Gallup Poll indicates almost half of Americans support Basic Income

The survey points to looming class warfare in America. Americans with college degrees; who are likely to be in the middle or upper class, oppose UBI. Those without college degrees; who are more likely to be working class, favor it.

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Does Trump Really want a Trade War?

A number of interesting conclusions can be made here. The first is that Trump thinks the U.S. might be able to win a trade war against Europe but not China. He might believe that the USA can get concessions from the EU with tariffs, while China may be rich enough to ignore the tariffs.

The European Union is a weak alliance that is plagued by economic stagnation and reeling from Brexit. The Peoples Republic of China is a strong unified state and the world’s second-largest economy.
The Chinese have one other edge in a trade war that might prove crucial. The People’s Republic is an authoritarian regime with a Leninist government. Neither Xi Jinping nor the politburo has to face reelection. They might be able to win a trade war by simply waiting for the next U.S. election.

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Game Changing Election Brewing in Texas

O’Rourke’s success might start a paradigm shift in the Democratic Party and politics in general.

The most radical thing O’Rourke has done to is to campaign like a Republican. That is campaigning only to the Democratic base and making no effort to attract centrist or swing voters. This is a repudiation of the standard Democratic strategy of the last 50 years; which was to concentrate electoral resources the message on white middle-class moderate “swing voters.”

Conventional wisdom tells us that Beto O’Rourke cannot win in Texas, but that wisdom may no longer apply. Just two years ago, conventional wisdom told us Donald J. Trump could not win the Republican nomination or beat Hillary Clinton in the general election – he did both.

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Americans beware Obamacare is not dead

Medicare Extra sounds like a terrible deal for middle-class families. It would charge them higher premiums and deductibles for less health insurance.
Some Americans might end up paying higher premiums for less coverage under Medicare Extra. Worse, they would be forced to pay those premiums because the employer would be in a position to simply cancel its policy and enroll its employees in Medicare Extra. The program sounds like a great deal for companies trying to reduce healthcare costs and a horrible deal for families that need healthcare.
Many people could see their coverage reduced under Medicare Extra because any employer would be able to participate in the scheme instead of offering its own health insurance.

The problem with that claim is CAP’s proposal is neither single payer nor for all. Instead, it simply extends the Obamacare system and provides no means of controlling costs. Worse, it would pass those out of control costs onto working Americans and drive many of them into debt.

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Does the Second Amendment Mean Anything Anymore?

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment to U.S. Constitution.

“Gun control is as much a part of the Second Amendment as the right to keep and bear arms,” Adam Winkler a professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law wrote in an essay for the Constitution Center.

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Media Ignoring U.S. Education Crisis

The crisis in West Virginia affected 680 schools and 277,000 students yet according to our national media, it did not exist.

Disturbingly, the media focused its coverage on a tragedy that occurred in an affluent largely white suburb; while ignoring a crisis in a white-working class state. Demographics make a bothersome statement about media priorities here.

Our so-called national political leaders were conspicuous with their absence from the West Virginia teacher’s strike.

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The Republican Disconnect with Voters

Recent legislative elections indicate Trump voters are willing to vote Democrat if their legislators refuse to listen. A Republican victory in 2018 may depend upon their party’s willingness to change. If they cannot we can expect many more Democratic victories in Trump country.

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Big Stories You Missed

One has to wonder who is in control on Capitol Hill; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), or the defense contractors? Austerity and fiscal responsibility are dead in the Republican Party.

The anti-pornography crusade may fail because today’s Christians value their freedom more than abstract concepts of decency.

The amount appropriated for domestic spending actually exceeds what President Obama asked for in his last budget.

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A Republican Strategy to Destroy Trump Takes Shape

The anti-Trump Republicans are not dead as many observers have assumed. They’ve simply gone underground and launched a campaign of guerrilla warfare. One has to wonder how Trump and his handlers will react to this development.

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How to Fix Congress

Sorry America, Congress does not represent you
For example, American atheists and agnostics outnumber Evangelical Christians yet they get almost no representation in Congress. There is polling data that indicates secularists (atheists and agnostics) are America’s largest and fastest- growing “religious group” with around 26% of the population, yet Congress pays no attention to their concerns.

Racially things are worse; nonwhites make up 38% of America’s population but only 19% of the 115th United States Congress, Pew Research reported. There were 57.5 million Hispanics or 18% of the US population, but only 39 Latinos in Congress – or around 12% of its members.

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