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It’s almost like the GOP WANTS to lose

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Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), made the move to postpone the summer recess in order to continue GOP efforts to get their healthcare bill passed through Congress and on to President Trump’s desk.

One of the primary focuses of the 2016 elections was the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Repeublicans promised to repeal the ACA, or “Obamacare” as they had done every year since they controlled congress. However, instead of the compete repeal that was passed so often during the Obama Administration, the GOP has decided that a replacement bill needs to coincide with any removal of the ACA.

Unfortunatealy, the primary focus has been on a variety of bills that don’t repeal Obamacare at all. Instead, they focus on changing Obamacare into something that Republican special interest groups will like, much in the same way the Democrats wrote Obamacare.

To be clear, the GOP seems to have lost all interest in actually REPEALING the ACA, and instead seem focused on an alternative version of government dictated healthcare. What should be obvious to everyone by now, the votes to repeal Obamacare when the GOP knew that President Obama would veto it, were simply political theatre to win votes and gain campaign donations. The Republican Party clearly has no interest in getting the federal government out of the healthcare industry.

No one should really be surprised. On nearly every issue of substance, the GOP has become every bit as pro-big government as the Democrats. The rhetoric is different, especially when it’s time for re-election, but with few exceptions, no one really seems interested in doing as they promised.

Republicans get the rhetoric right at times. Even now they say Obamacare is self-destructing. They’re right about that. Insurers are pulling out all over the country. It’s clear the ACA is a colossal failure. So, what any sane group of people dedicated to saving their country would do, is to simply repeal the thing and stop the madness. Instead, McConnell, Ryan, and most of the GOP Congress seem intent on tweeking the law and then being saddled with the blame when it inevitably causes chaos.

It’s almost like the GOP WANTS to lose. I, for one, can’t come to any other conclusion. If they wanted to win they would repeal the thing and do it in such a way that allowed the free market to take back over during the course of a year or so. This is so simple a child could figure it out. The government is BAD at nearly everything, and it is ALWAYS inefficient. That’s why it needs to be involved as little as possible.

If the McConnell’s play to get the bill passed by holding Congress in DC works, when the inevitable collapse comes, it won’t be the Democrats who get the blame, it will be the GOP, and it will be deserved. The only way to avoid it is to leave it alone and let it collapse saying “See? We told you so!” or they can repeal this monstrosity in a way that gets the government out of the process completely.

The problem is, they don’t know how to fight the rhetoric of “Republicans want people to die” that they’re already taking from the likes of Bernie Sanders. They don’t know how to fight it because the proper response is free market principles which they don’t understand and certainly don’t believe in.

Even Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a stalwart in the fight against the ACA, seems to be softening somewhat, and may settle for less than full repeal. He seems to have gained a prominent spot in the negotiations, and even added an amendment along with conservative favorite Mike Lee (R-UT). However, the all or nothing approach that has long been the hallmark of the Cruz way of doing business, seems to have waivered.

We’ll all have to wait and see how this plays out, but there is little hope that the McConnell and Ryan led GOP will do as they promised and repeal Obamacare. I’d say it was foolish to believe they ever would based on the last few years of kow-towing to Obama on every budget deal. The GOP is every bit the big government party the Democrats are.

Some may argue whether or not the GOP ever should have made the promise to repeal Obamacare entirely in the first place, yet the fact remains the promise was made, and it doesn’t seem that many on Capitol Hill nor anyone in the White House is that interested in fulfilling it. President Trump has done little to advance a real repeal.

The political question becomes, what does this mean for the GOP going forward? Talks of a new Conservative party have been around for years. The GOP may be signing its own death warrant if it fails to deliver on this big promise to repeal the ACA. It may ultimately destroy the greatest health system in the world, and destroy themselves with it. I, for one, won’t miss it.

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  1. arasaid

    July 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This is why people fought so hard to prevent the ACA from passing in the first place. Because we knew once it’s passed, it’s done.

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Immigration

Being against illegal immigration is NOT about being against immigrants

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Being against illegal immigration is NOT about being against immigrants

The propaganda machines (mainstream media) and indoctrination institutions (schools and leftist activist groups) have been spreading a false narrative for decades. They want opposition to illegal immigration to become tantamount with opposition to immigrants. This is so far from the truth for most conservatives, but there’s a problem we’re facing in opposing this notion. Some who claim to be conservatives have embodied the tenets that leftists try to paint on all of us.

I am a legal immigrant. I am one of many conservatives who believe if we dramatically reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, we can systematically creak open the doors to allow more legal immigration. As President Trump often says, we need them. We need the best that other countries have to offer. We make a huge mistake by educating health, tech, and engineering professionals, then sending them back to their original nations to utilize their talents.

