Christmas Time is Here–Morning Reads

My Christmas wishlist begins and ends with me trolling the POTUS-elect and him responding. The worst part about that is that I’d have to Tweet, second is that we’re getting a POTUS who wants to revenge-Tweet everything out of thin-skinned pettiness. Sweet.

“Let’s Unite the Whole World at Christmas” by James Brown

  1. Did Newt get rejected for a Cabinet pick? 
  2. Yes.
  3. Trump Won’t Rip Up NAFTA. 
  4. At this point, it’s safe to say he conned Americans with his campaign–none of his major pledges will be honored. Remotely.
  5. Mayor Reed’s driver charged with a misdemeanor for causing a wreck–while driving Hizonner. 
  6. Multiple arrestee, Hall County home owner, Katt Williams banned from Hall County. 
  7. Who is going to pretend like they knew about Miguel Almiron? 
  8. Financial Times picks the best books of 2016. 

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So it looks like the GOP’s nascient healthcare plan is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with Obamacare. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/26/503158039/paul-ryans-plan-to-change-medicare-looks-a-lot-like-obamacare Ryan’s plan would set up “Medicare exchanges” where private insurance companies would compete with traditional government-run Medicare for customers… …People would get “premium support” from the government to pay for their insurance under the Ryan Medicare plan. The subsidy would be tied to the price of a specific plan offered by an insurer on the exchange… …And the payment would be linked to a recipient’s income, so lower-income people would get a bigger subsidy. The subsidy would rise as beneficiaries get… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

You are smart enough to know that this is for people on Medicare and not everyone. It also doesn’t mandate what is covered like Obamacare.

But I’ll say it again. You’re team lost. Sorry, not sorry. You are about to become the whinny crazy person on this site like noway and saltycracker have been for years. 🙁

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! Well, dang, Eiger. I guess you could add Harry and Konop to the list but they’ve been run off. And speaking of whiny crazy, one of you Peckerwoods threatened to eat his own laptop if Trump won! LOL! I wonder how that’s going!?!! Being lumped into the same category with Drew is giving me the heebee jeebees! 🙂

The Eiger
The Eiger

I didn’t promise to eat my laptop. I think I may have said shoes.

Noway2016
Noway2016

No, not you. Somebody on here did say they’d eat their laptop, though. They said they’d do that if I left here if Trump lost.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And just like most of you here, I thought on several occasions that Trump was gonna get smoked. I posted to that effect many times. it actually wasn’t until the last week that I honestly thought he was going to win. I do take pride in predicting his exact electoral college vote total.

Bart
Bart

It was ‘indypendant’ who kept posting about eating his laptop if Trump won. Must have done it since he/she has been very quiet since 11/8. Or maybe he/she moved to Canada. Either way….

Noway2016
Noway2016

That’s right!!! Hope it wuz tasty!

Indypendant
Indypendant

Still here. Subverting domestically.

“Eat my laptop” was a wager, nobody accepted my wager.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

1) I don’t recall promising to eat a laptop, so don’t expect me to follow through. 2) I don’t know whether Noway and Salty should be insulted by being compared to me or if I should be insulted by being compared to them. 3) I recognize this only applies to Medicare. My point was, Paul Ryan’s “solution” for Medicare smells a lot like the healthcare plan he’s been railing against as “horrible” “Socialist” and “destructive.” 4) There’s a reason why Ryan’s plan is so similar to Obamacare… Obamacare was originally a Republican idea that was co-opted by Hillary Clinton and,… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I recognize my side lost, but losing does not mean I need to accept bad policy ideas (like kicking 15 million Americans off of Medicare coverage by repealing the ACA).

The Eiger
The Eiger

No one has said that the solution is to kick 15 million people off of Medicare. That is just dumb and you know it. Of course there are things and ideas in the ACA that are good, but those good ideas are completely over shadowed by the terrible crap that makes the ACA not affordable.

