CNN is not the customary locale-of-choice for a catechesis on Catholic social doctrine. But that’s what Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, offered viewers of a CNN national town hall meeting on the evening of August 21.
Challenged with a semi-“Gotcha!” question by Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Erica Jordan, who not-so-subtly suggested that Ryan’s approach to healthcare reform, tax reform, and welfare reform was in conflict with the Church’s social teaching, the very Catholic Speaker replied that he completely agreed with Sister Erica that God is “always on the side of the poor and dispossessed”; the real question was, how do public officials, who are not God, create public policies that empower the poor and dispossessed to be not-poor and not-dispossessed?
Congressman Ryan then laid out an approach to alleviating poverty and empowering the poor that seemed to me entirely congruent with the core Catholic social ethical principles of subsidiarity and solidarity. Solidarity with the poor is a moral imperative, Ryan agreed, but solidarity should not be measured by inputs—How many federal dollars go into anti-poverty programs?—but by outcomes: Are poor people who can live independent and fruitful lives being helped by our welfare dollars to develop the skills and habits that will enable them to be self-reliant, constructive citizens? The moral obligation of solidarity is not met by programs that perpetuate welfare dependency.
Speaker Ryan is a longstanding advocate of decentralizing and (as he puts it) “customizing” social welfare programs. That means abandoning one-size-fits-all attempts to address poverty and looking to the states, where a lot of the creativity in American government resides these days, for approaches that actually empower the poor, because they treat poor people as men and women with potential to be unleashed, not simply as clients to be maintained. Proposals to decentralize social welfare programs and give the states the funds necessary to conduct all sorts of customized efforts to empower the poor—crafted so that each “fits” the vast array of distinct circumstances we find in impoverished America—strike me as a sensible application of the social doctrine’s principle of subsidiarity. That principle, first articulated by Pope Pius XI in 1931, teaches us to leave decision-making at the lowest possible level in society, closest to those most directly affected by the policy in question. Paul Ryan thinks Washington doesn’t have to decide everything; Pius XI would have agreed.
The fact that poverty remains a serious problem in the United States after the federal government has spent $22 trillion dollars on social welfare programs over the past fifty years should have taught us all something about the complex problems of empowering the poor. No one with any sense or experience imagines that he or she has the silver-bullet answer to poverty in all its social, cultural, economic, and political dimensions; I know my friend Speaker Ryan doesn’t think he does.
But unlike those who insist on measuring an official’s or a party’s commitment to the poor by inputs rather than outcomes (an approach that tends to instrumentalize the poor and render social welfare policy a cash transaction rather than a human encounter), Paul Ryan and reform conservatives like him are willing to face the fact that there is no direct correlation between magnitude-of-dollar-inputs and success-of-human-outcomes when it comes to anti-poverty programs. Inner-city Catholic schools (the Church in America’s most effective social welfare program) demonstrate that time and again: They spend less than the government schools, and their students learn much more—and not just in quantifiable, standardized-testing terms.
America needs many serious conversations in this age of the demagogic tweet and the rabid talk-radio sound-bite. One of them is about the scandal of poverty amidst vast wealth and the empowerment of the poor. That conversation is not advanced when, as happened after the CNN broadcast, smug partisans attack a serious Catholic public official by suggesting that he’s deficient in both his moral commitment to the poor and his understanding of Catholic social doctrine. Paul Ryan is no more the reincarnation of Simon Legree than Sister Erica Jordan and her fellow Sinsinawa Dominicans are the reincarnation of Ingrid Bergman/Sister Mary Benedict in The Bells of St. Mary’s. Keeping that in mind would help foster the thoughtful debate that the Speaker, and the country, would welcome.
George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.
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Donald Trump is a hard man to get a feeling for. A successful businessman who got into politics and went through the primaries like a cyclone in a wheat field. Stunning the world, he defeated someone who had been all but preordained as the next president and turned Capitol Hill on its ear. He has been universally opposed by the establishment of both parties. In spite of the media’s best efforts to destroy the only man with the nerve to stand up to them, he still remains popular with those who voted for him.
He ran on repealing Obamacare and building the border wall. His own party betrayed him on health care and it looks like he gave a big FU to his own party and has worked a deal with the Democrats just to get something done. The modern definition of “bipartisanship” is, was, and always will be the republicans abandoning everything they believe in and give the liberals everything they want. There are conflicting reports about a deal he struck with the left and it is unclear exactly what his motives are.
