One tough job: Making excuses for John McCain

June 12, 2017

“Lapses in acuity” is putting it mildly.  McCain embarrassed himself and each of the hoodwinked Arizonans who voted this octogenarian another 6-year term

It was a rare sight, to be sure. But there is was. The Sunday editorial in the Arizona Republic was actually dripping nervous sweat. The editorial board is clearly terrified.

And the cause of this angst? None other than the left leaning newspaper’s favorite anti-Republican Republican and recalcitrant self-styled “maverick,” John McCain.

Those who watched McCain’s mortifying interview with former FBI director James Comey, wondered what the disconnect was. Twitter erupted with chatter diagnosing a mini stroke. The newspaper, though striving to be generous, still used these brutal words:

“…one of the world’s leading statesmen, speaking in words completely unmoored from reality,” adding, “the gibberish of U.S. Sen. John McCain blew up social media and raised fresh doubts about his fitness to hold office.”

Is the editorial board admitting it had doubts about his fitness to hold office when it gifted him with an endorsement over exceptionally well qualified Dr. Kelli Ward just last fall? If so, why did the newspaper work so diligently to marginalize her? Even the newspaper knows that calling McCain “one of the world’s leading statesmen,” is a laughable stretch. 

It’s a given they use any occasion to hammer President Trump and this editorial was no exception. But for a brief moment, they actually dole out some truth:

“As for McCain, his mental lapse in the biggest Senate hearing of the year cannot be taken lightly. McCain made no sense as he confused the former FBI director with a question about inconsistent approaches to investigations of Trump and Hillary Clinton.

McCain will be under intense scrutiny from here out, as the national media puts him under the microscope. His office needs to take this seriously and make sure steps are taken to understand exactly what happen.

If this was caused by momentary fatigue and not something more serious, the McCain office needs to make this clear to the public with evidence.”

Then comes this foolishness:

“In the meantime, McCain deserves our patience and respect. He is a genuine war hero, who has been for years a tireless public servant. Age can produce lapses in acuity that are temporary and out of character. We can only hope this is the case with John McCain and that he continues to serve this state well for years to come.”

“Hero” McCain is a construct as this video featuring senators, military brass and those who served with him in Vietnam clearly shows. It would be interesting to know exactly how many more “years to come”  they hope to get out of a man who will celebrate his 81st birthday in August?


Docs with agenda diagnose “patient” they’ve never met

April 23, 2017

How many of these Trump haters supported lying narcissist Barack Obama?

Sinking to a not previously seen low in psychiatry, over thirty mental health “experts,” not one of whom has ever personally met or examined President Donald Trump, say they have an “ethical responsibility to warn the public” about his “dangerous mental illness.” They jointly conclude the successful businessman is not fit to be president of the United States.

Meeting at a conference at Yale University this past week, the group has drawn harsh criticism from others from within the psychology field for violating the 1973 American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule,” which forbids mental health professionals from attempting to diagnose or give professional opinions on someone without having personally examined them.

But that didn‘t stop Dr. John Gartner, who said,“ Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition, he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was President. If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.” Estimates of crowd size, according to Gartner, provides a reliable barometer of sanity.

It should surprise no one that Gartner is a founder of “Duty to Warn,” an organization of mental health workers who feel Trump is unfit to be president.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano responded to the conventioneers calling Trump mentally ill by saying, “This is a sad day. These so-called professionals have thrown ethical standards out the window because they cannot accept the election results.” He also noted that the group is ridiculous and that there is a double standard in how “Duty to Warn” is treating Trump compared to former President Barack Obama.

In response to criticism over his long-distance diagnosis of President Trump, Dr. Gartner said: “This notion that you need to personally interview someone to form a diagnosis actually doesn’t make a whole lotta sense. For one thing, research shows that the psychiatric interview is the least statistical reliable way to make a diagnosis.”

Huh?

Dr Bandy Lee, who organized the conference said, “Dr Gartner was invited as an activist and was not on the actual panel,” emphasizing that the event was “independently organized and did not represent the views of Yale University or Yale School of Medicine.”


