And The Winner Is.......Nobody

There is an old adage that declares: A pig wearing lipstick is still a pig.

For years the goal of conservatives was to repeal Obamacare, aka the 'Un'Affordable Care Act. Then the moderates got into the act and decided that they would not be satisfied with just repealing Obamacare and would also replace it with another big government program, and the mantra became "repeal and replace," essentially putting lipstick on Obamacare

If the figures put forth by White House spokesman Sean Spicer are correct, Obamacare currently has an enrollment of about 10 million people. Using round numbers, another 14 million people who should have signed up for Obamacare have filed for hardship status and finally about six million people pay a penalty for not buying Obamacare Thanks to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' ultimate wisdom that penalty is called 'a tax.'

The bill that was going to be voted on today in the House Of Representatives was going to do neither repeal or replace, but was merely going to tinker with, Obamacare.

Millions of Americans became part time workers because of Obamacare and millions more haven't been hired because of the employer mandates found therein.

Millions of Americans who have Obamacare have discovered that their insurance is basically unusable. In many cases the deductibles are so high people still can't afford to go to the doctor and those that aren't the beneficiaries of huge government subsidies are paying higher and higher monthly premiums with some increases over 100% year to year.

I understand that there were constraints put on the lawmakers because of the arcane rules of the Senate which require 60 votes to stop debate and allow a new bill to be brought up for a vote. Of course we know this wouldn't have stopped former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were he the current Senate Majority Leader. He would have just changed the rules of the Senate as he did a few short years ago when he wanted to appoint a bunch of liberal judges to the federal bench. Unfortunately, current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn't man enough to rescue 1/6th of the American economy from the ravages of Obamacare by changing the Senate rules and would rather cling to the outdated Senate filabuster rule.

If it were as important as I believe it is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free market alternative which would hopefully drive insurance premiums and deductibles down, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would step up and change the rules of the Senate.

Is that lipstick I see on Senator McConnell's collar?

Posted by Rick | March 24, 2017 02:35 PM | Political Science

Watched Bill O'Reilly this evening playing clips of James Clapper being interviewed by Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet The Press this past Sunday and Clapper didn't answer the questions posed to him by Mr. Todd but seemed to be playing verbal gymnastics...He said 'we didn't include any evidence of wrongdoing by the Trump camp IN OUR REPORT.' He didn't say there wasn't any.

When asked if he could confirm or deny the existence of a FISA warrant he said, "I can deny it." Is he 'definitively' denying the existence of the warrant or is he merely saying he is 'able to' deny it? It just depends on what the meaning of the word 'can' is.

Isn't this the same James Clapper who admitted to lying to Congress while under oath? James Clapper is not to be trusted.

Posted by Rick | March 6, 2017 08:20 PM | Political Science ~ | Political Science

James Clapper...Can He Be Trusted To Tell The Truth?

Watched Bill O'Reilly this evening playing clips of James Clapper being interviewed by Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet The Press this past Sunday and Clapper didn't answer the questions posed to him by Mr. Todd but seemed to be playing verbal gymnastics...He said 'we didn't include any evidence of wrongdoing by the Trump camp IN OUR REPORT.' He didn't say there wasn't any.

When asked if he could confirm or deny the existence of a FISA warrant he said, "I can deny it." Is he 'definitively' denying the existence of the warrant or is he merely saying he is 'able to' deny it? It just depends on what the meaning of the word 'can' is.

Isn't this the same James Clapper who admitted to lying to Congress while under oath? James Clapper is not to be trusted.

Posted by Rick | March 6, 2017 08:20 PM | Political Science

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

With liberal judges deciding what steps should or should not be taken to keep refugees who wish us death and destruction out of our country and liberal politicians applauding their decisions, it is only a matter of time until people are killed and/or maimed by the very people let in without the proper vetting denied by these liberals.

Americans need to stand up and protest these anti-American decisions.

Posted by Rick | February 16, 2017 12:12 PM | Political Science

Bob Beckel's Back On The Five!

Bob Beckel showed up on Fox News The Five today after a stint at CNN. Welcome back Bob! You belong at The Five!

Bob addressed the fact that he is replacing Juan Williams a few days a week, saying Juan 'is smart.' I hate to disagree with Bob his first day back, but, without Juan's daily recitation of the Dem's talking points, Juan really has nothing to say.

Posted by Rick | January 16, 2017 04:09 PM | Just A Thought

A Healthy Skepticism Of Intelligence Agencies

Everyone is in an uproar over the release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016, even though the veracity of said emails has gone unchallenged.

Whoever obtained those emails and gave them to WikiLeaks deserves an 'atta boy'. The emails gave us a look under the covers of Clinton's campaign and shed some light on some amazing truths about the Clinton presidential campaign that we deserved to know.

Now the 'intelligence' community has prepared a report blaming the Russians for hacking the emails and we are supposed to believe their conclusions without question?

Of course, the intelligence community has never lied to Congress...wrong. The Director Of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress when asked if the Obama administration was collecting data on millions of Americans in 2013.

Of course, the daily briefing that is given to the President is always totally truthful...wrong. The fact is that analysts have been pressured to 'massage' the reports to fall in line with HRH Obama's agenda. If I am not mistaken, I believe that at least one high ranking general was fired by HRH Obama because he wouldn't fall in line.

So why are the reports that were given to Congress today and to be given tomorrow to President-elect Trump to be believed without a healthy dose of skepticism?

A Wendy's ad famously said, "Show me the beef!" President-elect Trump has every right to ask, 'Show me the proof!'

Posted by Rick | January 5, 2017 04:12 PM | Political Science

Democrats On Obamacare

All day long the Democrats have been demanding that the Republicans disclose what their new plan is that will replace the 'Un'Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This just tickles me to death.

Of course, there are a couple quotes from Democrats that they would do well to remember now.

I'm sure everyone remembers, "Elections have consequences."

And remember when the 'Un'Affordable Care Act was being rammed down our throats without any input from Republicans and not a a single Republican vote? Nancy Pelosi said "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

So here is my suggestion to Schumer, Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats...Elections have consequences! Sit down and shut up. We'll let you know what's going on when we're good and ready.

Posted by Rick | January 5, 2017 02:49 PM | Political Science