It’s been too long!

Readers!

How you been!?!

Let’s get to it!

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has her third ad out of the election season! See it here:

A nice spot focusing on the things that have put her in the lead (I’m told) in this race: Public safety and jobs. They are the basic needs and wants of the city. And she is coming through on them.

Currently Stothert’s main opponent, Heath Mello is running one spot: essentially a “get to know me” ad, that emphasizes his electability as a Honey-Do list dad.

But veteran reporter Joe Jordan pointed out a few weeks ago that Mello seems to be using a wait-and-see strategy on advertising.  Holding off on his main ads until after the Primary, and just 30 days before the General.

Jordan calls it a risky strategy.

*****

As far as Mello goes, he had an interesting interview on KETV’s Chronicle show with Rob McCartney. (There was a day, before we had 100 channels, when you HAD to watch such shows, because it was either that or All Star Wrestling on Sunday mornings.)

But McCartney did a nice job of letting Mello talk, while also peppering with a few non-softball questions.

But here was an easy one to Mello, with a surprising response:

McCartney asked:

What’s your plan for North Omaha development?

Mello responded…

…with something about an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” to start small businesses.

OK.

And then, regarding “North Omaha development”, Mello responded…

“We know that there are a considerable number of people coming out of our criminal justice systems who are ex-offenders who are having a difficult time finding jobs and a difficult time finding housing.”

Well, now THERE’s an interesting response.

McCartney asks Mello about North Omaha, and Mello gives him an answer about employing people coming out of prison.

You will note that Mello didn’t talk about ex-cons when asked about West Omaha. Or Millard. Or Elkhorn. Or even his “base” in St. Thomas More parish west of South Omaha.

What say you, Mello supporters (who we know read Leavenworth St.)? Arguably your guy just called people who live in North Omaha a bunch of ex-cons. Oh sure that was after the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” buzz-word. But it was IMMEDIATELY after.

Heath Mello hears, “North Omaha.”
Heath Mello thinks, “Former inmates.”

Discuss amongst yourselves, Progressives.

*****

Exciting times we’re living in where, apparently, if you scream loud enough, you are considered a victim. That was what happened to all the poor folks who were so hurt that they didn’t have the opportunity to scream at their elected representative in person.

So Senator Deb Fischer had a town hall with constituents in Holdredge. And Rep. Don Bacon met with the organized opposition in their own private meeting!

Of course Jeff Fortenberry may have wished to have gone the Bacon route, after being forced to play keep-away with the microphone.

But Fischer and Bacon’s graciousness with their political opponents was also chuckleworthy, in the reactions and responses of said opponents.

At Senator Fischer’s meet, a screamer was screaming that Fischer was NOT LISTENING to them when they said they didn’t want Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. She voted for her anyway. So that means Fischer was “NOT LISTENING!!!”

And the Senator calmly informed this individual, and her fired-up cohorts, that what we have, is whatchcall a “representative government”, where the “representative” gathers up all the information at her disposal and then votes using her judgment.

The screamer would have none of it.

“YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO LISTEN TO US! YOU REPRESENT US!!!”

Isn’t that just darling. Local angry person thinks that the loudest people are the ones who make decisions. Sort of like Senator Fischer giving a civics lesson to a class of 3rd graders 2nd graders preschoolers.

And then Don Bacon met individually with “Indivisible Nebraska” who are a group organized to disrupt these types of town hall meetings. That’s what they do. They chat on Facebook and organize to disrupt public events.

So Bacon one-upped them and essentially dared them to disrupt their own private event.

Genius, really.

And then at that meeting, where they got to sit down with the Congressman one-on-one, what was their beef at the end?

He listened, but I don’t know that he heard us,” she said, adding that she hopes he holds a town hall.

(She also may have noted that Bacon can listen to Jimi, but he can’t hear Jimi…)

See, they can tell he didn’t “hear” them, because he ain’t voting the way they want. So, after getting a private meeting, what’s their hope? Scream him down at a town hall!

What is it the kids text these days?
SMH…

*****

Hey, Secretary of State John Gale is quitting after something like 15 years in the gig!

And you know what that means? An insane campaign for a job where no one really knows what they’d do!

Who may be in?
Let’s go to Don Walton of the LJS, who has his finger on the pulse of would-be SecStates:

The Democrat: State Senator Adam Morfeld (Lincoln). Look for the Dems to push really, really hard on this election. Jane Kleeb figures this is her foot in the door for a Democrat jumping to a higher office. Don’t look for big crowded primary here.

The Republicans?
State Senator John Murante (Gretna)
State Senator Jim Smith (Papillion)
Attorney Bob Evnen (Lincoln)

More to come, no doubt.

Oh, and State Treasurer Don Stenberg will be term-limited as well.
It’ll be an election smorgasbord!

151 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Paraphrasing your observation:
    “When McCartney asked about North Omaha, Mello provided an honest, considered, thoughtful response. A response demonstrating significant deliberation into the unique needs of every facet of the community and how each area of Omaha can best be served.’

    And again paraphrasing, your ensuing query:
    ‘So tell me progressives, what do you think about honesty and thoughtfulness in a Mayoral candidate?’

    • bynd says:

      how to set the bar lower and lower,

      “considered, thoughtful response'”

      That contained no specifics nor answered the question. I see why you like it. You can interpret any way you want. And thoughtful? Sure, give some mumbo jumbo so that he say later I addressed that.

      ” A response demonstrating significant deliberation into the unique needs of every facet of the community and how each area of Omaha can best be served.’ Please explain exactly the specifics that he said that would solve the problems and not just point out what the problem(s) “may” be.

      As always, the bar is set low by the partisans. Or maybe we just don’t speak politician BS.

      • Anonymous says:

        Your response is a perfect example of Mello’s response. Mello said nothing and you said nothing in return. What would you do for North Omaha, bynd?

      • Anonymous from 5:06 says:

        Mello’s full response was in fact thoughtful, considered and on point.
        Maybe too ‘on point’ for overly sensitive Republicans (dare I say.. ‘snowflakes’?)

        Although the link provided by Spartacus takes you to a page with no accompanying video, I took it it upon myself to locate and listen to the 25 minute interview.

        Mello’s response to McCartney’s question clearly demonstrates he has contemplated the means by which to address the root causes of problems facing some of North Omaha’s neighborhoods.

        Conversely, in Mayor Stothert’s new ad she boasts of hiring 54 new police officers, choosing to address the symptoms of ongoing problems while saddling Omahans with countless millions in new spending, for generations to come.

        You bynd, as is customary, chose to remain the low information troll you are and reflexively regurgitated what you must imagine to be a refutation.

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        Actually, I don’t need to provide any nexus. In the world of politics, those in charge get blamed for the bad and if one is then intellectually honest, the politicians reap the benefits of what good happens on their watch also. And mainly all of this is for ricky fulton who blamed the high rate in 2015 on Stothert. And every one knows, ricky doesn’t have the fortitude to now give credit where it is due by his standards. Not to mention as I did, what is Heath going to do to keep the numbers down? What’s his plan? Who knows. His page is a bunch of generalities, many are already being done. He brings very little that is new to the position.

        Remember, according to the progressives game plan, it is all about emotion.

