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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Conservative Group Created This To Remind Republicans Of Their Promise To Repeal Obamacare

Matt Vespa

Health care is making a comeback from the political grave. President Trump and House Republicans are talking about a renewed push for reform because they know that it needs to get done. It’s not just because it’s the right thing to do. It’s sort of a mandatory item due to conservatives making the Republican Party the dominant political force in the country. Why? The GOP said they would repeal Obamacare. 

It took nearly a decade, but the Tea Party fervor and the army of conservative activists gave Republicans the House (2010), the Senate (2014), and the presidency (2016). In return, the GOP campaigned on repealing the law. It’s politically untenable for them to have a ‘we tried’ attitude. That’s not going to cut it. For Trump, he risks looking like the very politicians that he excoriated on the 2016 trail: all talk, no action. At Americans for Prosperity, which reached new levels of power at the outset Tea Party movement, they compiled a comprehensive timeline of their near decade-long campaign fighting President Obama’s health care reform. The message is clear: This is what we have done. What are you going to do? 

Through the lens of a conservative, retreat is not acceptable. Surrender is not acceptable. And a half-assed attempt at repeal is not acceptable, especially when the initial replacement bill—the American Health Care Act—kept the expensive Medicaid expansion provision intact. The GOP establishment has to understand that these conservatives, whose ideas are mostly represented through the like-minded House Freedom Caucus, aren’t going away.

“In seven years, we have never wavered in our commitment to a full repeal of this disastrous law. We want to make certain that lawmakers understand the policy consequences of voting for a law that keeps Obamacare intact,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise.”

And, unsurprisingly, the group is running the “You Promised” campaign to remind Republicans why they’re there and what they told voters back home.

The main points that upset AFP in the AHCA was that the refundable tax credit provision was pretty much no different that the credits offered under Obamacare. It was one program replaced with a similar one. Taxpayers would still be on the hook for it. The AHCA didn’t get rid of all the regulations and mandates with Obamacare, specifically the regulations connected to higher premiums. And last, the first unveiling of the AHCA didn’t rollback the Medicaid expansion until 2020. This point was the one that really poisoned the well for Republicans. Conservatives were mad it didn’t go far enough, while moderates were wary about how Medicaid and Medicare would be funded. A new version allowed states to apply work requirements to able-bodied Medicaid enrollees, but by that time—it was clear that the bill was on the path to legislative death, which eventually happened

After cobbling together over three million activists for their anti-Obamacare campaign, along with another push that took aim at government spending in 2011, AFP and other like-minded conservative groups haven’t come this far for the GOP to call it quits on health care. As I’ve written before, the Tea Party has the right to be angry about what happened with this fiasco. After 3 million doors were knocked on, 20 million phone calls, and 200 million invested in television, radio, and digital ads, these folks aren’t going to rest until the GOP delivers on what they’ve been telling voters for several years.

The Political Parties Are An Illusion Designed To "Relegate The Governed To The Level Of Cattle"

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) vis,

As I wrote in several previous articles:

  1. The President cannot be completely assessed for effectiveness until the first 6 months have passed in this term,
  1. He needs to attain success within the first year (and optimally within the first six months) as the midterm election campaigning will begin for both houses of Congress in November. The President needs solid victories and a concrete direction for the administration to ensure no flip-flops and a loss of control of the Congress, and
  1. He must overcome the truemasters of this country, as both political parties are an illusion with the paradigm shift well under way to loss of Constitutional freedoms and the “crafting” of transition to global governance with abrogation of national sovereignty and identity for Americans.

Over the course of the past week and the attempt to rid the United States of the abomination of Obamacare, the true nature of the state of things…the stance of our government…has revealed itself.  Here is how they have done it:

When Obama was in power, the Congress stamped their feet and yelled with “faux” frustration: powerless to reverse Obamacare.  Now Obama is gone and President Trump is in, and it is Congress…the Republican-controlled Congress, mind you…that will not get rid of Obamacare.

