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Proud Liberal Dem

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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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Bernie and Chuck

made some conciliatory noises right after the election that they might work with Trump on some issues where they might be in agreement (i.e. Infrastructure, Israel, "WWC concerns"), however, aside from the fact that they probably put that out there mostly as a bit of political courtesy and desire to not be perceived as reflexively obstructionist right out of the gate, I have not seen any evidence that the Democrats are buckling under to Trump, especially when it comes to ACA. The main problem is that, aside from the Filibuster on most legislation and politicking, there's not a lot that Democrats can do to stop Republicans from what they want to do, unfortunately. There's a good chance that we can bite into their numbers and increase our own in 2018.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jan 12, 2017, 01:43 PM (0 replies)

Yup

I guess that the GOP thinks everything is ok as long as at least a few people in this country are "strong" enough to defend it should somebody try to actually invade us. I didn't think about #2 but, yeah, why wouldn't that make them happy? But then again, they've demonized taxes so much that people tend to respond pretty reflexively whenever you get to the discussion of how SP will actually be paid for. Years and years of deprogramming about taxes alone are probably going to be necessary to condition people to accept SP.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jan 9, 2017, 12:38 PM (1 replies)

Remember how Bush once said that he looked in Putin's eyes and saw his soul?

Good times those. Looks like we need to bring W back to peer into Trump's soul and report back to us. BTW did Bush ever report his findings on Putin's soul back to the CIA or the FBI (or Homeland Security)?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jan 9, 2017, 12:07 PM (0 replies)

I get the sense that the Republicans boxed themselves in on the issue

Republicans have been demonizing, attacking, sabotaging, and otherwise undermining the law since day one, however as long as President Obama has been POTUS, their efforts have (mostly) amounted to nothing and the law is still largely intact. However, Republicans in Congress have built up a large amount of "street cred" on the basis of repealing PPACA and now that they have the power to actually deliver on it now, there's really no way they can back out of it now without suffering the political consequences (even if some of them want to). If they don't get a PPACA repeal on Donald Trump's desk by 2018, then they will be in big trouble. Of course, if they do repeal PPACA, they own the inevitable consequences but I don't think they're going to stop them from doing it. They'll just try to figure out a way to spin it that makes President Obama and the Democrats the real culprits.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jan 9, 2017, 10:58 AM (0 replies)

"Public Health" Argument for Universal Healthcare

What I haven't heard more of during the debate over preserving/repealing PPACA and one that should almost certainly be at the top of the list of reasons for not only preserving PPACA but also eventually expanding it to ensure universal health care is ensuring the most effective management of outbreaks of diseases with the potential to quickly kill large amounts of people. This is something that I would think that this would be even more important given our recent experience with Ebola in this country which, thankfully, wasn't as bad as it could have been. Come to think of it, this is also a great argument for reforming our nation's labor laws governing sick time and usage thereof. All too often it seems that people try to "tough it out" and don't go to the doctor when sick and, what's even worse is that they usually end up having to go into work anyway despite being ill because their jobs don't allow them to be sick without the very real possibility of them being terminated (which everybody in their right mind, of course, seeks to avoid). IMHO we need to ensure that people, when sick, can take the time off that they need and, most importantly, have access to treatment if needed, to quickly recover and avoid spreading illnesses around. The ability to stop the spread of a communicable fatal disease may rest on the ability of healthcare workers to diagnose and isolate infected individuals, some of whom simply may not seek treatment if they don't have access to health care and they may wind up spreading the disease to others by showing up at work- because they have to in order to keep their jobs.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jan 9, 2017, 10:52 AM (13 replies)

Why WOULD Democrats get the blame

I know that that's the spin the Republicans are intended to create and one that some people -mostly Fox watchers- might believe but if and when Republicans actually start hacking away at the PPACA, there will be a direct line from what they do to whatever happens next that Democrats can easily point to.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Jan 6, 2017, 11:03 AM (1 replies)

Thought that was what you're referring to.

And why should they? They already passed a law that- at most- needs some tweaking. Republicans as per usual just want to blow the whole thing up, come up with an inferior plan that barely covers anybody or anything, splash some lipstick on it, and pat themselves on the backs. Why do they need Democrats for that and who in their right mind thinks that they'll listen to Democrats or that Democrats will want to participate in their shell game? Does anybody in their right mind think that the Freedom Caucus will vote for a plan that has been "tainted" by Democrats (or any plan that does anything at all)? No, the Republicans want Democratic cooperation in cleaning up the mess they're about to make. They want Democrats to co-own their scheme. I can't imagine that there are any real Democrats whom would take the bait on this (nor should they).
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 4, 2017, 01:21 PM (1 replies)

Right

If they wanted a "check" on Trump, they should've given Democrats some actual, you know, POWER, to do something. The Democrats' only source of "power" is the filibuster in the Senate, which has been (or will likely be) weakened by Republicans. I really don't think that most voters know what they want or what they are doing when they go to (or are answering) polls......
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 4, 2017, 09:49 AM (0 replies)

Is there ANYTHING that Trump will NOT get credit for for the next 4 years

It seems like every single time a manufacturer decides to bring jobs back to US/keep (some) jobs here, it's because of Trump. Now, it appears that whenever Republicans seemingly back down on something, it's because of Trump. What next will he be (rightly or wrongly) given credit for?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Jan 3, 2017, 04:13 PM (15 replies)

Hopefully, Dems will be there to remind everybody of the truth

ACA has its problems (like any other major law) but none so egregious that it needs to be removed root and branch and (maybe) replaced with something else. The Republicans haven't come up with any good ideas to replace the law with in six years and I doubt that they will come up with anything over the next 2-4, though, in smashing the law to pieces with a sledgehammer, they will be "scoring a victory", placating their rabid base, and, ultimately, creating a "Health Care Cliff" to try to stain President Obama's legacy and/or to scare Democrats into helping them come up with a replacement (though they will still struggle with getting Democrats and even elements of their own party with actually getting a replacement law in place). I hope that if Republicans manage to repeal PPACA that Democrats make the Republicans go it alone on replacing it because, after all, we already actually came up with a plan, made it law, and, now six years in, is helping lots of people and is the new "status quo". If Republicans want to come in and upend everything (whether their repeal happens 2 years from now or 3-4 years from now it doesn't matter IMHO), they should be made to own the mess.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Jan 3, 2017, 09:36 AM (1 replies)
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