Sunday, January 8, 2017

The 1987 TV Miniseries That Predicted a Russian Takeover of ...

Long since forgotten, ‘Amerika’ was a commercial and artistic flop. Watching it today makes for uncomfortable viewing.

Oscar Ameringer

Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder's 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

The Three Big Reasons Republicans Can’t Replace Obamacare

Friday, January 6, 2017
Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have promised to replace it with something that doesn’t leave more than 20 million Americans stranded without health insurance.
But they still haven’t come up with a replacement. "We haven’t coalesced around a solution for six years,” Republican Senator Tom Cotton admitted last week.  “Kicking the can down the road for a year or two years isn’t going to make it any easier to solve.“
They won’t solve it. They can’t and won’t replace Obamacare, for three big reasons.
First, Republicans say they want their replacement to be “market-based.” But Obamacare is already market based – relying on private, for profit health insurers.
That’s already a problem. The biggest health insurers – Anthem, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, and United Health – are so big they can get the deals they want from the government by threatening to drop out of any insurance system Republicans come up with. Several have already dropped out of Obamacare.
Even now they’re trying to merge into far bigger behemoths that will be able to extort even better terms from the Republicans.               
Second, every part of Obamacare depends on every other part. Trump says he’d like to continue to bar insurers from denying coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions.
But this popular provision depends on healthy people being required to pay into the insurance pool, a mandate that Republicans vow to eliminate.
The GOP also wants to keep overall costs down, but they haven’t indicated how. More than 80 percent of Americans who buy health insurance through Obamacare receive federal subsidies. Yet Republicans have no plan for raising the necessary sums.
Which gets us to the third big reason Republicans can’t come up with a replacement. Revoking the tax increases in Obamacare – a key part of the repeal – would make it impossible to finance these subsidies.
The two biggest of these taxes  – a 3.8-percentage-point surtax on dividends, interest and other unearned income; and a 0.9-percentage-point increase in the payroll tax that helps fund Medicare – are also the most progressive. They apply only to people earning more than $200,000 per year.
Immediately repealing these taxes, as the GOP says it intends to do, will put an average of $33,000 in the hands of the richest 1 percent this year alone, and a whopping $197,000 into the hands of the top 0.1 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center.
It would also increase the taxes of families earning between $10,000 and $75,000 – including just about all of Trump’s working class voters.
Worse yet, eliminating the payroll tax increase immediately pushes Medicare’s hospital fund back toward the insolvency that was looming before Obamacare became law.
Ultimately, the only practical answer to these three dilemmas is Medicare for all – a single payer system. But Republicans would never go for it.
So without Obamacare, Republicans are left with nothing. Zilch. Nada.
Except the prospect of more than 20 million people losing their health insurance, and a huge redistribution from the working class to the very rich.
Robert Reich 

How Putin's Resentment of Hillary Clinton Led to Trump's Election | Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow reports on the findings in the U.S. intelligence report on Russia that Vladimir Putin sought to undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election because he blames her for fomenting unrest in Russia after he rigged his own election.

Wow, Putin really does hate

This Session Of Congress Is Going To Be Brutal. Are You Ready?

Great APP's to keep politically abreast.


I posed this question today and received some excellent feedback. I want to share it so everyone has the opportunity to go directly to the source for information, rather than always relying strictly on the media for all of the answers. It really is up to us to make sure we have accurate information, and this will help us to do just that.
Full Article w guide to apps

You're gonna need them...


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Nine young millennial activists tell the future president what politicians get wrong about young people.

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Don’t Forget: Jill Stein Helped To Get Donald Trump Elected

Even though Jill Stein got a little over a million of the popular vote, it’s important to point out that she had a part in getting Donald Trump elected. What I am about to say will almost certainly send her supporters into a rage, but pissing off the left isn’t something I am new to.
Let’s remember that Jill Stein ran to the far-left of Bernie Sanders in 2016. Once it was apparent that he wasn’t going to be the Democratic nominee, she asked him to join the Green Party ticket, which he wisely refused to do. Instead he endorsed Hillary Clinton at the convention and went on to campaign for her, even if Bernie didn’t believe in everything Secretary Clinton stood for.
Full Article Via Modern Liberals

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