Pelosi And Schumer: Trump Agreed To ‘Enshrine DACA Protections Into Law’ Without Wall
“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President. The discussion focused on DACA. We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the Democratic leaders’ claims saying Trump did not agree to excluding the wall from any DACA fix.
Report: Trump Caves on DACA, Wants ‘Quick’ Amnesty for 800K Illegal Aliens
In a meeting with establishment politicians from the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition, President Trump signaled a full-fledged cave on the issue of giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens currently protected by an Obama-created executive immigration program.
I would reserve thought on this as this is Democratic statement and nothing is written out. And there was no prior indication that the wall would ever be a part of this deal. Paul Ryan said there would be funding for the wall apart from this. So we’ll have to see how it all shakes out formally.
Outrageous Selling-Out of the Base: Immigration Patriots Blast Trump Staffer Marc Short for Trading DACA Amnesty for Tax Cuts
As Breitbart News reported, Trump’s congressional relations aide Marc Short told reporters that he is not asking Democrats to exchange amnesty for the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens covered by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the legal immigration-cutting RAISE Act, E-Verify, or even border wall funding.
Instead, Short – who previously worked in the Republican establishment and headed an organization bankrolled by the pro-mass immigration billionaire Koch brothers – tied the massive amnesty deal to tax cuts
Paul Ryan Says US House will Fund Border Wall This Week
Report: Dem pollsters worried that attacks on Trump not sticking
Many of the ideas party leaders have latched onto in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicare for all — test poorly among voters outside the base. The people in these polls and focus groups tend to see those proposals as empty promises, at best.
Victor Davis Hansen has a great post at National Review, Two Resistances. The basic thesis is that the Media-Dem-NeverTrump Resistance gets all the attention, but the real resistance is an uprising against elites, so much so that Trump is an acceptable antidote
Tough Love: Democratic Operatives Tear Apart the Party’s Current Strategy for 2018
The president’s response to the Charlottesville violence, the rolling back of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, Russian collusion hysteria, the slow pace of enacting his agenda—all of these things have Democrats grinning, expect that they shouldn’t. The party’s own operatives and data crunchers have run through the numbers based on focus groups, and Democrats are still heading for the electoral ditch.
In all, while Trump’s approval ratings might be in the low 40s by the time the 2018 midterms hit, it’s appallingly naïve for the Left to think a blue wave is coming based on that factor alone.
New RNC Video Highlights Global Failures of Single-Payer Health Care Systems
With every passing day I become more and more repulsed by the way a once-proud nation has degenerated to the point I can hardly read a headline without some level of nausea. I had fully planned to stop posting altogether, except for posting images. The week Chrissy was sick I posted what I thought was some pretty good stuff. For days, there was no evidence that there was anybody around but myself. This site has meant an awful lot to me. I’ve made lasting friends who have been there through times thin and flush. Conversations were once lively and fun. Now it seems there’s an echo of emptiness. I will try to continue as I can, but time will tell for how long.
MO Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Issues Tearful Apology to Trump and His Family After Wishing Him Dead
Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal hoped for the assassination of President Trump in a Facebook comment on Thursday then deleted it in a panic.
RACE HUSTLERS NEVER FEEL ANY REMORSE FOR THEIR BIGOTRY. WHAT THEY FEEL IS FEAR THAT IT MAY COST THEM POLITICAL POWER AND THE ILLICIT CASH IT INVOLVES.
Amid calls for her resignation, a Democratic state senator in Missouri on Sunday said she made a mistake for posting on Facebook Thursday that she hopes President Donald Trump is assassinated.
Chappelle-Nadal said her judge and her jury is my Lord Jesus Christ.
YEAH, GO INTO YOUR PHONY PIOUS ACT. THE RUBES IN THE MEDIA WILL EAT IT UP.
Paul Ryan Advised Republicans To Run From Trump Prior To Election Day, Says Gohmert
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan advised Republicans to run away from candidate Donald Trump before the election in order to save themselves and hold a future-President Hillary Clinton accountable, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas revealed in an exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller New Foundation.
Trump and FLOTUS to Skip Kennedy Center Honors
THE LEFT WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT TRUMP DOESN’T FEED OFF THE SLOBBERING ADORATION OF THESE JADED ASSHOLES LIKE OBAMA DID. HE COULDN’T CARE LESS IF THEY LIKE HIM OR NOT.