        However, if you need some perspective,
        Number of Omaha homicides drops dramatically; 29 killed in 2016, compared with 50 in 2015

    • bynd says:

      Glad you asked;

      Having mentored up there in my old neighborhood of North O and Bible studies at DCYC, there is no more important thing needed up there than men. Men who are willing to mentor starting at the elementary level. All of which the city can help facilitate.

      In addition, jobs are a problem. But there are jobs in other parts of the city. But few own reliable cars and mass transit to those areas that is reliably and at the right times is pretty much non existant. Instead of the failed policy of trying to bring jobs to North O, it would be smarter and quicker to figure out how to get the people in North O who want to work, to the jobs in other parts of the city. $159 million can be better spent with a greater positive impact.

      Mayor Stothert has done what others mayors have not been able to do by getting the murder rate in this city down to its level in 13 years. She needs to keep doing what she is doing. Heath has given no plan.

      There are numerous non profits in North O who are doing a tremendous job. Willie Barney and empowerment. Abide run by the Dotzlers. I have had the privilege to help rehab homes up north for them. Release Ministries who have homes for girls and boys and are the only homes in Nebraska licensed to allow kids to stay there until age nineteen. They provide family counseling and Bible studies all other the North Omaha area, DCYC and other institutions for kids caught up in the system. And there is no tougher sell or ones to help than teenagers in the “system”.

      All of these things and many more can be influenced by, have time and resources donated to them and leadership provided to being divergent groups together the city and it’s leadership. The Mayor has done many of these thing.

      There are other things but I don’t want to get to long winded this time.

      So, Anonymous, what would you do? Have you been up there at all helping out? I would hope so.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, most criminology types think murder rates seem to be the least responsive to law enforcement policy. They may be wrong, but I think you need to establish a causal chain between Mayor and murder rate or post hoc ergo propter hoc.

      • The Grundle King says:

        RL,

        Your demands of bynd here are interesting, seeing as you rarely (read: never) asked Ricky Fulton to make the same connections when he was laying the blame for murders at the feet of Mayor Stothert.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        GK, the mayor hardly needs another defender here, but my question mutes mutants to blame for murder rate. Bynd is right that in the political forum blame is independent of causation. Given the number of murders in Omaha, I suspect changes in the number are random walk.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lincoln Journal Star, April 1, 2015 –
      “The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee has tentatively found a way to provide more cuts through the state’s Property Tax Credit Cash Fund.,
      ..It would bring the total increase in the property tax credit fund to $60 million each year, which would mean $400 million could go back to taxpayers in the next two-year $8.7 billion budget. It’s a priority of the committee, said Appropriations Chairman Heath Mello.
      “I think our final product is shaping up to be a responsible budget that prioritizes property tax relief, investments in economic development and investments in education,” he said.”

    • Anonymous says:

      And 2014, under the guidance of Heath Mello, Chairman, Appropriations Committee, lawmakers passed three major tax reductions after a study of the tax code; LB 96, LB 987 and LB 905

      LB 96 exempted agricultural machinery and repair parts from sales tax. It reduced taxes by $6.8 million in FY15 and will result in $13 million in reduced taxes by FY24.

      LB 987 indexed Nebraska’s income tax brackets for inflation and exempted a portion of military retirement benefits and Social Security benefits from income tax. LB 987 will provide $8 million in tax reductions in FY15 and grows to about $52 million per year by FY24.

      LB 905 increased funding for the Property Tax Credit program by $25 million per year — from $115 million to $140 million.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Sounds like self-promoting BS to me.”

        I can only imagine that’s because the ass you are wearing for a hat is interfering with your hearing.

  2. Pop says:

    Dear Political Class Democrats and GOP elites. You seem to find America perfectly great as is. No improvement necessary. Not to programs, not to borders, no need for sovereignty or solvency.

    Especially no need to break your elite rice bowls that productive citizens fill. You who have among your ranks almost no real leaders; even those few political governors you do have, had their errors bailed out by taxpayers. You clerks of law who lead no group or person who is wiped out along with yourself when your leadership fails. You who suffer no consequences but bruised feelings. You who are unfit to pour piss out of a working man’s boot, you cancers on human endeavor, you who so vehemently object to the new Populism sweeping across the Western world.

    Populism is solutionist; neither rightwing nor leftwing, it goes right, left, up and down as needed to solve problems. Yet your rice bowls are made entirely of problems that afflict others. Their pain is your foodstuff. Populism breaks your rice bowls. Good.

    Populism growing in the Western World is a reaction to your failures. You ban free speech in press and campus. You demand no ideas you must rebut. You make people unsafe while you safeguard your feelings. You are Hitler, Stalin, and Peewee Herman wrapped in what should be a straight jacket.

    You traditional elites are not solutionists–your rice bowls are made of miserable problems. That’s how you live, how you thrive, like viruses, cancers, and warts, off the blood supply of productive beings.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey Pop,

      A challenge for ya –
      Show me ONE populist bill or legislative initiative that has emerged from this clusterf*^& of a clown show that has slithered into our White House.

      Just one. Surely that’s not too much to ask?

      The effluent you see rising up from the toxic swamps around the globe, including America, is NOT populism.
      It’s radical authoritarian nationalism – aka – Fascism.

      • Anonymous/Anonymous says:

        You label it facism, nothing wrong with some nationalism instead of anarchy, but radical authoritarian,you have nothing on anybody

      • Anonymous says:

        “nothing wrong with some nationalism instead of anarchy”

        What ‘anarchy’ might that be?

        Throughout the 8 years leading up to the inauguration of of Hair GropenFuhrer, all statistics point to America’s streets being as safe as they’ve been in generations.
        (granted – as the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and others noted – White Nationalist organizations and Far Right Wing militia groups flourished after the election of Obama, posing what they determined to be a far greater threat than ISIS. Our own homegrown ‘y’all Qaeda’, or, ‘yee-haw-dists’, if you will)
        During 8 years under Obama, 15.6 million private sector jobs were created throughout a record setting 75 straight months of private sector job growth.
        Abortions rates fell to the lowest levels ever recorded.
        The number of uninsured Americans fell to the lowest level, ever.
        Income inequality is finally showing signs of improvement.
        Veteran homelessness was reduced by half and VA hospital funding increased by more than 70%. (that would be the VA that Trump and the GOP are seeking to privatize, over the staunch objection of almost every veteran on the planet)
        At the conclusion of the Deporter-In-Chief’s term, more Mexicans were leaving the U.S. than arriving.
        And throughout those 8 years – no foreign terrorist organization successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland.

        You folks are certain to find solidarity when chatting up your Obama ‘anarchy’ horse…. at your Tea party gatherings, but when you bring it out into the real world, it long past time someone pushes back.

      • bynd says:

        What?

        15.6 million low paying and part time jobs were created. And we could go on and on about that line of BS.

        As has been pointed out so many times before, you folks lower the bar more and more to make your failed leadership look good.

        Best part, knowing the rest of what you write is no different than that line of crap, it is easy to say, tl;dr. (Thanks for that professor.)

        And I won’t insult idiots by calling you one. You are far past that personal flaw.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous for a reason,

        Obama stated that he should not be judged by his first hundred days: “The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference.”

