Janet, Amnesty Bill – ENLIST!
HEALTH CARE: Kevin Williamson – Suisse solutions; Hannity Free Market option.
NKOREA: CHANG – High Noon; HAYWARD – They have demands.
LEADS: SHERMAN – Kennedy?; NY Post: Bernie needs a lawyer; McCARTHY – Obstruction?; DANIELS – Trump gets a second choice? BURNETT – Illinois junk credit.
PA: Benefield – No more taxes
RECOMMENDED: CHAITIN – Assange/Democrats doomed.
Amnesty Bill: ENLIST – Janet
“Our local Congressmen have signed on as co-sponsors of HR60, the ENLIST bill, which grants permanent legal residency and expedited citizenship to illegal aliens in return for their military service.
“ENLIST is gaining traction and Congress may add it to the ‘must pass’ National Defense Authorization Act later this year.
Please contact your Congressman and ask that he withdraw his sponsorship of backdoor amnesty.
Suggested wording for phone calls, or cut/paste for email
I ask that you withdraw your co-sponsorship of HR60, the ENLIST act, because the bill
- Rewards and incentivizes lawlessness
- Gives illegal immigrants the full battery of military benefits
- Increases national security risks from limited vetting and questionable loyalty to our military missions
- Enables chain migration of family members
The military is not a social experiment lab to solve immigration problems.
The #ENLISTAct is backdoor Amnesty NOT to get more military recruits.
@REPNAME remove your co-sponsorship.
Phone DC (202) 225-2011
Springfield (610) 690-7323
Phone DC (202) 225-4315
West Chester (610) 696-2982
NRO: “The Senate’s Flawed Health-Care Bill”
“The Senate Republican health-care bill would not repeal and replace Obamacare. The federal government would remain the chief regulator of health insurance. No state would be allowed to experiment with different models for protecting people with pre-existing conditions. Federal policy would continue to push people away from inexpensive catastrophic coverage.
“The bill also seems unlikely to stabilize insurance markets, even though their current instability is one of the main Republican talking points for passing it. The legislation gets rid of the “individual mandate” — Obamacare’s fines for not buying insurance — but keeps the regulations that made the mandate necessary. The result is likely to be that healthy people leave the market and sick people face much higher premiums.
“From a conservative perspective, the chief selling point of the bill is Medicaid reform. The legislation caps per-person payments to the states, giving the states a new incentive to run the program efficiently. But the reform is delayed until after the 2024 presidential election. Democrats will likely be in a position to vaporize it well before then.
“The legislation cuts taxes, cuts spending, and allows states to engage in some modest deregulation of health-care markets. It appears to reduce the extent of federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion. And the main liberal criticism of the bill — that it would leave too many people uninsured — is misguided: We suspect that the Congressional Budget Office will find that most of the reduction in insurance rolls results from people’s choosing not to buy insurance when they’re not being threatened with fines.
“The bill could be improved in any number of ways. The phase-in of Medicaid reform could be accelerated. The bill could be amended to allow for a modified version of the deregulatory waivers included in the House. The bill’s subsidies for people outside of Medicare, Medicaid, and the employer-based insurance system could simply be given to the states to distribute to that population without having to comply with Obamacare’s regulations.
“If the bill is not amended in such fashion, it is likely to die, and it will be difficult to mourn the loss.”
REPLAY: Kevin Williamson, NRO: “So, You Want a Swiss Health-Care System?”
“Begin by doing away with employer-based plans.
“If you’re wondering what in Hell is actually going on with U.S. health-care policy, the short version is this: Policymakers in both parties are trying to replicate Swiss policies in a country that isn’t Swiss.
“The Affordable Care Act was, as thinkers as different as Paul Krugman and Avik Roy both observed, an attempt to Swiss up the U.S. health-insurance and health-care markets. (Obligatory reiteration: Those are not the same thing.) The Swiss system, Santésuisse, achieves one big progressive goal — universal health-insurance coverage — while offering much to please conservatives: a private market for health insurance and health care, consumer choice, and relatively low government spending on health care.
