A rickety resistance and who is going to pay the bill?

Jennifer Harper: Democrats deal with a rickety ‘resistance’ – “The Democratic Party is still flailing against the dominant political force in America, which is President Trump, his administration and the millions of voters who stood up to be counted in 2016.”

It’s normal for the losing party to have an identity crisis, and the protocols are always the same: The suffering party conducts an internal “autopsy,” issues mea culpas, vows to find practical answers, trots out a few new slogans, then schedules a retreat to the mountains or seaside, ostensibly for soul-searching. And maybe cocktails.

The Democrats have not reached this stage yet, however. They continue to call for “resistance” from loyal members,

“Trump resistance will never be a tea party for Democrats,” says Taylor Budowich, executive director of the Tea Party Express, a political action committee founded in 2009 when the historic grass-roots movement grabbed headlines, then surprise victories in the 2010 midterm elections.

“The difference between the two movements is simple: the tea party’s message captured voters the Republican Party failed to reach. The resistance merely re-organized those Clinton voters who have yet to accept Trump’s victory and cling to the ‘Not My President’ hashtag. That’s not the formula for a political revolution, it’s just sour grapes,” Mr. Budowich writes in a USA Today op-ed.

Jazz Shaw: The decline and fall of Obamacare and the AHCA – “There’s an old maxim in American politics which tells us that any entitlement program or other initiative which gives away goodies to the public, once in place, is pretty much there forever.” Nevada chose the other people’s money route when it signed on to Obamacare and now its Senator is under extreme pressure to try to keep it going.

So what’s the only solution left to keep delivering bread and circuses to the masses? Probably a completely top-down, socialist single payer program, which will rapidly bankrupt the entire system. (California is already finding that out the hard way.) You can expect to eventually see some Republicans going along with that line of thinking too, believe it or not. It’s that or the aforementioned head-in-the-oven scenario.

Jeff Dunetz notes one source of the ‘bread and circuses’ problem that is quite evident in the assault on Senator Heller. Dems say goodbye to truce, use inflammatory rhetoric against GOP healthcare – “as soon as Senate Republicans introduced their draft healthcare bill, Democrats forgot all about the “era of good feelings” and began to use inflammatory rhetoric to fight against the GOP and their legislation.”

Understand that as Americans these Democratic Party politicians have every right to disagree with the GOP healthcare bill. In fact there are Republicans in congress who also disagree with the bill. However, as leaders of the federal government they have a obligation to lead, not divide. If one believes the rich are helped more than the poor, it’s not a transfer of wealth (it’s really not), but it’s a disagreement over priorities.

It’s legitimate to state one’s worry that enough people will be covered under the Republican plan, but claiming the GOP bill “will literally cost American lives” is the kind of rhetoric that led to the Scalise shooting. And no one in congress wants to see that happen again.

Victor Joecks: Sandoval’s opposition drives Heller away from Obamacare repeal – Nevada’s Californication proceeds.

“If you want my support (on repealing Obamacare) … you better make sure that the Republican governors that have expanded Medicaid sign off on it,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday. “I’ve been saying that for months. … Where is Governor Sandoval? What does he think?”

“As a result of [expanding Medicaid] we’ve added 210,000 Nevadans and allowed them to access health care,” Sandoval said. “These are our friends. These are our families. These are our neighbors.”

Currently, the federal government pays 90 percent of the costs of those recipients. Under the Senate version of AHCA, the federal government’s reimbursement rates would gradually decrease to 65 percent by 2024, and Nevada would cover the rest.

Sandoval is fighting all right — for someone else to pay the medical bills racked up by the “free” care used by “the Nevada family.” Sandoval wants the political credit for expanding freebies, but he doesn’t want to be bothered to have to persuade Nevadans to pay for it. Talk about wanting to have it both ways.

Those with the vile, dishonest, and disgusting allegations and assertions about political opponents should consider Venezuela as an example of where their rhetoric and inability to accept the costs of their desires will lead. It’s going to be tough election for people like Dean Heller as the bullying, abuse, and slander that will be targeted at them looks to be awful.

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