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Based on the Washington Post exclusive, it sounds more and more like Trump plans to replace Obamacare with Trumpcare and not just repeal it, the latter being what Republicans have been bitterly trying to do (in protest) for the last several years.
It still remains to be seen if the final proposal matches the rhetoric. In the past, Trump would say one thing, then conservative hacks would say something else when they posted stuff on his campaign website.
If we do get a Trumpcare proposal, we will see that the vast majority of Republican voters, as well as most Republican legislators, hated Obamacare not because they hated expansion of government, but because they hated Obama.
On the other hand, if Democrats are united in opposition to Trumpcare, even though it has the same goals of Obamacare, because they hate Trump, and a few “principled” Republicans like Rand Paul vote against it, then Trumpcare could have problems getting through Congress.
At press conference, Trump successfully used two anti-Trump memes, "fake news" and "Nazis" in a way that effectively neutralized them.
— Lion (@LionBlogosphere) January 12, 2017
I tweeted that after Trump’s press conference.
I was reading through Scott Adams’ blog this morning, and came across his post about Trump’s use of “Nazis” to describe the intelligence agencies, and I see that he agrees with me, although his blog post is full of mumbo jumbo about “3D persuasion.”
Since Wednesday, in the mainstream media there was outrage about how Trump dared to call our patriotic intelligence agencies “Nazis,” even though liberals themselves used to call the CIA Nazis.
Yes, remember a time when liberals loved Russia and hated the CIA? How that has reversed!
Also, we see that the mainstream media has gone cold turkey on using the term “fake news,” a term they fell in love with two months ago because they thought that by using it they reduced Trump’s legitimacy.
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Hopefully, the next step in Trump’s reframing will be to turn the word “racism” against the liberals.
1. Trump really dished it to the media and told them what he really thinks about them. Good for Trump. Trump understands that the mainstream media is his enemy.
2. There were many media questions about Russia and hacking. The media is obsessed with this topic, even though as Trump pointed out the Chinese theft of millions of government personnel records was a much bigger hack yet neither Obama nor the MSM made a very big deal of it.
The media is correct in reporting that Trump seems to be admitting the possibility that the leaked emails came from Russia.
I think Trump did an excellent job of controlling the topic.
3. Trump has put into place a complicated plan to remove himself from his business. His two sons plus an unrelated executive will be running the business and Trump won’t be allowed to know anything about what’s going on in the business. And furthermore, there will be no new foreign business deals while Trump is president, and there will be a new ethics officer who has to approve all domestic deals.
Also, any “profits” from foreign governments will be donated to the U.S. Treasury. (There’s a huge difference between “profit” and “revenue” so you should be clear about what word was used.)
Will this satisfy the Trump-hating mainstream media? I suspect they will still complain about it as part of their propaganda war against Trump. However, it does address all of the major conflict-of-interest concerns that the media has had about Trump’s business, and his lawyer is correct that it’s impossible to truly divest from a multi-billion-dollar closely-held non-publicly-traded business without creating new conflicts of interest by doing so.
4. Trump says he is going to repeal and replace Obamacare.
a. It sounds like Trump really means it.
b. It’s still not clear what “replace” means. Trump sounds like a technocrat who merely wants to create a better Obamacare, which people would probably call Trumpcare. On the other hand, there was a “replacement” plan on his campaign website that was written by right-wing hacks that was bogus as far as it being a replacement, it was just a return to the way things were before Obamacare with a few free-market reforms (none of which were bad reforms in a pre-Obamacare system, but it was absolutely not a replacement).
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Note: I added significantly to this post within the first half hour of originally posting it, so if you read it when immediately released, please re-read. Sorry.
Sorry I haven’t made a new post in two days. Writer’s block?
You may want to read these interesting articles from this weekend:
Reasonably fair and balanced article about Jeff Sessions in the NY Times (when mostly the NY Times runs blatant anti-Trump propaganda).
Article about Jared Kushner in New York Magazine, also reasonably fair and balanced.
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And it was very cold this weekend. And snowy. Of course one weekend of weather has nothing to do with the overall climate, but you can be sure that if we had a very warm weekend, there’d be an article in the mainstream media about global warming.
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And here’s something I posted in a comment responding to something about Putin and hacking:
There was no Russian interference in the election, no more than there was interference by the multitude of world leaders who said negative things about Trump. There has always been Russian propaganda, since before I was born.
There’s no proof that Russia gave the emails to WikiLeaks. Julian Assange said it wasn’t the Russians. And yes, I do believe him more than I believe our own government which is controlled by Obama who obviously hates Trump and wants to sabotage his presidency before it starts.
As far as cyber-espionage goes, the Chinese and Russians are spying on us and we’re spying on them. If they’re doing a better job at it than we are, well it’s Obama who has been running the government for the last eight years.
Basically it boils down to:
1. We know that Russians have a lot of propaganda, and the Russian propaganda favored Trump.
2. We know that Russians are involved in a lot of cyber-espionage.
Therefore the Russians did it!
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And what about the fact that the mainstream media was acting as HRC’s propaganda wing, and that the power of Russian propaganda was tiny compared to the power of domestic mainstream media propaganda?
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The majority of the government report is about how Russia Today has a pro-Russian-government spin. Duh! If they have to devote such a large part of the report to something everyone already knew, then it’s an indication they are trying to bulk it up with a huge bun to obscure that there’s so little beef in there.
Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.
Translation: the Russkies have always been trying to get Democrats elected instead of Republicans (because Democrats were closer to communist than Republicans), but no one cared because the Democrats are the good guys.
But now that the Russkies are supporting the Republican candidate (and remember, the Reupblicans are the bad guys), we make a big stink about it.
The news reports are that Donald Trump is going to be briefed by the heads of intelligence agencies about the alleged Russian hacking and release of DNC and Podesta emails.
Trump is an expert at detecting bullshit, hoaxes, and other forms of persuasion, so it will be interesting to see what comes of this meeting.
It is beyond any doubt that info about this “intelligence” was leaked to the media for the purpose of harming Trump’s legitimacy. It is not clear that the “intelligence” is actually true, but I hope that Trump will be able to figure it out.
It just occurred to me that Obama, being the evil genius that he is, could have intentionally leaked the Russian hacking story with holes in it so that Trump and his supporters would assume that it was obviously false anti-Trump propaganda, with Obama intentionally holding back until they appear to make a fool of themselves when the the full facts are finally revealed. That’s exactly what Obama did with his birth certificate.
Never underestimate Obama. As Marco Rubio said many times, he knows exactly what he’s doing.
There was a NY Times upshot article praising the Bernie Sanders ad (hat tip @Steve_Sailer ). There I read the top-most-featured comment:
I don’t watch television so I had never seen the Bernie Sanders ad until now. I think it’s immensely offensive: there must be several hundred people shown in this ad, and I see four fleeting images of African-American faces and one possibly Asian-American. His America is definitely not mine, and I wouldn’t want to live in his.
For what it’s worth, I’m an over-60 white female Democrat, and I have spent all but one year of my life living in cities. The one year I tried living in the country, I felt I was living in Ghostville: all I could see were middle class white faces. So I fled back to MY America, where I see and live with all manner of colors and classes, people of poverty and people with Ph.D.s; Jews, Christians, Muslims, Black Muslims, Hindus and people of no faith.
I believe the commenter is correct, the ad intentionally did what she claimed it did, show almost only white people.
Could Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump be closer to each other than the mainstream media realizes?
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I personally think it was an awesome ad.
Another case of commenters disappointing me is the continuing comments disparaging Obama’s intelligence.
1. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (HLS). The following was not written by me, but was a blog comment from a long time ago:
If we assume that LSAT 163=IQ 130 and average LSAT at HLS is 173, then the average HLS student has an IQ of 145 or 146, since on the LSAT 10 points is one SD.
Actually I think average LSAT Obama’s year was more like 170 or 171, so IQ = 140 is probably a reasonable estimate.
As an HLS grad, I can confirm that grading is largely blind, however the magna=top 10% rule was only established after Obama graduated. His year as I recall it was more like top 20%, and it varied year to year somewhat before it was changed from a minimum GPA standard to the top 10% rule.
Law Review has a few AA spots, and President of HLR is an elected position, so this means that the mainly white and very smart editors thought highly of him but does not speak directly to his intelligence.
All that said, even assuming the worst, that Obama just barely squeaked by in getting magna and was right at the top 20% and was an above average grade grubber, he still could not have graduated magna without having an IQ well in excess of 140.
HLS students are hardly slackers and the school is about 85% white or asian, so getting to the top 20% of that group is no easy task. I did know one guy who was somewhat less intelligent than the HLS average and got magna, but he studied insane amounts, more than 10 hours a day in addition to attending every class.
If Obama got his good grades this way, it speaks extremely well of his good character and work ethic in particular contrasting it with Bush, Gore, and Kerry with their gentleman’s B- averages, McCain and his bottom 1% grades at the navel academy, Biden with his plagerism, and Palin with her long struggle to find a college and major easy enough to squeak by.
Also, comparing Harvard College and Harvard Law School IQs, only about 1/3 of HC students who apply to HLS are accepted, and many more probably don’t even apply realizing they have no chance. I can’t remember the source, but I read that the average LSAT for HC students is 163, which is tied for the highest in the USA, but still well below HLS’s standards. There is a list floating around there somewhere.
So Obama had well-above-average grades at HLS where the average student has an IQ of 140, and where most of the students are workaholics.
2. HBD supports Obama being extremely intelligent. Some people think that HBD means that all blacks are stupid, but this is absolutely not true, it only talks about the average black. That a few exceptional blacks have IQs of 145 or higher is part of HBD. And Obama is only half black, and his black half is Kenyan and not descended from slaves.
People inherit their genes from their parents, and Obama’s father has a Master’s degree in economics from Harvard, and Obama’s half brother, Mark Ndesandjo, has a degree in math and physics from Brown and a Master’s degree in physics from Stanford. Yes, there’s affirmative action, but students who barely squeak into top schools via affirmative action don’t major in physics which is the most difficult hard science you can major in. In addition to being adept with hard science and math, Mark speaks several languages including Chinese, and he’s also a writer and a musician. He’s one very intelligent and talented guy with the same father as Obama.
3. Obama wrote a highly rated and admired memoir, which requires high intelligence. There’s a conspiracy theory floating around that someone ghostwrote it. Yes, ghostwriters are common when rich and famous people need to write a book. Obama was poor and an unknown nobody with lots of free time when he wrote his memoir.
Obama is extremely intelligent, learn to deal with it. Stop acting like a bunch of neo-Nazi morons.