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By Don Surber, October 21, 2017

President Trump is moving to collapse Obamacare by -- are you ready for this? -- making states live by the rules of Obamacare.

The Washington Post is angry.

How dare he not grant waivers to states on Obamacare.

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What a dastardly thing to do.

From the Washington Post:

For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application.

Trump’s message in late August was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president’s opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign by his administration to undermine the 2010 health-care law. In addition to trying to cut funding for the ACA, the Trump administration also is hampering state efforts to control premiums. In the case of Iowa, that involved a highly unusual intervention by the president himself.

It is hilarious.

These bozos -- global warming dotard Juliet Eilperin wrote the piece -- are bellyaching because Trump is making people live under this perfect plan they came up with.

And the Washington Post and the other cheerleaders in the press are just as culpable because they allowed Obama to lie about 47 million people being uninsured (the number was half that and most of those people did not want it), to lie about premiums going down an average of $2,500 per family, and to lie about keeping your doctor.

Now Eilperin, the Post, and every other Marxist in the nation is stuck with Obamacare.

President Trump is making them live with its worst parts.

And still they lie.

The White House also has yet to commit to funding the cost-sharing reductions that help about 7 million lower-income Americans afford out-of-pocket expenses on their ACA health plans. Trump has regularly threatened to block them and, according to an administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly, officials are considering action to end the payments in November.

Those are not cost reductions.

Those are price subsidies.

Eilperin does not know the difference between price and cost.

And nothing in the price is reduced. Trump is stopping taxpayers from having to pay for someone else's premium.

CNBC latched onto Trump taking action:

Trump personally told health chief to deny Iowa's urgent Obamacare waiver: Report

That is his job.

His call.

Washington reporters are so used to the unseen bureaucrats making these calls that it is shocked when a real executive steps up and makes a decision. They call this unusual. I call it making the right call.

If Iowa's congressional delegation wants a waiver, then repeal the entire damned law.

Otherwise, follow the law.

But that does not mean Trump is not waiving parts of Obamacare.

The New York Times reported:

Trump Administration Set to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate

Funny thing about presidential power. It belongs to all presidents, not just the Marxist ones.

State officials are hiding what should be public information
By James M. Hohman, Oct. 5, 2017

Businesses that inked special deals with the state are going to collect $681 million from taxpayers this year. But residents cannot be told which businesses are cashing in and how much each gets. This is a failure of basic government transparency.

As a citizen, you are entitled to know how your government is spending your money. The state and local governments put a lot of effort into this — for instance, posting every annual financial report of every government and every contract the state agrees to.

And, with few exceptions, people can access any government document available with a Freedom of Information Act request. That includes detailed records of spending by governments, even checkbook registers and credit card statements. A simple FOIA request is all that is needed, for instance, to find out how much your school district spends on paper clips.

All of this shows how abnormal it is that the state does not disclose the recipients of a large number of business subsidy programs. Some of this information is available: There’s a report on the recipients of certain programs here, but not all of them. The subsidies that are delivered through tax credit programs are deemed to be confidential information.

They shouldn’t be. These deals allow select companies to collect dollars — in the form of refundable tax credits — from other taxpayers and have contracts with the state that determine the size of the subsidy. These are subsidies administered through the tax code.

There are some obvious reasons why this information should be public. Economists can use it to determine the full costs and benefits of the program. It can be used to compare the alleged benefits of this spending to that of other state programs or government services. And it can be used to hold politicians accountable.

But there is a more important reason: Citizens should be entitled to it. This is their money that is being spent and they deserve to know who is getting it and what they are getting in return.

Thankfully, some lawmakers also think that the public has a right to know where all their taxpayer dollars are going. Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Township, introduced bills that would allow this information to be disclosed. It’s a simple bill that would clarify that payments through these programs are disclosable.

And that’s the kind of thing that both Republicans and Democrats should support. It’s bad enough that subsidy programs put select businesses ahead of the taxpaying public and businesses that don’t find favor with politicians. These groups ought not have to foot these bills under a veil of secrecy.

Permission to reprint this blog post in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author (or authors) and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy are properly cited.

By Jim Dicks, October 14, 2017

It's fairly amusing discussing the "true" nature of Donald Trump.

He's the golden warrior fighting for the little guy and gal.

He's Hitler.

He's a brilliant strategist and tactician.

He's a bumbling, shoot-from-the-hip fool.

He inspires the greatest hope.

He engenders the deepest fear.

We've never seen anyone quite like him before, and will probably never see anyone like him again.

So who is the real Donald Trump?

Most of us who count ourselves among the Trump Nation feel about him this way.

He has a deep and abiding love for this country and the people it comprises.

He's extraordinarily self-confidant.

He trusts his instincts and acts upon them, and he's mostly correct when doing so.

He authentically projects his political pronouncements directly from his core beliefs.

He says one thing – and does that one thing.

He is a fighter and, as he himself says, a counterpuncher. If you attack him, he will hit you back twice as hard.

