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Antibiotic-Resistent Bacterium: Obamacare

Overexposure to antibiotics and antibacterial soaps and lotions makes bacteria stronger. They adapt. That same thing happened to Obamacare over the years. It’s now untouchable. * Obamacare survived the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts. So it was born in a toxic environment. * Then, Obamacare survived two Supreme Court rulings, each time by a single vote from the chief justice. * Finally, Obamacare survived seven years of Republican promises to repeal it immediately upon winning the White House and Congress. Read more →

Paul Ryan’s Battle of Kasserine Pass

General George S. Patton arrived in North Africa with a single mission: lead the Allied forces to victory over the Hun. But Patton’s assignment was also in response to a miserable and deadly failure of leadership. The failed leadership of General Lloyd Fredendall. Fredendall was a Francophobe and an Anglophobe ill-suited to wage coalition warfare; a micromanager who bypassed the chain of command – giving orders as far down as company level; a coward, he allowed animus with subordinates to affect his judgment and undercut their authority; and finally, staring defeat in the face at Kasserine, he tried to pin the blame on others. Read more →

Obamacare Repeal Vote Results (Prediction)

Today, President Trump changed the game. He changed the Prisoner’s Dilemma (coordination) into a game of Chicken (competition). Lifer Republicans have no experience with games of chicken. They were raised on coordination games. By changing the game to Chicken, Donald Trump greatly increased the chances that phony Paul Ryan’s healthcare will PASS. Here’s why briefly. Psychologically, people always think they have more time. Republicans, in particular, believe time is limitless. Lifelong Republicans think they can delay any decision until the decision they want is a given. Read more →

Ashcroft Passes on Opportunity to Deny Medicaid Expansion Fix

Last week, I wrote about the Missouri Republican Establishment’s plan to win a windfall for lobbyist Kit Bond via Senate candidate Jay Ashcroft. Not that the Establishment cares about Bond, but they want Medicaid expansion passed before they beg for money for 2016 from the Missouri Hospital Association and Chamber of Commerce. Well, the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked Ashcroft about the deal, and he couldn’t quite bring himself to deny that he would pass Medicaid expansion if elected. Read more →

I was talking about defunding Obamacare before it was cool

Okay, I’m fired up. I’m fired up about Obamacare. I don’t know what got me onto this, exactly. I talked to Jim Durbin tonight, so maybe that was it. I’ve been looking for video of a speech I gave at the Million Med March in Clayton, MO, in 2009. Two-friggin-thousand-and-nine. (I’m a quarter German, so I hold a grudge.) I found it. Here’s the clip I’ve wanted to show Congress since last August. Read more →

Guest Post: An Open Letter to Millennials from Bob the Retiree

Submitted by Bob, the retiree: To the Millennials of America, All you sniveling, whining, crybaby Millennials need to quit your complaining and get signed up with Obamacare as soon as possible. We really don’t care what it costs you. I am retired now and drawing my Social Security and will sign up for Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and any other Social program available, as soon as I can qualify. I’m entitled, you know! Read more →

What Would Buckley Do?

I wanted to be William F. Buckley Jr. All I lacked was his intellect, education, and unique experiences. Well, I didn’t want to be him. I wanted to be the next one. Every day, I wrote a 750-word piece. Poorly. I believed that practice would improve my writing. It didn’t. One day, I realized, as long as I tried to be the next William F. Buckley, I was destined for frustration and failure. Read more →

Shutdown Week Could Turn Into Big Win for Republicans

“I shouldn’t have to offer anything.” Barack Obama on why he’s shutting down the government. Obama keeps forgetting he’s not a dictator. Or maybe I keep forgetting he is. [caption id=“” align=“alignnone” width=“441”] Democrat Speaker Tip O’Neill shut down the government 12 times.[/caption] Did you see that list of government shutdowns? 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995. Those first four shutdowns came with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Read more →

I’ve Learned the House GOP Is A Lot Tougher Than Senate

I was wrong. As the continuing resolution fight approached, I expected House Republicans to cave. I expected Boehner to make a half-hearted attempt to use debt ceiling, instead of continuing resolution, as leverage to stop Obamacare. And I expected Republican Senators to make a stand. But that’s not what happened. In reverse order, Senate Republican leadership ran away from confrontation like schoolgirls spying a snake. Led by Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and Missouri’s Junior Senator Roy Blunt, the GOP attacked Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz instead of Obamacare. Read more →

How Lonely Is Roy Blunt?

Imagine how isolated Roy Blunt must feel. Senator Blunt is a party man. He believes in following leadership. He doesn’t rock the boat. And his leader, Senate Minority Leader Slick Mitch McConnell, has decided to help Harry Reid get the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture on the continuing resolution. Once debate closes (via cloture), Reid will strip the House’s defund language from the bill and pass it. Senate Republican leadership wants defund language stripped. Read more →