        Don’t forget the emotion. I have tears over this one.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, recovery was anemic because full Keynesian fiscal therapy was never applied, deficits treated as a bigger worry than unemployment, interest rates had to do the work. High paying jobs are limited by automation. Given those facts employment growth under Obama is nothing to mock.Your non partisanship is rather one sided. Blaming trade policy for lack of high paying jobs is great rhetoric but not good economics.

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        Once again, how it progressed was less important than how it was portrayed. The picture was not as rosey as what was put forth.

        the devil is always in the details.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, I agree numbers were lower than past recoveries, probably because of structural change.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “Throughout the 8 years leading up to the inauguration of of Hair GropenFuhrer, all statistics point to America’s streets being as safe as they’ve been in generations.”

        But wait…how can this be?! All I hear from the left is about this ‘epidemic’ of gun violence…but you’re telling me our streets are as safe as they’ve ever been? Does not compute!

  3. anon says:

    If you’re a millionaire, you’ll pocket a tidy $50 Grand courtesy of the Republican AHCA.

    If you’re poor, the Republican’s AHCA will cost you somewhere between an additional $1480 to $14,000 more for health insurance per year.
    For many poor Americans, the ultimate cost will be far greater.
    Rural states will be hit especially hard by the Republican’s wealth transfer disguised as health insurance law.

    Grant County, Nebraska has the highest percentage of Obamacare enrollees of any county in the nation.
    16 of the top 25 counties with the highest rates of Obamacare enrollment nationally are in Nebraska.
    All 16 counties voted for Trump.

    • bynd says:

      Since there is no AHCA, it must hurt to pull such wildly exaggerated claims out of your arse. But hang in there snowflake, you may wind up being be a profit.

    • bynd says:

      By the way. Population of Grant county, 633. Those on Obama care, 33% or 208. Wow, those pesky facts sure make you really stupid.

      Douglas county has the highest percentage of STDs in the country. They did have the highest percentage of young black men murdered, unemployed and illiterate although with the murder rate down, that part probably isn’t true any more. How’s Obama’s unemployment working for them? Any one of them could be his son you know.

      Figures lie and anonymous figures.

  4. Bluejay says:

    Stothert is a McCain Republican, but Heath Mello is a pretty boy Dem like Ben Nelson. Mello will pay off the unions; tax and spend.

    Taylor Royal is a nut who wants an NFL team.

    Weak choices.

  5. anon says:

    Spartacus makes light of Nebraska citizens who show up at town halls demanding informed representation from their elected officials – citing Spartacus’s post:
    “At Senator Fischer’s meet, a screamer was screaming that Fischer was NOT LISTENING to them..”

    Republican Congressmen Thomas Massie (R-KY) was wrangled by a reporter upon exiting Trump’s ‘pep talk’ yesterday. A private GOP confab reinforcing how important it is that, no matter the merit, GOPers are expected to blindly toe the party line. Here’s what Rep Massie relayed to the reporter:
    “Frankly, the number of calls to my office – and we only keep track of the constituents who call, in other words, those who are among the 750,000 people I represent – the calls are running 275 against this bill to 4 supporting the bill,” he revealed. “That’s like almost 100 to 1 against this bill. And I can tell you, every other congressional office is receiving the same number of calls.”

    The fact is, Fischer and Fortenberry and Smith and Bacon and Sasse, ARE NOT LISTENING TO NEBRASKANS!!

    No matter the known damage certain to be incurred by our state, its communities and its citizens through the repeal of the ACA, Fischer, Bacon, Sasse et al are content to blindly toe the party line.
    Subservient to the wealthy and the special interests who perennially fatten their campaign coffers.

    • bynd says:

      Whose towing the line?

      From the Daily Kos:

      These need to be the top 10 talking points for all Democrats when discussing politics on any level; federal, state or local.

      1 Republicans care only about the rich.
      2 It’s about clean air and clean water, dummies.
      3 Republicans need to stop lying.
      4 Alex Jones
      5 Workers’ Rights/Higher wages
      6 Russia/Trump’s Tax Returns
      7 Voting
      8 Trump is a sexual predator.
      9 This feels shady.
      10 Give emotion, not just facts.

      Note number 10 which the snowflakes on here follow religiously. Notice the words truth or accurate are not in any of these talking points.

      Facts you say is. “Grant county has one of the highest percentages of Obama care recipients”. True for as far as it goes. But when the “facts” are shown by actual numbers, then it is no wonder anonymous use the same moniker as many others on here.

      Number 10 also makes it so easy to prove the emotion wrong. But, every one knows this. And that is why they are becoming an extinct party.

      Bottom line, the Dems have and had, lost terribly to the Repubs, especially Trump and that should be inexcusable in anyone’s book. Getting steam rolled at every juncture. And every time anonymous points out how incompetent the Repubs are, just shows how much more pathetic the Dems are.

      • Anonymous says:

        A few of Nixon’s most significant accomplishments as President include:
        Established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
        Established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
        Signed into law the Clean Air Act
        Signed into law the National Environmental Policy Act
        Enforced desegregation of Southern schools
        Introduced legislation to reform healthcare and welfare

        Nixon, like Reagan, would be viewed as a loony leftist librul by today’s radically extreme GOP.

    • Anonymous says:

      The historical records are really clear.

      Ronald Reagan’s was the most thoroughly scandal plagued administration in modern history.

      Barack Obama’s, the most scandal free.

      • Bluejay says:

        Did all of that cash stay in Iran or did Val and Barry get a kickback? Rachael Maddow has the story!

      • Anonymous says:

        The worst president in modern times until now, Bluejay. If Obama had said and done what Trump had said and done his first two months in office you would have excoriated him. Are you giving Trump a pass?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oct 16, 2016:
    “It seems to me, that virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats..
    ..It seems like there’s something about being a Democrat that either – and maybe this is the chicken or the egg but – something about being a Democrat that lends people to criminal behavior or something about being prone to criminal behavior that draws people to the Democrat party”
    – Steve Curtis, conservative radio host, former Colorado Republican Party chairman and Advisory Board Chair of the Denver Tea Party Patriots.

    On Tuesday, prosecutors in Colorado’s Weld County District Court charged Steve Curtis with one count of misdemeanor Voter Fraud and one count of Forgery, a Class 5 felony.

  7. TexasAnnie says:

    Greetings, Nebraskans! Yesterday the Supreme Court verified my stance on Special Education!!! Former Sparkles and Repenting lawyer you have both empathized with my position in the past and I continue to appreciate that empathy.

    But bynd, you have not. In fact, you prattled on about how SPED is good enough for your grandson, so it must be good enough for all SPED students. You were wrong. Care to admit that now? The court just found that educational achievement satisfactory at one Colorado school district did not meet the federal obligation under IDEA. This ruling will reverberate even to your school district, bynd. And it was a powerful ruling: 8-0! (Maybe the justices were worried about Betsy DeVoss talking the helm.)

    So from now on, Grundle King, you should not continue to erroneously make the claim that I (or other SPED parents) are seeking MORE for our youngsters than you TAKE for yours! And finally, RLP, with regard to your mistaken opinion that I am just a bitter former Nebraskan, well, GFY!

    • Anonymous says:

      Congratulations on your resounding victory Annie.
      A victory for 6.5 million students with disabilities throughout the United States.

      8-0.

      Significantly, Judge Neil Gorsuch, has repeatedly ruled the other way on similar cases.
      Gorsuch’s opinions in eight out of 10 cases involving students of disabilities all tended toward limiting the responsibilities of school districts.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous:

        Being a half lying ass again are you?

