Make Them Take the Purge Pledge

 

Ballot boxKevin McCarthy, who quietly colluded with Lyin’ Ryan to sabotage the first two years of President Trump’s administration, owns the actions of his caucus members. He owns the vote for the radical left assault on single-family home communities, the American dream for all ethnic groups, and clearing the biggest obstacle to Joe Manchin voting for the monstrous Build Back Better Act. McCarthy’s crew knew exactly what Manchin wrote and said the day before the Virginia election. For the sake of our republic, for our own states, our communities, our families, our lives, McCarthy must be expelled from Republican leadership, and all those who enable him from this day forth must have their political careers ended, without exception, in 2022. Voters can force this outcome by demanding every Republican primary candidate openly reject McCarthy before we consider any other campaign position or promise.

McCarthy’s motley crew knew the American people, across parties, socioeconomic circumstances, and ethnic identities, were rejecting Biden’s radical wrecking and remaking of America. Republican politicians expect to be given the majority in the House, and possibly the Senate, next November. McCarthy is the man who would be Speaker, and he let turncoats give aid and comfort to our domestic enemies, who loathe us. Our domestic enemies have declared open war on us, with the same hired guns that killed mothers and children in Idaho and Waco, Texas. Labeling parents who dare defy school board functionaries “domestic terrorists” means pointing men with automatic weapons at moms. It does not matter that the head of the American Stasi is a bespectacled bureaucrat. So was the last head of the German Stasi, Wolfgang Schwanitz.

Stasi sounds a bit extreme? My point is the current leadership in Congress and the Executive are lowering the barrier to official violence with their rhetoric about us, despite terrible past instances when government rhetoric, characterization of their target, led to deadly government violence. In that context, Republicans, squishy moderate to right of Attila the Hun, have no business giving any oxygen whatsoever to the fire, no matter the goodies slipped into a bill to their benefit.

Nor is the Department of Justice the only federal agency weaponized against the American people. Shortly before the vote, OSHA issued a fraudulent rule asserting the power to compel every private business with more than 100 employees to act as agents of the state, compelling Americans to submit proof of taking the jab as a condition of employment. It was in this context that McCarthy allowed 13 RepubliCAN’Ts to betray the American people without fear of any real and immediate punishment. As Jon Gabriel wrote at the time:

Despite Democrats not having the necessary support, the final vote was 228-206 thanks to these 13 Republicans. Each should be primaried, at least those who aren’t retiring. And it’s time for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) to be removed as House Minority Leader since he has demonstrated brutal incompetence.

Another Ricochet member wrote, “Kevin McCarthy and His Trash Leadership Should Not be Anywhere Near the Speakership.”

Not being able to wrangle your caucus into not giving this collapsing president and the odious witch Nancy Pelosi a lifeline a mere 72 hours after a massive rebuke of them should make the conversation on making this inept joke speaker a no go. McCarthy actively recruiting and developing people who made it happen should lose him his seat.

Attacking the Middle Class and Rural Americans

And why was this such a terrible fumble, at best, at worst a monstrous betrayal? Start with the direct effects. The neighborhood busting provisions were known to all House members, an Obama initiative, and 2020 Democratic Party platform plank.

This bill gives money to cities that abolish single-family zoning. The Republicans talk about family values and they just passed a bill that attacks families in American cities. They just betrayed their constituents. As if the family was not being attacked enough with critical race theory being fed to their kids in school, degenerate culture being pumped into their homes, their jobs being shipped to China, gas prices rising, inflation, supply line shortages, and the rest. The GOP spits in the face of their constituents by rewarding cities that will create woke zoning laws and destroy single families in their jurisdiction.

In addition, the infrastructure bill includes the gateway for a travel tracking tax, a tax on every mile you drive.

The infrastructure legislation does not include a mileage tax or another form of driving tax. What it does include is a pilot program to study and test the idea. The legislation authorizes $125 million in taxpayer funding for this test initiative. (A lot of taxpayer money for an experiment, no?)

Carrying Commies’ Water

The betrayal represented just in voting for the contents of the fraudulently styled “infrastructure” bill is bad enough. McCarthy’s motley crew of 13 reprehensible representatives were fully aware of the pressure they were placing on Senators Manchin and Sinema to now vote for the Build Back Broke Act. As I explained, stalking Sinema, menacing Manchin, and talking trillions is political theater, covering the radical left’s substantive agenda. The Build Back Better Act is an act of war against America and Americans.