“Santésuisse is, in its broadest strokes, a lot like the model established by the so-called Affordable Care Act — a model that is kept in large part by the Republicans’ “repeal-and-replace” proposal, which neither repeals nor replaces the Affordable Care Act, though it does make some substantial changes to it. Like Obamacare, Santésuisse mandates that all citizens purchase insurance from private insurance companies; establishes by law a minimum package of acceptable benefits to satisfy that mandate; subsidizes health-insurance premiums for lower-income people, with a goal of keeping their insurance premiums to less than 10 percent of their incomes; mandates coverage of preexisting conditions and imposes “community rating,” which means that low-risk insurance buyers pay higher premiums to allow for high-risk buyers to pay lower premiums, though the Swiss do make some adjustments for age and sex (!); it imposes controls on procedure costs and reimbursement for providers. The Swiss model also does a few things that ACA does not: It requires that insurance companies offer their minimal policies on a nonprofit basis; it is structured around relatively high out-of-pocket expenses (high copays and deductibles) in order to encourage consumers to spend soberly; and, perhaps most important, it does this in the context of a health-insurance market that is entirely individual: There are no employer-based health-insurance plans in Switzerland. Everybody buys his own health insurance, the same way people buy everything from tacos to mobile-phone service. Swiss regulations also mandate that prices be made public, which helps consumer markets to function. . .”
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
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Gordon Chang, Daily Beast: “High Noon in North Korea: Is Trump Ready for War?”
“Pushed by the horrific death of Otto Warmbier, Trump has begun America’s final campaign to disarm North Korea. Will it involve going after Chinese banks—or war with Kim?
“The horrific death of Otto Warmbier looks like it forced the hand of President Trump.
A day after the 22-year-old student passed away, the American leader, in what may end up as the world’s most consequential tweet, signaled that the United States will soon act on its own to disarm North Korea.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “At least I know China tried!”
“The announcement, considered in the context of Trump’s other comments on the subject, appears ominous. Trump on April 11 said America would defang North Korea by itself if China did not do so. ‘North Korea is looking for trouble,’ he tweeted then. ‘If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.’
“On Tuesday, Trump in effect declared it was time for the U.S. to act on its own. . .”
John Hayward, Breitbart: “North Korea ‘Willing to Talk’ Moratorium on Weapons Testing ‘If Our Demands Are Met’”
“South Korea’s Yonhap news service reported on Wednesday that North Korea made a very tentative and conditional offer to discuss a ban on nuclear and ballistic missile testing.
“The offer came rather circuitously through North Korea’s ambassador to India, and there were strings attached, but given how stridently the outlaw regime normally insists on its right to develop weapons, it may foreshadow a more significant policy shift.
Yonhap renders Ambassador Kye Chun-yong’s offer as, ‘If our demands is met, we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such as weapons testing,’ and notes the conditions unsurprisingly include a halt to American military drills with South Korea, a demand North Korea makes incessantly.. .”
Mark Sherman, AP: “Kennedy?”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground.
“But something could overshadow rulings in those high-profile cases: If Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court’s last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.
“Kennedy has given no public sign that he would step down this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy’s departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court.
“But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Several of his former law clerks have said they think he is contemplating stepping down in the next year or so. Kennedy did not address the retirement rumors when he and his clerks gathered over the weekend for a reunion, according to three clerks who were there. The decision to push up the reunion by a year helped spark talk he might be leaving the court. . .”
NY Post: “Why Bernie Sanders needs a lawyer”
“Don’t make too much of the news that Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jill have lawyered up: It’s just what you have to do when you’re facing an FBI investigation.
“That is, retaining private counsel is obligatory even if you truly have done absolutely nothing wrong. On the other hand, real questions do surround Jill Sanders’ actions as president of now-closed Burlington College.
“Back in 2010, Sanders arranged a $10 million loan for the school to buy 32 acres of lakefront property. At issue is whether she falsely inflated the number of donors who’d promised to help cover the loan payments.
“The FBI is also said to be looking at whether Sen. Sanders put political pressure on the bank to OK the loan. Politico reports the evidence for that so far is “thin at best,” but Sanders (like anyone in that situation) is wise to have a lawyer handling the probe for him.. .”
McCarthy, NRO: “The Antithesis of Obstruction”
“. . . Over a period of weeks, Trump came to understand what was being done to him. His exasperation was evident in his every bull-in-a-china-shop turn. An ardently pro-law-enforcement candidate, he came to office believing the FBI was in the fraud-exposure business. He thus could not comprehend why then–FBI director James Comey would not assure the public of what Comey was privately assuring both the president and the public’s representatives in Congress, namely: The notion that the president was a suspect was false. Implicitly, the narrative that Trump had colluded with Putin to steal the election was false.
“To be clear, the Russia investigation is not a fraud. The Trump collusion narrative is. Russia did try to interfere in our election, as it always does. And there were associates of Trump’s who had business with Russian interests. Nothing unusual about that either. No one had shadier business with Kremlin cronies than Bill and Hillary Clinton. The difference is that the Clintons did collude in the Russian regime’s acquisition of American uranium assets. There is no evidence that Trump colluded in Russia’s election meddling. To stoke suspicions to the contrary was fraudulent.
