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orlbucfan

T and R x 4, and thanks, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 Geezus, 4 indictments and over 90 charges! When will this white-collared crook fall off the nearest fatal cliff?

wi65
wi65

Who knows but if it were any of us we wouldnt see the outside world except for the ride to the courthouse. Our two tiered justice systems one for the rich one for rest of us. If Cult-45 cant buy off a juror and is guilty of a RICO charge its 5 years min under GA law.

orlbucfan

Between you and me, wi, LET’S HOPE!!🤞

wi65

Damn straight, I will LMAO if Ga. actually takes mug shots, He’ll find that degrading as the rich arent subject to that like the rest of everyday Americans.

orlbucfan

Mug shots? I would absolutely die laughing!!!!!!! We wish.

wi65

From the not really suprised department.
Looters and land speculators move in after deadly Hawaii fires

Well after every natural disaster the looters come out of the woodwork some for merchandise(TVs), some for food and others arrive in 3 piece wall street siuts to exploit the local people that are at thier emotional lowest point in life and very vulnerable to what the suits are offering. The Gov. of Hawaii has said that he wants to prevent this from happening but money talks no matter what political side of the asile. The Vultures are ready to pick the carcass of Lahaina for thier craprate profits and pay the locals substandard wages.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/looters-land-speculators-move-deadly-023951920.html

jcitybone

Republican health care executive complements Bernie

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/4144876-is-bernie-sanders-the-new-healthcare-pragmatist/amp/

It is hard to find someone I agree with less than Bernie Sanders, particularly in my own area of health care. But increasingly, I find myself agreeing with him on significant health care issues.

Is Bernie Sanders becoming the ultimate health care pragmatist — wanting good progress even as his deepest health care desires do not seem achievable?

Things seem to be pointing this way, especially with his recent announcement regarding the need to tackle the primary care crisis. The Kaiser Family Foundation, perhaps the most respected health care analysis foundation out there, looked at Sanders’ arguments and determined that what he was saying were mostly true.

Sanders recognizes that his hope for Medicare for All is nearly impossible for now. He told community health advocates that “We are far from a majority in the Senate. We have no Republican support…and I’m not sure that I could get half of the Democrats on that bill.”

I don’t believe Sanders’ Medicare for All would be a good thing for the country. It just wouldn’t be wise to base our health care on the dilapidated fee-for-service system. It would be terribly expensive as well. I believe affordable universal access via a private delivery system offers the best chance at reducing costs and improving quality. It would have a strong accountability regime through HHS and CMS.

But Sanders is right on a number of things that he wants to make progress on. His pivot from Medicare for All to issues of common ground bring me closer to him, also offering hope Congress could make progress on some health care issues.

Sanders is right that we clearly have an uninsured crisis. Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, at least 25 million Americans still do not have consistent health care coverage. And that number will increase due to the fallout from the reintroduction of Medicaid redeterminations. Already, about 4 million have lost Medicaid coverage. Based on various private and government estimates, that number is projected to hit at least 15 million.

How many will successfully move from Medicaid to employer coverage, state children’s coverage, and the exchanges is unknown. But historic trends and some preliminary evidence suggests conversions may not be good, so the ranks of the uninsured will grow by millions. Sanders understands that up-front and affordable coverage ultimately saves money and improves outcomes.

Sanders has always pushed the concept that we not only have an uninsured crisis but an underinsured one. If we already have roughly 25 million who are classified as uninsured, plus anticipated redeterminations, you can almost triple that number to come up with those who will be uninsured or underinsured. The underinsured may have coverage, but there are critical gaps, and their insurance is essentially unaffordable, dissuading people from seeking out the care they need. As with the uninsured, it leads to greater costs as disease states or conditions exacerbate.

Sanders’ latest push is to bolster access to primary care through significant programmatic spending. About $100 billion over five years would be spent to expand community health centers as well as provide training for primary care doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health care professionals.

As a Republican, I tend to look suspiciously at more and more government spending, but this would be a wise investment. Other developed countries tend to perform much better on outcomes because they emphasize prevention, wellness, and care management. Our system is not designed this way. It emphasizes expertise at the specialist and facility level and discourages primary care investments.

What’s more, we do have a physician shortage that will become worse if we do not act. It will hit almost all areas of specialty, but primary care may fare worst.

Last, areas of low income, especially areas with significant minority representation, tend to have the biggest challenges establishing a nexus between patient and primary care provider. A lot goes into that, but availability of physicians is an important part. So intervention is needed. While CMS is trying to change behavior via reimbursement in government programs, that will not be enough.

