Always remember this …


Donald Trump Is Trying to Kill You

To be more specific, Paul Krugman says:

There’s a lot we don’t know about the legacy Donald Trump will leave behind. And it is, of course, hugely important what happens in the 2020 election. But one thing seems sure: Even if he’s a one-term president, Trump will have caused, directly or indirectly, the premature deaths of a large number of Americans.

Some of those deaths will come at the hands of right-wing, white nationalist extremists, who are a rapidly growing threat, partly because they feel empowered by a president who calls them “very fine people.”

Some will come from failures of governance, like the inadequate response to Hurricane Maria, which surely contributed to the high death toll in Puerto Rico. (Reminder: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.)

Some will come from the administration’s continuing efforts to sabotage Obamacare, which have failed to kill health reform but have stalled the decline in the number of uninsured, meaning that many people still aren’t getting the health care they need. Of course, if Trump gets his way and eliminates Obamacare altogether, things on this front will get much, much worse.

But the biggest death toll is likely to come from Trump’s agenda of deregulation — or maybe we should call it “deregulation,” because his administration is curiously selective about which industries it wants to leave alone.

Spanky’s scam

This has been rattling in my brain for a while.

The krazed krimson krackpot decided to get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) just to be a dick and come up with a new trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Of course, it was obvious it was going to be a disaster:

But that’s not what I’ve been obsessing over.

Babyman insists the new deal be referred to a USMCA (sort of a bastardized abbreviation of the three countries). But deals like this should get an acronym we can pronounce.

Then it hit me:

USCAM. You scam.

The perfect acronym for anything coming from this band of oligarchical vermin.

 

Moral responses to feckless runts

A few recent observations on the proper treatment of followers and enablers of Spanky and his gang:

First from Politico:

One beleaguered 31-year-old female administration official described at length her “very, very frequent” scraps with her matches on dating apps. “You do the small talk thing, and you have a very good conversation, and then they might say, ‘You didn’t vote for Trump, right?’” she says. “As soon as I say, ‘Of course I did,’ it just devolves into all-caps ‘HOW COULD YOU BE SUCH A RACIST AND A BIGOT?’ And ‘You’re going to take away your own birth control.’” In one recent star-crossed exchange, the official told a match she worked for the federal government. When he pushed, she revealed she was in the administration. He asked her, “Do you rip babies from their mothers and then send them to Mexico?”

Evasive answers will get you only so far, though, since many dating apps provide enough information for inquisitive users to sleuth out their matches’ identities. “I literally got the other day, ‘Thanks but no thanks. Just Googled you and it said you were a mouthpiece for the Trump administration. Go fuck yourself,’” says the official. It’s all enough to drive her and some of her colleagues away from at least some of the apps. “I’m no longer on Bumble,” she says.

Now from CNN:

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner because she works for President Donald Trump.

“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders posted on Twitter Saturday.

“Her actions say far more about her than about me,” Sanders said. “I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
When reached for comment by CNN, Sanders referred to the tweet she posted.

The owner Stephanie Wilkinson told The Washington Post in an interview Saturday that she “would have done the same thing again.”

Then there’s this:

I find these perfectly acceptable responses when dealing with promoters of fascism, but, of course, some misguided simpleton on the left comes up with this wringing of hands:

Seriously? This response? When the Supreme Court says it’s fine to not make a wedding cake for gay people because of your moral convictions, why is it wrong to tell a baby snatching enabler to take a hike?

This is why the moralists on the left lose to the monsters on the right.

Rich boy’s health clinics

And this is because…?

The announcement of earlier this week that Amazon.com, JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are forming a non-profit company to try to improve the American healthcare system caused some ripples in the stock market; the mere specter of its disruptive potential was enough to send some investors scurrying away from large payer providers like UnitedHealth, Aetna and Humana. …

It is worth considering the perspectives that the titans who lead the collaborating firms bring to this effort. While consistently bemoaning the aggregate costs of healthcare, Warren Buffett supports broader access for all and criticized attempts to repealPresident Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In the announcement, Buffett notably said that “[t}he ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy.” Berkshire is, among other things, a major insurance company that could structure and offer different kinds of coverage to its own employees and others. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon is a cancer survivor who has spoken passionately about the importance of supporting biomedical innovation while controlling costs. Jeff Bezos founded a company that is a testament to the power of harnessing software and information analytics to fundamentally change how the masses acquire goods and services. He also happens to publish The Washington Post and has some ability, therefore, to influence public policy.

Do the right thing

This should be common knowledge by now:

But when it’s presented this way, something clicked for me and I flashed on this:

The mango-hued babyman isn’t going to do the right thing. He’s busy lining his pockets with government cash by putting his business interests above the interests of the American people. His IKEA cabinet is doing everything it can to wreck American lives. And his loyal army of empty headed pump truppets are going to support their team while the team leaders do everything they can to turn back progress that has saved and protected those who need it the most.

People overseas don’t trust this administration to do the right thing. Everyone in this country should know by now that the disaster of November 2016 is not going to lead to the right thing being done.

We’ve got to fight the powers that be.