It’s obvious to everyone else.
US reporters praise German journalists for questioning Trump
US journalists had praise for their German colleagues after a White House press conference with Chancellor Merkel and President Trump. DW’s Brent Goff said US reporters were “shocked” by the pointed questions.
And now, here we are.
On Thursday evening approximately fifty Democrats from Johnson County gathered in downtown Warrensburg for their monthly meeting. Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber spoke at length about the state and national political scene and the state party’s plans for 2018 and beyond.
No one’s planning on rolling over.
Renee Hoagenson, a recently announced Democratic Party candidate for the 4th Congressional District in 2018, also spoke, introducing herself and speaking at length on public policy issues in the district.
It appears, unlike Representative Vicky Hartzler (r), that Renee Hoagenson won’t be afraid of holding open public town halls in the district.
The organizing, planning, and work for 2018 and beyond starts now.
We knew that.
Via Twitter today, from Senator Claire McCaskill (D):
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
Turns out that the President’s idea of “taking care of people” is a 300 billion tax cut for the wealthy and eliminating Meals on Wheels.
9:15 AM – 16 Mar 2017
Yep, you got that right.
But wait, there’s more.
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
Remember these budget cuts being delivered AT THE SAME TIME President is working to pass a 300 billion dollar tax cut to wealthy.
9:47 PM – 16 Mar 2017
I couldn’t resist:
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@clairecmc Okay, now you’re just posting this stuff to get right wingnut trolls to out themselves so the UN black helicopters can find them.
9:55 PM – 16 Mar 2017
Proposition P is a 0.5% sales tax on the April 4, 2017 ballot in St. Louis County. The collected revenue would be distributed to the county and municipalities in the county for law enforcement/public safety purposes.
Yesterday at the Missouri Ethic Commission:
C171049 03/15/2017 STL Citizens for Safety Rex Sinquefield 244 Bent Walnut Lane Westphalia MO 65085 retired 3/13/2017 $200,000.00
Well, the money has to go somewhere.
The STL Citizens for Safety committee has a web site.
…and we’ll see what happens in 2018.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) again tweets something, something absent any context:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
For too long, Obamacare has caused high premiums and dismal coverage. It’s hurting Americans all over! We need to #RepealAndReplace!
12:03 PM – 14 Mar 2017
Some of the response, catching on to her scam:
@RepHartzler *yawn* Y’all don’t know enough about insurance to create a replacement. Seven years and all you came up with was hot garbage.
@RepHartzler you’re done! Enjoy civilian life, the good folks of Cass County will show you the door over this “Party before People” move
@RepHartzler Did my premiums go up because of Obamacare? Or because the insurance and medical industries are out for money???
That would be a rhetorical question, right?
@RepHartzler Under Trumpcare, they’re scheduled to rise by $14,600. Try Medicare for all. #singlepayer
Definitely not preaching to the choir.
@RepHartzler The blood of thousands will be on your hands if you do. No #RepealAndRig.
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan So your solution is no healthcare, like it was before.
By the way, I don’t want to pay for YOUR insurance anymore
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan lie after lie to make up for your absolute lack of understanding what health care is and does.
@RepHartzler under your plan a Senior making 24,000 will pay 14,000 in premiums. under ACA, 1,400 in premiums. Pretty simple.
Actual math is not a consideration for some.
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan Yes let’s cut coverage for 24M people and use the savings for tax credits for the rich. #Trumpcare
Not that anyone should be surprised by that.
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan alt facts. The coverage is much better by definition. Plus millions more have it. Deplorable
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan By all means lets do this by giving tax cuts to wealthy & cut services to ederly who have payed taxes through out.
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan its like Republicans have amnesia about like before ACA, costs were already skyrocketing. #dontbeduped
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan Repeating that doesn’t make it true. The truth? Tax break for richest 1% and 24M lose insurance.
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan Obamacare did not cause insurance companies to raid premiums. Sheer greed did that.#TrumpCareDeathCare
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan This is actually 100% not true. Also, stop calling it Obamacare. It’s the ACA, and it saved my dad’s life.
.@RepHartzler Explain to me how AHCA improves coverage and lowers premiums?
Surely you jest?
@RepHartzler @SpeakerRyan at this point the repeal & replace lock steppers sound like blah blah blah #scaryman needs a new tactic
@RepHartzler 1) Could we replace you with a Republican chatbot? You seem to have no original ideas, just carbon copy R talking points.
