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This post is not about MFA, or a public option, or employer-based insurance.

Rather, it is a question about why does Medical care cost so much?

No doubt, when we are sick, we want the best care possible.

But why are we spending trillions of dollars on a medical system that does not care for 40 million Americans? Where does all that money go? Are Americans getting a good deal for the prices they pay?

Should medical care be in the business of primarily making profits over attending to the medical needs of the American people?

How much profits are enough? Is the problem really with a MFA system that is going to cost $30 trillion dollars over the next decade? Or is the problem with a medical system that charges $30 trillion dollars?

Why do we always ask about how much it is going to cost us, rather than why is it costing us so much?

I wish Democrats were better poker players.

In my opinion, they are simply more honest than the other Party.

But, I do believe it would benefit them politically if they could learn the rules of poker a little better.

For example, Democrats should not be panicking about Bernie Sanders. They should let Republicans believe that Bernie is probably going to win in November. When he does, the taxes on the wealthy are going to go up. There will be healthcare for every American. The Defense budget will be cut in half. The Trump trillion dollar tax cut for the very wealthy will be repealed. There will be a tax on every stock transaction on Wall Street. There will be huge, progressive changes in this country.

Let them believe that. (We may not believe it is going to happen but let them believe it) If it does happen, what is the problem?

Good poker players can look in their eyes and tell when they are scared. Do not be afraid to bet, even if it is a bluff. Make them believe it is real.

Why should Democrats be afraid of something they have been trying to accomplish since the days of the creation of the Democratic Party? Why should Democrats think their only option is to nominate a "real" billionaire, as if that is exactly what the Party stands for? But, so long as Bloomberg is spending hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Donald Trump, why should we be in a hurry to stop him? Play their game. Raise the stakes.

Why are Republican pundits so concerned about how the Democratic candidates are doing?

They are quick to criticize the strategy of any Democrat that does not meet their criteria in challenging Donald Trump for the presidency. They become visibly upset that Democrats are doing something that will give Trump a victory in November.

My question is: Is that all they can do?

They appear sincerely concerned about the future of our country. Many of them offer even harsher criticism of Trump than do many Democrats.

But I wonder, how many will vote for a Democrat in November?

Did anyone see the Trump press conference from India this morning?

Once again, he refused to respond to whether he would welcome outside interference in our elections. Unfortunately, reporters only get one shot and the questions are swept away. Other reporters do not do the necessary "follow-ups" to get a reasonable response.

Also, he was asked about the firing of the DNI and the replacement of him with an ambassador with no intelligence experience. He said that the DNI was leaving March 11th anyway. He didn't say what our intelligence agencies were to do between time?

He also commented on the "inappropriate" comments by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. He thought the women Justices should recuse themselves from any cases related to Donald Trump.

At one moment, he accused the CNN reporter of lying and being dishonest. The CNN reporter responded that the network had a better record than he at being honest.

There may be an empty seat back from India?

To the Candidates: Unless you are Donald Trump, you must be very careful with the words you use.

Words can be hurtful. They can be as green as envy or red as a rose. But they mean something.

Unless you are Donald Trump.

Then you can be as unpatriotic as you wish. You can write love letters to dictators. You can threaten to lock up your opponents. You can threaten them with bodily harm. You can threaten to kill them.

But the people will not accept it from anyone else.

There is a price to pay if you try.

Nothing that Bernie Sanders or any Democrat will do will be as bad as what Trump and the Repubs...

...will do in the next four years if they are given four more years.

Bernie's "socialism" will not even come close to the damage that Donald Trump has planned. Think about programs for the poor. Think about SS. Think about Medicare and Medicaid. They will all be in their death throes if Donald Trump is given four more years.

What damage will Bernie Sanders do? With the present Democratic House, he will be unable to get anything done that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats do not want done.

Trump wants to destroy our government and all its programs. The Republicans stand with him.

Do not be deceived into believing the "socialist" is going to do all these terrible things. It is the other side that is serious about making America a banana republic. We will be a Third World country in four more years if we do not make changes.

To be honest, I don't think any of the Democrats should be criticized at all...

...because Donald Trump has made everything "normal".

Nothing that any of the Democrats has done is equal to the words or actions of Donald Trump. Why should Democrats operate with different standards? When the Repubs criticize one of our own, just laugh at 'em. Don't expect more from the Democrats than Repubs expect from Donald Trump.

But, we are not like them. We expect our candidates to be more decent and more moral and more "normal".

Well, screw them!

That's about where I'm at.

The best strategy to defeat Trump and the Repubs is to unite the Democratic Party.

By uniting the Democrats, it will divide the Republicans.

Because by uniting the Democrats, it would unite the country against the Republicans and Trump.

Bring the country together and it will tear the Republicans apart. They are dependent on the division of the rest of the nation in order to win. Trump thrives on division.

Present a message that is totally opposite and in contrast to Donald Trump. Be truthful. Be decent. Be compassionate. Be patriotic. Be human.

What happens with the Democratic Party if Trump wins a second term?

This post is not meant to further divide the Party, but rather, to look at the near future in a more realistic view. The Party will have no choice but to unite or to separate and begin anew.

Has anyone forced themselves to think of this possibility? Granted, it is not a pleasant thought.

But, is it possible?

Some say not only possible but likely.

Will the Party be able to unite or will it be splintered beyond repair?

In my opinion, this is the historical turmoil we may be entering?

This election is maybe the most important election of our lifetimes, in regards to the survival of the Democratic Party.

Let us vote with our eyes wide open.

The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

An instructive video on CNN one month after the inauguration of Donald Trump. In my opinion, it explains the strategy of Trump and the Republicans more than any other theory.

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