John McCain, Maverick…My Ass

So called “Maverick Senator” John McCain, Republican from Arizona, American War Hero and POW, Presidential candidate on several occasions, who was recently diagnosed with agressive brain cancer, returned to the Senate floor today, just a week after surgery paid for by insurance provided to him by tax payers. Why? In order to vote to take insurance away from 22-24 million American taxpayers. 

It is likely this will be his final vote in the senate, and so this is the legacy he has chosen to leave. 
John McCain has a history of saying what you want to hear, arguing with reason and seemingly on the side of the people he represents, but when a signature on legislation is required, he always, always sides with the GOP, hypocritically saying one thing and voting another. Somehow, because he is so eloquently diplomatic and seemingly kind, I always hope he won’t disappoint, but he always does. 

Here is a transcript of today’s John McCain bullshit:

“Mr. President:

 “I’ve stood in this place many times and addressed as president many presiding officers. I have been so addressed when I have sat in that chair, as close as I will ever be to a presidency.

 “It is an honorific we’re almost indifferent to, isn’t it. In truth, presiding over the Senate can be a nuisance, a bit of a ceremonial bore, and it is usually relegated to the more junior members of the majority. 

“But as I stand here today – looking a little worse for wear I’m sure – I have a refreshed appreciation for the protocols and customs of this body, and for the other ninety-nine privileged souls who have been elected to this Senate.

“I have been a member of the United States Senate for thirty years. I had another long, if not as long, career before I arrived here, another profession that was profoundly rewarding, and in which I had experiences and friendships that I revere. But make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege – for the honor – of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country I love.

“I’ve known and admired men and women in the Senate who played much more than a small role in our history, true statesmen, giants of American politics. They came from both parties, and from various backgrounds. Their ambitions were frequently in conflict. They held different views on the issues of the day. And they often had very serious disagreements about how best to serve the national interest.

“But they knew that however sharp and heartfelt their disputes, however keen their ambitions, they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively. Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the continued success of our Republic. And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all. The most revered members of this institution accepted the necessity of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving America’s problems and to defend her from her adversaries. 

“That principled mindset, and the service of our predecessors who possessed it, come to mind when I hear the Senate referred to as the world’s greatest deliberative body. I’m not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight face today.

“I’m sure it wasn’t always deserved in previous eras either. But I’m sure there have been times when it was, and I was privileged to witness some of those occasions.

 “Our deliberations today – not just our debates, but the exercise of all our responsibilities – authorizing government policies, appropriating the funds to implement them, exercising our advice and consent role – are often lively and interesting. They can be sincere and principled. But they are more partisan, more tribal more of the time than any other time I remember. Our deliberations can still be important and useful, but I think we’d all agree they haven’t been overburdened by greatness lately. And right now they aren’t producing much for the American people.

“Both sides have let this happen. Let’s leave the history of who shot first to the historians. I suspect they’ll find we all conspired in our decline – either by deliberate actions or neglect. We’ve all played some role in it. Certainly I have. Sometimes, I’ve let my passion rule my reason. Sometimes, I made it harder to find common ground because of something harsh I said to a colleague. Sometimes, I wanted to win more for the sake of winning than to achieve a contested policy. 

“Incremental progress, compromises that each side criticize but also accept, just plain muddling through to chip away at problems and keep our enemies from doing their worst isn’t glamorous or exciting. It doesn’t feel like a political triumph. But it’s usually the most we can expect from our system of government, operating in a country as diverse and quarrelsome and free as ours.  

“Considering the injustice and cruelties inflicted by autocratic governments, and how corruptible human nature can be, the problem solving our system does make possible, the fitful progress it produces, and the liberty and justice it preserves, is a magnificent achievement. 

“Our system doesn’t depend on our nobility. It accounts for our imperfections, and gives an order to our individual strivings that has helped make ours the most powerful and prosperous society on earth. It is our responsibility to preserve that, even when it requires us to do something less satisfying than ‘winning.’ Even when we must give a little to get a little. Even when our efforts manage just three yards and a cloud of dust, while critics on both sides denounce us for timidity, for our failure to ‘triumph.’  

“I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us. Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the Internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.

 “Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.

“We’re getting nothing done. All we’ve really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our healthcare insurance system is a mess. We all know it, those who support Obamacare and those who oppose it. Something has to be done. We Republicans have looked for a way to end it and replace it with something else without paying a terrible political price. We haven’t found it yet, and I’m not sure we will. All we’ve managed to do is make more popular a policy that wasn’t very popular when we started trying to get rid of it. 