        When questioned on his record, in light of this new ruling, during his hearing today by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, he said “I was wrong, senator, because I was bound by circuit precedent, and I’m sorry.”

        Interpretation: Gorsuch did his job, and even apologized. The Supreme Court did it’s job by clarifying. The more you post your partisan crap, the dumber you look.

      • Woo Hoo!! says:

        “bound by precedent”

        That is absolutely f–ing FABULOUS to hear!!!
        Because if that’s true, Gorsuch also said THIS during his hearing:

        During Tuesday’s questioning, Gorsuch stuck to purely descriptive answers about Roe, the foundation of the Court’s abortion-rights precedents.
        At one point, he referred to it simply as a “precedent of the United States Supreme Court.”

        So.. sorry Donald, sorry Religious Right, sorry Anti-abortion activists, Gorsuch is a vote IN FAVOR of Roe.
        Precedent, you know.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Yes, Woo Hoo, I heard that myself. But I did not take it to mean that he would actually abide precedent. I thought he was just being a responsive nominee. He has been very responsive generally and very general in his responses. Most folks would consider him articulate. But I am worried about his lifetime appointment now on three fronts: abortion, right-to-die, and SPED. I better stop watching and listening to the hearings.

    • anon says:

      They ruled for paying for the parents to get paid for an alternative better education, kind of like a voucher, nice partisan tie to Betsy DeVos and courts, shows how fake your agenda is

      • Anonymous says:

        Your interpretation of the ruling is fatally flawed by your extremist ideology.

        The ruling went far beyond merely the tuition reimbursement achieved by the Endrew family.
        The ruling will impact every public school in America.
        The 8-0 ruling in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case states that schools must do more than provide a “merely more than de minimis” education for students with disabilities and instead must provide them with an opportunity to make “appropriately ambitious” progress in line with the federal education law.

        Integral to the case, Endrew and his family sought clarification about the type of education benefits the federal law requires of schools, specifically, whether it requires “merely more than de minimis,” or something greater.

        And in response to their request for clarification – effecting every school in the nation that receives federal funding – Roberts wrote in his opinion: “The IDEA demands more,.. It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Woo Hoo. He is talking about precedent in his own Circuit that bound him. Rules are looser on stare decisive on SCOTUS.

    • bynd says:

      TA:

      So if you perceive one disagrees with the great and powerful Oz, excuse me, TA, they prattle.

      So let’s get to a relevant fact in the situation.

      “The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.”

      The state of Nebraska is number 5 in the nation in dollars spent per student. Yet you and yours think there should be more. What you haven’t proven nor has the supreme court is that public schools need more money or are spending what they have wisely. And it was the public system that failed this child and a private school that saved him. Yet you deny any other such child the same advantage of a private school where the public schools have failed. Or the other snowflakes on here who consistently lie about private schools taking only the best and brightest.

      And the fact my grandson has done well and maybe your children have not is a personal problem of yours and in no way allows you to attack my grandson.

      To be very blunt, kiss my ass you self righteous, self serving jerk.

      So how much lower do you want to take this conversation?

      Maybe you should examine what your deficiencies are reference those in your family who need the extra help instead of always whining about how the government has failed you and yours.

    • The Grundle King says:

      “So from now on, Grundle King, you should not continue to erroneously make the claim that I (or other SPED parents) are seeking MORE for our youngsters than you TAKE for yours!”

      I can’t remember ever having made such a claim, and I’m really, REALLY curious what exactly you think it is that I “take” for my youngster.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      bynd and Grundle King: Now don’t start denying on me. You have both expressed disdain about my persistent complaints concerning the inadequacy of SPED and DD services in Nebraska (and really, around the nation). You Grundle, literally for years. And you bynd since you came here, not years ago, but sufficient to know my mind. In particular, Grundle, you accused me of confusion (or something worse) with regard to my preference for Libertarian Philosophy as juxtaposed with my preference for strong public schools. (I was only abiding our guiding constitutions…) But I admit, Grundle, I don’t know what you TAKE for yours. That was a throwaway line. Sorry. I was eating a Milky Way.

      bynd, bynd, bend! You have replaced Gerard as the one author on this site who appears to believe you know everything about every issue. When we began our correspondence you volunteered information about your grandson. And you stated that your grandson gets a good public education and therefore you have no reason to believe it’s not the same for every SPED child across the state. So I took it upon myself to inform you that when I lived there I witnessed, wrote and testified about, and even sought legal guidance at my own expense, in protest of the neglect of SPED recipients in the custody of the state. At no time then or now did I complain about the education my own child received, nor have I lodged such complaint at this site. My concern has been about the injustice I was witnessing. It makes me sad to now realize that you thought my own child was not benefiting and that I was having a personal problem in this regard. Nope. I was only trying to help you understand the myriad methods the federal government, states and school districts fail students with disabilities.

      You can take the conversation as low as you want. It amuses me. You’re acting rather like a snowflake.

      • bynd says:

        TA;

        You seem to forget the 22 years my wife spent as a para in SPED. Your experiences are yours and unique to you. Mine are unique to me. Don’t get confused that some how your’s are more relevant or more representative.

        But the point is and remains, the pubic school system, here and through out the country is what failed and your answer was to fight to keep and expand the public school system and you kept losing.

        Yet, you still maintain that nonpublic schools take money from the public school system and is therefore a detriment, especially to SPED. Better you had fought for the private/charter schools as these parents did and accomplished something well beyond what you and others like you couldn’t. Or shall we use your logic and said, you made foolish decisions on what needed to done and by whom.

        Just as in the opposite of what justice Gorsuch did, apologized for the mistake he made in regards to this subject, you double down on all those years of useless endeavors and accuse others.

        It isn’t up to you to decide what is right or wrong for the rest of us. As to my grandson, if you think that my discussing him gives you some special license to attack him, then you truly are the lowest of the low. And if not, I will expect/accept your apology.

        And I will thank God I didn’t spend all the time like you did in a useless endeavor that was going down the wrong road anyway. A blunder many have made at a tremendous cost to many handicapped children who have been denied the chance to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances”, at whatever type school does it the best.

        You wasted time, resources and took the conversation away from the very things that would have helped the kids you profess you wanted to protect. And then have the chutzpah to come here and try to say what good you did and how bad the rest of are. Not hardly.

        No doubt we will now see your name attached to the efforts to allow handicapped kids out of failed public schools and go to ones that will truly fulfill the mandate of the law.

        But I won’t hold my breath. I see no remorse or humility as demonstrated by justice Gorsuch. I see more of the same of lack of understanding of what all children need. Choices that are good for them. Not someone’s personal agenda that is nothing more than being able to say, I was right. Especially when you are so wrong.

