Inside The Loony Bin – Get Over It..

Banner- Looney BinThe title above seems to always be said by the winner in most circumstances, particularly the political ones.  But of course, the opposite usually happens. The losers fixate on the loss and how it happened. They concentrate on revenge going forward and little else matters to them. Of course, that usually accomplishes nothing. Instead of revenge they should look to the future for opportunities to accomplish things that promote their foundation causes.  In other words, they should just get over it!

canstockphoto11836985.jpgThis NOT getting over it is what has caused us to be where we are today inside the beltway loony bin and out. We become entrenched with defeating the bad guys, and bad guys are whoever disagrees with us on any particular subject. Compromise is just an ugly word to too many of us and is to be avoided in ALL circumstances.

Thinking about this, going forward I will try to live by what I just said. I know that Mr. Trump will likely be our president for the next four years so I will concentrate on what matters to me and leave all the ugliness and instability behind.  I will celebrate his successes if there are any, but I will not do likewise with his failures.  I will continue to put my faith in the checks and balances put into our system by its founders over two hundred years ago.

About the only thing that was accomplished inside the loony bin this last week was that the Supreme Court vacancy was finally filled. It was pretty obvious that Gorsuch was going to be the ninth justice but since the Democrats had not gotten over how the GOP stalled until they could put someone at least similar to Scalia as a replacement.  It will be interesting to see just how he does in the coming months.

The sad part of all of this is that the way they went about it pretty much assured that all future supreme court members will be chosen via a very political process.

The final thing I wanted to talk about this week is the missile attack on the Syrian air base that was used to launch the latest chemical weapons Assad has used on this own people.  This is one of those areas where I agree with Mr. Trump.  It was an appropriate response. Of course, the loony bin insisted that he should have consulted them and then after a month or so of discussions maybe they would have allowed the missiles to go.

Overall it was a quiet week in the loony bin and that certainly was a good thing.

Week 12 Inside The Loony Bin – Healthcare & The Supreme Court

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 This will be my first “official” report looking at the Washington DC loony bin from a drone level view. Here goes:

Healthcare – The GOP continues to try to formulate a health care plan that will abolish Obamacare. They have had 7 years to put this together but like usual in the loony bin, they wait until the last minute. It seems they can’t agree within their own party what it should look like. The RadCons don’t want anything, while others don’t want to cause anyone to lose coverage. I guess they are having a vote sometime today and I’m willing to bet that something will come out of the House sooner or later but it stands zero chance of getting through the Senate. It will be interesting to see what that body eventually has to say on this issue.

One major problem with all of this is that the conservatives don’t seem to know the difference between health insurance and healthcare. They think as long as they can convince the insurance carriers to offer a plan to everyone, it doesn’t really matter at what cost, then everything is solved. Of course, those of us outside the loony bin who happen to get sick once in a while know that the insurance stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. Getting costs under control is the major issue that they are totally ignoring. Another problem with the GOP is that they just don’t seem to like poor people. So, their first primary attack on Obamacare is to drastically reduce Medicaid funding. They just don’t seem to have any idea of what “Brother’s Keeper” means to the rest of us.

The only viable option to solve these issues is a single-payer system as the rest of the world already have. Over half of us are already there via Medicare and Medicaid so it is not as if that solution is foreign to us. In Canada, which has had a single-payer system for decades, healthcare costs per citizen is less than half ours. Maybe it is time to talk to them about how they accomplished that. But the loony bin would never admit they don’t know everything so that simply won’t happen.

Another interesting side point that is happening this week is that California is putting a single-payer system in place. I have to keep and eye on that in the coming months.

Supreme Court –  I see the loony bin folks are finally getting around to filling that year long vacancy on the Supreme Court.  Of course, the Democrats are playing the “sour grapes” card and that, of course, is about posturing which is the main business of all those folks. It seems inevitable that the current nominee will get the job but the opposition party has to strut around thumping their chests before that happens.

Oval Office Progress Report – Here we are eight weeks into this new administration and I can’t really see anything that they have accomplished? They try to ban people from coming into our country but the federal courts keep declaring their attempts unconstitutional. But the main problem is they just seem to run off on so many nonsense issues as to stifle any possibility of real progress. But then again, maybe that is a good thing. As my hero, Will Rogers said the best thing congress can do for the country is to take a three-week vacation and that is especially true for this current executive branch. Let’s give all those yahoos 50 weeks of paid vacation a year. That would solve a lot of problems….