“I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will not vote for the bill as it is today. It’s a shell of a bill right now. We all know that. I have changes urged by my state’s governor that will have to be included to earn my support for final passage of any bill. I know many of you will have to see the bill changed substantially for you to support it. 

“We’ve tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it’s better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition. I don’t think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn’t. 

“The Obama administration and congressional Democrats shouldn’t have forced through Congress without any opposition support a social and economic change as massive as Obamacare. And we shouldn’t do the same with ours.

 “Why don’t we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act. If this process ends in failure, which seem likely, then let’s return to regular order. 

 “Let the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray hold hearings, try to report a bill out of committee with contributions from both sides. Then bring it to the floor for amendment and debate, and see if we can pass something that will be imperfect, full of compromises, and not very pleasing to implacable partisans on either side, but that might provide workable solutions to problems Americans are struggling with today. 

“What have we to lose by trying to work together to find those solutions? We’re not getting much done apart. I don’t think any of us feels very proud of our incapacity. Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn’t the most inspiring work. There’s greater satisfaction in respecting our differences, but not letting them prevent agreements that don’t require abandonment of core principles, agreements made in good faith that help improve lives and protect the American people.

 “The Senate is capable of that. We know that. We’ve seen it before. I’ve seen it happen many times. And the times when I was involved even in a modest way with working out a bipartisan response to a national problem or threat are the proudest moments of my career, and by far the most satisfying. 

“This place is important. The work we do is important. Our strange rules and seemingly eccentric practices that slow our proceedings and insist on our cooperation are important. Our founders envisioned the Senate as the more deliberative, careful body that operates at a greater distance than the other body from the public passions of the hour.

 “We are an important check on the powers of the Executive. Our consent is necessary for the President to appoint jurists and powerful government officials and in many respects to conduct foreign policy. Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the President’s subordinates. We are his equal! 

“As his responsibilities are onerous, many and powerful, so are ours. And we play a vital role in shaping and directing the judiciary, the military, and the cabinet, in planning and supporting foreign and domestic policies. Our success in meeting all these awesome constitutional obligations depends on cooperation among ourselves.  

“The success of the Senate is important to the continued success of America. This country – this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, restless, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, good and magnificent country – needs us to help it thrive. That responsibility is more important than any of our personal interests or political affiliations. 

“We are the servants of a great nation, ‘a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’ More people have lived free and prosperous lives here than in any other nation. We have acquired unprecedented wealth and power because of our governing principles, and because our government defended those principles. 

“America has made a greater contribution than any other nation to an international order that has liberated more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have been the greatest example, the greatest supporter and the greatest defender of that order. We aren’t afraid. “We don’t covet other people’s land and wealth. We don’t hide behind walls. We breach them. We are a blessing to humanity. 

“What greater cause could we hope to serve than helping keep America the strong, aspiring, inspirational beacon of liberty and defender of the dignity of all human beings and their right to freedom and equal justice? That is the cause that binds us and is so much more powerful and worthy than the small differences that divide us.

 “What a great honor and extraordinary opportunity it is to serve in this body.

“It’s a privilege to serve with all of you. I mean it. Many of you have reached out in the last few days with your concern and your prayers, and it means a lot to me. It really does. I’ve had so many people say such nice things about me recently that I think some of you must have me confused with someone else. I appreciate it though, every word, even if much of it isn’t deserved. 

“I’ll be here for a few days, I hope managing the floor debate on the defense authorization bill, which, I’m proud to say is again a product of bipartisan cooperation and trust among the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“After that, I’m going home for a while to treat my illness. I have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. And, I hope, to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the American people in your company.

“Thank you, fellow senators. 

“Mr. President, I yield the floor.”

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Little Hands Orange POTUS 

Little Hands Orange

           Come toot your horn

                    Russia in the White House

                          Healthcare near gone

But where is the POTUS 

          Who leads the free world?

                It’s Sunday, he’s golfing

                         Now Merkel’s our girl

Will you impeach him

           To Mueller I plea

                       Prosecute quickly

                              Set America free 

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Donald Trump is Hiring

Help Wanted: Servers, Cooks, Chefs, Maids needed to work at Mar-a-Lago, the “Winter White House” in Palm Beach Florida. Americans need not apply.

Donald Trump has a filed applications for 78 -H2B Visas in order to HIRE FOREIGN LABOR to work as cooks, chefs, maids, servers, etc. at his Florida golf resort Mar-a-Lago. This is in addition to the 149 “guest workers” he has used in the past year alone, according to the department of labor.


