Thursday, 18 July 2019

Kamala Harris claims Medicare for All is possible without raising middle class taxes

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that while she favors a Medicare for All system of health care, she is opposed to raising taxes on the middle class, leading to the question: How would such a plan be paid for?

Harris made the seemingly contradictory remarks during an interview on CNN.

"Part of it is going to be about Wall Street paying more," Harris said. "It's going to be about what we tax in terms of financial services. That's part of it. The other part is to ups understand this is about an investment that will reap a great return on the investment. We can't only look at this issue in terms of cost without thinking about benefit. The benefit to the American public will be that people will have access to health care that right now they cannot afford. And we are all paying a price for that."

This is, of course, unlikely if not impossible. She talks about raising taxes on Wall Street and taxing different financial services, but her answer is mostly a glossing over of the real math question at hand.

Even Bernie Sanders, the author of the Medicare for All plan Harris has supported as a senator, admits his plan would require a middle class tax increase.

"How do you think we … Health care is not free. Now, we pay for health care in a variety of ways, pretty complicated. About half of health care dollars, more or less, comes from taxes," Sanders said Tuesday to The Washington Post.

Sanders said Medicare for All would cost about $40 trillion over a 10-year period.
Harris, however, is choosing to take the path of both supporting Medicare for All and opposing middle class taxes, apparently hoping that voters will simply believe it to be possible because they would like to believe it is possible.

CNN viewers are outraged at what a black Trump supporter said, and they want to find him

Some CNN viewers were outraged at an interview with a young African-American supporter of President Donald Trump, and they took to social media to express their anger.
Kevin Martin from Pennsylvania told CNN's Van Jones that he voted for Trump in the 2016 election, and he still planned to vote for him in 2020, despite a few misgivings.
"All this, kind of this, far left talk is kind of scaring me, when it comes to the border," he said, though the rest of his statement was edited out.
"Look, I mean, I was raised in a conservative family, and I'm in business, I'm a business consultant, and business is great. And I don't want to lose that," Martin explained.
"And I know that a lot of the rhetoric coming out of the White House off twitter, is concerning," he admitted, "but putting personal feelings aside, I think that we're having a great economic boom, I mean, people are risking their lives to come here." 

What was the response?

Many of those on the left who watched the segment were angry that Martin said that he would support Trump in 2020 because his business was going better. Several users said he need to be re-educated.

Martin went on to say that some of his black Republican friends had been pushed away by Trump's comments and were actively supporting the presidential campaigns of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Here's the video of Martin's comments on CNN:

Democratic Rep. Swalwell stuns CNN anchor with inconvenient truth about socialism

Former presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) admitted that most of the people he talked to did not tell him that they wanted socialism.
He made the admission during an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday.

Harlow asked him about a statement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) referring to four freshman members of Congress as "this new Democrat socialist majority."

"I wonder if you think it is catchy and if you think it is dangerous to your party's chances in 2020," Harlow asked.

"No, it's not," Swalwell responded.

"I understand though why if you're working really hard and you're just living paycheck to paycheck, or you have student loan debt and you're not able to buy a house, you may be asking for something other than the capitalist system that we have today," he explained.

"But most people aren't telling me they want socialism.
"OK," responded Harlow.

"They're saying they just want to see their hard work add up," Swalwell added.
"I think we're of the party where if you work hard, it adds up," he concluded.
"So fair enough!" Harlow replied.

Socialism has become much more of an influential ideology in the Democratic party since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an avowed socialist, challenged Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination in 2016.

Since that election, more far left members identifying as socialists have successfully run for Congress, including democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Watch the comments from Swalwell below:

WATCH: Jon Stewart, 9/11 first responder John Feal tear into Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee for blocking victim fund

Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responder John Feal lambasted Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) during a Fox News appearance for blocking the passage of a bill that would extend funding for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund on Wednesday.

The fund, which is set to stop taking claims after December 2020, would be funded to cover medical expenses for 9/11 first responders and volunteers through 2090 if the bill passes and is signed into law.

"At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries," Stewart said on "Special Report with Bret Baier." "And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous."

What happened?

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for the bill to be approved by unanimous consent Wednesday, but that move was blocked when Paul objected over concerns about how the bill would be paid for.

The bill is expected to cost more than $10 billion during the first decade, and Paul wanted to add a provision to fund the bill, saying "any new spending … should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable."

Lee raised concerns about oversight of the fund to prevent fraud and abuse.
Paul said in a statement that he did not intend to block the bill, but he was "simply seeking to pay for it."

Stewart and Feal were appalled by what they felt was selective fiscal responsibility by the senators.

"[Paul] is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt," Stewart said, referencing Paul's vote in favor of President Donald Trump's tax reform. "And now he's going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community—the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors—all of a sudden we've got to go through this."

Feal, although angered by what Paul and Lee did, remained confident that the bill would pass when it got to the floor for a straight vote.

"When we get this bill passed, we beat them again and we are going to walk out and we're going to hold our chins up high and our chests out, and we're going to say we beat Rand Paul and Mike Lee," Feal said.

Watch below:

MSNBC host says America is headed towards a Holocaust in unhinged rant

MSNBC host Donny Deutsch ranted against wealthy white people who were looking the other way as "every single playbook" from President Donald Trump was heading to another Holocaust.

