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I believe prior to all of the Washington and media histrionics the order of battle for the new administration and just about the entire house and senate was: Repeal Obamacare (The ACA), institute fair tax reform, and secure the border.

Regarding the repeal of Obamacare, initially nothing was said about replacing Obamacare. That came later. I know people who are being bankrupted by the twisted intricacies and requirements of The Affordable Care Act and how it enables insurers to essentially bypass paying for almost all primary care through ultra-high deductibles and then provides only partial coverage for more expensive care all while at the same time fining those who don’t purchase insurance. WTF is that?

Regarding meaningful and fair tax reform, that is a crucial element of the Republican battle plan that we’ve seen no progress on for some time, now.

Regarding the border, some measures have been instituted and progress is being made.

Repeal, tax reform, secure the border. Too much time and probably a huge amount of tax payers dollars is being spent on all of these media created issues that act only as a distraction and undermine the public’s health and welfare.

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Regarding the latest development on The Trump Campaign and Russia’s possible collusion in the presidential election, the focus has been entirely on Trump JR’s meeting with a possible Russian source of information on Hillary Clinton and how such a meeting might have been illegal. The Democrats and the media want to hold Trump and Trump JR to the fire over an email Trump JR received out of the blue offering to help The Trump Campaign. Trump JR didn’t solicit that email. As far as I know, there is nothing illegal about receiving an email from someone you have never met before or didn’t solicit.

Don’t you think the focus should be instead on the information on Hillary Clinton that the Russians were supposedly offering and not on whether anyone in The Trump Campaign received an offer to help The Trump Campaign? I’m sure The Trumps received all kinds of offers to help during the campaign.

I’d sure like to know what The Russians have to say about Clinton that everyone is trying so hard to conceal.

It is quite clever how The Democrats and the media have shifted the focus away from what is probably damaging information on Hillary Clinton, if it exists at all, to those who were offered the information without soliciting the information in the first place.

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Trump’s suggestion that our elected repeal Obamacare (The ACA) now and replace it at a later date makes a lot of sense.

One of the difficulties legislators will avoid by repealing now and replacing at a later date is the attempt to make something, Obamacare, into something it is not, which is always more difficult than simply starting from scratch.

Legislators instead will be able to focus on creating an entirely new health care package based on a foundation of conservative principles and current health care market conditions rather than conditions created by the artificial effects produced by Obamacare.

Repeal now and replace later makes a lot of sense.

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We’ve been hearing quite a bit about “fake news” lately and I would have to agree with Trump’s assertion that there is an awful lot of it. But what is “fake news,” anyway?

Without elaborating and meandering around what it isn’t, let’s take a look at what fake news might just be.

It is my opinion that fake news is any news that doesn’t address the condition of the working people or address the condition of the country or the community that the viewer, reader, or subscriber lives in while being exposed to the news. Hype, gossip, mush, anything gelatinous, anything lacking substance, anything packaging products advertised on either side of a commercial, anything allowing our elected to focus on something unimportant or meaningless and insignificant while we pay them, propaganda, public relations articles, stories about entertainment personalities that are only stories because the media makes them so, any such thing, that is not news. So, by definition, it is “fake news.”

But let’s examine the matter more closely. What Trump is referring to when he talks about “fake news” is that constant harangue echoing throughout the media forest treetops that distracts our government from actually accomplishing anything. The dustup about Trumps remarks in his Tweets which supposedly are not “civil discourse” as defined by The Washington Elite which allow The Washington Elite to change the subject to “civil discourse” instead of “you know what, we are totally worthless once we get elected due to something called The Washington Effect and we are sad to say we aren’t going to get anything done on health care.” The media allow our elected to focus on something entirely meaningless in the grand scheme of things and that, ladies and gentlemen, IS fake news. Trump is right. It’s a big distraction.

Now, it is safe to say the media have a dog in the race in all of the health care advertising dollars being spent, the huge money spent on drug ads, the health network ads, that the media probably don’t want to see the health care system fixed. The media is working against what is best for the general public and acting in its own interests. It’s a cash cow for the media. So, they are doing their job from their perspective, however deceptive they are being, but it is still “fake news.”

