The Nightmare Continues

Trump had his chance for a reset and missed it. Remember that Trump campaigned as a populist, not as a traditional Republican. He could have used the overwhelming rejection (17% public approval) of his flawed, Trump-Ryancare bill as an opportunity to move toward the center. He could have expressed an openness for a bill that would benefit those working class supporters who got him elected, not just the fat cats. He could have reached out to the Democrats, offering to work with them to fix Obamacare so that it works better.

Not gonna happen.

We heard today that he is not giving up after all on a “repeal and replace” law. Members of the Freedom Caucus have said the same thing. Here we go again.

But that is not all that he has done this week that should trouble people—including moderate and open-minded Republicans. Yesterday he proudly signed the order to “repeal and replace” the Obama initiatives on climate change and carbon emissions. According to most environmentalists and others who are following the global warming story, this is potentially catastrophic. It could sack the Paris Accord and is handing the global leadership role on climate issues over to China. Regardless of whatever else Trump does in his presidency, this move alone will earn him a place in the annals of the worst scoundrels in history. According to a CNN report I heard yesterday, ExxonMobil even placed a full page ad in either the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal supporting a go-slow approach on tearing up the Obama climate initiatives. Will the American public put up with this? What can we do?

The other item, of course, is the drip, drip, drip of the Russian inquiry including the secret meeting in the White House between the head of the House Intelligence Committee and either Trump or one of his acolytes. The House investigation is now on hold, and Nunes refuses to recuse himself or step down. Then there is the meeting between Kushner and the head of a Russian bank with ties to Putin. And, of course, Trump’s continued insistence that it is really Obama who has broken the law with his illegal wire taps. If there is nothing to the accusations that people in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, then why is Trump behaving like he is guilty? What do they have to hide?

So the nightmare called Donald Trump continues. Alas, this is likely to keep going  until he either wears out, is impeached, or just calls it quits. I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel regarding this deeply flawed human being and the harm he is doing to our country. The American people spoke out on the health care bill and that made a difference. Now we must speak out on climate change. God knows what it will be tomorrow. Stay tuned….

Joe Howell





Push Investigation into Russian Meddling in US Election

Democrats have some terrific utterly convincing leaders speaking out on issues that Trumpists are trying their best to muddy or drive some tractor trailer parked in some alley next to the White House to run over. The minority leader on the House Intelligence committee Adam Schiff is so good the media runs to get his take  on any development in the “Obama wiretapped me” story – Trump’s latest self vindication campaign, which, true to form, Trump can’t let go of.  He has to be correct, however debunked, and partly because of Schiff, he is failing.


Push Real Cost Benefit Analysis of Keystone XL Pipeline

Democrats should do “a Schiff” on every issue. When Trump gets out there to announce that the Keystone XL Pipeline Obama had vetoed will be built Democrats should be ready with an immediate statement. Trump shouts out what great creator of employment this will be for America.  That statement can’t be given even 24 hours to work its way into American minds and become a “fact”. There are figures out there that directly debunk the Trump job creation narrative. It is true that some jobs – by one estimate 1,950 direct jobs – will be created, but only for the 2 years building the pipeline would take. After the pipeline is finished the employment plus for America is 35 people. Among other questions that can be asked, is this really worth the climate change downside? This oil will produce 18% dirtier  greenhouse gasses than ordinary crude oil.  Nebraska should be encouraged not to issue a permit, as responding Democrats might recommend.


Push Pro Healthcare Measures*

Big messages are not getting out! The Democratic Party should repeat over and over both at the grassroots and nationally that Trumpcare is/was “a tax cut for the wealthy financed by dropping health care for the needy.”   Trump is getting away with the counterfactual that Democrats are the ones costing Americans money.


Democrats should start a “Don’t Let Trump Subvert Your Healthcare” campaign.  When his American Health Care Act failed he said petulantly that Americans would just have to live with the Obamacare even though it was on a death spiral, and they wouldn’t have to live with it long, because he would also subvert it. If somehow the Republicans start over again on a “replace” bill, undercutting the healthcare Americans have right now, this subversion would be even more his tactic.


The Democrats’ position should be that, instead of working against the interests of his constituents by trying to subvert their healthcare, Trump could:

  1. Fulfill his promise to bring prescription drug prices down by using Medicare bargaining power with drug companies.
  2. Revert to the original ACA provision that called for reimbursing insurers with extraordinary losses in the early years of the exchanges. Sen. Marco Rubio derailed this provision, causing many insurers to flee the exchanges.
  3. Agree to implement the Section 1402 of ACA which requires the government to reimburse insurers for the cost of waiving some deductibles for lower income families.
  4. Maintain annual enrollment period at three months instead of ending it during the holiday period. And restore marketing funds to encourage enrollment.
  5. Upgrade the website.


Start Talking about Tax Cuts

Trump says he wants to move to tax cuts in his legislative agenda.  Democrats should start framing the issue,  tearing apart the idea that they will have benefit for anyone apart from the very, very rich.  The theory of “trickle down” economics – that the newly richer will spend their new riches on investment that will create jobs for Americans in America – has been debunked time and again. Maybe there are income generating ideas the Democrats should start advocating especially at the grass roots level.


Push New Banner Headlines

“Trump Corrupts America”

Elizabeth Spiro Clark