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White House wants your input - but only if you agree with them

Received this from whitehouse.gov. In addition to the usual barf, there are links to support the destruction of the ACA. Apparently they did pay attention to their previous surveys and now no longer offer multiple choices or comment options. It's just "add your name to agree". Sort of like a Soviet election.

It’s been seven years since Obamacare was passed, and now, more than ever, we are seeing the harmful effects of this disastrous law.

Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of hard-working Americans. Independent analysis found 41 states faced higher average healthcare deductibles last year, with 17 states facing double-digit rate increases. Nearly one in five Americans have only one insurer offering Obamacare exchange plans.

In just the past year, Obamacare premiums have increased by 25 percent on the typical plan and coverage choices have dropped by 28 percent as insurers have left the market.

Things are only getting worse. This past year, nearly 20 million American citizens opted not to get healthcare insurance, with 6.5 million paying the penalty and millions more asking for a hardship exemption from the penalty.

Support Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

Americans were promised that Obamacare would bring down healthcare costs -- that promise was broken. Americans were promised they could keep their healthcare plans under Obamacare – that promise was broken. Americans were promised that Obamacare would not raise taxes on the middle-class – that promise was broken.

The American people want change and President Donald J. Trump promised to repeal and replace this disaster. That is exactly what the President is working with Congress to achieve. Step up and support the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

Support Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

'Do You Agree that the Media is an 'Enemy of the American People?' Pai Refuses to answer

Press release from the office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
WASHINGTON — Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about how he intends to lead the FCC given President Trump's attacks on the free press, including specific media organizations that are subject to FCC regulation.

"President Trump is using bully tactics to try to intimidate the media. He has even declared certain media outlets 'the enemy of the American people.' His press secretary, Sean Spicer, took the unusual step of barring some journalists from attending his daily press briefing." Udall said during the hearing. "Chairman Pai, many news organizations or their parent companies have business dealings with the FCC, from regulatory matters to potential merger reviews...Do you agree with President Trump that the media is 'the enemy of the American people?' ... Will the FCC operate independently of the White House?... Will you resist any attempt by the White House to use the FCC to intimidate news organizations?"

Saying that he did not "want to wade into the larger political debates," Pai declined to answer whether he agrees with Trump's tweet calling the media the enemy. And Pai went on to decline to disclose whether he discussed any specific media organizations with President Trump during two recent meetings. "I can't comment on the conversations I've had with the president," Pai said.

The rest of it

Another huuuge trump rally

Saturday, March 4, Silver City, New Mexico.

According to the Grant County Beat, a total of 50-55 people came out in support of trump. Incongruously, some held signs touting equality and religious freedom. Haven’t they been paying attention?

On the same day, over 300 people, mostly Indivisible members, attended a town hall meeting in Ruidoso to discuss issues with republican representative Steve Pearce. www.democraticunderground.com/...

The previous week, over 100 people demonstrated in Silver City to demand Pearce hold a town hall meeting.

New Mexico republican party praises t's speech (of course)

These people seem to think trump shits ice cream and they're all making sundaes.

Press Release:

Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of the United States Congress:

"Last night, President Donald Trump laid out to the American people and their representatives in Congress a thoughtful, bold legislative vision that should transcend partisanship," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. "In his first 40 days, President Trump has already delivered on many of his biggest campaign promises, from bringing jobs back to our country, nominating a conservative to the Supreme Court, and putting our national security first. In last night's speech, Trump expanded upon his plan to vigorously pursue a legislative agenda that will put America first, address the critical issues facing our nation's citizens, and strengthen our economy. It is our sincere hope that Democrats will work with President Trump to address the problems facing our state and our country and work to make America great again."

Most New Mexicans, however, hope that Democrats will block anything and everything excreted by trump and the "party of trump".

Teddy Roosevelt on truth

Nearly 100 years later, Roosevelt's words are equally apropos today:

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.
Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else."
— Theodore Roosevelt, op-ed in The Kansas City Star, 18 May 1918

White House survey request - Let's all respond!

Don't know how I got on this mailing list, but let's take advantage of the opportunity. If you can get through the e-mail without puking, or even if you do, follow the link to the survey. Good pic on the survey page - an empty podium.

Here it is:
In just two days, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his highly anticipated first Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

There is an incredible spirit of optimism sweeping across the Nation, and in preparation for this address, the President has hosted numerous listening sessions at the White House. During these meetings he has heard from men and women from all over the country about issues that are impacting American families, communities, and workers.

Now is your chance to give your input. We want to know what issues you want President Trump to focus on and your ideas for the future of our country.

It will only take a couple minutes to complete the survey.
Take the Survey Now

The President is checking off the promises he made to the American people, and he won’t stop until the job is done.