@RepHartzler 2) It’s also possible the chatbot will have the stones to do a town hall meeting. #voterepublicanchatbot2018
An open public town hall meeting in the district happening at some point? The probability is zero, like never.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): just checking (February 20, 2017)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Well, you asked. (February 21, 2017)
You think Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has been smiling a lot this week? (February 23, 2017)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): get used to it (March 8, 2017)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): owning Trumpcare (March 10, 2017)
We all know that newbie Governor Greitens has been trying to deal with a dire budget situation occaisoned by a corporate tax cut enacted in 2015 that ended up slashing incoming revenue by $155 million. Chickens are coming home to roost, you reap what you sow & etc., etc.
State Republicans, however, who were adamant that the corporate tax cut wouldn’t hurt a bit and was, in fact, necessary to stimulate growth, are now pretending that they didn’t know how distressed chickens behave, or, alternatively, that they just didn’t know what they were sowing:
“We had bad information when we passed that bill,” House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press. “I think if we’d have had the correct information, we wouldn’t have passed it.”
But somehow Democrats in the legislature knew that no good would come from fact-free tax cutting – and they tried to tell the GOP ideologues in the Assembly:
Democratic senators who spoke against the bill said they worried it would threaten Missouri’s excellent credit rating and reduce state funds for education.
“We can’t afford to do a tax cut at this level,” said Senator Jolie Justus, speaking on the Senate floor, citing services that she said were already severely underfunded. “We are on the wrong track.”
Democratic Governor Nixon also knew. He called the bill “ill-conceived,” and correctly vetoed it. But nobody on the Republican side was listening. The determined Republican legislative majority covered their ears and passed the tax-cut over Nixon’s veto.
It’s just one more case of willful ideologuing on the part of Republican politicians who ought to have been governing. It’s not like there hasn’t been lots of examples proving that radical tax cuts don’t really summon the elusive business fairy – Brownback’s failed Kansas economic experiment is a potent example right next door. And there’s lots more out there – Louisiana, Wisconsin, etc. are finding out that the GOP tax-cutting mantra doesn’t readily translate into workable policy.
Research tells us that corporate tax incentives may provide a windfall for CEOs of existing businesses in the state, but they rarely contribute to increased statewide prosperity. A new report even suggests that tax based incentives are not only ineffective, but actually cost more than they contribute to the economy:
Less flashy but more important, a February report from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research suggests, are the run-of-the-mill economic development incentives built into state law across the country and designed either to attract companies, to keep them in place, or to get them to add positions. In 2015, incentives for new or expanding export-based industries (i.e., manufacturing, tech, media, any company that sells its goods or services beyond the local economy) offset average state and local business taxes by 30 percent, costing the U.S. $45 billion.
The report, based on a database of 26 years of incentives in 33 states, affirms the consensus that these tax breaks—which have tripled since 1990, when the database begins keeping track—don’t do much to convince companies to move. Plotting the effects of incentives and taxes on state GDP growth, the study concludes their effects are “always statistically insignificant … the maximum possible effects of incentives on increasing growth … are towards the lower end of the range of estimates in the previous literature.”
And while some GOP pols in Jefferson City are pretending that they just didn’t understand that actions have consequences, don’t expect a change in their direction. In December, that irrepressible tax-cutter, Senator Will Krauss (R-8), the Senate sponsor of the 2015 bill, let us know that that he, like most GOPers, will never, ever learn the lessons of the past:
Republican state Sen. Will Kraus told The Associated Press that Trump’s support for reducing such taxes could open the door to axing corporate income taxes on the state level. Kraus will introduce a bill during the next legislative session beginning in January that would phase out the state’s current 6.25 percent corporate income tax.
“I see an opportunity for us to be able to market Missouri as a corporate tax-free state,” Kraus said. He called the measure a “job-creation” bill.
Under Kraus’ bill, the tax would drop to 4 percent in 2017 and 2 percent in 2018. It would be eliminated in 2019.
So … is there any hope? Maybe. State Auditor Michelle Galloway is going to begin “what she calls a ‘budget integrity series,’ a slew of audits and financial reviews to better understand how the budget shortfall occurred … she hopes to better understand the difference between expected fiscal effects when tax breaks are offered and their actual ramifications on the state budget.” Just what the doctor ordered. But unless Galloway’s findings confirm the prior beliefs of our GOP pols, it may be too much to expect them to pay attention.
They handed it to her. She’d be crazy not to.
The Congressional Budget Office scored the cost and effects of Trumpcare today. It wasn’t pretty.
From Senator Claire McCaskill (D), via Facebook:
Senator Claire McCaskill
Raising a 64-year-old’s premiums 758% is not Claire’s idea of healthcare.
This plan is bad for Missouri, bad for the 24 million Americans who would lose their coverage, and especially bad for seniors, rural communities, and people with disabilities.