“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the statement said. “First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
Several prominent artists have said they will not attend the event following Trump’s divisive comments in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.
Dancer Carmen de Lavallade announced Thursday she would be skipping “in light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in.” Television producer Norman Lear also will not attend.
Singer Lionel Ritchie is a “maybe.” Singer Gloria Estefan said she plans to attend to convince Trump of the value of immigrants.
NYPD Officers Rally To Support Kaepernick: ‘He’s Being Railroaded For Speaking The Obvious Truth’
EVERY DAMNED ONE OF THEM SHOULD BE FIRED. POLITICS SHOULD NEVER BE A PART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. THANKS AGAIN, OBAMA
Kaepernick protested the national anthem last season because he said he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”[…]
The officers wore T-shirts that said “#IMWITHKAP.” Per the Associated Press, the rally consisted of “about 75 mostly minority officers” with the exception of Serpico,, who’s known for exposing police corruption and said of supporting Kaepernick, again per The Daily News:
“I am here to support anyone who has the courage to stand up against injustice and oppression anywhere in this country and the world,” said the 81-year-old former detective.
NYPD officers rally to support Kaepernick: ‘He’s being railroaded for speaking the obvious truth’
In the latest assault on the President by the enemy that is sworn to destroy him, word leaked just in time for the 6:00 news that Donald Trump may have shared classified information during the latest meeting with Russian officials. In their normal style, akin to swatting flies with a bazooka, all the usual suspects have turned a leak by “unnamed sources” into yet another constitutional crisis.
From the oh-so-reliable Washington Post:
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
“FORMER OFFICIALS” (READ: OBAMA OPERATIVES) STILL IN GOVERNMENT
Are We Watching an Attempted Coup: Out in the Open and in Slow Motion?
Some in the Intelligence Community Have Turned on the WH,
Democrats and the Media Their Useful Idiots
Citing anonymous officials, the Post claims that Trump revealed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak unspecified yet high-value information provided by a unidentified partner in the fight against the Islamic State, potentially jeopardizing operations against ISIS and compromising U.S. intelligence sources. The president reportedly revealed information surrounding an ISIS plot.
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, the only identified source in WaPo’s report, denies that the president leaked information the U.S. government deemed classified. McMaster, who participated in the meeting, told the Post.
Trump Revealed Highly Classified Information To Russian Foreign Minister And Ambassador
Note the reporters were quoting “current and former [Obama] officials. Besides Trump, Lavrov and Kislyak, the only other officials present during the meeting were NSA head H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell. All three have adamantly declared the story false.
FROM THE EARL:
Fakest Fake News Yet From The Washington ComPost
They open with a statement from McMasters that says ‘nothing happened’ other than normal routine discussion. The ComPost then swings over to a convenient ex-Obama staffer who proceeds to outline all the issues that may occur IF Trump had said anything on classified intel…and then gloms the two together as “officials” who concur. It’s Bullshit. The rest is the usual WAPOO mattress stuffing of every little thing the president has done that made them cry – and the comments below are blooming with calls for the guillotine and similar liberal dreams.
WHO THE HELL IS PAUL RYAN TO QUESTION POTUS?
Did Washington Post Just Publish Its 4th Major #FakeNews Story in Last Week?
The Washington Post has had a very busy week. The DC paper has published screaming headline after headline that turn out to be complete trash. Even the National Enquirer would be red-faced after at this point.
It’s as if the WaPo will print anything for clicks. They’ve become a click-bait site. What a disgrace.
Here are the four completely inaccurate reports published by the Trump-bashing Washington Post this past week:
1.) The Washington Post was completely off in their fake news reports last week Comey asking for more funds to investigate Trump before he was fired.
2.) The Washington Post was wrong about Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein threatening to resign
3.) The Washington Post claimed Sean Spicer was “hiding in the bushes.”
4.) The Washington Post accuses President Trump of releasing top secret information to the Russians during his meeting in the White House last week.
Did I miss something? Did we win anything last November? You wouldn’t know it by the mugging republicans took at the hands of their pals the democrats during the budget fiasco that was just passed. Democrats get their way nearly all the time no matter who has the majority. They have discovered, much to their delight, that there is virtually nothing the GOP is willing to fight for. They have been terrified of the specter of a government shutdown since the former president, Ben T. Penis, got Newt Gingrich to back down over a staged government shutdown that was pre-arranged to lay the blame on republicans. They know that the press will blame them 100%, all of the time.