Deutsch, who hosts his own show on MNBC on Saturday, was a panel guest on Deadline: White House when he made the comments Wednesday.
"Enough is enough, and I want to talk to the white people out there. OK? I want to talk to wealthy, white people, because I've had it. I've had discussions when I've talked to friends, people I know," Deutsch said.

"He's good for the economy, but he's good for the economy, they're all jerks, anyway," he said in a mocking tone.

"We are heading to such a dangerous place, and guess what? You look at history, it can happen here. Maybe it's the Jews next. Oh, oh, I forgot, his daughter is married to a Jew. Who says—and I come from a place, I come from a group of people where it happened to, six million of them, and I'm not saying Trump is that person," Deutsch continued.

"But every playbook that's happening, every single playbook, creating the other," he added. "Getting rich people to look the other way. Getting people to not trust the press. Getting the judicial system in your pocket. Getting an entire branch of government, the legislative branch, the Republicans to just march with you. To act above the law. To say that you're going to put your adversaries in jail."

Deutsch also referenced the comments from the president telling four minority female members of Congress to go back to their home countries, despite only one being an immigrant.

His comments didn't appear to be received well by the show's host, Nicole Wallace, who frowned during his rant and immediately swung away from his comments to another guest after he finished.

Deutsch has been known for making extreme and incendiary comments about the president. In 2018 he said that a revolution is needed to stop the "terrifying acts" of a "dictator."

Here's the video from MSNBC:

Colorado State University 'Inclusive Language Guide' discourages use of terms 'America' and 'American'

A guide to inclusive language published by a Colorado State University task force cautions students, faculty, and staff to avoid the use of the terms "America" and "American," among others, some of which might not be known to the common person to be considered offensive.

The Inclusive Language Guide was compiled by Colorado State's Inclusive Communications Task Force with the goal of "helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued."

The guide explains why "America/American" is a "word/phrase to avoid":
"The Americas encompass a lot more than the United States. There is South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean just to name a few of 42 countries in total. That's why the word "americano" in Spanish can refer to anything on the American continent. Yet, when we talk about "Americans" in the United States, we're usually just referring to people from the United States. This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country."
Instead, people should say "U.S. citizen" or "person from the U.S."
Much of the document is devoted to eliminating the use of common words that express or imply gender or biological sex, such as "freshman," "policeman," "male," and "female."

"Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender," the guide explains. "In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person's biological sex and more often are referring to gender. In these cases, using gender identity terms is preferred."

The guide also discourages the use of "he" or "she," instead guiding students to use terms such as "They/them/theirs/ Ze/hir/hir" because "he" and "she" "imply that gender is binary (i.e. either man or woman)."

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Trump Blasts Pelosi for Racism After ‘Make America White Again’ Comment

There’s a bizarre three-way fight brewing in Washington, and the gloves are coming off.
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi has long been a foil for Republicans, clashing with conservatives ever since she became the speaker of the House during the George W. Bush presidency.
It’s no surprise that the liberal leader is now butting heads with President Donald Trump — but she probably didn’t expect to be clashing with big names in her own party, as well. Pelosi has found herself squabbling with the president and far-left Democrats like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a verbal boxing match that could impact the coming election.
On Monday, President Trump blasted Pelosi for suggesting that his famous campaign slogan had anything to do with race. The Democrat has already been called out for racial bias by Ocasio-Cortez, putting the controversy on very odd ground.
On Sunday, Pelosi sent out a tweet which strongly implied that Trump was a racist who wanted to favor white Americans over others.
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” Pelosi tweeted.
That tweet was itself responding to something Trump had previously posted. Early Sunday morning, the president called out “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen,” specifically Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump posted in a widely criticized series of tweets.
That line in particular was highlighted by the left as racist, considering the fact that all of the congresswomen are of course American citizens, and only Omar is actually from a foreign country. The others were all born in the United States.
But Trump took the criticism as he usually does: By pushing ahead and attacking his opponents right back.
“Speaker Pelosi said ‘make America white again,’ that’s a very racist statement,” Trump said during an event at the White House, according to The Hill.
His latest jab may have been undermined by his own tongue, however. Despite calling Pelosi’s tweet “a very racist statement,” Trump actually defended the Democrat just days ago.
“I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do: She is not a racist,” Trump said on Friday. He was defending the liberal from Ocasio-Cortez and the other young congresswomen who are struggling for power against the speaker.
“For them to call her a racist is a disgrace,” Trump added on Friday. His tone was much more abrasive days later.
Let’s be honest: This entire controversy is a tangled mess. It has devolved into a three-way mud slinging contest, with Trump, Pelosi and AOC all competing for soundbites and chances to point fingers.
Trump’s core point, however, is still solid. For the leader of the Democratic party to claim that the simple slogan “Make America Great Again” is some sort of pro-white anthem is clearly ridiculous.
So far, the Trump presidency has brought benefits for all Americans, regardless of their skin color. Jobs for black and Hispanic Americans are booming. He’s taken historic steps on criminal justice reform, an important issue with people of color.

And that’s what we should focus on. The country is actually improving in tangible, measurable ways — and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to remember that, and leave the constant soundbite squawking behind.