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If you're more upset at Meryl Streep...

...than you are with the Russian interference, then chances are you're a fucking traitor.

Just sayin'.

Donald is "going rogue"

These are Tweets from today.
Even AFTER he's seen the evidence.

The intel community (and the rest of us) needs to stop this enemy of our country.

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

Release of tax returns as a requirement

I think, at the very least, that the release of the last 10 years of tax returns should be a requirement when running for Congress, the Presidency, and all high level cabinet selections.
The same rule should apply at the State level also.

With more and more money controlling our politics we need some transparency here.

What do you think?

Repealing Obamacare affects everyone

A few points I've jotted down here (with input from some of you here) should the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be done away with as the incoming GOP dominated government will most surely do. (see article below for more details)

Repealing Obamacare would again allow insurance corporations to...

Deny you the ability to purchase insurance on the individual market based on your health condition.

Drop you from coverage from the individual market if you become ill.

Charge more for female coverage.

Limit your coverage to an arbitrary maximum amount. Once you hit that limit, you pay for all costs over that amount. This is especially troubling if god forbid we had a serious accident or illness. It could bankrupt us (you or I). The ACA requires the insurance company to cover your entire treatment no matter the cost. It wasn't that way before it's passage in 2010.

Deny covering your adult children under your plan up to age 26. A very popular option.

Charge you for preventive care, such as physicals, health screenings, flu shots, breast-feeding supplies and contraception which are currently covered at no extra charge.

Also,

Funding for rural hospitals and clinics would dry up.

Rates for everyone will go up
as insurance pools get smaller and the cost for those who have no insurance will once more be spread among those who can pay.

It will bankrupt hospitals because people would start using ER's as routine doc visits again because they have lost their insurance.

Plus repeal will drive up prescription drug costs for those on Medicare...and us all.

Repealing Obamacare affects everyone

Under Obamacare, senior citizens pay less for Medicare coverage and for their prescription drugs. Many Americans have received free contraceptives, mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol tests. And small business employees with older and sicker workers have not been slapped with super-high premiums.



http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/02/news/economy/repealing-obamacare-health-insurance/index.html

With capitalism soon installed in the Whitehouse...

...job one will be removing regulations. Especially those that protect consumers and the public at large.

Job two will be to raid the public safety nets of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA and turn them over for Wall St management to the banksters.

Donald doesn't think in terms of public service and neither do his cabinet appointees.
Private sector capital enrichment is the goal of these Oligarchs and people like the Koch Brothers are sharpening their knives and licking their chops.

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Dark Money:

The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right


A Must Read: Jane Mayer’s ‘Dark Money’ Uncovers Hidden History of Billionaire Kochs
In her new book, the New Yorker writer considers the damage the Koch brothers' network has done to our democracy.

http://billmoyers.com/story/a-must-read-jane-mayers-dark-money-uncovers-the-hidden-history-of-billionaires/

...

The Kochs are ruining our country and now with tRump it will get worse quicker.
They are sadistic sociopaths and greedy mofos.

Solar has become the most cost effective electricity source

We have reached the turning point. Solar is the cheapest electricity source in the world now.

I realize the incoming Administration appointees are oil and coal invested special interests. My hope is they do the fiscal conservative thing and spend our tax dollars wisely helping solar rather than squander our taxes on poisonous petroleum based fuels for electricity production.


"A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity.

This has happened in isolated projects in the past: an especially competitive auction in the Middle East, for example, resulting in record-cheap solar costs. But now unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, and notably, new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects, according to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance."


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/world-energy-hits-a-turning-point-solar-that-s-cheaper-than-wind

Overcoming the Rule of Billionaires and Militarists

"Most of Trump’s appointees to top cabinet positions are a mix of incompetent and mean spirited billionaires and generals. This alliance of powerful representatives of predatory financial capitalists and right-wing supporters of the immense military — industrial-surveillance complex makes clear Trump’s support of the worst elements of neoliberalism — a war on education, support for austerity policies and an attack on social provisions, the poor, workers, unions and the most vulnerable. "


http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-second-gilded-age-overcoming-rule-billionaires-militarists/

Socialism

It won't be socialism that comes to decimate our veteran health benefits and retirements, our Social Security and Medicare, our public employee retirements, our social safety nets,...through privatization.

No, it will be capitalism via the Wall St investor-class hungry for wider profit margins feeding at the public money trough.
That is who wants their hands on our public Commons. Our tax dollar pool.

Selfishness of the .05% will rule this world soon...

... if nothing happens.

We'll get crumbs.
Social Safety nets obliterated.
Nobody immune not even veteran entitlements.
People too ignorant to realize until too late.

I fear for my country and freedom.

On edit...the air we breath and water we drink under assault.
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