Beyond the terrible assaults I described, from racist and sexual indoctrination of three- and four-year-olds, to permanent destruction of cheap American energy, there are more assaults on the poor and middle class, while transferring more wealth to the woke rich. There is a massive tax cut for the rich, who vote left, fund the left, and use their positions of power in the so-called private sector to force racist and sexual indoctrination on their employees and the public. There is a lethal subsidy to Big Tobacco, taxing vaping out of legal existence. The vape tax is designed to drive predominantly poor Americans back into smoking cigarettes, killing them off quicker. So, the left is busy rewarding penthouse progressives, while punishing all us bitter clinging deplorable hobbits.

Senator Manchin laid out a clear roadmap for the Republicans to prevail in protecting the American people against the worst intentions of the progressives right now. Manchin was crystal clear that he absolutely would not commit to support the reconciliation bill as a condition of the Congressional Progressive Caucus allowing final passage of the infrastructure bill.

As I have said before, holding [the infrastructure] bill hostage won’t work to get my support for reconciliation bill. I’m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward, but I am equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country and the American people.

In the face of all this, the House Progressive Caucus had six of its most prominent members vote NO on the Senate-passed version of the infrastructure bill. Democrats control the House by 222 to 213. We can all do the math:

  • 222-6 = 216
  • 213+6 = 219

So, if Republicans had simply done the decent thing and all voted “NO,” then both the infrastructure and the reconciliation bills would be dead. There would be political breathing room for supposedly moderate Democrats to get with Republicans and negotiate some more reasonable, perhaps even helpful, legislation. Maybe we could have a no-kidding, real shovel-ready roads and bridges bill! Maybe we could reinforce and build real infrastructure back better to mitigate effects of projected climate change. This is what McCarthy spoiled with his 13 saboteurs.

What Is To Be Done?

McCarthy expects to be a benefit for your misery, to be paid out of Americans’ pain. He is already measuring the Speaker’s office for drapes and carpets. He and his gang expect to do fabulously well out of a replay of the fake opposition and shake-down operation they ran on us during the Obama administration. All they want are their hands on the levers of power created by the Democrats. Every Republican member of the House is complicit. They made and are keeping McCarthy their leader. They can unmake him today.

1. Remove McCarthy Now

For current members, promises about what they will do after the 2022 election are empty. Republican House members endorsed Lyin’ Ryan’s collusion with the Democrats’ bureaucratic and lawfare insurrection against the 2016 election results, from voting him Speaker again after the 2016 election to keeping him Speaker after he repeatedly refused to issue subpoenas against James Comey and other collaborators in the Russia hoax. Indeed, Lyin’ Ryan and McCarthy blocked subpoenas, stalling the investigation into the real Russia collusion, the collusion between Democrats, intelligence bureaucrats, and foreign sources operating for the real benefit of Putin.

We need more than video clips and campaign promises. We need action now. We need a sign, a test of real resolve. The test is hard but simple. Each current Republican congressman and congresswoman must clearly call for the immediate resignation of McCarthy as House Minority Leader. If McCarthy’s gang resists, they must be cut off by all other Republicans standing together and saying: “Kevin McCarthy is no longer our leader. He does not speak for us, and we will not be part of any caucus that thinks he represents them well.”

For all those 2022 candidates not currently in Congress, demand the purge pledge: “I swear/affirm I will vote to remove McCarthy from leadership and will withdraw from the Republican caucus if others collude in making McCarthy Speaker. He will not be Speaker if you elect me.

2. Build a Better Bill

The real Republicans, not the RepubliCAN’Ts, must immediately develop and promote positive, better alternative programs for Americans. It was not enough to put up repeated fake “repeal” votes on Obamacare. It will not be enough to send Build Back Better repeal bills to the Xiden White House. The Ethics & Public Policy Center has a good analysis and recommendations addressing the Build Back Better Act family programs.

There is a non-zero chance that these interventions cause the childcare market to go haywire, and poor implementation could lead to an Obamacare-like political backlash. But as the health care example shows, government programs, once begun, are very hard to unravel. Democrats in Congress are not in the mood to hear constructive ideas from Republicans on how to make the childcare market work better. So Republicans should begin preparing for a world in which rolling back the Build Back Better childcare provisions requires a fight, and lay the groundwork for their own ideas of how to improve the market for parents.

