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AdLib On July - 28 - 2017


Following in the footsteps of Donald Trump in business, Senate Majority Leasder Mitch McConnell tried to run a crooked con job to pass a repeal of Obamacare and like Trump, failed.

No other political leader in the history of Congress has ever tried to pass such a monumental law, affecting 1/6 of the nation’s economy and the lives (and premature deaths) of tens of millions of Americans.

But McConnell has displayed that he has no conscience. He shamelessly put his party and their lust for power first, above the health and lives of the American people and the legacy of The Senate.

He violated every precedent and structure of The Senate, refusing to allow committees to do their jobs, to hold hearings with health care experts or even Americans whose healthcare was at stake. He moved forward without getting a CBO score on his “Skinny Bill” and seeking any information on the economic and health impact of the massive changes he was trying to achieve.

He just wanted to win.

McConnell and the other dishonest Republicans supporting this horrendous bill…that they jaw-droppingly claimed would be a disaster and sought Paul Ryan’s assurance that The House wouldn’t approve it and make it law if The Senate passed it…used a lame excuse to cover up their real motivation.

They claimed that they were elected to repeal Obamacare, alleging that they were just following the will of the people. Yet, faced with polls showing 87% of Americans don’t want their repeal bill, they still tried to force it down America’s throat. The lie these cowards used to try and pass this was transparent. They couldn’t have cared less what their voters wanted.

Consider the real truth as to why McConnell and his fellow Repubs did all they could to cheat, lie and deceive to take healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans…

…all that matters to them is getting re-elected and retaining power. They have proven that they will sacrifice millions of Americans and even the destruction of the American insurance system just to keep themselves from being “primaried” from the Right by wing nuts who would otherwise happily run against them on how much crueler they would be to Americans.

But since killing the ACÁ was just a hollow political manipulation of the Repub base and lacked any genuine concepts to improve healthcare, it was rightly doomed and toxic.

Poor McConnell, speaking right after losing the vote, was a whiny little Mitch, quickly blaming Democrats for their refusing to participate.

Such a bald faced liar, McConnell is…and not the legislative “genius” so many say of him (he’s a genius because he cheats, lies and hides bills from even his own party that would destroy America’s health insurance system?).

McConnell and Paul Ryan started this process under Reconciliation, meaning it was a Republican only process. McConnell then broke with the standard process of The Senate and created a white-only, Republican-only, male-only panel of 16 yes-men from The Senate to rubber stamp an ACA repeal and Medicaid destruction bill that he designed with his closest cronies.

Democrats were shut out of any participation in this effort from the very beginning. It takes a royal douche to take a huge crap on Senate rules, shut out all Dems and most Republicans then rush a bill to a vote that even McConnell knew was a disaster…then blame those who were purposely shut out of it all for it’s failure.

Maybe now, some Republicans can agree on some realities.

  1. Mitch McConnell is not a genius or good leader. He just tries to win by cheating.
  2. It’s bad idea to try and pass a bill that you know is horrible and makes you beg The House not to allow it to become law.
  3. There’s a reason that “regular order” is called “regular” and why it has always been used in The Senate  to pass any meaningful bill. Cheating and forcing a hated bill through quickly without time for consideration is doomed to failure and self-evident of a bill that doesn’t deserve to win a vote.
  4. Respecting the will of the voters means respecting their opinions today when you have a vote to make, not what they may have wanted and what you vowed 7 years ago.
  5. Health care is not just a vehicle for your own re-election or position of power.  It means life and death to real people, the ones who you are supposed to be working for and they don’t like it when you vote to ruin their lives and hasten their deaths.

Democrats have not been taking the kind of obnoxious victory lap on Repeal being defeated as Trump and House Repubs did when they passed their version and held a huge victory party on cable news.

Dems have been saying that if Repeal is dead, they are ready, willing and able to work with Repubs on accomplishing the goals of improving exchanges stability, reducing insurance and pharma costs and growing enrollment…what Repubs falsely alleged their corrupt bills would accomplish.

This is what the majority of Americans want to see. Cooperation between Repubs and Dems and fixing the ACA.

Republicans have so far ignored what Americans want, time will tell if Repubs have finally grown so desperate, that they may consider representing the wishes of their constituents.


Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. RSGmusic says:

    Well the definition of Mitch , Ryan , pence and all trump and all his appoints are defined as pathological liars with vision of king hood and sexual degenerates!
    trump, pence and Mitch and Ryan has committed treason!
    will the GOP actually protect the nation???? a minuscule chance!!

    As for ACA it has an opt out! So every one can search every ones h/care system and find them with previous conditions or very Lille of them.
    a vastly superior law!

    Trump Care is out to destroy afforded h.care even their own Republican votes

    All these problem where created by the do nothing Bennie Sanders voters and 3 party voters voting

    Than is the reason we the people have the Little boy trump.


    • AdLib says:

      RSG, I was with you most of the way. No question that the Repubs have abandoned any relationship with morality and truth. The only way they can accomplish anything anymore is to lie and deceive.

      However, you’re veering around reality to keep venting this obsessive hostility you have towards Sanders.

      Trump won because he had more voters in the Rust Belt states than Hillary and received more electoral votes in the country. That’s the simple reality. Considering that it’s been nearly 9 months since the election, it’s well past time to accept reality as unpleasant as it is and channel that energy constructively towards bringing Dems together to take back The Senate and The House in 2018…which will block Trump’s power and begin his takedown.

      Isn’t that what matters now?

      • RSGmusic says:

        Ya trump needs to be impeached

        i am correct on sanders he should have never been able run! loses in Michigan and 3 other swing states the 3rd party votes made the difference

        As you said the voters you mention where all are 3rd part voters

        Sanders and Jane have been indicted now!! both have hired lawyers
        Here Are The Fraud Accusations Against Bernie And Jane …

        Pro-Bernie Sanders super PAC leader charged with fraud …

        http://www.publicintegrity.org › Buying of the President

        He also took 307 k from big pharma drug prices bill

        sanders and russian conections

        Here is Bernie’s GOP side
        You can not justify these things as liberal

        OH i was in hazardous waste and my corp wanted to use the location as a spot to use! so i had to look up the investors that the place had stock in it!! Sanders was on the list and my corp NO way to send it to that location!! Now any hazardous waste can go to your state !! How do you feel about That!! OH you could send it one state away unless you have waiver!! each additional state line it crosses makes the coast multiplies the cost by 4!! He must have Federal regs say that if you go another provider the Provider must name politicians as part of the deal to start using a new hazz waste spot He created a lot debt for his state!

        OPPOSED efforts to increase funding for advanced technology projects: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll484.xml

        OPPOSED Democratic attempts to prevent GOP cuts and increase funding for benefits aimed at LEGAL immigrants, Medicaid, the disabled, and children safety nets: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2002/roll168.xml

        OPPOSED federal funding to help the homeless: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED increased funding for nutritional programs for women, infants, and children: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1995/roll708.xml

        OPPOSED increases funding for rural development programs: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1996/roll234.xml

        OPPOSED additional funding for rural housing and development: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED funding for assisting prospective homeowners with AIDS: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED allowing breastfeeding on federal grounds: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll426.xml

        OPPOSED legislation requiring federal agencies to create and enforce anti-sex discrimination policies: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED legislation banning imports from forced child labor: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1997/roll474.xml

        OPPOSED funding going towards investigations of unfair trade practices: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED legislation encouraging Pentagon to avoid using foreign imports over domestic ones: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll617.xml

        PROPOSED withdrawing from WTO: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll239.xml

        OPPOSED pay raises for various federal employees MULTIPLE times… http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll426.xml http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll335.xml

        … while VOTING FOR HIS OWN PAY RAISE: http://www.senate.gov/…/roll…/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm…

        OPPOSED increased education funding: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED increases funding for poor students: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED legislation increasing financial aid: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        TWICE OPPOSED increased science funding for historically black colleges: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll335.xml http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll513.xml

        OPPOSED a bill providing massive support to the agricultural communities: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2001/roll371.xml

        SUPPORTED cutting agricultural funding by ten percent: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1992/roll248.xml

        OPPOSED increases agricultural funding: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED increased funding for prominent farming communities: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED funding for drought assistance: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OPPOSED funding for building and repairing farms: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll358.xml

        SUPPORTED gutting oversight for agricultural marketing practices: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1995/roll550.xml

        OPPOSED legislation marketing oversea agriculture practices: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1995/roll708.xml

        OPPOSED increased food safety and inspection: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll032.xml

        OH Adlib sanders is a crook as proved above and a GOP moderate

        If sanders runs again he will be an interdependent for the dem party will not back him at all ,
        so in 2020 if sanders runs we the People looses again

        he did not win against Hillary.

        again trump and gang needs to be impeached !!!

