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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

This is ironic

Liberals are reconsidering federalism in the wake of Trump
WITH ALL OF official Washington in the grip of Republicans, and an autocratic — not to say imperial — figure in the White House, many liberals are taking a second look at the 10th Amendment. That’s the one where all power not explicitly granted to the federal government by the US Constitution devolves to the states. “Progressive federalism,” a term that once might have been considered an oxymoron, is coming into vogue as worried Americans look to the states to protect their rights or to resist President-elect Donald Trump’s more despotic policy proposals.
It’s ironic that progressives find themselves looking for decentralized solutions to overweening power in Washington. Federalism, and its coarser cousin “states’ rights,” have long carried a noxious whiff of bigotry because of Southern-state resistance to civil rights and the abolition of slavery. And, since at least the 1960s and President Johnson’s Great Society, liberals have looked to Washington for broad safety-net protections, and to the Supreme Court to confer an ever-widening circle of liberties.

Pretty sure I was just called a "confederate" for suggesting that we are better off living in a country where state's rights can thrive within the constitutional aspects of our Republic. You know, according to some slim-witted individuals... anyone who suggests that there is such a thing as "state's rights" must be in favor of slavery, among other things.

But now that the shoe is on the other foot, we have a possible authoritative Republican President, and we are very possibly looking at a conservative leaning Supreme Court for the foreseeable future, liberals are now looking at centralized control at the top as possibly a bad thing, rather than a good thing. They suddenly understand the importance of allowing liberal states to not have to conform to conservative federal rules. I think it's both ironic and quite frankly a very good long term turn of events.

For those of you who do not exactly understand state's rights you only have to look at one thing in today's world. It's legal to buy, sell, and consume marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and it will soon be legal in other states as well. Yet, it is still a federal crime to buy, sell, and consume marijuana. So if federal law actually trumped state law, then how come the federal government doesn't come into Seattle and Denver and start arresting people?

88 comments:

caliphate4vr said...

You can talk about Obamacare as his legacy, although that will be undone. You can talk about the symbolism of his politics, but that will fade, at least in Washington.

But there is a part of his legacy that is just beginning: Trump.

Donald Trump is Obama's true legacy.

Obama prepared the ground for him, watered and fertilized it with his failed and questionable policy, like Obamacare, which, according to Obamacare guru Jonathan Gruber, was built on lies.

And all the shrieking by the talented Meryl Streep and other theatrical personalities of the wounded left won't change this.

Disappointment follows him, too, a sense of things that could have been, but weren't, an understanding of promise unfulfilled.

Yet I don't think that's entirely all his fault. He had a willing partner in the American news media.

Roger Amick said...

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Your side lost the war. You are an exact reverse of the Republican party of 1863

C.H. Truth said...

Roger - Lincoln was a Northern Republican. My side won that war.

Roger Amick said...

This seems to escape your allegedly perfect intelligence. The geography is irrelevant. It is political beliefs. You would have bee a Democrat in that era.

rrb said...



With Trump looking to call on other reporters, Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”

“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”

Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”

“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump responded. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”

As those on stage by Trump clapped, Acosta retorted, “Now, Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate!”

http://www.mediaite.com/online/you-are-fake-news-trump-and-cnns-jim-acosta-get-into-shouting-match-at-presser/


heh.

Roger Amick said...

" we have a possible authoritative Republican President," it's not possibly, it's a fact. Fortunately our Constitution prohibits him from following his beliefs.

C.H. Truth said...

You would have bee a Democrat in that era.

Sure Rog. Because I am such a racist, right?

C.H. Truth said...

Either way, Roger...

I guess I can assume that you are dead set against Jerry Brown hiring Eric Holder to try to help facilitate California's rights to oppose federal policies that they do not agree with...

You must be up in arms, just hopping mad, because your State is not planning on rolling over for Trump's new federal policies?

C.H. Truth said...

Must make Jerry Brown and Eric Holder a couple of confederate bigots who want to bring back slavery.

KD, said...

RRB,, that public spanking of that little girlish boy from CNN is a instant classic.

KD, HB sorry about your WIFE said...

Eric Holder, omg what a piece of human waste,,,, as AG defending the Black Panters voter intimidation of white voters, he called the Black Panters "MY PEOPLE".

The AG is of all people, legally in the USA.

Yet this mental midget tells us today that the AG job is to Heal this country, He admitted that the US is Racist and has deep wounds. So is the belief of Senator Corey Whorey booker.

Loretta Russo said...

Unhinged lunatic.

KD , More Poor Blacks In the USA today said...

https://www.facebook.com/officialhinesward/photos/a.138559015944.107698.29672350944/10153740015885945/?type=3



Steeler Great Hines Ward has a message to all you Liberals

opie said...

What is ironic, is that all those around 55 will now be paying a lot more for healthcare based on the ryan plan. Way to go if you think repealing obama care is a good thing. LOL

Will people over 55 pay higher health premiums for the same coverage? Under the health care law, premiums for older people cannot be more than three times as much as premiums for younger people. But the Ryan plan would let insurers charge older people five times as much. This change, combined with smaller tax credits or deductions that would not compensate for the increased cost, would significantly increase health care costs for many older Americans.

And for low income....less subsidies and more more tax credits, which could be worthless for most poor.

C.H. Truth said...

What's interesting Opie... is my healthcare costs have not changed dramatically since I started with my company 16 years ago. Because I am still on an employee plan, and our company stuck with it (in spite of Obamacare) - I still have basically the same insurance.

So let's think about this. About ten to twelve million Americans bought their insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. There are roughly three hundred and twenty million Americans.

How many are like me, and would likely be no more effected by a "repeal" than would be effected by the passing of the law?

KD, #HilaryLooksgoodinOrange said...

I say we pass it with the Ried Rule and see what is in it after wards.

rrb said...

You must be up in arms, just hopping mad, because your State is not planning on rolling over for Trump's new federal policies?
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roger is losing his shit. we're not even at inauguration day yet and he's already a fucking mess.

you should put up a poll on the side bar taking bets on when trump drives him back to the bottle.


KD, said...

How many are like me, and would likely be no more effected by a "repeal" than would be effected by the passing of the law?"

Count me as ONE, I have been with the same carrier for 12 years and am happy with my Health Insurance and the Delivery of Medical Care. I am over 55 years old.


I know HB is fighting his Union provided Health Care Company, wonder how that is going?

opie said...

What is ironic, if you had read what I posted, that is probably going to change dramatically under the ryan replacement. Good job. You want repeal, you are going to pay......LOLOL


There are roughly three hundred and twenty million Americans

And we now have the lowest rate of uninsured in years. Which was the goal of the ACA, insurance for all.

caliphate4vr said...

Under the health care law, premiums for older people cannot be more than three times as much as premiums for younger people.

Nice plagerism from the NYT, fatty

I guess it's better to artificially inflate the rate of younger people, who are less likely to have the extra disposable income, because they have massive student loan debt and can only find employment as a barista at Starbucks, thanks to Bumble's crappy recovery.

You just aren't bright

rrb said...

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire
Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

By KENNETH P. VOGEL and DAVID STERN 01/11/17 05:05 AM EST

Donald Trump wasn't the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton's allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.


A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort's resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump's campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine's foe to the east, Russia.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/ukraine-sabotage-trump-backfire-233446

opie said...


Count me as ONE, I have been with the same carrier for 12 years and am happy with my Health Insurance and the Delivery of Medical Care

Under the health care law, premiums for older people cannot be more than three times as much as premiums for younger people. But the Ryan plan would let insurers charge older people five times as much

Obviously neither you or CH can read. Thanx for playing, though

opie said...

If you all want to see more good news for those who think it won't cost you under the R plan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/opinion/seven-questions-about-health-reform.html

caliphate4vr said...


Under the health care law, premiums for older people cannot be more than three times as much as premiums for younger people. But the Ryan plan would let insurers charge older people five times as much

Obviously neither you or CH can read. Thanx for playing, though


Idiot, that means the rate for the young were artificially inflated.

Old rules, in GA were an 8 to 1 bands. If I charged $100 for a 21 year old, I could charge $800 for a 64 yr old. $900 was needed for the this particular risk. I still need the $900 but with narrowing of the bands I had to jack the 21 year $225 and lower the 64 year old to $675.

So the problem isn't I don't know how to read, the problem is you don't know what in the hell you're talking about. As always

opie said...

Idiot, that means the rate for the young were artificially inflated.

LOL....you can't read either. 5x is still more than 3x if the young rates were inflated as you claim, that means you and CH will be screwed evan more by the industry that gives you a living .... Remember, it's ryan's plan and if you actually think he knows all the details, see repeal and replace, oh well.... Be proud.

caliphate4vr said...

You're high right now, aren't you?


You've had your ass handed to you in a sack and are too stupid to know it

Go away fatty I've tired of toying with you. Post some more cat pics on FB

LMAO

KD, said...

For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds

That is shocking to me, that adult children are still at home, not wanting or able to make their own way in this shitty Obama Economy.

44 million (usda , not fake fatty opium junk numbers stated it was 41 million, which is still way too many) Americans stand in the electronic soup line to eat each day. Food Stamps is a failure, epic level failure.

opie said...


You've had your ass handed to you in a sack and are too stupid to know it BWAAAAAAAA!!!

Pauline is postulating that with the Ryan plan increasing the ratio of young to old, will have no affect on rates. Sure, Paulie, pigs are flying in your alcohol pickled brain,

The only thing proved is you are too stupid to know you've been fucked.The insurance companies will raise rates as allowed by the law. If the young is inflated like you claim, you be fucked even more. Seems to me the only one high is you, drunk before 6 is impressive. BTW...I don't do facebook, only losers like you who think they are important do.

C.H. Truth said...

In simpleton 2D thinking, Opie's viewpoint makes sense. But if you actually took the time to look at all the moving parts, it likely makes less sense than it does at first glance.

Let's accept as a fact (because it is a fact):
- Rates of insurance on the exchanges have gone up dramatically.

Let's accept the argument (because there is no competing one):
- Rates are going up because they have not insured enough young healthy people and so the cost of each individual plan is higher.

So how to you resolve the issue and bring costs back down?
- You do what you can to lower the cost for young healthy people, so that more of them will buy into the system. This would (by all accounts) lower the rates for everyone.

So what's to stop them? Laws that state that they must charge them at least 33% of the cost of someone who has much more risk. This artificially increases the rates on younger healthier people (while in the end driving up the average costs for everyone, including those who are supposedly protected by the law).

