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Let the Obamacare battles begin…

Obamacare has put down roots in the national soil. Anyone who thinks pulling it will be easy is in for a surprise.

Shell-shocked Democrats on Capitol Hill are preparing to make a fight for Obamacare their top priority in the opening days of the Trump administration, with leading advocacy groups ready to wage “total war” to defend President Barack Obama’s universal health care program and his domestic policy legacy.

“We’ve got the battle of our lifetime ahead of us,” Ron Pollack, executive director of advocacy group Families USA, said the day after Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which now covers 22 million people. “We’re going to have a huge number of organizations from all across the country that will participate in this effort.”

But their options are limited. They have enough votes to block a total repeal of the law on Day One of a Trump administration. But they can’t block Republicans from passing targeted legislation in the coming months, and Trump — like Obama before him — can pick up a pen as early as Jan. 20 and use executive powers to block, change or put on hold key elements of the massive, 6-year-old legislation.

Just this morning my good friend and Trump voter told me that two things are going to be difficult to take away from Americans. One is junior’s right to stay on mom and dad’s plan until 26. The other, he said, is the rule that no one can be denied coverage or charged more due to a pre-existing condition.

The rule allowing kids on parents’ plan until 26 could probably be repealed with some angry opposition but, my friend is correct, the pre-existing condition rule is well loved and will be hard to take away from Americans.

That rule, however, is the tap root of of Obamacare. If you cannot be denied cheap coverage when you have a preexisting condition, then what you are buying isn’t insurance. What you are buying is subsidized health care and no company can just pay customers doctor bills and stay solvent… unless there is an individual mandate with real teeth.

If you are going to have an individual mandate and force people to buy insurance for which they don’t have the funds, you are going to have to subsidize them.

No pre-existing condition denial, an individual mandate and subsidies? Viola! We just reinvented Obamacare.

In order for Obamacare to be repealed and replaced, either the popular pre-existing condition rule will have to go, or whatever replaces it will be more of the same but with a different name.

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The loneliness of the small government, Reagan Republican

For the last year, some of us have pointed out that Donald Trump isn’t a Reagan small government Republican. He is a Keynesian stimulus advocate and a big government supporter of centralized power. He calls for government stimulus, government health care services, federal police laws, federal control of trade and commerce and all manner of big government programs.

Those of us who pointed this out were told that it didn’t matter. Hillary Clinton was so bad that Trump had to be the choice. “At least”, we were told, “there was a chance for the future with Trump. With HRC there is no chance.” Better to play Russian Roulette with Trump than just commit suicide with Clinton, they said.

Now Trump is the president elect and will soon be the actual president. He is going to do what he said he was going to do. He is going to propose massive spending bills that will likely pass. He will offer up something like Cash for Clunkers somewhere. He said he would repeal and replace Obamacare with something that would be “tremendous” and it would be paid for by the government. He may repeal NAFTA by executive order.

Many Republicans will line up behind their new standard bearer and, frankly, so will many Democrats. Both Republicans and Democrats love big government spending in their districts.

A few Republicans, however, will resist. They will attempt to serve the classical liberal ethos and legitimately protect the principles of limited government conservatism. And they will be attacked.

In resisting Trump’s agenda they will invite the fury of his fans. His most ardent supporters adhere to no governing ethic other than a belief that the enemy must be crushed. To them, victory is all that matters and the great leader’s victory is their victory. It won’t matter that victory would mean the defeat of the limited government agenda of Ronald Reagan; they will demand unconditional surrender.

Limited government Republicans, therefore, will be all alone. Hardcore Trump supporters will call them cucks and establishment sellouts. The media and the left will only see Republicans and they will paint them with the same brush with which they paint Trump: Racist, fascist, sexist…

I suspect it is going to be a lonely time for limited government Republicans as they face vitriol from both the left and the right. I, for one, intend to stand with them.

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They chanted “Not our president”

Isn’t that cute?

Thousands of people across the country marched, shut down highways, burned effigies and shouted angry slogans on Wednesday night to protest the election of Donald J. Trump as president.

The demonstrations, fueled by social media, continued into the early hours of Thursday. The crowds swelled as the night went on but remained mostly peaceful.

Protests were reported in cities as diverse as Dallas and Oakland and included marches in Boston; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Washington and at college campuses in California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
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They chanted “Not our president” and “New York hates Trump” and carried signs that said, among other things, “Dump Trump.” Restaurant workers in their uniforms briefly left their posts to cheer on the demonstrators.

I have some advice for the protesters… Look, it stings. I know. I have been living your nightmare for eight years. Truth be told, I am wary of the president elect myself. But listen cupcakes, screaming and chanting won’t do a damned thing. You can say that he isn’t your president, but he is.

