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Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

There is some Trump coverage that would be useful: e.g., taking the campaign promises he made that persuaded working class and middle class people to vote for him and investigating -- entirely without ridicule, without snark -- to what exact extent his policies, appointees, and actions in office are delivering on those promises and to what exact extent Trump's administration is actually benefiting Trump's economic class at the expense of labor.

That is the Trump-related reporting that needs to be done. Not Russia conspiracy theories, not "Ivanka took his seat at the G20 summit," not "Kushner looked stupid in his bullet proof vest," not "Melania isn't living at the White House," not "he was childishly delighted with the military displays in Paris" and certainly not "here's a metrical analysis of one of his Tweets." How can the constant mockery and condescension and the inability of distinguished media titans (NYT, WaPo, even WSJ) to report on him using the tone usually reserved for discussions of the U.S. President do anything but confirm in the minds of ordinary people who voted for him that the "mainstream media" doesn't see or understand the economic issues they believed Trump would address? It seems likely that the approach being used will just confirm their belief that the "mainstream media" should not be trusted because they are on a non-stop, mean-spirited, elitist witch hunt.

The economic threats this generation of Americans face are real. The unreported story which, nevertheless, many people who work for a living understand, is that since Bill Clinton's presidency, the Democratic Party has not only failed to better the lot of the working and middle classes, and it has failed to defend them from abuse and damage in debacles caused by failures of regulatory oversight like the housing market crash and the pending student loan debt crisis. A significant percentage of working Americans have home mortgages and a growing number have burdensome, even crushing, student loan debt. 2008-2016 made clear the extent to which elected representatives of the people were failing to put reasonable checks on the financial sector, as Obama presided over an unprecedented bailout of the banking system at taxpayer expense and the Justice Department's failed to prosecute those responsible for -- and profiting from -- the disaster: you know, people like the banking executives who proposed to pay themselves bonuses with taxpayer-funded bailout funds, within a year of crashing our economy with worldwide repurcussions.

In this context, ridiculing Trump won't persuade people who voted for him based on his promises to increase their prosperity, opportunity, and security to jump on the bandwagon pulled by the Democratic donkey who looks more and more like a self-involved JACKASS every day. It will probably just intensify their hatred of "the elites."

Job well done, David Safier et al. Keep up the good work.

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Posted by In Trump coverage like this, the donkey seems a jackass. on 07/20/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Danehy

Who could possibly disagree that death is a bitch? Consequently, I will simply add:

I see Captain Kirk listening to the Rolling Stones' "2000 Light Years from Home" and/or Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun."

15 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 07/20/2017 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Minor point, but details are important: Mitch McConnell is not the "Senate President." By virtue of the Constitution, that title belongs to Mike Pence. For succession purposes, it is important to note that the President Pro Tempore (usually "pro tem") of the Senate is Orrin Hatch. If Trump were to leave office, and somehow Pence and Paul Ryan were eliminated from the succession by resignation, impeachment, or death, the next person in line would be Orrin Hatch.

Brrr. I just had a cold chill at that possibility.

Mitch McConnell is the majority leader of the Senate.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 07/20/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

single payer isnt exactly being shoved down our throats if thats what most americans want

http://www.gallup.com/poll/191504/majority…

24 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Palisades on 07/20/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Homeless Program Working

I think this program would be even more effective if they paid these folks a similar wage to what they would pay the city workers. How is it this can cost a fraction of the price it should?? Seems like they could be taking advantage of an already disadvantaged population.

2 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Lizzy on 07/20/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

Forget Hillary. She lost the election and does not matter anymore.

I do not understand continuing support for Trump when so many lies are proven, and "Yes, I do," accept responsible journalism over Trump Tweets.

So try: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/0…

If you refuse to believe these examples, then keep voting for the man and all he represents.

