Laguna's past comments

  • 1

    Laguna

    The legislative branch has failed the president

    Thanks for the Hannity perspective, Serrano! Someone has certainly failed someone, and there will be a whole lot of infighting and bloodletting over the next few weeks - but why don't we just simplify it? The GOP as a whole has failed itself, its supporters, and the nation as a whole.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 4

    Laguna

    I for one am thankful she's there. A 35-year old fashion "executive" (read: name, seed money) with zero experience in governing hired to be a stabilizing influence on the president of the United States is comforting somehow. That is how bad things have become. (Imagine: "Daddy. Take your hand off the button.")

    Posted in: Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

  • 3

    Laguna

    This debacle will certainly put a stake through that myth of Trump's negotiation skills.

    One complaint from a bill supporter regarding the Freedom Caucus basically went, "You can't sell a car to someone who doesn't want to buy a car." This is true. However, it is difficult to sell anything if you have no idea what you're selling, and Trump apparently does not. I'm not sure if he's simply uninterested or whether it's all above his head, but the cavalier way in which he caved on minimum benefits indicates the latter.

    Second is that he seems to completely lack cognition of the difference between business and government. In the former, one might take a bad deal to grease the axles for better negotiation down the road, or one might simply walk away - the only affected are the negotiating parties. Here, tens of milions of Americans are affected. Always narcissistic, all he's able to think about is himself; this might work in the board room but has no place in the Oval Office.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 4

    Laguna

    The group was asked to do something, yet somehow they do not have the ability to do so. So as a leader do you let it stretch out for weeks and months? As it gets further and further away from what you directed in the first place? Or do you have the people who couldnt do it admit they they couldnt do it by failing their own internal voting on it?

    Remember that phrase "The buck stops here," first used by Truman to indicate the ultimate responsibility in an adminstration for whatever happens, good or bad, lies with the president? No? Apparently, neither does Trump.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 1

    Laguna

    Stranger, this is a tactic used by people on the manic idiot-savant borderline: They pretend to be such friggin' geniuses that a line between what is brilliant and what is pulled out of their @ss is not easily discernible, particularly as the leap from topic to topic like a squirrel on meth. With Trump, I suspect he knows he's lying; he just doesn't understand the consequences.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 10

    Laguna

    Looks like Trump has thrown down the gauntlet by demanding a vote on Friday. Regardless of whether the president can dictate the House's schedule (answer: he can't), this seems like a bad idea.

    See, it's one thing to promise pudding tomorrow and then repeat that incessantly - that has been the GOP gambit in a nutshell, actually - but quite another to say "No pudding!" which is the message a defeat of Ryan's bill would send. It is quite embarrassing when a long-term promise embodied in a bill your party wrote cannot pass a legislative chamber your party controls.

    So now we have two things to watch: Whether Ryan rolls over and - likely against his better judgement - accedes to Trump's ultimatum by allwing a vote; and whether the bill actually passes. (There's a third: who takes the blame. Trump and his coterie have never much liked Ryan. Not a good day to be him.)

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 6

    Laguna

    ...or create a simple, single-payer system. Neither political party wants either option...

    Disagree. I'd bet you the tamales I'm having for breakfast now (jeeze, I love my wife) that if political constellations aligned with full Dem control, a single payer system would be realized in an instant. The only reason it was lacking under the ACA was to avoid a GOP fillibuster.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 17

    Laguna

    Will never happen. Dead end. Cul de sac. Dogs barking up wrong tree. Ryan's idea was to push this POS through Congress before people noticed (i.e., before the two-week Easter break, when congressmen will all go home to meet their constituents - during a holiday whose importance is sacrifice, of all times), and that will not happen. There will be no Friday vote. This bill is dead.

    There is zero to like about the bill and no way to fix it, but really, it was a fools errand. No way to thread the needle between extremist demands and pragmatic reality ever existed. A sane approach would be to work with Democrats to improve the ACA, but the operative word here is "sane."

    Trump bungled this. His promises of "a great plan, a terrific plan" were completely hot air as many had suspected and most should now know. There was never a plan, and all Trump could do to corral his caucus was to threaten - that the voters would retaliate (he's new to the game; congressmen have a far more sense of their district's pulse) or that he would personally (puhleeeze - two months into Trump's presidency and he's already emasculated).

    Interesting times.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • 2

    Laguna

    Fu, the original draft of the AHCA allowed individuals to roll over tax credits not used for insurance into an HSA, but this was dropped because of political issues: (get this!) some conservatives were worried that this would be a backdoor way for individuals to spend government funds on aborton! This is because the law prohibits insurers benefitting from government subsidies from offering abortion options, but HSAs don't.

    The entire bill is political. The sole reason Trump could find to urge his party to support it was that, if they didn't, he'd be angry and they would lose in 2018. The former is true; the latter not so clear. Either way, zero legislatures are voting for this bill on its merits. It is the most craven cave in to political expediency I've seen in my 51 years.

    Posted in: Trump fights for support ahead of healthcare vote

  • 3

    Laguna

    Great anthology, Superlib. I'm wondering which of the above categories I listed he belongs to; perhaps the latter.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 3

    Laguna

    Very simple. Trump lied about Obama in order to distract from some very serious allegations against him and his team. He knew that many would chase this red herring, whether true believers, those instructed by Trump or with alt agendas, or paid Russian trolls.

    Trump's accusations were and remain an outrageous lie. The man has no shame, and every day he continues with this farce is another which history will condemn him for ignominy.

    Some may be easily distracted. Professionals will not. The "Obama wiretapping" farce is over as a serious case. The real issue - Russian involvement - is just getting started.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 5

    Laguna

    i said because TRUMP cant prove it doesnt mean that it didnt happen.

    Riiiight. My heart bleeds for the poor, innocent man who has done nothing in his life to suggest erratic behavior.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 5

    Laguna

    Thats like saying I personally have to prove that someone broke into my home and stole my TV.

    Blacklabel, you're obfuscating again. Actually, what Trump is trying to do is say that the person who anonymously reported the person who broke into the home is more culpable than the person who actually did the breaking in.

    Certain agents within the Russian government broke into the house. They were aided by others, mostly non-American but possibly including members of Trump's campaign. No matter how you try to change the story, that is it.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 5

    Laguna

    All this, plus that Trump only feels 'somewhat vindicated' gives me speculation he also has his own evidence too.

    Frankly, I don't give a whit how Trump "feels." He's stated that his own net worth depends on how he "feels." Sorry, but when you reach the level of the presidency, your feelings now longer matter.

    Trump accused Obama of breaking the law. He has been challenged by members of both parties as well as heads of security agencies, yet he refuses to back down. Fine. If he has evidence, he must show it. If he does not, he should apologize. There is no reason to drag Barry Manilow into this.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 7

    Laguna

    The GOP is panicking now, making major changes to the bill within only hours of its vote. There will be no time to subject these changes to CBO ranking or any debate whatsoever. One such major change is to eliminate ten essential benefits that, according to the Affordable Care Act, must be offered as part of any insurance plan:

    • Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services

    • Emergency services

    • Hospitalization

    • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care

    • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy

    • Prescription drugs

    • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover

    • Laboratory services

    • Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management

    • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children

    If the GOP has its way, only women between the ages of 18 and 45 will foot the entire maternity bill of the US population. Typical: Force woman to have babies by drastically restricting female health options, then force them to cover the costs of bearing the child out of pocket, and finally drastically restrict social programs which could help them. Disgusting.

    Posted in: Trump fights for support ahead of healthcare vote

  • 4

    Laguna

    But it doesnt change the fact that non criminal, non Russia related communications were briefed in intel briefs with names attached after Trump was elected.

    You're on a roll today, Blacklabel. The nature of the communications has not been revealed - whether criminal or innocuous and with whom. Whether identities of US citizens gathered during monitoring of foreigners were "unmasked" - revealed - is also unknown, and even if they were, that would be legal to advance a criminal investigation.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 4

    Laguna

    How do I know? The person who read and reviewed the documents that FBI and NSA claimed don't exist told me.

    Ah. Okay, enough said.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 6

    Laguna

    The point all along is the Obama and his team were collecting phone calls and sharing it through the government when it wasn't criminal or related to any investigation.

    No, that's not the point.In fact, zero evidence has surfaced regarding this (if you have some, share it and win the Pulitzer Prize). The point is that Russia interfered in an American presidential election. How, to what end, and were there collaborators on the US side: these are the points. Everything else you say is garbage, of the type Trump wishes people would direct their attention to.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 4

    Laguna

    Nunes, who used to raise cattle in Bakersfield and now works with them as part of the House GOP, has certainly stepped in it. His biggest problem is not that he dashed off to tell Trump of an unusual find - it is that he does not know exactly what that find is. One thing I learned in elementary schools is that, when you declare "I'm going to tell on the teacher!" and then do so, you'd better have your facts straight.

    It is clear now that many in Trump's campaign were in communication with other, foreign entities that FISA felt disturbing enough to allow monitoring - that is, the foreign entities were monitored, not Trump nor his staff. Why the communication? Another question is "unmasking" - revealing identities of US citizens caught in the dragnet. This is legal if US citizens' identities are determined crucial for investigation, but their identities can also be surmised, particularly if they are multiple.

    So: Nunes screwed up by inappropriately revealing info into an investigation that could result in fatal damage to the Trump administration. Just another day in Trumpland.

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

  • 4

    Laguna

    Those people decided better to keep their money for any sicknesses rather than spend it for insurance coverage they cant even use at their preferred doctor. Liked your doctor? Well, too bad, sorry about that says Obama(care).

    It appears that what you're saying is that no insurance is better than some. A recent analysis I read suggested that only 23 million would be thrown off insurance if the ACA were simply rescinded as compared to to 23-26 million predicted under the AHCA. Perhaps you will get your wish, either way.

    What I do not want to go back to is hospitals required to care for the uninsured at emergency rooms, passing those grossly inflated costs on to consumers. That requirement was a Reagan-era law, remember. A GOP truly truthful to its philosophy would rescind that requirement rather than passing it on to those of us fortunate or wise enough to have taken countermeasures. After all, if you don't let them "die in the streets," as Trump said, where is the incentive? (This is not a rhetorical question.)

    Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

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