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The rich are worried sick, but (tax) relief is on the way!


One of the main gripes about the Senate’s plan to replace and repeal Obamacare is that it gives a humongous tax break to the wealthy.

This is true. The Senate bill would slash healthcare spending on the poor and elderly to finance a hefty tax cut that primarily would benefit rich folks in the top brackets.

Admittedly, it sounds sort of cruel — “mean,” in the president’s own words — but some of this talk is coming from marshmallow liberals who believe that nursing-home patients deserve more compassion than hedge-fund managers.

Hey, the rich suffer, too. Their voices should be heard.

People who don’t make millions of dollars can’t relate to the agonizing experience of writing a big fat check to the IRS every three months. That’s right — the dreaded quarterlies.

more satire

New Florida law lets any resident challenge what's taught in science classes

Any resident in Florida can now challenge what kids learn in public schools, thanks to a new law that science education advocates worry will make it harder to teach evolution and climate change.

The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) last week and went into effect Saturday, requires school boards to hire an "unbiased hearing officer" who will handle complaints about instructional materials, such as movies, textbooks and novels, that are used in local schools. Any parent or county resident can file a complaint, regardless of whether they have a student in the school system. If the hearing officer deems the challenge justified, he or she can require schools to remove the material in question.

The statute includes general guidelines about what counts as grounds for removal: belief that the material is "pornographic" or "is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, or is inappropriate for the grade level and age group."

Proponents of the new law say it makes the challenge process easier for parents and gives residents a greater say in their children's education. And state Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, who sponsored the bill, told Nature in May that his intent wasn't to target any particular subject.



Mr. Fish Toon - Dear Don

Monday Toon Roundup 3- The Rest





Fake News


Monday Toon Roundup 2- GOP Healthcare Plan: Die quickly

Monday Toon Roundup 1 - ConDon

Manchin to Trump: Work with Democrats 'who are willing to meet you in the middle'

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said he wants President Trump to succeed and called for him to work with Democrats on healthcare legislation.

During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin said he has always wanted to repair ObamaCare, as opposed to repealing and replacing the former president's signature healthcare legislation.

"The only thing I'm saying to to President Trump...He's the president of all of America, Democrats and Republicans, independents, those who voted for him, those who voted against him, he is our president and I want him to succeed," Manchin said.

"I want him to know there are Democrats that want to work with him."
Manchin said the Senate can't get 50 votes to repeal ObamaCare right now.



Congress is cool to Trumps proposal to end heating aid to the poor

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The summer air is sizzling as the Fourth of July approaches, yet 86-year-old Richard Perkins already worries about how he’s going to stay warm this winter.

President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating heating aid for low-income Americans, claiming it’s no longer necessary and rife with fraud. People needn’t worry about being left in the cold, he says, because utilities cannot cut off customers in the dead of winter.

But he is wrong on all counts.

The heating program provides a critical lifeline for people like Perkins, and officials close to the program don’t see any widespread fraud. Guidelines for winter shutoffs by utilities vary from state to state and don’t apply to heating oil, a key energy source in the brittle New England winter.

“It’s beyond my thinking that anyone could be that cruel,” said Perkins, a retired restaurateur who relies on the program to keep warm in Ogunguit, Maine.


Cruel is Trump's middle name!

More than 100,000 march in London to demand Theresa May's resignation

Tens of thousands of protesters have marched through central London to campaign against the Conservative government as part of a “Not One Day More” protest.

More than 100,000 attended the rally, according to organising body the People’s Assembly. The protest began outside BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place before moving on towards Parliament Square to hear a number of speakers including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Protesters arrived with banners branding messages of defiance against austerity and the Tory Party such as “Austerity kills” and “Kick the Tories out”, and people could be heard chanting “Not one day more” as the crowd moved through the streets of the capital.

Speaking to the crowds in Parliament Square, Mr Corbyn rounded on the Tories for this week raising hopes the public sector pay cap would be lifted before later dampening expectations by voting against a Labour amendment to the Queen’s Speech to scrap the 1 per cent ceiling imposed by George Osborne in 2012.



Sunday's Non Sequitur Toon - Competition

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