Make them take the pledge and make them show you their homework, not speeches and oversight hearing clips where they own the libs. Let them show new leadership putting together shadow legislation, bills signed onto by all the Republicans that want to be reelected. Let them show us draft bills, introduced on the floor, not bullet point charts.

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  1. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    All of which is only a small piece of my argument in the OP.

    I know, and I don’t want to belabor it. I agree with the gist of your post.

    The only reason I take exception is that I think there’s a lot of hyperbole — not in your post particularly, but in general — and I think it’s counter-productive. I think the left, including the institutionalized left in D.C., is weaker than both we and they think they are. That’s why they scramble to hide their agendas, and why they suffer dramatic losses when a bunch of parents get their backs up and decide they’ve had enough.

    Yes, the Garland memo was grotesque. But I don’t think it worked out well for the administration. I think it cost them Virginia, and I think Virginia, with what it implies, will probably cost them the rest of the Brandon administration.

    Yes. And. Obamacare. Now show me reason to believe the Congressional Republicans will actually act, using every Article I tool, to stop and reverse the left’s 2021-22 advances. Which brings us back to the OP. 

    As to your point on rhetoric, I am of two minds, both seeing the value of hot rhetoric and seeing the wisdom of “fight fire with water.”

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  2. BDB Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    All of which is only a small piece of my argument in the OP.

    I know, and I don’t want to belabor it. I agree with the gist of your post.

    The only reason I take exception is that I think there’s a lot of hyperbole — not in your post particularly, but in general — and I think it’s counter-productive. I think the left, including the institutionalized left in D.C., is weaker than both we and they think they are. That’s why they scramble to hide their agendas, and why they suffer dramatic losses when a bunch of parents get their backs up and decide they’ve had enough.

    Yes, the Garland memo was grotesque. But I don’t think it worked out well for the administration. I think it cost them Virginia, and I think Virginia, with what it implies, will probably cost them the rest of the Brandon administration.

    From your lips to God’s ears, etc, but that didn’t work out so well with the mutiny and coup. I think that Virginia, while responding to national events, was largely a Virginia thing. I do think that dissatisfaction with this Potemkin administration (Hello, Obama — I see you) is widespread, but the deep state has already demonstrated the only salient fact — they can do what they like and votes no longer matter.

    Will votes no longer matter when they lose Congress next year, and get nothing done except a bunch of court-challenged executive orders?

    Did they matter last year when we won the election but had it stolen from us?

    I realize that you may not see it that way, but I do.

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  3. BDB Coolidge
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    All of which is only a small piece of my argument in the OP.

    I know, and I don’t want to belabor it. I agree with the gist of your post.

    The only reason I take exception is that I think there’s a lot of hyperbole — not in your post particularly, but in general — and I think it’s counter-productive. I think the left, including the institutionalized left in D.C., is weaker than both we and they think they are. That’s why they scramble to hide their agendas, and why they suffer dramatic losses when a bunch of parents get their backs up and decide they’ve had enough.

    Yes, the Garland memo was grotesque. But I don’t think it worked out well for the administration. I think it cost them Virginia, and I think Virginia, with what it implies, will probably cost them the rest of the Brandon administration.

    From your lips to God’s ears, etc, but that didn’t work out so well with the mutiny and coup. I think that Virginia, while responding to national events, was largely a Virginia thing. I do think that dissatisfaction with this Potemkin administration (Hello, Obama — I see you) is widespread, but the deep state has already demonstrated the only salient fact — they can do what they like and votes no longer matter.

    Will votes no longer matter when they lose Congress next year, and get nothing done except a bunch of court-challenged executive orders?

    If. And show me evidence that Congressional Republicans have any intention of actually stopping and reversing the policies and programs enacted with their complicity now. See Obamacare. Do we really believe the Supreme Court will treat Democrat executive orders with the same hostility as they showed to some Trump executive orders?

    Zackly.  We have just been treated to yet another performance of Dial R for Nothing on Masterpiece Theater.

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  4. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    All of which is only a small piece of my argument in the OP.

    I know, and I don’t want to belabor it. I agree with the gist of your post.

    The only reason I take exception is that I think there’s a lot of hyperbole — not in your post particularly, but in general — and I think it’s counter-productive. I think the left, including the institutionalized left in D.C., is weaker than both we and they think they are. That’s why they scramble to hide their agendas, and why they suffer dramatic losses when a bunch of parents get their backs up and decide they’ve had enough.

