KamalaCare

That time of the election cycle…..we have health care issues and promises from all sides…..with the exception of Republicans…..we have Madicare For All, Medicare USA, and now KamalaCare.

This is Kamala Harris proposal for solving our health care dilemma…..but what is it….no really what?

There’s no question that the American health care system is a crazy quilt that leaves health “insurance companies in charge,” as Senator Kamala Harris appreciates. Unfortunately, her health reform proposal, “KamalaCare” does not match her rhetoric. It leaves health insurers running the show.

Harris’ proposal relies extensively on for-profit health insurers to provide coverage. But, they are the reason health care is unaffordable and the reason people are often faced with denials of care and coverage. She claims her plan will hold the health insurers to account if they game the system. That sounds great in theory, but how exactly would it work in practice?

Like Senator Bernie Sanders’ and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All legislation, Harris’ proposal makes an improved traditional Medicare public plan available to all Americans. Unlike Sanders and Jayapal, after a ten-year transition, she keeps the for-profit health insurance industry in business, offering Medicare Advantage plan options to people who want a private plan.

KamalaCare leaves health insurers running the show

As usual from the “corporatist” candidates….the health industry stays in control of your health care….so basically it is the status quo with some minor adjustments…..

If you get health insurance at work or buy your own plan, will you be able to keep it? No. Harris says insurance companies will be allowed “to offer a plan” in the government-run system but only if they follow the government’s strict rules to skimp on what’s spent on your care. “If they want to play by our rules, they can be in the system. If not, they have to get out,” she says.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/07/31/the_truth_about_kamalacare_140894.html

This one has holes all through it to allow the industry to keep control of your health care.  Is that what you want?

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Another One Bites The Dust

The 2020 Dem candidates field just got a bit smaller…..the second candidate has decided to do the best thing and drop out…..Hickenlooper or is it Picklepooper….or is it…..whatever

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may instead challenge one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020. In a video message, Hickenlooper said he had heard from many in his state urging him to enter the Senate race, the AP reports. “They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state,” he said. “I intend to give that some serious thought.” Colorado’s shift to the left could put Sen. Cory Gardner’s seat in jeopardy for Republicans, and at least 10 Democrats have launched campaigns, setting up a competitive primary even before Hickenlooper, 67, makes a decision.

Hickenlooper, a multimillionaire thanks to his founding of a series of brewpubs, began his White House campaign in March, promising to unite the country. Instead, he quickly became a political punch line. With the campaign struggling to raise money, his staff urged Hickenlooper to instead challenge Gardner. But Hickenlooper stayed in and hired another group of aides in a last-ditch effort to turn around his campaign. He positioned himself as a common-sense candidate who couldn’t be labeled a “socialist” by Republicans. But Hickenlooper couldn’t make his voice heard in the crowded Democratic field of about two dozen candidates. Republicans seized on the meltdown of Hickenlooper’s campaign as evidence the Democratic Party has become too radical. “A two-term governor of a swing state and #2020 presidential #Democrat candidate who was booed for warning against his party’s embrace of socialist policies has been forced out of the race,” tweeted Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump aide, on Thursday. “Not left-wing enough…

Let Queen show you the door…..

Not to worry there are 20 something candidates left…..something for everybody…..pick one and do some work…..

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DNC–Not A Fan

I will not lie…there are a few Dem candidates that I like or would support by as far as the DNC goes I dislike it on so many levels…I decades I have been saying the Dems for the most part are cowards and spineless and the election for 2020 is bringing this to the forefront…..

How do I hate thee? Counting the ways would be a fool’s errand; there are too many ways.

They have to do with your hypocrisy, cowardice, and servility. Circumstances change, but these traits have been constant themes in Democratic Party politics seemingly from time immemorial.

They have become particularly salient since the late seventies, when the party began to make neoliberal ideology its watchword, effectively shedding its left flank. Although Bill and Hillary were late on the scene, I call the phenomenon the party’s Clintonite turn. They were the ones who consummated the deal.

