Republicans Are The “Mission Accomplished” Party; That’s Great Until You Realize What Their “Mission” Is…

Who can forget W aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 2, 2003 – proudly proclaiming just what the banner behind him said: “Mission Accomplished”.

That image haunted W’s presidency.  It haunts him to this day because nothing had actually been accomplished.  The only thing they’d succeeded at, mission-wise, up to that point was successfully hanging that banner without anyone getting hurt.

Like everything else Republicans say, “Mission Accomplished” was marketing, no more honest or genuine than Mitch McConnell insisting Merrick Garland couldn’t get a hearing because “the American people needed to make the SCOTUS choice, not the president who they’d overwhelmingly returned to office”. That WAS what Moscow Mitch said with as straight a face as he could muster.

And yet – when it comes to “Mission Accomplished”, Republicans have actually succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  The America being torn apart right now is the America Republicans want.  We are living in their “Mission Accomplished” – or, to be accurate, “Mission NEARLY Accomplished”.  Republicans can see Permanent Minority Rule from their house now.  They ache to get there.

This is how close Republicans are now to accomplishing their mission –

  • PACK THE COURTS — Moscow Mitch denied Obama dozens of lifetime court appointments.  How strange that all those vacancies started filling the moment Trump became POTUS.
  • How strange that Merrick Garland couldn’t get a hearing while Brett Kavanaugh skated despite overwhelming evidence he was unworthy to hold the judgeship he already held.

  • PROHIBIT NON-WHITE IMMIGRATION – Children in cages, anyone?

  • DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT – We left the Paris Accords.  Ryan Zinke.  The end of clean water, clean air, National Parks.  Life as we know it.
  • MAKE THE RICH RICHER & THE POOR POORER – Tax cuts for the rich, bullshit & lies for everyone else.
  • INSTITUTIONALIZE RACISM – “Decent people on both sides”.
  • MAKE GERRYMANDERING PERMANENT – Twice as many Democrats as Republicans have to vote in order for their majority to actually feel like a majority.  The whole point of gerrymandering is to CIRCUMVENT the Will Of The People.  Welcome to Republicanism.  Can’t win on the law, can’t win on procedure, so pound the table into sawdust instead.
  • ENFORCE PERMANENT MINORITY RULE – Remind the class – how many more votes did Hilary Clinton get over Trump?  3 million plus, was it?  Remember – that doesn’t include all the uncounted, provisional, suppressed, flipped & tossed in the trash ballots.  Think any of those were Republican votes?
  • DESTROY OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALL ALLIES – The knife-wound in the Kurds’ back is still fresh enough we can watch it bleed.
  • MAKE AMERICA A RUSSIAN SATELLITE STATE – How about that: “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”!

Can We PLEASE Get This Straight? NO ONE Loves Their Health INSURANCE…

Somewhere, an evil genius is smiling so hard his face hurts. It might be the same evil genius who came up with a “Mission Accomplished” banner for the background of a speech by George W. Bush — on an aircraft carrier — during a war he started for no reason.

Yeah, I know the banner SAYS “mission accomplished” but I doubt BushCo could have actually pointed to what mission they meant and what, if anything, had actually been accomplished. “Americans love their private health insurance” comes from the same wellspring of evil-genius-strength bullshit.

The core problem with American healthcare is that its emphasis is immediately on the wrong syllable. When anyone walks in the door of the American Healthcare System, the first question isn’t “How can we help you?”, it’s “How are you gonna pay for this?”. If you can’t answer that question satisfactorily, you might just be screwed. But, hey — even if you DO have insurance? Between the co-pays, the deductibles and all the other out-of-pocket bullshit, you could STILL be screwed.

No other civilized healthcare system anywhere on the planet has profit incentive at the core of its healthcare. There’s a reason. Profit incentive and human well-being are completely incompatible when they’re both dependent on the same dollar. A corporation has a fiduciary responsibility to do the very best it possibly can for its investors. That means a choice between an expensive but uncertain procedure that might save a customer’s life (that’s what they are to the insurance company after all — customers) and a happy board of directors able to announce a bigger dividend at the next shareholder’s meeting. Guess who the corporation’s gonna choose?

Like I said — it’s their responsibility to do that. It’s not their fault exactly — it’s history’s. Ever wonder why it is that only in America does anyone’s employer pay for their health insurance? For real. This doesn’t happen anywhere else. And there’s a reason. It’s bad for business.

FDR toyed with making universal healthcare part of social security but the AMA didn’t want doctor’s fees limited by the government (cost controls, in other words). FDR made the political decision not to risk losing on both social security AND universal healthcare. He put all the chips on social security alone. Then WWII happened — and history caused American healthcare to zig when maybe we should have zagged.

Because all available money needed to go to the war, employers were not allowed to give good employees raises. Those same frozen wages made it hard to lure new talent (who could go elsewhere to an employer whose wages were frozen at a higher level). Thinking outside the box — what other benefits could be offered that would feel like salary? — produced the first direct employee sponsored healthcare.

The idea spread. People liked the benefit. In their minds, it was saving them money and providing them comfort. What’s not to love? Then the war ended.

With the war over, companies were free again to offer whatever salaries or bonuses or raises they wanted. They also were free to end the war-time benefit (replacing it with salary). They didn’t. Hell, instead of ending these programs, the big companies held onto it. This was back at a time when your average middle class American (remember them?) entered the work force at 18 or 22 (if they went to college) and whatever employer they started with? That was likely to be the employer who’d be handing them a gold watch upon their retirement 40 years hence. Your employment relationship was supposed to be as durable as your marriage.

While the big companies (who’d done a shitload of the hiring during the war) held onto providing healthcare to their employees, they farmed out the work of administering this employee benefit — and the healthcare insurance industry was born. Didn’t take long before the baby took over the nursery. Then the whole house.