14 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Discouraged & Dismally Dismayed on 07/20/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Danehy

Death has been a common occurrence in my life, since age barely 6 years old, when my dad died. Two years later when my uncle died, I knew what that meant; that person wasn't coming back. During my 30+ career as an RN/ANP, I sat at the bedside, held the hand, grieved with the family of many patients of mine who died. Deployed for 2 years to LRMC when the battles were raging & the incoming averaged 750/month, and the outbound to the US averaged 680/month. I saw many, many who were never going to live the same physical life that they'd had, and even more who will always bear the mental scars of war. That was like a death. Recently, one of the people in my life who I've loved & has been my friend for over 30 years has died. He was one of those people who has been a touchstone in my life; always there somewhere, always able to reach out & say hey, if I needed a lift or a bit of ass-kicking counseling. Now he's gone. The void is there, something that can't be filled, but will eventually scar over to join other scars. Death is, indeed, a total bitch.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 07/20/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

"A man has got to know his limitations."-Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 07/20/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

...because there certainly aren't any serious policy issues about which the American public needs to receive valid facts and analysis. Most citizens have little leisure time available to consume commentary, and what time they do have available, they should be asked to fill with scoffing at Trump's various high-profile idiocies and analyzing the meter and literary devices in his Tweets.

Still waiting, David, for your "compare and contrast" of higher ed financing in various developed economies and for your explanation of why our efforts to create universal health care in the U.S. did not produce a single payer system. But perhaps competently addressing those policy topics would undermine your goal of promoting Democratic policy compromises that produce better yields for the banks, the insurers, and the pharmaceuticals than they do for the citizens who are asked to vote for "Democratic" politicians.

(If I thought it was worth my time, I would calculate the % of NYTimes and Washington Post news alerts I receive that begin with the word, "Trump." But it is NOT worth my time. Neither reading the articles, nor calculating the degree to which our media "watchdogs'" time is spent avoiding reporting on wages, entitlements, worker safety protections, regulation of the banking system and other paltry matters that reporters seem to think are of such negligible importance to the citizenry. It'll be interesting to see what's left of the country three years down the road after so much of the citizenry's attention has been wasted on Trump, as though we could afford to waste time available for advocacy in a country this troubled and on a trajectory this disturbing.)

11 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by What's missed while the media indulges in Trumpomania? on 07/20/2017 at 11:31 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Where this this week's Skinny?

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/20/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

RIP GOP.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/20/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Well said by the above, but we still need about 5 people from each party to negotiate the solution. What a tragic chapter in over reach by the federal government. Once again.

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Posted by Bravo Sierra Us on 07/20/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

District 2 Supervisor Ramn Valadez insisted the deal is a boon for the county, not just his district where the hospital is located.

"It's not just for the immediate community," he said. "It's for all of Pima County. This is the only hospital south of Speedway down to the border."

When did Mr valdez annex Santa Cruz County and close Holy Cross in Nogales?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Pigs At The Trough on 07/20/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

What Jeff Flake wants most is some Koch money. Every organization he has listed on his web page leads back to Koch and then there is DeVos who "had him at charter schools." She has one mission, to privatize education and more specifically to turn it over to religious schools, while a company she owns hounds college students to pay the outrageous interest rates on their student loans that have disaster in the fine print. Two TUSD schools nearby have been turned into subdivisions with houses so close together you can hear your neighbor cough as charter and private schools continue to drain education funds out of the state budget for education. California has outlawed it. Something we can learn from them along with encouraging people to use solar power instead of punishing them for it.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Oh, and to Pima County and everyone else who has gotten on the bandwagon asking for another "half cent" sales tax, by my calculations, including the COT, we're up to a two percent increase. Taxpayers are not piggy banks. No, the City Council does not deserve a $65,000 raise unless I get one too, and my response to this new way of raising money off the banks of the poor and middle class while handing out big paydays to corporate Arizona is no, no, no and no.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Really, saved over $135 million. I would have sworn that every year we have been "expense free" over the deal with Kino, the supevisors have come back to the taxpayers for another $20 million or $30 million. Rumor has it Kino doesn't even bother to try and collect, but just sends the unpaid bills to the county. Tell me I'm wrong.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

Colbert did a bit of satire on that tweet last night! ;)

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Posted by Gary McCormick on 07/20/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

It is ridiculous that a person feels it is unecessary to clean up after the dog. That is just good manners

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Posted by Cathy Branscum on 07/20/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

The Republicans have been foolish and divided. With seven years to craft a replacement, they did nothing. However, at the end of the day, this may turn out to be a good thing.

The ACA was designed to fail under it's own weight. Of course, the Democrats thought that they would still be in charge when that happened, and could shove single payer down our throats.

What should happen now is to let the ACA fail, as it was designed to, and then craft a minimal set of changes to the law designed to force the healthcare industry to right itself. There will be weeping and wailing and knashing of teeth by the industry, but they will adjust. We can not continue to feed the beast.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 07/20/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

This story is crap.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Terminator on 07/20/2017 at 6:04 AM

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