Put a fork in it.
With John McCain’s “no” vote along with Rand Paul’s and Susan Collins’s, the chances of passing Graham-Cassidy are all but nil. They’d need to get every other Republican (and a few are still on the fence) plus a Democrat. Joe Manchin was the most likely candidate but has already expressed his disinterest in it. Unofficially, the GOP will finish their first year with control of the necessary branches of government without making a dent in Obamacare.
While I’ve been opposed to Graham-Cassidy, it’s bittersweet that the nail in the coffin comes from McCain. His reasons for saying “no” are ludicrous. He’s a Democrat now and wants to work with his fellow Democrats to pass an Obamacare bailout. Claiming that it needs to be done through “regular order” is just his way of saying he won’t support a Republican plan.
McCain’s statement calls “regular order,” meaning he wants to see the bill put through committee and debated on the floor, as well as a bipartisan effort to come to a decision. According to the release, McCain believes that major legislation like this should not be passed on a party-line basis.
Apparently McCain can’t vote for the bill without a CBO score and more of a bipartisan effort. Good grief, what about the merits of the bill itself???
The bill’s sponsors, Republican leadership, and the White House have been pressing hard to win the 50 votes needed. But with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky repeatedly saying he would vote against it and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine saying Friday she was leaning against it, McCain’s no vote would kill the bill.
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Bill sponsors had exuded confidence in recent days, saying they were getting closer by the day to pinning down needed support, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he planned to bring the bill to the floor.
There are three other Republican senators who have yet to declare their support for the bill. Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Cory Gardner of Colorado.
I was hoping it would be Rand Paul who put this bill down for conservative reasons. That would have sparked a look at why the bill fell short of the expectations of voters. Instead, McCain delivering the deathblow means the focus will be on bailing out Obamacare as the only way Republicans can get anything passed on healthcare.
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
We don’t get Google checks. We don’t have Facebook or Twitter buttons on our stories. We don’t have a YouTube Channel (banned), an Instagram profile (never made one), or a TikTok (no thanks, CCP). We’re not perfect, but we’re doing everything we can to not owe anything to anyone… other than our readers. We owe YOU the truth. We owe YOU the facts that others won’t reveal about topics that others won’t tackle. And we owe America, this great land that allows us to take hold of these opportunities.
Like I said, I don’t hold other conservative sites under too much scrutiny over their choices. It’s easy for people to point fingers when we’re not the ones paying their bills or supporting their families. I just wish there were more who would make the bold move. Today, only a handful of other major conservative news outlets have broken free from the Big Tech teat. Of course, we need help.
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