Americans WAKE UP!

Holy shit, that’s all I have to say when I heard the CBO release its report in the late afternoon…  With the Republican health care plan, more people will lose coverage than gained through the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), 24 million will lose their insurance according to the non partisan government body.

CBO projects that the Republican plan would cause 24 million Americans to lose coverage by 2026. This is a much bigger drop in coverage than experts had expected. Republican legislators will now be forced to answer questions about why tens of millions of Americans will lose coverage and how those people will fare under the new system.

Source: Vox

I know the new Republican talking point is access instead of coverage but who gives a shit about access if no one can afford it but the super rich.  I do feel all those people who voted for Trump and the Republicans but at the same time, they deserve what they get for falling for politicians that continually serve the interests of the rich.  The Democratic party isn’t much better, what the people need is someone that will actually serve their needs. ūüôĀ

Are they for real?

Vox did a video on the new Republican health care plan and it’s a disaster.

Sure Obamacare has a lot of problems, mainly because it was a right wing plan to begin with but unless you’re rich the new plan won’t help you.  

Go Arnold!

Another thing that’s wrong about the American political system, gerrymandering

‚ÄúGerrymandering has created an absurd reality where politicians now pick their voters, instead of the voters picking their politicians,‚ÄĚ the Republican and ‚ÄúTerminator‚ÄĚ star says in a video released Tuesday on media startup ATTN.

Source: The Hill

How Americans are ok with this is beyond me.

It gets worse!

51% of Trump voters believe the Bowling Green massacre justifies the Trump travel ban? WHAT?!?

After Kellyanne Conway falsely said on three separate occasions that people died in a terror attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky, liberals and opponents of the new administration mocked her gaffe by pledging to never forget the event that never happened.

But, for supporters of President Donald Trump, the nonviolence that occurred on that non-tragic day has shaped their worldview. According to the latest national poll from Public Policy Polling, 51 percent of Trump voters say the so-called Bowling Green massacre showed why the president’s immigration policy is needed.
Source: Salon
My god are Trump supports so detached from reality, no such massacre happened. Political bias and ideology is one thing but this is frankly terrifying that so many people in the US are uninformed about the issues that affect their country.

STILL?!?

With how much publicity health care in the US is getting, how can 35% of Americans still not know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act is the same thing?!?

The figure comes from a¬†new poll by Morning Consult that found 35 percent of Americans do not know ObamaCare is another label ‚ÄĒ made popular by the GOP ‚ÄĒ used to describe the Affordable Care Act, enacted under former President Barack Obama in 2010.

Source: The Hill

How can such a large group of Americans be so uninformed about politics… ¬†I guess it’s the reason why Republicans keep winning even though their policies are often counter to what is best for the regular person.

WHAT?!?

So this type of thing drives me absolutely nuts! ¬†Remember how Hillary Clinton’s private email server was a big deal during the election because she “endangered” Americans? ¬†Well it seems that 42% of Republicans think it’s ok for Trump to have one.

-42% of Trump voters think he should be allowed to have a private email server to just 39% who think he shouldn’t be allowed to. Maybe cyber security wasn’t such a big issue in last year’s election after all.

Source: Public Policy Polling

WHAT THE FUCK? ¬†Seriously I’m at a loss for words at this hypocrisy.

Woo more oil!

So today President Trump wrote two executive orders conditionally approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, isn’t that great. ¬†He ran as an outside and is governing just like every other Republican. ¬†The claim is that it’ll create thousands of jobs, sure the Keystone XL for one is suppose to create a ton of¬†temporary construction jobs, after all someone’s got to build the actual pipeline but once it’s complete in a few years, CNN Money says there will a total¬†35 permanent positions, isn’t that great.

But even TransCanada only expects that building the pipeline will take about 7 million hours of labor. That works out to about a year’s worth of work for 3,400 workers. If the work were spread evenly across 13,000 workers, it would only mean three months of work for each.

Source: CNN Money

Granted this article is a few years old but the jobs numbers should be about the same. ¬†I get why people voted for Trump, the current political system is serving the interests of multinational corporations and the rich but anyone who thought Trump was an outsider was conned lol. ¬†He’s the great corruptor, the one that buys off politicians, why the hell would he care about the average person.

I just hope that both projects now are not financially viable due to the low cost of oil but I guess we’ll see what the future brings.

Canada’s Trump

Kevin O’Leary wants to be the leader of the Conservative party woo isn’t that great. ¬†This asshole who only thinks about money and himself, a narcissist every much as Donald Trump thinks he can lead the country to prosperity by pushing the same bullshit right wing fiscal ideologies of trickle down theory. ¬†Don’t take my word that he’d be a terrible candidate, listen to someone who worked closely with him for 7 years…

For seven years, I sat shoulder to shoulder with Kevin. We’d spend long hours together, listening to hardworking Canadian entrepreneurs pitch their businesses, which, all too often, led to real-life stories of enormous struggle.

You get a window into somebody’s character by the way they treat people, particularly those who are vulnerable and need help or guidance.

Kevin’s total lack of empathy toward these Canadians who put their heart and soul on the line, I can assure you, was genuine.

Source: CBC

At least should he some how win the leadership race, he’ll have to be in parliament for 3 years so we can see his voting record and blatant self promotion. My god I certainly hope that Canadians are not as blind to the dangers of electing someone so self centered as Americans are.

Money out of provincial politics!

Well this is certainly excellent news!

Political fundraising legislation spurred by a Star series is now the law of the land.

MPPs voted unanimously Thursday to ban corporate and union donations to political parties, outlaw provincial parliamentarians and candidates from attending fundraisers, and lower contribution limits.

Source: The Star

The public will be on the hook to finance elections but I think that’s the way it should be, this way those with money cannot buy influence and hopefully politicians can serve now serve the people instead of their donors.