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Gore calls for single-payer healthcare

Source: The Hill

Former Vice President Al Gore called for a single-payer healthcare system this week amid the collapse of the Senate GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable healthcare for all,” Gore said Tuesday at an event at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, The Huffington Post reported.

“I believe we ought to have single-payer healthcare.”


“I think we’ve reached a point where the entire healthcare system is in impending crisis,” Gore said at the time. “I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we should begin drafting a single-payer national health insurance plan.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342733-al-gore-endorses-single-payer-healthcare

Al Gore is a DLC OG, so if he's saying this, it's time for the party leadership to change.

ANALOGY: rebuilding after arson

Republicans are trying to burn down our house, & centrist Dems keep rebuilding with wood instead of something that can withstand the arson.


If Anthony Kennedy retires, that's when we need a Merrick Garland

Gorsuch was a far righty replacing another far rightie, so it didn't change the balance of the court.

Anthony Kennedy is often a swing vote, so his replacement will be critical.

Republicans might actually consider agreeing to Garland or the equivalent for that seat as a way to dampen Democratic fervor for the midterms or whatever election is after Kennedy's retirement.

At least that's the pitch someone could make to Republicans.

The current partisan balance would be maintained, which is way the hell more than the Republicans deserve.

And they would still lose anyway, but possibly hold onto a handful of marginal seats.

It took 50 years to confirm 1968 was stolen. It took 243 days to confirm 2016 was stolen.

Good post on DK about Republicans only winning the presidency by cheating, mostly monkey wrenching foreign policy.

What is odd to me is this is the first time Democrats have made long, consistent noise about it.

The other thing that is odd is the monkey-wrenching at least slowed escalating tensions with Russia rather than damage peace talks. I wonder if that's why the MSM is airing the allegation and keeping it in the mix.

NOTE: Formatting isn't working for me lately. Everything below the line is quoted.

The New York Times, December 31, 2016:

During a phone call on the night of Oct. 22, 1968, Richard M. Nixon told his closest aide (and future chief of staff) H.R. Haldeman to "monkey wrench" President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to begin peace negotiations over the Vietnam War. Nixon long denied giving such an order, but Haldeman's notes, which were quietly made public in 2007 and were recently discovered by the historian Jack Farrell, prove he was lying.

The New York Times, July 9, 2017

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

On December 11, 2016, eight days before the electoral college met, I wrote: 1968, 1980, 2000, 2016,* summarizing October and other surprises:

The 1968 “monkey wrench” of Vietnam peace efforts.

The 1980 likely deal with Iran to delay release of hostages until after election. Credibility buttressed by later Iran-Contra deal.

The 2000 theft by Supreme Court and voter purging.


Conservatives Story About How Republicans Are Born Backfires Spectacularly

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist seemed to think he had the perfect example to explain his problem with taxes, and to illustrate ― as he put it ― “how Republicans are born.”

On Sunday, the head of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform wrote on Twitter:

The post quickly went viral, but probably not for the reasons Norquist expected. Of the more than 4,500 comments, many explained exactly what the tax on that guitar would be used for.

Here are some examples:

There are a lot more responses in the article:


TOON: THIS MODERN WORLD--Health Care Solutions

More at DailyKos

TOON: Tom Tomorrow on Trump's cabinet lovefest


Why acts like this shooter's are not just wrong but counter-productive & stupid

Assuming this guy had any kind of political motive, which is still up in the air.

Early on in the War on Terror, I wondered what the commies thought about terrorism, and stumbled across this quote by Trotsky. By citing it here, I imply to agreement with any other communist thought. It was just ironic that one of our enemies nailed this idea.

Before I read it, I was mystified by terrorism since if it was committed on the perpetrator's enemy's home turf, it would galvanize and unite the enemy's people who might otherwise have pockets sympathetic to their cause.

After reading this, these lone wolf acts seem stupid in terms of the effect on the perpetrator's side too:

The more ‘effective’ the terrorist acts, the greater their impact, the more they reduce the interest of the masses in self-organisation and self-education. But the smoke from the confusion clears away, the panic disappears, the successor of the murdered minister makes his appearance, life again settles into the old rut, the wheel of capitalist exploitation turns as before; only the police repression grows more savage and brazen. And as a result, in place of the kindled hopes and artificially aroused excitement comes disillusionment and apathy."


When will someone in Congress start making noise about Trump's organized crime connections?

That part of it would be easier for the public to understand, especially the less educated, and still have the Russian connection.

The problem with playing the Russian government angle by itself is it could be spun as jumping the gun on diplomacy.

Obviously, asking for help to change the outcome of the election is worse than that, but low information voters don't tend to listen or read beyond the headline or tweet.

Being mobbed up is tougher to talk your way out of.

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