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Breaking news from two weeks into the future:

Trump is already pissed with Scaramucci. It seems that even Scaramucci can't polish a turd.

How I think the conversation about election hacking went:

Trump: I want to talk about the Russian involvement in our election last November.

Putin: Yes, well let me say that I agree with what you said yesterday when you said that you and your security services don't really know who did it and that it could be anyone. I agree with that. You did say that didn't you?

Trump: Yes I did.

Putin: Well that is that then. You don't have to thank me for you winning the election because you aren't even sure I was involved (laughs). Let's talk about sanctions against Russia now....

Trump's meeting with Putin. What was discussed will be another PR disaster for Trump

When Trump has to explain if he talked to Putin about hacking, he has two options.

"Yes" - Trump will be admitting that the Russians DID help him win the election - something he has been trying hard not to admit, such as yesterday when he cast doubt in public. He will also be expected to say what punishment he has for Putin and what he is going to do to stop Putin's meddling in future.

"No" - If Trump doesn't bring up Russian interference, he will be accused of being weak and failing to protect America. It will look more likely that Trump collaborated with Putin to hack the election. Also Putin will think Trump is pathetically weak and will know there will be no consequences if he does it again.

Do you agree with me that the USA government should massively CUT healthcare spending?

First, I want everyone in America to have healthcare. I also want the healthcare outcomes to be better.

This is how we can do that and still slash government funding for healthcare.

Take a look at nations with universal healthcare. UK, for example. No, it is not a perfect system, but it has many better healthcare outcomes. The people in UK live almost two years longer than in USA and infant mortality is better, but total healthcare spending per person (government and private) is a fraction in the UK compared to USA.

Take a look at this chart of nations with the best healthcare:

1. United Kingdom

2. Switzerland

3. Sweden

4. Australia

5. Germany & Netherlands (tied)

7. New Zealand & Norway (tied)

9. France

10. Canada

11. United States


This quote sums up the high costs of USA compared to UK:

With development, health outcomes generally improve, but the U.S. is an anomaly. The U.S. and the U.K. are both high-income, highly developed countries. The U.K. spends less per person ($3,749) on health care than the U.S. ($9,237). Despite its high spending, the U.S. does not have the best health outcomes. [Life expectancy, for example, is 79.1 years in the U.S. and 80.9 years in the U.K. And while the U.S. spends more on health care than any country in the world, it ranks 12th in life expectancy among the 12 wealthiest industrialized countries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on health issues.]


Next, let's look at how much the USA government contributes to healthcare per capita:

Tax-funded expenditures accounted for 64.3 percent of U.S. health spending – about $1.9 trillion – in 2013, according to new data published today [Thursday, Jan. 21] in the American Journal of Public Health. The Affordable Care Act will push that figure even higher by 2024, when government’s share of U.S. health spending is expected to rise to 67.3 percent.


“We pay the world’s highest health care taxes. But patients are still saddled with unaffordable premiums and deductibles,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler. “Meanwhile, billions are squandered on paperwork, and insurers and drug companies pocket huge profits at taxpayer expense.”


So, these are the key facts.

1/ We already pay the highest taxes for healthcare, plus we then have to pay for insurance, co-pays and deductables, plus tens of millions of people are uninsured, but healthcare outcomes are not the best.

2/ In addition to insurance, the USA government is already paying around $6,000 per capita for healthcare.

3/ If we scrapped all health insurance and copied the UK system, everyone could be covered as in the UK, through what we already pay in taxes for healthcare, because that would equate to $6,000 per capita, compared to $3,749 in UK.

4/ We could then slash USA government healthcare spending by over 350 BILLION dollars a year and still have spending on healthcare 30 percent higher than in the UK.

In short, if we learned from other nations and were not being scammed by healthcare providers, insurers, big pharm, and our own government we could achieve:

Healthcare for all.
Better outcomes.
No insurance premiums.
No co-pays or deductables.
Less government spending.

Isn't this what the healthcare debate should be about?


What more confirmation of Mika and Joe's story that Trump tried to blackmail do we need?


What do you think Joe Scarborough should say (if anything) to defend his fiancee?

He will be on his show tomorrow. He will look at the camera and have a message for Donald Trump. What should he say?

Cowardly Trump, too scared to man-up and visit UK because the British hate his guts.

Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming.

The US president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time.

The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present.


Exclusive: Trump's official leak complaint has been leaked. Here it is:

Dear Sir,

On behalf of the president of the United States, I would like to file a leak complaint. These leaks have occurred while President Trump was on a recent overseas trip and at the Oval Office with Russian visitors. On several occasions, the president's Depends incontinence underwear have leaked, and as a result he has had to miss important engagements. You may remember that he had to suddenly return to his hotel in Israel, after arriving from the Middle East. Please make whatever adjustments are necessary to help make America Great Again and forward monies directly to Eric Trump's fund to help children in order to avoid bigly bad publicity.


Marc Kasowitz

Two things pertinent to Comey if he was Lieutenant Columbo investigating a murder

Suppose Lieutenant Columbo is investigating a murder. What would he do and how does that relate to Comey's behavior?

First he tells the number one suspect: "You are not under investigation," at least in the early stages of the investigation.

Second, suppose the suspect complains about Columbo or tries to unduly influence him or bribe him. Nothing changes - Columbo doesn't book him for bribery or trying to obstruct justice - that would be ridiculous. He has bigger fish to fry.

Wanna hear a really racist joke?

Some of the best Trump jokes from the net (WARNING - Some are politically incorrect):

Q: Wanna hear a racist joke?
A: Donald Trump.

Q: What’s the difference between God and Donald Trump?
A: God doesn’t think he’s Donald Trump.

Q: What's the difference between Donald Trump and a sewage plant?
A: Nothing they're both full of crap!

Q: Why isn't it surprising that Donald Trump wanted to be President of the United States?
A: Because it's not the first time he has pushed a black family out of their home!

Q: What do Donald Trump and an adult film star have in common?
A: They are both experts at switching positions in front of a camera.

Q: What did Donald Trump do before criticizing illegal immigrants?
A: He made sure his pools were clean and his lawns were mowed.

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