The republican elite have proven time and again they care less about working with President Trump than about keeping their status among the DC party crowd. It leaves conservatives all across the country asking themselves: “What have we won?”
HOUSE LEADERSHIP LAUNCHED A COUP AGAINST AMERICAN VOTERS THIS WEEK
Paul Ryan and House Republicans included strict language in their trillion dollar budget that prevents any and all funding of President Trump’s border wall.
Paul Ryan’s new budget bill will fund:
** Planned Parenthood
** Central American illegal immigrant centers
** Domestic spending will increase
** No cuts in funding to EPA despite Trump’s promises
** Continue payment on Obamacare subsidies
** No funding cuts to sanctuary cities
But the House budget includes language that FORBIDS the President of the United States of building a border wall with Mexico.
Paul Ryan’s bill is so bad Democrats are fundraising off of the plan in celebration.
Frustrated conservatives ready to start winning under Trump
The spending deal struck over the weekend to avoid a partial government shutdown is just the latest failure of GOP-controlled Washington to deliver for conservative activists. To them, that bill is part of a larger pattern of putting off fights with the Democrats for another day only for tomorrow to never come — a trend they were already experiencing with run-of-the-mill Republicans, but one they hoped would end under Trump.
Conservatives Fume Over Complete Concession To Democrats On Budget Deal
How do we win Congress and Presidency and still get this as a result?
Conservatives are blasting the five-month, fiscal 2017 spending deal written by Republicans and Democrats as nothing short of a “cave in” by the GOP despite its control of both the House, Senate and White House.
The Gentlemen Losers Strike Again
And this spending bill is the same kind of crapola Congress sent to Obama year after year.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are getting everything they wanted.
Meanwhile the Gentlemen Losers — Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell — get one more opportunity to prove that they really are nice guys who want to work with the Democrats.
Good grief. It’s infuriating.
But this pile of crap is just more of the same.
And isn’t this exactly why Americans voted for Donald Trump?
We’re sick and tired of this nonsense.
Speaker Paul Ryan Defends Pile of Crap Budget Plan that Excludes Funding for Trump Wall
Ryan defended his 1,665 pages long budget that includes an average of approximately 210 words per page — —or about twice as long as the stimulus law (the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”) that President Barack Obama signed less than a month after his inauguration in 2009.
Ryan and GOP leaders inserted language that specifically restricts any and all funding of the Trump border wall.
We didn’t elect Donald Trump just to have Paul Ryan put on Nancy Pelosi’s skirt and pearls and deliver for the Democrats.
PAUL RYAN UNLEASHED: New House Budget RESTRICTS ANY AND ALL FUNDING of Trump Border Wall
Chuck Schumer: Trump ‘Did Not Play Much of a Role’ in Budget Negotiations
“Our Republican colleagues I give them a lot of credit — Mitch McConnell — we worked very well together — Leader Pelosi, Speaker Ryan as well,” Schumer said, adding the names of the Democrats and Republicans in both chambers responsible for leading on appropriations.
“We all worked as a team,” Schumer said. “And we came up with a very good solution for the people here.
“But it shows we Democrats want to work with our Republican colleagues,” Schumer said. “And when they work with us, it’s great.”
White House Pushes Budget Deal As A Win For Republicans After Democrats Get Under Trump’s Skin
Congressional leaders reached an agreement Sunday night on a budget that would keep the government open through September and avoid a looming shutdown. Because the bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood, money to help Puerto Rico with a projected shortfall in Medicaid and restricts the allotted $1.5 billion for border security from going to the new wall, Democrats began touting it as a win.
Clearly, it frustrated President Trump.
Democrats confident they can block Trump’s agenda after spending bill win
Democrats think they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly $5 billion in new domestic spending by exploiting disagreements between Trump and GOP lawmakers over spending priorities.
Limbaugh grills Pence on budget: ‘What is the point of voting Republican?’
Host to VP: ‘We’ve been told this for 15 years, we’ll get ‘em next time’
Radio host Rush Limbaugh received a call from Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, and he wasn’t shy about voicing his displeasure over the 2017 budget deal.