That’s what “fake news” really is. It is dangerous and expensive to the American public. It undermines the physical and financial health of the public when you look at the most toxic form of fake news, that which distracts our elected from fixing the health care system in this country and focuses the attention of our elected on “civil discourse.” Yeah, right.

Oh yeah, what difference does it make to Washington? They get free health care. The best, in fact.

Which raises a more existential question. They wonder why Trump calls the news fake, but do they really wonder? The media are actively undermining our health care with the distractions and the fake news at a crucial time in the development of our health care system. You can bet it’s no accident. There is a lot of money at stake. You can also bet it is about the money and not your health because people live longer in many countries where health care costs are a small fraction of what they are here in America, where we supposedly have “the best health care.” Another, “yeah right.”

People actually live longer elsewhere where health care costs are much lower. The health care debate is all about the money, ladies and gentlemen. It’s not about making sure you are healthy and happy, it’s about making something else entirely. It’s about making a killing! Our health care system is about making “a killing!” How can that be healthy? Think about it.

Did you know we are the only country on earth that spends more than 25 percent of its health care dollars on administrative costs? Twenty-five percent! One in four people in the health care industry doesn’t provide any health care whatsoever but they are paid handsomely.

I digress. But that’s what fake news does to you. Just look at Washington. They are making the big bucks AND getting free health care.

One other thing. We must remember that not everyone in Washington is bad. They are not all bad.

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I think most of the focus on Trump’s language in his Tweets isn’t really about the language in his Tweets. The mainstream media are focusing on Trump’s Tweets because through Tweets Trump is able to control his own message and maintain his own image without the aid of the mainstream media, which up until recently, up until the advent of social media, has been the privy of The Washington Press Corps and the various appendages of the mainstream media.

The mainstream media is upset with Trump and is attempting to constantly make Trump’s Tweets an issue because Trump has proved the mainstream media to be obsolete and ineffectual, or at the very least Trump has wrested much of the control the media have historically had over “the message.”

I had to laugh when I saw half of the Washington elite line up to speak out against Trump’s usage of Tweets, suggesting the country needs more civil discourse. I have some discourse for you, “FIX THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY!”

The mainstream media, enablers of national mediocrity, the enslavers of the middle classes.

Trump is right.

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The liberal media are at it again, whining because President Trump responds to their constant persecution with equal retort.

Now, responding to Trump’s Tweet about Morning Joe news personality Mika Brzezinski, calling her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika,” the Democratic Party is up in arms suggesting this is another example of Trump’s “sexism.”

Hold on a second. Now wait just a minute. Growing up in the sixties and seventies I thought the equal rights movement was about making sure everyone is treated equally, not providing social a legal padding to prevent speech and public behavior short of physical action. Trump shouldn’t have to filter his comments directed towards females. Everyone is equal, right?

More proof that feminism is a double standard and a false standard at that. There isn’t a female in America, particularly those in a position of leadership that would hesitate to suggest something publicly about a man’s character if he threatened her position of authority. It’s done all the time and nobody questions them. I’ve said before, reverse discrimination is nothing more than discrimination. To say that someone should attenuate what they say about a woman is who publicly demonizing them simply because she is a woman? Really? Double standard. I’m glad to see that Trump is not putting up with it. It could be coming from outside the country from female leadership somewhere else.

If everyone is equal then put up or shut up! Trump didn’t even start this latest quarrel.

It’s good to see that administration spokesman Sarah Sanders, a woman, spoke up for Trump on the matter as well. At least she recognizes the double standard, one perpetuated by the media, the same media who in the sixties and seventies pushed hard for feminine equality. Now they want to pamper the same. No wonder Trump talks so much about “fake” news. Because it’s fake!

Equal rights? Really?

Maybe it is time to revisit The Equal Rights Act. Maybe The Equal Rights Act is a double standard, too. And maybe it’s time to revisit the 1st. I’m sure the founding fathers had no idea the corporate media would be like this.

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