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A chat about the politics of Washington with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor

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Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor………we will look at the state of US politics, from President Trump completing month 8, to the US Congress as dysfunctinal as ever, to the media losing creibility and early talk of 2018 for the US House and US Senate…………..not so fast on demographics explains John Judis………and other stories….

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Source: A chat about the politics of Washington with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 09/16 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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Sanders insists that health care is a ‘right’

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The left has found another right that I can’t find in the U.S. Constitution. In fact, I just read my paperback version again and found no right to “health care”.

Nevertheless, there are a lot of people claiming that health care is right.

The latest “Facebook profile photo frame” calls for Medicare for all because it is a right. It’s a cute frame but we don’t create rights in the U.S. that way.

Senator Sanders is now driving the Democrats further left with his latest idea:

Their embrace of a single-payer position comes even as Clinton continues to tar the plan as unrealistic. But if that remains the majority position among Democrats, liberal activists don’t think it will be for long.

“If you look at the list who are co-sponsoring this and those who are rumored to be interested in [the presidency], you see some alignment. I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” says Kenneth Zinn, the political director of National Nurses United, a staunch supporter of the Sanders legislation.

“This is how change happens. Grassroots action, bottom-up pressure. I think anyone who wants to be considered a progressive has to sign on to this bill. This is indeed becoming a litmus test for the movement.”

 

It will probably put Sanders’ band together for another presidential run but divide Democrats even more, especially state Democrats who actually have to balance budgets and liberal U.S. Senators who just give speeches.

Senator Sanders’ idea will fall apart for two reasons:

First, it is economically unsustainable, as the very lefty Democrats in California just learned. You know that an idea is in trouble when even California’s legislature can’t find the dollars to pay for it: A new study by the California State Senate shows that single payer health care would cost more than the entire current state budget.

Secondly, making health care a right will require a constitutional amendment, unless Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on a legacy trip decides to add this one to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Let Senator Sanders make the 2018 and 2020 elections a referendum on Medicare for All. Let Senator Sanders explain that he will pay for it by taxing the rich.   Let’s see how many of those red state Democrats want to join Bernie’s band.

Let it rip, Bernie. We can’t wait to start the debate!

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September 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

A chat about the politics of Washington, health care and demographics

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We will look at the state of US politics, from President Trump, to the US Congress, to the media and early talk of 2018………health care…….demographics…….and other stories…

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Source: A chat about the politics of Washington with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 09/15 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 15, 2017 at 11:30 pm

The ‘demo guy’ wants a do-over

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Once upon a time, it was “settled science” that demographics would benefit the Democrats. How many times did I hear that Romney got a higher percentage of the white vote than Reagan and still couldn’t win?  Remember the one about the changing color of the country?

Well, it turns out John B. Judis, “the demo guy” wants to amend his theory. Not so fast on this game of demographics, he argues now:    

On one level, there’s no arguing with the math. If you take the percentage of Americans that the U.S. census defines as “minorities” and project their past voting habits into the next decade and beyond, you’ll come up with a very sunny version of the Democrats’ prospects. 

There are only two problems with this line of thinking, but they’re pretty big ones. 

For starters, the census prediction of a “majority-minority” America—slated to arrive in 2044—is deeply flawed. 

 

And so is the notion that ethnic minorities will always and forever continue to back Democrats in Obama-like numbers.    

Let’s look at the second point.    

I’ve often argued that Hispanics could start voting for the GOP as the Democrats go further left on social issues, from abortion to same-sex marriage. Add to this the fact that Hispanics are very often entrepreneurs and small business owners and you can see a lot of votes for the party that wants smaller government and lower taxes.

In Texas, the very conservative Senator John Cornyn and candidate for governor Greg Abbott, did well with Hispanics without ever calling for “amnesty” or open borders. At the same time, Democrat Wendy Davis did not do well with Hispanic women who weren’t crazy about her views on abortion.

As Mr. Judis develops in the article, going forward, the Democrats will have to have an economic message rather than emphasize ethnic-identity politics. All of that stuff about “racism”, “white supremacy” and tearing down Columbus plays well in those precincts that already vote Democrat. They don’t play so well in the section of town that Democrats will have to succeed in if they want to win back the House.

Maybe Democrats should go back and listen to Dr. King’s words about judging people by their character rather than skin color. They forgot that part walking home from the “I have a dream” speech.

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September 15, 2017 at 6:41 am

Demographics not necessarily destiny…

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September 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Trump & Democrats, Clinton book tour and a few other stories

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We will look at the story that President Trump made a deal about DACA with Democrats…….the President denies the deal and calls for tough enforcement………Mrs. Clinton continues on the ‘what happened’ tour…………Democrats are apparently going ‘single pay’…….a new report in Politico suggests that the attacks on Trump are not sticking…………….and other stories………..

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Source: Trump & Democrats, Clinton book tour and a few other stories 09/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

We remember Jerry Coleman who played baseball and served in the US Marines

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Jerry Coleman was born on this day in 1924.   He died in 2014. 

Back in 2014, I posted this about the passing of Jerry Coleman:

“”Coleman’s playing career was unspectacular:
His career batting average was .263, he had little power and he played only one season as a regular.
But that one season was impressive: As the Yankees’ everyday second baseman in 1950, he played 153 games, batted .287 and was named the most valuable player in the World Series as the Yankees swept the Phillies.  
As a Marine pilot, he flew in the Pacific during World War II and was recalled to fly during the Korean War.”

Coleman is probably better known to younger fans as the voice of the San Diego Padres and his work on post season radio broadcasts. I also recalled a good book about his life called “An American Journey.”   It’s a fun read and tells the story of a impressive man.

I am not knocking today’s players.  However, there is something about a guy who flew wartime missions and turned the double play!   

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September 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm