Republican Elites Are Scared of @PhilBredesen

When the Knoxville News-Sentinel needs someone to give voice to the extreme right-wing of the political spectrum, Greg Johnson is the writer who often gets the job. He has an opinion piece up on the News-Sentinel website about Democrat Phil Bredesen’s run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker.

Two things are evident in Johnson’s piece. First, he cannot stand the thought of Tennesseans sending a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Second, he respects, perhaps even admires Bredesen. The worse thing he can think of to say about him is that some Democrats might not like Bredesen’s pragmatic, common-sense approach to governing.

To be certain, Greg writes a nice article. To his credit, he uses the first paragraph to remind Tennesseans what a truly great job Bredesen did as governor of the state. Where Johnson misses the boat is his understanding of what Bredesen’s common-sense pragmatism would mean for working class Tennesseans. Greg writes an article each week for the News-Sentinel, but most of his time is spent working as a financial advisor for Edward Jones

Greg does an outstanding job helping Tennesseans with portfolios of upwards of $500 ,000. The problem is most Tennesseans don’t have portfolios quite that large. Greg also likes politicians who cater to folks who have plenty of money to invest. That may be the real reason he does not want Tennesseans to send Phil Bredesen to Washington. Greg knows that Bredesen will work just as hard for working class Tennesseans as Greg does for those with ample investment portfolios.  Greg also knows that Bredesen would likely oppose any GOP scheme to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

We already have enough politicians in Washington who are using their offices to pad their pockets and the bank accounts of their donors.  In fact, the GOP candidate that Greg favors, Marsha Blackburn, already has a cozy arrangement with the pharmaceutical industry.

Greg and Marsha will be fine regardless of who wins this November’s race. The same cannot be said for middle and working class Tennesseans. They need a Senator who is going to be on their side. Phil Bredesen is the common sense choice for all Tennesseans.



Paul Ryan Booed After Telling Nun The Social Safety Net ‘Disincentivizes Work’ #Resist

During the CNN Paul Ryan Infomercial Town Hall tonight, a nice Dominican nun asked Paul Ryan how he reconciles his faith and Republicans in Congress “not willing to stand with the poor and working class” in the recent “debates about health care and the anticipated tax reform.” Shorter nun: How can you call yourself a…

via Paul Ryan Booed After Telling Nun The Social Safety Net ‘Disincentivizes Work’ — Latest from Crooks and Liars

Who Benefits From Donald Trump’s Tax Plan?

The Tax Policy Center has published a new estimate of Donald Trump’s tax plan. But wait! Don’t go away yet! You’re right that the results are pretty much the same thing we’ve seen from every Trump tax plan—and, for that matter, from every Republican tax plan over the past few decades: The poor and the…

via Who Benefits From Donald Trump’s Tax Plan? — Kevin Drum – Mother Jones

New Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Think It Is a “Good Thing” the Senate ACA Repeal Bill Failed

In the aftermath of the Senate’s failure to pass major health care legislation and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Kaiser Family Foundation released findings from a poll to understand what Americans think of the ACA, the attempts to repeal it so far, and next steps. The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that a…

via New Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Think It Is a “Good Thing” the Senate ACA Repeal Bill Failed — Medicare Rights Blog

We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare #ProtectOurCare

Jean RossWith liberals across the land breathing a huge sigh of relief after the abrupt collapse of the Senate scheme to repeal and somewhat replace the Affordable Care Act, all is good again with healthcare in America. Right? Well, there have been a few troubling signs if you can dig past all the news about…

via We Still Have A Lot of Work To Do On Healthcare — Common Dreams – Breaking News

This Could be a Great 1st Step #Medicare4All

On U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s weekly Wednesday conference call with reporters when the Senate is in session, he responded to my question of whether he would be a co-sponsor of a bill Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to introduce that would create a new single payer system for all individuals. Instead of co-sponsoring…

via Sen. Brown Introduces ‘Medicare at 55’ Bill — Plunderbund

I Was There When Medicare Got Passed. Here’s How it Happened. #ProtectOurCare #HandsOffMedicare

This story was first published on July 30 by Moyers and Company. Watching the craziness in the Senate this week, as Mitch McConnell and the GOP’s zealots drove their clown car into a brick wall and yet another effort to take away health care coverage from millions crashed and burned, I thought back to a different turn of…

via I Was There When Medicare Got Passed. Here’s How it Happened. — article – Mother Jones