#Congress

Pelosi ignores rules she set for others in Congress

Ever since the Jan 6 Capitol riot, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has demanded that all members entering the House chamber must go through security – including metal detectors – or face a $5,000 fine.

Pelosi ignored the very rules she set for everyone else hence demands for her to pay the fine others are forced to.

Haircuts, masks or security protocols. She is above all.

As Rep Dan Crenshaw said,

As usual, rules for thee but not for me. Ever since Jan 6th, Pelosi has emplaced security checkpoints at every entrance to the House Floor, DESPITE the fact that only members and certain staff are allowed inside at all. So let me get this straight, you’re protecting members from fellow members, but only when on the House Floor? What sense does that make?

It doesn’t, and Pelosi agrees because she doesn’t even follow her own rules. It is worth noting that this frivolous metal detector policy really reflects the frivolous nature of all liberal policies: virtue signaling without any regard for effectiveness.”

The battle for election integrity – Rep Dan Crenshaw

Rep Dan Crenshaw (R – TX) has written a powerful piece in the WSJ on the need for election integrity at the state level. He wrote,

The concerns about election integrity are real, and they must be heard. The merits of these objections are real and substantive. There have been countless examples of states engaging in irresponsible and unverifiable election practices, casting doubt on election outcomes. Whether it is unverified signatures on mail-in ballots or lax voter-ID laws, a refusal to update registration rolls or a refusal to allow partisan observers to witness counting, there are many practices that must be changed.”

Nancy Pelosi cancels the history of Congress

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Despite Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi being in office for over three decades, she has finally deemed that the portraits of Speakers who served in the Confederacy be removed. She made the following statement:

Ahead of tomorrow’s Juneteenth observances, the portraits of four previous Speakers who served in the Confederacy have been removed from the walls of the U.S. Capitol under the supervision of House Clerk Cheryl Johnson. The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. Allowing men who embody the bigotry and racism of the Confederacy to be honored within them sets back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry wherever it appears.

Why now, Nancy?

Yet more pathetic virtue signalling which is 100% based on the politics of identity and zero to do with those she claims to be helping. And we thought the kneeling with Kente scarves was nauseating enough…who knew that race politics had seasons? Anyone would think an election was around the corner??

We say again, even if one hated Trump, how can anyone think the Democrats are a credible alternative with pathetic stunts like this?

US Healthcare bankruptcies surge 270% in 2018 vs 2017

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6 months ago we wrote of the growing crisis of hospitals declaring bankruptcy in America. While The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is often lauded by some as noble legislation, according to bankruptcy lawyers, Polsinelli, the changes made to reimbursements that used to help cover hospitals who treated uninsured patients that were pulled under ACA have sent many hospitals to the bankruptcy A&E ward. Polsinelli wrote this month,

The Health Care Services Distress Research Index was 455.00 for the first quarter of 2018. This is an increase over 173 points from last quarter’s record high, approximately 62 percent. The index has experienced record or near-record highs in seven of the last eight quarters. Compared with the same period one year ago, the index has increased over 333 points, approximately 270 percent, and compared with the benchmark period of fourth quarter of 2010, it is up approximately 355 percent.”

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Polsinelli also wrote in 1Q 2017 that,

“Unlike the public markets, the Polsinelli/TrBK Distress Indices include both public and private companies, creating a broader economic view and one which may show developing trends on Main Street before they appear on Wall Street….Health care distress is high and it seems to be getting worse…

…The business of health care is unlike other industries, such as manufacturing, real estate, or retail. Health care faces all the traditional business challenges, such as competition, the impact of technology on services, and increasing wages. But more, the health care industry is needing to adapt to increasing regulations, changes in reimbursement rates from government or private payors, and a shift from traditional fee-for-service to value-based models that impact profitability…There is unprecedented pressure of major systemic changes to the existing health care system, particularly the implementation of the Affordable Care Act over the last several years and the current status of the program, which is alternately being repealed, repealed and replaced, phased out, or simply defunded…The (Obama) administration’s recent decision to terminate cost sharing reduction payments will also directly impact the health care market. Insurance companies may continue to provide insurance at a higher premium or decide to exit the markets. Eliminating these payments and the resulting premium increases may increase the cost to the government through premium subsidies.”

In short many Americans saw a doubling of premiums (an average increase of 113%) under Obamacare inside of 4 years causing many to forgo the insurance. The reimbursements under the old system (which helped compensate hospitals administering emergency treatment for the uninsured) that were stopped on the proviso people would take up ACA plans backfired. Not enough people signed up and more hospitals running on a days cashflow have been forced to close because the reimbursements designed to protect them against uninsured patients disappeared. When Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, testified to Congress he candidly said,

The Affordable Healthcare bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes…If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies, OK? Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage … call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever … that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass … I wish … we could make it transparent, but I’d rather have the law than not.”

Makes one wonder what the status of the medical equipment suppliers who lease equipment to these hospitals does with the machines they repossess.

Please remain seated (for 8 more years). You earned it

I have made the point countless times that Trump is not a good speaker and even on teleprompter his speechwriters are not much chop either. However more than his words (which were way above expectations), the actions of the disgruntled Democrats who sat through his speech were telling. If there is anything more American than apple pie it is the respect for fallen patriotic heroes. To put one’s hatred of Trump above that of someone that sacrificed so much just guaranteed that the Democrats won’t have a chance in 2020. The length and pride shown  in the standing ovation for Mrs Carryn Owens, widow of the fallen Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens, led even left-wing journalists like Van Jones to say “He became the President of the United States in that moment. Period… That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics period…for people who were hoping he would remain a divisive cartoon which he often finds a way to do they should become a bit worried tonight. Because that thing you just saw him do…if he finds a way to do that over and over again he will be there for 8 years!” 

Of course he invited a mixture of people to make his point about not being divisive. He wasn’t. What he did was bring a level of pride his predecessor failed to do. Whether those who think Trump lacked authenticity or not, take a look at those people who were spoken of and their expressions which would have resonated deeply with the millions watching the speech to Congress tonight. Those expressions could not be faked. I reckon his poll numbers will surge next week.

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What Trump did was talk of American exceptionalism. Whether you believe what he said or question his ability to achieve there is no doubt it was a speech that was way above most people’s expectations. Once again the Democrats jeered with thumbs down putting their identity agenda on full display and showed why they continue to miss the mood of the people. Indeed those dressed in white showed their divisiveness in vivid colour.

Perhaps they might want to look to a Rasmussen Reports poll which said:

“Most voters agree that it’s bad for America and bad for the Democratic Party if Democrats continue to flat out oppose everything President Trump does. Even Democrats are conflicted about their party’s scorched earth policy…The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 29% of all Likely U.S. Voters think it’s better for the country if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible. Sixty-three percent (63%) say it’s better for the country if Democrats try to work with the president instead…Forty-four percent (44%) of Democrats feel it’s better for both the country and their party if they oppose the new president as much as possible. But 46% say it’s better for America if Democrats try to work with Trump, and 45% say it’s better for their party, too.”

So perhaps those seated in recalcitrance should look at the polls and realise their own party faithful want them to work with Trump as opposed to objecting to everything. That means they are waking up to the fact that there are far bigger issues than expressing outrage at KellyAnne Conway’s feet on the sofa or ketchup on the President’s steak. People are fed up with irrelevance. What he did was show why people want their country back and why Making America Great Again was no mere catch-phrase.