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Republicans are only fooling themselves if they think they have a mandate. They do not. The American people did not also give them the majority of the Popular Vote which coupled with the Electoral Vote would have been the mandate. Only they didn't. Therefore, they are treading in dangerous waters if they try to undo Obamacare as more than 20 MILLION Americans depend on it currently with more having just been added to the rolls. And Republicans will face great obstacles from the very people who put them where they are now should they ever attempt to undo social programs and benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps that many low-income Americans depend upon for their survival. Many who voted for Trump are now greatly regretting their vote and it sure appears that Trump will be in for only one term or less.

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GOP Congress Feels It Has Mandate to Undo Obama's Agenda
By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/gop-congress-feels-mandate-undo-obamas-agenda-44508262

"With Republican President-elect Donald Trump just weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama's health care law. Beyond that, they'll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities."

 


"Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats "stand ready to fight vigorously" to protect health care and other priorities, and Republicans will have to compromise with Senate Democrats to move major legislation through that chamber."

 

"Ryan is the most powerful advocate in Washington for an overhaul of Medicare and a premium-support approach that would, over time, remake it into a voucher-like program that could force some seniors entering the program to buy health insurance on the open market instead of getting coverage through the traditional open-ended program."

 

 

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Overreach. Remember 2000. In a landmark case of perfidy the Supreme Court handed the the close election to Bush. Later, it was determined that Gore was the real winner. It was to have disastrous consequences for our Country as the 9/11 attacks happened and the Bush/Cheney administration actually attacked the wrong country, supposedly in reprisal, claiming "yellowcake". Despite all evidence found by UN inspectors and others that no Iraqi nuclear threat existed, Cheney/Bush commenced the destabilization of the Mid East.

 

Now, after winning the Electoral College but losing the popular vote by almost three million, the Republicans, once again, have sweeping plans for a radical agenda.

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Overreach. Remember 2000. In a landmark case of perfidy the Supreme Court handed the the close election to Bush. Later, it was determined that Gore was the real winner. It was to have disastrous consequences for our Country as the 9/11 attacks happened and the Bush/Cheney administration actually attacked the wrong country, supposedly in reprisal, claiming "yellowcake". Despite all evidence found by UN inspectors and others that no Iraqi nuclear threat existed, Cheney/Bush commenced the destabilization of the Mid East.

 

Now, after winning the Electoral College but losing the popular vote by almost three million, the Republicans, once again, have sweeping plans for a radical agenda.

Yes, but bush got away with it. Trump will reach for more.

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Overreach. Remember 2000. In a landmark case of perfidy the Supreme Court handed the the close election to Bush. Later, it was determined that Gore was the real winner. It was to have disastrous consequences for our Country as the 9/11 attacks happened and the Bush/Cheney administration actually attacked the wrong country, supposedly in reprisal, claiming "yellowcake". Despite all evidence found by UN inspectors and others that no Iraqi nuclear threat existed, Cheney/Bush commenced the destabilization of the Mid East.

 

Now, after winning the Electoral College but losing the popular vote by almost three million, the Republicans, once again, have sweeping plans for a radical agenda.

See the Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein

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With control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency Republicans will be able to enact their reactionary agenda without effective Democratic opposition. Getting rid of Medicare, Medicaid, Dodd Frank, and EPA regulations to combat climate change will give the political right a long sought after victory more significant than the election of Ronald Reagan in1980. It will surely please hardcore conservative activists and thinkers who have railed against " big government liberalism " claiming it undermines liberty, prosperity, and traditional values. However it's less clear if President Trump will go along with killing off Medicare and not all Senate Republicans might support that. The real question is how will voters respond especially the elderly who supported both Trump and the Republicans ? Will this provoke a backlash that drives them from office or will anyone care ? If current seniors can keep their Medicare while future recipients get a voucher there may not be any public outcry. Most people will go along with ending the other programs and reforms because they don't see any negative impact. Republicans can sell the repeal of Dodd Frank and rolling back EPA regulations as shrinking government. In our racist and sexist antipoor society that sees the impoverished as dysfunctional and unworthy dependents turning Medicaid into a block grant for states will be easy.