        Be amused, it seem ignorance is very blissful to you. Especially your ability to disregard all the harm you have caused to others. It is now evident that you, leaving Nebraska and going back to Texas, was a blessing in disguise to Nebraska. So stay home Troll. You have nothing valid to say up here and have caused enough harm to our children.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        You have lost your mind. But just in case anyone else reading your words here think you know what you are talking about, let me succinctly say that the very children I spoke for were state wards who were not permitted to go to school. Any school. Anywhere. It was a clear violation of both the federal and state constitutions. And because folks like you stuck your head in the sand your unicameral was able to aid and abet your governor’s wish to defy SPED law. (LB 742, 1995; I believe it was an idea he took from the Western Governor’s Assoc.) No charter school advocates or Catholic schools lent a helping hand. And I know their administrators knew what I knew. They were at the same hearings as I, making sure they got their SPED reimbursement for the students they were willing to accept. But the issue is settled bynd. In the future I will not expect you to care about anyone but your own loved one with disability, whom, apparently, you think IF even noted equates to an attack… You have lost your mind!

      • Anonymous says:

        This is not an attack:
        If the public schools are such a failure, why doesn’t your family use private schools?

  8. anon says:

    A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that just 17 percent of the public approves of the Republican Party’s American Health Care Act, while 56 percent disapproves.

    Seventeen.

    Yet every one of Nebraska’s representatives will vote in favor of it – because it funnels hundreds of billions of dollars to their paymasters, who in turn funnel some of that largess into their campaign coffers.

    And the clueless Trumpers cheer.

    • bynd says:

      anon,

      Would these be the same voters you have disparaged as uneducated and the voters of doom for this country?

      How quickly you forget the lessons that were seared into your little brain last November.

      “The results of Tuesday’s presidential election came as a surprise to nearly everyone who had been following the national and state election polling, which consistently projected Hillary Clinton as defeating Donald Trump. Relying largely on opinion polls, election forecasters put Clinton’s chance of winning at anywhere from 70% to as high as 99%, and pegged her as the heavy favorite to win a number of states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that in the end were taken by Trump.

      Since you seem to not understand how the legislative system works, go back and study such things as committees, how one chamber can change what another has written and then conferences.

      Oh and by the way, Senators do not vote in the House for a house bill. duh!

      You keep showing how the clueless have beaten your party since 2010. So then, who really are the clueless ones?

      Keep cheering on those polls. LOL

  9. Anonymous says:

    Trump says “I’m President and you’re not.” True, I am not President – but at least I’m not a dumbshit.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      I liked this statement of Scherer’s ‘TIME’ piece best. “If the fable of President Trump is ever written, young Donald might say to his father: I’m not gonna lie to you, Dad. The tree has been chopped–smart people say maybe by illegal immigrants or Muslims. There are some bad hombres. Anyway, it’s gone, and I’m gonna build something truly terrific on this parcel.”

    • anon says:

      Tweeted by Don Bacon today –

      @RepDonBacon
      We look forward to taking all #NE02 constituent calls. Due to an influx of calls today, please be patient while we get to them. Thank you.

      And Republican Congressman Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) has admitted calls to his office are running about 1,000-to-1 against the Republican plan, though Donovan said he couldn’t be sure all the calls are from his district.

      And Thomas Massie, Republican Congressman from Kentucky, admitted – “Frankly, the number of calls to my office – and we only keep track of the constituents who call, in other words, those who are among the 750,000 people I represent – the calls are running 275 against this bill to 4 supporting the bill,” he revealed. “That’s like almost 100 to 1 against this bill. And I can tell you, every other congressional office is receiving the same number of calls.”

      Add to this the new Quinnipiac poll showing only 17% of Americans approve of the Republican ‘healthcare plan’.

      Add to that this headline/article from the AP only 4 days ago –
      “Nebraska Among States Hardest-Hit by GOP Health Care Bill”

      How in God’s name can any member of the NEGOP justify voting for this bill?
      And why would anyone send these people back to Congress?
      Unless of course you’re currently bringing home more than $400,000 or $500,000 a year and you stand to profit from suffering of others.
      If that’s you – well then hat’s off to ya, buddy.
      If that’s NOT you, then WAKE THE F–K UP and stop voting these self-serving cretins into office!!

      WTF has this county come to?

      • bynd says:

        WTF has this county come to?
        Entitlement dependent people.

        I wonder if they will wake up when the government says no more, we are broke.

        Usually when all sides hate something you have done something right. I do believe this is the exception. Too bad there isn’t any leadership with balls in the Republican party. Pandering is alive and well.

        Just different sides of the same coin.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Entitlement dependent people’ – the defense industry comes to mind. We’ve turned legitimate concern about keeping the US safe into a make-work program based on government intervention. Whatever you call it its not capitalism and there’s no market orientation. How very much like Russia and China we are.

      • anon says:

        “Entitlement dependent people’

        Says the man who has cashed only government checks his entire life and relies on Federal Employee Health Benefits to pay his health care expenses.

      • bynd says:

        anon,

        You seem to be under the miss perception that I need validation of my life and what I have earned from you. Let me assure you, I don’t.

        But since you seem to believe the concept is valid, maybe you should take time to correct that character flaw in yourself before your depression sinks even deeper.

  10. Political Novice says:

    Ladies and gentlemen – I’m just a political novice. Your talk of politics frightens and confuses me. When I hear talk of snowflakes I look outside to see if it is snowing. When I hear talk of RINOs I wonder “is that a new republican mascot?’ I may not know much about politics but I do know this . . . .

    In Taylor Royal’s commercial it mentions how Mello voted for Clinton and that Stothert wrote in McCain for her vote and I assume Royal voted for Trump. How in the world could he think this bit of information could be of advantage to him? if anyone would possibly be influenced by this wouldn’t it work just as much against him as for him?

    • Anonymous says:

      I could care less how any of them voted, as if that was indicative of anything. I elect a mayor to run my city on my behalf. As individuals mayoral candidates have a perfect right to vote or not, and vote however they wish – none of my business. Just do the job I elected you to do, try not to screw up too badly or often, and that’ll be fine.

  11. Anonymous says:

    How can the Russpublicans not pass a health care bill after seven goddamn years of hating on the ACA? These boneheads can’t even agree with each other. So much for a Congressional majority. It’s no good being the majority party, the party in power, if you can’t move any legislation. The 2018 midterms are looking more interesting with each passing hour. What will Trump do if the Senate goes Democratic? Won’t that be fun.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re assuming Trump will still be president in ’18.

      Trump could just as easily be taking up residence in the Big House, instead of the White House in ’18.
      The Orange Menace donning an orange jumpsuit.
      They’ll no doubt but The Don’s skills to good use in the laundry.

      • Sprinkles says:

        That ought to match your election prediction, and your critical thinking if you think that Trump would serve time. We are going to find out some facts soon, and it wont be from Maddow

      • Anonymous says:

        They won’t put Trump in jail no matter what he does. But hopefully he will be put out of office soon.

    • bynd says:

      Anonymous for a reason;

      It took the dumicrats 13 years after Hillary first tried. I guess that leaves the Repubs with 6 more years to go.

      And at least you don’t have to pass it to know what is in it. What a concept.

      • Anonymous says:

        Gomer,

        13 years?
        Nearly every administration since FDR, Republican and Democrat, has tried to pass some version of healthcare protection/reform.
        Let’s look at Nixon, who was discussed on this board previously. Nixon’s proposed reform is judged by all experts to be far more ‘liberal’ than the law proposed and passed by Obama.
        It is widely reported that Ted Kennedy’s greatest regret was not coming to terms with Nixon and passing a Nixonian version of healthcare reform in the early 70’s.

        Nearly every modern president has attempted it, only president Obama has been able to achieve the goal of crafting and passing meaningful health reform.

