Saturday, March 25, 2017

TrumpCare Plan B for ObamaCare: “Explode It”

TrumpCare, ObamaCare, ACA
Trump and Ryan have a Plan B for the ACA: Explode It. 

“It was never repeal and place; it was bait and switch.”

Bill Maher, on his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher summed up the whole Republican, Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan plan for health care with the above quip.

The bill that would have stripped millions of health insurance, the bill that made a mockery of health insurance, may be dead, but the plan to destroy the ACA (ObamaCare) is far from dead. 

Trump Announces the Republican “Repeal and Replace” Bill Has Failed

At 3:31 pm (ET) on Friday, March 24, 2017 Trump called a reporter, Robert Costa from the Washington Post. Trump told him that he had pulled the bill for the Republican “American Health Care Act" (AHCA).There would be no vote in the House of Representatives. The ACA would remain the law of the land.

Trump then video-taped an announcement which was aired on TV. He spoke in his usual rambling style. I was struck by how he repeated over and over that he was going to wait for the ACA to explode. I was laughing at Trump’s poor choice of words. The right word was implode, which means to collapse. I soon realized that Trump was actually using the right word to convey his intentions. He was saying that he wants to explode, blow-up, the ACA.

How Republicans Plan to “Explode” the ACA

Republicans have already been quietly undermining the ACA. As Nichol Kristoff said in a TV interview, they would “step on the oxygen hose.”  

Trump began this in his first week as president. He told every agency to stop all financial outlays that they could within the bounds of the law. They could cut-off funds or delay them, all with the goal of preventing the smooth operation of this program. .

Why are insurance agencies withdrawing from the ACA market? It is because Republicans passed a bill that withdrew the subsidies that were supposed to protect insurance companies from the risk they would incur by the sudden influx of people with pre-existing conditions. These subsidies were supposed to last ten years to allow the market to stabilize as more healthy people entered the pool of insured.

More laws and action to explode the ACA are sure to be coming. The Democrats and the media have failed to keep the American public aware of this.

How Republicans Dodged a Bullet 

Paul Ryan cancelled the vote in the House of Representatives to avoid the humiliation of having it fail, bigly (as Trump would say). According to news reports, about 30 to 40 Republicans were going to vote “No.”  If they held a vote, even more Republicans might have voted against it because they would not want to be on record voting for a failed bill.

Since there is no record of votes, no Republican has to face the voters with an on-the- record vote on this highly unpopular bill. Only 17% of Americans were in favor of this bill. I can’t think of any bill with lower public support.

This bill was put together in a slapdash fashion in just a few weeks. There were no hearings to allow for testimony from stakeholders like insurance companies, doctors and hospitals, and patients. 

As the bill started to look doomed, panic set in--Ryan kept making the bill worse and worse as he tried to appease the Freedom Caucus. (Maher called them “the artist formerly known at the Tea Party.”) However when he appeased the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, he then had to add sweeteners for the more moderate Republicans from swing districts who feared losing their elections in 2018 if they voted for this draconian bill.      

HealthCare Services
The 10 Essential Services Insurance Companies Would Not Have Had to Provide 

Trump Tried to Put the Blame on Democrats

In his rambling speech, Trump repeatedly said that no Democrats were willing to vote for the bill. I nearly fell off my couch laughing. 

Here's why the claim is laughabloe.

  • When the ACA was passed, not a single Republican voted for it.
  • The Democrats were never asked to support the bill.
  • The Republicans have a 44 person majority in the House of Representatives. They surely didn’t need votes from Democrats. Even with this large majority they could not get enough votes.

Trump and Ryan Lied About the “Death Spiral”
Republicans constantly say that the ACA is in a “death spiral.” This is not true, despite the Republican efforts to kill it.  Ahe ACA is not imploding.

  • There were 12.4 million new sign-ups for 2017.
  • The CBO reports that the program is stable.  
  • Politifacts rates Ryan’s claim about the ACA failing as “mostly false” saying “health care costs have risen more slowly since the law took effect and the law has met its major goal of getting more people insured -- an estimated 20 million. That’s not a failure.”

The Art of No-Deal
Trump is very fond of telling everyone that he is a great deal-maker.  Yet, he failed miserably 

Trump is nothing but a con-man.  I am amazed that the people who supported him could not see this. His ridiculous pie-in-the-sky promises were never backed up with any actual explanation of how he would accomplish them

Just look at the bill that just failed.

  • Trump promised everybody would be covered—this bill would have meant that 24 million people would lose their insurance. 
  • He said his plan would cost much less. This bill would have raised premiums. 
  • He said the plan would be fantastic. This bill would have provided fewer benefits.

