An interesting take on the present health care debate by conservative editor /columnist Jonah Goldberg.
The winner take all mentality is leaving the important responsibility of governing in the best interest of the people stranded at sea. Apparently without a compass or a rudder.
NATIONAL REVIEW – I’m just thinking out loud here. But it seems to me this is one of those moments in American politics where no one can simply say what they really think or want. As Yuval noted yesterday, big chunks of the GOP-controlled Congress just don’t want to deal with health care or repeal Obamacare. As both the House and Senate legislation demonstrate, they’d rather tinker with it than tear it down. But they can’t say that. So, they’re claiming this is a repeal of Obamacare. It’s not. But it is a repeal of the Medicaid expansion that was glued onto Obamacare.
This is odd in many ways. Donald Trump vowed not to touch Medicaid. He also doesn’t seem to like either bill on the merits, but he desperately wants a big legislative win and the ability to say he repealed Obamacare. So, in policy terms, the voters who believed Trump when he said he wouldn’t touch Medicaid are getting screwed, but it seems many of them — or their anointed representatives in right-wing media — don’t care, because they too want Trump to have a big political win more than a much more difficult policy win (and for the Democrats to have a big political loss).
Meanwhile, the Democrats know that Obamacare has been a huge albatross for their party and understand that the best thing that could happen for them is if the Republicans agreed to keep Obamacare in name (i.e., abandon the rhetoric of “repeal”) but do whatever is necessary to make the thing work. But the GOP is doing the opposite. It’s largely keeping Obamacare in terms of policy (at least the really popular parts) but rhetorically its claiming to destroy Obamacare utterly. So, both the Democrats and the Republicans end up claiming this is a repeal of Obamacare when it’s not. It’s all a war for the best spin, not the best policy.
In different times, a Republican president might have come in and, like Eisenhower did with the New Deal, say, “We’re not going to throw away all that stuff, but we are going to fix it and shave the rough edges off.” A mend-it-don’t-end-it rhetorical approach to Obamacare would win over enough Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass a serious health-care bill that gave Obama credit while reworking the whole thing.
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“So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?” Trump tweeted.
“What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!”
Trump continues his bulls*it meme and his trumpanzees continue to eat it up. His purpose is glaringly obvious, at least to those who actually pay attention and think beyond his bulls*it Twiter bites.
Trump is attempting to undermine one of a democracy’s strongest and most needed pillars. The free and independent press. By casting the entire press and news media as agents of fake news he, like all fascists before him, is attempting to undermine the public’s faith in all legitimate news outlets. Outlets that time and time again have exposed him for the liar that he is.
Trump wants the people of this nation to view him and his dysfunctional administration as the only purveyors of truth. Yet simple fact checking reveals that trump lies by far more often than he tells the truth. Snake oil salesmen have more integrity than does Donald J. Trump.
In reality Trump is an evil man, as dishonest and despicable as they come. A person that has no allegiance to anyone or anything other than himself and perhaps his close family and inner circle. He conned enough people to get himself elected and his relentless pursuit of feeding bulls*it to the American people is sickening.
As you no doubt can tell I despise Trump with every bone, muscle, and breath in my body.
As much as Donald J. Trump would like everyone to believe he is an admired and respected man at home and across the globe, the reality is he is not. A minority of Americans, 36%-40% approve of Trump’s performance and support him. Only Israel at 56% and Russia at 53% have confidence in Trump. A recent Pew Research Center survey that spanned 37 nations reports that a median of a mere 22% believe Trump will do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in stark contrast to the 64% who had confidence during President Obama’s final years in office.
Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.
The sharp decline in how much global publics trust the U.S. president on the world stage is especially pronounced among some of America’s closest allies in Europe and Asia, as well as neighboring Mexico and Canada. Across the 37 nations polled, Trump gets higher marks than Obama in only two countries: Russia and Israel.
In countries where confidence in the U.S. president fell most, America’s overall image has also tended to suffer more. In the closing years of the Obama presidency, a median of 64% had a positive view of the U.S. Today, just 49% are favorably inclined toward America. Again, some of the steepest declines in U.S. image are found among long-standing allies.
Full suevey with graphs BELOW THE FOLD.