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The Republican Waterloo

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  • Conservatives once warned that Obamacare would produce the Democratic Waterloo. Their inability to accept the principle of universal coverage has, instead, led to their own defeat.
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

David Frum, the Atlantic

https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2017/03/Paul_Ryan_and_Trump/thumb_wide_medium.jpg?1490384351Who Will Republican Voters Blame for the Failure of the GOP Health-Care Bill?

Mar 24, 2017 | Seven years and three days ago, the House of Representatives grumblingly voted to approve the Senate’s version of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats in the House were displeased by many of the changes introduced by Senate Democrats. But in the interval after Senate passage, the Republicans had gained a 41st seat in the Senate. Any further tinkering with the law could trigger a Republican filibuster. Rather than lose the whole thing, the House swallowed hard and accepted a bill that liberals regarded as a giveaway to insurance companies and other interest groups. The finished law proceeded to President Obama for signature on March 23, 2010.

A few minutes after the House vote, I wrote a short blog post for the website I edited in those days. The site had been founded early in 2009 to argue for a more modern and more moderate form of Republicanism. The timing could not have been worse. At precisely the moment we were urging the GOP to march in one direction, the great mass of conservatives and Republicans had turned on the double in the other, toward an ever more wild and even paranoid extremism. Those were the days of Glenn Beck’s 5 o’clock Fox News conspiracy rants, of Sarah Palin’s “death panels,” of Orly Taitz and her fellow Birthers, of Tea Party rallies at which men openly brandished assault rifles.

David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic <https://www.theatlantic.com>. In 2001–02, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do, elnwebmaster, the Labor Fight Back Blog

The Democrats have refused to lift a finger for a health plan that would actually benefit the people who vote for their party. It’s time for working people to tell the Democrats—and the Republicans and their demagogic President Donald John Trump—that if they refuse to provide us with a health care plan that actually benefits us, we will elect people who will, independent candidates whom we choose and who are responsible to us, not to the insurance bosses, pharmaceutical executives, and Wall Street speculators. The time is now.

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Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

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The Democrats have refused to lift a finger for a health plan that would actually benefit the people who vote for their party. It’s time for working people to tell the Democrats—and the Republicans and their demagogic President Donald John Trump—that if they refuse to provide us with a health care plan that actually benefits us, we will elect people who will, independent candidates whom we choose and who are responsible to us, not to the insurance bosses, pharmaceutical executives, and Wall Street speculators. The time is now.

elnwebmaster, The Labor Fight Back Blog

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg <jpstolten@frontier.com>

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March 16, 2017 Since the enactment of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA) in 2009, congressional Republicans have vowed to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” For seven years that promise was never anything more than a campaign slogan. No Republican ever offered an alternative health plan to Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

In the 2016 elections the Republicans won it all: majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives and, surprisingly, the presidency. Suddenly, the Republicans had to make the transition from an opposition party to a governing party, and if they were to keep their promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” they had to come up with a new health plan with which to “replace.”

 

elnwebmasterThis is the discussion blog of the Labor Fightback Network, an auxiliary to the laborfightback.org website. It is designed to facilitate discussion among labor activists concerning the critical issues facing working people in the current economic crisis. 

 

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Series | The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part One, Parson Young, Socialist Appeal 

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  • Why is the healthcare system in the US so chaotic and prohibitively expensive? The answer lies in the fact that the market, rather than state intervention, is the primary factor that shaped how healthcare is provided for the majority.
  • Related: On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

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If the Elusive Mr. Gorsuch is Confirmed, the Legitimacy of the US Supreme Court Won't Recover.

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  • Part 1: If Gorsuch is confirmed, the legitimacy of the US supreme court won't recover.
  • Never before has Senate leadership so openly and intentionally played political games with our highest court. The consequences are staggering.
  • Part 2: The Elusive Mr. Gorsuch
  • A long day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee yielded few substantive hints about how Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will act on criminal justice or any other substantive topics.
  • Related: Plenty of evasion, little drama.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: If Gorsuch is confirmed, the legitimacy of the US supreme court won't recover.

Never before has Senate leadership so openly and intentionally played political games with our highest court. The consequences are staggering.

Russ Feingold, the Guardian UK

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Monday 20 March 2017 | While Russia’s involvement in our elections is unquestionably horrible, and it will likely take many more drip, drip, drips before we know the full extent of it, our democracy is facing an equally devastating threat much closer to home.

On Monday, when Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin, the Republicans will attempt to complete their cynical political takeover of the US supreme court, launched last year when they failed to confirm or to even give a hearing to Judge Merrick Garland.

Russ Feingold was a 16 year member of the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Part 2: The Elusive Mr. Gorsuch

A long day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee yielded few substantive hints about how Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will act on criminal justice or any other substantive topics.

The Marshall Project

March 22, 2017 | “No promises.” A long day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee yielded few substantive hints about how Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will act on criminal justice or any other substantive topics. New York Times He repeatedly refused, as have his predecessors, to discuss the merits of cases or causes that he said he may face as a justice. Roll Call  And he said he had made no deal with President Trump on abortion to get the nomination. Atlantic

Republicans praised him as a restrained, independent jurist. Democrats pressed him on his prior positions on employment law, religious liberty, and corporate rights. Washington Post

Related: Plenty of evasion, little drama. NPR

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Our Two Party System is Dead

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  • The duopoly is dead; and the sooner this fact registers, the better off everyone who stands to gain from (small-d) democracy will be.
  • Related: The Management of Unleashed Insanity

Andrew Levine, CounterPunch

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March 17, 2017 | The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) famously proclaimed the death of God.  Following this far more momentous precedent, it would now be fair to proclaim the death of the debilitating, semi-established duopoly party system that disables progressive politics in the United States.

The analogies are many.

Andrew Levine is the author most recently of The American Ideology(Routledge) and Political Key Words (Blackwell) as well as of many other books and articles in political philosophy. His most recent book is In Bad Faith: What’s Wrong With the Opium of the People. He was a Professor (philosophy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Professor (philosophy) at the University of Maryland-College Park.  He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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The Management of Unleashed Insanity, Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company

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  • Trump perfects the role of Propagandist-in-Chief.
  • Trump’s gamble is that the ardor of the true believers can be weaponized into an assault on the doubters, knocking them back on their heels, shaking their faith in their own judgments…
  • The present situation, a regime that systematically assaults truth, is unprecedented.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

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The Management of Unleashed Insanity

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  • Trump’s gamble is that the ardor of the true believers can be weaponized into an assault on the doubters, knocking them back on their heels, shaking their faith in their own judgments…
  • The present situation, a regime that systematically assaults truth, is unprecedented.
  • Trump perfects the role of Propagandist-in-Chief.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company

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But the present situation, a regime that systematically assaults truth, is unprecedented.

Trump’s gamble is that the ardor of the true believers can be weaponized into an assault on the doubters, knocking them back on their heels, shaking their faith in their own judgments…

Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph.D. program in communications at Columbia University. He is the author of 16 books, including several on journalism and politics. 

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Most People Today Want to be Propagandized, Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/propaganda_0.jpgIntellectually insecure and socially uprooted, many people are now desperate for some authority to cling to, someone who will give simple expression to the inklings of thoughts and instincts to which they can neither give adequate voice nor adequately live out. 
  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." --WH Auden, English Poet 
  • Related: Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'? 

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March Madness and money: Should American universities spend so much serious cash on sports?

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  • Most college athletic programs are a financial burden to their schools. As higher ed costs increase, why keep them?
  • Related: From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

David Masciotra, Salon

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 | A brilliant philosophy professor at the University of St. Francis — a small, liberal arts Catholic college in the Midwest — digressed during a lecture on ethics I attended as an undergraduate to ask the rhetorical question, “What do we spend our money on here?”

The students, most of us partially responsible for the existence of the “money” in the professor’s inquiry, stared blank-eyed. For any sane young person, college budgets, for good reason, do not rank high on the priorities of concern compared with the location of the next and nearest party. The professor, with a detectable tone of disgust, answered himself: “Sports and buildings.”

David Masciotra is the author of "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" (University of Kentucky Press), and is currently at work on a collection of personal essays for Agate Publishing.

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From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

 

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