Author: The BPI Squirrel

The God-King vs. Expertise

The God-King is elevating a long-simmering war on expertise. (More) “Nobody knows the system better than I do” So declared the God-King on CNN last April. It was just one of a laundry list of things that he claimed to know “better than anybody,” “more … than any human being on Earth,” “maybe in the history of the world.” He declared himself the world’s foremost authority on everything renewable energy to taxes, from social media to ISIS, and even Sen. Cory Booker: If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future! I know more...

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Parliamentarian Strikes Key Wealthcare Act Provisions, plus Other Stuff

Key provisions of the proposed Wealthcare Act violate Senate rules, plus the Klanmaster General, Russia, and more…. (More) “Should the Senate proceed to the bill, these provisions may be struck from the legislation absent 60 votes” Yesterday the Senate Parliamentarian released a review of the proposed Wealthcare Act, and the news wasn’t good for Republicans: The parliamentarian has made a determination that certain provisions of the Republican “Better Care Reconciliation Act” released on June 26, 2017, violate the Byrd Rule. For women’s health advocates, the key provisions are those that defund Planned Parenthood and prohibit people who receive tax...

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God-King vs. Klanmaster General

The God-King is very upset with the Klanmaster General, plus other stuff. (More) “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else” So declared the God-King in an interview with the New York Times. Yet the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips explains that the God-King should have known, based on previous public statements, that the Klanmaster General would do exactly that: Sessions didn’t explicitly promise to recuse himself from any potential FBI Russia investigation in his January confirmation hearing...

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Effective Resistance, Impotent Rage

Republicans’ apparent defeat on Obamacare spotlights the difference between effective resistance and impotent rage. (More) “Today showed how invaluable those voices are” Yesterday OFA Executive Director Katie Hogan issued a statement on why the GOP’s Wealthcare Act failed: Read our official statement on the latest failed attempt to repeal #Obamacare: pic.twitter.com/gTc6u4kLxy — OFA (@OFA) July 18, 2017 The New York Times’ David Leonhardt agreed: Over the July 4 recess, most Republican senators decided not to hold town hall meetings with their constituents. One of the rare exceptions was Jerry Moran, a second-term senator from Kansas. And the opposition to...

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Wealthcare Act Dead, But…

The Senate Wealthcare Act is dead, but the GOP still want to kill Obamacare…. (More) “The effort to repeal and immediately replace … Obamacare will not be successful” Last night Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KA) joined Rand Paul (R-TN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in declaring their opposition to the Senate Wealthcare Act, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted defeat … sort of: My statement on an upcoming vote to repeal #Obamacare pic.twitter.com/RdyDiUJfMD — Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 18, 2017 That is, McConnell’s next proposal is a straight-up vote to repeal the ACA, with no plan to...

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