Since deeply entrenched institutional arrangements militate against third parties, the “love it or leave it” option” is basically a non-starter for anyone aspiring to create an authentic, non-marginalized Left opposition, much less actually to empower one. For now and the foreseeable future, it is the Democratic Party or zilch.

Democrats, How Do I Hate Thee?

Sadly in the Age of Trump the saga is elect a Dem NO matter who…..no matter how cowardly they are or spineless…..

Elementary logic seems to demonstrate that self deception should be impossible. Deceiving others is not comparably paradoxical. When A deceives B, A causes B to believe what A believes to be false. Happens all the time. But how can anyone deceive herself, i.e. make herself believe (to be true) what she in fact believes to be false? She’d have to be both deceived and not deceived at the same time. Yet this too happens all the time. How is it possible?

Blue No Matter Who? Lesser Evilism in the Age of Trump

I do not agree….yes I want Trump in the rear view mirror but at what cost?

The whole “electability” is a con job that is spread by the MSM….it is there way to help control the candidates and the message offered to the voter…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

The issues are not so important but how the candidates stack up in a poll is….that is the main message that the networks gives the voter

The voter should not have to hold their nose and vote as they did in 2016….and we see how that worked out for the nation, huh?

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Let’s Hear From Tulsi

We cannot for awhile……you see she still serves her country (something a few others should try they may like it)…..

“I’m stepping off of the campaign trail for a couple of weeks and putting on my army uniform to go on a joint training exercise mission in Indonesia,” the 38-year-old Hawaii National Guard member told CBS News.

“I love our country. I love being able to serve our country in so many ways including as a soldier,” added Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman since 2013, who is polling at around one percent in the contest to become the Democratic nominee for 2020.

“So while some people are telling me, like, ‘Gosh this is a terrible time to leave the campaign, can’t you find a way out of it?’ You know that’s not what this is about,” she said.

Gabbard, the first Hindu member of Congress and its first Samoan American, is among the youngest candidates in the Democratic field.

Seen from the outset as an outsider, she has delivered confident debate performances, partlicularly in the second round at the end of July.

Pundits in Detroit, Michigan, praised the congresswoman for a forceful argument in favor of ending “regime change” wars and instead pouring the money into improving communities back home.

(yahoo news)

I admit that I am pulling for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to win the nomination of the Democrats….why? She has my ear because she talks an anti-war message….a message that I think the country has long ignored in favor of corporatist candidates that promise and yet to deliver.

Rolling Stone set down with Tulsi and got her thoughts on many many issues….since the mainstream media is trying hard to ignore her I shall help pass on her message to my readers.

Gabbard, 38, burst into headlines after a July 31 Democratic Party presidential debate, when she went after California Senator Kamala Harris’s record as Attorney General of the State of California. The “smear campaign” refers to the bizarre avalanche of negative press that ensued, as reporters seemed to circle wagons around a Harris, a party favorite.

The Gabbard-Harris exchange was brief but revealing, as a window into a schism in the Democratic Party. Harris was elected Attorney General of California in 2010. She frequently sought moderate or even conservative positions on issues like criminal sentencing, drug enforcement, and prison labor. These stances were standard among Democrats back when being “tough on crime” was considered an essential component of the “electability” argument.

Who’s Afraid of Tulsi Gabbard?

Remember all the Russia-gate BS that we have been living with for about 4 years? 

I ask because the media is saying the Tulsi is the new Russian propaganda machine……

What do Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and billionaire real estate heir Donald J. Trump have in common?

According to MSNBC, Gabbard is part of the Russian scheme that “Moscow used when it interfered in the 2016” election.

The establishment loathes any candidate who seeks an end to U.S. military adventurism abroad—so much so that they are willing to make the logically incoherent claim that Russian bots elected Trump. Now they’re apparently also attempting to elect his 2020 Democratic rival.