        Importantly – none of this history serves in any way as an excuse for the colossal ineptness we’re witnessing on the part of Republicans, nor for the phenomenally ill-informed, buffoonish leadership of team Trump.

        And to refute your final point – you do in fact have to pass the Republican plan to find out what’s in it!
        The late night confabs and closed door wrangling among only the trolls of the FreeDum caucus and members of the administration is a travesty. Every concession made to them has been in the direction of harming – to an even greater extent – America’s working poor, chronically ill and those over 50.

        Conversely, the debate and deliberation over the ACA was wholly transparent.
        Hundreds of hours of negotiations among Democrats and Republicans (Republicans who faked engagement throughout, knowing the whole time they would do anything required to sabotage passage of a law)
        From June to September, the Senate Finance Committee held a series of 31 meetings to develop a healthcare reform bill. This group — in particular, Democrats Max Baucus, Jeff Bingaman and Kent Conrad, along with Republicans Mike Enzi, Chuck Grassley and Olympia Snowe — met for more than 60 hours, and the principles that they discussed, in conjunction with the other committees, became the foundation of the Senate healthcare reform bill.
        Dozens and dozens of those hours of debate were very high profile events – televised and widely publicized.
        It wasn’t until November 7 that the initial PPACA passed the House.
        9 months of open deliberation accompanied the intensive involvement of the brightest minds from every facet of the healthcare industry before a single vote was ever cast.

        All of this is part of history, every meeting chronicled.
        CSPAN has the dozens of of hours of congressional debate and deliberation archived.
        You can go watch an outstanding documentary detailing every milestone in the arduous passage of the PPACA, right now, on your computer. A doc that is part of PBS’s extraordinary Frontline series. The documentary is simply titled: “Obama’s Deal”.

        I know for a wide swath of Murica, if a lie is repeated often enough on Fox News and Right Wing Radio, it is accepted as truth.

        But that doesn’t make it true.

      • bynd says:

        Bozo annonymous,

        My statement was 13 years since Hillary first tried. A true statement about the democrats.

        I can’t decide if you are a sophist or a sciolists. But it really doesn’t matter. Both are worthless and in your case, an actual waste of time.

        tl;dr

      • Anonymous says:

        Hillary who? Who is in charge today? Who is in the White House? Who has a majority in both houses of Congress? Who bynd? Who was unable to deliver TODAY? Who was unable to execute TODAY? Hillary – gone. Obama – gone. Pelosi – irrelevant.

        Who, bynd? Who failed today?

  12. Anonymous says:

    OWH’s Joe Morton tweets:
    Omaha area @RepDonBacon left tonight’s GOP mtg saying he’s changed his vote on AHCA – from “Yes” to “Hell Yes”

    Will someone in the NEGOP please remind Bacon’s handlers that the man shouldn’t be allowed to use pointy scissors.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah. Didn’t that work great? When did “Hell, yes” become a voting category? Does that count as two votes?

  13. Anonymous says:

    One
    A new (Mar 15) Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 75% of Americans support continuing current federal Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood to cover non-abortion services for low-income women and families, including a majority of both Republican women and Republican men. (The Des Moines Register conducted a similar poll last month, finding 77% percent of adult Iowans surveyed favor continued state funding for non-abortive services at Planned Parenthood)

    Two
    A Quinnipiac poll released on Monday shows the Republican AHCA ‘health plan’ has garnered a whopping 17% approval rating.

    Three
    Based on above facts, could someone please explain to me this Trump tweet:
    @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!

    Why is it that the Republican base prefers the insane run the asylum?

    • bynd says:

      “A new (Mar 15) Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 75% of Americans support continuing current federal Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood to cover non-abortion services for low-income women and families, including a majority of both Republican women and Republican men.”

      For those who understand, they know this is not possible. Any money to PP that is used for such things as overhead just frees up that money for abortions. But it helps those who don’t support abortion, rationalize their support of PP.

      But then can you explain why before the election, the polls predicted HRC as the clear winner? Maybe your faith in polls is misplaced. Or is it you just cherry pick the polls you agree with?

      Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You seem to repeat your actions over and over again. And you have changed what? Certainly not your delusional world view:)

  14. Political Novice says:

    I have a question for all the politically astute commentators here. As a registered independent I like to hear both sides of the argument (which is why I am here) and was wondering if there is any talk show in this area which has a balanced format in it’s political commentary? It seems to me that channeling through the stations I am being spoon-fed the views of the program’s host. Most of the national talk programs here seem to lean ultra-right. Are there any here that have even a semblance of balance? Please don’t say KFAB – LOL.

    • Anonymous says:

      Novice,

      The animal you’re looking for doesn’t exist in our area on AM or FM.

      You have two options, subscription to Sirius, or downloading podcasts.
      I’m an early adopter of podcasts and have been a devoted listeners for many years.
      Amazing insight into any topic you can imagine is available for download (iTunes, Stitcher) and nearly all of it is free. It requires an player, for portability either MP3 or iPod (or smartphone, or tablet). And if you’re listening in your car, most cars audio systems have USB or even wireless casting.
      I’ve used a variety of players over the years, I tend to beat mine around a bit (outdoors adventures), so I now lean toward the less expensive MP3 players.
      You can get a highly serviceable MP3 player for around $25. (I’ve had great luck with a $20 ‘AGPtek’ MP3 player)
      Re politics oriented podcasts, my favorites are:
      Vox’s; The Weeds
      The Ezra Klein Show
      Pod Save America
      The Fifth Column (libertarian)
      NPR Politics
      Diane Rehm: On My Mind
      The Axe Files (David Axelrod, from the Univ. of Chicago Institute of Politics)
      Slate’s Political Gabfest
      and a hard left but always on point and entertaining; The Professional Left

      Podcasts are an amazing resource. Lots and lots of truly brilliant people opening up their minds about everything under the sun. For free.

    • anon says:

      Follow democrats, one thing they do is stick together and they have enough gumption to label themselves as such, if you are a independant that’s what you are anyway you just haven’t figured it out or you wouldn’t be asking

  15. The Legal Marijuana Now Party petition is almost complete. We plan to run a statewide list of candidates in 2018 including Governor, SOS, and State Treasurer. Jane Kleeb and her party better hold onto all their voters if they plan on winning anything ever again in the state of Nebraska.

  16. Oracle says:

    ostrich, YAI. You have ZERO understanding of how Planned Parenthood works. They are reimbursed for the actual allowed procedures performed. They don’t get some generalized payment that can go to “overhead”.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, you first ruled on overhead, now someone is a bozo by showing you are wrong.Where payments are per service then fungibility of money does not apply, unless overpayments are involved. You advance no evidence of this.

    • Anonymous says:

      This tweet perfectly sums of the current GOPsychopathology

      @newtgingrich 43 minutes ago
      Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us?

      From Newt F’in Gingrich himself.
      A man who’s quite possibly done more to hobble our democracy than any living human being.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Trump and Ryan just pulled the bill – again.

    There will be no vote – they chose to spare themselves the embarrassment of a certain loss.