“The president justifiably believed this cloud of suspicion was grievously harming his fledgling administration. Despite both the dearth of collusion evidence and Comey’s acknowledgment — in non-public Capitol Hill briefings — that Trump was not a suspect, congressional Democrats continued to peddle the collusion narrative. The narrative became the rationale for “The Resistance.”
“After the flame-out of the “Electoral College has destroyed democracy” storyline, the Left moved on to “collusion” as the Original Sin that rendered Trump illegitimate. Thus, Democrats rationalized, it was imperative to deny cooperation with Trump on any matter of governance — the approval of executive officials needed to run the government, the confirmation of judges, the Obamacare collapse, tax reform, Syria, debt ceiling, Afghanistan, jihadist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. Anything. The point of the collusion narrative was to delegitimize Trump in the public mind; cooperating with him, treating him as the legitimate president of the United States, was out of the question. . .”
Kit Daniels, InfoWars: “REPORT: TRUMP TO GET SECOND SUPREME COURT PICK”
“Napolitano possibly in running
“As Infowars reported months ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire before the Supreme Court’s long summer hiatus, giving President Trump his second high court pick of his young presidency.
“Another pick by Trump will tip the balance of power further away from unbridled, globalist interests.
“Kennedy, 81, has served the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years, and the White House has spent months preparing for his departure, as Infowars exclusively reported on May 1.
“‘I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard,’ the president said at the time. ‘And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot.’
“U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Hardiman, who was on Trump’s short list when he selected Neil Gorsuch for the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, is likely one of the front-runner for the opening seat, although the president could easily pick a dark horse candidate, such as Judge Andrew Napolitano, a long-time favorite of Trump’s. . .”
Sara Burnett, AP: “Illinois could be 1st state with ‘junk’ credit due to budget”
“CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.
“S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year, increasing the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money for things such as building roads or refinancing existing debt.
“The outlook for a deal wasn’t good Saturday, as lawmakers meeting in Springfield for a special legislative session remained deadlocked with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching.
“That should alarm everyone, not just those at the Capitol, said Brian Battle, director at Performance Trust Capital Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm.
“‘It isn’t a political show,’ he said. ‘Everyone in Illinois has a stake in what’s happening here. One day everybody will wake up and say ‘What happened? Why are my taxes going up so much?’
“Here’s a look at what’s happening and what a junk rating could mean. . .”
Nathan Benefield, CommonwealthFoundation: Stop Calling for Higher Taxes”
“. . . For those who need reminding, the legislature approved and Gov. Wolf signed a $650 million tax increase last year. Or at least the tax increases were projected to generate $650 million.
As I point out in a recent policy memo—we need to learn from the mistakes of the past. After last year’s tax hike, the state economy slowed to a crawl, nearly one hundred vape shops closed, and another budget deficit emerged.
The reality is simple: Raising taxes isn’t going to solve the budget deficit. Government spending continues to outpace the growth of the state economy (and holds back job and income growth). Unless we slow the growth of state spending or tackle policies to grow the economy, we will be back in the same situation next year.
Lawmakers should double down on Gov. Wolf’s call to “reinvent government.” As we’ve highlighted in recent analyses, that includes reforms like privatizing liquor sales, reducing subsidies for corporations, and reforming welfare programs. . .”
Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner: “Wikileaks founder Julian Assange explains why the Democratic party is doomed”
“WikiLeakers founder Julian Assange on Saturday predicted the demise of the Democratic Party.
“In a post online, shared by his Twitter account, Assange argued that the party has been “consumed” by “hysteria about Russia,” something he called a “political dead end.” It is upon this “narrative” that the “party’s elite” attempts to keep a hold on power, he said.
“‘Without the ‘We didn’t lose, Russia won’ narrative the party’s elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passe,’ Assange said.
“Assange’s group, WikiLeaks, is responsible for the publication of stolen documents from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 campaign, which has been attributed to hurting Clinton’s chances. Furthermore, though WikiLeaks denies it, the U.S. intelligence community reported in January with ‘high confidence’ that both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, among others, were being used by Russian intelligence ‘to release US victim data obtained in cyberoperations publicly’ in order to help undermine the 2016 presidential election in favor of President Trump.
“Despite this, Assange said that the ‘Trump-Russian collusion narrative’ being investigated by a number of probes and consistently reported on by the media is unfounded, and ‘we are left with the Democratic establishment blaming the public for not liking the truth about what Hillary Clinton said to Goldman Sachs and blaming their own base for not liking what they said in their own emails about fixing the DNC primaries.’ . . .”