Maher said, “Trump is worse than a used-car salesman, because with a used car salesman at least you get a car.” Trump supporters are getting nothing.

  • ·Repeal and Replace: Failed
  •  The Muslim Ban: The courts have blocked it. Twice.
  •  The Wall, Tax Cuts (for the middle class) , and Jobs: We can wait and see, but so far  there is no evidence that he will accomplish any of this.

Trump Con-Man
Donald Trump conned voters: Click the link below for all the details.

The failure of Trump’s first bill does not bode well for future success.

Republicans have learned that they can oppose Trump and win. They need have no fear of him or his “mean tweets.”

Democrats have learned that if they stay unified, they can win.  

Next Steps for Democrats

Trump (in the midst of blaming Democrats for his failure) sort of indicated that he was open to working with Democrats. They should call his bluff on this. Come to Trump with a bill that will undo Republican sabotage and fix some of the problems with the ACA.

Democrats should push for a single payer—Medicare-For- Allplan. 

Before there was Obama Care, there was RomneyCare in the state of Massachusetts. It worked so well that it was the model for the ACA. States like New York and California should start their own plan.

You can use a bot to send a fax to senators and representatives. Text the word RESIST to 50409. Follow instructions and a fax will be sent. I tried it. I wanted to fax Marco Rubio, and I did. But I think the same fax went to others. Next time I will write my message in more generic terms. For instance "Stop efforts to destroy ACA" works for both Dems and Republicans. 


Do you know how ObamaCare benefits every American?  ObamaCare (ACA) Benefits You Even if You Don't Know It

When Donald Trump took office, he swore "to faithfully uphold  the laws". Now, he hinting that he will subvert them by withholding funds for the subsidies. Read about it here. Donald Trump Dangles 

© Catherine Giordano 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

ObamaCare Benefits You (Even If You Don't Know It)

Many people are unaware of all the benefits of ObamaCare.
The Affordable Care Act (also known as ACA or ObamaCare) benefits everyone, not just the 20 million people who have bought their insurance on an exchange or the millions who were able to qualify for Medicaid. Its repeal will hurt everyone in one way or another.

It is not a perfect program, but neither was Social Security and Medicare when they first started. The ACA, like these other programs, may need a few tweaks.  

The individual aspects of the ACA are mostly popular. The part people don’t like is the mandate that says everyone must have insurance coverage or pay a fine when they file their income tax return.

Unfortunately, without the mandate, the whole system falls apart. Take away the mandate, and all of their ACA-provided benefits—and they are many—will become untenable.


Young People Benefit

Young people get to stay on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26 instead of being cut loose when they turn 19. This is a great benefit since many young people are in college and don’t have jobs that would provide insurance.

Medicare Enrollees Benefit

Are you on Medicare? If so, the ACA is providing you with many benefits. he ACA made many changes to Medicare that benefit enrollees.

Dismantling ACA would likely mean higher premiums and higher deductibles or the 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans enrolled in the program. The typical Medicare beneficiary is paying about $700 less in premiums and cost sharing this year because of slower growth in costs.

The ACA slowed the growth of payment rates to hospitals and other providers. Repealing the ACA would increase Medicare spending by $802 billion over 10 years, according to estimates by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Obviously, these increased costs would mean higher premiums for enrollees or for taxpayers in general.

People who are on Medicare are also getting lower-cost prescription drugs. Additionally, the “donut hole” in prescription coverage is shrinking and will end by 2020.

The infamous “donut hole” meant that prescription drugs were covered up to a certain amount and then the person had to pay 100% of prescription costs. Since the ACA was enacted .in 2010, more than 11 million people have saved an average of more than $2,100 a person on prescription drugs. The donut hole would return if Obamacare were repealed.

Under the ACA, Medicare enrollees receive free preventative benefits, such as screenings for breast and colorectal cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. This provision would be gone if the ACA was repealed.

Slower Cost Increases

The health reform law has slowed the growth of payment rates to hospitals and other providers.

Of course, there is still some increase in the cost of premiums and co-pays each year. That was happening before the ACA also. The important thing is that the rise in costs has been slowed.

No More “Pre-Existing Condition” Exclusions

Formerly anyone who was sick or who had previously been sick with a serious disease (like cancer or heart disease) would be refused healthcare insurance. Now they must be treated like everyone else

The ACA mandates that insurance companies spend 80% of the money they get from premiums on care. Some people get refund checks from their insurance company for excess payment. This keeps costs down because insurance companies can't spend the money they get from premiums on big bonuses and other wasteful "overhead" costs.