    Yes, the Garland memo was grotesque. But I don’t think it worked out well for the administration. I think it cost them Virginia, and I think Virginia, with what it implies, will probably cost them the rest of the Brandon administration.

    From your lips to God’s ears, etc, but that didn’t work out so well with the mutiny and coup. I think that Virginia, while responding to national events, was largely a Virginia thing. I do think that dissatisfaction with this Potemkin administration (Hello, Obama — I see you) is widespread, but the deep state has already demonstrated the only salient fact — they can do what they like and votes no longer matter.

    Will votes no longer matter when they lose Congress next year, and get nothing done except a bunch of court-challenged executive orders?

    If. And show me evidence that Congressional Republicans have any intention of actually stopping and reversing the policies and programs enacted with their complicity now. See Obamacare. Do we really believe the Supreme Court will treat Democrat executive orders with the same hostility as they showed to some Trump executive orders?

    Zackly. We have just been treated to yet another performance of Dial R for Nothing on Masterpiece Theater.

    And. We must turn that sharp skepticism to demanding real actions NOW, specifically: politically risky moves against current Republican congressional leadership and clearly written legislation, sometimes in the form of amendments, that propose real alternative solutions, countering the left’s self-serving legislation.

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  5. Columbo Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    All of which is only a small piece of my argument in the OP.

    I know, and I don’t want to belabor it. I agree with the gist of your post.

    The only reason I take exception is that I think there’s a lot of hyperbole — not in your post particularly, but in general — and I think it’s counter-productive. I think the left, including the institutionaIlized left in D.C., is weaker than both we and they think they are. That’s why they scramble to hide their agendas, and why they suffer dramatic losses when a bunch of parents get their backs up and decide they’ve had enough.

    Yes, the Garland memo was grotesque. But I don’t think it worked out well for the administration. I think it cost them Virginia, and I think Virginia, with what it implies, will probably cost them the rest of the Brandon administration.

    From your lips to God’s ears, etc, but that didn’t work out so well with the mutiny and coup. I think that Virginia, while responding to national events, was largely a Virginia thing. I do think that dissatisfaction with this Potemkin administration (Hello, Obama — I see you) is widespread, but the deep state has already demonstrated the only salient fact — they can do what they like and votes no longer matter.

    It is Stalin-esque. [whether he said it or not] … It’s not the people who vote that count … [link]

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  6. Gary Robbins Member
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    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

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  7. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Please find a forum that is better suited for you. Or stop telling people what they can and cannot say. Your authoritarian tendencies have been on full display lately.

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  8. Gary Robbins Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Please find a forum that is better suited for you. Or stop telling people what they can and cannot say. Your authoritarian tendencies have been on full display lately.

    I am a member of Ricochet just as you are.  If someone uses what appears to be an unjustified moniker like “Lyin’ Ryan,” I not only have the right to question it, but perhaps the duty to do so, especially if a post is elevated to the Main Feed and is there for all the world to see.

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  9. BDB Coolidge
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Please find a forum that is better suited for you. Or stop telling people what they can and cannot say. Your authoritarian tendencies have been on full display lately.

    I am a member of Ricochet just as you are. If someone uses what appears to be an unjustified moniker like “Lyin’ Ryan,” I not only have the right to question it, but perhaps the duty to do so, especially if a post is elevated to the Main Feed and is there for all the world to see.

    Simmer down, Thought Police.  You may have donated generously, but you are neither a moderator nor an editor.  You have your rights and privileges, we have ours.  You are not in a moral position to demand that claims be backed up.  I know that you disagree.  That’s just the way it is.

    Next allegation.

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  10. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Please find a forum that is better suited for you. Or stop telling people what they can and cannot say. Your authoritarian tendencies have been on full display lately.

    I am a member of Ricochet just as you are. If someone uses what appears to be an unjustified moniker like “Lyin’ Ryan,” I not only have the right to question it, but perhaps the duty to do so, especially if a post is elevated to the Main Feed and is there for all the world to see.

    Are you an editor or a moderator? It is not your duty to be a nag all the time, policing the main feed and what everyone writes.

    • #40
  11. Flicker Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Please find a forum that is better suited for you. Or stop telling people what they can and cannot say. Your authoritarian tendencies have been on full display lately.

