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March 27th, 2017

Would Ted Poe and Freedom Caucus Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

The big news today is that Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has resigned from the House Freedom Caucus as he had wanted to vote for the Paul Ryan health care bill. According to Rep. Poe, he was not alone as perhaps a dozen or more members of this very-Conservative, GOP caucus, were ready to support the bill, primarily to end Obamacare and to give President Donald Trump a legislative victory. However, the Freedom Caucus votes as a unified block and the majority, led by Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), opposed the American Health Care Act. This majority stood on principle, which is a fine and noble thing. But, very often principle does not get the job at hand done. A good example of this was seen last night in our favorite Zombie Apocalypse TV series, ″The Walking Dead″.

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March 25th, 2017

Postmortem – Health Care Vote Canceled

Speaker Paul Ryan decided late yesterday that the health care vote should be canceled. This decision was made after he spoke with President Donald Trump and informed him that they were still short enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act, or AHCA. With no Democratic votes to count on, House Republicans needed 216 votes committed from their own party. Ryan and his leadership team did not have it. After several GOP members left Congress to accept roles in the Trump administration, there were 237 left. According to several accounts in The Media, as many as 25-30 House Republicans were going to vote ′No′ on the AHCA. Most of the No-Votes would have come from members of the ′Freedom Caucus′.

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March 24th, 2017

Paul Ryan – Do or Die on GOP Healthcare Bill

Today may be ′Do or Die′ for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as Congress prepares to vote on the GOP Healthcare Bill. Nicknamed ′RyanCare′, the American Health Care Act of 2017 may be headed for rocky shores as many Republicans in the House of Representatives still have issues with it. President Donald Trump has worked hard in trying to negotiate enough compromises to satisfy the various GOP factions. But it is starting to look like that he has decided that the AHCA just is not worth expending any more time or political capital on. President Trump was upset that the scheduled vote on Thursday night was postponed and wants a vote today. If the vote fails, then he is ready to move on and start working on tax reform, which many say he should have done first anyway.

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March 8th, 2017

GOP Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Some are calling it Obamacare 2.0 or Obamacare Lite. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) called it ″Obamacare Gone!″ That has been the initial reaction by Republicans on the GOP plan, the America Health Care Act, to repeal and replace Obamacare. Naturally, the Democrats are calling it a disaster. Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), claims that this plan is the best way to undo Obamacare in the shortest time possible. He said that it is the first of 3 phases. The AHCA offers much of what many people like about Obamacare without the mandates and penalties. Perhaps more importantly, the bill is designed to sail through the US Senate under the Reconciliation Rules to pass with just a simple majority.

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October 12th, 2016

Donald Trump Free of Paul Ryan, Shackles Are Off!

With just 27 days before Election Day, and early voting already underway in many states, Donald Trump is now free of the shackles of Paul Ryan and John McCain. So says Trump in a series of Twitter tweets the past 24 hours. While most of ′The Media′ and Establishment pundits are already writing Trump′s political obituary, could this ′un-cucking′ be the strategic move needed to achieve victory in November? Practically every poll taken in the past decade or more shows that the American People believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Even while Barack Obama enjoys a high approval rate, the sentiment across America is that our nation is in trouble and needs a major change of real reform.

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August 6th, 2016

Donald Trump Endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain, Kelly Ayotte

Last night in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Donald J. Trump officially endorsed Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte for their reelection bids. This move follows several days of angst with Republican elites and GOP Insiders. During an interview earlier this week, Trump was asked about endorsing Paul Ryan, to which he ′plagiarized′ Ryan′s own semi-non-endorsement of Trump. A cute move but one that only gave The Media another thing to trash talk Trump about. Even the so-called ′Conservative′ media was all up in arms about it. Alleged rumors of intervention and even of Trump being forced out as the presidential candidate under obscure GOP rules was all the talk. So why did Trump put himself into this position?

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May 12th, 2016

Donald Trump Meets With Paul Ryan, GOP Leaders

If Frank Cappra were alive in 2016, we might call this ″Mr. Trump Goes To Washington″. But, unlike Jefferson Smith, Donald J. Trump is well aware of how corrupt life on Capitol Hill is. Trump held several meetings today, starting with the Reince Preibus at RNC headquarters, then a chat with Speaker Paul Ryan, followed by a meeting with House GOP leaders. After which, Donald Trump will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other ranking senators of the Republican Party. A full day of politicking to say the least. Early indicators are that the meetings went well. What else did you expect? Trump is the master of ″The Art of the Deal″. As his book says, Trump has the advantage going in as he is dealing from a position of strength. Over 10 million votes from over 40 states strong!

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May 6th, 2016

Rick Perry Endorses Donald Trump, ′Open′ to VP Job

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the fresh batch of GOP officials to endorse Donald J. Trump as the Republican presumptive nominee. Perry even went as far as to say that he was ″open″ to being Trump′s vice presidential running mate if asked. As the late-great Ed Wally would say, ″WOW!!!″ Even Arizona Senator John McCain declared that he will support Trump, despite some previous bad blood. Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, who just endorsed Lyin′ Ted Cruz one week ago, has now endorsed Trump! Meanwhile, the ′Never Trump′ dopes got a wink from Speaker Paul Ryan who told CNN yesterday that he was ″not ready″ to support The Donald. Trump responded that he was ″not ready″ to support Ryan′s agenda, either. The battle lines are still dug deep as many blame Trump for splitting the GOP. But did he really? Or was it already split?

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