No Annual or Life Time Caps

Previously insurers would only pay up to a certain amount. If you had a very serious disease you could be forced into bankruptcy because you could not pay the high costs of the care needed.

The law also capped the amount of out of pocket expense, Right now after you reach a certain amount in annual expenses, your insurance pays 100%

Free Contraceptives and Medical Tests

Many people are getting free contraceptives, mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol tests.

Free contraceptives help keep costs down because pregnancy is expensive.

The free tests help keep medical costs down and save lives because disease can be discovered at an early stage when it is more easily cured.

Women Are Treated Equally

Previously women were charged higher premiums than men. Now women and men pay the same premium.

Older People Are Not Forced to Pay Super-High Premiums

Older people can be asked to pay higher premiums than younger people. However, the amount is capped at three times the cost paid by younger people.

Mental Illness is Treated the Same as Any Other Illness

Previously insurers could refuse to cover mental illness or they would charge higher co-pays. Now all illnesses are treated the same.

Small Businesses Save on Premiums

A small business which provided insurance can no longer be slapped with super-high premiums if their workers are older or sicker.

Also small businesses who could not afford to provide health insurance can now receive subsidies for proving health insurance.

Small businesses can better compete with larger companies for employees because they can offer health insurance.

Small Business Start-Ups

Previously, someone who wanted to leave a corporate job and start his or her own business could not do so because they could not afford to give up the health insurance benefit provided by their employer.

Your Employer Must Provide You with Insurance

The ACA said an employer with 50 or more employees must provide health insurance to its workers. You benefit from the group rate so your premiums are likely lower.

Without the ACA, you might not be able to find affordable insurance on your own, especially if you had a pre-existing condition.

Many of the benefits of ACA, like no annual or lifetime caps on benefits, apply to employer-provided group plans. 

Medicaid Expansion for Low Income People

Before the ACA, for the most part, only low-income children, pregnant women, parents, the disabled, and the elderly could be covered by Medicaid. The health reform law opened up the program to all low-income adults with incomes of up to 138% of the poverty line

Since Medicaid is a state program, states had to opt in. The District of Columbia and 31 states opted into the program. It is very good for the state’s budget because the federal government covered the total cost for the first three years and 90% of costs thereafter.

Subsidies to Low and Moderate Income People

The ACA set up health insurance exchanges to allow Americans to shop for individual policies and created federal subsidies so people with low or moderate incomes could buy policies for less than 10% of their income.

Another set of subsidies limit the deductibles and co-payments for lower-income policyholders.

Higher Income People Also Benefit

If your income is too high to qualify for a subsidy, you still receive all of the other benefits. 


Yes, Some People are Negatively Impacted

People who were uninsured may resent being forced to have insurance. If they have a serious illness, they will change their mind in a hurry.

People who had “junk policies” now have to buy policies that meet certain standards, and this policy may cost more than what they had before. If you had one of these junk policies, you thought you were insured, but if you had gotten sick, you would have quickly found out that your out-of-pocket costs would have been very high.

Some employers who were not providing health insurance now have to provide it. 


Unfortunately, without the mandate, the whole system falls apart. Take away the mandate, and everyone will lose all of their ACA-provided benefits.

Insurance is often mandated by the government. If you own an automobile you must have auto insurance. If you have a mortgage loan, your bank insists that you have homeowners insurance. Why should heath insurance be different?

Without a mandate, some people might just wait until they got sick to buy insurance.  (Without the premiums from healthy people and with the added costs of more sick people, insurance companies would collapse.)

Young people especially might feel that they don’t need insurance. It is true that they are less likely to get sick than older people, but if they were one of the unlucky ones, they could be forced into bankruptcy. If they were too sick to work, they could be fired and lose their employer-provided insurance.

The mandate helps keep insurance costs and medical costs down. When patients are insured, providers are sure they will be paid. Previously, the losses incurred because of freeloaders had to be made up by charging everyone else more.  


I think nearly every American is getting some benefits from the ACA.  I think people are taking these benefits for granted or they are unaware that they are getting them.

Dismantling the ACA would affect the entire economy in a negative way. The health care industry would suffer the most, but the ripple effects would hurt every aspect of the economy.

Speaker Paul Ryan offered a replacement plan. It is being called “The Twice the Cost, Half the Benefits Plan.” Truth is, if there were a better way to do this, someone would have put forth the plan by now.  

Even Republicans in Congress didn't like the plan. And Ryan doesn't didn't want to take effect until after the 2018 elections. He was afraid a whole lot of Republicans who vote for it will lose their elections once people see how much this plan takes away from them.

Tell Congress: NO REPEAL! NO REPLACE! 