“The Rush Limbaugh Show” rarely has guests, but a $1.2 trillion federal spending deal made between Republicans and Democrats to avoid a government shutdown prompted an interview with Mr. Pence.
The theme of the exchange boiled down to one question: “If this is what happens, Mr. Vice President, why vote Republican?”
“What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95 percent of their objectives, such as in this last budget deal?” the conservative host asked.
Limbaugh to Pence: What Is the Point of Voting Republican If the Dems Are Going to Continue to Win?
There is a last ditch effort to pass a new health care bill coming. It stands not a snowball’s chance in hell of passing. The entire fiasco was orchestrated by Paul Ryan to ensure enough poison pills in it for conservatives to vote against it. The democrats know Obamacare will never go away. No government program ever does. They just suck up more and more money. As professional spenders, the liberals know once you give people something free (or at least free to THEM), it can never be taken away without a rebellion. It would not be a bit surprising if Trump decided since his own party won’t deal with him he may go to the democrats to negotiate. After all, they’re still the real power in Washington.
Obamacare Repeal Stalled by Moderate Republican Opposition
Congressman Billy Long (R-MS), a strong House leadership ally, said that he would not support the bill over concerns that the bill “strips away any guarantee that pre-existing conditions would be covered and affordable.” Long said in an interview on Monday, “They got 40 Freedom Caucus votes,” asking, “Why do they need me?”
Fred Upton, the former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, said Tuesday he will not vote for the Obamacare repeal bill. He said, “I’ve supported the practice of not allowing pre-existing illnesses to be discriminated against from the very get-go.” Upton told WHTC this morning. “This amendment torpedos that, and I told leadership I cannot support this bill with this provision in it.”
Nancy Pelosi has her arm up Paul “The Puppet” Ryan’s ass and controls all his moves
Most of the junk I post has no central theme. Just little nuggets of information I pick up during my exciting days as a housebound retiree.
Pew: Paul Ryan’s approval as Speaker now lower than Boehner’s, Pelosi’s, or Newt Gingrich’s
How many different contributing factors are there for Ryan’s garbage numbers? I can think of at least four.
Contributing factor one: He was, of course, the quarterback for the GOP’s much-hated health-care bill, which was polling at a breezy 17 percent approval right before it went down in flames.
Contributing factor two: Unlike the other three former Speakers listed, Ryan’s a former VP nominee. The bigger a politician’s national profile, the stronger partisan feelings about him are likely to run.
Contributing factor three: Unlike Newt, Ryan is dealing with a divided party, one whose populist-nationalist wing regards him as little better than a Democrat
Contributing factor four: Cliche though it may be, we live in an age of high political polarization. A Republican as prominent as Ryan would have been a hate object for the left no matter what, but toss in his Romney pedigree and his Medicare-cutting ambitions and he’s doomed to pitiful numbers among Democrats.
My youngest daughter and I are political opposites.She spoke at a meeting for Cheri Bustos,a hardline leftwinger from Illinois.She spoke about how difficult it would be coping with the expenses for Tyler’s cancer without Obamacare.She posted a comment about Ryan being too chickenshit to have a townhall meeting.I pointed out we share the same disgust for this RINO creep,but for different reasons.He’s afraid to appear anywhere because the conservatives who resent his sabotaging the Trump agenda would voice their unhappiness.On nearly all other phases of politics we agree to disagree.
Variety magazine’s Co-Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller, in a tweet promoting a new specialty issue, asked the public to answer this question about Chelsea Clinton, “How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover?
SORRY… SHOULD HAVE WARNED YOU BEFORE I POSTED THAT
Clinton is one of six women featured individually on separate covers of the Variety specialty issue along with Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Blake Lively, Audra McDonald and Shari Redstone
Supporting women who are menstruating & breastfeeding is critical to gender equality
Back in the Sixties, Beatles guitarist George Harrison knew how to react to such efforts to foist the Chelsea Clintons of the elite on the people:
WITHOUT PEEKING, SEE IF YOU CAN GUESS WHO WROTE THIS
Conservatives don’t hate a golfing President, but they hated an uppity negro golfing President
No President in American history has ever golfed more per week than Donald Trump. In his first 12 weeks in office Trump took a staggering 18 golf course trips. That’s unheard of. In his first 12 weeks in office, President Obama didn’t visit a single golf course. By the end of this year, it’s likely that Trump will have golfed more than President Obama has in his entire presidency.
