A Scandal Too On-The-Nose

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It’s hard to keep track of all the scandals plaguing the Trump Administration, any one of which would be a HUGE scandal in any other previous administration.  Right now, there is a lot of focus on HHS Secretary Tom Price, who has been using private jets and military aircraft to get from place to place — at taxpayer expense.  Price … Read More

Trump’s Tax Plan Is A Gift For The Wealthy

Ken AshfordClass Warfare, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Overhauling the tax code is a task Republicans in Congress have been attempting to accomplish for 30 years. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump unveiled his administration’s tax plan, called the “Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” The plan is reported to cost an upwards of $5 trillion dollars and has been described by his officials as “completely designed with the middle class … Read More

What Roy Moore Means For The Republican Party

Ken AshfordCongress, RepublicansLeave a Comment

If there is any person less suited for national politics than Donald Trump, it is Roy Moore. Known once as the “Ten Commandments Judge”, Roy Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court bench when he defied orders from the US Supreme Court.  I have written about him several times over the years. Last night, he won the Republican primary … Read More

Why Is Trump Tweeting About The NFL?

Ken AshfordDisasters, Race, Red Sox & Other Sports, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Thursday night in Alabama, at a rally, Trump went off on a tangent about the NFL and its bad ratings and how players who refused to stand for the national anthem (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) should be fired by the owners.  This got cheers from the Alabamians, because they are Alabamians.  And it made headlines on Friday (since he never says … Read More

BREAKING: Graham-Cassidy Looks Dead

Ken AshfordCongress, Health CareLeave a Comment

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) just announced that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation.  He joints Rand Paul (R-Ky) in being against the bill. BREAKING: McCain says in statement, “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.” — Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) September 22, 2017 If both stick to their word, then the bill … Read More

Not A Hoax

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That’s an odd assertion for Trump to make.  Sure, he can make the argument that there was no collusion, but to say that Russia never bought ads on Facebook?  How would TRUMP know that’s not true?  Mueller isn’t saying it… Facebook itself is: Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian … Read More

Quick Thought About Graham-Cassidy

Ken AshfordCongress, Health CareLeave a Comment

Literally nobody in the health insurance industry likes this bill. Literally nobody in the health care industry likes this bill. The chaos and misery it would unleash are practically undebatable. So why are they doing this? Two reasons, I think. (1)  Sanders and others have been talking about, and getting endorsements for, “Medicare For All” (i.e. universal health).  For Graham and others, this screams … Read More

Mueller Finally Eyeing Trump It Seems

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Finally.  This is the news I was waiting for. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House for records pertaining to some of Donald Trump’s “most scrutinized actions” as president, including his firing of former FBI director James Comey and his Oval Office confab with Russian operatives in which he bragged that axing Comey had “taken off” the pressure … Read More

Graham-Cassidy May Be The Worst ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill Of Them All

Ken AshfordHealth Care, RepublicansLeave a Comment

There is no ambiguity about the terms of the Graham-Cassidy bill. It would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, which has enabled about fourteen million Americans to obtain health-care coverage. Then it would subject the rest of Medicaid to substantial cuts by converting it to a block-grant program. By targeting the low-paid, the sick, and the infirm, … Read More

Mueller Investigation Focuses on Manafort

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

There are so many prongs to Mueller’s investigation of the Trump Administration, that it is hard to keep up sometimes.  There are many branches and many players.,  Fortunately, a new website, investigaterussia.org, is a good one-stop place for the latest news, timelines, and “players” bios.  So bookmark that. With all the natural disasters going on, there has been some Trump investigation … Read More

Trump’s UN Speech

Ken AshfordForeign Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Let’s be clear about Trump’s speech to the United Nations yesterday — it was an example of what he was elected for. Bombastic and in-your-face. That’s what people who voted for Trump wanted, and that’s what he displayed. It was “bad” in the sense that it was Trumpian. It was also “bad” in the sense that it projected a horrible … Read More