More Information

Here is some information about how Republicans are sabotaging the ACA to force it into failure. Click the link to read the article, 

How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office

Democrats had a victory when the TrumpCare bill went down in flames. Now Republicans will attempt to destroy it with Plan B. Trumpcare Plan B for ObamaCare: Destroy It

© Catherine Giordano 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trump Colluded with the Russians: What Must Now Be Done

Michael Moore: Trump Colluding with  Russians
Michael Moore: "Trump colluding with the Russians to throw the election to him."

I’m going to quote a post by Michael Moore in full. My only comment is that you must contact your congressperson and demand a special investigator. (Republicans cannot investigate themselves.)  

Trump’s election is the fruit of a poisonous tree and it must not be allowed to stand. This is a Constitutional crisis like no other.   

This is what Michael Moore posted:

“Stunning bombshell right now from the New York Times -- Trump campaign chair, campaign officials and Trump associates made repeated contacts and calls with Russian intelligence during the YEAR leading up to the election.
“It's what we all suspected. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going on: TRUMP COLLUDING WITH THE RUSSIANS TO THROW THE ELECTION TO HIM.
“{So this is what I want done NOW:
“1. I and tens of millions of Americans demand that the weak and spineless Democrats bring Congress to a halt until investigative hearings are held and impeachment charges are filed. We don't want to hear you Dems huff and puff and grandstand and take symbolic actions. We demand that you halt all actions being taken by an illegitimately elected government until this matter is resolved.
“2. Attorney General J Beauregard Sessions must immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate these potentially treasonous acts.
“3. So-Called President Trump could save the country a lot of time, money and pain by stepping down tonight.
“4. Somehow, our judicial system has to find a way to make restitution to this country. Pence can't be president as he, too, was elected under this same fraud. The court has to rule either that the President is the winner of the popular vote OR the election must be held over. The Republicans-- the beneficiaries of this treason --cannot be allowed to hold on to the power by default. If it turns out there's a traitor in the White House, the judicial branch must find a fair, peaceful way to un-do and then re-do the election of 2016.”

2/24/17 Update: The Trump administration is improperly trying to interfere with the FBI investigation concerning Trump's collusion with the Russians. The Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to derail the investigation. Obviously, there is something nefarious going on. If Trump et. al. were innocent, they would want the investigation to proceed to prove his innocence.

Read the dossier prepared by a former British M-6 agent, Christopher Steele, and see why Trump may be colluding with the Russians. CLICK HERE.
Keith Olberman sums up the case for Collusion with the Russians very well.

Plot to Hack America
The Plot to Hack America

Malcom Nance, a globally recognized counter-terrorism expert and Intelligence Community member, published The Plot to Hack America in October 2016 Consequently, he can’t answer about what happened on Election Day, but his research and expertise certainly shows that it is possible that Russia hacked the election. But, perhaps they didn’t need to hack the election itself—they accomplished their goal with Wiki-Leaks.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump: You Work for Us Now!

Trump: You Work for Us Now
Dear Mr. Trump: You Work for Us Now 
Dear Mr. Trump:

Congratulations on being elected president. You work for us now!  We, the people, are your boss now.

You are entering your presidency with the lowest approval rating of any president since polling began. Only 32% approve of you. Since 46% of Americans voted for you, that means that a good chuck of your voters are having buyer’s remorse.

Even GWB, who will now be remembered as the second worst president in history, left office with a 33% approval rating. And that was in the midst of two failed wars that he lied us into and an economy on the brink of another Great Depression.

Do you want to continue living in Trump Tower?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people, want you to live in the White House because that is where our presidents live.
You need to be close to the situation room in case there is an emergency. Plus it is unfair to ask the taxpayers to pay for your protection while living in New York City and for thr people of New York to have to put up with the disruption caused by having a president in residence full-time.  So you will just have to get used to living with a little less gold gilt.

Stop going to your Mar-A-Lago resort every weekend. The taxpayers have to pay for those trips and for secret service to protect Trump Tower, Mar-A-Lago. We don't like it. Pay for your own protection. 

By the way, you do realize that being president is not the kind of job that you can just phone it in, don’t you?
Do you want to have your daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared in the White house to advise you?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And we, the people, do not like nepotism.

Do you want to have your sons run your business empire while you are president?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people, do not like conflicts of interest. It will be impossible for you to act in the national interest if you have one eye on your business interests (or your family’s business interests).i. You must divest now! Your  assets must be placed in a blind trust. The income from the trust will be more than enough to assure your whole family of a comfortable living.

During the campaign, you said that you did not care about your business anymore. Making America great again was more important. Now it is put up or shut up time.

