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26  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: META POLL - does DAVE need to modernize the atlas forum? on: June 03, 2017, 09:58:22 pm
No, why?  It seems fine as is.  The only area he does need to modernize (if it can help) is to ensure this site doesn't freeze every four years on Election Day due to heavy traffic.
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump infrastructure spending includes privatizing air traffic control on: June 03, 2017, 09:46:02 pm
Were this any other administration, I wouldn't have a problem with a massive infusion of spending on infrastructure, as well as privatizing air traffic control.  We need to get the system modernized to 21st century standards (i.e. NextGen), and it's been dragging on for over a decade now.

Since this is Trump we're talking about, however, I can't see any good coming out of this.  
28  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA GOV 2017: Democratic Primary on: June 01, 2017, 11:27:54 pm
Bumping, in case anyone wants to revisit their predictions given the fact the race is extremely close, polling-wise, after all. 
29  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of mainstream media on: May 28, 2017, 02:18:11 am
In terms of investigative journalism the mainstream media is serving an invaluable function now that Trump is in the White House.  And if they continue to do what they are doing (especially if Trump is eventually impeached and convicted), I am willing to forgive (if not forget) all their previous failings.   


30  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Space exploration on: May 28, 2017, 02:02:57 am
The govt should focus on the science, let private parties do the exploration (and exploitation) of space.

Following the example of the Virginia Company?  

 
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What past election could 2020 be most similar to? on: May 21, 2017, 12:25:21 pm
Probably 2000.  I agree with TD that 2024 will be most similar to 1980 (with Democrats driving the realignment this time).   
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When is the first time you heard about Donald Trump? on: May 21, 2017, 12:22:24 pm
When he began hosting The Apprentice.  My view of him didn't turn negative until he became a Birther. 
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Republicans Fearing for Their Safety as Constituents Get Angrier on: May 21, 2017, 12:06:50 pm
I don't remember if Democrats had it this bad in the run-up to the 2010 midterms:

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A growing number of House Republicans are facing physical threats from angry constituents in their districts, leading many to fear for their safety.
 
In the last few weeks alone, the FBI arrested a man threatening Rep. Martha McSally's (Ariz.) life; a woman pursued Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn.) with her car, and Rep. Thomas Garrett (Va.) heightened security at a recent town hall in response to death threats.

Other Republicans still holding town halls say they haven't felt physically threatened by protesters, but they worry about the depth of anger from some constituents in the polarized environment and what it means for political civility.

Scores of GOP lawmakers have experienced going viral this year with video of constituents shouting their disagreement on support for President Trump and policies like the GOP's healthcare bill.

The Hill
34  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Single-Payer Health Care on: May 20, 2017, 07:51:39 pm
I have no clue, and that is what annoyed me about Bernie's healthcare platform. There were no specifics other than "Medicare For All". My assumption is that it will follow HR 676, but I don't know what will be done about other programs (included within Medicare, Medicaid abolished?). I don't know. Here is 676, but it's just a symoblic measure that Conyers does every session. Yet, still has 110 Co-Sponsors. Anyways. It'll all depend on what happens in the next couple of months and years.

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SEC. 212. Appropriations for existing programs.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, there are hereby transferred and appropriated to carry out this Act, amounts from the Treasury equivalent to the amounts the Secretary estimates would have been appropriated and expended for Federal public health care programs, including funds that would have been appropriated under the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, under the Medicaid program under title XIX of such Act, and under the Children’s Health Insurance Program under title XXI of such Act.

The language here suggests that these programs would indeed be absorbed immediately into this new Medicare-for-all system.

And as for the Veterans' Health Administration and the Indian Health Service (both of which are single-payer, BTW):

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SEC. 401. Treatment of VA and IHS health programs.

(a) VA health programs.—This Act provides for health programs of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to initially remain independent for the 10-year period that begins on the date of the establishment of the Medicare For All Program. After such 10-year period, the Congress shall reevaluate whether such programs shall remain independent or be integrated into the Medicare For All Program.

(b) Indian Health Service programs.—This Act provides for health programs of the Indian Health Service to initially remain independent for the 5-year period that begins on the date of the establishment of the Medicare For All Program, after which such programs shall be integrated into the Medicare For All Program.
35  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Assange Rape Investigation Dropped on: May 20, 2017, 09:54:01 am
He's still Putin's stooge.  And that's enough for us to want to throw him into the deepest, darkest holes we have. 
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Prosecutors Pushing Back Against Attorney General Jeff Sessions on: May 20, 2017, 09:42:15 am
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A week after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” and follow mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, a bipartisan group of prosecutors at the state and local level is expressing concern.

Thirty current and former state and local prosecutors have signed an open letter, which was released Friday by the nonprofit Fair and Just Prosecution. The prosecutors say that even though they do not have to answer Sessions’s call, the U.S. Attorney General’s directive “marks an unnecessary and unfortunate return to past ‘tough on crime’ practices” that will do more harm than good in their communities.

“What you’re seeing in this letter is a different wind of change that’s blowing through the criminal justice field,” said Miriam Krinsky, a former federal prosecutor and executive director of Fair and Just Prosecution, a national network working with newly elected prosecutors.

“There does seem at the federal level to be a return to the tough-on-crime, seek-the-maximum-sentence, charge-and-pursue-whatever-you-can-prove approach,” Krinsky said. But, she added, at a local level, some believe “there are costs that flow from prosecuting and sentencing and incarcerating anyone and everyone who crosses the line of the law, and we need to be more selective and smarter in how we promote both the safety and the health of our communities.”

Signers of the letter include Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and Karl Racine, attorney general of the District of Columbia.

