A few points on Medicare For All

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“Today, the Medicare Tax rate is 1.45% for individuals with earned income up to $200,000. Employees and employers each pay 1.45%, for a total of 2.9%. Unlike with Social Security taxes, there is no limit on the income subject to Medicare taxes.” – Medicare only covers 50m people. So it would cost 6 times current rate to cover everyone – …

Trump and the California GOP

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I’d be lying if I wasn’t happy seeing the end of Clintonism.  As Trump’s victory rolled in, his strategy became apparent. Energize the rust belt filled with blue collar workers who have been abandoned by the Democrats in both social policies and, with Clinton, economic ones.  Trump recognized that the Blue Collar Reagan Democrats, with its wide presence in several …

The Disgusted Middle Strategy

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Karl Rove engineered George W Bush’s wins by turning out the base. A lot of this was accomplished using “wedge” issues.  This approach became the hallmark of GOP strategy even though candidates like Sen. McCain and Gov. Romney failed to excite the base.  But now we have a candidate, not issues, that have excited the base.  This served Donald Trump …

170 years ago, California was Independent

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June 14th – the U.S. Army’s Birthday (1775), Flag Day (1776) . Few know it’s also California’s Birthday. 170 years ago, a few American settlers with whiskey approached the Mexican Governor, Vallejo, and told them they were declaring an independent California Republic. Vallejo agreed and so they spent the night designing the flag. That’s a brief summary, Bear Flag Rising …