P.S. It is time to release your tax returns so that we, the people, can see exactly where you conflicts of interests are.
Do you want to continue to blame others for your mistakes?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people, will hold you accountable, even when you are not technically to blame. From now on, everything anyone in your administration does that doesn’t turn out well, you will get the blame. Even if things go wrong that you have absolutely no control over, you will get the blame. And, if there is a terrorist attack in the United States or abroad, you will get the blame.

You were all too happy to place the blame for everything onto President Obama. Now you are the president, and you will get the blame.  

Do you want to pack your cabinet and staff with billionaires and Wall Street insiders?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people, will hold you to your promise to “drain the swamp.”  And so far, you appear to be stuffing the swamp to the brim

We, the people, do not want appointments with dodgy ethical backgrounds. During the campaign you kept talking about how corrupt President Obama and Hillary Clinton were. Well you are president now, and it is time to put up or shut up.

Do you still think it is smart not to pay taxes?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people want government services to continue. It is easy to rail about government spending when you have no responsibility. But just wait and see what happens when the social security checks are late. (And don’t even think about cutting back. The hounds of hell will seem like toy dogs compared to the hell that will rain down on you.)

You made a lot of promises. Build a wall, beef up the military, infrastructure improvements, jobs for everyone. Those things cost money. How will you pay for them if people don’t pay taxes? Wait, you promised to deliver all the goodies while lowering taxes. This I want to see.  

Do you still want to repeal and replace the ACA (Obamacare)?
 For the first time in American history, fewer than 10% of Americans are uninsured. Obamacare is deeply entrenched now. People like the benefits, no pre-existing conditions, no annual of lifetime caps, kids staying on their parent’s insurance until they are 26, subsidies for people who can’t afford insurance, mean and women treated equally, and a lot more.

So if you repeal the ACA, you had better be SURE that the replacement is ready and it offers the same benefits at lower cost. It is put up or shut up time.  

Do you want to continue attacking people for their race, gender, sexuality, etc?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people, do not like hate speech. And we dislike hate actions even more. (Most of us, anyway.)

It is time to zip up your mouth (and your Twitter account) and remember that you are president of ALL Americans now.

If there are hate crimes in this country, the blame will fall on you.  

Do you want to play golf?
Fuhgeddaboudit! You work for us now. And, we, the people, do not like our presidents to be slackers. You were always complaining that President Obama played too much golf. Now you are president and you can start living up to the expectations you placed upon the former president. 

You are playing golf way more than Obama did. Cut it out. We are not paying you to play golf. And stop using meetings supposedly set up to discuss economic policy to boast about your golf prowess. We don't care. 

In short, you are no longer the boss; you are a public servant.
You work for us now. Everything you have done and everything you do now as president will be carefully examined.

You may not accept money from anyone privately; you may not accept gifts; and you may not accept favors that benefit you personally. You may not grope women, (with or without their consent). You must treat everyone fairly regardless of how persona
feelings. Yu must not expect privacy.

You must stop whining.  Although I fear that may be asking too much from you.

We are your boss now. And we will never let you forget it.


The American People
January 20, 2017 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Word-of- the-Year is “Surreal” In Donald Trump’s America

Surreal Statue of Liberty
The word-of-the-year for 2016 is "surreal."
Every year the folks who do the dictionaries choose a “Word of the Year.” For 2017, Merriam-Webster has chosen “surreal” and Oxford Dictionary has chosen “post-truth” It is easy to see that Donald Trump is the reason for those choices.

The dictionary definition of surreal is “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.” The word is used to express a reaction to something shocking or surprising; something we don’t want to believe, something that is beyond reality. Merriam-Webster chooses this word because of the high frequency of people looking up the definition of this word.

The Oxford Dictionary looks for a new word that adds significantly to the English language. It looks like they feel we are in a post-truth era. They define “post-truth.” as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
Here are my suggestions for some other words of the year.

Normalize: It is a verb meaning “to make normal.” I don’t think I have ever heard the word used in everyday speech before. Now it is most commonly being used in connection with Donald Trump. He constantly does such outrageous things—you could describe them as both surreal and post-truth—things that are so far out of the bounds of what we consider normal behavior in politics and governance that we need to be careful not to normalize them, that is, to consider them as normal behavior.

Fake-News: It is noun used to represent a news story that looks like a truthful news story and appears to be from a legitimate news organization, but is actually totally untrue, a completely fabricated piece of political propaganda. This also is a term I have never heard before. During the presidential campaign of 2016, fake news was a potent weapon used primarily against Hillary Clinton and liberal causes. Fake-news has become a money-making industry. It is click-bait to conservatives who share it on social media making the creators of these lies very rich when their articles go viral.

