We had a lot on our plate this week. Even the threat of nuclear war from Pyongyang faded away thanks to a humanitarian crisis, tax reform, health care reform, and disrespectful football players who helped make this a memorable week in politics. Where to start with the amazing things we learned? Let’s begin with an evolving disaster in Puerto Rico and go from there.
Stop blaming Trump and Obama for driving us apart. Divisiveness in America is our own fault. It’s something we choose even though few benefit from setting us against each other. This is not the special province of Democrats. It’s not something created by Republicans or their fringe. Divisiveness in America is a phenomenon created by conflict politics because hatred and anger are much more efficient vehicles for change than unity.
I’m a conservative Republican who hopes that the Senate GOP Obamacare repeal fails next week. Graham-Cassidy is a mistake. Republicans are trying to fulfill a promise that makes no political sense in a climate where deals we can’t refuse are what matter. This bill is not one of those deals.
GOP has no health care deal
The time to replace Obamacare was before it passed.
Over the past two weeks there have been protests and violence in St. Louis, demonstrations reported by the Chicago Sun Times after the death of a black woman at a local hotel,1 Republicans getting the word out on tax reform, and Nancy Pelosi being shouted down by pro-DACA agitators in San Francisco. What do these things have in common?