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HOW DID REPUBLICANS BECOME THE PARY OF CRUEL ANYWAYS?

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Understanding Republican Cruelty


By: Paul Krugman The New York Times June 30,2017
The basics of Republican health legislation, which haven’t changed much in different iterations of Trumpcare, are easy to describe: Take health insurance away from tens of millions, make it much worse and far more expensive for millions more, and use the money thus saved to cut taxes on the wealthy. Donald Trump may not get this — reporting by The Times and others, combined with his own tweets, suggests that he has no idea what’s in his party’s legislation. But everyone in Congress understands what it’s all about. The puzzle — and it is a puzzle, even for those who have long since concluded that something is terribly wrong with the modern G.O.P. — is why the party is pushing this harsh, morally indefensible agenda. Think about it. Losing health coverage is a nightmare, especially if you’re older, have health problems and/or lack the financial resources to cope if illness strikes. And since Americans wit…

ALMOST SIX MONTHS INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT.

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BUT DON'T EXPECT ANY TRUMP SUPPORTERS TO ABANDON HIM.  IT AIN'T GONNA' HAPPEN.




It’s hard to figure out if these Trump supporters know they are lying through their teeth or if they simply don’t have a clue about what Trump has actually accomplished.In either case – or perhaps “both” cases – I can’t help but see shadows of cultism in their absolute personal devotion to Trump and their abject dedication to all things Trump. They believe in him.They believe him. Then again, the whole “Trump can do no wrong,” "Trump is draining the Washington swamp,” “He’s looking out for the little guy” are “truisms” so far detached from reality (even “political” reality) as to sound like that Star Wars movie crawler; "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....",because the reality of Trump’s promises and his accomplishments certainly resemble nothing that these folks are speaking about.At least in “real” reality, let’s say.  The one we live in.  What Trump has done is trump…

THOSE JOB KILLING GUBBMINT REGULATIONS POLITICIANS RAIL AGAINST?

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HERE'S ONE REASON WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK TWICE ABOUT SLASHING GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS
NOTE: Here's the full story of how a known, deadly and dangerous exterior cladding resulted in the loss of 80 lives in London recently.  

Why Grenfell Tower Burned: Regulators Put Cost Before Safety
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICKDANNY HAKIM and JAMES GLANZ
The New York Times June 24, 2017

LONDON — The doorbell woke Yassin Adam just before 1 a.m. A neighbor was frantically alerting others on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower about a fire in his apartment. “My fridge blew up,” the man shouted. Residents of Grenfell Tower had complained for years that the 24-story public housing block invited catastrophe. It lacked fire alarms, sprinklers and a fire escape. It had only a single staircase. And there were concerns about a new aluminum facade that was supposed to improve the building — but was now whisking the flames skyward. The facade, Mr. Adam said, “burned like a fire that you pour petrol on.” Th…