Every day, it gets a little harder for me to understand why people are so against punching Nazis. Follow along with me here: Nazis don’t have “beliefs.” What they have is an agenda. It ends in genocide for people who don’t look like them. Today’s story is a snapshot of what happens when Nazis are empowered… Continue Reading →
Well, here we go. Trump’s new budget will be announced today, and it features massive cuts to Social Security disability. They are selling this to the media as “disability, not real Social Security,” and it’s up to us to stop them:
We pointed out back in March that Trump budget direct Mick Mulvaney displayed an alarming ignorance about Social Security disability benefits during an appearance on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
Now it turns out that there was method to his muttering. In effect, Mulvaney was telegraphing that the Trump White House was planning to cut disability benefits sharply. Axios reported Sunday that the Trump budget due out Tuesday will include $1.7 trillion in cuts to major social insurance and assistance programs, including food stamps, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Social Security disability.
Any cut to disability would be a major violation of Trump’s oft-repeated campaign pledge not to cut Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. Trump also broke that promise, by the way, by endorsing the American Health Care Act, the House Republican Obamacare repeal plan that incorporates a stunning $880 billion in Medicaid cuts.
It turns out that Mulvaney was setting up a flagrant deception during that “Face the Nation” appearance. He asked moderator John Dickerson, “Do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security? I don’t think so.”
Dickerson let the remark, which we described then as “a drive-by shooting” aimed at some of the nation’s neediest and most defenseless people, slide without comment.
But Mulvaney was tapping into a knowledge vacuum that appears to extend more deeply into the Washington press corps. Politico, which reports that the budget document will “avoid revamping Social Security and Medicare,” and the Associated Press, which says the budget “won’t touch Social Security or Medicare,” get snowed by the implication that a cut in disability isn’t a cut to Social Security.
Chaffetz is all smiles as he scoots back from a fully-insured surgery to repeal health coverage for millions. pic.twitter.com/XrM8DSQXO2
— Ben Marter (@BenMarter) May 4, 2017
I just texted my husband to apologize for going to hospital after I was raped bc it could affect our insurance coverage if new bill passes.
— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) May 4, 2017
Ran into a stone-faced @RepCummings, contemplating the day. "They take away coverage from 24 million…and they cheer," he said. "They cheer."
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) May 4, 2017
This is excellent. Let's keep it going and set some records. https://t.co/uBejmRZMWs
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 4, 2017
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Even though this was gutting and these folks are Satan's minions in Jesus' clothes…
— Sydette (@Blackamazon) May 4, 2017
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) May 4, 2017
"Kimmel gave us a choice. Either babies would die. Or the rich would get a YUGE tax cut. We went with the tax cut" pic.twitter.com/2mKmmU4PJk
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) May 4, 2017
My insulin, with no insurance coverage, would cost me about $3,000 a month. $36,000 a year. An iPhone 7 is $650. https://t.co/8bJm6TreSW
— Michael, still here (@Home_Halfway) March 7, 2017
The media reports Berkeley Protesters “clashed” with “Trump supporters” during Saturday’s Tax Day rally. That’s less than half the story. And sure enough, Reuters reports: A melee erupted on Saturday in a Berkeley, California park where supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump were holding competing rallies, resulting in at least 20 arrests as police struggled… Continue Reading →
If Steve Bannon is fired, Politico’s Ben Schreckinger believes that Donald Trump and his new best friends in the West Wing might rue the day: I asked friends and foes alike to imagine how, should Bannon get the boot, the pugnacious populist might exact his revenge. Taken together, their suggestions amount to an epic, Kill Bill-style… Continue Reading →
Yep, keeping big dark money in politics was that important to them. Republicans (and don’t let anyone say “The Senate” we’re looking right at you, Mrs. Greenspan because you already did) invoked the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster from Supreme Court decisions made by the United States Senate. We will never forget that it was REPUBLICAN… Continue Reading →
An anti-choice law that was signed in Indiana by then-Governor Mike Pence has been blocked by a federal judge under established Roe V. Wade precedent. The law require women seeking an abortion to obtain an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure is performed, requiring women – many of them poor – to jump through… Continue Reading →
While the American Health Care Act sputtered in Congress, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans Thursday to invoke a filibuster of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch after the judge’s third day of confirmation hearings. More impressively, he urged his fellow senators to follow suit. Here are the five most devastating lines from Schumer’s speech on… Continue Reading →
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) March 21, 2017
Sheldon Whitehouse on the rightwing machine that puts cases before the Supreme Court:
— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) March 20, 2017
If you support public, secular education, it’s important to read this. I know it’s long, but it’s important. And I’m tired of trying to point out what these people are up to. I’ve been warning about this for almost 15 years, and now it may be too late to stop them — although I’m hopeful people will fight:
A staple in modern evangelical teachings is the concept of Christian spheres of influence – or what the evangelical business guru Lance Wallnau dubbed the “Seven Mountains” of society: business, media, religion, arts and entertainment, family, government, and education – all of which urge the faithful to engage in secular culture in order to “transform” it. The goal is a sweeping overhaul of society and a merging of church and state: elevating private charity over state-run social services, returning prayer to school and turning the clock back on women’s and LGBTQ rights. It would also be a system without a progressive income tax, collective bargaining, environmental regulation, publicly funded health care, welfare, a minimum wage – a United States guided by a rigorously laissez-faire system of “values” rather than laws.
In the 33 states where Republicans currently hold power, some or all of these goals are being pursued, thanks to both the financial and ideological investment of families like that of Betsy DeVos, whose breadth of influence has now been sanctified in Washington with her appointment to run the Department of Education. This, as she told the Gathering in 2001, is what it means to be in the Shfela. It’s about “changing the way we approach things,” she said, “in ways which will continue to help advance God’s kingdom.”
Just go read it all.