July 28, 2017 6:52 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday- July 28, 2017 Morning Reads for Friday- July 28, 2017 By Theresa Garcia Robertson Morning Reads 34 Comments Filling in for the incomparable Ginny Ray! Happy Friday, y’all! State I was homeschooled and did my math at the beach, so this is hard for me to wrap my mind around. Also, this. AFLAC is having a good second quarter. North Hall Parkway crossing hit a roadblock. #baddadjoke Nobody likes a tax hike. Chatham County sees more juvenile arrests in the summer… Macon is thinking long-term. The Feds haven’t paid up, Georgia hasn’t shared data yet. National Repeal bill fails again. Man kills wife because she wouldn’t stop laughing at him… Colorful Conversations in the White House isn’t new news…but it is still entertaining. Yes, we all want to know what happened. Or maybe it’s just me. Oh, Pickle. This is just weird. Even the Medal of Valor doesn’t seem like enough thanks. Coke Zero fans, stock UP! The Feel Good Stuff Scott’s Miracle Ride is half way through this year’s ride for kids! Adoorable art in Augusta. Anyone looking to adopt a 150 lb. pig? Oooooo! Maybe it’s much to early in the game…but, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? All we do is win, win, win, no matter what, what, what… Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Theresa Garcia Robertson Wife. Geege. Foodie. Political Junkie. Southern Enthusiast. Taco Lover. 34 Comments Andrew C. Pope http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/bah-gawd-its-the-rattlesnake-1797324485 Proof that all things are made better by the addition of Jim Ross. July 28, 2017 8:51 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The Mooch tells a reporter that Priebus is an “f—–g paranoid schizophrenic”. He says the leaking of financial information about him was a felony, and suggests that Priebus did it. . Except that the financial information was public record that had been duly requested and provided. . Yeah, the Mooch certainly is “refreshing” as stated by a commenter, in the GOP-conservative sort of way we’ve come to expect from GOP control of the national government. July 28, 2017 9:35 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker That’s a BS spin. The “refreshing” was a clear answer to the inept moderator who should have been able to understand. What is going on now with internal tweet shocking the home team is depressing. We are witnessing opportunities blown in biblical proportions. Hope we don’t get your wish as big government is inept and financially irresponsible in trying to control so much. July 28, 2017 10:07 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse A recent political science finding is that undermining public trust in government benefits conservative parties. The party with the message, “Government sucks and should be torn down” benefits when people internalize the message that government is inept, incompetent, and unable to touch anything without ruining it. . Government sucks has been conservative mantra since St. Ronnie, but now Trump with conservative acquiesce is extending it to voting, one of the few remaining aspects of our system that people believe in. Going forward, every election can be cast as illegitimate because “everybody knows” that there’s fraud, and any news to the contrary is fake. That benefits conservatives too, since a majority that relies on appeals to racists is slipping away, but it will Make America Great Again. . https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/27/how-trumps-delusions-of-voter-fraud-will-turn-election-results-into-fake-news/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.66c22c4fc4b2 July 28, 2017 9:56 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Curious that they never even considered Tom Price’s plan. July 28, 2017 12:13 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse As to the Price plan, his silence as HHS confirms even he knew it was junk. . If your haven’t noticed, fellow Georgian Sonny is doing things at USDA. Who knew that whispering that farmers needed cheap foreign labor would be so effective at starting dialogue? . Speaking of importing foreign labor, there’s of course the irony in Trump applying for foreign labor for Mar a lago during “Made in America Week”. Trump’s got his, Sonny. The chump farmers you’re supposed to be representing ought to get off their butts and get theirs like Trump does. July 29, 2017 1:18 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth It ain’t over til it’s over. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The fat lady hasn’t tuned up yet. Hmmm….. how many more cliches can we think of? This highly publicized vote was high drama, but certainly not the end of the efforts to repair our broken healthcare system. McCain seized the opportunity to stick it to the Prez, pure and simple. He screwed up the work done by all his Republican colleagues, jumped ship and voted with the Democrats, aka Trump haters. Now the senator goes back to Arizona for his medical treatments with a smile on his face, leaving everyone else to deal with the mess he has made by this petty act of spite that has such huge consequences for all Americans. July 28, 2017 1:34 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Another way to look at it is that McCain voted against a bill that even those who voted for it admitted they didn’t want it to actually become law. 8 senators who voted for that ridiculous bill are up for reelection next year. They just pre-loaded their challengers cannons. July 28, 2017 2:01 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth And 48 Democratic senators who voted against moving the bill forward for further work have a fair number up for reelection next year also. Those people just guaranteed themselves opposition. 