legal defense fund for the case.

As you can definitely guess, the RNC and the Trump administration have refused to answer journalists’ questions about their latest public controversy.

Trump is making himself look guilty as hell – time to remove him from office.”

(I WONDER WHAT JOHN KELLY THINKS OF THIS IDEA OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP NOT PAYING HIS LEGAL FEES FOR THE RUSSIAN SCANDAL???  I HOPE GEN KELLY LASTS MORE THAN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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