So kudos to Sanders for seeking to hone in on areas of common ground to fix our health care system. The primary care crisis is an area that is ripe for bipartisan work.

orlbucfan

I guess this GOPuke is figuring out that Medicare is a starting point for fixing our broken JokeCare system. Hey pal, know how we can fund it? Go back to the Progressive tax rates before Raygun, and decrease the War Dept. budget for starters.

jcitybone

The long-awaited fourth indictment of Donald Trump finally came down on Monday night, and it is a doozy. The former president is charged with 13 counts by Georgia prosecutors over his attempt to overturn the outcome of that state’s election, including racketeering, false statements, soliciting Georgia officials to violate their oaths, and various conspiracies. Unlike Jack Smith’s federal indictment over the putsch attempt, this one also includes indictments against 18 other co-conspirators, including well-known Trump cronies like John Eastman, Sidney Powell, and Jeffrey Clark, as well as locals like Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer, who served as a fake elector.

In response, conservatives have driven themselves into their usual fits of apoplexy. “Biden has weaponized government against his leading political opponent to interfere in the 2024 election,” said Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy. “They’re weaponizing the law in this country. They’re trying to take Donald Trump down,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Others threatened retaliation, subtly or not so subtly. “Whatever you think of the Trump indictments, one thing is for certain: the glass has now been broken,” tweeted Ben Shapiro. “Political opponents can be targeted by legal enemies. Running for office now carries the legal risk of going to jail—on all sides.” GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy made the implication more obvious, tweeting that if prosecutors are “so overzealous that they commit constitutional violations, then the cases should be thrown out & they should be held accountable.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene made it clearer still: “The Fulton County DA Fani Willis MUST BE REMOVED!!!”

Former Trump official Stephen Miller suggested local Republican district attorneys could retaliate: “A Republican DA could indict both Biden and [DHS Secretary] Mayorkas for human trafficking.”

All this can be safely ignored—not because Republicans won’t follow through on their threats, but because they try to do so regardless of what happens to Trump. Letting him off the hook will only enable future persecutions.

Ben Shapiro, for instance, wrote an entire book back in 2014 working up a “criminal case” against President Obama, calling specifically for racketeering charges, over the supposed IRS persecution of conservative groups (which didn’t happen), illegal EPA regulations (ditto), and of course Benghazi. When he wrote his book, Shapiro was something of a fringe figure, but I have no doubt he would have attempted such a prosecution had it been up to him.

Then there is the fact that Republicans are right now trying to whip up something impeachable against President Biden, as soon as they can agree on what fake nonsense to accuse him of. Greene as usual was first out of the gate on the very day he was inaugurated with impeachment articles relating to the accusation that Biden had done corrupt things in Ukraine, despite the fact that a Republican-controlled Senate committee had already cleared him of wrongdoing. Republican House members have since filed more than a dozen other impeachment articles, most recently for supposed business crimes relating to Hunter Biden.

The point, obviously, is to seize on the most plausible-sounding excuse to impeach Biden in retaliation for the same being done to Trump.

At bottom, all this is part and parcel with Trump’s legal strategy for avoiding conviction on his dozens of felony charges—namely, drag the process out until he wins the presidential election, at which point he can use the powers of office to quash the prosecutions. The conservatives above darkly speculating about reprisals are collaborating in a tacit effort to intimidate the entire American law enforcement apparatus, from county district attorneys up to Attorney General Garland. Participate in harming Dear Leader, they are signaling, and you’ll pay.

The problem is that there is no reason whatsoever to believe that deciding against prosecuting Trump will result in any lenient treatment from him or his conservative allies. He has already been calling for his political enemies to be imprisoned for years now. During his 2016 campaign, one of his core campaign slogans against Hillary Clinton was “Lock her up.” Trump was impeached for attempting to blackmail the Ukrainian government into making up a fake corruption story about Joe Biden, and then impeached again for attempting to overthrow the American government. The man is corrupt, vindictive, and shameless to his very marrow. The only reason he didn’t manage to imprison Clinton, or even bring charges, was because the Department of Justice was not yet corrupt enough under his rule to invent fake criminal charges out of whole cloth à la Nikolai Yezhov.

Trump won’t make that mistake again if he can help it. As I have previously written, he and his cronies are already publicly boasting about their plans to conduct a political purge of federal law enforcement agencies, fill all vacancies with loyal Trump toadies, and seize dictatorial powers for himself—after which he can exact vengeance on all who harmed him, from District Attorney Fani Willis to Jack Smith to President Biden.

The implication in prudential terms is the same as it is in legal terms: Trump should be tried with all possible speed everywhere he is indicted, and if convicted, punished to the fullest extent of the law.

jcitybone

Not a good look.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

OM effin G!!! To quote MLK, “where do we go from here? Chaos or community?” I’m through with Ro Khanna.

orlbucfan

Anyone DUMB enough to kiss Modi’s azz is off my list. Khanna has been skating for awhile on my ice of doubt. Well, he finally slipped and fell. Good riddance!

Paul ADK

A sewer isn’t really an eco system, is it? Eco system implies interconnectivity and mutual benefit. That just looks like a random piece floating by.

jcitybone

wi65

I’ll have to use my 💩 gif when that drops 🙂

wi65

Cult-45 is no fun, had my gif qued up and ready to go. On advise from his lawyers he’s not going to release anything as it may incriminate him more…

jcitybone