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Thoughts on Republican Healthcare Reform and Obamacare from a Hospital Bed

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 at 22:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


Human health is not a commodity, to be bargained and sold and traded as though it were any other consumer good.

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Despite Everything, I Am Happy Hillary Lost

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 at 21:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


I didn’t vote for her. Despite everything — despite all the chaos I feel coming — I cite Edith Piaf:

Je ne regrette rien.

I read “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” a book by two reporters for The Hill who promise to make you feel sympathy for the defeated Democratic nominee and her followers. It didn’t work on me.

Like their subject, authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes ignore policy in favor of a behind-the-scenes investigation of how a Too Smart To Fail presidential campaign got clobbered by an orange reality TV star who spent almost nothing and who didn’t even have an organization in most states.

According to Allen and Parnes, there were too many warring centers of power within Clintonland. Without a strong leader at the top, her officials spent more time and energy vying for her loyalty (and stabbing one another in the back) than working on winning. She liked it that way, even though the same dysfunction had plagued her failed 2008 primary race against Obama.

Campaign manager Robby Mook is the book’s villain: so obsessed with granular data that he can’t see the big picture or feel the voters’ pulse, contemptuous of time-proven polling techniques, as convinced that he has nothing to learn from people with experience as a Silicon Valley Millennial. He’s the guy who told her she didn’t need to visit Wisconsin — and she hired others like him in 2008.

Staffers were blinded by personal loyalty, so they couldn’t perceive and move to address big problems before they blew up, like EmailGate. And they were ideologically homogenous. Coming as they all did from the center-right corporatist wing of the Democratic Party, they couldn’t Feel the Bern when Sanders emerged as a potent force or figure out how to reconcile with his progressive base who stayed home on Election Day as a result.

Most damning of all,  “Hillary had been running for president for almost a decade and still didn’t really have a rationale [for why she wanted to win and what she would do if she did].” For such an experienced candidate, this was a rookie error; didn’t she remember what happened to Ted Kennedy when he couldn’t come up with an elevator pitch in 1980?

Page after page reinforces the conclusion that this is a woman who does not, cannot, does not want to learn from her mistakes.

When you think about her policy history, this rings true. After all, she voted to overthrow the secular socialist dictator of Iraq in 2003, lost the presidency in 2008 because of that vote, yet then as secretary of state advised Obama to arm and fund the radical jihadis against the secular socialist dictators of Libya and Syria. About which — despite creating two failed states — she has no regrets. There’s really no other way to put this, so I’ll just say it: this makes her an idiot.

She didn’t have the right personality to lead human beings. She didn’t deserve to be president. America, and the world, are better off without her.

Which does not mean I’m not scared of Trump.

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  1. I dunno. I’d always opt for the lesser weevil.

  2. I’m not saying we couldn’t have found a better leader, but I think it’s crazy to rejoice because we elected a worse one.

  3. Hillary was deeply flawed. She was the product of a corrupt DNC. She was a corrupt politician with big money interests. In many respects, she is very much like Trump – secretive, disrespectful, and self serving. When will the U.S. ever get a socially moderate/liberal and fiscally sound, even conservative leader. Never I am afraid.

“The Donald“ kills European right-wing Populism

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 at 21:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


The impact of Trump on European policies is surprising: A significant downward trend of right-wing-parties, especially far-right-wing as FPO in Austria, AfD in Germany, Front National in France or as we saw with Partij poor de Vrijheid of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands is taking place. European people seem to realize that they don’t want to have guys like Donald Trump and his surrogates being their leaders and forging their future by defining policies or lifelong assignments such as supreme court judges. European people are shocked about the unpredictable, provocative and strange behavior of the US president and they start to understand that they don’t want to have this sort of people in charge in their own country.

Any right-wing campaign works the same way:

First you define a group of people (minority) who you can blame responsible for the problems of a larger group of people (majority). The elites are guilty that working class is suffering. The foreigners are guilty that the life of the residents isn’t better as it is. The muslims are threatening the lives of Christians. And so on.

Second you create an obscure message how everything will turn cheaper, better, more free, more safe, more national once you are in power. It’s easy to be destructive and find populistic arguments since any country or social system has its inherent deficits.

Third you communicate an immediate threat. Refugees and fear of terror are the major trends these days. Fear creates social dynamics and let people become interested in your absurd proposals and  utopia promises.

Until now hardly any right-wing populist in later Europe came to power and was forced to deliver on his campaign-promises. In US Donald Trump succeeded, won the electoral college and would be in the position to deliver on his promises now. The world is watching and he’s failing on huge scale.

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Whoever made this clearly had a handle on the situation.

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 at 15:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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