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A Ready Excuse

The real reason why the Democrats are making deals with Trump is that they are already preparing excuses for why they will lose in 2018, 2020, and then in perpetuity. “We were tarnished by Trump and voters didn’t show up to vote for us” will be their favorite narrative when that happens.

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12 thoughts on “A Ready Excuse

  1. Unless the economy does a nosedive, I expect the Dems not to really gain much for 10 years or so, as that’s about as much time as real reformation takes typically. They are already busily setting themselves up to lose as you point out in 2018 and in 2020.

    However, if the economy does go south the Dems will do a lot better for no real reason other than that. It certainly won’t have anything to do with their ability to govern or to really do any better than Trump. They will just fail more elegantly.

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    • Dreidel on said:

      Well, the stock market obviously likes Trump’s leadership. Since his election, it’s gone steadily up over 3600 points, and has increased in value by $4 trillion.

      If it keeps increasing like that, it might even be able to pay for Sanders’ and Warren’s bank-busting “Medicare for All” plans — not that those socialist idiots will ever get elected to enact such schemes. 🙂

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      • “Bank-busting?” The current way we do health care in this country is already bank-busting — we spend the most on healthcare by far and get mostly worse results, with far fewer people covered at huge expense.

        If we didn’t run health care as an orgy of profit and largesse to insurance and drug companies (as well as others), it’d cost much less. It’s only bank-busting if you assume the current system has to stay in place, which it very much does not. It’s not bank-busting in other countries, so I find the argument that it somehow could not work in the US pretty ludicrous since I’ve lived in countries where it does work just fine.

        Bad faith arguments don’t change the facts on the ground.

        Anyway, Warren and Sanders are about as socialist as Richard Nixon — which is not very.

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        • Dreidel on said:

          “If we didn’t run health care as an orgy of profit and largesse to insurance and drug companies (as well as others), it’d cost much less.”

          Okay, so let’s see a “single-payer” plan from the Democrats on the table that would really cover everybody in this country, and actually cost less to the government and taxpayers that the current Obamacare/Medicare/Medicaid mess.

          If such a “real-world” plan is actually feasible, I suspect that most politicians of both parties would fall in line behind it.

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      • Dreidel, why do you think everybody in Israel can have good health care, but it is somehow impossible for much richer America?

        Would you be interested in expanding health care to everybody in the first place?

        Why not check what other countries do differently which lets them achieve better results and apply it to USA ?

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      • The stock market is reacting to the improvements created by Obama that are manifesting themselves right now.

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      • Demotrash on said:

        Why is everyone here defending the Sanders bill? I support universal healthcare too, but this particular bill is quite bad.

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        • I’m.not sure what the bill even is. I read everything posted on Bernie’s website and it’s just empty talking points. Not a single one of my concerns , for instance, are even remotely addressed.

          The Canadian healthcare system, for instance, is very broken. And Canada has the population thats only 10% of the US population. How can one make it work for such an enormous country when it’s not working for a much smaller one right next door? I’m not looking forward to paying exorbitant taxes and getting no healthcare worth the name in return. Today I’m dealing with serious health issues that I don’t need to have and I owe entirely to the careless and horrible Canadian healthcare. I’m not looking for more of that crap in my life. So a this empty verbiage about the amazing Canadian system that Bernie so loves just angers me.

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          • Demotrash on said:

            The plan really is a bunch of nothing. All the benefits in the world and no plan on how to pay for it, no co-pay (which will drive costs up; even a small co-pay makes people think twice), and no option to stay on a private plan. Which is especially great in America, since I’m sure a government run plan wouldn’t cover abortion (not that we’ll ever have some single payer monstrosity like this anyway.)

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  2. Shakti on said:

    What is this pat post trying to say? Change a couple of words, have the same gist.
    The real reason why the Democrats aren’t making deals with Trump is that they are already preparing excuses for why they will lose in 2018, 2020, and then in perpetuity. “We were tarnished shut out by Trump and voters didn’t show up to vote for us” will be their favorite narrative when that happens.

    I don’t think anyone in the public eye is playing 13th dimensional political chess right now.

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