The latest twist on fake news is that Republicans are calling real news “fake news.” For instance, data from the Congressional Budget Office was recently called fake news. It is Bizzaro World.

Trump-proof: This term can be used as either a verb or an adjective. It refers to actions taken to preserve the Obama legacy. President Obama is using executive action to create regulations that will be very difficult for Republicans to undo.

Egocentric/Narcissist: These are not new words, but I have rarely heard them used to describe a presidential candidate as often as they were used this year to describe Donald Trump. I believe if Trump was examined by a psychiatrist he would be diagnosed with “personality disorder,” and possible “sociopathic.”

Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear: These are the code names for the hackers Putin used to disrupt the election by hacking the emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. All the intelligence agencies I the U.S. are positive that the hacking was done at the behest of Putin. Only Donald Trump denies it which leads me to the last word for 2016—useful idiot.

Useful Idiot: The Russians were interfering with the presidential election because Putin evident wanted a “useful idiot as president. Among spies, a useful idiot is a person who betrays his country without even knowing it because he is too stupid to know it.

Now my nomination for the word of the year for 2018: Trumpism. This word is a noun used to describe governmental policies that are reckless and based on ignorance. It will be important not to normalize these surreal and post-truth polices and the fake-news that will be promoting them.

I’ve written this in a light-hearted way, but I am really really scared. People are going to die because we will have a fool for a president. I don't want to live in a surreal world. 

© Catherine Giordano 2017

Trump Insane Clown Presidentr Taibbi
CLICK HERE for more info

Matt Taibbi is a great reporter and writer. I’ve been a fan for years. In Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus you will see the 2016 presidential contest through the eyes of Matt Taibbi. Follow along from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion. This book tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Micheal Moore's Five Point Plan

Michael Moore's Five Point Plan
Michael Moore's Five Point Plan for the Trump Era
Remember that story about the little Dutch boy with his thumb in the dike. We all have to be that little Dutch boy now because America has sprung about 100 million leaks.

Moore gave his five point plan on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.

1. Visit your member of Congress.
The House members have offices in their districts. Go and pay them a visit. If the House is not in session, they should be in their district office. If you can’t visit in person, send them a snail mail letter. Better yet, do both.

Find your Representative here:
(Enter your address, and you will be taken to your representative’s page. Click on his/her picture, and then scroll down to see their local office address.)

Visit and write even if your Representative is a Democrat. We need to let the Democrats know that we stand with them. And also, we are watching.

2. Insist the DNC appoint progressive leaders.
In addition to being progressive, the chair of the DNC should be someone who can do the job full-time.

3. Form your own rapid response team.
We can’t let them sneak anything by us. We have to be ready to respond. That’s one reason I started a facebook page, Blue America Fights Back. (Please join it.) The idea is to have a place to post so that the word gets out quickly.

You can start a facebook page for your district, your state, or just for your circle of friends or neighbors.

4. Plan to go to Inaugural Weekend Protests.
Plan to go to as many protests as you can, Inaugural Weekend, and before and after.

One protest we can all do is to not watch the inaugural on TV. I am also not watching any TV that day, network or cable. I want to punish all the channels that purport to have news shows—they were all guilty of dereliction of duty. They chased ratings instead of truth.

Don’t worry that you will miss anything. It is going to be very boring. No one you ever heard of is willing to perform at either the ceremony or any of the inaugural balls. Even the high school marching bands have refused to show up, and high school marching bands never miss an opportunity to march.

I have heard that the former Presidents Bush (both of them) an former President Clinton will not attend. Former President Carter, as of now, plans to attend. Let him know that you do not want him to attend. You can contact Jimmy Carter through the Carter Center. You must write a letter and send it via the post office. (No email; snail mail only).

Mailing Address
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

If any news is made that day, you can always read about it in the newspaper the next day or check your facebook or twitter feeds. Just don’t watch anything to do with Trump, even on social media.

A big rival Inauguration Concert is being planned for that day to occur at the same time as the inauguration. (Now that is counter programming I can get behind.). If the rival concert is on TV or is streamed on the internet, I will watch it. I hope it is on HBO or CSpan so I can continue to boycott networks and cable news channels.)

As of this writing, it is still in the early planning stages. I will update this post when more information becomes available. For now, you can click the link below. 

5. Have a Plan B--As bad as you think it be, it will be worse.
We know that it will be really, really bad, worse than our worst nightmare. His cabinet and staff picks are abysmal. Most are totally unqualified for their positions and lack any relevant experience.