        You will never change my mind on Sanders he is a crook and a lied his whole campaign long on many issues ! OH if found Guilty and he is he will be out of politics!
        UNLESS he and Jane settle out of court LIKE TRUMP DID for millions!!

        • AdLib says:

          So to be clear, we do agree that Trump should be stopped or impeached?

          As Kalima mentioned, my article is about how Republicans failed at repealing the ACA even though they tried to rig the process, appreciate comments about that topic in this thread.

        • kesmarn says:

          Even if — by some version of magical thinking — it could be proven that Bernie and only Bernie lost the election for the perfect Dem candidate, how does that help us move forward?

          Last time I looked, time only moved in one direction. We never get a chance to have a “re-do.” We have no choice but to face forward, unless we opt to embrace a delusion.

          Unless the Dem Party is planning to run Hillary again, we need to focus on finding a candidate who can inspire younger voters, minority votes, female voters. I’m sure Bernie has no intention of running again. At this point he’s just interested in giving the struggling working class some hope for the future. A job that no one else seems to want.

          Here’s a little food for thought as well:


          • RSGmusic says:

            well kesman and the other 5 poor political; [posters the only question are you all going to vote for The do nothing senator as and independent! you all will not say

            Prediction you all vote for do nothing sander ??????????

            Of course you can prove me wrong ? I say one might prove me wrong !!!

            OH by the want sanders and his wife gt convicted Sander is out of politics all together!! the will be in federal prison almost all their lives!! OH ye has a good chance he will lose his senate seat . All the dems he needs them to be for him are totally mad at him so major pissed off!! reason why would you do democrats and lie about Clinton big time

            • kesmarn says:

              Hahahaha! There’s a part of me that wants to say that I would vote for Bernie if he were 106 years old, had Jane as his running mate, and they were running on the Communist Party ticket out of a prison cell.

              But I really shouldn’t kid about this topic, since it is clearly near and dear to your heart — to the exclusion of all else.

              So I’ll bow out of this “discussion” now. Peace.

        • Nirek says:

          You say both Bernie and Jane Sanders are under indictment? Where is the proof? I searched and didn’t find anything about indictments. Your link doesn’t go anywhere.

        • Kalima says:

          Yep, Bernie Sanders is sooo bad for working his 75 year old arse off to bring the Dem’s and Progressive’s agenda to the voters in the heartlands that he won. Terrible! He should be thoroughly punished.

          Oh, by the way, what’s Hillary doing to help Democrats and Progessives win seats in 2018?

          Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Isn’t Over

          In Trump’s America, the Independent senator is fighting to win back the heartland for Democrats.


          • RSGmusic says:

            NO Kalima you three miss the point the three! It is very sad can not justify one of His vote on the GOP point many of them for your supposed to be the Political writers! you are sad examples of US citizen . You see the dems are not the do nothing Sanders going to run as a dem, that means he has to run as an independent that assures another FOP President Backing sander is ultra wrong

            • Kalima says:

              I don’t care how Sanders voted in 2003 when Clinton voted for the Iraq war that killed almost 5,000 American troops, over 100,000 Iraqi citizens, thousands of allied soldiers causing millions of refugees fleeing their country and leaving Iraq in chaos to this day.

              My point is what Sanders has been doing and is still doing now to help Dems and Progressives win seats in elections to defeat the trump administration and crazy republicans.

              Every time you come here, you obsess about Sanders when the subject of the article AdLib has spent time writing has absolutely nothing to do with Bernie Sanders. You post 28 links about Sanders in one comment, yet don’t bother to read the article or the New Yorker article link I posted. Your proof about the wrong doing of Sanders is a Fox News link? The same Fox News now working for trump spreading lies about a DNC murder victim to deflect from the Russia probe? Really??