The racist caricature of the “uppity negro” has deep roots in this country. Uppity negroes have irritated white folk for over a hundred years. In its most simple form, the uppity negro is a black man or woman who enjoys anything other than working from sunup to sundown. Particularly, an uppity negro is a black man or woman who enjoys creature comforts in life that some whites may not yet be able to afford to enjoy — say a musical, a play, fine dining, or, you guessed it, a round of golf.
HAVE YOU GUESSED IT YET? HINT: IT’S WRITTEN BY AN UPPITY NON-NEGRO WHO HATES BEING WHITE
Supreme Court won’t hear case challenging government’s expedited removal of undocumented immigrants
Lawyers for the families sought to challenge their expedited removal proceedings in federal court arguing they face gender-based violence at home, but a Philadelphia-based federal appeals court held that they have no right to judicial review of such claims.
The court’s action means the government can continue to deny asylum seekers placed in expedited removal a chance to have their cases heard by federal court. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has his first full week on the court starting Monday, did not participate in the decision.
THE FIRST THING THAT POPPED INTO MY HEAD WHEN I READ THIS WAS: HEAD ‘EM UP, MOVE ‘EM OUT!
Budget Blueprint for 2018:
• provides for one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt;
• significantly increases the budget for immigration enforcement at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security;
• includes additional resources for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, immigration judges, expanded detention capacity, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Border Patrol;
• increases funding to address violent crime and reduce opioid abuse; and
• puts America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home.
Mitt Romney said during his 2012 presidential campaign that the test of a program’s value was whether it was “so critical that it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it.”
White House budget Director Mike Mulvaney said Thursday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends”, “The president finally got to the point where he said, ‘Do I really want to make the coal miner in West Virginia, or the auto worker in Ohio, or the single mom in Detroit to pay for the National Endowment of the Arts or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting?’ And the answer is no.”
Radio show host Glenn Beck, a longtime Trump critic, on proposed budget cuts: “I am so pro-Trump right now.” We shouldn’t be using public monies to pay for shows like “Sesame Street” which “makes more money than any other show.” Or NPR, which “is the No. 1 podcast. They’re No. 1 in many, many cities on radio [and] their television shows are now being sold all around the world.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the budget was a shift in the right direction after eight years of Democratic blueprints from the White House.
Sen. John McCain said the “budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate” because the increase in defense does not go far enough.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York signaled that Democrats would fight the proposal tooth-and-nail.
Let’s make something perfectly clear: Obamacare is a disaster. It was designed to be. When for-profit healthcare providers are forced to compete with the government juggernaut the outcome is predetermined. All the democrats cared about was getting something in place because they knew full well that once a government program is instituted it never, ever goes away. They did not anticipate the republicans taking over all three branches of government as soon as they did, but they were only too happy to hand this convoluted mess over and let the GOP worry about doing something with it while they sit back, obstruct, and criticize every move that the republicans make to try to fulfill their promise to their voters.
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FELL ASLEEP CHRISTMAS EVE 2010, DREAMING OF A VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS, ATTENDING CHURCH SERVICES, AND ANTICIPATING FAMILY GET-TOGETHERS. WHAT THEY FOUND WHEN THEY WOKE UP WAS THAT THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS, MANY THAT COVERED THE MEDICATION AND TREATMENT THEY NEEDED TO STAY ALIVE, HAD BEEN RIPPED AWAY FROM THEM AND GOVERNMENT CARE HAD BEEN SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROATS, BECAUSE IT SUITED ONE MISERABLE BASTARD’S DREAM OF CONTROLLING EVERYONE’S LIVES.
Cory Booker: Republicans Cannot Just Force GOP Healthcare Bill Down Our Throats
THIS RACE-BAITING MORON IS BEING TOUTED AS THE DEMS’ CANDIDATE FOR 2020
I don’t know everything about the competing versions of the American Health Care Act, as it’s being called, But there are two competing versions being considered. One is the brainchild of Paul Ryan. I’ve stated before and likely will again that his district is just north of me and is heavily democratic. Once he’s gone that district will never elect another republican. His family has been there for many, many years so he’s like the neighborhood kid everybody knows. His only risk is becoming too conservative, so never be fooled into thinking he’s anything but a moderate democrat posing as a republican.
