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Why Is Trump Hostile to Actual Facts?

Why Is Trump Hostile to Actual Facts?

Question: What do you get when you mix a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity and a gross of whoppers—topped with a thick layer of subterfuge? Answer: The fiasco called Trumpcare. “We’re going to do something that’s great,” The Donald trumpeted when he endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill to displace Obamacare. But Trumpcare

Why Trumpcare is Sickening

As Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas noted, “When you buy… a new pair of pants, it usually helps to ask two questions: What does it cost? What size is it?” Yet, as he was pointing out, Republicans in Congress want to ram their new Trumpcare health scheme into law without anyone knowing its size or

Why Should We Subsidize Higher Pay for Insurance CEOs?

House Speaker Paul Ryan. We’re hearing a lot these days about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s 123-page legislative plan for Trumpcare, the GOP’s so-called “replacement” for Obamacare. In fact, we now learn that it’s actually a displacement plan—24 million Americans who are now insured would no longer get coverage, the premiums paid by senior citizens would

Shouldn’t Someone Say: ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’

Even Republicans such as Sen. John McCain have been critical of President Donald Trump’s missteps. (Photograph by European People’s Party. Creative Commons.) Some people who attain high public office grow in their position of trust. Some, however, just bloat. Bloat has been on spectacular display in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidential tenure. He

How Magical is The Donald?

Donald Trump, the Amazing Wunderkind of Global Luxury Living—and now Our Nation’s Phantasmagoric, Fast-charging President—is proving to be a legislative magician. In his campaign, Trump’s number one promise was that he would “immediately” repeal the entirety of Obamacare, then—hocus-pocus and abracadabra!—simultaneously replace it with “great health care for a fraction of the price.” Wow—that’s why

Trump’s Hokey ‘Mandate’

Trump & Company claim to have a sweeping mandate from voters, but wait: Almost half of the electorate chose not to vote last November. Only 25 percent of voters eligible actually cast their ballots for Trump; 26 percent chose Clinton. 60 percent of those who did vote for Trump said they don’t trust him. Some