So if you change that to 20% you can reduce rates for younger people. Produce a better ratio between holder sicker people and younger healthier people and thus drive down the "average" cost for everyone.

A little 3D business thinking.

opie said...


So how to you resolve the issue and bring costs back down?

Simply put, not by increasing the young to old ratio from 3x to 5x. The giants are going to do everything they are allowed to do. That includes this little change. That's what the pieces say and your mental masturbation straw man is just that. I guess you are also an expert in actuary also. Wow, you really should start a consulting firm, you would do really well. But thanx for taking all that time writing that pedantic rant. My guess, you and others are going to pay more. Time will be the judge, not this little ditty.

C.H. Truth said...

Time doesn't need to be the judge. You can simply compare those insurance companies that were not tied to those laws, versus those insurance companies who are (or were) on the exchanges.

Considering how expensive it is for everyone purchasing insurance on the exchanges (and those are supplemented companies who take government money to keep costs artificially lower) I think we have enough information to draw a conclusion.

caliphate4vr said...

Funniest part is this was my first prediction 5-6 years ago. I stated emphatically that if the law were to have a chance the bands would have to be expanded to a minimum 5 to 1. Even have a continuing ed course, I taught, filed with the DOI that has this

Fatty thinks he's relevant 6 years later coming up with something Ryan has when as always fatty is 5 years behind the times.

LMAO

caliphate4vr said...

BTW prediction 2 was a wholesale change to the MLR portion of the law.

Roger Amick said...

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since July on Wednesday, addressing reports of his ties to Russia, plans for his administration and potential conflicts of interest he will face in office.

Here are 5 things we learned from the news conference.

Trump’s thoughts on the alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 election

Trump acknowledged that Russia was behind hacking the 2016 presidential election, although he said other countries might also hold responsibility. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” he said. “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.”

What Trump thinks about the recent reports of his ties to Russia

Trump denounced and denied an unsubstantiated intelligence document reporting that that said Russia had compromising information on him. He blamed the report on intelligence agencies and news outlets like BuzzFeed and CNN, calling their decision to report on the claims “a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.” CNN reported on the document’s existence, but Buzzfeed leaked the document itself in its entirety.
http://theweek.com/speedreads/672669/bbc-claims-second-source-backs-trump-dossier The BBC says it has a second verification of the document.

How Trump plans to move forward with his business


The President-elect said he plans to turn over his business to his sons and a longtime business executive, but will not sell it. According to a lawyer who worked with the Trump Organization, the company will not make foreign deals but will pursue domestic ones.

When he will nominate a new Supreme Court justice

Trump said he will nominate a justice to the Supreme Court within two weeks of his inauguration. The empty seat has been left vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February.

An update on the status of Trump’s planned border wall with Mexico

Trump wants to get to work on building the border wall with Mexico that he repeatedly promised during his campaign. He said Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the wall. “I want to get the wall started,” he said. “I don’t want wait a year and half to make a deal with Mexico.”

http://time.com/4631688/donald-trump-news-conference-what-to-know/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

Roger Amick said...

BBC claims a second source backs up Trump dossier
2:44 p.m. ET

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

BBC correspondent Paul Wood came forward Wednesday to reveal that there are multiple intelligence sources alleging Russia is in possession of potentially embarrassing or compromising material regarding President-elect Donald Trump. Formerly, only a single source was known to have been aware of the alleged material.

"I saw the report, compiled by the former British intelligence officer, back in October," Wood said. "He is not, and this is the crucial thing, the only source for this.” The Wall Street Journal alleges the British source is Christopher Steele, a director of the London-based Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd.

A member of the U.S. intelligence community also told Wood that "at least one East European intelligence service was aware 'that the Russians had kompromat or compromising material on Mr. Trump,'" Raw Story reports. Wood said that he "got a message back" from the U.S. intelligence community member and that there is reportedly "more than one tape, not just video, but audio as well, on more than one date, in more than one place, in both Moscow and St. Petersburg."

Wood did add, however, that "nobody should believe something just because an intelligence agent says it."

BuzzFeed News has been heavily criticized for publishing the unsubstantiated intelligence in full Tuesday night, which alleges collusion between Trump and Russia as well as the existence of a tape that would be embarrassing for Trump were it to be released. CNN carried similar, but less detailed, allegations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday denied the reports and called them "an absolute fiction" and "a total bluff." Trump has called the reports "fake news" and dismissed all that has been alleged. Jeva Lange

Roger Amick said...

The ACA aka ObamaCare isn't going away right away. The bottom line is for the most part, it will remain 80% and the other is going to be a mess.

The Republican plan to repeal Obamacare and delay the implementation of the repeal — with a promise to come up with a terrific replacement later — is probably the party’s best way to destroy Obamacare. Unfortunately for Republicans, it’s also the best way to destroy the Republican majority in Congress.

Something big is happening in the Senate right now: The Republican plan, affirmed again today by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is facing dire peril from Republican defections. Republicans need a House majority, 50 Senate votes, and soon-to-be President Trump to pass repeal and delay.

If Republicans lose three Senate votes, that drops them to 49, and repeal and delay cannot pass. At least three Republican senators (in addition to all the Democrats) now oppose repeal and delay. Rand Paul, of all people, has demanded that Congress repeal Obamacare at the same time it passes a plan to replace it. Paul has announced that he spoke with Trump and secured his agreement on this. Trump has not said so himself, confining his comments to date to a vague assurance, “That’s all gonna work out.”