    MASSIVE FAIL.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ryan’s never rolled out a proposal that wasn’t a total capitulation to a failed, widely disproven ideology of 30 years ago.
        He’s never advanced beyond a tepid imitation of Jack Kemp and a sophomoric interpretation of Atlas Shrugged. If you look up ‘backbencher’ in the dictionary there’s a picture of a dour Paul Ryan, sitting on a Joe Weider incline bench with his cap on backwards.
        I don’t get what Republicans, or grown adults, see in him.

        Pelosi is a leader, with iron balls.
        There are few on capital hill, Dems included, that can hold a candle to her.

      • bynd says:

        Pelosi the queen,

        Yep, her style was don’t read it, I’ll tell you how to vote and all the limp dicks just fell in line. Political leadership at it’s finest. Results in a real great product. chuckle

      • Anonymous says:

        Keep chuckling. A bad product? We’re stuck with Pelosi’s bad product. Because the Republicans failed to execute. Why is that bynd? “Republicans: The Party That Fails to Execute’. Yeah, a winning slogan. I hear it in 2/3rds of our state houses.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Go back to last article. I predicted this a long time ago.

        Republicans have not shown in the last couple of decades any ability to work together to get things such as this done.

        And do you think tax reform will be any different?

        And the snowflakes have been pounding their heads against the wall since last November. Ringling Bros. may be gone, but the political circus goes on. Two three act circus’ at the same time. The only relevant things that will be done by the Repubs. are at least one if not more SCOTUS picks by Trump. Which will have a big and lasting impact.

        Mean while, people will get screwed worse and worse by the ACA until they will accept anything in place of it.

      • Anonymous says:

        ‘Mean while, people will get screwed worse and worse by the ACA until they will accept anything in place of it.’

        Not today.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, do not read it is nonsense, on any highly technical bill Members rely of explanations and summaries. There were plenty of these available during passage of ACA, for example every casebook had supplementary material out and updated it. If the old joke about two systems in men, only enough blood for one, given your fixation on limpness, let a little blood flow to your brain.

  18. Anonymous says:

    “We’re done with health care this year,” said Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.)

    Asked what would happen to the ACA, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla) said, “It’s the law of the land.”

    I predict Trump reaches out to Democrats and proposes many of the initiatives drafted by his friend, Christopher Ruddy, publisher of NewsMax, in his opinion piece was titled;
    “Trump Should Ditch Freedom Caucus, Seek Bipartisan Plan”

    It’s long past time someone crushed the paleolithic Freedom Caucus. They’re like a huge black hole hovering over Pennsylvania Ave. where all intellect and reason gets sucked into the massive void and all thoughtful legislation goes to die.

    Right, Don Bacon?
    HELL YES!!

    • TexasAnnie says:

      And neither was the Democrat majority when they were in Congress. Don’t feel too badly about the failure of the AHCA. It was a lousy bill. The Republican legislators who refused to agree to it’s terms, some of whom may now be voted out of Congress next year, should be applauded. They were yesterday’s heroes! And now the Democrats, or Bernie Sanders, will have a path to healthcare (not simply insurance) for all. Remember me, I’m the ‘All or None’ gal. When it comes to publicly financed healthcare, only ALL or NONE may be made fair. And we already have SOME, which the Republicans have just massively failed to defeat, so I guess this country is moving in the direction of ALL! Besides, “really smart people” are saying that Obamacare is not really on it’s death bed…

      • Anonymous says:

        Under Democratic control and Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, the 111th Congress was one of the most productive in modern history.
        From crafting to amending to passing to signing – thoughtful, effective governance happened.

        Then came the TEAsurgence.
        A return of Republican control in the 112th Congress and beyond that brought with it a consecutive streak of ‘Least Productive Congress In History’.

        Those are the facts.

  19. Millennial voter says:

    Turns out “do things that will piss off liberals” isn’t an effective governing strategy. Who knew?

  20. Lil Mac says:

    I agree generally with TA. I have experience with the bad aspects of socialized medicine. But have always felt that if one has socialized medicine, it would be worse to try to cram it into a neo-fascist coopting of the insurance industry. That inefficient mess is Obamacare. The sort of thing law clerks with zero executive experience dream up. —- At the risk of adding cold facts to our warm emotional soup, here is what I think is going on. It is about much more than just Trump.

    Since Trump ran his first Populist ad in 1987, he has been Democrat, GOP, Reform, Democrat, GOP, Unaffiliated, Independent, and GOP; but always Populist. Populism is sweeping Europe because the bloody Islamo-fascist Caliphate reminds western voters that they love their own country, language, religion and culture, and have no love for either a global Progressive utopia or a global Caliphate utopia. The Brexit and the Dutch elections (Conservatives -5, Progressives -20, Populists +33) herald growing populism. And the Political Class is in agony as Populism breaks their rice bowls. Especially the Left. For while Populism hurts Conservatism, it’s anti-global-utopia objective kills Progressivism. That said, remove GOP constraints holding Trump right and he will move left toward the center.

    Functionally, Trump’s first critical need was to clear his back by shooting some elephants.

    Democrats are toothless, only DC Republicans have any impact, and Romney and Ryan previously stabbed their own nominee. Intolerable risks. Trump destroyed Romney by dangling State and letting him publicly bootlick. Similarly, Trump let Ryan, not the executive branch, develop “Ryan care”; a plus for Trump if Ryan succeeded but if Ryan was unable to push his own bill through his own GOP House, Paul joins Mitt on the ash heap. A huge plus for Trump. For it removes threats at his back, mutes GOP critics, and leaves Trump freer with more time to quietly develop executive solutions to present to Congress without the swamp sabotage past Presidents suffered from their own backstabbers.

    When Obama gave executive development of healthcare to Pelosi’s non-executive law clerks, her “pass it, then read it” was directed entirely at Democrats. Flip that and today Trump’s concern is empowered Republicans. Unlike Obama, however, Trump isn’t coopting the swamp. He knows persistent problems not solutions fill the swamp’s rice bowls. You cannot expect it to drain itself.

    • Twelve Monkeys says:

      Wow, a lot of delusion to unpack.

      A couple simple points.
      The ‘populism’ you of the alt-right all seem to now embrace, is in it’s very best light, a Right Wing Populism. A strain of populism with very specific and very ugly traits.
      As in a xenophobic, fear induced, authoritarian Nationalism.
      Again, presented in it’s best light.

      And the world you imagine we live in is seriously… unhinged.
      Something straight of out of Clockwork Orange, which I suppose is appropriate, considering the Orange Menace you’ve elected as president*.
      To be clear, your world offers it’s citizenry only three choices:
      a) ‘a global Progressive utopia’
      b) ‘a global Caliphate utopia’
      c) Your imagined ‘populism’

      And as a previous poster has noted – there is not a single piece of ‘populist’ legislation yet introduced by your ‘populist’ leader, or from any of the swamp creatures he’s brought with him to further defile the White House.

