There will be continuing efforts to undermine and repeal the Affordable Care Act, and we need to defend its important progress. Now is the time to discuss and begin to decide on the next steps to improve it. California has done a remarkable job in its implememtation, but we can do even better. Here are some preliminary thoughts.
Russia intervened in our elections to see that its favored candidate won. Much to everyone’s surprise their favored candidate, President Trump, did so. Whether there was or was not collusion with the Trump campaign, we’ll know at some point.
Essentially, there are five issues for decision in the Senate immigration debate (when and if it ever happens): status for the dreamers, impact on their parents, funding for the wall, restrictions on legal immigration and sanctuary cities. There are a lot of moving parts.
In the US, we are a nation of immigrants; our prosperity was and is built on immigration, and historically we welcome immigrants and refugees; we admit about one million annually. Yet in times of economic decline and turmoil that welcome has turned to hostility and far worse.
Impeachment of the President is once again on people’s lips for the third time in my lifetime. Impeachment is an extraordinarily serious undertaking requiring a strong bi-partisan consensus to be successful. It requires a majority vote in the House and a 2/3rds vote in the Senate.
The early Pilgrims came to escape religious persecution in England. They came to practice their religion. They had no permission from the Native Americans to settle here and ultimately destroy their tribes, their communities and their way of life. They did not even have the permission of the British Government to leave England.
The GOP is in charge of the House, the Senate, the Presidency and the Supreme Court. It has control of the governorships and the state legislatures in over 30 states. What is it doing with all this awesome power to make our nation a better place to live, work and raise a family? What is it doing to make the world a better place for all who live on this planet?