2018 should hold some pretty interesting races. July 28, 2017 2:44 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Considering the House and Senate “repeal and replace” bills were some of the least popular pieces of legislation I’ve ever encountered in my time following politics, I don’t think Senate Democrats are losing any sleep over the decision to vote against them. I don’t think Collins, Murkowski, or McCain are either. I’d actually be more than willing to bet that Senators like Heller, Flake, Capito, Portman, Johnson, Cotton, Moran, and a few others are happy McCain took that bullet for them. . You’re right 2018 will be interesting, curious how the Republican base responds to this massive failure from the GOP. July 28, 2017 4:06 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “took a bullet” was the precise phrase that occurred to me when I read Benevolus’ comment. . First things first. The first order of business of nearly every GOP incumbent is not to be outrun on the right in a primary. The slow crumbling of healthcare insurance isn’t yet a GOP incumbent worry. The GOP undermining the system being fake news is good until the end of the year if not beyond. July 29, 2017 12:48 PM bethebalance I’m sure plenty will argue that it was spite, but I give him credit beyond making important votes based on pettiness. Rather, there’s some good science out there that says when an elected official is in their final months or year of office, they are much more likely to vote according to what they personally believe, as they are logically less concerned with re-election. So maybe, in light of his health and recent brush with mortality, he just voted his conscience. July 28, 2017 2:05 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope “this petty act of spite that has such huge consequences for all Americans.” . You’ve summarized AHCA and BCRA better than I ever could. July 28, 2017 3:57 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Certainly the bill had not been perfected, and the vote was to simply advance it to a joint House-Senate conference committee, where the really hard work on details must still be done. McCain has been around a long time and understands the legislative process, had to know that what he was doing was a detrimental delay to achieving repairs for the American people. This was no high-minded vote, but rather a poke in the eye of a political adversary, a personal vendetta pure and simple. Unless the brain cancer has affected his thinking and judgement, as we’ve noticed the last few months in his committee meetings, this was a deliberate act at the expense of millions of people. Very unbecoming for a man who has been held in high esteem and considered a hero. July 28, 2017 2:39 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Well if Paul Ryan had committed to not passing this in the House then maybe things would have been different, but he didn’t, so blame Ryan. And his relationship with Trump might well have been a part of it too. So blame Trump for that. Not sure if his brain cancer had anything to do with it, but it’s not hard to imagine that he might have considered that other people in his condition would lose their insurance with this bill or one like it. July 28, 2017 3:35 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Speaker Ryan did publicly commit on TV yesterday evening, stated that if the Senate sent the bill to the House he would immediately send to conference committee, appoint House conferees and request Senate conferees. Sure, McCain supported Hillary in the presidential campaign and he obviously relished voting “no.” But that blame is on him for being petty and spiteful. The senator has the cadillac of healthcare coverage that we, the people, provide for him under the congressional plan. He never even has to think about what insurance will or won’t cover, like regular people. And if he’d read the bill, he would know that nobody would lose their insurance – that’s just propaganda from the Democrats. The number from the CBO was for a projection of about 10 years on how many people would not sign up, and that number would be less than the incorrect number they projected in 2009 for HCA. July 28, 2017 3:59 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Even with a commitment from Ryan, there’s no guarantee that a conference committee emerges with a compromise bill. If things fell apart, the House would still reserve the right to pass skinny repeal and send it to the President. McCain has been around long enough to know that sending the bill to the House was the equivalent of sending a small child a loaded weapon. . Let’s assume a skinny repeal does go to conference and they’re able to hash out a bill. The Freedom Caucus is driving the train in that conference committee, which means you wind up with a bill similar to AHCA that has huge cuts to Medicaid (something McCain opposes) in addition to all the other horrible stuff in the House and Senate versions. Worst of all, there’s no ability to negotiate since the Freedom Caucus is just as happy to pass skinny repeal and send it to the President (as skinny repeal contained a provision defunding Planned Parenthood). . So, if you’re McCain, passing the bill means you either get skinny repeal or you get something like AHCA, both of which are options you oppose. Why would you ever vote to move it conference, especially when one of the least capable and least trustworthy people in politics, Paul Ryan, is the one promising you that the bill will be fixed? . Lastly, I cannot stress how much harder it is to pass legislation when you don’t have a President capable to selling the legislation. Obamacare passed in 2009 because President Obama knew the particulars of the bill, knew about healthcare policy, went around the country making the case for Obamacare, made countless phone calls to Reps. and Senators to assuage their fears and answer their questions, and even went to the GOP retreat and did a live, televised town hall with Republican legislators to answer their questions about the bill. . President Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. Apparently thinks you pay $1 a month of health insurance like its a term life plan you see advertised during Fox & Friends. He didn’t know what was in the bills. He didn’t have any ideas of his own. The campaign speeches he gave actually made it harder for Congressional Republicans because their repeal plans all focused on cutting Medicaid (which Trump said he wouldn’t cut) and reduced the number of people covered (after Trump said everyone would get coverage). He burned bridges in the Senate by abusing Jeff Sessions in the press. He burned a particular