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Divided Republicans May Find It hard To Pass Any Budget

New York Times
May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans greeted President Trump's first full budget on Tuesday with open hesitation or outright hostility.
But it was not clear that they could come up with an alternative that could win over conservatives and moderates while clearing a path for the tax cuts and policies they have promised for years.

The budget battle ahead mirrors the continuing health care fight in which concessions to Republican moderates alienate conservatives, while overtures to conservatives lose moderate votes.

Enlightened Self Interest: It's not in Kansas anymore

Kansas Gov. Brownback's experiment in tax-cuts-for-the-rich-austerity-for-the-poor has been a demonstrable failure.* Yet, this fact gets little attention as our leaders herd us toward a tinderbox that could become the next American Revolution. Instability is not good for anyone: not for the wealthy, corporations, small businesses, the middle class, and especially not the poor.

The Kings of Slime

Medical bills holding our Credit Hostage! Another reason for Single Payer

Two years ago, the LOML (my new husband) shocked the family and his doctor (who said he had heartburn--but that's ANOTHER story)--by having 2 heart attacks in 2 weeks, as well as two stent placements. We actually have decent health insurance, and eventually found out that they covered something like $250,000 in claims for the two hospital stays (each less than a week). Day after day we got tiny "we paid your benefit" notices for things like $75. John was on disability for a year, and our life was upended. We just stopped opening the darned things. Fast forward one year.

It's about OIL, AGAIN

In case you haven't noticed, everything Trump has done since taking office, or plans to do has been about OIL - for the benefit of the OIL and GAS industry, and COAL.

Now he's over in Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest oil producers in the world, and has said things to isolate, and threaten Iran, another oil producer. He and Tillerson are also making "deals" with the Saudis. Are they deals that would bolster the OIL and GAS industries?

Ignorant Jeff: Miner's Lullaby, Drug Overdoses & MMJ

Husband sleep, lay your head back and dream, A slow falling leaf born down to the stream, Then carried away in the arms of morphine, Homeward far over the sea.

☛ MINERS AND MORPHINE 27 April 1900

Ignorant Jeff: Miner's Lullaby,
Drug Overdoses & MMJ

http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1161

Politician Pay

Paying Politicians a salary comparable to the bribery money they make, May diminish their desire to Loot the US Treasury for the benefit of those who bribe.

I propose a Thom Hartman Listening Tour

Hello Thom,

I may have mentioned this before via Twitter, but I am sure you get proposals all the time and are too busy to follow up on every wild idea that comes across your desk. However I wold like to interest you in joining a panel of other like minded progressives in doing a Book/Speech and Live Broadcast Tour .

The Message: Reclaiming our Democracy before it is too late.

Trump Offered $2 Billion Deal shortly after election

Looks like a Duck, Quacks like a Duck, Its a Duck! Remember when Trump "magnimoniously" declined a $2Billion deal offered by Hussain Sajwani shortly after the election. What kind of price tag came with the first official visit as US President and a $100Billion arms deal?

What's happening to a bird?

House cats eat them, their eggs and their young. Cat lovers feed feral cats and many live in the Oakland Hills at the junction of City and parkland. Even the coyotes can't get the cats. The song birds live at the fringes of forests where they have some protection from raccoons and ather predictors by bigger predators and birds predators, the larger predictors can't penetrate the thicker thorny trees where song birds nest. But catS can. Cats are a huge problem, an unnatural nature n native species, aliens.

NEEDED from all of Thom Hartmann's NORTH CAROLINA AUDIENCE

Please go to NCwethepeople.org.

Regards VPN cutoff after a few minutes and how to fix it

Had same problem for many years with Time Warner. They used to deny they were interfering, but in the last year or so, the new owners at least will admit they don't "support" VPNs.

Like clockwork, my VPN service would be cut off after 10 to 35 minutes by Time Warner - now owned by - Charter / Spectrum. I switched my VPN service to ExpressVPN and have had no problems since. A single account cover 3 devices, say two computers and your cell phone.

What Happens When Trump Completely Cracks Up?

Today, 5-17-17, at the Coast Guard graduation ceremony, President Donald Trump, in another embarassing ramble and basically talking to himself, advised that no president in history has ever faced the critism that he has, and then went on to state that you must never, never stop fighting against your critics. The problem of course is he is fighting his own self-destructive instincts and the incredible burdens of covering up a lifetime of misbehavior, financial crimes, and perhaps even treason.

Oh to return to the days of Camelot

"The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions.

Name for Trump's "health care" plan

A suggestion for renaming the so-called "health" care act to Trump's Wealth Care Act

TrumpCare Is Monstrous!

How can Senate Republicans possibly defend their healthcare bill when it's so obviously a ploy to pay for tax cuts for the rich by cutting Medicaid?

Even Republicans are now coming to the realization that the Senate Republican healthcare bill is terrible.