    I am a member of Ricochet just as you are. If someone uses what appears to be an unjustified moniker like “Lyin’ Ryan,” I not only have the right to question it, but perhaps the duty to do so, especially if a post is elevated to the Main Feed and is there for all the world to see.

    Simmer down, Thought Police. You may have donated generously, but you are neither a moderator nor an editor. You have your rights and privileges, we have ours. You are not in a moral position to demand that claims be backed up. I know that you disagree. That’s just the way it is.

    Next allegation.

    But free speech is only speech that is proven and accepted by those who censor free speech. 

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  12. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Gary, politicians are not a protected class on Ricochet.  People are free to disparage Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, or even Donald Trump.  Do you know how many times people have flagged comments of yours because they were angry that you disparaged Donald Trump?  I’d say about a hundred times!  But we let you have your say and you must let others have their say.  Insulting other Ricochet members is a whole different set of rules, but politicians are fair game.  Nothing wrong with defending Paul Ryan’s record, but you aren’t the boss of Ricochet and cannot tell other people what they may say about him.

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  13. Gary Robbins Member
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    Gary, politicians are not a protected class on Ricochet. People are free to disparage Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, or even Donald Trump. Do you know how many times people have flagged comments of yours because they were angry that you disparaged Donald Trump? I’d say about a hundred times! But we let you have your say and you must let others have their say. Insulting other Ricochet members is a whole different set of rules, but politicians are fair game. Nothing wrong with defending Paul Ryan’s record, but you aren’t the boss of Ricochet and cannot tell other people what they may say about him.

    What!  I am not the boss of Ricochet?  Who sez?

    Okay.  Have a wonderful Veterans Day.

    P.S.  Ever since you showed the picture of your Mustang and your lovely bride, I smile each time I see your Avatar.

    P.P.S.  Right after I wrote this I saw some refer to DJT as “Fredo Trump.”  Point taken.

    • #43
  14. Barfly Member
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    Makes one reflect on grace, doesn’t it.

    • #44
  15. Kozak Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Please justify your use of the phrase “Lyin’ Ryan” or stop using it.

    “When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Ryan if he could provide more details about when the replacement would happen, the Republican said, “I don’t have a date, but that’s something we’re working on right now…. We’re working on this as fast as possible.”

    On Tuesday, Trump told congressional Republicans to pass an Obamacare replacement “very quickly.” They plan to officially repeal the law by the end of February or the beginning of March, Politico reported.

    During the town hall, Ryan said the GOP can put a better system in place. “We can and should have a system in this country where everybody can have access to affordable health care, including people with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “That’s not what this law is doing. This law is failing on that front.””

     

    But when it didn’t matter, when they KNEW Obama would Veto the bill, Lyin Ryan and Cocaine Mitch managed to pass a show bill for theatrics.

    Jan 2016

    “Flanked by dozens of his GOP troops, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Thursday signed the first-ever Obamacare repeal bill that will make it to the White House.

    “It has been a long time in getting here, but here we are,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said in the ornate Rayburn Room near the House chamber.

    The fast-track budget bill phases out Obamacare’s main benefits and repeals its most unpopular mandates, including the one requiring Americans to hold insurance or pay a tax.

    It also defunds Planned Parenthood for one year as punishment for its abortion practice and handling of harvested fetal tissue.

    The bill passed, 240-181, on Wednesday, after the Senate acted in early December, meaning it will head to President Obama’s desk.”

    Next allegation.

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  16. RufusRJones Member
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    Kozak (View Comment):
    “When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Ryan if he could provide more details about when the replacement would happen, the Republican said, “I don’t have a date, but that’s something we’re working on right now…. We’re working on this as fast as possible.”

    Eight < redacted > years plus 3 months after the election to get ready. They didn’t even have to do anything right away. How could they screw this up? 

     

    Kozak (View Comment):
    During the town hall, Ryan said the GOP can put a better system in place. “We can and should have a system in this country where everybody can have access to affordable health care, including people with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “That’s not what this law is doing. This law is failing on that front.””

    Well, duh.

    Obamacare is a gigantic scam to force single payer. 

    They needed to get ready for the political realities of wiping out employer-based insurance and they didn’t do it. If their plan didn’t include wiping out employer-based insurance, how are you going to pass it compared to Obamacare? Why would it be an improvement?

    So we are going to get single payer shoved down our throats. 

     

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  17. RufusRJones Member
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    Paul Ryan is just another ruling class < redacted >.  

