Author: Alex Christy

The Republican’s Health Care Debacle

The Republican efforts in health care can only be described as failures and broken promises.  After not bringing up the Affordable Health Care Act for a vote, Speaker Paul Ryan seemingly threw in towel saying, “Obamacare is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.”  The President has had an even more troublesome reaction.  He has indicated he will seek out Democratic support, saying that he never said he would repeal the law.  He then accused the Freedom Caucus and other opponents of the AHCA of saving Planned Parenthood. Democrats are smiling in D.C. that...

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Budgeting and Spending Assumptions

President Trump has released his first budget proposal.  Considering the things he has said about infrastructure and health care, it could have been a lot worse.  Trump’s initial proposal calls for a cut of $13.6 billion or 1.2% in discretionary spending.  That is a drop in the bucket, but considering the question that is asked in the halls of the bureaucracy is not “How much do we need to fulfill our mission?” but rather “How much more do we need as compared to last year?,” some cuts are certainly better than no cuts.  Trump’s budget is far from perfect....

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Russell Moore and the Future of the Evangelical Movement

Although American conservatives may have disagreements here and there, there is a general agreement on what makes up American conservatism.  At least, there was general agreement until this last November.  Now, traditional Republican constituencies have seemed to abandon their principles entirely–including the evangelical movement What was perhaps the most disturbing and worrisome was the behavior of socially conservative evangelicals, which brings us to Russell Moore.  Moore heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm.  On Monday, the Washington Post ran the headline “Could Southern Baptist Russell Moore lose his job? Churches threaten to pull funds after months of Trump controversy.” What did...

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Government Healthcare Is Here to Stay

On Monday, House Republicans at long last revealed their alternative health care plan.  After seven years of campaigning on a “full repeal” of Obamacare, Republicans have come up with, to put to charitably, an underwhelming alternative. “Trumpcare,” or “Ryancare,” or whatever-you-want-to-call-it-care, leaves in place Obamacare’s most popular provisions.  This is a problem, because those provisions are a primary reason why premiums have skyrocketed under Obamacare.  What’s worse, the House GOP’s plan leaves in place the provision that health insurance providers cannot deny coverage or charge more money to those who have preexisting conditions. Now, we should expect that Democrats do not understand...

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End Presidential Addresses to Congress

On Tuesday, Donald Trump gave his address to a  joint session of Congress.  Hopefully it will also be his last.  While not technically a State of the Union Address it has been a tradition for Presidents to address Congress on prime time television to lay out their agenda to Congress and the public. Presidents George Washington and John Adams both issued speeches to Congress, but the practice was ended by Thomas Jefferson who felt that the address was too similar to the British monarch’s address to the newly elected parliament.  The practice was brought back by Woodrow Wilson in 1913 and was...

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