Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Trumpcare Disaster

Well what a difference a day makes. On Thursday Donald Trump was sitting in the cab of a monster truck demanding that Republicans support his plan to replace Obamacare.Or else.And when he woke up yesterday morning, he seemed pretty confident his Trumpcare plan would be approved. But sadly for him, that's as good as it got.Read ...

Montreal Simon: Samantha Bee on Donald Trump’s Hard Power Budget

Well there he was yesterday, sitting behind the wheel of a monster truck, looking like he was about to start mowing down his many enemies, real or imagined.But the truck wasn't moving, thank goodness. Donald Trump wasn't going anywhere.And neither is his plan to destroy Obamacare.President Trump issued an ultimatum on Thursday to recalcitrant Republicans ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Disciples of a False Prophet

Well there he was in Nashville yesterday, surrounded by his faithful supporters, and bellowing like a beast.Giving them what they wanted. Another chance to chant "lock her up" four months after the election.For they are beasts like him.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Republican Revolt

Ever since he accused Barack Obama of tapping his phone, Donald Trump has been trying to behave himself.He has toned down his compulsive tweeting. He hasn't made any other outrageous statements. He's trying to reassure Americans, and the rest of the world, that he's not having a nervous breakdown. And that he can be trusted with ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Republican Revolt

Ever since he accused Barack Obama of tapping his phone, Donald Trump has been trying to behave himself.He has toned down his compulsive tweeting. He hasn't made any other outrageous statements. He's trying to reassure Americans, and the rest of the world, that he's not having a nervous breakdown. And that he can be trusted with ...

Alberta Politics: The Trump-like hallmark of Jason Kenney’s campaign: Its singular lack of ideas

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney crashing the Throne Speech party at the Legislature last week. Below: U.S. President Donald Trump; the late Ralph Klein, premier of Alberta; Rachel Notley, the present premier of Alberta; and political commentator Ricardo Acuna. Jason Kenny, the social conservative social media enthusiast who will almost certainly become leader of the Progressive Conservative ...

Alberta Politics: Public health care: We have it, Americans still don’t, they wish they did – there’s a lesson in that

PHOTO: Sorry, no relevant photos tonight. Just this shot of a typical American public servant crossing the rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, deep in thought. She is doubtless wishing the United States had Canada’s system of health care. SANTA FE, N.M. The economy, Harper Fatigue Syndrome or however one should ...

Bill Longstaff: Sister Simone for pope

What you may ask is a non-Catholic, indeed a non-Christian, doing recommending someone for pope. Well, it’s partly tongue-in-cheek, of course, even if American Sister Simone Campbell might very well make a better pope than anyone else around, including Francis himself. I am quite aware that the Catholic Church, immersed in misogyny as it is, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Ted Cruz is dangerous and he is a Republican Tea Party favourite!

Richard HughesPolitical Blogger Canadians cannot and should not avoid taking stock of what is taking place in our neighbouring country, the U.S.A. Most of us have heard about the fight over Obamacare. In comparison with our ‘Single Payer Universal’  health care,  Obamacare is really just an introductory level of  care that falls far short of what we ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Shutdown – Republican Fail

Bill Moyers on the shutdown and republican intransigence…   Filed under: Politics Tagged: Faux News Fail, Media Bias, Nutty Republicans, Obamacare, Republican Fail, Right Wing Lies and Misinformation

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What The US Government Shutdown Really Shows

Last night, the US Government shut down all ‘non-essential’ services.  The reason?  Because a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives had a hissy fit over funding health care and tried to slam riders onto the budget legislation which would defund it, and the Senate refused to pass the amended legislation. The end result?  A ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Obamacare: why far-right Republicans are trying to stop it

They aren’t trying to stop it by shutting down the US Government because of the devastation and damage it will bring to the US, as their hyperbole claims (never mind that the conservative Heritage Institute advocated this type of setup in the 90′s and former Mass. governor and last Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney DID ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big ...

Montreal Simon: Obamacare, the Koch Brothers, and the Harper Cons

It's a frightening and truly disturbing sight. The Republicans in the House of Representatives threatening to shut down the American government. Again.  With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress — one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks. By a 230-189 tally almost strictly on ...

Politics and its Discontents: He’s Everywhere!

Disclaimer: Despite the fact that this is my third recent posting about him, there is no ‘bromance’ budding between me and Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt. It’s just that I am fascinated by him, given his seemingly ubiquitous media presence, one that belies both his profound, quite peculiar stupidity and smug self-righteousness. As reported in The ...

Dead Wild Roses: Eat Some Yummy Disease! – Caring Capitalism Strikes Again

   Oh, those silly wage-slaves you think they would want to be healthy and stuff.  Well, the upper-crusty important people certainly won’t have any of THAT nonsense being bandied about.  Alter.net details six chain restaurants that are being yoked to the onerous Obamacare provisions and it will cost them dearly in profitability. Heard from corporate ...

Cowichan Conversations: Barack Obama Has Won A Second Term Over Romney.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Barack Obama won fighting for Medicare, the poor, the working class, the middle class, the gays, the seniors, the students. Thank God! Every attack went into the ditch and now his second term and great hope for America and beyond. OK Now what the hell are we going to do with ...

Dead Wild Roses: Health Care in the US – Retaking Political Discourse – George Lakoff

Why does the progressive movement keep on suffering set backs when they are quantifably right on the issues.  George Lakoff suggests it has much to do with framing and how human cognition works.  A great lecture, well worth the 60 minutes of your time. Filed under: Politics, Science Tagged: Cognitivie Science, George Lakoff, Healthcare, Obamacare, ...

Song of the Watermelon: Friendly Canadian Input on the US Election

The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming. We are in a year that is divisible by four. I think we all know what that means. In a matter of months, our American friends will once again start hanging chads or whatever it is they do to hold a presidential election, and the entire world, ...

The Scott Ross: The US Supreme Court & The Health of America

Though it is unclear whether Obamacare will improve the health of Americans, the recent US Supreme Court ruling will at least improve the health of American institutions. America is a sick country, not only because of the millions of people uninsured and vulnerable to the cost of already one of the most expensive health care ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Roberts’ Obamacare decision was not about legitimacy

With the US Supreme Court’s historic decision to let the Affordable Care Act stand has come much speculation on the motives and rationale behind Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to side with the four liberals on the court and uphold the law. Much of that speculation seems to be outright bad, and a simpler explanation seems ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Tories use think tank notorious for fabricating evidence to support white paper

It is interesting that the Ontario Tories quote the Pacific Research Institute in this week’s white paper on labour. In the paper, the Tories say the average yearly economic growth in U.S. States with voluntary union rules is 4.4 per cent compared … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Happy Birthday Saskatchewan Medicare from the U.S. Supreme Court

Fifty years ago, on July 1, 1962, Saskatchewan introduced the first universal health insurance program in North America.   The United States Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a fitting birthday present.  Even though the Act was passed two years ago it now has legs. Granted the American plan may ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The Obama Question [book review]

Gary Dorrien’s book, The Obama Question, makes, as its central thesis, the following point: From a progressive perspective, much of Obama’s presidency has been a failure for which he has received ample criticism for his centrism, for his capitulations, and for his lack of leadership. Despite this, he argues, Obama’s presidency has had significant accomplishments ...

Song of the Watermelon: What Obama Should Say If His Health Bill Loses in Court

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform bill, had its three days in the Supreme Court last week, and by most accounts it did not go very well. Nothing is certain until the Court delivers its ruling in June. But if it does declare the bill unconstitutional, this ...