Neil DeGrasse Tyson deplores the influence of ignorance in our society.
Dick Polman tries to understand why the Republican Party is determined to strip affordable health care from millions of Americans, despite opposition from “the American Medical Association, the AARP, the American Heart Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and at least five Republican governors who care a great deal about their affected constituents.”
He proffers four theories, each one of which I think has a piece of the truth, and no one of which rules out any of the others. Here’s one of them:
They’re trying to please Trump; more precisely, they want Trump to stop making fun of them. For months he has mocked their legislative failures (even though his failure to lead and his ignorance of policy have made things worse), and they’re sick of reading those tweets. They’re upset that Trump has been dealing with Democratic leaders, so they’re desperately jonesing to give him any Win whatsoever, even a Win that screws tens of millions, in order to get back in his good graces.
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Ben Cohen suggests that the Trumpler might have a tactic to his twittery. A snippet:
Trump knows that when he offends the left, his base loves it and will forget about him a) running the country into the ground, and b) colluding with the Democrats on legislation they hate. Furthermore, the media craze it creates distracts the public from his latest attempts to screw the working poor, minorities and immigrants (this time it was likely an attempt to disguise another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare).
I agree that we shouldn’t allow the Trumpled twittery to take attention from legislation, but I’m skeptical that there is any system to it. I find his twitness to be less a tactic than a perhaps certain instinctive ferile cunning fueled by ADD (Attention Desperation Disorder).
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At The Bangor Daily News, Lance Dotson skewers the duplicity of our endless metaphorical domestic “wars” on this, that, and the other thing. A snippet:
The poor and the sick are not the problem, they are a constant. Our attitudes toward them is a reflection on who we are as a culture, and if our perspective is that they can be eliminated by declaring “war” on them or their conditions, we are, as a culture, in complete denial.
This is why it is so disheartening to see the malice toward the underclasses that feeds so much of our political discourse in Maine in the age of Gov. Paul LePage.
LePage, and his welfare protege Mary Mayhew, have adopted the foolish and cruel position that poverty and crime can be eliminated by tightening the clenched fist.
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