Obama made damned sure we all knew he was the president and that was that. He rubbed it in. He told us to get in the back seat because we weren’t driving anymore. He told us over and over that he won and we lost and it didn’t matter how we felt about it. He was president and we just had to deal with it.

Well, guys, the shoe is on the other foot. There is nothing you can do. Do you understand? Nothing.

Get used to it because it doesn’t get any easier.

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Paul Krugman was up late last night

He was posting this at 12:42 am.

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?

Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.

Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.

How’d that work out? The stock market flirted with record highs.

U.S. stocks rallied Wednesday, with the Dow industrials jumping 257 points, led by a surge in financial, health-care and industrial stocks, as investors bet on the infrastructure spending policy promised by President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump’s acceptance speech early Wednesday mentioning Keynesian-style spending and sounding a touch more conciliatory than had been the case during his campaign appeared to reset investors’ expectations.

This is his “specialty”?

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What’s next for the Revo?

Trump has pulled off of one of the most – if not the most – stunning political upsets in history. He deserves a fresh start and a fresh evaluation.

I will give him that. He has earned it.

You know, this site is nine years old. Only during its disorganized first year was a Republican in in the White House. We have pretty much always been outsiders standing for a set of core values and a governing ethos. This site has existed as a means to decry centralized power and big government abuses. It does NOT exist to root for a team. In case anyone misunderstands, this is not a site that exists to support the RNC.

This is not televised sports and we aren’t cheering for a team. We stand for values and those values remain unchanged. We still stand for free markets, free trade, free speech, free people and free minds. This is non-negotiable. These values can only flourish in a world were massive government isn’t crushing them underfoot. We still oppose centralized administrative power.

I will not allow this site to drift into knee-jerk pro-Trumpism. We will praise him when he supports our values and disparage him when he doesn’t.

The logic that “attacking Trump helps Hillary Clinton” is no longer operable. That part is over. Now disparaging Trump is nothing more than disparaging the regime in power. That is something we have always done here and, when appropriate, we will continue to do.

So, yes, Donald J. Trump deserves a fresh look and a fresh evaluation. I mean that.

Those, however, who come here to defend Trump even when he is hostile to the values that are the foundation of the Real Revo are trolls.

Don’t be a troll.

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The Morning After

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Last night was sexy. Those of us who despise the Clinton crime family experienced virtually orgasmic delight watching her go down for what is surely the last time. Seeing Obama’s legacy circle the drain was a second shuddering release. It was sublime to the point of being joyous and, afterwards, we fell into a deep sleep and drifted dreamlessly in a way that only that kind of physical release allows.

Now the sun is rising. The buzz has worn off. We roll over and see with whom we are in bed. Gosh; not nearly as hot as we remember. What is that on the night stand? Is that a fully officiated and notarized marriage certificate? It sure is. We are married to Donald J. Trump and the orgasmic delights of last night are but a rapidly fading memory.

Did he say he was going to debauch the economy with corporate welfare in the form of self-imposed trade sanctions? How drunk were we? I seem to recall him sweet talking us about roving deportation brigades. He didn’t really mean that, did he? Did we just giggle and demure when he said he would order the military to commit war crimes? How many shots did we have?

Well, there is nothing we can do now. Let’s hope we can build a happy marriage from what was essentially a desire for passion and, you know, orgasms.

God, I hope we aren’t pregnant.

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Second Election Night Open Thread

With that new post smell!

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Election Night Open Thread

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Guam Votes

It is already tomorrow on Guam and election day is over. The vote is in.

HAGATNA, Guam — Hillary Clinton has overwhelmingly won the vote on the tiny U.S. island of Guam.

The territory, located west of the international date line, is 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and bills itself as “Where America’s Day Begins.”

With 32,071 voters casting ballots, Democrat Clinton received 71.63% of the vote. Republican Donald Trump received 24.16%, and Socialist candidate Emidio Soltysik — the only third-party candidate on the ballot — received 4.22%.

Although all voters here are American citizens, their votes in the presidential race do not count because Guam has no representation in the Electoral College. Unlike U.S. citizens who live in foreign countries, Guam residents are not allowed to vote absentee from states.

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Trump’s most realistic shot at victory…


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Choosing your dictator may be democracy, but it isn’t freedom

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America is stressed out. The election is a high stakes game and people on both sides are biting their nails. After all, who will get the reigns of the awesome power of the Federal Leviathan is a pretty big deal. That person will wield tremendous power over the massive centralized bureaucracy.

That person will decide who are winners and who are losers. The president plays a huge role in defining which rent seekers are successful and those that are not. The person elected will have the power to choose the fates of millions of families. Perhaps people who have lived in America all of their lives will be exiled to strange lands. Maybe new wars will be fought. Businesses may be crushed with taxation and regulation. Churches may be put under pressure to yield to the will of the state. Successful import businesses may be destroyed.

