Anti-Southern sentiment among Democrats has grown, predictably,
with the migration of Southern voters to the Republican party, a very
long process that began in the early days of the New Deal and was
confirmed only toward the end of the 20th century. (Mississippi had one
Republican governor in all the 20th century.) As the country moved
politically in a more conservative direction, and as the locus of
conservative power moved south, anti-Southern invective became more
common among progressives who a generation or two before had been all
too happy to do business with a William Fulbright or a Woodrow Wilson.
National panics over Confederate revanchism, like New York Times
crusades against homelessness, tend to coincide with Republican
presidencies. That is not coincidence.
The war on statuary serves two purposes: The first is to humiliate
Southerners in retribution for their support of Republican politicians
and conservative causes, particularly religious and social causes…
John Fund compares media coverage of today's Trump/Russia influence peddling scandal with that of the Clinton/Chinese 20 years ago. LINK
[A] little humility and honesty on the part of the media would be
appropriate. Much of the breathless and constant coverage of the Russia
scandal is motivated by the media’s hatred of Donald Trump, which is of
When it came to the Clintons, the media tended to downplay or even
trivialize many of their scandals. But, to be fair, a little bit of
self-awareness is beginning to show up in the Russia coverage. Last
Thursday, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC noted that when it came to “opening
the door” to lowering the standards of conduct by a modern president,
Bill Clinton led the way with his lying and scandalous behavior. She was
referring, of course, to the Lewinsky scandal, but her comments are
equally appropriate to the many other Clinton scandals that didn’t
receive wall-to-wall coverage.
Josh Rago on current status of Health Care replacement bill in Senate. Here
Key points of new bill:
1) (5 minute) Under Obamacare, non-disabled, non-elderly, childless adults making under $16K get States a 90-95% subsidy for Medicaid while the rest (aged, infirm, kids, etc.) are only subsidized at 50% (pre-Obamacare rates). This was done to encourage the young to sign up for Medicaid and in turn incentivized States to sign up healthy young people instead of others so they'd get more dollars. The new bill gives states a block sum to decide what to do with. The subsidy rates are equalized. They help pay for this by keeping investment tax on wealthy.
2) (9 Minute) Criticism of Cruz amendment that allows all insurance companies that offer at least one Obamacare type plan the ability to offer other plans with more options. This will lead to plans that are high risk. Cruz agrees and says that way we can fund the money directly from taxpayers to the high risk plans since it is apparent…