And the ones that are “qualified,” like Steve Bannon and KellyAnne Conway, are despicable people. I put qualified in quotes because they are qualified to promote president Trump, but they are not the people who should advising a president of the United States of America. (N.B. I used a lower case “p” for “president Trump” because I can’t bear to give Trump the title. I will continue to do that for as long as he is in office.)

Bannon is head of the alt-right website, Brietbart News. If you don’t know what alt-right means--just think “Nazi” and you will be close enough.

KellyAnne Conway is the most practiced liar I have ever seen, second only to the Trumpmeister himself. Catch her in a lie (and just about everything she says is a lie) and she will segue smoothly to the next lie. She tell her lies with a smile—it’s like pouring honey over a turd—it still stinks and it still attracts flies.

Anyhow, be prepared to be flexible. The Trump administration will try to shut down protest. We must protest in such massive numbers that they can’t shut us down. 

Pay Attention to Local Elections.
The elections of 2018, especially the ones for your state's governor, House, and Senate, should be our focus now. These elections determine who will draw up the districts. If we win these elections, we can brek up the gerrymandering that has given the U.S. House of Representatives their unbeatable majority.  

Watch the Interview.
You can watch the full interview on the YouTube video below. Don’t miss the end when Michael Moore entertains us by singing a Christmas carol, The Little Drummer Boy. He probably chose it to remind us to beat the drums of protest. And because there is no Christmas carol called The Little Dutch Boy.

You might also want to read:

Brace for Impact

The Orange Hitler

Trump is Putin's Puppet

Donald Trump is Whiny Little Bitch

The Revenge of the Yahoos

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Donald Trump Satirical Meme Scrapbook

I found a bunch of memes to explain who Donald Trump is, why he got elected, and how he is destroying America. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, so I’m letting the pictures tell the story. (With a little bit of commentary.)

Save America from Donald Trump.
Someone,  Please! Save America from Donald Trump! 

Who is Donald Trump? Maybe this picture will give you a hint. 

Donald Trump as Hitler
Is Donald Trump Americas Hitler? 

We knew who he was. He didn’t try to hide it. It was his supporters liked him. The more hatred he spewed, the more they liked him.

Trump is a demogouge.
Trump is a narcissistic, racist, demogouge.

Time magazine chose Trump as “Person of the Year.”  The photo of him was very interesting. It suggested that he was the devil (Notice the horns.) And to add further insult, they used a picture which showed his bald head showing through his comb over. The graphic designers at Time Magzine are pros—no way this happened by accident.

Trump's Time Magazine cover photo
TIME Magazine made Trump look like the devil.

Trump has been doing rallies even though the election is over. He just can’t get enough of those adoring crowds. The love doesn’t go both ways though. At a recent Victory Rally, he actually said, “I don’t need you anymore.” The crowd cheered. Maybe they will eventually realize that Trump is not going to keep any of his promises to them. Here is the hat he should be handing out now. 

Trump Suckers Hat
A Trump hat that says "suckers".

Trump supporters really are a special kind of stupid.

Trump Voters Stupid
Trump voters are a special kind of stupid. 

Yes, I blame the ignorant suckers in this country for the disaster that is about to overtake the United States. But I also have to blame the media. Most of the news networks understood who Trump was, but he put on a good show and they wanted ratings. So they aired “The Donald Trump Runs for President” reality show constantly. They showed his rallies in full. This pumped up Trump’s personal ratings.

Trump Free Media
The media was Trumps enablers.

Hillary got some air time, but it was mostly the incessant chatter over her emails. Hillary did nothing illegal, no classified material fell into the wrong hands, and Hillary apologized. It was a non-issue.

The Republican director of the FBI, James Comey, found no evidence of any illegal wrongdoing. But then since he couldn’t indict her, he smeared her. And when the hullabaloo died down, he revived it with his discovery of new emails, which turned out to be duplicates. Comey, more than anyone, may have won the election for Trump. Trump owes Comey bigly.

Trump Kisses Comey
Trump gives Comey a wet one in appreciation.

And let’s not forget the Russian Connection. WikiLeaks gave the media more emails, and the media promptly blew it up into a scandal. Every day the media would pick one and pretend to be shocked over something that amounted to nothing. They would drop it the next day and move on to the next email-of-the-day. 

WikiLeaks sinks Hillary
WikiLeaks also helped to sink Hillary's campaign.

We must also give some credit to the Religious right in this country. They supported Trump and exposed themselves as hypocrites.

Golden Calf Trump
Trump is the Golden Calf the religious right worshiped. 

Now Trump is President-Elect Trump. The sane people in this country hoped against hope that Trump would at least surround himself with smart people. Nope! Trumps picks for his staff and cabinet are billionaires and millionaires, generals, and extremists (like Steve Bannon, Mike Flynn, and John Bolton) He’s picking people like himself.