All of this and much more hangs in the balance. The problem, however, isn’t who gets to pull the levers of the all powerful leviathan. The problem is that a leviathan government exists at all.

All across the nation people have been induced to believe that the leviathan can be tamed if only their candidate is at the helm. They have forgotten, it seems, that power corrupts. Choosing your dictator still results in a life living under a dictatorship.

It is really sad, when you think about it, that so many tens of millions of people have come to believe that the leviathan can be tamed by lending is power to a person who has demonstrated a lust for the seduction of power. Come on… We all know that neither of these candidates is going to suddenly become less physically aroused by power after finally achieving more power than any other human being on Earth.

The question shouldn’t be to whom will we give access to ultimate power. The question should be how to make sure than no one ever has access to that much power.

The Founders were keenly aware of this and built a constitutional system that provided a balance of power ensuring that no one man ever wield the full force of a leviathan government. Those checks and balances have weathered and eroded to near uselessness.

So how will the checks and balances be restored? The short answer is that they will not be restored behaving as we have been. Not as long as the the American people are fine with a single person wielding ultimate power as long as it is their chosen person.

As long as people divide into camps and enthusiastically support a power-mad candidate for no other reason than to oppose the alternative power-mad candidate, the result will always be a power-mad person at the helm of an ultimately powerful leviathan state. They cook the rule book and we enthusiastically embrace it.

The problem, therefore, isn’t to choose the right candidate. The problem is to create a limited government system in which the wrong candidate in office has limited ability for mischief. In that system, politics would be more cerebral, more policy oriented and less hateful.

As long as Americans allow an ultimately powerful, unchecked, unfettered leviathan government to exist, our public life will continue to exist as a zero sum game where my loss is your victory and everything is at stake all the time. As long as this situation exists, people will continue to be brainwashed into enthusiastically supporting their candidate for dictator.

For this reason, I hope that voter turnout plummets. I hope that people check out; that they stop being manipulated into picking their poison. I hope that change starts tomorrow.

It is a vain hope and an impossible dream, but that is my prayer.

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In 48 hours, we will know…

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In 48 hours, it will all be over.

Regardless as to whether HRC or DJT is elected tomorrow, here is what we know for certain:

The president elect will be a New Yorker.

The president elect will support continued public funding for Planned Parenthood.

The president elect will have a record of flip-flopping on key issues.

The president elect will be at least as divisive as the current divisive president.

The president elect will be the first in the modern era to be elected with a negative approval rating.

The president elect will be a known enabler of sexual assault.

The president elect will offer a big government health care plan.

The president elect will have the threat of court proceedings looming.

The president elect will show no interest in reforming Social Security.

The president elect will be hated by millions of Americans.

The president elect will be hostile to free trade.

The president elect will be someone who attended Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

The president elect will be someone who attended Melania Trump’s wedding.

The president elect will be a senior citizen.

The president elect will be a person who only has imaginary combat experience.

The president elect will be a person who has made money accumulation the focus of life.

The president elect will claim to be a Christian but few will believe it.

The president elect will be part of a marriage known to be infected with adultery.

The president elect will be someone who in 2012 supported Hillary Clinton for president.

The president elect will have a long history as a member of the Democratic Party.

The president elect will have small hands.

The president elect will be an advocate of big, centralized federal government programs.

The president elect will be unfit for office.

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Remember, remember the 5th of November!

The Fifth of November

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

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It was all lies; all of it!

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Rolling Stone and its reporter have been ruled liable in the defamation suit.

After hearing more than two weeks’ worth of evidence, jurors ruled Friday that Rolling Stone magazine and a writer defamed a University of Virginia administrator in a 2014 story about an alleged sexual assault, media outlets reported.

Word of the jury decision came Friday afternoon in multiple news outlets.

School administrator Nicole Eramo claimed the 2014 article portrayed her as a villain who discouraged the woman identified only as Jackie from reporting the incident to police. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.

Rolling Stone’s attorneys said there was no evidence that the reporter knew what she was writing about Eramo was false or had serious doubts about whether it was true.

They should throw the book at them. This was a social justice warrior witch hunt. They wanted to destroy the boys and they didn’t care how they did it. These are the purveyors of the vile belief that when a woman says a man is guilty, he is guilty, presumption of innocence be damned. These people are totalitarian fiends. Lock them up.

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Two police officers killed in ambushes in Des Moines

This is the first instance where a police officer has been shot killed in Des Moines in the line of duty since 1977.

When this crap comes to places like Des Moines, nowhere is safe.

Two metro-area police officers were shot and killed in apparent “ambush style” attacks early Wednesday.

Police from Urbandale and Des Moines departments responded to a report of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue at about 1:06 a.m.

The first officers arriving on the scene found an Urbandale officer shot. The officer, whose name has not been released, died, said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek in a news release.

