Donald Trump told Rep. Mark Meadows, leader of the nuts in the Freedom Caucus, that, “The president is prepared to back entitlement reform so long as current beneficiaries don’t see their benefits cut.” This is a huge broken promise by Trump, since he repeatedly campaigned as being the only person who can save our Social safety… Continue Reading →
They’ll always go to the mat for the chance to charge poor people for living. Via The Prospect:
Republican legislators have moved to repeal a rule constraining prepaid–debit card companies before the rule can take effect, marking the latest effort in their recent campaign of widespread deregulation.
Seven GOP senators—led by David Perdue of Georgia—and four representatives—led by Tom Graves, also of Georgia—filed identical resolutions in the Senate and House of Representatives last week, invoking an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act to smother a proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule before it can be enacted.
The CFPB rule, scheduled to take effect in October, would provide safeguards for those who use prepaid cards, which are similar to debit cards but are preloaded with a designated amount of money by the cardholder. The rule would require providers to disclose hidden fees and protect against loss, theft, and unauthorized charges. The rule would also force prepaid-card companies to limit overdraft fees.
NetSpend, a division of the Georgia-based Total System Services (TSYS), is the only major provider of prepaid cards that has overdraft fees and, as such, is the biggest apparent beneficiary of the GOP move. The prepaid-card provider, which has lambasted the rule as “onerous,” announced in an October earnings call that it expected to lose $80 million to $85 million each year in overdraft fees, comprising 10 percent to 12 percent of its current revenue, as a result of the CFPB rule.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus casually put Medicare and Medicaid in the crosshairs when asked how he plans to find the 15 billion dollars needed to fund Donald Trump’s Chinese wall. On Thursday, MSNBC’s Greta Susteren brought on the leader of the most fiscally conservative nuts in the GOP and asked… Continue Reading →
It has to be frustrating for the Intel community when seventeen U.S. intelligence services report that there was a definite Russian interference in our election process and it was met with with criticisms, rebukes and then deaf ears by the president even though his inner circle is now part of those inquires. Yet, when Kansas Secretary… Continue Reading →
Remember how in Trump’s inaugural speech he said he was going to be the voice of the people? He did say that! “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people,” he declared. And even with a commemorative highlight. “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as… Continue Reading →
If you actually believe that Paul Ryan cares about balancing the budget and lifting people out of poverty, you’re probably ignoring the fact that he’s about to do the exact opposite of both. A full repeal of Obamacare would blast a $353 billion hole in the deficit, while kicking millions of Americans near the poverty line… Continue Reading →
Reince Prieubs was on ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday when Priebus was asked directly whether his boss, Donald Trump, would cut Medicaid. Despite being asked twice, Priebus danced around the question before giving a vague indication that some people would still have some sort of health care coverage: STEPHANOPOULOS: First steps to… Continue Reading →
After a long, marathon vote-a-rama in the Senate tonight, Republicans managed to get their resolution to begin repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed on a vote of 51-48. Senator Dianne Feinstein was absent because she is having pacemaker surgery. Senator Jeff Sessions slithered in toward the end to cast the 51st vote. Before the vote… Continue Reading →
Pathologizing poverty has been an long-term, ongoing-and sadly, highly successful-project of the right in this country. From Scott Walker’s recent appeal to PEOTUS Donald Trump to allow the state of Wisconsin to drug test food stamp recipients, to House GOP plans to make it harder to qualify for aid, the goal is to punish and stigmatize… Continue Reading →
That’s a good test, right there:
I want to talk a little bit more about what I call, in our blissfully post-PC era, Red State Stupid.
Red State Stupid is also really Red State Mean. It’s shoot-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face mean.
And I don’t think that we can separate the two
My friend J. says that you can identify, with 100% accuracy, Democrats vs. Republicans with one simple test. Democrats, he says, don’t care if some “undeserving” folks cash in on, for example, a free lunch program, as long as not one child goes out to recess hungry. While Republicans, according to J., don’t really care how many children starve as long as not one, single “undeserving” child gets a free meal.