…I wonder how Nil Gorsuch feels to know he was ONLY picked because he reminds Trump of the dead guy…???
I wonder how Nil Gorsuch feels to know he was ONLY picked because he reminds Trump of the dead guy…???
By Joan McCarter ….Popular vote loser Donald Trump made a lot of promises during the campaign, touting his superior powers as a negotiator. He was going to make all the deals. He was going to bring big pharma to its knees, forcing it to negotiate Medicare drug prices. Then he met big pharma, and folded like his ill-fitting suit.
Today, after a meeting with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives, he abandoned that pledge, referring to an idea he supported as recently as three weeks ago as a form of “price fixing” that would hurt “smaller, younger companies.” Instead of getting tough, Trump’s new plan is that he’s “going to be lowering taxes” and “getting rid of regulations.” […]
As recently as January 11, President-elect Trump was promising to revisit this policy.
"Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power. And there’s very little bidding on drugs," he said at a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan. "We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet we don’t bid properly."
Today he apparently changed his mind. According to Herb Jackson, the designated pool reporter for the day, Trump’s new policy on prescription drugs is that drug companies should get tax cuts and deregulation.
Here’s what he said: "I’ll oppose anything that makes it harder for smaller, younger companies to take the risk of bringing their product to a vibrantly competitive market. That includes price-fixing by the biggest dog in the market, Medicare, which is what’s happening. But we can increase competition and bidding wars, big time." That makes no sense, compared to what he’s previously said about Medicare—either Medicare is “price-fixing” (?) or it’s not bidding “properly.” Those things aren’t the same. Further, here’s what he said about how he’s going to fix pharma now, apparently to save money for the government (?): "We’re going to be lowering taxes, we’re going to be getting rid of regulations that are unnecessary."
Competition through corporate tax cuts and deregulation, at the cost of people on Medicare, which is pretty much Paul Ryan’s wet dream. As for Medicare price-fixing, who knows what he means, but it’s probably this: "someone, somewhere, probably tried to explain formularies to him. (I suspect it didn’t take.)" Trump doesn’t have to worry about things like what prescription drugs his plan will cover (chances are, his doctor just has a stash he dispenses directly from and there’s no need for dealing with pesky pharmacies or insurance).
…Under the “W” Bush regime we had the real “president” – – Dick Cheney – – the CHANGE we got in November was under the Trump regime we get real “president” Bannon…
…”WE” successfully traded a headache for a stomach ache…
… It is most timely “WE” choose to tattoo the following on our brain as “WE” are allowing Trump to move inexorably in that direction…
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
By Joan McCarter …Be still whatever Paul Ryan has that passes for a heart! Popular vote loser Donald Trump is working on another immigration restriction and this one is right up Ryan’s alley: punishing the poor.
The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport—when possible—immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post. […]
While Trump’s immigration ban last week focused on national security and preventing terrorism, the new draft orders would be focused on Trump’s campaign promises to protect American workers and to create jobs, immediately restricting the flow of immigrants and temporary laborers into the U.S. workforce. The administration has blamed immigrants who end up receiving U.S. social services for eating up federal resources, and it has said immigrant workers contribute to unemployment among Americans who were born in the United States.
“Our country’s immigration laws are designed to protect American taxpayers and promote immigrant self sufficiency. Yet households headed by aliens are much more likely than those headed by citizens to use Federal means-tested public benefits,” reads one draft order obtained by The Post, titled “Executive Order on Protecting Taxpayer Resources by Ensuring Our Immigration Laws Promote Accountability and Responsibility.” The draft order provides no evidence to support the claim that immigrant households are more likely to use welfare benefits, and there is no consensus among experts about immigration’s impact on such benefits or American jobs.
Yes, you read that right: This is about deporting legal immigrants.
…What peril…? ALL politician are banking on our limited, short, narrow, tiny memory that come next election “WE” will have forgotten they voted for Scalia 2.0…???
By Egberto Willies ……The media is going goo-goo gaga over Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch. They have already begun stacking the narrative against Democrats as they make it seem Democrats would be wrong to deny this qualified candidate.