Democrats and liberals must take a stand. They must connect not only with their base and progressive activists but go beyond to all Americans even working class Trump supporters. Ending Medicare will deprive most elderly people of health insurance. That will crush struggling middle income families and lower life expectantcy for seniors. The poor and uninsured will suffer and many will rely on emergency room care pushing up costs for everyone. Without Dodd Frank banks and investment firms will engage in reckless speculation, make risky loans to the wealthy and big business, and grow bigger through mergers and aquisitions all of which threaten to bring down the economy taking jobs, homes, businesses, and communities with it in another major recession. And life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will be jeopardized as unregulated climate change imperils the planet we all must inhabit. This all sounds like gloom and doom because it is.

However liberals must argue that a free and prosperous society is not possible if capitalism is untamed and the needy and vulnerable are left to fend for themselves. No person is free to choose or live their own life if poor health results from the lack of insurance. People who lose jobs, retirement plans, homes, and businesses are only free to be destitute and miserable when Wall Street gambles in markets and loses tanking the economy. And none of this matters if climate change destroys whole communities. We need to think about those people's life, liberty, and property as much as the fossil fuel industry's profits. This is the alternative vision we must convey now and in the future.

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With control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency Republicans will be able to enact their reactionary agenda without effective Democratic opposition. Getting rid of Medicare, Medicaid, Dodd Frank, and EPA regulations to combat climate change will give the political right a long sought after victory more significant than the election of Ronald Reagan in1980. It will surely please hardcore conservative activists and thinkers who have railed against " big government liberalism " claiming it undermines liberty, prosperity, and traditional values. However it's less clear if President Trump will go along with killing off Medicare and not all Senate Republicans might support that. The real question is how will voters respond especially the elderly who supported both Trump and the Republicans ? Will this provoke a backlash that drives them from office or will anyone care ? If current seniors can keep their Medicare while future recipients get a voucher there may not be any public outcry. Most people will go along with ending the other programs and reforms because they don't see any negative impact. Republicans can sell the repeal of Dodd Frank and rolling back EPA regulations as shrinking government. In our racist and sexist antipoor society that sees the impoverished as dysfunctional and unworthy dependents, turning Medicaid into a block grant for states will be easy.

 

Democrats and liberals must take a stand. They must connect not only with their base and progressive activists but go beyond to all Americans even working class Trump supporters. Ending Medicare will deprive most elderly people of health insurance. That will crush struggling middle income families who try to help loved ones. It will also decrease seniors' life expectancy. The poor and uninsured will suffer and many will rely on emergency room care pushing up costs for everyone. Without Dodd Frank banks and investment firms will engage in reckless speculation, make risky loans to the wealthy and big business, and get bigger through mergers and aquisitions all of which threaten to bring down the economy taking jobs, homes, businesses, and communities with it in another major recession. And life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will be jeopardized as unregulated climate change imperils the planet we all inhabit. If this all sounds like gloom and doom that's because it is.

 

Liberals must argue that a free and prosperous society is not possible if capitalism is untamed and the poor and elderly are left to fend for themselves. No person is free to choose or live their own life if poor health results from the lack of insurance. People who lose jobs, retirement plans, homes, and businesses are only free to be destitute and miserable when Wall Street gambles in markets and loses tanking the economy. And none of this matters if climate change destroys whole communities. We need to think about those people's life, liberty, and property as much as the fossil fuel industry's profits. This is the message we must convey.

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But you know how Republicans are the uncaring bunch, don't you? What matters most to them is to help their rich constituents any way they can and to hell with the Middle Class, the elderly and many other important groups. That's why I can't for the life of me understand why Americans who are not independently wealthy would have elected Trump. They were severely shooting themselves in the foot and opting to be left out in the cold looking in. For those who voted for him it's their funeral and they will soon see that all that glitters is not gold when they are forced to eat cat food every morning because it is either that or buy much needed medicine. They will sure learn FAST the error in their vote! How can people have been that naive?

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