WashPo
37  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie's chances of winning 2020 primary? on: May 19, 2017, 11:55:56 pm
I don't want either Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden as our nominee.  I don't even want Elizabeth Warren.  It's time for a new generation to take over. 
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Between Two Majorities: 2014-2030 | The Cordray Administration on: May 19, 2017, 11:53:01 pm
Given that Donald Trump is essentially Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter rolled into one, I have to ask this:

What do you think will be Trump (or Pence)'s version of the Iran hostage crisis? 
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYT Trump Told Russians Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation on: May 19, 2017, 11:28:13 pm
Anybody else get the impression that he's WANTING to be impeached? Clearly, the man is bored out of his mind.

I don't -if he wanted to leave, he could have gone on national television and just resigned. 
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Biden disses Clinton again on: May 19, 2017, 11:26:31 pm
Does Biden really want to be on the same page as Trump?  Tongue
41  General Politics / Political Debate / Single-Payer Health Care on: May 19, 2017, 11:07:31 pm
Since it appears that Obamacare is at death's door with Trump's latest threat to withdraw all subsidies (and I strongly doubt that the Republican-dominated Congress will come to the rescue...), it seems that single-payer is increasingly becoming an inevitability the next time Democrats regain control of the trifecta.

With that said, what will single-payer look like?  Everyone keeps talking about it being essentially 'Medicare for all', but what about other programs like Medicaid and SCHIP (state children's health insurance programs)?  Do they all get subsumed within it?  I would very much like to take Medicaid out of the hands of the states (especially Republican-dominated states), so they can't play at social engineering at the expense of the poor and vulnerable. 

42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Trump tells advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies on: May 19, 2017, 10:47:25 pm
If Trump singlehandedly implodes Obamacare (with the acquiescence of the Republican Congress), would this essentially clear the deck for single-payer the next time Democrats gain complete control?    
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Trump-Russia Probe Now Includes Possible 'Cover-Up' on: May 19, 2017, 09:33:01 pm
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Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
 
That avenue of investigation was added in recent weeks after assertions by former FBI Director James Comey that President Donald Trump had tried to dissuade him from pressing an investigation into the actions of Trump's first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, members of Congress said, though it was not clear whom that part of the probe might target.

Even as members of Congress were mulling over the expansion of the case into possible cover-up, and its reclassification from counterintelligence to criminal, the scandal appeared to grow. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that federal investigators were looking at a senior White House official as a "significant person of interest." The article did not identify the official, though it noted that the person was "someone close to the president."

Tribune Washington Bureau
44  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New report proves Pence lied about Flynn. Could it hurt him in '20/'24? on: May 17, 2017, 08:52:07 pm
TD is going to have to do some serious adjustment of his timeline if this is the case.... 
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump team knew Flynn was under investigation before he became NSA on: May 17, 2017, 08:50:47 pm
Trump only picks the best.  Tongue

For purely partisan reasons, I hope his administration doesn't implode until after the midterms. 
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Dem Leadership Try to Tamp Down Rising Enthusiasm for Impeachment on: May 17, 2017, 08:42:39 pm
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Top Democrats in the House and Senate know their liberal base is clamoring for a harder line, especially after reports that Trump urged then-FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

But Democratic leaders first hoped to secure an independent investigation into possible ties between the White House and Russia. (A special counsel was named Wednesday.) Until there’s clear proof Trump broke the law, they say, impeachment chatter does little more than distract from the party’s broader messaging.

(...) There also has been a clear shift in the GOP’s mood since The New York Times reported that Comey detailed his conversation with Trump in a memo. Three Republicans — Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Walter Jones of North Carolina — have warned that the allegations against Trump could be grounds for impeachment.

And House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) threatened to subpoena the Comey memo if it isn’t willingly handed over by the administration, a move backed by Speaker Paul Ryan.

Still, Democratic leaders are holding back from discussing impeachment despite mounting pressure from the left to force the issue. Liberal demonstrators thronged the White House the day after Comey’s firing, and activists are pressing hard on what they think is a clear obstruction of justice case against Trump.

Democratic leaders want to prove that case first, opting to wait and see whether Trump writes his own case for impeachment first.

Politico

I agree with the leadership on not rushing to impeachment -let the investigation take its natural course first, however much time it takes.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum Members' Locations - Regions Poll on: May 17, 2017, 08:34:55 pm
Interesting that a plurality of all members (who have voted) are from the South.  

It's not *that* interesting, since it is the most populous region.  It's actually exactly what one would expect.  Tongue

The demographic oddity of the forum is actually the fact that the Western region is underrepresented, relative to its population.  Maybe people farther away from DC are less likely to care about national politics?  Smiley

The reason I say that is that for a long time, most of our membership has been based in the Northeast.  And that's why I am saying it's interesting that that has apparently changed over the years since I first registered here.  


48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Please avoid making threats or wishing for violent crimes against any individual on: May 17, 2017, 08:30:16 pm
Oh fine, if you insist....  Roll Eyes








Wink
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Turkish president's security beats up American protesters on: May 17, 2017, 08:20:29 pm
This is the kind of fascism Trump & Co. would like to have imported into the United States -he already wants to neuter our free press the way Erdogan has done in Turkey.  I wouldn't count on him denouncing Erdogan or his bodyguards. 
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum Members' Locations - Regions Poll on: May 17, 2017, 08:08:50 pm
Interesting that a plurality of all members (who have voted) are from the South. 

I personally voted Mid-Atlantic (accidentally) instead of Border South since I am so accustomed to having Northern Virginia grouped in with the Northeast. 
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