Monday morning quarterbacking: To your health!

March 27, 2017

What better way to start the week than doing a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking? We’re not talking sports here.  It’s the epic health care debacle that took place on Friday, as House Speaker Paul Ryan was ordered by President Trump to pull the bill Ryan had shepherded —  just prior to the vote.

Former Senator Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, assesses the American Health Care Act, that was sold as the answer to candidate Trump’s campaign pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

The Ryan plan, derided as “Obamacare Lite,” or “RyanCare,” caused conservatives to balk at putting their stamp of approval on it.

DeMint sees the events that unfolded on Friday as an opportunity for Congressional leaders to start over. It takes only a single minute to read,There Are Plans Ready That Truly Repeal Obamacare.”

As President Trump moves to put tax reform on the front burner, it will most likely be without Paul Ryan’s choreographing.  

On Friday, we called for the replacement of Speaker Ryan. Judge Jeanine Pirro shares that thought. Here’s her view, given in her own inimitable style: Paul Ryan must go. Now.”


DOA: Ryan’s proven wrong –This is NOT “the moment”

March 24, 2017

Within 30 minutes of the scheduled 3:30 (ET) floor vote on the health care bill, President Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan, and asked him to pull it from consideration.. This is the second day in a row an expected House vote did not take place due to lack of Republican support for Ryan‘s flawed scheme.

Ryan responded by declaring Republicans “came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is disappointing day for us,” Ryan said. “Doing big things is hard. We will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment.”

Paul Ryan should have heeded the wisdom of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as he tweeted, “Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us?”

Speaker Ryan has repeatedly pressed for passage of his version of a healthcare bill trying to configure it as a repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, using these words of urgency, “This is the moment. This is the time.”

It is only “the moment” if Dead On Arrival has extra meaning for him.  Ignoring the looming concerns of conservative House members, Ryan has put his own ambition ahead of providing accurate advice to President Trump, who ultimately will take the blame for this debacle.

There has been, in fact, no repeal. It obviously follows that RyanCare is no replacement.

What needs to replaced first is House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The U.S. Constitution addresses such concerns regarding the Speaker in Article 1, Section 1, clause 5.


“Repeal and replace”: Conservative critics hang tight & UPDATE

March 23, 2017

After a late session and heavy lobbying by the White House and GOP leaders, there is still no consensus on the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.

Fox News reports Speaker Paul Ryan’s fast tracked replacement plan was in peril early this morning after lengthy leadership and committee meetings failed to produce an agreement that would bolster support among conservative members, who say it doesn’t go far enough to undo ObamaCare.

While the House Rules Committee was in session Wednesday Ryan was meeting with more prone to acquiesce  Republicans from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maine and New York as well as members of leadership, trying to gin up support for what is widely considered to be his plan.

The conservative Freedom Caucus is not on board with the plan. “I’m confident that we have still enough concerns that a vote of 216 votes in the House would not happen today,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) the Freedom Caucus chairman. Current (2017) members of the group can be seen here. Three Arizonans are on the list — U.S. Reps. Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6).

The latest news in advance of the vote indicates President Trump wants unwavering support for the replacement health care bill which was scheduled for a vote today. The deadline could be pushed back since Pres. Trump has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. (ET) — 8:30 a.m. AZ Time, meeting with members of the House Freedom Caucus at the White House.

Thursday evening, March 23, 2017:

Testy Trump issues ultimatum on health care vote

Wants vote Friday or else…..

With conservative Republicans not falling in line behind House Speaker Paul Ryan’s supposed “Repeal and Replacement” of Obamacare, Pres. Trump has issued an ultimatum: If he doesn’t get the vote to authorize what many referred to as “Obamacare Lite” — now dubbed “RyanCare,“ he will move on to other issues, such as border security, tax reform and trade. leaving in place the mess he promised to make a priory.

“For seven and a half years, we have been promising to repeal and replace this broken law because it is collapsing and failing families,” Ryan told reporters Thursday evening. “And tomorrow (Friday) we are proceeding.”