Media: Tulsi is New Darling of ‘Russia’s Propaganda Machine’

Tulsi visit to Syria has got her in hot water with the Neocons…..and at least a couple of the collaborators with in the DNC…..but there is a story there that needs telling…..

It was eight minutes of hell for Kamala Harris. Onstage at the second Democratic debate in Michigan, Harris was subjected to a blistering assault on her record as a California prosecutor at the hands of Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. 

Afterwards, Harris was asked about Gabbard’s attack by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Listen,” she replied, “I think that this coming from someone who has been an apologist for an individual, [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad, who has murdered the people of his country like cockroaches. She has embraced and been an apologist for him in the way she refuses to call him a war criminal. I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously, so I’m prepared to move on.”

Harris was referring to a controversial four-day visit by Gabbard to Syria in early January 2017, during which she met with Assad. While Gabbard’s performance during the debate was stellar (her name was the most searched of all the Democratic candidates), Harris’s jab regarding Assad seemed like all the mainstream media wanted to talk about. 

Tulsi Gabbard’s Road to Damascus 

How interesting…..Tulsi is getting more and more interest in her candidacy and now the MSM will do what they can to make her popularity disappear…if they can….I will do my best to make sure she gets a fair shake with the voter.

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White Evangelical Republican Party

The GOP of old is just that old and only a memory….I illustrate this statement I give my readers the platform of the 1956 GOP….

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I guess that is what is meant by “the good old days”.

Ever since the 1980s the party has moved further and further Right from the 1956 platform….by 1980 the evangelicals started letting the country know their political aspirations.

By 2016 the GOP is so far Right it is starting to look and sound like the Germany of the 1930s…..and amount of eye rolls and heavy sighs will change that.

Sorry to bring this up but the characteristics are there for all to see…..

Then we step on the stage in 2019…….

No matter what Donald Trump does or says, most Republicans and white evangelicals are not going to criticize or break from him in 2020. It is a fantasy if Democrats think that they can sway them, hoping that perhaps talking about jobs, prescription drug prices, or immigration reform will move these voters. It is also a fantasy that his racist rhetoric and policies will turn off most Republicans and white evangelicals. The reason is simple—What Trump has achieved is the merger and consolidation of white supremacy, white evangelicalism and Republicanism into a party that simply is about racial identity. This is the new Republican Party.

Despite Trump’s horrendous racist, xenophobic, and misogynist language and a personal lifestyle that lives this rhetoric, Republicans and white evangelicals are with him. Recent Pew Research Center polls puts Trump’s approval among evangelicals at 69%, down from a high of 78% but still overwhelming. His strongest support according to a Marist survey is among white evangelicals with 73% approval. Similarly, among Republicans, Trump’s support is nearly 90% and after his most recent racist tweets, his approval went up. Self-avowed Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin supports Trump, and presumably were surveys among white supremacists conducted, one would find similarly high poll numbers for Trump. Trump’s base is these three groups, but in many ways they have merged.

The New Politics of the White (Supremacist) Evangelical Republican Party

I am sorry to bring this up…for the 1956 GOP was the party of my grandfather a person I admired the most, and that party is GONE…..Gone…..gone.

Sorry to say but the buzz words are there…the slogans, insults and lies are there…..

20 Common Themes, Rhetorical Tactics and Dangerous Policies

Here are 20 serious points of comparison between the early Hitler and Trump.

1. Neither was elected by a majority. Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, receiving votes by 25.3 percent of all eligible American voters. “That’s just a little less than the percentage of the German electorate that turned to the Nazi Party in 1932–33,” Neuborne writes. “Unlike the low turnouts in the United States, turnout in Weimar Germany averaged just over 80 percent of eligible voters.” He continues, “Once installed as a minority chancellor in January 1933, Hitler set about demonizing his political opponents, and no one—not the vaunted, intellectually brilliant German judiciary; not the respected, well-trained German police; not the revered, aristocratic German military; not the widely admired, efficient German government bureaucracy; not the wealthy, immensely powerful leaders of German industry; and not the powerful center-right political leaders of the Reichstag—mounted a serious effort to stop him.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/09/leading-civil-rights-lawyer-shows-20-ways-trump-copying-hitlers-early-rhetoric-and

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Pleading With Beto!

2020 cycle has a “rock star” in the running for the Dem nomination……at least that is his feeling about his run…..but with the political climate changing in Texas these days….some are begging Beto to return to Texas and run for the Senate…..

The editorial board of the Houston Chronicle likes Beto O’Rourke. Which is why the editors are asking O’Rourke to scrap his presidential candidacy—and run for the Senate in Texas instead. In their editorial, the editors take note of the moment last week when O’Rourke went off-script and castigated President Trump and the media’s coverage of him in earthy terms after the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso. “We aren’t used to seeing candidates act like real people,” says the editorial, noting that O’Rourke paused his campaign to be in El Paso. “Frankly, it’s made us wish O’Rourke would shift gears, and rather than unpause his presidential campaign, we’d like to see him take a new direction.”

That new direction? Challenging GOP incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. “Beto, if you’re listening: Come home,” wrote the editors over the weekend. “Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator. The chances of winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.” The idea that O’Rourke should run for the Senate instead of the White House has been percolating of late, but the candidate rejected it in an interview with the New York Times on Friday. “I’m running for president,” he said, when asked for a response to those pushing the Senate bid. (O’Rourke lost to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz last year, but the margin was surprisingly close.)

I have been saying all along that Beto was just a “pretty boy Floyd”….just a new flavor of an old reliable story……ego before country.

He is running for president because that is what this rich boy’s ego needs after his loss to Cruz in 2018…it is not what is best for the people of Texas but rather how his ego gets massaged.

Beto is not what this country or the Democrats need….we need someone who truly wants to help the American people not to pump their egos.

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The “In” And The Yang

The deadline approaches for the next Dem debate in Houston….the DNC has done its part to try and decide who the voter gets to hear from in these debates….by setting ever increasingly hard goals to meet to qualify.

Personally, I think these debates are a massive waste of time and that it should be up to the voter to decide who they want to hear from not a corporate backed group of oligarchs like the DNC.

That said the field for the next round is coming into focus……

The next Democratic debates are shaping up to have fewer candidates than the first pair, which had 20 apiece. On Thursday, entrepreneur Andrew Yang became the ninth candidate to qualify by reaching 2% in a new Monmouth University poll, reports Politico. The other eight already in the mix: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. The Monmouth poll of expected Iowa caucus-goers had Biden on top with 28%, followed by Warren (19%), Harris (11%), Sanders (9%), and Buttigieg (8%). To qualify for the next round of debates in September and October, candidates must hit 2% in four polls and have 130,000 unique donors, per the New York Times.

Other candidates in striking distance include Julian Castro, who needs just one more 2% finish in a poll; Kirsten Gillibrand, who needs 30,000 more donors and three more qualifying poll finishes; and Tulsi Gabbard, who also needs three more qualifying polls but has hit the 130,000-donor mark. Late entrant Tom Steyer hit 3% in the new poll and needs just one more qualifying finish, and his deep pockets could generate ads that will bring him to the donor mark, notes the Times. (Yang is proposing that Americans receive a $1,000 monthly Universal Base Income.)

I have introduced my readers here on IST to Andrew Yang….https://lobotero.com/2019/04/10/yang2020/

It appears his proposal of giving every American a $1000 a month seems to be catch hold and giving him a following…..maybe American are looking for those hand-outs, those “freebies” after all.

This whole scheme is aimed at limiting the number of candidates plus it is skewed toward the more “centrists” candidates that the Media and DNC want to be in the running.

The more “liberal” ideas are marginalized in favor of a business as usual for the Dems…a continuation of the status quo.

So much for the American democratic tradition.

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