The people Trump is picking for cabinet posts have no experience that qualifies them for the position they are being given.

Trump cabinet cat
Maybe Trump wlil put an actual cat in his cabinet. 
To make things even worse, most of Trumps picks want to destroy the organization they are supposed to lead.  It seems like Trump is actively trying to destroy the United States.

Trump's Cabinet
Trump's cabinet picks want to destroy the organizations
they are supposed to lead.  

The latest cabinet pick is Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and former presidential candidate who said he wanted the Department of Energy gone. At least that is what he meant to say. He couldn't remember the name of the agency he wanted gone. Perry's most recent experience is a stint on Dancing with the Stars. He was painful to watch and he was booted out on week 3. 

Trump Cabinet Fox Hen-house
Trumps cabinet picks are like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. 

But Trump's most shameful pick is Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil for Secretary of State. Tillerson has worked at ExxonMobil for his entire career and he is very chummy with Putin. So I guess Tillerson is Trump's thank you to Russia. 

And just to make sure we have the worse State Department ever, Trump is expected to name neo-con John Bolton for Deputy Secretary of State. 

Trump is surrounding himself with current and former Goldman Sachs executives--including the man he chose to be his top economic adviser, Goldman Sachs president and COO Gary Cohn. Is this how Trump drains the swamp?

Every time I think it can't get any worse, Trump announces a new pick and it is even worse. I created this campaign poster based on a photo Bill Maher used on his HBO show. The campaign is over, but will the nightmare ever end?

The Scream Trump Pence Poster.
The Scream Trump Pence Poster. 

Now we have a bunch of new scandals. This time the scandals are about Donald Trump. Russia blatantly interfered in our election to help Trump. The CIA has definitely concluded that Putin was behind the leaked emails of the DNC and John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chair. There are only three questions remaining--did Russia hack the vote counts, did Trump collude with Putin, and why does Trump deny Russia role in the election.  

Trump Russia FBI
Trump denies the Russian Connection.

Another scandal is the rampant conflict of interests that Trump has. He promised to give us his plan to separate himself from his business interests on December 15. On December 13, he cancelled the press conference and moved it to sometime in January 2017. (Or maybe 2020, he didn't actually specify.)

The country doesn't even know just how far-reaching these conflicts are. He is CEO of a privately held company and he will not release his tax returns.  

Trump Conflict-of-Interest
Trump has many conflicts of interest.

If Trump's actions as President-Elect are any indication we are in for four years of the United States of Trump. 

So far Trump has shown no interest in doing anything but rewarding donors and cronies (and Russia). Plus using his office to enrich himself. His children (who will be running Trump enterprises) sit in on meetings and phone calls with foreign leaders. When he speaks with foreign leaders, he discusses his business interests in their countries--and lo, permits are suddenly granted. (Or sometimes, as happened with Turkey, Trump's business interests are held hostage to obtain a favor from Trump.)

Trump World Danger
Trump is dangerous because of his ignorance.

Trump is so busy seeing to his business interests that he won't even take his security briefings. He said, "I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years..I don't need that. But I do say, 'If something should change, let us know.'"

We know Trump skips CIA briefings, but he never misses SNL.

Obama responded saying the intelligence agencies "are full of extraordinarily hard-working, patriotic and knowledgeable experts, and if you are not getting their perspective, then you are flying blind."

Trump is willfully ignorant and this will have consequences,
like it did the last time we had a willfully ignorant president. 

Bill Maher said, "It's like watching a play with a gun." 

The entire country, the entire word is in the hands of this one person. Unless! Unless someone can do something! Will the Trump Electors refuse to vote for him? Can the recount give the election to Hillary? Can some lawsuit undo this? Can Trump be arrested before he even takes office? 

Can America boot out this racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, greedy narcissistic con-man who played the American voters. Is is not too late to save us from a sham-president? 

Lady Liberty boots Trump
Can America boot out this sham president.

There is a facebook group for people who want to fight back. It is called Blue America Fights Back. 

I had to cap this off with one of the best SNL video clips ever!

Insane Clown President
CLICK HERE for more info

Matt Taibbi is a great reporter and writer. I’ve been a fan for years.

In Insane Clown President you will see the 2016 presidential contest through the eyes of Matt Taibbi. 

Follow along from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion. This book tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck.

You might also want to read:

Brace for Impact

The Orange Hitler

Trump is Putin's Puppet

Donald Trump is Whiny Little Bitch

Michael Moore's Five Point Plan

The Revenge of the Yahoos