He is often confrontational, sometimes vulgar and unapologetically so.

He's forthright and direct.

He easily and naturally relates to the average person.

He's real.

If you scratch below the surface of a typical Trump supporter, you'll see a roiling resentment. Many on the left see this as an indicator of "white rage," of impotence or envy of a fading ruling group in an increasingly ethnically diverse culture of color.

These pejorative beliefs buttress the intolerant self-righteousness of the virtue-signaling left. But if you ask Trump supporters what's driving their anger, you'll get a different story.

Trump supporters feel deep betrayal by a number of our institutions, and chief among them is the Republican Party. In times past, many, if not most, Trumpeters were in agreement with, or at least indifferent to, the concept of free trade. It is, after all, free – and that word is a cornerstone in the edifice of beliefs of Trump supporters. Live and let live, self-reliance, self-responsibility, inward-looking – all hallmarks of the mental framework of self-determination for answers to one's lot in life.

This stands in stark contrast to the Obamaphiles – where a repressive "society" is the default explanation for any perceived lack of personal actualization. It's no surprise that Trumpeters hold The Donald in such extraordinary esteem (and the left in such utter revulsion), for he is the ultimate self-actualizer.

Over the years, the belief has grown among the Trump Nation and has now baked into certainty that there is no longer any such thing as free trade, but rather manipulated trade controlled by an unholy collusion between multi-national corporations and both political parties, bought and paid for. This perceived collusion, through cynical, cleverly crafted "free trade" agreements, offshores American jobs to low-wage third-world countries, with finished goods and services imported back into the U.S. at first-world prices. (Search for NAFTA at The Last Refuge.)

Trumpeters believe that this collusion is the reason the now reviled Republican Party has clearly refused to end the despised Obamacare. The Republicans want Obamacare in place in order to keep their paymasters' spiraling corporate health care costs offloaded from their books to the ledger sheets of the government. So of course there's no real attempt to end this collapsing monstrosity that many believe will eventually wind up as government-run single-payer.

The Trump Nation is also outraged at the refusal of the Republican Party to end massive illegal immigration that is driving down labor wages as well as respect for the law. The influx of hordes of Central and South Americans (along with ISIS bragging about sending "warriors" across our borders to take us out) over the last eight years of the Obama administration has already created significant voter dilution, making it all the more difficult to remove and replace corrupt RINOs.

Unable to control the immigration process through an orderly, legal system to welcome in those who love our values and want to share in our prosperity for their families, we're now seeing the unbearable suffering of American families who've lost loved ones to the murderous evil of invading gangs, the desperate destruction of lives by incessant illegal drug traffic, and the unspeakable misery and suffering of human trafficking – all callously ignored by a recalcitrant Republican Party. It's easy to see the basis of the anger and resentment felt by the Trump Nation.

To put it in a nutshell – we've had enough.

Trump has not only galvanized the Trumpeters by his outsized, dramatic, in-your-face assault and conquest of the boring, corrupt, contemptible, and compromised Republican Party. Moreover, he is the driving force, the unifying voice, the alpha male, the personification of all this pent up outrage. And we believe, as a group of sixty million or so, that Trump's not an opportunist or an interloper. Rather, he is one of us.

He is us – just exponentially more successful.

His beliefs are our beliefs, his outrage is our outrage, his battles are our battles, and the fates have brought him to us at this moment.

Once it is understood that Trump's political positions are authentic and spring from the core beliefs of our country established at its founding, that he is the tip of the spear and his intentions are trustworthy, then one can sense the awesome power he wields.

The Trump Nation, with few exceptions, could not care less about skin color or ethnic identification. Black America, after all, has suffered more grievously than any group under the yoke of the fetid, dismal Obama economy. The new normal? Give us a break!

The Trump Nation would love to lock arms with all ethnic groups to destroy the hold of the globalist politicians who've betrayed us and the American Dream so an economic boom along with a vibrant, competitive health insurance marketplace will spring up, bringing massive employment gains and wealth to all Americans.

That's the real view of Trump by his vast legions of supporters. In him we see a fighter, fighting our fight to break the backs of the colluding cabal bringing economic suffering to our great and unique country and to shut down the drug cartels bringing death, misery, and destruction across our borders. If, in this epic fight, he uses some rough language and throws some precise arrows of insults at the corrupt political class along the way, if he offends the Peggy Noonans of the world with his "coarseness" or "vulgarity", then so be it!

He's got our backs. We've got his.

Reprinted with permission from the American Thinker:


The Sunrise Side Republican Women's Club holds monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of the month.  The location and speaker will be announced for each meeting.  Unless otherwise stated, the lunch will be at 11:30 a.m.

The officers are: Dawn Campbell, President, 989-305-6501, Linda Glomski, Vice President, 739-7170, Rachel McCready Secretary, 362-2337, and Treasurer - Tessa Weed, 916-6905

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MEETING -- Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
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