    All of those GOP that couldn’t figure this out are just horrible.

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  18. Kozak Member
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):
    “When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Ryan if he could provide more details about when the replacement would happen, the Republican said, “I don’t have a date, but that’s something we’re working on right now…. We’re working on this as fast as possible.”

    Eight < redacted > years plus 3 months after the election to get ready. They didn’t even have to do anything right away. How could they screw this up?

    Kozak (View Comment):
    During the town hall, Ryan said the GOP can put a better system in place. “We can and should have a system in this country where everybody can have access to affordable health care, including people with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “That’s not what this law is doing. This law is failing on that front.””

    Well, duh.

    Obamacare is a gigantic scam to force single payer.

    They needed to get ready for the political realities of wiping out employer-based insurance and they didn’t do it. If their plan didn’t include wiping out employer-based insurance, how are you going to pass it compared to Obamacare? Why would it be an improvement?

    So we are going to get single payer shoved down our throats.

    Yeah. We were repeatedly told ” just elect us and when we have the White House we will have a bill ready to go day one.

    Liars.

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  19. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

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  20. BDB Coolidge
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    Well, sort of.  I’m not even familiar with the referent, but these two are peas in a pod.  I’m genuinely grateful to both of them for their great moments.  And then there’s the rest…

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  21. The Reticulator Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    Very interesting. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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  22. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

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  23. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    As we all understand, President Trump is the de facto leader of the Republican Party. He represents the vast majority of voters Republican candidates and congressional caucuses must attract in order to win election and attain majorities in each chamber. Graham understands this, as do we all.

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  24. BDB Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    Like Bill, or Hillary, or Obama?

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  25. Flicker Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    You mean like the voters?  :)

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  26. Flicker Coolidge
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    As we all understand, President Trump is the de facto leader of the Republican Party. He represents the vast majority of voters Republican candidates and congressional caucuses must attract in order to win election and attain majorities in each chamber. Graham understands this, as do we all.

    I wonder what Trump would do if he were the head of the Republican Party.

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  27. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    You mean like the voters? :)

    The article doesn’t spell out exactly what Graham what was talking about.  I though someone might have seen something from some other source that spells out just what it is Graham wants out of McConnell. 

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  28. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    You mean like the voters? :)

    The article doesn’t spell out exactly what Graham what was talking about. I though someone might have seen something from some other source that spells out just what it is Graham wants out of McConnell.

    The video of the interview is pretty clear.  Graham calls Trump a/the leader of the Republican Party.

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  29. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    When Lindsey Graham calls out McConnell, you know the electoral landscape has shifted decisively:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/13/mitch-mcconnell-lindsey-graham-trump-republicans

    From the article: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.

    What does it mean to have a working relationship with someone who is not in office?

    You mean like the voters? :)

    The article doesn’t spell out exactly what Graham what was talking about. I though someone might have seen something from some other source that spells out just what it is Graham wants out of McConnell.

    This isn’t meant as a challenge or anything, but I’ve been wondering this.  So, what do you think is Trump’s rightful place within the Republican Party, and what do you think he can actually accomplish, if anything.

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  30. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Flicker (View Comment):
    This isn’t meant as a challenge or anything, but I’ve been wondering this.  So, what do you think is Trump’s rightful place within the Republican Party, and what do you think he can actually accomplish, if anything.

    If conventional wisdom says that a president is the leader of his party until that party wins the presidency again, OK.  But I’ve never looked at it like that.  During the Obama years, I didn’t think of George W. Bush as the leader of the Republican Party.  He was just an ex-president to me.  I don’t know that most Democrats thought of Jimmy Carter as being the leader of the Democratic Party from the time of his inauguration until 16 years later, when Bill Clinton was sworn in.  (Or maybe it’s counted election-to-election, not inauguration-to-inauguration).  I think of Donald Trump as just another ex-president.  Typically ex-presidents may show up at their party’s national convention and make a speech, maybe do a little campaigning.

    Now maybe Donald Trump is not just an ex-president, maybe he is a future candidate.  And if he is elected again I’m sure everyone expects the next Republican Senate Majority or Minority Leader (whether that is McConnell or anyone else) to work with him.  Or whoever the next Republican president is.  I was just befuddled at the language that McConnell should be working with Trump when Trump is not in office.  I took “working with” literally and apparently everyone else knows that it means something else.

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