Saturday, September 26, 2020

Donald Trying To Use Taxpayer Money To Buy Seniors' Votes For $200 Each



Decade after decade, seniors have always been the most reliable voters. In 2016, Trump won among voters over 65 years old. He beat Hillary 53-44% in this cohort, which is how he managed to win. This cycle, polls have been showing his numbers among the elderly slipping drastically, enough to cost him senior-heavy states like Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and possibly Iowa, Ohio, Montana and Georgia.

Seniors have noticed that Trump is full of crap and that his three and a half years in office have been a disaster for them. So he's trying to buy their votes with a cheap scheme-- a $200 discount card for prescription drugs that he's stealing from Medicare.

Wall Street Journal reporter Stephanie Armour wrote early yesterday that his coupon program will be funded by the Medicare Trust Fund, under a program that lets him waive standards to test new initiatives. The regime expects to send out 33 Trump cards before the election. Always the smooth talking snake oil salesman , Señor T told an audience at a super-spreader event in North Carolina that "Nobody’s seen this before, these cards are incredible. The cards will be mailed out in coming weeks, I will always take care of our wonderful senior citizens. Joe Biden won’t be doing this."

This election stunt will cost the taxpayers $6.6 billion. Stat News reported that "It is unclear whether Trump’s promises on $200 credits for prescription drug coupons will come to fruition. Under the Constitution, it is Congress, not the White House, that is empowered to spend taxpayer money, and it is unclear where the roughly $6.6 billion for the program would come from. The idea has never been formally proposed or sketched out by health officials, though the New York Times reported this week that Trump officials had tried to convince the pharmaceutical industry to pay for similar cards worth $100. The drug industry refused."

Goal ThermometerTexas has one of the biggest populations of senior citizens anywhere and Julie Oliver is running in a central Texas district on a platform that includes protecting and expanding the rights of seniors, not on cheap election eve shenanigans. She told me that her mom "was a public school teacher who really struggled to survive on Social Security, and I understand that we need to expand it, not allow multi-millionaires like Roger Williams to game the system, and pay less into Social Security than their fair share. For years, he’s been threatening to cut Social Security so that Wall Street CEOs can keep getting richer. So let’s be clear. When I’m elected, we’re going to protect the earned benefits that Mexican seniors have paid into their whole lives, and we’re going to expand social security by making billionaires pay their fair share."

Cathy Kunkel is running for a House seat in the middle of the Trumpiest state in America West Virginia. She's campaigning on uplifting work families and noted yesterday that "Instead of poorly conceived election-day gimmicks, West Virginians need real healthcare reform. And we certainly won't get there with a president and Congressional representative who have tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to take away healthcare from people with pre-existing conditions-- and who have made no real attempt in the past 4 year to challenge the power of the pharmaceutical industry and bring down prescription drug prices."

The are a bunch of Republican, ex-Republican and #NeverTrump groups releasing ads attacking Trump, his morals, his allies, his tactics, and his policies. They seem to be mostly talking to each other, to some right-wing elites and to Democrats who already hate Donald's guts. But the State Government Leadership Foundation, which is the dark money PAC of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), isn't part of that bubble. They are very much a part of the Republican Party Establishment. But yesterday they started running an ad that savages a Trumpanzee election stunt-- his new drug pricing proposal-- albeit without mentioning Donald by name. They're working with PhRMA against Trump and I doubt they would be doing anything like this if they thought he had a real chance to serve a second term. PhRMA is one of the top financial backers of the RSLC and the State Government Leadership Foundation and Trump doesn't have the guts to go after them. Watch:

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At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the fucking Democrats expect the voters to do the job they deliberately bungled to get the Orange Oaf out of the White Man's House via an election the Democrats have done nothing to protect from serious voter suppression.

Ready to #DemExit yet?

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m for Dem Enter a commentator on Fox News made up Dem Exit to frame everyone to leave the party for no reason it’s all a charade.

#DemEnter #DemExitIsALie

At 7:13 AM, Blogger Ten Bears said...

Can I use it at the pot-shop?

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TB, depends on where you live. Med pot is not legal everywhere.

This is not unprecedented, you know.

How soon we forget that Reagan won in a landslide by promising the greenhouse that every single plant would get a coupla hunnert bucks worth of a tax cut while he cut the taxes for the rich by 1000X that much at least.

And, best of all, that tax cut will be paid by our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. So... win-win!!!

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No sane person will DemEnter - as Admiral Akbar said in Star Wars "It's a trap! Besides, the "Democrats" have amply displayed that they have no idea how to use The (political) Force.

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Patrick said...

DemExit is a trick it was started by a Trump Supporter.

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the democrap party made me 'demexit' in 1982. trump was still only raping kids and defrauding subs back then. Shit, he could still get a loan from an American back back then.

At 3:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democratic Party offers nothing but talk. It's been this way since Ronald Reagan ate their lunch and dared them to do something about it.

They did nothing to stop the increasingly rightward drift taken by those GOP corporatists until even Mussolini begins to look like a leftist to them. The Democrats wagged their stubby tails vigorously as they followed along, eager to be just like them. 40 years of that crap SHOULD be enough of an incentive to leave the corrupt and so-called opposition party behind.

It appears that to some, appeasement to fascists is still a thing in the world. Just remember this: it don't go so well for them the last time this tactic was tried, did it, Mr. Chamberlain?


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