Tuesday, July 25, 2017

And the Gates of Hell Swung Open

So, the Senate Republican leadership rammed through a blank check bill of ACA changes to be filled in later. There will be multiple amendments, but, as MoveOn.Org's Washington director Ben Wikler points out, the one that counts will be last one introduced. Then the bill goes to conference committee, and the hard right will drive the amendments. (Discussion: David Dayen and Corey Robin.) We have no idea what the ultimate law will be; it is even possible, yet, that this will fail. But, no, this bird doesn't believe that. They've made it so far. They probably will pass something.

One ironic thing: "amendment king" Bernard Sanders, as ranking member of the budget committee, will be the Democratic debate manager. May he have fun obstructing the fascists.

The main thing here is not the health care bill, which will be bad enough, but that Ryan, McConnell and their shadowy backers can pass enormously cruel and unpopular laws – even laws which will kill Americans – written in secret. Now that they have succeeded in that, there will be more such laws passed. The USA is now an authoritarian state run by a largely secret faction.

Pretty sure that isn't what the radical right guys who voted for Trump and the Republicans mean by freedom.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Factions in the right: the fascists and the dominionists

I wonder if one reason Trump hasn't been impeached so far is that it would throw power to the Christian right.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Told you it wasn't going to end with withdrawing health care

Charles Pierce, "Tennessee Seems Very Interested in Sterilizing People."

If the state is allowed to control women's bodies, it will also eventually control men's bodies.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Democrats on the ACA: Compromising After They Have Won?

Just called Senator Cantwell's (D-WA) office to thank her for her work in helping defeat the ACA. I think, really, that most of the cred goes to Indivisible, but the Dems did have to stick it out and they did, at least that. And then the staffer said that the Senator would be seeking a bipartisan solution. Hunh? Having been given a victory, are the Dems going to bargain it away?

Cantwell, note, is not a DINO. She's a moderate Democrat from a state with a liberal majority, though one with a strong conservative minority. I don't see that the Republicans are going to accept any compromise that will make the ACA better and anyway they haven't budged in 20 years. Now, maybe the Dems see a chance to break the far-right coalition that dominates the Republican Senate delegation. Maybe. But it sure looks like the Dems are looking for an opportunity to cave after they have won, and I don't understand it.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Anti-fascist Tweets

Stop being so surprised that fascists want to kill people in lingering ways. That's what they do.

“There is evil! It's actual, like cement."—Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

The Theocrats and the Nazis

Looking back at my political commentary from the past two weeks, I note the following themes:
  1. It's not about the money, it's about the death and suffering. The intention of the Senate health insurance changes, as the bill gets worse and worse, are plainly to first impoverish and then kill people, many in lingering painful ways. The tax cuts are actually being reduced, as the pain and suffering grow.
  2. The would-be-founders of the Kingdom of Gilead are champing at the bit, waiting for one of their own to be made President. Trump is a lesser threat than these; he's only nasty-kinky racist and greedy. That lot wants to turn the USA into a theocracy.
  3. We do not believe. Even as it happens, even as it is begun, we do not believe.
Nazi nazi nazi!

Friday, July 14, 2017

To Republican Senators: You Will Be Asked To Kill More People

Having gone along with your leadership in their efforts to cull the unfit, you will be asked to do more. Do not think that they will stop there; the hunger for death and destruction is in command and more will be asked of you. Stop. Now. Or go down in history as participants in atrocity. If you are religious, and most of you profess to be so, consider that the judgement of your God is likely to be as harsh as the judgement of history. Do not do this. Do not do this. Do not do this.