Trump, of course, tends to change his mind frequently and agree with whomever he spoke with last. But other Republicans senators are taking the initiative. Fellow Republican Lamar Alexander says the same thing as Paul: “We have to take each part of it and consider what it would take to create a new and better alternative and then begin to create that alternative and once it’s available to the American people, then we can finally repeal Obamacare.” Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said on MSNBC, “It would not be the right path for us to repeal Obamacare without laying out a path forward.” And Senator Bob Corker is walking right up to the edge of the same position, asking Trump to tweet out confirmation of what Paul claims he promised. “If it is his view, it would be really good if he would consider tweeting it out very clearly. There’s more and more concerns about not doing it simultaneously,” Corker says.

Even more ominously for the Republican leadership, four other Republicans have joined Corker to sponsor a bill delaying the bill that would repeal Obamacare for a month:

New Yorker

Roger Amick said...

The Midnight Special.
The Republican-controlled Senate overcame doubts in its own caucus to approve a budget resolution that will start the process of repealing Obamacare.

The Senate early Thursday morning passed a budget resolution, with 51 yays and 48 nays, that calls for legislation to repeal the controversial healthcare law. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was not present.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the only Republican to vote against the resolution. He previously opposed the resolution, saying that it creates a $9.7 trillion hole in the deficit over the next decade.

The vote came after a marathon series of votes on amendments mostly introduced by Democrats seeking to preserve parts of Obamacare. The non-binding resolution now goes to the House, which is expected to take it up on Friday

Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me

Except for the 20 million won't have her ever-loving light on me.

Roger Amick said...

If we were seeing the incoming President, in another country, this kind of dispute, we would say that the government is in disarray. A quick Google search for concerns from our allies, confirmed that. Especially the NATO allies.

In his press conference, he compared our intelligence infrastructure to Nazi Germany.

He refused to say that the Russians hacked into the DNC.

He attacked CNN and other news sources.

He had paid people who capped at his comments, and booed the media. That has never been done before today.

It was more of a show for his supporters, than a news conference.

Even Shepard Smith on Fox, said that the attacks on the media was inappropriate for a President of the United States.

He claimed credit that Fiat Chrysler and Ford decided to create jobs here. Those decisions are made years in advance. The decision to invest billions are not made in two months.

He said that his two sons were going to be in charge of the Trump enterprises. This is legal, but it's going to be very contentious, when decisions are made, they will be questioned.

This was he first news conference since July of last year.

Almost every single newspaper, news media and our intelligence agencies, were appalled as well was our allies. Even some Republicans were obviously appalled.

He will be our President in ten days. He did nothing that would bring the country together. His thin skin was very apparent. A President has to make, important, often life and death decisions. A President has to get information, and give the orders after serious thought. From what we see in public, it is troubling. I hope that I'm wrong, but like I said, he does not appear to be thoughtful.

Loretta Russo said...

Unhinged spammer.

rrb said...


hey alky,

i'm sure that pastor pederast appreciates you picking up the slack on his cut n' paste routine in his absence.

i'm not sure why you're not posting these on the legacy blog though. you sure could use the 'page views.'

rrb said...

In his press conference, he compared our intelligence infrastructure to Nazi Germany.
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well rog, if you knew your history, you'd know that the nazi's were master propagandists. what our CIA, who happens to suck at what they're supposed to do, aspires to become.

so the comparison is accurate.

what i find amusing is that the left now feels compelled to defend the CIA, after years of despising them, simply because they had the balls to try and take down our president elect with the fakiest of fakity - fake - fake -fakey, fake news.

there's that hypocrisy thingy again. like the sun rising in the east.

rrb said...

What is going on here is blindingly obvious. Intelligence agencies–again, I think this means the CIA, although the NSA could also be involved–are creating “news” in order to discredit the incoming Trump administration. Just as the report on Russian hacking that they delivered last week was 100% politics and 0% security, the attachment to that report that created today’s news stories had no purpose other than to legitimize the spreading of unsourced, and almost certainly false, slanders against the president-elect.

Many people do not realize that the CIA has been a liberal organization, generally associated with the Democratic Party, since its founding. For the agency to intervene in this manner to try to discredit a nascent Republican administration is shocking, but not entirely surprising.

This excerpt from the New York Times’s account tell you all you need to know:

[I]ntelligence agencies considered it so potentially explosive that they decided Obama, Trump and congressional leaders needed to be told about it and informed that the agencies were actively investigating it.

Intelligence officials were concerned that the information would leak before they informed Trump of its existence, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the summary is classified and talking about it would be a felony. [Emphasis added]

Right. So “intelligence officials” think nothing of committing a felony if it will help serve the cause of the Democratic Party. The CIA is a sick agency. Heads need to roll. Let’s hope that President Trump carries out a thorough house-cleaning, including, where appropriate, criminal prosecutions.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/01/time-for-heads-to-roll-at-the-cia.php

Kd said...

A tv show called Blackish is normally funny, last night it was funny because they are still in deep depression over the Hillary Loss.

I hope more liberal tv shows do those kinds of the world is over shows.


And you want Lizzie Warren to be your next President, you socialist loving idiots.

"Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, introduced a bill that would require the President of the United States to sell his or her assets before taking office."

Yet, her wealth and businesses is ok for her to keep.

KD said...

HB predicted that Republicans don't have the votes, then about an hour later, had to report they do and had to admit another defeat.

Keep going, how goes your wife with your UNION for LIFE Health Insurance, last you posted, you and her where battling to get her the care she needed?

KD, Dizzy Lizzy, Ready, Fire , Aim said...

*President Lizzie Warren, never had any kind of problem at all with Obama running his business out of the White House, nope not one little word about it.

"According to financial disclosure reports, President Obama has an estimated net worth of $7 million dollars. Since he was worth $1.3 million in 2007, that makes the millionaire 438% more wealthy than when he first ran for office."

Nice.

Oh and Dizzy Lizzy FB this to 2.5 million of her stupid followers.


Senator Elizabeth Warren, furious about President-elect Donald J. Trump’s appointments of finance industry insiders, took to Facebook a little over a week ago to fire off a message to her nearly 2.5 million followers.

She took aim at an individual she described as a “hedge fund billionaire” who is “thrilled by Donald Trump’s economic team of Wall Street insiders.”

The hedge fund manager she condemned was Whitney Tilson, who runs Kase Capital. Ms. Warren — the fiery Massachusetts Democrat who is known for her stern mistrust of Wall Street — called him out by saying, “Tilson knows that, despite all the stunts and rhetoric, Donald Trump isn’t going to change the economic system.” Then she added, “The next four years are going to be a bonanza for the Whitney Tilsons of the world.”

There’s one rather glaring problem with Ms. Warren’s attack: Mr. Tilson happens to be one of the few financial executives who publicly fought Mr. Trump’s election and supported Hillary Clinton. A lifelong Democrat who was involved in helping to start Teach for America, Mr. Tilson also happened to be one of the rare Wall Street executives who had donated to Ms. Warren and actively sought new regulations for the industry. Recently, he gave Mrs. Clinton $1,000 so he could see Ms. Warren speak at a campaign fund-raiser. (He’s also far, far from a billionaire.)
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“I’ve donated money to her, attended her events, and did everything in my power to stop Donald Trump,” Mr. Tilson told me, talking about Ms. Warren and expressing dismay that he somehow became the target of her derision. “In addition, I agree with her 100 percent that large swaths of the financial industry have run amok and prey on vulnerable Americans, and thus strong regulation, including a muscular Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,is sorely, needed"he said.

Oppsie

Roger Amick said...

Sorry folks.

I wrote it all myself.

I watched the entire news conference.

Without using Google search or my links to the four major newspapers.

The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
The New York Times
The Los Angeles Times

Of course during the day, I read articles on the news conference.
I also watched some of the talk shows.

I usually shut down the media and in approximately one hour of my time early this morning, and wrote down the post.

I'm confident that every single comment I made is verifiable.

For example, a few minutes ago, I read a quote from a Fiat Chrysler executive, who said that the decision to expand its assembly plants, after negotiations with the United Auto Workers union. Not because of the election of Donald J. Trump.

The use of a documented right wing blog, that is not journalism, but it is a partisan blog. Multiple reports this morning, reported that the leak of the piece Buzzfeed ran, did not come from internal leaks from within the CIA, or any other intelligence agencies.

Trump is endangering the security of the United States, with his comments on the most powerful intelligence services on the planet. Skepticism is a good thing, but to discredit the security experts that he will have to depend on, is irresponsible behavior of the President elect elect. That's not just my opinion. Sources from the Reagan administration through to today, are very worried.

Roger Amick said...

" Many people do not realize that the CIA has been a liberal organization, generally associated with the Democratic Party, since its founding. For the agency to intervene in this manner to try to discredit a nascent Republican administration is shocking, but not entirely surprising."

That's why you have absolutely no credibility here. A "liberal" organization? You live in a fantasy world, created by a lack of rational thought. Good God.

Loretta Russo said...

Unhinged lunatic.

Get professional help.

Roger Amick said...

Yes you do.

The tragedy from Alzheimer's disease can be slowed down in some cases, but yours is probably to far advanced.

rrb said...

Multiple reports this morning, reported that the leak of the piece Buzzfeed ran, did not come from internal leaks from within the CIA, or any other intelligence agencies.
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trump had a meeting with intelligence. a meeting he told NO ONE about. not even his long time exec assistant.

it was a trap to see if the CIA hacks would intentionally leak info from the meeting and them being the hackity hacks that they are...

...they did.

so continue to guzzle down all of the fake news that your media masters can muster, rog.

a headline on AoS yesterday was perfectly emblematic of the hilarity:

"you can't spell journalism without J-I-S-M."

LOL.

Roger Amick said...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38582441

US President-elect Donald Trump gave his first news conference in nearly six months on Wednesday. There had been speculation over whether the event would go ahead, following the leak of a dossier containing unsubstantiated allegations that Russian security services had compromising information on Mr Trump.
But even aside from the Russia dossier, a host of controversies have arisen since the president-elect last faced reporters.
Ahead of the conference, we compiled a list of a few questions they might want to put to him after all this time.
So did they get asked and - more importantly - did he answer?
The Russia dossier
Q: Were any of your team in contact with Russian officials during the campaign?
An unsubstantiated report leaked to the press alleges that there was secret contact between the Trump campaign team and Moscow concerning compromising material on the president-elect.
Did it come up? Mr Trump failed to answer when asked directly about contact, but did say there was no truth to any part of the report earlier in the press conference.
Furious Trump denies Russian 'leverage'
Business interests
Q: You are about to assume the highest office in the land. Will you completely divest yourself of your business interests?
The president-elect's wide-ranging business interests are a major source of concern. The US Office of Government Ethics has said only a full divestiture from his business interests can protect Mr Trump's presidency from conflicts, but he has so far refused to meet this demand.
Did it come up? Yes - and Mr Trump confirmed he would be handing total control of his businesses to his two sons and he would have no hand at all in its running.
"Don and Eric [his sons] are going to be running the company," he told reporters. "They are going to be running it in a very professional manner. They're not going to discuss it with me."
The business will also be donating all income made by its hotels from foreign governments to the US Treasury, and said no foreign deals would be made during Mr Trump's term in office.
But significant questions remain about whether he has done enough - the Office of Government Ethics has already said he hasn't.
Trump hands over business empire to sons
A list of Trump's potential conflicts
US intelligence
Q: Do you have confidence in the US intelligence services, and do you think they have confidence in you?
Mr Trump had lashed out at the FBI, CIA and NSA after they said that they had reached a consensus that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic party. It was an unprecedented move for a president-elect to question the country's own intelligence services.
Did it come up? Almost. Mr Trump was asked "do you have a problem with the intelligence community", which he did not answer at the time.
Later, he said he thought their work was "vital" but he did say he thought it was "pretty sad" that documents were being leaked by the agencies.
When presidents and spies fall out
Relations with Russia
Q: You mocked Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over their attempts at a "reset" of relations with Russia. How does your approach to improving relations differ from theirs?
Mr Trump has repeatedly praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin and said he wishes to improve US-Russia relations, but there is little indication as to how his plans differ from those of the Obama administration in 2009.
Did it come up? Mr Trump did touch on his relationship with Mr Putin, telling reporters "Russia will have a much greater respect" for the US under his administration, adding there was "no reset button".
Earlier, he said: "I don't know that I'm going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there's a good chance I won't.
"And if I don't, do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break."
Other details remain unclear.

Roger Amick said...

Draining the swamp
Q: How have your nominations made good on your campaign promise to "drain the swamp"?
The president-elect has faced criticism for pledging to drain the Washington "swamp" of lobbyists and corporate interests, only to appoint former Goldman Sachs staffers and the CEO of Exxon Mobil to his cabinet.
Did it come up? Not quite, but Mr Trump was dismissive when asked about appointing people with potential conflicts of interest.
"I think we have one of the great cabinets ever put together, and we've been hearing that from so many people. People are so happy."
The people around Donald Trump
Muslims
Q: John Kelly, your nomination for homeland security, said yesterday: "I don't think it's ever appropriate to focus on something like religion." Is he contradicting your position, or have you changed your mind?
Mr Trump caused huge controversies during the campaign when he called for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, and suggested that his administration would compile a registry of Muslims in the country. His actual intentions regarding these policies remain uncertain.
Did it come up? No.
Trump's promises: Before and after
Repealing Obamacare
Q: You told the New York Times this week that you intend to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it "very quickly or simultaneously". What's your plan?
Both Democrats and Republicans have voiced concerns over the president-elect's stated intention to repeal so-called Obamacare immediately. Mr Trump's team has not outlined a plan for what might replace the programme, which provides 20 million Americans with health cover.
Did it come up? Yes, but the details remain non-existent - Mr Trump would only reveal that the new plan would make people "very, very proud".
Can Obamacare be repealed?
Nuclear weapons
Q: You suggested in a recent tweet that the US should "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear weapons programme until the world "comes to its senses". Can you explain how the US ramping up its nuclear weapons programme helps the world come to its senses?
Mr Trump has been accused of jeopardising decades of nuclear non-proliferation efforts by calling for the US to strengthen its arsenal and reportedly saying: "Let it be an arms race" with Russia. Both countries currently have about 4,000 nuclear warheads in their stockpiles.
Did it come up? No.
Trump wants greater nuclear capabilities
The Wall
Q: How do you plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall?
The Wall was the key rallying cry of the Trump campaign, and his fans delighted in his claim that Mexico would pay for it. But Mexico's president has said emphatically that it won't, and the Trump team has yet to outline a detailed plan for how to raise the funds.
Did it come up? Yes, but there are no clearer details on how it will be funded - although Mr Trump was clear it would be a wall, and not a fence as some have suggested.
It will also be a top priority, if Wednesday's press conference is anything to go by.
"I don't feel like waiting a year or a year-and-a-half. We're going to start building. Mexico in some form, and there are many different forms, will reimburse us and they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall. That will happen, whether it's a tax or whether it's a payment - probably less likely that it's a payment. But it will happen."
Mexico will pay US back for wall - Trump
North Korea
Q: How would you keep North Korea's nuclear weapons programme under control?
North Korea could be one of the major foreign policy tests for Mr Trump's administration. The world's most unpredictable state claimed this week it was developing Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles which could strike the US mainland.
Did it come up? No.
Trump: N Korea nuclear plans 'won't happen'

Roger Amick said...

There is much concern over the President elect

KD, Bye Bye ObimboCare, Thank God said...

