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Hatch, leading the fight for $1.5 trillion deficit-boosting tax cuts, says we can't afford CHIP


On the Senate floor Thursday, while arguing that the $1.5 trillion tax cuts bill that his committee has shepherded to the floor is good policy, Sen. Orrin Hatch said the nation can't afford the Children's Health Insurance Program unless other spending cuts are made. The invaluable Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio pressed Hatch on the fact that CHIP funding lapsed 31 days ago, and that states are now having to start informing CHIP clients that their coverage is going away, and asked why it wasn't the top priority of Republicans.

Hatch resorted to his favorite trick: feigned outrage at what he turns into a personal affront. "I invented it," he said of CHIP. "I was the one who wrote it. Kennedy came over and helped to put it through." But then you get the real Hatch, what he really believes

But let me tell you something. We're going to do CHIP, there's no question about it in my mind. It has to be done the right way. But weóthe reason CHIP is having trouble is because we don't have money anymore. We just add more and more spending and more and more spending, and you can look at the rest of the bill for the more and more spending.
Get that? We can afford permanent tax cuts for the rich and corporations, but we can't afford to take care of 9 million children. Oh, but it gets much worse.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Thu Nov 30, 2017, 08:29 PM (12 replies)

I just had to release my 16 year old tri-paw dog, Sugar. It's a beautiful

morning here, the day after Thanksgiving. He got up, as normal, and I helped him down the stairs. Let him outside while I fixed his breakfast. When I went to let him in, I knew something was terribly wrong. He had collapsed and wouldn't even try to stand. I rushed him to the vet's where xrays showed a tumor near the liver and spots on lungs. His tummy was enlarged and extremely sensitive to touch.
He was 16, so they did not recommend surgery and believe the tumor had ruptured.
I will miss him terribly. He had an extra 5 years since his leg was amputated due to cancer. His 'brother' will be lost without him. He's 15 and they spent their lives together.
R.I.P. Sugar Bear.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:19 PM (59 replies)

With the F**king Moron's latest EO, how many rural hospitals do you think

will close by year end? I read 673 were just hanging on because of more people having insurance under the ACA. Too bad most are in areas that support the rotting mango in the White House.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Fri Oct 13, 2017, 12:01 AM (5 replies)

Rob Bishop's, R-Utah, "No New National Parks" bill is out of committee and will be

voted on as early as tomorrow. This bill guts the Antiquities Act and puts our parks, like the Grand Canyon, Arcadia, and Muir Woods at risk. Can we stop this?


So, what does this bill do? Here are the four main

1. It changes the definition of what qualifies as deserving of protection. Artifacts and buildings are in, items of scientific importance and natural objects are definitely out.
2. It places restrictions on the size of monuments. Anything over 85,000 acres definitely canít be a monument. National monuments between 10,000 and 85,000 acres require approval from state legislatures and governors, which has been known to take decades.
3. It includes language that explicitly permits the president to rescind a national monument, totally undercutting the Administration and Bishopís arguments that the Antiquities Act as currently written already allows the president to get rid of a monument.
4. It completely prohibits the creation of marine monuments under the Antiquities Act.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Thu Oct 12, 2017, 07:51 PM (6 replies)

The coming EO that will destroy the ACA:


I posted
about the synthetic strategy yesterday here:

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Oct 9, 2017, 01:10 PM (9 replies)

How the GOP will destroy the ACA.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Sun Oct 8, 2017, 03:50 PM (1 replies)

Want to read a response about DACA from a walking POS?

Dear Sinkingfeeling,

Thank you for contacting me about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Itís good to hear from you, as always.

President Trumpís decision to phase out the DACA program is a first step toward cleaning up the mess that President Obamaís unlawful amnesty left behind. President Trump is right that this amnesty would never have stood up in court. Yet, we now face a situation where 800,000 people, who were brought to our country as minors, face legal limbo. Dealing with this problem is a legislative task, not an executive-branch task.

We must recognize that codifying the DACA program will have two negative consequences: encouraging future illegal immigration with minors and allowing those 800,000 people to obtain legal status for their family members via chain migration, which rewards the very people who broke the law in the first place and further depresses working-class wages. If Congress decides to codify DACA, we must mitigate these consequences by stopping the chain migration that hurts the working class and by strengthening the enforcement of our immigration laws.

Iíve introduced legislation, the RAISE Act, that would update Americaís permanent, legal immigration system to fit the needs of our 21st century economy, and my colleagues have several proposals to strengthen enforcement. These should be the starting point of our discussions over legislation to codify DACA, and I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to come up with a deal that protects American workers.

Iím honored to serve as your senator. You, your family, and our state will remain on my mind and close to my heart in my work. Always feel free to call my office at (202) 224-2353 or visit www.cotton.senate.gov. Be sure to drop by my office and say hello if you ever visit our nationís capital.


Tom Cotton
United States Senator

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Wed Oct 4, 2017, 12:22 PM (2 replies)

U..S. Votes Against U.N. Ban On Death Penalty For Homosexuality

Source: Newnownext.com

A United Nations resolution banning the death penalty for homosexuality was opposed by a total of 13 countries in the U.N. Human Rights Council. While several were in Africa and the Middle East, the U.S. surprisingly voted against the measure, as well.

Fortunately the resolution passed on Friday anyway, with 27 countries voting for the measure.

"This is a monumental moment where the international community has publicly highlighted that these horrific laws simply must end,Ē said Renato Sabbadini, director of The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). ďIt is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in states where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love.Ē

Previous efforts by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia to block or water down the resolution failed.

Read more: http://www.newnownext.com/u-s-votes-against-u-n-ban-on-death-penalty-for-homosexuality/10/2017/
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Oct 3, 2017, 01:41 PM (34 replies)

A Big Thank You, America! From The Super Rich


By David Vey Johnston,
DCReport Editor in Chief

Congress is about to take up Donald Trumpís desire for people like himself to get income-tax-rate cuts. So, whatís the long-term trend in tax-rate cuts? And how has the vast majority fared compared with the richest?

Take a seat. The numbers may knock the breath out of you when you read what 52 years have done to the incomes and tax burdens of the vast majority and those at the apex of the economy.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Sep 26, 2017, 08:16 PM (1 replies)

Arkansas (probably most of the South) illogical logic.

I was reading the letters in our state newspaper, the Arkansas Democratic Gazette, and find it amazing. Those who claim 'taking a knee' is disrespecting the flag and our military vets are the same people who decry removal of statutes and monuments of those who physically attacked the flag and killed US Army soldiers.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Sun Sep 24, 2017, 03:08 PM (6 replies)
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