Rodney on cruelty

For whatever reason, dear Rodney decided to start the Memorial Day recess week with a call to cut federal funding of Medicaid and other programs - read, Medicare. The explanations are pretty standard: "[a]n unsustainable national debt of $20 trillion that's going to be passed on to the next generation," is, according to him, "cruel". He adds... Continue Reading →

how not to talk to an experienced liar

First of all, do not fall into the standard trap: that of creating a bond that would make it difficult for you to confront them. All those pats on the back, extended handshakes, chit-chat about what are you doing and where you are from are easy for them, but make it harder for you to... Continue Reading →

Busy?

Us? yes, very - the semester end is taxing, as usual. But Rodney, what about him? After two weeks of Easter schmoozing in the District, you would expect him to overwhelm you with news about his new legislative initiatives, and important speeches. Nothing like this happening, and his Twitter and Facebook accounts are silent for... Continue Reading →

Libertad o Muerte,

(actually, Libertad y Muerte, literally). The certified crazy somewhat unhinged ObGyn-turned-GOP representative from Texas, Doctor "I saw fetuses masturbating" Burgess whom our darling Rodney Davis invited to provide medical expertise during his "Tele Town Hall" (record here), offered his expert opinion during CPAC last week, that “If the numbers [of insured] drop, I would say that’s a good... Continue Reading →

ACA forum: you learn more than you paid for

We just had a public forum on ACA fate. It was a great event, where everybody learned a lot, where the discussion was not stopped by obvious differences in positions, and where the words had meanings. Only when you have such an event, you realize, how good it feels, when words do have a meaning... Anyway - here... Continue Reading →

On Tele-“Town Hall”, again – what to expect, and what to do.

The event our fickle Representative Rodney Davis is running tomorrow is competing in terms of incompetence and contortions with the Big League clowns of the famous White House. Announced with two days advance notice, originally with a wrong date, and still - on the date of the event! - without a time ("Depend[ing] on the... Continue Reading →

action plan for the week of 1.23

The folks in the House are taking it easier this week: a couple of days making laws, then some retreats. The bills include one on prohibiting federal funds for abortions, and another, warning the DoE not to engage too much with climate research (but authorizing the studies of dark matter, God be praised). But no... Continue Reading →

repeal? replace? repair?

When a politician talks as if he is slightly drunk, it is more often than not an attempt to hide. So, let's not ridicule Rep. Davis' recent radio performance at WILL, but rather try to extract some explicit promises and ask him to confirm or reject the stated position. He explicitly says that the framework... Continue Reading →

A Better Way – what they say, what they mean and how to counter that.

In June Congressional Republicans published the document called "A Better Way", their plan for, they say, a workable replacement to Obamacare. While alternative approaches from GOP keep appearing, this document seems to hold as the foundation for the "repeal and replace" gamut of solutions the Congress is desperately trying to formulate now, days before their dear... Continue Reading →

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