In the past two days, the media has been filled with tales of the latest court proceedings against Mssrs. Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, and the upcoming sentencing hearing of former National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn. We're not going to spend much time on them because: IN THE NUMBERS THIS WEEK: $1 Trillion --
In the Numbers This Week: 71 and 3 – The current death tolls in the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire (s) respectively. 393,000 The current number of veterans enrolled in the Veteran's Administration (VA) Education Benefit program – 350,000 of whom have not yet received their Fall Semester housing and tuition funding – why –
By the Numbers According to PEW Research only 26% of registered voters identify as Republicans by the end of 2017 This is the definition of the “base” – the 23.5 percent of voters who voted for President Trump in 2016 Is the GOP shrinking into the GOPT (Grand Old Party of Trump) 14.8 percent of
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Securing the border along with resolving the legal status of Dreamers who have been living in the shadows of America for many years would build public confidence in the government's ability to manage our immigration system. Public confidence is the necessary pre-requisite to a comprehensive 21st century immigration reform plan.
Contrast the national median income for a family of four -- $55,775 -- against the average bureaucrat or congressional or presidential staffer, who earns twice what the average American family does (members of Congress earn 3.2 times their average constituent), and the picture becomes clear. They can't possibly understand the daily life of the average American. In this context, the GOP proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare" makes perfect sense. From their cushy perch -- $16000 a year for health insurance is not such a big number.
Healthcare is 20 percent of the United States economy. It impacts each and every American. It's a huge problem and it can only be solved through a bi-partisan debate in full view of the American people. The GOP bill does nothing to address the health care affordable crisis: It does nothing to reduce the cost of health insurance because it does nothing to change the underlying healthcare cost crisis. It does nothing to reduce the employer-based premium increases triggered by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Obamacare mandates.
Presidents and brain surgeons have one thing in common – experience matters. But there's a vast difference in the experience required to be the singular Chief Executive Officer – the President, the leader of all the people and a surgeon. Would any hospital allow a surgery intern to perform brain surgery or allow a surgical resident to operate without the active and immediate supervision of a "board certified" surgeon? Of course they won't. It's no different with President.
The problem is the public has no idea who these 644 individuals are – by name or interest. We don't know what they expect to gain in exchange for their contributions or how it will affect us. That is information we need in order to vote smartly.