Arizona’s CD 8 Rep. Trent Franks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is not supportive of the plan in its current form. He gave this reasoned opinion:

“I always think if there’s any change whatsoever that we can make the bill better than we should never stop negotiations,” he said. “Now there is a time that those negotiations should stop, but let that not be arbitrary let that be on the timetable itself.”

This ad, urging rejection of “RyanCare,“ is an example of a series underwritten by Club For Growth urging several House members who are willing to yield on this crucial matter to rethink their positions.


AZ U.S. Reps. Franks, Gosar, Schweikert target of Ryan-linked hit ads

March 11, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan is committed to ramming through his health care plan, ostensibly repealing and replacing Obamacare as promised by presidential candidate Donald Trump — an issue that resonated with American voters and helped propel him into the White House.  But the American Health Care Act, frequently referred to as Ryancare or Obamacare Lite is receiving push back from congressional conservatives who charge it doesn’t make the necessary changes.

Enter the American Action Network. The group with close ties to establishment House Republicrats, including Speaker Paul Ryan, is airing $500,000 in a deceptive TV ad blitz in more than two dozen media markets, urging conservatives associated with the Freedom Caucus to support Ryan’s flawed health care legislation.

The group boasts this latest campaign brings AAN’s total spending to $8.5 million in over 75 congressional districts nationwide. The Center for Responsive Politics lists 2016 cycle donors to American Action Network.

The latest ads will target 30 Congressional District Representatives including three in Arizona: Paul Gosar (CD-4), David Schweikert (CD-6) and Trent Franks (CD-8).

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle provides what under reasonable circumstances would be the implausible back story to this high level deception. Obviously these are not reasonable circumstances. Paul Ryan’s deception is grand scale.

We urge you to read Boyle’sHoneymoon Over: Speaker Paul Ryan Targets His Own Republicans, Not Democrats, with Ads on Health Care.”


Paul Ryan’s hyped Obamacare revamp is a farce

March 9, 2017

Conservative critics view bill as Obamacare-lite, but House Ways and Means Committee moves forward

When current House Speaker Paul Ryan became Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election, few outside of his home state had heard of the Wisconsin congressman. Romney promoted Ryan as a numbers cruncher and policy wonk. Though the Republicrat ticket crashed and burned, Ryan’s aspirations did not. Although his 2016 support for Trump was tepid, Ryan shrewdly dropped the anti-Trump Romney when it became apparent the businessman was poised to win the GOP nomination.

As House Republicans rolled out their Obamacare replacement, Ryan’s calculated political caution was nowhere to be seen. Many of his conservative colleagues have expressed dissatisfaction with the legislation bearing the speaker’s personal stamp of approval.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have been vocal in their disapproval. An example is U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) who condemned the leadership bill in a two-word tweet: “Obamacare 2.0.” The full Freedom Caucus includes  over two dozen members of the 237 in the House Republican majority. If they voted as a bloc, they could sink the bill on their own. Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6) are members of the group.

The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon called the healthcare bill, “a train wreck waiting to happen. It is remarkable that they’ve produced a bill that is so out of touch with ACA opponents,” Cannon said. “The House Republican leadership bill does not replace Obamacare. It merely applies a new coat of paint to a building that Republicans themselves have already condemned.”

Edmund F. Haislmaier, a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an acknowledged expert and adviser in health care policy has written an analysis of the recently released draft House health care bill, “House Republican Health Care Bill Misses the Mark.”

The issue is complex, and putting a Band-Aid on Obamacare is the last thing the Republican controlled Congress should be considering. President Trump and Republican House and Senate majorities were elected in large part by citizens who believed their declarations of a full repeal of Obamacare, and their vows to replace it with free-market reforms.

But the rush is on. Step one, funding, was addressed by the House Ways and Means Committee this morning. This is the press release issued today by House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The bill was approved along party lines after debating the draft legislation nearly 18 hours. The full committee can be seen here.