Some of the responses:
Didn’t anybody do the math on a few scenarios??? It has been just vindictive, greedy policy for Republicans – who have lifetime free care. Thank goodness for the CBO or we might not known the full extent of the horror. We’ll have to scrutinize every last thing of any revised plan. No wonder they were fast-tracking it. ACA had 79 hearings and took 14 months to pass. We’ll need to insist they slow down and allow study of something that can cause people’s deaths if not done right.
It’s a republican product, they don’t do math.
If you voted for that piece of crap Drumpf, I don’t have one ounce of sympathy for you. You deserve what you get. But the millions of innocent people who had better sense than you are going to suffer, too. That truly pisses me off. Nice going, Republican idiots.
Trumpcare is not good for anyone but the wealthy and the young (and they eventually grow old as well)
They’ve shot their mouth off for the last eight years, they had to do something. Even if it’s wrong. Goes to show what the GOP thinks of the average voters intellect level.
They have a point there.
Someone please explain why its so hard for the GOP to think about Americans
Сделать Америку великой Снова!
Holy Toledo!! What actually is the point of this legislation? It certainly isn’t offering an option for healthcare.
That’s easy. Massive tax cut for the top 1%.
Thank you for the support and dedication to protect all families in Missouri. Perhaps our other esteemed Senator could learn what compassionate leadership is all about. Thank You!
Roy? Seriously? He’s not worried, he has a really nice mansion in Georgetown.
I was happy to get multiple, big glossy ads asking me to contact you and tell you it was time to repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with Trumpcare,” because that is one way I enjoy the Republicans wasting money. Give’em Hell, Claire.
They do that.
Death panels anyone?
No need if you don’t have insurance. That’s their brilliant plan.
Republican values. Why do so many people vote against their self-interest??
You must be new around this here country.
It looks like they just want older people to die from no health care.
Well, yes. Unless they’re in the top 1%.
You think Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has been smiling a lot this week? (February 23, 2017)
I took the graphic below from Talking Points Memo where it is put forward with the following warning: “Please don’t share this image far and wide because then people would know all of President Trump’s broken promises about health insurance for millions of people.” I’m assuming that this is a tongue-in-cheek invitation to share the image far and wide, so I’m taking advantage of TPM’s work to make the point about how dim-witted our truth-challenged President thinks his supporters are. And, sadly, he may be right
What Trump promised:
What Trumpcare delivers:
- Current estimates are that 10-15 million people will lose healthcare if Trumpcare is passed in its present form – which is why Republicans are trying to rush it through Congress before the Congressional Budget Office delivers the official score.*
- According to the Kaiser Foundation, Trumpcare would give those in the individual market on average $1,700 less help with premiums in 2020, compared to the ACA’s premium tax credits.
- The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) notes that this this projected loss would vary by state – from a high of over $10,000 in Alaska to about $49 in Indiana. In Missouri, tax credits would decrease assistance to consumers by $2,312 a year.
- Hardest hit would be older and lower-income consumers.
- Low-income consumers would also lose help with deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs.
- The CBPP also notes that because the tax credits that are proposed to take the place of Obamacare subsidies are so demonstrably insufficient, they would help destabilize the individual market and possibly destroy it completely – so no insurance for folks not insured by employers, Medicare and the scanty Medicaid that will remain after Trumpcare reins in the expansion.
- The consumers who will be hit the largest are by-and-large an important part of Trump’s die-hard supporters. Greg Sargent pulled the following statistics about where the Trumpcare impact would land hardest out of a chart published in the New York Times:
- Those who stand to lose more than $7,500 in subsidies went for Trump by 58-39.
- Those who stand to lose between $5,000 and $7,500 went for Trump by 60-35.
- Those who stand to lose between $2,500 and $5,000 went for Trump by 49-45.
- Those who stand to lose between $1,000 and $2,500 went for Trump by 46-46.
- By cutting the tax on those making more than $200,000, which was used to shore up Medicare, Trumpcare will deplete Medicare resources much sooner than would have otherwise been the case.
And this is only a partial catalogue of the potential problems with this dismally amateurish effort at healthcare policy.
So what does Trump – the man who gave us the “bigly health insurance promises” enumerated above – have to say about this plan? He thinks it’s “wonderful.”
Holy Sweet Jesus! This man is our president. For the next four years. Unless he screws up with the corruption and foreign influence scandals to the point that even the GOP congress has to hit the impeachment button. And given how compliant they currently are, that would have to be a whole crap load of corruption.
UPDATE: CBO scoring just released today. lt’s really bad. How bad? Here’s a summary of the numbers from the Washington Post. GOPers reacting with dum-dum denial or slick misdirection – saying things like Trumpcare will increase “access” to healthcare. You can do you know what with “access” to health care coverage I can’t afford to purchase – I need to be covered so I can get “access” to medical care.