John Kennedy was a billionaire (inflation adjusted dollars) when he sat in the Office of the President.

Any one at that time want John to sell his business holdings. Nope.

Why now then?

Loretta Russo said...

Spam.

Loretta Russo said...

Plagiarized spam.

opie said...

C.H. Truth said...
In simpleton 2D thinking, Opie's viewpoint makes sense. But if you actually took the time to look at all the moving parts, it likely makes less sense than it does at first glance.

Let's accept as a fact (because it is a fact):
- Rates of insurance on the exchanges have gone up dramatically.

Our esteemed host, once again draws up a straw man to prove nothing. He points out his own simplistic logic by stating, through his mental machinations, his costs won't be affected by Ryan's plan. It now is readily apparent to me that he is now clairvoyant, an insurance actuary and ceo in one person. To naively think the insurance industry will not increase his rates due to the new law, if it is actually part of the plan, something CH ignored. 5x could easily be more!!!!! But that's okay, as long as he rationalizing in his small world that things won't change with the new multiplier, is living in denial and lala land. BTW...exchanges in some states have gone up dramatically while many have not. Again, another fake fact made up by our host.....LOL Suggest you look at CA, CT, FL and others and tell me how those numbers are dramatic. LOL at you again. BTW.....Your ability to predict outcomes is worse than Krugman's. seem trump got enough data to say the russki's did it. Data you and your hockey expert will never see, but since trump now agrees its russian, I imagine someone with as little imagination as you will fall in line.

cowardly king obama said...

"There is much concern over the President elect "

And all from the leftwing exploding heads....

This will be great fun to watch while the swamp is draining over the next 8 years and probably the next 8 years after that with a President Pence.

ROFLMAO !!!!

KD said...

It is clear Trump Won.

He ran his campaign correctly, he spent half of what Hillary did, he talk with , to TO the people, he heard them, not some fake ass "Listening Tour" like Hillary and he knows we don't like or respect the US Press.

He gave it to them again yesterday, that was priceless.
CCN will have to learn to "embrace the suck" and get over themselves.

HB, issues you bring to this the Adult Blog, do you do it for sympathy? HB Just for your ears so have your speakers up



Billionaire George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion in Weeks After Trump Election" CNN ,,, oh yeah. Betting against Trump

opie said...

Any one at that time want John to sell his business holdings. Nope.

Anyone care? That was another world, people actually liked JFK His approval rating was 60% when he was killed, trump a whole 37% before his start. LOL

From Gallup....WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some 50 years after John F. Kennedy's sole presidential term was cut short by an assassin's bullets, nearly three-quarters of Americans believe Kennedy will go down in history as an outstanding or above-average president. This is the highest retrospective rating given to any of the 11 presidents who have held office since Dwight Eisenhower. Another fifth of the public sees the slain president as average, while just 3% rank him as below average or poor.

Loretta Russo said...

"And all from the leftwing exploding heads...."

LMAO. Even MORE entertaining than I could have imagined.

Roger Amick said...

Amazon will create 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States with full benefits over the next 18 months, the tech giant announced in a statement Thursday.

The CEO owns The Washington Post. Wal-Mart, the zero benefits company is laying off thousands.

Here in California, Costco is hiring, they also have starting wages of $15 per hour plus benefits. Thank you President Barack Hussein Obama!

We have had 79 strait months of hiring, and the DJIA is just under 20,000. It was approximately 7,200 on January 20, 2009.

Bin Laden is in hell.

20,000,000 Americans have health insurance, the Senate voted in the Midnight Special, not shining down on you, voted to take away health insurance for twenty million Americans.

Roger Amick said...

Link included, dumb bitch

Loretta Russo said...

LOL

opie said...

Some fake news to ponder that will cost us all:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/21/scientists-calculate-the-dramatic-economic-cost-of-a-warming-arctic/?utm_term=.5f2c33cb2df5

Roger Amick said...


Madonna: Trump Presidency Like 'Being Stuck in a Nightmare'
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Jan 11, 2017, 6:13 AM ET
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Madonna says President-elect Donald Trump winning the White House is "like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare."

The pop icon tells Harper's Bazaar in an interview for the magazine's February issue that election night "was just like watching a horror show." She says the feeling of Trump as president is comparable to going through a devastating breakup, saying "I wake up and I go, 'Wait a second. Donald Trump is the president. It's not a bad dream. It really happened.'"

Loretta Russo said...

Your other Messiah Soros lost a billion dollars after TRUMP won, LOL.

Thank you President elect Trump!

Loretta Russo said...

White trash.

opie said...

Summary of the last 5 loretta witticisms. Total content, less than zero, like her intellect. Cue another inane post. LOLOLOL

Loretta Russo said...
Unhinged lunatic.
Get professional help.
Loretta Russo said...
Spam.
Blogger Loretta Russo said...
Plagiarized spam.
Loretta Russo said...
"And all from the leftwing exploding heads...."
LMAO. Even MORE entertaining than I could have imagined.
Loretta Russo said...
LOL

opie said...

Missed the last 2 above. Should have waited as she again posted such brilliance like white trash and thanks for another idiotic comment.

Loretta Russo said...

Here's another one.

Stupid Opie.

Loretta Russo said...

No link drunkard.

opie said...

