Profiles in mean-spirited incompetence

Here’s what you need to take from yesterday’s massive failure by the GOP. They shat on Obamacare for eight years, and they never even considered putting a plan together as an alternative. They just slapped something together after Election Day because they were certain the tiny-fingered, orange-glazed Richie Rich was going to lose to the qualified smart lady.

Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.

What doubts? I knew they couldn’t govern.

The Orange Menace: Redacted

So, El Cheeto gave an interview with Time magazine recently, and the folks at The Slot took a look at it and redacted everything that wasn’t true:

Here’s what they ended up with:

But even with that extreme vetting of the Lügenorange’s words, the folks at The Slot came to a realization:

Correction: We actually missed another false statement. Trump received 306 electoral college votes on election day, but thanks to two “faithless” electors, his official tally is 304; his claims that he “ended up at 306” and “ended up getting to 306″ are technically false. 

I get two important points out of this:

  1. Time magazine did the American public a disservice by printing this interview verbatim without providing a fact check at the end of the article.
  2. You can tell the stub fingered babyman is lying when you see him moving his lips. But you already knew that.

When politicians lie, people die

Fantasy:

Vice President Mike Pence, at a stop in Louisville, Ky., vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even as hundreds of people demonstrated outside in support of the federal health law.

“Obamacare has failed the people of Kentucky, Obamacare has failed the people of America and Obamacare must go!” Pence declared Friday to an enthusiastic invitation-only audience of more than 100.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, also a Republican opponent of the federal health law, introduced his “dear friend” Pence and said he shared his views on the law that has brought health coverage to more than half a million Kentuckians.

“Obamacare is a disaster,” Bevin said. “It needs to be repealed. It needs to be replaced!”

Reality:

Paul Ryan puts it best

Because:

Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis.

The assessment was made by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues.

It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans. But the benefits of these reductions would be aimed squarely at the top.

The provisions would repeal two tax increases on high earners enacted in 2010 to help pay for the Affordable Care Act: an increase in capital gains taxes and other investment-related income, and a surcharge on Medicaretaxes.

People making $200,000 to $999,999 a year would also get sizable tax cuts. In total, the two provisions would cut taxes by about $274 billion during the coming decade, virtually all of it for people making at least $200,000, according to a separate assessment by the committee.

And the pump truppets still believe the crimson menace is looking out for their interests.