I’m sending you a picture of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, our fabulous large lake in north Idaho – almost 1200 feet deep in places. Normally you would be looking at the Cabinet Mountains, which act as the border between Idaho and Montana, as well as the delta for the Clark Fork River, and above it the 8000 foot Scotsman’s peak. Trust me, this isn’t fog you’re looking at, and it’s been like this for weeks.
I also wish more of us on the progressive side would express our love of country and of countrymen out loud. It’s in our hearts, but too many — so engrossed in their critiques — seem to think saying it is not cool.
Let’s discuss the shut-down of a Bernie Sanders rally by activists purporting to represent Black Lives Matter. I regard the two women in Seattle as publicity hounds who saw the event — overwhelmingly populated by white liberals unsure whether to fight back — as an easy mark.
Let me also say right off that I like Bernie Sanders. I enjoy seeing him on the talk shows, arguing that the interests of ordinary working people deserve greater consideration in Washington. Bernie makes a great presentation.
But some liberal friends complained that I slammed him unfairly in a recent column. It lead with
Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of Vermont — the whitest state in the nation.
One reader asked whether I thought Bernie had been part of white flight. I said that I didn’t see his departure as racist in intent, not at all, but yes, there was white flight in the 1960s by radicals unable to deal with …
Republicans have this political dilemma. If the Supreme Court rules against subsidies for the federal health exchanges, eight million Americans will lose their health coverage. (Six million of the eight are getting help paying for their insurance.)
This would not affect the state exchanges, but most Republican states refused to set their own exchanges, letting the feds do the work.
SO, the folks at risk of losing their coverage are the Republicans’ folks.
If the justices strike down the subsidies, the GOP will find that the people it’s been making angry at Obamacare are going to be angrier without it