Citizens, let the investigations begin!  How many of these globalist lackeys, these pseudo-Republicans in Congress are on the payroll to vote to keep Obamacare against the will of their constituents?  Just in the manner of John Roberts of the Supreme Court: either paid or threatened to cast his vote.  Scan the accounts, check the deposits, and follow the money.  Always follow the money!  Who has been paid?  They can be found and the money can be traced to the paymaster(s), to the globalist oligarchs and/or their institution/LLC/NPO/NGO, etc.  I call all of it “Seesaw Tyranny,” the method they are using to push the paradigm shift.

Seesaw Tyranny”: When 1/3 or 2/3 of the three “checks and balances” branches (President, Congress, or the Supreme Court) takes the blame for heinous laws or a failure to repeal them, and the remainder hops up and down, feigning indignation and pretending to be against what has happened…the subversion of representing the true will of the people.

That is what we have here, folks.  Start the investigations.  This is a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and a Republican-controlled Senate.  The leaders of each have feigned indignation and incredulity…but they were also ones who took a firm stance before the Presidential election not to repeal Obamacare, but to repeal and replaceObamacare. They are Ryan and McConnell.  It’s time to function in the manner of “Madame Defarge,” and knit ourselves the lists of those Republicans who are against repealing Obamacare.  Then let the investigations begin, and start them out by following the money.

What is at stake here is that the government must…must…have a foothold to carry out intrusive acts in our lives.  The vehicle is the requirement by law to have health care coverage.  For more than 100 years, healthcare coverage required by law was the goal, and they will not…absolutely not…relinquish that control now that they have it!  They must have the ability to demand that we have it in order to control our money, our occupations, our children, and our lives!

Remember: Those bastards exempted themselves from the requirement to have it.

If this is not repealed, it will sit and fester.  The end goal is right out of Cloward and Piven…to use the existing system to collapse the society…and Obamacare is the vehicle.  This is the vehicle to crush the middle class and saddle them with the burden of the poor…the “patsies” lured into supporting the Marxists with bread (EBT cards and food stamps) and circuses (free cell phones, free everything).  The middle class collapses under the burden as the taxes steadily increase…and we pay for the jailers to fortify and refine the prison walls that confine us.

These pseudo-Republicans were paid off…to maintain the existing order (in this case Obamacare).  Meanwhile, the media and the Democrats will continue to work against everything that the President does…to stymie productive results…and the fickle populace will put the Democrats in control of Congress again…then the Democrats (Marxists) will keep pushing for the paradigm shift and eventually limit the President to one term.  Then Obamacare will be here to stay, and worse.  Do you think that’s the end state?   No, just the means to the end state…one as horrible as you can imagine, making “Soylent Green” appear tame.  They’ll also use our children as a weapon: a means of attaining compliance.  Tell me where a 26-year-old is a “kid” and his parents obligated to keep health care coverage for him/her.  No, it is about control.  Dominion.  Enslavement.

The future of this country is on hold right now.  What we need is for the President to go above and beyond the call of duty to save the country.  He must reign in these Republicans.  He must succeed by making the changes he promised in his campaign and show successes to a population with the attention span of a gnat whose votes can be bought by handouts.  He needs to take the gloves off, put a roll of quarters in each hand, and then put the gloves back on.

Vince Lombardi: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

We can’t afford to lose this one, and we only have until November when the battle really becomes joined.  Obamacare needs to be repealed and renounced, not repealed and replaced.  All Republicans that went against the repeal need to be investigated.  They need to be “repealed,” (removed) and replaced with representatives who will vote the will of the people and represent the people.  It’s all BS anyway: we’re going to be subjected to this “seesawing” of nothing being accomplished.  The subterfuge and sabotage by the Democrats and the pseudo-Republicans will continue for a “watered down” brief hiatus from the last 8 years of nightmarish misery…until a return to power by the Marxists.  Those pseudo-Republicans are the ones who will enable it.  Picture Elizabeth Warren in four years as the President with her husband, Cass Sunstein in the White House.