bridge with McCain by unilaterally announcing the transgender troop ban without a heads up to the Joint Chiefs or any guidance. He’s a big, dunderheaded moron and it had yuge consequences for Republican efforts to pass Obamacare repeal. I know he says he isn’t going to “own it,” but people need to realize that a competent President could have gotten those bills over the finish line. July 28, 2017 4:25 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus “…he (Ryan) didn’t specifically state what some Senate Republicans wanted him to guarantee — that the House would never take up just the “skinny repeal.” . http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/27/politics/paul-ryan-conference-committee/index.html July 28, 2017 4:59 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse And if a conference committee is all that’s needed to produce a bill, then convene one. It’s not as if there’s been any sort of regular order” that McConnell promised. Healthcare legislation development has been nothing but a few weeks private negotiations by select Senators and staff. Invite a few select House members and staff, write the legislation in secret, introduce it in the House and Senate and vote on it ASAP. Voila! July 29, 2017 1:00 PM Benevolus I haven’t been able to verify this, but I am reading that they can only use this reconciliation process once per fiscal year? Sounds sketchy, but I don’t know. July 29, 2017 4:17 PM Benevolus “Reconciliation bills can be passed on spending, revenues, and the federal debt limit once a year per topic unless Congress passes a revised budget resolution for that fiscal year (under section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act). As an example, if a budget resolution’s reconciliation instructions affect both spending and revenues, no further reconciliation legislation can occur on these topics in the same fiscal year without a revised budget resolution.” (Wikipedia) So that might explain Trump’s tweetstorm yesterday. Perhaps someone told him they’ll need 60 votes to try it again. July 31, 2017 7:17 AM bethebalance Also, imagine if it was one of his last few moments of legislative importance on this Earth. What would he do? Plea for everybody to work together, then make the vote that could lead to actual bipartisanship. I don’t see someone who has faced death recently acting with spite, but with purpose. July 28, 2017 3:47 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth That’s idealistic, not hard ball politics like he’s famous for. In his speech the day he returned to Washington, he said that some of his colleagues who’d said such nice things about him might want to take them back after he did the things he had in mind. That was a red flag to me, that he was planning to do just what he did. He’s a tough guy to the end. July 28, 2017 4:05 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I think this is a little idealistic. If he really wanted to scuttle it and have it go through working order he would have voted “no” on the motion to proceed two days ago. I think that McConnell’s inability to develop a working replacement plan put McCain in the position of either voting against his party or voting for a bill he didn’t want to become law. . Maybe if Ryan, Trump, and Pence didn’t lie to everyone all the time, their word would be a little more convincing. July 28, 2017 4:30 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I need my idealism, at least in theory. People gotta dream. July 28, 2017 4:50 PM Log in to Reply xdog How about this? Even disregarding his grave medical condition, McCain almost certainly won’t be running for Senate in 2022, so he was the perfect guy to vote no and take the heat that Graham, Heller, Cassidy, Capito, et. al. wanted to avoid. July 28, 2017 6:04 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Priebus out. And now Scaramucci’s wife is divorcing him? This is just crazy. http://pagesix.com/2017/07/28/anthony-scaramuccis-wife-files-for-divorce/?_ga=2.197255279.1589870262.1501274334-1627936152.1501274334 July 28, 2017 5:11 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You all do realize that it’s about time for all those Deplorable Women to start having those TrumpBabies that got conceived on election night, right?! Lol! July 28, 2017 9:21 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Seeing as Medicaid covers half the childbirths in this country, I guess it’s a good thing the GOP failed at repealing Obamacare. July 29, 2017 10:56 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Interesting read. I pasted a few paragraphs . “To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office . . . .” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.” He says he wasn’t the only one aware of the charade: “We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute—that can’t happen.’ ” But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.” It’s a stunning admission from a former member of the party leadership—that the linchpin of GOP electoral strategy for the better part of a decade was a fantasy, a flame continually fanned solely because, when it came to midterm elections, it worked. (Barring, of course, his own.) . https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/07/26/eric-cantor-republicans-obamacare-donald-trump/ July 30, 2017 9:57 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn If you were wondering how the 2018 fundraising is going for house races… https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2017/07/24/does-the-opening-predict-a-wave/ July 30, 2017 10:12 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Enough of crap like this! The wall keeps getting taller… http://www.kgw.com/mb/news/woman-65-in-ne-portland-reports-sex-assault-break-in-and-car-burglary/459231264 July 30, 2017 8:57 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Isn’t increased competition a good thing?! http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/633436/sex-robot-lumidoll-brothel-negotiations-investors-global July 31, 2017 2:39 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And as the old joke goes , “If I can teach it to cook…you’re outta here!” Lolol! July 31, 2017 2:42 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.