Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON FOLLIES




As expected by virtue of McCain’s 50th vote and Pence’s tie breaker the Republicans placed the AHCA (House Bill) on the floor for debate, amendments, and possible votes on altered bills. Tuesday’s Washington Post noted:

“At least two of the votes (were) expected to be largely for show, as the measures at stake are expected to be defeated. The first will be on an altered version of the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace the law, which will include proposals from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a conservative, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a moderate. That vote also will be subject to a 60-vote threshold, and is not expected to pass. Later, senators will move onto an attempt to repeal the law, which as of last week lacked enough Republican support to succeed. (Vote failed Tuesday night)

The “skinny repeal” option would repeal the ACA’s mandates that individuals buy plans and that employers with 50 or more employees provide coverage, said lobbyists and Senate aides, as well as eliminate the law’s tax on medical device manufacturers”

At least some action is taking place even if it could be meaningless.

More interesting is this smattering of the political cartoons:






Monday, July 24, 2017

NOTHING NEW


Would you believe that it was a sweater wearing breezy 69 on my porch this afternoon? This is July and we just finished a 4 day “90% heat wave”. In Roanoke this was the 16th straight day of 90+ weather.

The DC Circus continues with the first day of the closed Senate Intelligence Committee hearings about the supposed Russian interference in the election. Jerry Kushner was today’s star. In an 11 page prepared pre-released statement and post testimony press meeting he declared he was lily white.

There seems to be no rational for these meetings to be “closed to the public and media since there can be no information revealed that may be damaging to our national security. Perhaps as my son suggested the purpose is to keep each witness ignorant of what the others have said in reply to questions and maybe implicate one of them.


Flash! Senator McClain will return to Washington this Tuesday f or a procedure vote on bringing the latest GOP plan to the floor. 50 yeas are needed.

 Once again I refer to the Political cartoonists for information about the Presidency



Friday, July 21, 2017

DC TIME


Shades of OJ

A weekend is not the time to post a blog. : However so much is happening in DC that I would be remiss not to post any comment.

Perhaps more important than the GOP Health Care Reform failure is that the Nixon; sorry Trump saga is growing in similarities. At this point there are signs that the results may also be similar.

There is developing evidence of a cover up. There is increasing exposure of who was at that “not important meeting between Donald Jr. and that “Russian Lawyer not connected with the government” who “wanted to talk about adoptions” not give info on Hillary. Now we learn that there were others who had connections with the old KGB also at the meeting.

The Donald has claimed that he only recently learned about that meeting, yet the week of the meeting he proclaimed that the next week he would have a bombshell about Clinton.

He has constantly denied any personal financial interest in Russia although there are pictures of him with Russian entrepreneurs

He has threaten to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and an apparent warning to special counsel Robert Mueller; Sessions for not telling him long before there was any indication of a Comey precipitated investigation into Russian .interference in the election that he would recluse himself from participating.

Mueller if he would expand his commission’s inquiry to include an investigation of Trump family income. That could be a possibility related to Russian interests. It could be likely since Mueller is already expanded to Paul Manafort’s financial arrangements with the Russians and even to a charge of money laundering.
“If Trump were to fire Mueller, he would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire him. If Rosenstein refuses, as he surely would, Trump would have to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who would then fire Mueller. This would lead to the firing of the deputy attorney general and the special counsel at a time when Trump is also attacking his attorney general, who could be fired or resign in protest”.(Washington Post)

Today Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned from an impossible role.

Somehow there are indications that Trump may feel that he is not bound by the law or the Constitution.