This battle against the President’s reforms and changes with Obamacare is only the beginning.  It is a battle on many fronts with numerous issues.  As citizens, we need to investigate these pseudo-Republican traitors who have not carried out the wills and wishes of their constituents.  The political parties are an illusion, but there is one thing that is not illusory: the absolute desire of government to rule without the consent of the governed and to relegate the governed to a position barely above that of cattle.  The President needs to take the gloves off and throw the Marquis of Queensbury rules aside in order to win.  We the People need to help him do it.  If not, we’re going to lose this country even before the next presidential election and fall into the hands of the globalists.  Should that happen, all our freedoms will die, and so will we as a nation.  The time to act is now, and the responsibility to act is ours.

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Democrats: Party of Obstruction

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

Forget all the pages of the Democratic Party platform. The only real Democratic platform left is the one sung by Groucho Marx in Horse Feathers. “Whatever it is, I’m against it.”

The elected Democrats still surviving amid the trendy restaurants of Adams Morgan and the boutiques of Dupont Circle are convinced that the voters elected them and that taxpayers are paying them to get nothing done.

Not one thing.

The ordinary leftist wearing a pink hat and clutching a Resistance sign either has no job or a government job. At the pinnacle of this pathetic movement sits the Democratic member of Congress making $174,000 a year, with Nancy Pelosi and Schumer taking home $193,000, and being paid to do nothing.

Around them circulate a vast network of staffers who are also being paid to do nothing constructive.

Taxpayers are on the hook for over $4 mil for the salaries of Senator Feinstein’s staffers. Schumer needed a $3.5 million staff even before he took power. Franken’s posturing requires a mere $2.8 million in staff salaries. It’s certainly a step up from 5 minutes with a comb on Saturday Night Live.

Alcee Hastings, threw a tantrum during the ObamaCare debate. "I don't have to be nice to nobody," he ranted. While Hastings was accusing Republicans of abusing poor people, the former impeached judge was carrying out his own charity work by paying his girlfriend $168,411 a year.

Taxpayers are spending a fortune to subsidize a corrupt bunch of clowns who spend all their time trying to bring down the government. The Democrats are not the opposition. Opposition parties oppose, but they also work for the common good. The Democrats only oppose for the sake of opposition. Their likeliest nominees burnish their presidential credentials by voting against everything.

The Democrats are not an opposition party, but an obstructionist party.

New presidents traditionally have a honeymoon period in which to assemble their administration and put forward an agenda. As David Horowitz has frequently pointed out, President Trump was denied any space in which to assemble an administration. Instead Democrats openly and covertly worked to prevent him from assembling an administration, let alone enacting an agenda.

The distinction is an important one.

Opposing parties can challenge an agenda. But preventing an administration from assembling a cabinet and putting its appointees into place is not opposition. When you set out to stop an administration from functioning, it’s government shutdown by deliberate sabotage. It brutally disregards the welfare of the country in a power struggle that damages the critical functions of government.

Crippling the government doesn’t just hurt Republicans. It means that critical agencies that should be fighting terrorism, dealing with international threats, maintaining crucial infrastructure and taking care of those who need help the most have been kneecapped by the partisan obstructionism of the Dems.

But obstructionists don’t care. Their goal isn’t to get anything done, but to get things undone.

The Democrats don’t see themselves as an opposition party. They’ve made that clear. Instead they’ve adopted the radical left’s mantra of “resistance”. Opposition and ruling parties can compromise. But a resistance cannot compromise with the enemy. Compromise is collaboration. It’s treason to the cause.

To call yourself the resistance is to define your objective as the obstruction and destruction of the enemy. And the enemy is President Donald J. Trump, the Republicans and all conservatives.

The Obstruction Party isn’t out to stop some things and get other things done the way that opposition parties usually do. It’s out to stop everything for the sake of stopping it. And that’s not how our system was ever meant to function. Our system of government was meant to mediate opposing views. It was not meant to allow a fractious faction to declare war on it from within under the false flag of procedure.

And so the system is breaking down. The civility of the Senate has imploded. And Democrats cheered this implosion using the hashtag #ShePersisted. The Senate was once the more civilized and reflective body. Now it’s churning with mediocrities aspiring to be the 2020 candidate while outdoing each other in bellicose obstructionism, manufacturing fake scandals and fighting every step of the way.