But none of this is possible as long as people come to and/or stay in our nation illegally. The recognized number of illegal immigrants currently in the country is 11 million, but as many experts point out, this has been the number for a long time despite reports that the flow of illegal immigrants has increased. We’re not deporting fast enough to maintain the 11 million number for years, so with estimates as high as 30 million, let’s put the actual number somewhere in the middle.

If there are 20 million illegal immigrants in the nation, that accounts for a huge part of the population that is receiving benefits through taxpayer dollars without contributing any of their own dollars. It’s indefensible even in the most generous socialist utopia.

We need immigrants. But those who come across the border illegally or overstay their visas are not immigrants. The whole purpose of immigration is to expand our culture, increase our productivity, and build a stronger society. Immigrants help us achieve these goals. Illegal immigrants hamper our efforts.

Much has been talked lately about the term “nationalism.” In its true form, nationalism is a great thing. It’s what helped us win WWI and WWII. It’s that pride in American exceptionalism that turned our young nation into the greatest beacon of hope and prosperity the world has ever known. As leftists often say, our nation was built by immigrants, and they are correct. However, it is through legal immigration that prosperity and exceptionalism can continue. Illegal immigration represents one of the greatest threats to this hope.

The bigots who claim the mantle of nationalism are false. Their visions of white nationalism is the opposite of what true American nationalism represents. The pride of being an American is one that can and should be shared with the people of the world who truly want to be part of our nation, share in our traditions, assimilate to our culture, and add to it by including their own.

There was a time when immigration was represented by a group of people holding up their right hands and stating their oath of allegiance. Today, leftist mainstream media has painted the image of pregnant mothers climbing border fences as the new representation of immigration. This mockery of the system is one of the reasons we have thousands of migrants suffering at the border as we speak. They were told lies and promised things that cannot and should not be delivered.

But it isn’t just the left that’s making a mess of the system. White nationalists who claim our sovereignty is tied to race have defaced the very laws that hold our nation together. They share the blame for every battle we lose in the fight against illegal immigration by polarizing people away from common sense. By attempting to share the conservative mantle on the topic of immigration, they associate their bigotry against all immigrants with those of us who actually embrace legal immigration.

The nationalism promoted by most conservatives is not the same as the white nationalism promoted by hate groups. To claim they’re the same is like claiming opposition to fascism is the same as the ideology of intimidation and violence employed by Antifa.

Legal immigration is a part of American nationalism in its truest form. Both illegal immigration and white nationalism pervert the tenets of our sovereignty and the rule of law that make true nationalism possible.

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.

A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls “an enforcement zone.” The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.

More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, participated in the demonstration at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico.

The rally held on a beach divided by the border wall was the second confrontation for Border Patrol agents since a caravan of more than 6,000 migrants, predominantly Hondurans, reached Tijuana last month. A confrontation with rock-throwers from Mexico led to U.S. agents firing tear gas into Mexico on Nov. 25 and a five-hour closure of the nation’s busiest border crossing.

Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. The U.S. is processing up to about 100 claims a day at the San Diego crossing, which is creating a backlog.

The demonstration Monday was meant to launch a national week of action called “Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice,” which falls between Human Rights Day on Monday, and International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18, the group said.

“Showing up to welcome and bless children, mothers and fathers seeking asylum from very difficult and dehumanizing circumstances is the right and humane thing to do,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcano, from the San Francisco Area United Methodist Church. “How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation.”

The group also is calling on Congress to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

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Latest Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer may mean it’s actually getting released next year

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Latest Godzilla King of Monsters trailer may mean its actually getting released next year

One of next year’s early blockbusters will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It is scheduled for May 31 after being pushed repeatedly to position it against the competition. This newest release date will give Marvel’s Avengers: End Game plenty of time to eat up audience dollars before passing the baton.

Originally slated for this year, executives kept looking for the best window for their second installment of what they hope to be a franchise similar to the successful Planet of the Apes reboot. The first installment of Godzilla in 2014 was widely seen as the first legitimate blockbuster featuring the Japanese monster after a handful of clunky attempts. It did well with a strong cast (including Bryan Cranston) and chalked up over $500 million at the worldwide box office against 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This installment features Millie Bobby Brown who has experience fighting demonic beasts in Netflix Stranger Things.

My only concern is that they seem to be putting out all the major bad monsters in this one – Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. It lends to the notion that this will be limited to a trilogy with the climax being Godzilla vs. Kong, crossing over the giant ape’s own franchise.

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