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March 2017


Cousin Lee takes a swing at President Trump

by Lawrence J.  Fedewa

Here is one more round of the vigorous dialog going on in my family about Mr. Trump and his administration. These are all solid citizens whose sincere concern for their country is not simply a passing glance at current affairs, but a concentrated, pro-active effort to keep informed, to think and to talk about the state of the union. They represent many other patriots, perhaps half the country, and I respect their right to be heard.

Here’s cousin Lee: “Hmmm, interesting conversation. Now let me see…. You wrote that we don’t support Trump ‘primarily because they don’t understand him and don’t agree with what they do understand, a lot of which comes from the heavily biased media’. Oh, I get it, we’re all confused by the “heavily biased media”. I have a question. Is this the same media that identified Dmitry Rybolovlev, called the Russian fertilizer king who paid Trump $100M for a Florida mansion that Trump bought for $40M….and then had it torn down?

“Is this the same media that pointed out that Wilbur Ross was appointed Commerce Secretary who just happens to be a major shareholder in the Bank of Cypress (after he was dismissed from Deutche Bank after they were found laundering roughly $10B in illegal Russian money, including from our friend Dmitry Rybolovlev) along with… guessed it, Rybolovlev?

“Is this the same media that also pointed out that Jared Kushner is in the midst of selling the office building at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for well over a billion dollars more than what was paid for it to a Chinese Billionaire, and the transaction must be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment which includes……..Wilbur Ross?

 “Oh yeah, and this is the same media that pointed out that the U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara, who was suddenly fired by the Trump administration (after being told by Trump himself along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he could stay) and was in the midst of an investigation into Deutsche Bank as well as the potential involvement of Russians in the Trump campaign? And the same media that revealed the meetings by Mike Flynn with Russians regarding U.S. sanctions against Russia…..during the Trump campaign? And, well the list could go on but one last point, the same media that pointed out how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received the Russian, Order of Friendship medal from Mr. Putin himself? You’re absolutely right, we simply don’t understand, but we will, oh we will.”

s/ Cousin Lee

My answer: While I note that a Clinton supporter throwing out rumors of corruption is a bit disingenuous (glass houses and all that), I do recognize that the hysterical Rachel Maddow and the other media you are following have used these types of accusations consistently

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Autopsy of GOP’s repeal and replace efforts

House Speaker Paul Ryan (AP photo by Paul Applewhite)

By Lawrence Fedewa – – Tuesday, March 28, 2017


It all started with Speaker Paul Ryan’s conclusion that a House version of the Obamacare repeal could not get through the Senate without a filibuster by the Democrats. He wasn’t confident that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could round up the 60 votes required to break a filibuster. But the Speaker has been around Washington for a long time. He figured out a way to get the repeal through both houses of Congress on a straight party line vote.

That left the replace issue facing a Democrat filibuster, but he calculated that he could win enough Democrats to break or even forestall a filibuster if he had enough momentum behind him. After all, by that time, Obamacare would be gone, all the tax savings would be in sight, and the Dems would not be able to explain to their constituents why they had voted against a continuation of at least some form of subsidy—even if it meant going into Medicaid or declaring a tax credit for their new insurance policies. With the momentum at his back, Ryan figured the Republicans had a good chance of winning everything. So, he gambled everything.

The speaker was always focused more on process than he was on content – a key mistake. His proposal was very clever, but very complicated. It was based on a three-phase strategy:

1) Shape the repeal in the form of a budget reconciliation bill, which needed only a majority of votes in both Houses. However, the reconciliation bill could not include any new legislation. Only changes to existing law could be included.

2) A feature of the Obamacare legislation was a delegation of almost unlimited authority to the HHS Secretary to change any and all regulations pertaining to the implementation of the legislation. With the reaffirmation of this authority, Dr. Tom Price, the new HHS Secretary, could virtually take apart Obamacare brick by brick. This was phase two of Ryan’s strategy.

3) Phase three was when all the good stuff – which requires new laws – could be voted on by both Houses and sent to him president for signature. Victory!

So, what went wrong? Ryan made some key assumptions which turned out to be wrong. The most basic mistake was his assumption that, because only a year ago the House and Senate had placed a comprehensive repeal and replace bill on President Obama’s desk (for veto), consensus among Republicans would be easily achieved.

That assumption should have been tested and accompanied by a national promotion which included all the key constituencies of the Republican Party, and the President should have been enlisted to spearhead the public debate. All this before the introduction of the bill. As it was, there was no consultation outside the small circle of the leadership, and no public consensus to fall back on when troubles arose. Quite the opposite: even the rank and file Representatives had not seen the proposed bill before it was introduced.

