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Goal: 50 Blue States

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: GOP Greed, GOP Hate, GOP Incompetence, krugman, medicaid )

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TomCat S (125)
Monday August 29, 2016, 12:33 pm
When a Presidential election year becomes focused in an individual, who is thoroughly evil to the core, it’s far too easy to lose sight of the fact that Trump is nothing more than a an unfiltered reflection of Republican policies and values. In reality, there are Republicans at every level of government who are just as cruel, making every red state an open wound in need of repair. Fortunately, we have Paul Krugman to point out such things.

Peggy B (43)
Monday August 29, 2016, 1:06 pm
50 blue States would be as bad as it is now. We need checks and balances. No thing wrong with moderate republicans. It's the Tea Party that ruined them. As an independent I can see the corruption in the Dem party in which many dems are still in denial.

David C (75)
Monday August 29, 2016, 1:14 pm
I would love a world where all people were more "blue" or considerate of others, the environment, and the future

Vivian B (169)
Monday August 29, 2016, 1:24 pm
As Texas goes, so goes Oklahoma. Sadder words have never been spoken.
This shows how IMPORTANT it is to get out and VOTE BLUE !!!

Pat B (356)
Monday August 29, 2016, 1:29 pm
Such a sad, sad state of affairs!

I'm all for Blue!! and by ALL means, "Please Californicate Texas!!!"

Thanks, Tom.

Chris C (152)
Monday August 29, 2016, 2:27 pm
It is TOUGH being a Progressive in a red state!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday August 29, 2016, 2:36 pm
I have registered three people last week. Actually it was only change of addresses but still we need our democrat voters.

Roger G (148)
Monday August 29, 2016, 2:48 pm
noted, thanks

Animae C (508)
Monday August 29, 2016, 3:29 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday August 29, 2016, 3:30 pm
"If Washington is willing to provide health insurance to many of your state’s residents — and in so doing pump dollars into your state’s economy — why wouldn’t you say yes?" At risk of counding like a broken record (remember those?), if you believe that poverty is the result of personal failures and that the only way to get people out of poverty is to PUNISH them unti they SHAPE UP, then of course you would not accept those Federal funds. Doing so would hurt the poor, because they would remove one incentive for the poor to SHAPE UP. It would also be shameless stealing from the VIRTUOUS WEALTHY, since those dollars are largely made up of their tax dollars. Now that I have explained it, however, I am at a loss to know how to get it corrected. It's pretty ingrained.

I also would like to point out, really more for Care2 than PP, that this is not an issue of corruption. It kind of remonds me of Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence. Tuppence once said to Tommy, "I always did think I'd rather marry a liar than a fool." When he said he didn;t see why it has to be one or the other, she just looked at him pityingly. But if in politics it comes down to, would you rather elect a liar who is smart enough to write good policy, or a fool who is so wrong about what works that he/she undermines the country (state/ county, municipality) at every turn (and who might also be a liar - nothing says one can't be both - well, I know where my vote will go.

Walter F (128)
Monday August 29, 2016, 4:57 pm
Noted .Thanks Tom.

. (0)
Monday August 29, 2016, 7:23 pm
Medicaid is such an important thing for some who cannot afford to pay their own. it can be the difference in life and death.

Edith B (146)
Monday August 29, 2016, 8:49 pm
Kentucky was one state that joined and formed a great service to its citizens under Gov. Steve Beshear.  Then, Kentuckians went crazy and elected a Republican, Matt Bevins, whose first act was to dismantle kyconnect.  He inserted a clause that all who receive Medicaid must either work or volunteer somewhere to qualify.  Makes no matter that many are not able to work and the lack of jobs is the reason so many are on Medicaid.  It is costing the state millions of dollars to exit the program, but he insists those dollars will be made up by all he saves by cutting programs.  He has also dismantled most of the boards that oversee costs for these entities and appointed his cronies to those boards.  Please make Ky at least purple again!  The loss of coal jobs has made it much easier to make people here vote Republican because they are saying what people want to hear.  The fact that they have never and will never do anyting for this state goes unnoticed.  Witness, McConnell and Paul, who only notice us when they are campaigning for reelection.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday August 29, 2016, 9:01 pm
The midterm elections didn't bring things around in red states, and may in fact worsened the political situation in general when so many Democrats never got to the voting booths. Since then the situation for the poor and disenfranchised have only gotten worse in many states. However, with the bankruptcy of the GOP culminating in the nomination of the worst candidate in history, this may lead to people looking to the situation in their own states too and seeing the candidates and their own power to change the outcome in a new light. Many people who had no medical insurance before, have now experienced having one through the ACA, but even more people have seen others receive it, but have theirs rejected by their state governments who see them as disposable, not worthy of receiving aid unless they drag themselves out of their misery by the hair in some miraculous way.

Bernie Sanders has awakened many people to the unfairness in the way their state governments treat them and, strangely enough, Drumpfs blatant disdain for anyone but white middle class males may not only drive people to the voting booths to vote against him and prevent him from becoming the next president, but also to vote against the Republicans in their own states who are out to perpetuate their dire circumstances. Let's hope that this one (and the only one) Drumpfian effect is one we can thank him for later 😈

Rose Becke (141)
Monday August 29, 2016, 9:38 pm
So true Daryl

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 12:47 am
This is the only way to put "We the People" up front, especially with things like medicare/medicaid, social security etc.

