there is no such thing as an attack on Trump's intellect. He really is that stupid.
Perhaps, but attacking him will do nothing to help us win an election. He was attacked the most during the campaign and because of that he received more on-air minutes than anyone else. He rode that wave to victory.
People think he's more trustworthy than MSM -- go figure, a pathological liar is more trustworthy than an entire class of journalists who are well-established in the profession, regardless of their own biases.
Tax cuts on the wealthy has yet to produce any benefit for regular folk.
Agreed. Trickle-down economics is a sham, and has been proven not to work over and over again. Supply-side economics ruined the balance in American economy since Reagan, and the only ones who benefited are the billionaires who fund GOP (Democratic party, too, if we're being honest here).
I read the ACA. Some things seemed kinda dumb until I learned that the idiot democrats allowed insurance companies to write most of it. The 80/20 rule for medical insurance is a good thing. It should also be applied to hospitals. Without prosecuting big pharma for profiteering and putting price controls on their crap, there will never be affordable health care. It is also about 90% improbable that we can have affordable health care while insurance companies are given a seat at the table when fixing the health care laws.
In general, ACA is a solid piece of legislation but it does have shortcomings and rather than repeal and replace, we need to make it better, or transfer to a single payer health care system. GOP do not care about making it better, they worked tirelessly (a successful political strategy if I may add) to make sure the legislation will fail, but too bad now they are tasked with coming up with a better alternative. The problem is that there is no better alternative
that satisfies the politics of GOP! The only better alternative is a single payer health care system -- the ACA-lite version they just released is just shy of political suicide; it preserves the fundamental architecture of the law, repeals typical conservative ideological bits (such as funding for Planned Parenthood), provides massive tax cuts to wealthy, delays cutbacks until 2018 or 2020 that may cost them dearly. Democrats need to capitalize on this law, if it passes, rather than attack character of Trump.
The investigation of Trump's connection to Russia that started before the election are still on going. Eventually Congress may become suspicious enough to order him to hand over his tax papers. Not going to count on that though. Paul Ryan said a couple weeks ago that he wasnt required to release his tax papers and that they wouldn't ask him to. If he is forced to release his taxes, it could be a game changer for his reelection
Some of Trump's tax documents were leaked, I thought, and that didn't help. People nowadays, especially those on social media, live in their own world -- they have tunnel vision, with news outlets and op-eds that confirm their own biases. If it's a news channel you do not like, you won't watch it, so instead you focus on a channel that's friendlier towards your own beliefs.
What I think is important to defeat him in 2020:
1) Winning local and state elections. In 2020, new census will be happening which means redistricting, and in 32 states (if I recall correctly) it is done by state legislatures. Having access to state legislatures means we can redistrict favorably to Democrats (now GOP has ~40-60 seats because of partisan gerrymandering). Winning state legislatures and governorships also means rolling back voter suppression legislation by GOP.
2) Making Trump plans fail in Congress, that means winning in 2018 midterms.
3) No cooperating with Trump admin or GOP controlled Congress in any manner whatsoever.
4) Encourage and increase voter turnout, especially in swing states.
As a person, I've never really been a fan of partisanship, especially on local and state elections. I've always been an independent who did some research about candidates or ballot measures, and then voted according to who I think will do a better job. That is still true locally, but on state level if it's not a Democrat it's not a good option. Lucky for me, I live in California so blue have upperhand here.
What do you think about this excerpt from the article? It aligns with my point #3:
Trump-Specific Popular Policies
A perfect example of this is an infrastructure bill. Democrats have been trying to pass an infrastructure bill since early in the Obama administration. If Trump proposes one, should they cooperate with him to pass it — both because they actually support the policy and because they would get credit with voters for bipartisanship?
If marginal Trump supporters are the Democrats’ target, what will they think of this? Marginal voters pay little or no attention to politics, so they won’t give Democrats credit for being bipartisan. They probably won’t even know about it. Only 36% of Americans can correctly identify which party controls the House and Senate. Among registered voters, that number only increased to 41%. Marginal voters do, however, give credit to the president for all political outcomes. So if they see construction being done in their neighborhoods, or heavily broadcast on Trump-friendly media, they will give the credit to the president, regardless of whether the opposition cooperated.
On the flip side, if Democrats successfully block an infrastructure bill, marginal Trump voters are not likely to blame Democrats for that opposition — they will just blame the president for failing to get things done. This central insight was what drove Mitch McConnell’s (in my opinion, the finest Senate tactician since Henry Clay) strategy of uniform opposition, which helped lead to today’s unprecedented Republican dominance of all levels of government. If Democrats want to erode Trump’s base of support, popular policies that are unique to Trump are the ones they ought to oppose most strenuously.
Weak as they are, though, Democrats would have to ally with Republicans to defeat these policies. The Republican margin in both houses of Congress is small enough that Democrats don’t have to flip many Republicans to succeed. Successful opposition to any of Trump’s policies would, as long as Democrats stay unified, require joining with only one of many factions within a deeply fractured GOP (such as, in the case of an infrastructure bill, deficit hawks), and each new policy initiative opens up opportunities to ally with different factions. Trump’s own approach in the campaign means that he will have little or no ability to use party discipline to try to maintain the cohesion of the Republican caucus. He will have to rely on Republicans’ fear of being defeated in a primary by a candidate he supports, a fear that will ebb along with his popularity.