Today is Day Two of the Trump impeachment trial. Unlike Fox News, we encourage viewers to watch the full proceedings, or as much of them as possible, in order to make up their own minds about this important moment in American history. So today, we have the full proceedings live streaming after the jump.
The live stream is available below via The Washington Post.
Please share your thoughts and observations below.
(Schiff image via screen grab)
So true, EOF, both about my absence and about what passes for political “thought” among the spoiled, whining brats of the Western world. Each and every one of the totally deluded me-first/me only generation should be made to live for six months like a local in any developing country. Or in any poverty-stricken area of the USA, comes to that.
I grew up in poor white* country and I’m frightened by reports on how being a c****** – once synonymous with ignorance and poverty – has become a point of pride. The ignorance is still there but the poverty is less and they’ve become incredibly arrogant. If they realise I live in Europe, they’re agonna want to bully me into agreeing with them and I have a wide stubborn streak.
We’re having similar problems in Italy. The ignorant and proud of it are increasingly raucous because they think they have power on their side. Their violence is being contrasted by people who call themselves “the sardines” because their aim is to pack as many people as possible during their protest events: peaceful, singing, smiling, numerous. They’re also pretty good at pricking the balloon of populists. I hope they won’t collapse like the 5-star movement did.
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On a side note, I don’t know what my retail annual drug prices are. At one point they were over $26,000/year but I’m off the most expensive prescription now. Regardless, I’m early retired under my employer’s plan and pay $180/year deductible and after that I keep getting billed zero. I’m also on Medicare (long story) A & B which pays zippo obviously (though because of my specific condition they’re supposed to pay for 2 ‘specialty’ drugs – fighting that battle).
I did research Medicare Part D drug plans for future reference. The best only paid about 45% of my prescription costs. Even dumber, Part D drug plans are so bad you need to enter your drugs into an online program to make sure their formulary covers your specific drugs. Tweak a drug and it’s find a coupon (e.g. GoodRX) like a friend of mine is doing or pay full retail. That’s one reason the (empty?) promise of Medicare for All scares the s—t out of me.
Italy comes second in the world (after France) for health results, spending less than half per capita than the USA. Trump wants to change all that, despite the resistance of the medical profession (whose opinion is worth less than that of the drugs companies’ greed).
But Schiff did hint at what you suggest during his references to the founders and how they viewed impeachment viz a viz the obligations of the Constitution.