Once upon a time a commitment to mindlessly blocking everything the other party might do out of partisan spite would render a politician utterly unfit for higher office. But that is exactly what the leftist masters of today’s jackass party want from their Senate servants. Polls show that Democrats, unlike the rest of the country, want their representatives to sabotage and obstruct everything for the resistance.

And that is the dysfunctional mess that they are getting.

The Party of Obstruction claims that they are patriots. But trying to bring down the government under the pretext of the scandals you invented doesn’t make you a patriot. Patriots put their country first. Obstructionists put their agenda first. Ideologues put their ideology first. And that’s what leftists are.

Leftists aren’t loyal to America. They’re only loyal to the left.

The “resistance” isn’t motivated by patriotism. Patriotism is rooted in the idea of loyalty to a country. The leftists rioting in the streets and undermining the government from within are not loyal to any country. When Germany’s leader opens the doors to Muslim migrants, they hail her as the leader of the free world. If she closes the gates tomorrow, they’ll hail the leftist leaders of Canada or Venezuela.

When the Democrats allowed the left to take over, they put ideology over loyalty. The left led them into a treasonous allegiance to a foreign cause and insurrection against an elected government.

The Democrats never accepted their election defeat. They have rejected a peaceful transition of power. In their minds they weren't rejected by the people, but occupied by some vast shadowy conspiracy whose outlines mutate with every Maddow broadcast, New York Times tweet and Salon blog post. It is their duty to save their illegal alien transgender Muslim allies from Trump before he deports them to Alaska and destroys the planet by allowing coal miners and their families to earn a living.

Such lunatic reactions had always existed on the left, but they became mainstream within the Democratic Party when Bush beat Gore. After Trump beat Hillary, the elected leadership put aside governing to spend all its time obsessed with a twisted fantasy of reclaiming to the power they had held under Obama by forcing an elected president out of office.

The low intensity civil war waged by them has made governing difficult. But unlike authentic rebels, this civil war is being waged by entitled officials with six figure salaries against the will of the people.

An elementary qualifier for holding public office, like sitting in an airplane exit row, is a willingness to do the job. Taxpayers are not obligated to spend their hard-earned money on men and women who want to live out their resistance fantasies. That's what Soros is for.

If the Democrats want to obstruct the government, the first things that should be obstructed are their salaries.

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Iran's President Rouhani Visited Russia: Another Step To A Multipolar World

Authored by Peter Korzun via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The significance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Russia on March 27-28 goes far beyond the bilateral relationship. Iran is one of the main actors in Syria and Iraq. It has an importance place in the geopolitical plans of US President Donald Trump. Its relationship with Russia is an important factor of international politics. The future of the entire Middle East depends to a great extent on what Russia and Iran do and how effectively they coordinate their activities.

Less than two months are left till the presidential election in Iran. The presidential race formally starts on April 17 and Rouhani has a good chance to win. True, the country’s foreign policy at the strategic level is defined by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but the executive branch of the government led by president implements it. The spiritual leader does not pay visits to other countries but Russian President Vladimir Putin met him in Tehran last year – the second time in the recent 17 years.

This was Rouhani's first official visit to Russia and the first time he and Putin met within a bilateral framework. The trip took place against the background of growing partnership as both countries have become leading forces of the Astana process that made Iran, Russia and Turkey guarantors of the Syrian cease-fire.

True, the cooperation in Syria is of utmost importance but there is each and every reason to believe that Russia and Iran will have to join together in an attempt to settle the conflict in Afghanistan. As a regional superpower, Iran will gain much by coordinating activities with Russia in that country after the US withdrawal that seems to be inevitable. Such cooperation would become a game-changing factor with far-reaching consequences for the region from the Mediterranean to Pakistan.

The emerging triangle, including Russia, Iran and Turkey, becomes an alliance, could reshape the region. A ceasefire in Syria reached as a result of the Astana process led by the «big three» would reduce the clout of the US, the UK and France. Actually, their influence has already been diminished. The neighboring states will see that progress can be achieved without the «traditional players» representing the West.

Russia is the country that can debunk the myth that the Middle East is threatened by a «Shia threat» emanating from Tehran. It can use its close and friendly relations with leading Sunni states – Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and, perhaps, Saudi Arabia – to play the stabilizing role of mediator between the Shia and Sunni camps. Russia has a unique position to act as an intermediary between Iran and Israel – something nobody else can do.