              Your comments are off topic, and therefore an insult and distraction to the author and what he wrote.

              I am not an American but seem to want your country to progress more than you do. Please get a grip and stop your endless crusade against Bernie Sanders here on The Planet when there are so many important issues facing both America and the rest of the world, and the future and standing of your country is at stake. Enough of this. Sanders is 75 years old, he won’t be running for president again unfortunately.

              What is Hillary doing to help the Dems and Progressives win seats in the midterms and ensure a Democratic WH in 2020?

              Bernie is working on a bill for single payer healthcare with legislation to follow.

          • RSGmusic says:

            Here is the of him and wife getting lawyers Kalima
            here you are Nirek
            Sanders, wife Jane, hire lawyers amid FBI probe on loan …

            Jun 24, 2017 · Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife have hired defense attorneys … Sanders, wife Jane, hire lawyers amid FBI … The liberal arts college closed that same …

            oh i see you can not justify all his republican votes

            OH sanders has passed a whopping the bills in his career
            passed Bills

            OH wee you can not justify his Republican type bills i listed

            Sanders if just a crook

            • Nirek says:

              You stated that they were both indicted. Your link to prove that does not go anywhere. Fake news. I don’t know why you have a problem with Bernie? He is the only honest politician, in my opinion.

              Hiring a lawyer is not proof of an indictment.

            • Kalima says:

              You missed the whole point of my reply to you, and your comments here are totally off topic. Did you read AdLib’s article? Did you read the story in the New Yorker link I posted? If you did, your story about Sanders and his wife is covered there and how and why it happened, so please don’t be an armchair prosecutor and decide that they are guilty of anything to pursue your obsessive hate of Bernie Sanders. It’s not healthy. Strange how this accusation is not, or has never been headline news.

              Hillary Clinton lost for many reasons, but mainly because she wasn’t a very good candidate with an uninspirational campaign. Blaming Bernie Sanders is impotent, and the Dem Party will never move forward or win another election if everyone thinks like you do. Please give it a rest. It’s becoming so very boring. Your campaign of hate is unproductive at a time when America is fighting to hold on to democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law.

              What is Clinton doing to help push the Dem’s and Progressive’s agenda in the heartlands to win seats for the 2018 midterm elections?

  2. gyp46 says:

    Yet even the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, seems to matter not to Republicans. Worrying and wondering just what is it going to take to wake them up to their responsibilities as elected officials of the people has become a tiring occupation. Disgust is turning into disillusionment that we will ever regain our sanity as a ‘whole people’ again. This is the ‘trial by fire’ for our republic, in my humble view.

    • AdLib says:

      gyp46, as is evident from Trump’s efforts to convince people they can’t trust the news or facts, the Republican war of truth has reached its ultimate position. Lies are all they have to describe their morally bankrupt agenda. They can’t very well admit that they don’t care about Americans and will sell off every inch of America just to get re-elected and benefit the wealthy pigs that finance their re-elections.

      But it’s not working anymore, only their mindless followers, a minority of Americans, accept their BS as gourmet cuisine.

      When you get dismayed, consider all those people who were out at The Capitol protesting last night and all these months. Regular people, moms with their kids, blue collar workers, those suffering from severe health issues. They just beat the wealthiest and most powerful people in the US.

      People have been rising up, they may be tired of all this crap but they’re showing up and making a difference.

      It won’t be long before we have a very constructive direction to channel our energy and enthusiasm, as the 2018 elections start gearing up.

      Hang in there, sanity and a huge pushback to this assault on our democracy is coming!

      • gyp46 says:

        AdLib, I’ve watched, I’ve called both my senators, Flake and McCain, many times during this disastrous period. That is not where my dismay is centered, that lies with democratic leadership and lack of message to the blue collar workers that used to be our base. The propaganda machine of the minority is overpowering the voices of the majority, I know the correlation is not completely valid, but remember Germany of the late 20s, early 30s, that party was a minority too. Our vociferous minority doesn’t seem far from the use of violence. Look at their leaders remarks on the 28th to the police of Suffolk County, he encouraged the use of violence to suspects, and we know police depts are overly violent now. Over 600 killings by police so far and it’s only July. I feel I’m starting to ramble so will end it here.

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