Trump claims there aren’t enough people in Palm Beach willing to work…but Palm Beach’s Career Services Agency say’s different. The agency has 1,237 Palm Beach Country residents who are interested in server, cook, or chef positions. Let’s pull out the bullshit-o-meter for some math: 1,237 > 78…🤔


Trump has been hiring foreign workers for decades, in every capacity. This is his way of saving money on labor costs, because billionaires need more money. 

Additionally, Donald Trump and his lovely daughter Ivanka continue to manufacture their Trump products in China, Bangladesh, Hondouras, Vietnam, etc., for the same reason. The employees in those sweatshops are paid a fraction of what they’d be paid here, and without the cost of benefits like health insurance and Social Security. Even Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats are made in China! 

All this while immigration rips apart families to deport people who have been in this country for years contributing to society. There are two sets of rules here, and the best word to describe Trump and his agenda is hypocrisy. 

Am I surprised he hasn’t a shred of loyalty for the people who voted for him, or that he doesn’t put his money where his mouth is? —

“Buy American, Hire American”

— I’m not surprised, but I am angry. 

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The Last Days of Chaffetz—

We have to endure three days after today, then Congress will be rid of Jason Chaffetz. I don’t think I can stand it. The man with the Apple Watch and the IPhone, who famously pushed the Republican’s answer to healthcare by saying Americans should give up their iPhones if they can’t afford health insurance, has gone too far… again.  

The Republican from Utah, is my nominee for the award of — Most Out of Touch with the Real World Politician. On Monday Chaffetz suggested that congress should receive a $2,500 monthly housing allowance. Chaffetz said: “In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise.” 

*BREAKING: That is exactly what a new $2,500 per month housing allowance is. It is the equivalent of a $30,000 annual raise. In order for the 535 members of congress to receive an extra $30,000 annually, taxpayers would need to shell out another $16 million…or maybe just take that much more out of Medicaid. 

Somebody hold me back. 

Let’s review: The average American taxpayer makes $50,000 annually. Out of that $50,000 they pay their housing costs, food, education for their children, transportation, health insurance, their taxes (Chaffetz’s salary), etc.

Jackass Chaffetz makes a congressional salary of $174,000— he can’t make that work? Could he maybe get rid of his Apple Watch and iPhone?
Oh, and Congress has voted to keep Obamacare for themselves— meanwhile they will likely stick everyone else with Trumpcare— doubling the average American taxpayer’s insurance premiums, while cutting benefits and gutting Medicaid. It has been estimated that 28,000 to 100,000 people will die if the Republicans get their healthcare plan to pass.

Chaffetz is in his last week in congress. He implies the financial hardships that go along with a paltry $175,000 annual salary are, in part, the reason he decided to step down from his job in Congress. Whatever the reason is, I salute it. Get him the hell out of Congress.

Hopefully he’ll find happiness and a living wage working for far right FOX news network, or he’ll succeed in his other goals of working on some corporate board, consulting, and writing a book.

Chaffetz says: “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,”

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out. 

Three Alternative Universes: Kellyanne, Ivanka, Mitch

Kellyanne Conway advises

Those who want insurance to get employed

What she does not realize is

The GOP health bill is devoid

Of mandates for employers to provide

Insurance for employees 

But sign us up for your undignified 

Job making daily bullshit decrees 

                                ~

Besides her cloned shoe bag of tricks  

POTUS Advisor Ivanka Trump claims

She “tries to stay out of politics” 

If only she’d advise her dad to do the same

What does she do at the White House all day

That she can’t be spared to leave her post,

For her shoe defense attourney to say

She’s too important to be deposed?

                                ~

Mitch McConnell, will not be meeting  

With the March of Dimes, although 

At the age of two he needed help defeating

(From the same organization) Polio 

McConnell now only seems annoyed 

That American healthcare as we know it

Has become a challenge for him to destroy 

Kellyanne, Ivanka, Mitch – define hypocrite

An Illusion of Healthcare 


Trumpcare is the new plan for you to buy

You may keep your doctor but there’s a glitch

We exclude illness, so millions will die

But there will be more money for the rich

                                ~

You pay for insurance, a monthly bill

Every claim you submit we’ll deny

It’s all pre-existing, say what you will

And your age…well I’m afraid it’s too high

                                ~

Big Pharma companies somehow contrived

To charge Americans two times as much 

For prescription drugs that keep them alive

Let us give Pharma a tax cut as such

                                ~

The GOP with ties to Russian banks

Betsy Devos’ family— owns Spectracare 

Alfa bank invested, the Russians say thanks

AND…Congress members keep Obamacare

                                ~

Trump Tweets lies of a plan he has not read

Promises tax cuts to billionaire friends

Democrats can’t vote if they are all dead 

That is how this healthcare illusion ends 
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