I’m sure the republicans will allow the democrats to be involved in the process as much as the dems did in 2009.

bethebalance
bethebalance

i also hold out hope that good policy is a greater force than partisanship.
re: Medicare, if exchanges do get implemented, there will be a massive need to help educate, inform, and assist retirees. it’s already complicated, and most folks imo would rather just know they can go to the doctor, get good diagnosis and treatment, and get their meds without sacrificing their lunch. access to more “experimental” treatments or new brand name meds is perhaps a potential benefit, but there are other ways to let ppl buy into more insurance and costlier treatments.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I misspoke earlier (I hadn’t had my coffee yet). Meant to say that the GOP plans will kick 15 million people off of Medicaid. Now, your point above still applies, no one has expressly said “we should kick 15 million people off of Medicaid.” However, repealing the ACA means undoing Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility, that expansion covers 15 million people or so. If you dump Obamacare, you kick these people off of the Medicaid coverage they’re currently receiving. Tom Price’s plan does not have a proposal on how to maintain coverage for these 15 million people. Nor does Paul… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Short version. I know you are an attorney an all, but short version. Don’t have time for this.

gcp
gcp

Nothing new here. He merely regurgitates democrat policy/talking points.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If someone would make me a front page poster, I’d have a creative outlet for my long-winded assessments of healthcare policy.

The Eiger
The Eiger

If someone would put me at HHS I’d fix everything in the first 100 days. You may not like my fix though.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Perhaps there were a couple of typos in that first sentence. Perhaps it was supposed to read: “So it looks like one part of the GOP’s nascient healthcare plan is to repeal Medicare and replace it with Obamacare.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, caffeine was a little delayed getting into my system… and I misspelled nascent. I’m gonna go chug some more espresso.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Avik Roy’s Manhattan Institute positions via Forbes Mag on fixing Obamacare have been posted here since 2014. Ignored by the mainstream of both parties. If he now has someone’s attention we are going in a positive direction.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Rinse, wash, repeat:

“The Associated Press finds that Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, compared with 2,626 for President-elect Donald Trump.”

We are still a Republic but a social democracy is knocking.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yet despite winning all those counties, Trump still lost the popular vote by 2.7 million (and still counting, apparently).

The combined populations of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho (9,697,213) is less than the population of Los Angeles County (10,170,292). I don’t know how many counties those 7 states have, but they still tally up to fewer votes than 1 county in California.

In summary, pointing to “Trump won all the countiez!” is just as dumb as saying “Hillary won the popular vote!” 270 is 270, doesn’t matter how you get there.

David C
David C

Someone making the argument that winning the most Counties is a sign of democratic legitimacy, IN GEORGIA, is hilarious. Google Gray v. Sanders and get back to me.

gcp
gcp

Dec. 7 and no mention of Pearl Harbor? Good to see this morning’s AJC did remember.

Greg Adams wins commission runoff in Dekalb. With all the new politicians elected in Dekalb will we see significant change? We shall see.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Headed out to a small 12/7 memorial later – then maybe to a German restaurant in forgiveness 😎

Busy listening to millennials counting on student loan forgiveness as their budget including $300 mo. (Hair, nail, massage), $400 mo. Golf, $500 mo dining out is really strained. The banks with $200 billion in delinquencies are their prime supporters as enforcement is pol-incorrect.
Snark for the AM (serious about memorial and loan complaint)

Noway2016
Noway2016

No mention of Trump winning Time’s Man of the Year either…I recommend seeing the Pearl Harbor Memorial once in your life. Somber as hell.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There could be a reckoning should Trump voters not be able to avoid the truth that Trump doesn’t give a rats butt about them. Trump decreed Carrier can’t ship jobs oversees, yet he’s personally Making America Great Again by importing unskilled foreign labor.

The U.S. Labor Dept again gave Trump permission to hire 19 H-B2 visa cooks at $12.74 an hour, down from $13.01 an hour last year, for Mar a Largo: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/business/trump-again-hires-foreign-workers-for-mar-a-lago-l/ntKHy/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

He didn’t decree Carrier can’t ship jobs overseas, he (via Pence) gave Carrier a huge tax break as a “thank you” for shipping over a thousand jobs to Mexico and keeping keeping like 700 here.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Time can put Trump on its cover as long as Sports Illustrated doesn’t follow up with their swimsuit issue.

And as always, Hitler was Man of the Year. Twice.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Hitler was only once. Stalin was twice.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Put Melania on SI cover!

gcp
gcp

Obama, Bush, Carter and Clinton (among others) also got Man/Person of the Year.

gcp
gcp

It’s unofficial but looks like Governor Branstad as China Ambassador and John Kelly at Homeland. Both are good choices. Rick Perry would have been excellent at Homeland but Kelly is still a solid selection.

davidmac
davidmac

And Pruitt as EPA. Hope you enjoyed having breathable air and drinkable water.