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 6:14 am
Medicaid......what is.....Medicaid?????? Being an unfortunate resident in The-Most-Fascist-State-In-The-Union, you know, the one where the DICKtator Good Hair Perry refused it and where the New insane Fascist-Fundy-Bagger-Bast*rd Herr Abbott has steadfastly continued to refuse it. IF one is in need of Medicaid, or food stamps or anything else that falls under 'assistance', one has to basically be homeless,make lass than 3200 a year and have no other means of assistance like, you know, FAMILY. Yes, TX makes it THAT frikken hard to get anything when one needs it. I know, I tried. Not only did I get smirky, snitty comments and purely evil looks from the TAX PAYER PAID state employee....I about got laughed out of the building. Why? Because my husband, who is on SSDI and Medicare and is terminal, makes TOO MUCH. Soooooooooooooo, I, being disabled, yet not on SSDI, suffer because my husband gets too much in disability payments. We cannot afford to even get regular insurance on ACA (ObamaCare) even with the amount ACA would cover in subsidy. There are literally millions like me in this Dawg forsaken state, and we suffer because of IDIOTS who think we should because we are low income and it's our fault (according to them). Yeah, my husband really signed up for SpinoCerebellar Ataxia, genetically, at birth...right.NOT. And I really signed up for Degenerative Bone Disease, Scoliosis and five types of Arthritis. Right. NOT. But, that's OUR fault, according to THEM.

Turn it all Blue? We need Single payer health care, we need Medicare-For-All. We will NEVER get it so long as we are either Blue or Rad. We will not get it until we are a real Democracy, as in Democratic the Scandinavian countries. Or more like at least Canada. So, yeah, let's try to get every state to go Blue, it is a start, but not nearly enough, so long as Capitalism (AKA GREED) is King in this country.

Now maybe ma peeps truly understand why I so deeply hate Fascist Fundy Bagger Bast*rds. Every single one of them is on my Perfect Hatred List. For life.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 6:34 am
Vote Blue in November for all races. We have to take back the house and senate too. Thanks TC

Dawnie W (250)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 7:16 am

Noted...With much interest.

❤️Thanking you kindly TomCat for sharing this information ❤️

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Gene J (287)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 8:08 am
Unless the voting public really follows their hearts down ticket this year, as some hope, this is unlikely to change. It will require turning republicans out of office to accomplish what should be the heartfelt goal of every person in the country. The very best possible health care for all of us. That republicans, for decades, have been willing to provide virtually no help to the poor, and in the same way little help with food support or housing or education as all of those programs are treated the same way in that states decide the level of benefits, is not only disgusting it is immoral. But for that to mean anything, people have to get over their bias against the poor, realize that ANY of us could become poor in a heartbeat, or the lack of one for a few seconds, and that no one but progressives would care. We should be better than that, we really should be, it is a national disgrace that we are not. The only cure is to turn republicans out of office everywhere, federal and state offices and I think that will happen, just not fast enough to really help people in the south. Not until single payer, and the rest of Bernie's platform becomes the law of the land.

That might take some time as we do have more than our fair share of pure mean bigots in this country. selfish b@stards in plainer words. Unwilling to spend a nickel to help their neighbor, let alone love their neighbor as they do themselves and their "good book" commands. They missed that part too, though it is hard to see how considering it is one of their top 10 rules for living. Or is supposed to be.

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 12:56 pm
I saw that recently, and forwarded it to family living in Texas. Sadly, from Maine to Florida, and too many places in between, your point is spot on. All to often, people who are driven by greed, selfishness, and the like, are also driven to politics. And, by dint of their rapaciousness, rise to positions of power. As Governors go, New Jersey's own Pignoccio, is one example, with Brownback, Scott, and others in the crowd, as well.

TomCat S (125)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 1:29 pm
Thanks all. Hugs!! Stars.

Peggy, I have voted for Republicans, but the party has all but driven out the moderates. I would agree nwith you, were this the Republican Party that existed when they elected IKE.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 1:37 pm

Freya H (345)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 3:59 pm
50 blue states? Ain't gonna happen, but let's tilt at that windmill anyway. We really need to focus on Congress rather than the White House, because unless we have a Progressive majority in the House and Senate, even the most progressive Prez won't be able to do a thing. That is the real reason Obama seems to be a failure - the Rethuglicans played party politics and sought to undermine everything he tried. No wonder he issued so many Executive Orders! (Well, that's my more-or-less educated guess, anyway.)

Actually, we don't need more "blue" states. We need checks and balances as Peggy B. pointed out. We cannot become a one-party country - that never works. NEVER. Besides, we need more truly viable parties. We need green states, yellow states, orange states, brown states, gray states, fuchsia states, chartreuse states, aquamarine states--

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 11:07 pm
Thanks TomCat

TomCat S (125)
Wednesday August 31, 2016, 1:39 pm
Thank you.

Freya, as I see it, the demise of the Republican Party could make room for a new party to the left of today's Democrats.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 31, 2016, 1:50 pm

Goal: 50 Blue States

I wish you luck. The Two Party Trance must be saved at all costs......

"This should be a no-brainer: If Washington is willing to provide health insurance to many of your state’s residents — and in so doing pump dollars into your state’s economy — why wouldn't you say yes? But 19 states, Texas among them, are still refusing free money, denying health care to millions."

Seems like a dream, "They" got us hypnotized - Fleetwood Mac


Wendi M (9)
Monday September 5, 2016, 10:04 am
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