At about 1:26 a.m., a Des Moines police officer was shot and killed near the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Drive while responding to the scene where the Urbandale officer was shot.

Both officers were gunned down in their patrol cars.

As of 5:00 am, they have no suspects.

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It takes 270 to win

This is what a tie looks like. How do you predict the map will deviate from this?


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The best news most of you will read all day…

Chubby older fathers are more attractive to women and live longer. It’s science baby.

Pudgy older fathers live longer, are more attractive to the opposite sex and are better at passing on their genes than their leaner counterparts, scientists have claimed.

Becoming fatter after fatherhood due to decreasing testosterone levels may not fit the “macho” ideal, but it actually prolongs lives and strengthens immune systems, according to Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology and deputy provost at Yale University.

There is evidence that these men are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and prostate cancer, while a study in 2008 found that men with high metabolisms were around 50 per cent more likely to die in a given year than those whose bodies burned up less energy at rest.

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Gowdy savages alleged pederast….

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American Distress

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How is it that this crime family should have so much power?

I’ve always figured that, as secretary of state, Clinton kept her home-brew email server — from which foreign intelligence agencies could hack top secret information — so she could shield the influence peddling that helped make the Clintons several fortunes.

The Clintons weren’t skilled merchants. They weren’t traders or manufacturers. The Clintons never produced anything tangible. They had no science, patents or devices to make them millions upon millions of dollars.

All they had to sell, really, was influence. And they used our federal government to leverage it.

If a presidential election is as much about the people as it is about the candidates, then we’ll learn plenty about ourselves in the coming days, won’t we?

The Clintons represent everything that is wrong with our government and Trump represents everything that is wrong with our culture. Together in 2016 they are indicative of a deep American pathology.

Read the rest of the quoted article.

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FBI reopens HRC email investigation

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That they didn’t push this off a couple weeks leads me to conclude that there is something meaningful out there.

The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state after discovering new emails, in a stunning turn of events just days before the presidential election.

FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to top members of Congress Friday that the bureau has “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”

Comey did not detail those emails, saying only that they surfaced “in connection with an unrelated case.”

On the other hand, what are the chances the public will see any of this in the next 11 days?

Curious.

More here.

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Jury finds all Oregon standoff defendants not guilty

No charges.

A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The Bundy brothers and occupiers Jeff Banta and David Fry also were found not guilty of having guns in a federal facility. Kenneth Medenbach was found not guilty of stealing government property, and a hung jury was declared on Ryan Bundy’s charge of theft of FBI surveillance cameras.

“More than we could have hoped for,” said one of Ammon Bundy’s lawyers, J. Morgan Philpot.

“Stunning,” said defense lawyer Lisa Ludwig, who was standby counsel for Ryan Bundy.

“I’m just thrilled,” said Neil Wampler’s attorney Lisa Maxfield.

Over at Vox, they are unhappy with this outcome.

The verdict for those armed militants who took over a federal building is white privilege in action

The verdict is completely absurd.

Eight months after the nation watched an armed militia take over a wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest federal land ownership, a jury has come back and said that the militia members are “not guilty.” This includes not guilty of a charge that describes what everyone knows these militants did, considering that they live-streamed themselves doing it: conspiracy to prevent Bureau of Land Management and US Fish and Wildlife employees from doing their jobs at the wildlife refuge.

It’s kind of hilarious how the left suddenly come to the conclusion that occupying federal land, public parks, statehouse lawns and, I dunno, Wall Street, is a terrible crime. I recall period a few years ago when occupying things was just a First Amendment protected statement of support for social justice.

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Venezuelans go militant…

It took a long, long time and a hell of a lot of very real suffering for them to get to this point.

CARACAS (Reuters) – In a curious convergence of events on the same day last week, four Venezuelan provincial courts issued identical rulings, state governors quickly hit Twitter to celebrate, then the election board emailed a short but bombshell statement.

Opposition hopes for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro were dashed, on grounds of fraud in an initial signature drive. The vote was off.

For many in the opposition, that settled a years-old debate about the nature of Venezuela’s socialist government, uniting them in conviction they are now fighting a dictatorship.

Food shortages, long shopping lines and runaway prices have eroded the ruling “Chavismo” movement’s popularity among the poor and seen Maduro’s ratings slide to just over 20 percent.

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Support for “assault weapon” ban at an all time low

Gun control is one battle in the culture war that conservatives are winning.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fewest Americans in 20 years favor making it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles. Thirty-six percent now want an assault weapons ban, down from 44% in 2012 and 57% when Gallup first asked the question in 1996.

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This election is getting edgy

Here we have a former congressman violating one of the Revo’s four simple rules.

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Megyn Kelly v. Newt Gingrich

Gingrich believes Trump will win, Kelly doubts it. The sparks fly…

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