The forgotten men and women of this great Nation will be forgotten no longer. That is the heart of this movement. As President Trump has made clear, this is your country and this is your Government, and now we want to hear from you.

Take the Survey Now


New Mexico Senator Encourages Activism

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sent this letter to his email subscribers:

Dear Friend,

Over the past few weeks, I have been hearing from New Mexicans in truly unprecedented numbers. People from every corner of the state have been reaching out to me in letters, phone calls and emails to ask the same question: what can I do to make a difference?

I want to thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to contact me; I hear your voices, I am listening, and I am taking your opinions into account when I cast my votes.

There is a lot at stake today. Especially now, when our country seems so divided, it is easy to lose hope. But I am urging you not to lose sight of the incredible power our democracy gives to each and every one of us. Your voices matter now more than ever. I am telling you: Washington is listening. Keep speaking up.

Speaking with constituents at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing in Albuquerque

But progress doesn’t just come from the halls of Congress or the White House. Change happens when people gather in living rooms, on campuses, and at matanzas across our state and decide to work together to make a difference. Here are some of the many ways you can effect positive change in New Mexico and across our nation:

Contact your U.S. representative and both your senators via mail, telephone or email.
Start a letter writing campaign with your friends or family.
Organize or join a community group focused on an issue that you care about.
Schedule meetings with your local, state and federal representatives to advocate for your cause.
Attend local city council meetings, business meetings, town halls, and forums—and speak up!
Organize a demonstration or a rally to make your voice heard.
Register to vote and help get out the vote on local, state, and general election days.

I’ll keep fighting in the Senate for opportunity and progress for every New Mexican. I hope you’ll keep fighting with me. As Margaret Mead, the accomplished American anthropologist, once said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


Tom Udall
United States Senator

Puzder, the humanitarian

An editorial from "Undeniably Right" in our local online news, the Grant County Beat:

But isn’t it interesting that the liberals are so outraged that a highly qualified man should be vilified because he chose to hire and help out a woman who had come to America only to better her situation and make a better life for her family. Let’s not forget that several members of the liberal elite have done similar things but that’s OK for them.

I'm sure the CEO of a corporation that endorsed worker exploitation paid her most generously.

McMorris Rodgers "misquotes" Fire Marshal

From Occupy Democrats

“The decision to limit the number of people in the Spokane office was made after consultation with the fire marshal, who issued a written ruling that only two members of the public could safely occupy the office on the sixth floor of the Peyton Building at a time,” she continued, also adding, that the arrangement allowed concerned citizens to meet with staff members individually, which promoted a “better dialogue.”

But in reality, this was a sleazy way for McMorris Rodgers to avoid her duties as a representative and to scapegoat Miller, who is not happy about being used in this way.

“I think somebody got badly quoted,” he said. “I did not issue any ruling saying only two members of the public could be in Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office at the same time.”

He issued a statement which clarified that McMorris Rodgers was full of it “Based on Washington State’s currently adopted International Fire Code, International Building Code, and local municipal codes, the maximum capacity of the entire tenant space is 30 people.”

This is Republican “alternative facts” in action. Miller, the fire marshal, says the max occupancy of McMorris Rodgers’ office is 30 people, so she conveniently claims it is two—totally disregarding the truth.

I foresee many political careers coming to a screeching halt next year. In the meantime, if these cowardly congresscritters are so afraid of their constituents, resignations will be gladly accepted.

Another congressional office lockout - New Mexico

Yes, NM-02's very own representative of the 1%, Steve Pearce.

At a time when Republican Congresspersons are under fire for cutting off town halls and canceling public events, New Mexico’s sole Tea Party Congressman just went one step further.

Thursday afternoon, over fifty people from around New Mexico’s Second Congressional District – some traveling from more than 100 miles away – came together at the Las Cruces field office of their Congressional Representative, Steve Pearce, during office hours to ask for a chance to talk to their Congressman face-to-face about his support for President Trump.

But the staff snuck out the back door then refused to open the front door or take phone calls. Then it turned into a thing.

It all started with an awkward Telephone Town Hall

The first caller was probably a shill, started off with a bunch of ass-kissing, then rattled on without asking a question.

Promptly at 1:30pm, just as constituents were arriving to meet, the office locked the door. ProgressNowNM’s local organizer Lucas Herndon caught Pearce’s outreach coordinator, Peter Ibarbo, slunk out the back door, jump in his truck and drive away.

Driving away, Ibarbo tells constituents that staff is in the office to meet with those gathering. BUT… they found the doors locked and staff refused to answer the phone.

Here's the rest, with videos:

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