Loretta Russo said...
Here's another one.
Stupid Opie.
Loretta Russo said...
No link drunkard.

LOL....no brains. Act your age, Loretta.

opie said...

No offense Roger, but Madonna? That doesn't even reach the level of zero on my care meter.

C.H. Truth said...

To naively think the insurance industry will not increase his rates due to the new law, if it is actually part of the plan, something CH ignored. 5x could easily be more!

The health insurance industry has a motive to insure the largest amount of young and healthy people as they can. This is the way that they keep their own costs balanced. It's why they hire actuaries.

Considering that many health insurance companies (Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, etc) are non-profit and pretty much all health care insurance coops are designed as non-profits, I think it would be "cynical" to think that they would simply bump up premiums because the law permits. What would be their incentive to "overcharge someone".

Again, there is historical empirical data that you can look at (something you seem to believe is relevant) as it pertains to the costs of health insurance. What's "naive" is believe that our hapless government can create a new bureaucracy to overlook an industry and basically supervise and control companies in such a manner that makes the entire concept of insurance actuaries obsolete, as the bureaucracy sets the rules for both coverage and cost.

We disagree because you have too much trust in Government bureaucracy and too little trust in professional insurance actuaries who have balanced this successfully for many insurance companies (especially those who are non-profit). More to the point, you have an unhealthy skepticism of fundamental capitalism, and feel the need to have a "mommy state" to control the big bad mean capitalists.

Commonsense said...

Madonna: Trump Presidency Like 'Being Stuck in a Nightmare

Who cares? Madonna welched on her promise. (Trigger warning to the good people of Wales :))

opie said...

The health insurance industry has a motive to insure the largest amount of young and healthy people as they can

Wow, CH, your expertise as an actuarial is astounding. Your following Hypothesis is utter BS. Hoping for an outcome is typical republicon' wishful thinking and laughable. History is always nice, but the law is going against your wish and you are postulating that the insurance companies are stupid and will not take maximum benefit from the law, pure business sense which you have pontificated more than once, and now ignore. The last thing I have any like is for govmt bureaucracy, but I can read that you avoid reality with a passion. Disagree all you want, but you will pay more sooner than later. I'm medicare which I expect to see increases on. Fortunately, my old company pays me for medicare supplemental which has very good coverage of rate hikes. What's your company plan other than you are on your own. LOL

rrb said...

That's why you have absolutely no credibility here.
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alky, i have more credibility around here in my little finger than you have in your entire booze-soaked, cirrhosis-laden, worthless ass.

and madonna? really?

like that old skank matters?

get a grip. i didn't expect your skull to officially catch fire until after the inauguration.

KD said...

This is to go with all your other lies on Obama Care and the Economy.


" voted to take away health insurance for twenty million Americans."

No one can vote to take away health care that is self funded.


HB, grave concern here, how is your wife, did she get the health care she needed?


Roger Amick said...

K'putz, you must be stalking me.

I'm retired and we are both on Medicare, Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage.

She got the care she needed. Because its unique, sometimes some don't know what to do. But they did.

Roger Amick said...

Madonna? That doesn't even reach the level of zero on my care meter.

No more than the racist rodent!

KD said...

That was another world, people actually liked JFK His approval rating was 60% when he was killed, trump a whole 37% before his start". OPIUM

John Kennedy had $1 billion dollars (inflation adjusted dollars) at his disposal when he was in Office and no one said a thing.

What about when Roosevelt was Pres, yep very rich man indeed , was a word said, nope.

rrb said...

Roger Amick said...
Madonna? That doesn't even reach the level of zero on my care meter.
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then why did you post her reaction to his election?



Roger Amick said...

Madonna: Trump Presidency Like 'Being Stuck in a Nightmare'
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Jan 11, 2017, 6:13 AM ET


KD, LOL @ HB Daily said...

Why did you go from your UNION INS for Life to Medicare?

So crappy Gov't Health care put her life at risk , shame on you.

KD, "Crushing Cost" of ObimboCare said...

I want to thank Obama for:

95 million Americans of working age searching for a good job
For turning the Black person from home owner to home renter
For making history with having more young adults living at home then any time in modern history
For exploding the number of people that are on food stamps, living in public housing and drawning from savings to live from day to day.

The above is a short list of why Trump is the President Elect.

Commonsense said...

She got the care she needed. Because its unique, sometimes some don't know what to do.

Last thing you want to be is a script for an episode of House.

wphamilton said...

CH, most BCBS insurance companies are for-profit, since 2012 I think. When they were non-profit, they horded billions of surplus, many multiples of the amount needed for solvency. So apparently they do care about the revenue stream.

Kaiser Permanente invested $2.6 billion in 2014 - so evidently they have a use for it as well.

What's the argument here? Whether Ryan's plan is going to cost some of us a lot more and line the pockets of someone in the industry? Of course it will! That's what Ryan does, it's reason Ryan exists. The question is who specifically is Ryan planning to screw over, and if you can get out of his way.

PNC said...

The remaining #NeverTrumpers are the only real conservatives.

We were against big-government liberal Obama and his big-government liberal Democrat Party.
Now we're against big-government liberal Trump and his big-government liberal Republican Party.

While the Republicans and Democrats have vacillated between big-government liberalism and fear of big government depending on whether big government is on their side or not, only the #NeverTrumpers have consistently opposed big government this whole time.