Tuesday Open Thread

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

–Napoleon Bonaparte

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    "The Democrats!"

    Centrist Democrats Have a New Idea to Win Reelection: Ignore Labor and Give Trump a Major Trade Deal

    Rep. Cheri Bustos, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is advocating internally for Democrats to wave through the House President Donald Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA, without any of the revisions demanded by labor unions and environmentalists — and despite concerns that it locks in high prescription drug prices.

    Bustos has argued to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that approving Trump’s free trade deal is important for vulnerable House Democrats who recently flipped Republicans seats, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the Bustos strategy. The argument goes that those vulnerable Democrats would be able to demonstrate to constituents that while they may be pursuing impeachment, they are also willing to work across party lines with the president. Inside the House caucus, the messaging is referred to as showing the ability to “walk and chew gum at the same time.”

    Bustos has help in making the DCCC’s argument to the caucus: former caucus Chair Joe Crowley, who was ousted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and is now a paid lobbyist for Trump’s revised NAFTA, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. He’s joined in the effort by former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who has also become a lobbyist for Trump’s trade deal.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Apparently the Colorado State Patrol and 4 CBS Denver have never heard of the concept of working at home.

    Colorado State Patrol Urges Businesses To Close Tuesday And Wednesday

    My company is open – we just have everyone working at home.

  3. kwtree says:

    Increased privatization of the VA has led to longer waits and higher costs for taxpayers.
     

    i have always been impressed by the dedicated, compassionate staff at the Veteran’s Administration, when dealing with my ex-husband’s health needs. My adult children, who for years now have taken over assisting their father with his appointments, would concur about the excellence of VA care. 
     

    Now that the vets care is routinely outsourced because of the privatization trend, waits for dental, vision, and specialty care are longer. More often than not, private doctors don’t have access to detailed medical records, including prescriptions and reactions. This ignorance can be life-threatening. 

    Yet another example of how a centralized government agency does a better job than multiple private contractors. Learn it, people, before we work on a national health plan!
     

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