Everyone hates the Republican health care bill…. both thoughtful Republicans and ‘burn it down’ Republicans.
I don’t like it myself. The pieces of wisdom that I’ve incorporated over the years are… 1. healthcare is expensive, as a value added proposition (ie, lots of value has been added here in modernity, which needs to be paid for…), and this so-called ‘competition’ that the GOP would seek to introduce into the system making people shop with their HSA money and vouchers…. this is not going to work, cuz there’s already plenty of meaningful competition. Reality: It costs what it costs and it aint going to be bought down with mere competition. 2. healthcare is something of a right, and healthcare is expensive, and it is in societies interest to pay for poor peoples health care…. for lots of reasons. So, GOP plan doesn’t mind any of those truths, doesn’t fix anything…. Good news is, it won’t pass. See McArdle’s line about ‘Visigoths’.
Russkies under every bed… Ya know, or as you know…. I think the Trump / Russia angle is generally overthought, such that the Wikileaks were about the 10th most powerful reason Hillary lost. And by the way, as an aside, you still hear people on the left complain about Comey having done this or Comey having done that… What’s never mentioned is he was basically provoked into this role of awkwardly assertive / transparent FBI head by the optics of the Lynch / WJC meeting on tarmac in the Gulfstream in Phoenix. That’s how a great piece of this chaos started, but we never seem to revisit that event eh, the one that started this chain reaction… anyway, I still read Lambo’s ravings where they appear on WWP and FB, and he points today to Josh Marshall’s writings on the Trump / Russia nexus.
I find the Occam’s razor / innocent explanation arguments pretty persuasive. I think the minimum impression one should take from the granular details is that, yeah, Trump and his business associates are shady and should have been disqualified from the Presidency.
As another aside, this quasi relative of mine on the FB, he’s an urban liberal, works at the U…. He posts this thing today that’s viral on the left about the Dunning-Kruger effect and its diagnoses to Trump as a guy who’s narcissism and illusory bias makes him unable to see his own incompetence….
I’m not saying this phenomena doesn’t exist, but I think the left should worry this is too easy a reach. But ya know, that having been spelled out, the illusory bias of ones own competence, ya know, pilot fishing with that is the illusory bias of ones own ethics…. We got a syndrome for that? Trump and his group certainly would seem to be afflicted with it. These people really think they do clean business, or maybe find reasons to justify their participation in shady business…. Very Sopranos like quality to the tapestry painted there in the articles.
Voxsplained: Hey those conservatives are coming around on civil forfeiture reform
The whole issue is in truth, moved by conservative and libertarian energy, but I’ll give you another irony: I doubt there’s any chance Neil FING Gorsuch takes the side of a citizen in a due process / civil forfeiture case. Guy is totally a creature of the prosecutorial bar.
I think the Obama DOJ was probably doing some fishing, was eavesdropping…. I doubt Obama had any participation at all. I don’t know that I’d call it ‘political targeting’. They shouldn’t have been doing it though, and any of these agents who were doing it in service to ‘national security’ have, ya know, an illusory bias of their own ethics that hides their own real motives. Like, same thing as that witch Lois Lerner.