Obamacare Creators Tell GOP: We Told You So
“Maybe I should just say karma is a serious thing,” said Neera Tanden, who was a top health official in the Obama administration. “Health care is hard. Governing is hard. And Republicans are now living with the fruits of never putting forward a plan and making promises they can’t keep.”
It’s a strange place to be for the Democratic operatives and elected officials who saw their party devastated in part by Obamacare. And some can’t help but feel a bit of cosmic justice as they watch Republicans, who passed their plan Friday in the House Ways and Means Committee, stuck in a policy quagmire they know all too well.
Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who helped design the Affordable Care Act, said health care policy is both extremely complicated and extraordinarily personal.
“It’s healthcare, it should be easy. Everyone goes to the doctor. But it’s super hard,” Gruber said. “As a result, it’s easy to demonize everything.”
Ryan Warns: If We Don’t Pass My Bill, ‘The System Is Going to Collapse’
Look, when you are a governing party getting consensus among your wide, big-tent party, not — everybody doesn’t get what they want, but we are getting much better policy here,” the Speaker of the House said of his conservative critics. “Let me put it this way: Obamacare is collapsing. If we just did nothing, washed our hands of the situation, we would see a further collapse of the health insurance markets. So we feel an obligation to step in front of that collapse and replace this law with one that works, that has more freedom.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is another Republican critic of Ryan’s handling of ObamaCare’s repeal. He says Ryan’s bill makes the current problems in ObamaCare even worse, and is calling to slow down the process.
Cotton: AHCA will end the GOP House majority, cannot pass in Senate
UNDERSTAND, ANY ACTION THAT REQUIRES AS MUCH AS A SINGLE DEMOCRAT VOTE HAS NO CHANCE OF PASSING. THEY WILL GIVE TRUMP NOTHING. NOT AN INCH. NO HEARING, NO COMPROMISE, JUST ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK.
“I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, ‘Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote,” Cotton told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. …
On “This Week,” Cotton said, “I just do not think that this bill can pass the Senate, and therefore I think the House should take a pause and try to get as close as we can to a good result before we send it to the Senate.”
Paul Ryan Confronts Healthcare Bill Critics: “Everybody Doesn’t Get What They Want”
Exclusive–Rep. Dave Brat: RyanCare a Perverse Economic System
Brat said the speaker is worried about the insurance companies, who backed the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, because the system they created cannot be sustained because of its perverse incentives, regulations, and costs.
In addition to the flaws in the Obamacare legislation and buildout, the congressman said it is foolish to attempt a political solution to an economic problem that forces you to accommodate the needs and values of 300 million Americans — such as people in both California and Texas — at the same time.
Obama admin spent $77M to hype ObamaCare in 2016
They show the federal government contracted with Democratic-leaning p.r. firm Weber Shandwick to spend $74.15 million on July 28, 2016, and another $3.69 million on Sept. 9, 2016, promoting the plan.
Of that, $64 million funded an advertising blitz — including TV, digital and radio — $4 million went to creative development and production, $5 million to direct response marketing, $2 million to campaign strategy, $1 million to branding and $1.5 million to encourage small business enrollment.
An official of the current White House dismissed the Obama administration’s last-ditch efforts to try to swell enrollment numbers.
Tens of millions in hard-earned taxpayer funds spent on TV ads won’t sell a fundamentally flawed approach to health care,” the official told The Post.
Ted Cruz uses brilliant legal mind to help solve Obamacare ‘repeal and replace’ dilemma
Conservatives such as the Texas Republican believe that the House’s three-tier approach to the bill doesn’t go nearly far enough to address the concerns of Americans seeking an affordable choice for medical insurance.
And it all hinges on neither Congress nor even the White House — but rather Vice President Mike Pence, a person often overlooked.
House Republicans chose the three-tier approach, knowing that Senate rules dispense with filibuster on matters concerning taxation or the budget under a procedure called reconciliation.
It normally takes 60 votes in the Senate to override a filibuster; reconciliation requires a mere simple majority of 51. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate.
With that in mind, the first tier of the House bill deals only with financial matters and is silent on those issues popular with conservatives — including tort reform and the ability to purchase insurance across state lines.
Cruz argued that as president of the Senate, Pence has the authority to overrule the Senate parliamentarian and permit what are normally thought as non-budgetary issues to be addressed.