This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy discuss the latest ObamaCare replacement plan, how a national lottery could be used to fund the wall, and Caitlyn Gender’s political aspirations.
After debating whether or not Fingers should allow his 13 year-old to attend an improv show put on by her favorite YouTuber, a person called Markiplier, and discussing the high cost of tickets to Disney (Fingers should really look into renting a handicapped person so that he and his family can line-jump just like the Manhattan elites do) Tracy and Fingers got down to the news of the week.
First up, it looked like the House Republicans may have finally come up with an ObamaCare replacement bill that will satisfy members of the Freedom Caucus. From The Hill:
The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP’s healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included.
The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there wasn’t enough Republican support to pass it.
The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law.
Come Thursday though, the latest replacement bill had been scuttled. Why? Byron York explains it thus in the Washington Examiner:
By this time, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Republicans have not repealed Obamacare because a lot of Republicans do not want to repeal Obamacare.
They don’t even want to sorta repeal Obamacare. The bill currently on the table, like the bill pulled in March, falls far short of a full repeal of Obamacare. And yet Republicans still cannot agree on it.
About a week after the first Obamacare repeal failure, a House Republican, speaking privately, said the difficulty in passing the bill was not a parliamentary problem involving the complexities of the Senate and reconciliation. No, the lawmaker said, “It is a problem that we have members in the Republican conference that do not want Obamacare repealed, because of their district. That’s the fundamental thing that we’re seeing here.”
“I thought we campaigned on repealing it,” the lawmaker continued. “Now that it’s our turn, I’m finding there’s about 50 people who really don’t want to repeal Obamacare. They want to keep it.”
Other conservatives are saying similar things. In an email exchange Thursday afternoon, I asked one member where the latest bill stood. “We absolutely do not have the votes to repeal it,” he answered. “The fact that some members are balking at even allowing states to waive out of some of Obamacare regulations is proof positive. We’ve gone from ‘repeal it root-and-branch’ to ‘Mother-may-I opt out of some of Obamacare’ — and we still are having trouble getting the votes.”
Here’s Gingrich on Hannity, spinning on behalf of Speaker Paul Ryan.
It looked for a hot second as if the government may shut down (oh noes whatever would we do!?) because a majority of Congress members don’t want to fund President Trump’s promised border wall. If the wall is ever going to get built, we need to take this political football out of partisan hands and get it funded ourselves. This could be accomplished via a national lottery.
Back in the early days of the Republic, long before the income tax, lotteries were used to fund all sorts of things. So why not hold a national lottery to fund the building of the border wall? I can’t think of any reason not to, but if you can, I’m all ears.
President Trump’s tax plan was unveiled, and shock of all shocks, it’s being painted by the left as a “give away” to the rich, that will “cost” the federal government TRILLIONS!
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 27, 2017
A mugger approaches you, points a gun at you and demands that you give up all of your money. You comply, empty your pockets, your wallet, hand over all your jewelry and electronics. Then the mugger decides for some reason to take pity upon you and allows you to keep $20 so that you can cab it home. Would you call that a $20 “give away”? Not in a million years.
Now what if a police officer, or an armed citizen happened upon you and the mugger and forced them to return all of your money and possessions to you, would that constitute a “cost to the mugger”? Clearly not.
So why oh why do those who champion tax cuts acquiesce to the usage of this type of language? Beats me. But it needs to stop.
Finally, Caitlyn (Jenner) Gender has a new book out, and she’s making the rounds to promote it. For some reason, her publicity tour (I’m assuming) involved an appearance at the 92nd Street YMCA where, according to Page Six she said the following when asked about the possibility of her seeking political office:
“I would seriously look at a run,” Jenner, 67, said during an appearance at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday night.
While she’s always considered running for office, Jenner revealed she felt some of her “secrets” had been holding her back.
“I got way too many skeletons in my closet, man,” she said. “They would have some reporter digging into me and I would be dead. I wouldn’t have a chance.”
After releasing her memoir, “Secrets of My Life,” she feels differently. “Now, I got no more secrets,” she said.
We’d love to see Caitlyn go head to head with Governor Jerry Brown. We wish her the best of luck.