  21. Seriously says:

    The Republican healthcare repeal was a terrible and mean spirited piece of legislation that would have gone too far in making life difficult for Americans in the middle and lower middle income brackets. While some republoc and found the bill too hot, and others too cold. Our very own Don Bacon thought it was “just right”. Thankfully some clearer, more critical thinkers, considered how this legislation would impact their constituents at home, and the bill imploded. That doesn’t excuse Don Bacon or the others for being prepared to sign off on whatever stack the party leadership puts in front of him. When Nebraska voters start looking past the magic ‘R’, they’ll get more competitive races that draw candidates who bring data analysis into their decision making process. Not ONE of our congress people’s offices were prepared to say how this bill would have impacted our state. Of the estimated 24 million people that would have become uninsured, not ONE of these offices had an estimate of how many would have been in Nebraska. Not one staffer was prepared to discuss what the change in premium would have been for people over the age of 50. If you aren’t prepared to answer these questions, you aren’t doing your JOB. No office website had links to studies indicating what the implications for the people of Nebraska would have been. Simply put, if you aren’t prepared with that information in hand, understand it and ready to discuss, then why/how are you voting on the bill at all, yes or no?? Nebraska deserves better, the people here deserve better, but you’ve got to get over this lemming mentality.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Here’s why I harp on the Republicans. If you can lead, manage and execute in the legislative process GET OUT. You’re no good to anybody. Why do I need to elect someone to not compromise and say no? Leaving congressional seats empty does the same thing at a lower cost. The oppositional habits developed and exercised under Obama are now continued under Trump. Why? Is Trump merely a fat, white, rich Obama, an outsider to be feared and reigned in? Why can’t this party DO anything?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Many knew this, and warned of it all along.
    Now undeniable to all is that we’ve just witnessed what is likely the biggest scam in the history of American politics.

    Seven years of wholesale obstruction and 60 House repeal votes later. A tragedy of opportunities lost and progress denied that will visit unnecessary challenge and hardship on generations of Americans.
    It is now clear to all – there is no “Republican health care plan.”
    There never was.

    Sadly, this fraud is certain to be only the beginning. The executive branch is now occupied by a con man and both the house and senate are ruled by a political party proven to be divided between craven toadies for the rich and ideological fanatics.

    Integral to the scam and nestled comfortably among those toadies and fanatics, are Deb Fischer, Ben Sasse, Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith and “HELL YES” newcomer, Don Bacon.

  24. Lil Mac says:

    12 Monkeys, thanks for the monikered come back. And for the Kubrick reference. The world I live in most people cannot fathom. Certified to evaporate cities. Kubrick nailed that too. It ain’t pretty but it’s a job. And while there is nothing wrong with the sobering reality of life and death power making one’s thoughts sober, sobriety by itself doesn’t enlighten. We must strive to see beyond the visible spectrum. We are trying to understand what’s coming.

    I agree Populism is a foggy term. And this is Right Populism indeed. Nationalistic, xenophobic for some. But fear is always a stronger motivator than principles aiming at a distant goodness goal.

    I am not saying we have to like or dislike Populism. I am saying it is here, growing, and people who don’t want to try to understand it better are foolish. The worst possible thing is to underestimate or gloss over threats. All empowered people are threats. For safety sake, don’t turn your back on any of them. We can afford to disrespect friends but never enemies.

    Take another look at the Netherlands election figures (Conservatives -5, Progressives -20, Populists +33) which mirrors Brexit. Word on the street is that in France, Germany and Italy, Labour Progressives up for reelection are all suddenly spouting the verbiage of Right Populists. They may see it as a passing fad. But is it safe to assume that?

    Whatever this thing is sweeping the West, it is probably in response to Islam having a secular legal/economic component inside its religious dogma, that our western separation of church and state shrugged off after the Reformation. Problem is, Islam as government works well in a medieval world but not a modern one. Think post-apocalyptic ala Kubrick.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Surely you are not serious about what you are implying here: your evaporating cities suggests WWIII, or as some may regard it, Armageddon!
      And won’t you agree that the tone and tenor of ‘this thing sweeping the West’ may be modified readily enough by appropriate leadership? You know, “Keep Calm and Carry On!”
      Kubrick indeed!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Trump’s already over his loss. Nothing a little GOLF won’t fix, eh, Mr. President? A little vacation? Some down-time? Maybe, just maybe, if Trump had golfed less, vacationed less and had less down-time he might have accomplished something, like passing a bill?

    But no.

    No. The ACA is the law of the land. And while his family Manhattans, Mar-A-Lago awaits, with its quiet greens and quieter servants. Ah, yes. Who’s a Big Boy now? I’m a Big Boy. And I’m going away to apply some golf salve to my battered ego, ya fuckin’ ingrates. You don’t deserve me.

    • Anonymous says:

      March 25, 2017, The Independent –
      “Donald Trump takes 12th golf trip since becoming President nine weeks ago”

      • Anonymous says:

        The 12th golf trip that we know of. He could be sneaking out for secret golf outings. Because of, you know, stress and such.

  26. Yep, I said it says:

    If republicucks had put any work in over the last 7 years into improving Obamacare, instead of casting 60 pointless symbolic votes to repeal it…maybe we would all be better off and Trump/Ryan wouldn’t look like a couple of stupid a-holes looking for a flashlight. Just Saying.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Two, truly eye opening articles today.

    One by Dana Milbank, titled: “More discoveries by President Obvious”

    And a column in the NYT by Maureen Dowd, titled: “Donald, This I Will Tell You”

    Both highlight how It is now no longer possible to deny –
    Donald Trump is an exceptionally stupid human being.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s called basic civic engagement, aka, learning.
        Untold blood has been spilled and treasure wasted in securing the freedoms we all enjoy today.
        The very least we can do to honor those generations of sacrifice is to choose not to be an idiot.

        Of course, many won’t make that same choice.
        Hence, President Donald Trump.

      • bynd says:

        “It’s called basic civic engagement”, as in the anarchist Black bloc.

        Cowards who hide behind masks. The pride of the emasculated snowflakes.

  28. anon says:

    After a stunning defeat, Tump is shaking it up –
    He took a break from his golf vacation in Florida for a golf vacation in Virginia.

    That makes it the 13th golf outing in 9 weeks.

    • Anonymous says:

      Beats working for a living. It seems Mr. Trump was actually elected to golf and serves as President between rounds. We need a law that says the president can only golf after a major legislative initiative succeeds.

      • bynd says:

        Trump emulates Obama and you don’t like it? In Obama’s case, less golf meant more drone strikes, meant more innocent women and children dead. Did the ones he murder get free refugee status to come to America and get buried in an American cemetery? Good way to protect the refugees, put them 6′ under.

      • Anonymous says:

        Who? Obama who? I’m concerned with the present, not the past. Trump has no excuse to golf instead of work – he certainly crowed enough about the previous administration’s misbehavior. Besides, Trump isn’t emulating Obama, he’s been a golf whore his whole life. There’s plenty of good golf in the DC-area. No need to fly Air Force One all over looking for a good round of golf. I’d say a half-day a month for Trump is plenty.

        What Trumps needs is to deal with that girlish figure of his. He’s got an ass like an elephant and a beer gut too. Yup, its time for some PT, I’d say. Exercise clears the mind, and no one needs to think more clearly about what a fuck-up he is than Mr. Donald Trump.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “Who? Obama who? I’m concerned with the present, not the past.”

        Right. I’m sure that you were never one to spout off about Bush during Obama’s term.

      • Anonymous says:

        No. I spouted off about Bush during Bush’s term. He did a bang-up job working for his boss, Dick Cheney.

      • bynd says:

        Anonymous,

        Jealousy looks so good on you. When you run out of intelligent answers, personal attacks are the sign of the illiterate. Seems you ran out a long time ago.
        Hick is the new chick for progressives. Nana boo boo. RFLMBO

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