Author: LOLGOP

There has never been a more important election for the working poor

There has never been a more important election for the working poor

A vote for Trump is vote to rip health insurance from 10 million low-income Americans

The greatest tragedy in American politics is that most poor people don’t vote.

This dooms us to escalating wealth inequality that’s becoming indistinguishable from economic feudalism.

And the second greatest tragedy is that that anyone might be tricked into suggesting that Donald Trump is somehow a champion of the downtrodden.

On a personal level he opposes workers, opposes higher wages and engages in the exact sort of exporting of jobs he blames for nearly all of our economic woes.

But what’s even more rotten is his policies would be catastrophic for millions of Americans who are finally getting ahead thanks to Medicaid expansion.…

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There is something you can do about it

There is something you can do about it

Four more Ruth Bader Ginsburgs or four more Samuel Alitos

My wife doesn’t usually try to scare me on purpose. She knows I’m already prone to dreams in which Trump wins and we all end up with Vladimir Putin faces — like in that one Twilight Zone.

So when she sent me this piece that’s going around by Tobias Stone, I knew we had reached the point in this election when we all grab our ears and flop like fish until we exorcise the thought of any Republican — let alone Birther Trump — winning the presidency.

Here’s the scariest part of Stone’s piece, in case you missed it:

As the events that led to the First World War unfolded, there were a few brilliant minds who started to warn that something big was wrong, that the web of treaties across Europe could lead to a war, but they were dismissed as hysterical, mad, or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worry about Putin, Brexit, and Trump are dismissed now.…

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Trump has already made David Duke relevant again

Trump has already made David Duke relevant again

And he’s changing brains for the worse

Donald Trump says America is a hellscape. Either he’s been spending too much time at Trump rallies — or he actually has a strategy that requires us to believe that historically low crime, record-high employment and the most secure border in generations are terrible things.

If you’re masochistic like me you spend much of your time reading about why we should be very worried about the prospect of a President Trump, usually served with generous portions of “here’s how it happened in Germany.”

George Lakoff has a post up today that sums up the mess we’re in: “Even if he loses the election, Trump will have changed the brains of millions of Americans, with future consequences.”

And we know this is true because former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke has been inspired to seek a U.S.

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How the media almost missed the hostile takeover of Michigan

How the media almost missed the hostile takeover of Michigan

Flint’s water, Detroit’s schools and the assault on democracy

Elected officials can:

a) call a meeting to order;
b) approve the minutes;
c) and adjourn the meeting.

That’s democracy under Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law.

Watch out. It could be coming to your state.

At this year’s Netroots Nation, Eclectablog’s Chris Savage hosted a panel on “Flint and Detroit Public Schools: Disasters for Democracy and Public Health,” which explored the consequences of Michigan’s draconian Emergency Manager laws — Public Act 4 and Public Act 436.

The poisoned water of Flint and the disgraceful conditions of Detroit’s public schools have become the two most galling examples of the costs of conservative indifference to rights and needs of poor Michiganders.…

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REMINDER: Republicans are still letting the working poor suffer and die

REMINDER: Republicans are still letting the working poor suffer and die

How would Andy Saas’ life be different if Obamacare had never become law and Kentucky’s former governor hadn’t accepted Medicaid expansion?

“I would end up with no teeth in my face.”

That’s what Saas told Politico’s Rachana Pradhan for a must-read investigation into the inequities of Medicaid expansion.

A door-to-door meat salesperson who also runs recovery houses for former addicts, Saas hadn’t had a regular doctor in 16 years. Since his Medicaid coverage went into effect, he’s had dental work and gotten to see a gastrointestinal specialist — despite being haunted by medical debt from a hospital stay in his pre-Obamacare days.…

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5 sacred GOP beliefs even more unpopular than Trump

5 sacred GOP beliefs even more unpopular than Trump

It’s GOP platform time, when America gets reminded that the Republicans who are ruining acres of underwear with their fears that Trump is ruining their brand were doing a fantastic job on their own.

We’re often told how unpopular Donald Trump is — and it’s true. He’s the least popular candidate on record.

