On one side of this ObamaCare issue are conservatives and conservative organizations such as the House Freedom Caucus and Club for Growth that opposed House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “ObamaCare Lite” version of repeal-and-replace, arguing, essentially, that it did neither.
On the other hand, you have conservatives such as Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform who supported taking what they could get and advancing the ball ten yards at a time rather than throwing a “Hail Mary.”
The argument isn’t so much over philosophy, but strategy. It’s the same fight that occurred over increasing the debt limit and “sequestration” a couple years back.
But what I find REALLY interesting are various news reports that Donald Trump WANTED to have a public vote on Ryan’s plan to identify, on the record, those who opposed it – but Ryan refused.
Look, these people are elected to do one thing: Vote. And all too often in the past GOP leaders like Ryan have protected their weak-link members by blocking public votes that could put them in political jeopardy with conservatives.
You can run from a vote, but you can’t run from a recorded vote.
Now, I’m not exactly thrilled that the first opportunity for Trump to “out” congress-critters on a difficult, controversial issue involves conservatives. But if he’s willing to call out the Freedom Caucus folks, that means he’ll do it to the mushy moderates later. And that’s something that’s LONG overdue.
Give ‘em hell, Donald!
Dr. Chuck Muth, PsD
Professor of Psephology (homeschooled)
Nevada’s #1 Irritator of Liberals and RINOs
P.S. Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher tweeted the following this week…
“Some guy gave up his first-class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit.”
Talk about a wretched piece of liberal garbage. Naturally, this ass-clown has suffered no consequences from his employer. I’m trying not to vomit.
- Trump: Flynn ‘Should Ask for Immunity’ in This ‘Witch Hunt’
- Trump Doubles Down on Freedom Caucus Attacks
- Trump Seeking Bipartisan Coalition in Tax Reform
- Mark Sanford: Trump Threatened to Campaign Against Me
- Report: Bush-43 Called Trump’s Inaugural Speech ‘Weird Sh–“
- WikiLeaks: CIA Disguises Its Own Hacking to Appear Russian, Chinese
- Cheapest Way to Build the Wall: Use Military
- Schumer Warns GOP Against Rules Change to Confirm Gorsuch to Supreme Court
- Defense Secretary Mattis: Russia’s Actions in Afghanistan Are a Concern
- EPA Reverses Course on Safety of Pesticide Used on Crops
- Connecticut May Allow Police to Weaponize Drones
NEVADA NEWS & VIEWS
Nevada’s new Democrat state Senate leaders are doing a marvelous job championing and propagandizing trivial, meaningless “show” legislation so far this session. But this week they also did a marvelous job embarrassing themselves with major-league, ham-handed flip-flops.
First, Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford was caught being for a bill sponsored by accidental State Sen. Yvanna Cancela (D-Culinary Union) to make Nevada a “sanctuary state” before realizing it could hurt his electoral chances at becoming the next attorney general. As such, he used his power and the Grand Imperial Senate Pooh-bah to kill a bill he co-sponsored.
Secondly, Assistant Majority Leader and Commerce Committee Chairman Kelvin Atkinson got caught trying to introduce anonymously through his committee an absolutely absurd bill requiring Uber drivers to wait 15 minutes before picking up customers, and then flip-flopping and killing the bill his own committee introduced just 48 hours later.
After being ridiculed royally for the sheer stupidity of the bill, Atkinson went totally into full “Simon Peter” mode: “What bill? I don’t know no bill. That was somebody else’s bill.”
Profiles in courage, let alone competence, this duo ain’t.
- Norquist: Freedom Caucus hijinks might lead to ‘appropriators gone wild
- Root: Attractive Nevada tax climate lures NFL’s Raiders, other enterprises
- Joecks: Ford’s flip-flop kills ‘sanctuary state’ bill
- Mitchell: Nevada lawmakers keep trying to add more nitpicking laws for employers
- Kumar: Higher minimum wage lowers incentive for college
The Oakland Raiders are coming to Vegas. And that means some potential competition between major-league sporting events. Here’s how two executives handled the new reality this week…
“Let me be quick to say we are ecstatic about the Raiders coming to town,” Chris Powell, president of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, even though there’s the potential for a Sunday Raiders’ game conflicting with his new fall NASCAR race somewhere in the future.
“I felt like there were a lot better ways to spend $750 million than bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas,” Bill Foley, owner of the new Vegas Golden Showers NHL hockey team and the man indirectly responsible for bringing paid parking to the Strip, said in a radio interview. “If I had complete control of the situation, I would not have opted to have the Raiders come here.”
“Chuck, you ‘nailed it’ as usual. I’m all for storing ‘solid waste’ at Yucca Mountain and getting paid for storage from all the contributors. All the jobs that would be created in that desperate city, county area of Nevada.” – Laurel Durkee
“Good job on Yucca! I’ve said for many years to take as much money ( and the other goodies you listed) and run right to the bank!” – Sharon Wentzlaff
“Nuke waste can be recycled much like gold mine tailings. IF we had a forward looking state, we would capitalize on this. Jobs in refining and processing and a fee, returned to citizens in the form of a dividend – like Alaska When the pellets are no longer viable, fire a rocket from within the Yucca complex into the sun. Done. Has anyone laid out the benefits before they ask the poll question? Scare tactics do not really solve problems.” – Raymond Polak
“Nevada should charge a fee for depositing nuclear waste material at Yucca Mountain. Could probably eliminate any budget shortfalls for years to come.” – Phil Bender
“The nuclear repository in Nevada would halt all of the libtard efforts to tax our state out of existence, with no need to steal from our pockets.” – Ellen Shaw
Say “YES” to AB 88, a “Blue Lives Matter” bill sponsored by conservative Nevada State Assemblyman John Ellison (R-Elko) which “Provides additional protection against certain crimes for a peace officer, firefighter or emergency medical provider or the spouse or child of such a person.”
Just click on this link: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/
1.) Enter the bill number (in this case…AB88)
2.) Click the “For” button
3.) Enter any general comments you’d like to share (not required)
4.) Enter your name and address (phone and email address are not required)
5.) Hit the “Submit” button.
Thank you for sharing your opinion and advice with the Nevada Legislature.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Yeah, I’m thinking about it. A lot of people have asked me to do it. Right now, I think the demographics of Nevada would point to a Democratic victory. And I’ve got a lot of things I disagree with Dean Heller on.” – Uber-liberal Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) on possibly running for the U.S. Senate and getting her clock royally cleaned in another failed statewide race in 2018