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Wednesday Toon Roundup 4 - The Rest

Donald (Congratulations to Ruben Bolling on winning the Herblock Award!)








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Wednesday Toon Roundup 3 - Cheeto Benito

Wednesday Toon Roundup 2- Dr. Ben's Alt History Lesson

Wednesday Toon Roundup 1- Trumpcare

President Trump will gut Coast Guard, TSA, FEMA to pay for his border wall, immigrant roundups

It appears that the State Department isnít the only part of the government that President Donald Trump is leaving in tatters. If he has his way with the new budget, the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration could be next.

Under Trump, the Office of Management and Budget wants to cut the Coast Guardís $9.1 billion budget by 14 percent, according to internal budget documents obtained by Politico. The plan would also make significant cuts to airport and rail security, cutting Transportation Security Administration spending by 11 percent. It would even reduce the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency by 11 percent.

The new plan would also increase the Department of Homeland Securityís budget for building a U.S.-Mexico border wall and hiring additional border agents and immigration officers. The OMBís plan would increase Homeland Security spending by 6 percent to $43.8 billion.


Paul Krugman on the Republican Obamacare Replacement

A Plan Set Up To Fail
MARCH 7, 2017 9:01 AM March 7, 2017 9:01 am Comment

So now we know what Republicans have to offer as an Obamacare replacement. Let me try to avoid value judgments for a few minutes, and describe what seems to have happened here.

The structure of the Affordable Care Act comes out of a straightforward analysis of the logic of coverage. If you want to make health insurance available and affordable for almost everyone, regardless of income or health status, and you want to do this through private insurers rather than simply have single-payer, you have to do three things.

1.Regulate insurers so they canít refuse or charge high premiums to people with preexisting conditions
2.Impose some penalty on people who donít buy insurance, to induce healthy people to sign up and provide a workable risk pool
3.Subsidize premiums so that lower-income households can afford insurance

So thatís Obamacare (and Romneycare before that): regulation, mandates, and subsidies. And the result has been a sharp decline in the number of uninsured, with costs coming in well below expectations. Roughly speaking, 20 million Americans gained coverage at a cost of around 0.6 percent of GDP.


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Tuesday Toon Roundup 3: The Rest







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Tuesday Toon Roundup 2: Trump- Crazy President? Or Craziest President?

Tuesday TOON Roundup 1: Republican Health Care Plan- Get Sick, Go Broke. Die.

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