The second assumption that proved mistaken was that the House Republican Caucus would understand and trust the complicated process (called “regular order”) proposed by the Speaker. This could not have been farther from the truth.

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About Dr. Larry

Larry Fedewa, Ph.D. is a conservative commentator and radio talk show host on social and political issues. Former international technology executive, business owner and college president, he lives on an Arabian horse farm near Washington, D.C.

Dr. Larry has been called “the philosopher of current events” and “an original thinker” by reviewers and critics. Generally conservative, his views are his own. He is an advocate of free market solutions to current issues, such as health care, climate change, conscious capitalism, education, traditional religion, immigration, racism, and socialism.

  • His diverse audience is comprised of those who are interested in current events and trends. His goal is to help them delve into complex issues and global challenges affecting daily living and to present them with common sense approaches.
  • He is among the few conservatives who have attracted a Black audience.
  • His weekly column attracts international readers from 24 countries (see as well as syndication from other sources. (Source: Google Analytics)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Larry Fedewa, Ph.D., started his career as a high school teacher, earned a doctorate in social psychology, served as a professor, dean and eventually as founder and president of an experimental college for adults, where he introduced the first system for translating personal experience into college credits. Another innovation was an early form of distance learning, which combined tutorials with correspondence programs. He was also a member of the small committee which secured academic accreditation for the fledgling Community College of the Air Force accreditation. Keep Reading

A Family Discussion of Mr. Trump

Cousin May blasts President Trump

By Lawrence J. Fedewa – – Monday, March 13, 2017

A few weeks ago, my column discussed the opponents to Mr. Trump. I divided them into three groups: the true believers, the pragmatists, and the anarchists. Among the pragmatists, I referenced “a church full of relatives”. The excerpt was as follows:

“The pragmatists see everything differently. These people are not extremists. They believe that the status quo ante has worked quite well for the past 50 years, and they do not want to see it replaced with something different which may not work as well and which is therefore a leap in the dark.

“I have a whole church full of relatives who are solidly anti-Trump but are certainly not extremists. They are lifelong Democrats, solid citizens in a Midwestern state (Michigan) which has been governed with few exceptions by union-backed governors and senators ever since the Depression. They are against Mr. Trump because they don’t like his style but primarily because they don’t understand him and don’t agree with what they do understand, a lot of which comes from the heavily biased media. Most Democratic politicians also fall into this category.”

This comment drew the following response from Cousin May:

“I enjoyed reading your recent commentary. I am not so sure I fit into the category you have placed your “church full of relatives”. I am devastated by the election of Donald Trump and have decided to quell my angst by taking action and communicating as much as possible with our elected officials.

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Trump sets expectations on GOP health plan: ‘It’s going to take a little while to get there’

Washington (CNN) – Health care costs won’t decrease right away if a Republican plan to replace Obamacare is passed, President Donald Trump warned Monday.

Trump told a White House gathering of Americans who say they’ve been negatively affected by the Affordable Care Act that it could take several years before a drop in prices.
“More competition and less regulation will finally bring down the cost of care, and I think it will bring it down significantly. Unfortunately, it takes a while to get there because you have to let that marketplace kick in,” Trump said.
“It’s going to take a little while to get there,” Trump added. “But once it does it’s going to be a thing of beauty. I wish it didn’t take a year or two years. But that’s what’s going to happen.”
GOP showdown over Obamacare repeal

GOP showdown over Obamacare repeal 02:42
The President’s remarks came as Republicans awaited a closely watched score from the Congressional Budget Office on their health care replacement plan, which was unveiled and debated last week. Democrats argue the measure, called the American Health Care Act, will force millions of Americans off their insurance plans while increasing costs.
The CBO score is expected as early as Monday.
Trump, in his meeting, expressed frustration that Obamacare seems to be rising in popularity among Americans. Indeed, polls show that more Americans favor the current health law, which was passed in 2010.
He placed blame for the rise on the media, which he claimed were focusing on Obamacare’s success stories without highlighting those Americans who have seen their premiums spike or their preferred insurance canceled.
“The press is making Obamacare look so good all of a sudden. I’m watching the news, it looks so good,” Trump said.
He argued that Americans’ views of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, were also improving now the Democratic leader has left office.
“When he left, people like him. When he was here, people didn’t like him so much. That’s the way life goes. It’s human nature,” Trump said.

uthor: Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer