OK, Here’s The Deal

By xrepublican, a Trail Mix Contributor

As they say in the movies, here’s the deal: The rippers cut $1.3 TR!LL!ON out of the budget for health care coverage. This money is s’posed to fund the $1.5 TR!LL!ION of tax cuts for the rip-up’s B!LL!ONA!RE donor$.

Howz’about instead we divvy up the tax break equally between everyone in America? I figure that will be a payoff of about $4,500 per person, or $18,000 for the fictitious family of 4. That money could help a lot of people with their medical insurance payments, and it could help many of our ailing retailors, which means JOB$ ! JOB$ ! JOB$ ! 

Now, there’s something to contact your congress(wo)man or rat about.

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Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

Wikipedia tells us that there are some twenty thousand musical works inspired or influenced by the works of William Shakespeare. I think that may be a conservative number. I thought it might be fun to spend a few Sundays listening to some of those works.

A beautiful setting of  ‘Who Is Sylvia’ by Franz Schubert.

As always enjoy the music but most especially enjoy your day!

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A Telling Silence

Asked on Friday if our president directly authorized the disastrous Niger mission, both Trump and his Press Secretary Sarah Sanders “answered” out of character: They said nothing without spin.

No blame shifting, distractive attacks or the worn-out fake media rhetoric.

Nothing.

Trump often brags, as recently as Monday, that he makes “four or five” decisions a day on covert missions. Obviously, if Niger was one of them, he’s not bragging about it.

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Reagan Redux

By Pogo, a Trail Mix Contributor

Get a cup of coffee, sit back, go read the full article, and consider what happened last night and what its impact and import will be. If you’re anything like me, you are scared shitless about what’s getting ready to happen to the United States.

Wapo PowerPost: Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cut

By Elise Viebeck

The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night, a major step forward for the GOP effort to enact tax cuts.

The budget’s passage will allow the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators.

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The White House, in a statement issued Thursday night, said Trump “applauds the Senate” for passing the budget resolution and “taking an important step in advancing the Administration’s pro-growth and pro-jobs legislative agenda.”

The Senate approved an amendment Thursday night that paved the way for the House to adopt its version of the budget. This could eliminate the need for a conference committee, which might expedite consideration of tax reform by several weeks, according to a House GOP aide.

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) proposed an amendment to prevent tax increases on people making less than $250,000 a year. The measure would have also required the Senate to approve a tax-reform bill with 60 votes rather than a simple majority. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) called this language a “poison pill,” and the amendment was defeated 51-47.

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John Kelly Enabler In Chief

The President’s Chief of Staff has fully established himself as a political player by defending, blame shifting and spinning this mess of Trump’s handling of all aspects of dealing with the families of fallen soldiers.

Time to stop giving John Kelly some sort of pass for somehow protecting the nation from his boss.

This makes it clear he’s enabling our President’s disordered mind.

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