But he’s practically SuperReagan Pokémon Kardashian compared to some of the GOP’s favorite policies.

  1. Banning all abortions.
    Only 19 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, which is the official GOP platform stance Because nothing says smaller government than you being forced to spend the rest of your life raising your rapist’s baby, possibly with your rapist having visitation rights.
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It’s time to tear the GOP apart — and possibly take the House

It’s time to tear the GOP apart — and possibly take the House

Why Democrats must force Trump to take a stand on Ryan’s plan to end Medicare and raise the retirement age

In retrospect, Mitt Romney did a couple of very smart things in 2012.

He junked a dopey video Donald Trump made for the GOP convention and he hid Paul Ryan during the last weeks of the election.

Donald Trump in 2012 was Donald Trump now.

In the weeks before the election he was running a racist stunt involving Obama promising money for charity he had no intention — or ability? — to pay. He just hadn’t destroyed the Republican Party yet, by defeating nearly every “promising” conservative star in a fashion that should haunt and humiliate them forever.…

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Attention, Michigan: This is how the GOP is planning on stealing this election

Attention, Michigan: This is how the GOP is planning on stealing this election

And what you can do about it

Why would Michigan’s Republicans pass a law that eliminates straight-ticket voting, a law twice rejected by voters, without allowing all Michiganders access to absentee ballots that would allow us the time to consider the many new choices we’ll be making at the polls?

It’s about hopelessness, Rep. Brenda Lawrence said at a Voting Rights Forum in Detroit on Tuesday evening convened by the Dean of the House — Rep. John Conyers.

Just filling in the multiple bubbles alone is likely to increase the time it takes to vote by seconds that will quickly add up to minutes and then hours.…

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The one word we have to use to describe Trump’s racism — ‘strategic’

The one word we have to use to describe Trump’s racism — ‘strategic’

Trump is using racism to scam white voters and make them poorer. And he’s doing it the same way conservatives have for decades.

Donald Trump could lose by 10 percent, Democrats could take the House and this election could still have been a missed opportunity.

We must use this unprecedented moment to expose right wing’s most effective tactic in tearing apart the middle class.

“Conservatives found a way to use racism to undermine confidence in everything public,” law professor and author of the very excellent Dog Whistle Politics Ian Haney López explains.

What’s the secret? It’s “dog whistle” or strategic racism.…

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Maybe we are underestimating the power of misogyny

Maybe we are underestimating the power of misogyny

What if the Dilbert guy is right?

Donald Trump gave a “bizarre, lie-ridden fantasy” of a speech attacking Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. And according to his target audience, it wasn’t just good. It was a literal knockout.

Dilbert-creator Scott Adams has become the spokesman of the generally older, white, male-r people who take great erotic pleasure in the rise of Trump. He tweeted that Trump’s speech was “best persuasion I have ever seen. Game over. Now running unopposed.”

Sorry, 4 million people the Supreme Court stopped President Obama from protecting from deportation, we’re done!

Adams’ effusion continued on Thursday with a post about “The Humiliation of the American Male in 2016.” He traces what he sees Trump’s ultimate triumph to a dishwasher detergent commercial and v-neck sweaters, which is “the uniform of a man who is owned by a woman.”

To Adams, Trump is the epitome of the man who would never expose his waddle by wearing a v-neck and Trump would never go back to the store to get the right kind of soap for Melania.…

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Let’s raise Rick Snyder’s taxes

Let’s raise Rick Snyder’s taxes

It may be our only way to “thank” him for all he’s done

In a private ceremony on Tuesday, Rick Snyder signed the Detroit Public School’s “rescue” bill into law. The bill abandoned 15 months of bi-partisan negotiations in favor a giveaway to the charter school industry with almost no accountability.

Meanwhile, for the third straight summer, residents of Flint are still depending on bottled water thanks to decisions made by the governor’s direct reports.

Despite evidence that he’s been in any way humbled or enlightened by the damage done to Flint, cries to “arrest” Snyder or even recall him have faded.…

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