Ask a company like Boeing what having to provide healthcare insurance to its tens of thousands of employees does to its bottom line and its competitiveness. The cost of that healthcare is massive and it gets reflected in the cost of each airplane.

Airbus, by contrast, doesn’t have to pay for its employees’ healthcare. In Europe, the government takes care of it, paying for it with tax dollars. That gives Airbus an advantage because they don’t have to build that cost into what they charge for an airplane. See? Employer-based healthcare is bad for American business because it makes them less competitive.

As for the healthcare itself — all the employer is providing is the insurance coverage. What that coverage is? That’s up to the insurance company.

The insurance companies can make up any rules they want. And they do. The most important rules of all — to them — is who they contract with and therefore who their customers will be allowed (by their made up rules) to see. Every last bit of this, remember, is made up. By a company put there to administer this thing.

To gate-keep.

Insurance companies are gatekeepers. Border guards that — so long as we pay our premiums and stay employed by the same bosses — will smile at us benignly each time we pass by. But we fear them. We dread them. What if they don’t smile next time?

What if, next time — when we’re really sick — they turn us away? What if they point to language in their dense boiler plate (something on page 58) that says our particular situation (as they’re interpreting it) means they don’t have to cover the procedure we need. We’re free however to pay for it retail-retail out of pocket.

Hey — we charge hundreds of dollars for insulin that costs relative pennies in Canada. Every last penny of that difference is profit. Let me repeat: PROFIT. People are dying cos they can’t afford their insulin. Retail-retail in American healthcare means the cost of a procedure and the procedure’s actual cost have nothing to do with each other. It’s like being charged a million bucks to go three blocks in a taxi.

What’s wrong with America’s healthcare system isn’t that the inmates are running the asylum. It’s that insurance companies are. And they couldn’t give a rat’s ass what happens to any of us.

I’m Putting Down A ‘MARKER’ — Robert Mueller Will Act — So As To Deliberately IMPACT Election 2018…

It is June 22, 2018 — 3:39 pm on the West Coast as I start this.  If I get this right — I will point at this very moment at some point in the not-too-distant-future I (hope) and crow as loud as I can — It Was LUCK!

Or not.

The TV Talking Heads — always the worst storytellers in existence — cannot imagine characters deeper than the shallow-as-shit cyphers they walk around as in whatever game they’re currently playing badly when they claim they’re off the clock.    They cannot hold the BIG PICTURE and the LITTLE PICTURE in focus at the same time.  And even when they do focus on the Big Picture, they do it with a total lack of… PERSPECTIVE.

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Robert Mueller is an enigma to the MSM.  He shouldn’t be.  His long, illustrious record speaks for itself and suggests strongly and clearly to THIS storyteller that he will likely behave in ways consistent with his previous behaviours.  Most evident of those behaviours — Robert Mueller does not retreat from battlefields.  He does not leave wounded behind and — even if shot full of holes — he will press on until his Mission is Accomplished.

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Note To Republicans:  Observe & Learn what “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’ really looks like…

Robert Mueller knows an infinite amount more than we do (of course).  What WE know is already beyond damning.  The reach of this corruption and treachery — that may be the most monstrous aspect.  So much corruption in so many places — many of them already unspeakably powerful.  I guess when the demographics forecast your extinction, you’re kinda forced to take ‘exceptional measures’.

That is what Robert Mueller has in HARD EVIDENCE FORM by the storage facility-full.

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Robert Mueller isn’t ‘looking for’ the ‘what happened’.  He KNOWS what happened.  He’s obligated however to be as thorough as possible; he needs to be because the fate of the Republic is resting upon his work.  He knows this.

And this, you must understand, is the battle I feel pretty certain Robert Mueller believes he is in.

One of the things I bet Robert Mueller already knows to a dead certainty:  Donald Trump did not win Election 2016.  He did not win the popular vote.  And he did not ‘win’ Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Michigan.  10 days before Election 2016 – it was reported at the time – prodigal co-conspirator PAUL MANAFORT returned to the Trump Campaign and ‘directed them’ to focus their ‘efforts’ on — yup:  Pennsylvania, Wisconsin & Michigan.  We still don’t know what Paul meant.

Hopefully Mr Mueller will get the chance — soon — to ask Paul about it.

Robert Mueller isn’t asking because he doesn’t know — he’s asking because he wants to dot an i or cross a t.  And he wants as many knowing fingers as possible to point CLEARLY and UNEQUIVOCALLY to the Guiltiest of Guilty (American) Parties:  The House of Trump.

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Knowing that Donald Trump and his Russian handlers literally STOLE Election 2016, I find it impossible to believe that Robert Mueller — with his history — would allow for a sworn enemy bent on killing us to come back and LITERALLY ‘finish the job’.

I find it impossible to align a ‘Battlefield Hero’ like Robert Mueller with a guy who’d sigh ‘But I tried my best‘ as the Republic sank beneath the waves.  Can’t see it — that character just doesn’t add up.

So here goes:  Robert Mueller will step in in a significant and ‘Drop The Bombs’ manner BEFORE Election 2018 because he has to.  No choice.  And so he will.

Mueller’s actions — whether indictments or actual evidence being purposefully exposed to the public — will be intended to cripple both the Russian attempt to STEAL another election and to UNDERMINE all those republicans who have already received any kind of Russian ‘help’ whatsoever.

That action will — maybe even by design — destroy the Republican Party.  It will be exposed as nothing less than a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.  As before — Robert Mueller will see that he has no choice but to prosecute this as fully as he can as fast as he can.  And it all has to happen BEFORE Election 2018.

Robert Mueller has stared at the bottom line.  He knows because the evidence has told him so:  To NOT ACT before the Election could mean no more elections.

Yeah — it’s that real.