The creation of Trumpcare

“We’re going to deliver real change … That begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare … You’re going to have such great health care, at a tiny fraction of the cost – and it’s going to be so easy.” Donald Trump, October 25, 2016

“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”   Donald Trump, February 27, 2017

“Doing big things is hard.”   Paul Ryan, March 24, 2017

For the past seven years, Republicans in Congress and most recently the White House have railed and wailed against the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.   Sixty times the House passed bills repealing the law. The House and Senate both passed a repealer two years ago, which was vetoed by President Obama. The party made the 2016 campaign a referendum of sorts on the law. Continue reading

A soldier’s Christmas story

By Steve Banko

For me, Christmas will always be found in the music.

From those long ago days of grammar school innocence when the nuns embarked on the crusade to drill the words of every carol in Christendom into my brain, until today – with innocence a faded memory but the joy of Christmas a constant prayer, I found great delight and consolation in the music of Christmas. Some of my most enduring memories involve those nuns, the songs they taught me, and the way we sang them. Continue reading

A short take on the debate; post-primary candidate financials; the judicial race — Correction posted: no Reform Party candidates for State Supreme Court

We are all overwhelmed today by the post mortems about last evening’s presidential debate, so I’m only offering my two-paragraph view of things.

Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do last evening. She showed herself to be a competent and intelligent person, with the proper temperament and judgment to be President of the United States. Her presentation should help move the few genuinely undecided plus some of the third-party candidate supporters to her side. Continue reading

Some facts and some heard-on-the-streets

Presidential politics is dominating the news cycles. Folks who usually don’t give the subject a second thought are suddenly interested, amazed and disgusted about all things Trump. And the election is still eight months away!

By comparison, state and local politics are pretty boring. The state Republicans were in town last week to nominate Wendy Long (again) for United States senator. (It was funny that they could not bring themselves to endorse Trump.) I really do appreciate people who are willing to carry the party flag into a race such as this one against Chuck Schumer, but when a person becomes a serial candidate you have to wonder what motivates someone to do that. Continue reading