It’ll take years to heal the wounds and mitigate the contradictions between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Today, the West does not enjoy the clout it once had there. The borders drawn by Western countries caused many conflicts;direct military interventions made them lose trust and support. Under the circumstances, Russia is not exactly an outside actor. Moscow needs peace and stability in the region. This goal can be achieved in tandem with Turkey and Iran. Iraq and Syria can join the trio after they overcome the devastating results of wars. It makes the cooperation with Tehran an issue of paramount importance for Russia.

The bilateral relationship is going to be strengthened by large-scale economic projects.

Despite the importance of foreign policy issues, the talks mainly focused on prospects for deepening trade, economic and investment cooperation, including under large joint projects in energy and transport infrastructure. More than ten major trade and economic agreements were signed during the visit. Russia has already pumped about one billion euros into Iran' railway network, with serious financial injections into bilateral projects yet to be implemented.

Exports to Iran stand at only around 1 percent of Russian foreign trade, but a trade surplus and the existence of a large market for Russian manufactured goods make Iran an important partner. The bilateral trade grew by 60 percent from $1.2 billion in 2015 to almost $2 billion in 2016.

The resumption of weapons deliveries and participation in infrastructure projects financed by Russian loans have led to the doubling of exports of non-energy products from Russia to Iran. The first batch of S-300 air defense systems was delivered in April 2016.

Russia has agreed to provide Iran with a loan of $2.2 billion for infrastructure projects involving Russian companies. It is planned to build a power plant and enhance generation at another in Iran in a contract worth several billion dollars. Under an agreement signed between the two sides, the Russians will improve efficiency at the Ramin power plant in Khuzestan province to 50-55% from 36% now. Another Russian company will build a 1,400-megawatt power plant in the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan province. Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz plans to export 300 trucks in 2017, GAZ signed a memorandum with the Iranian authorities for the supply of 900 buses.

Russia’s role in reaching the Iran nuclear deal, the cooperation in Syria and the allegiance to the policy of rapprochement declared by President Putin provide ample evidence of Moscow’s desire to boost the bilateral ties.

A momentous event to take place this year will provide an impetus to the development of Russia-Iran relations. Tehran is expected to become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this June. Iran also has expressed interest in signing a trade agreement with the Eurasian Union.

Russia and Iran are united by common goals and interests. The development of relations between the two great powers is a significant contribution into creating alternative poles of power to change the world for the better.

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They are all Maxine Waters now...

No Exceptions: ‘Radical’ Tax Reform

Ryan breaks with Trump on healthcare: No Dems

Ryan breaks with Trump on healthcare: No Dems
By Kyle Balluck - 03-30-17 06:54 AM EDT

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in an interview to be broadcast early Thursday said he does not want to work with Democrats on healthcare legislation, breaking with President Trump's recent comments.

"I don't want that to happen," Ryan told Norah O'Donnell on "CBS This Morning."

"I want a patient-centered system," he added. "I don't want government running healthcare. The government shouldn't tell you what you must do with your life, with your healthcare. We should give people choices."

Ryan added GOP infighting may drive Trump to partner with Democrats over members of his own party.

"[If] the Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats, he's been suggesting that as much," he said, adding merely retooling ObamaCare is "hardly a conservative thing."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump is sincere about working with Democrats on healthcare reform in the wake of last week's failure of a Republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"Starting Friday afternoon through late yesterday, [Trump] has received a number of calls, as well as other members of the senior staff that have been working on healthcare, from members of both sides saying that they would like to work together, offer up ideas and have suggestions about how to come to a resolution on this and get a House vote on this," he told reporters.

Trump later Monday predicted that Democrats would ultimately ally with Republicans on healthcare once ObamaCare starts failing.

Republicans abandoned their effort to repeal ObamaCare in a shocking defeat last Friday, pulling legislation before a vote on the House floor.

Conservative House Freedom Caucus members fiercely opposed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), demanding a number of changes intended to lower healthcare premium costs.

--Mark Hensch contributed to this report, which was updated at 7:29 a.m.