Monday, July 24, 2017

Values ?


What Should Puerto Rico Be (State, Nation, Territory) ?


Puerto Rico has had two plebiscites since 2012, and both times the majority voted for statehood. But both of those plebiscites were questioned by opponents, who claimed they weren't fairly done. I think most Puerto Ricans would like to see statehood, but with the Republicans in charge of Congress, that is unlikely (since the Republicans believe that would increase Democratic Party numbers in both houses of Congress and in the Electoral College).

There also doesn't seem to be a lot of support among the citizens of the U.S. for Puerto Rican statehood. The chart above reflects information about the issue in the latest Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between July 15th and 18th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,273 registered voters), with a 3 point margin of error.

As you can see, the opinions of what should happen with Puerto Rico are split -- and no opinion has majority support from any demographic group. About a third of Americans (32%) would like to see Puerto Rico become the 51st state, while 25% wants them to remain a U.S. territory, and 16% say they should become an independent nation. The remaining 27% don't know what to think.

It's results like this that keeps the status quo in place. Congress is not about to consider statehood for Puerto Rico until a majority of the public wants that to happen.

That's kind of sad, because it leave the people of that beautiful island in limbo. They are U.S. citizens, but they cannot vote in the presidential elections and they have no voting representation in Congress (only a symbolic representation).

Remember ?

Political Cartoon is by Rick McKee in The Augusta Chronicle.

Why Sean Spicer Was Pushed Out Of The White House


(Photo of Sean Spicer at a White House press conference is from gq.com.)

The official story is that former Press Secretary and acting White House Communications Director Sean Spicer resigned. That may be technically true, but it seems obvious to me that he was pushed out of his position at the White House. And he was pushed out by the liar-in-chief himself -- Donald Trump.

Although both are disingenuous, there is a difference between political spin and an obvious lie. Spicer, like most in Washington (of both parties) was rather good at political spin (the art of emphasizing the positives in something while ignoring the negatives). But Spicer was not good at defending obvious and outrageous lies -- and Trump has told a ton of them (expecting his aides to vigorously defend them).

When trying to defend an obvious Trump lie, Spicer often looked like a deer in the headlights of a Big Rig barreling down on him -- and that was obvious to both the general public and Donald Trump. And to his credit, Spicer never got any better at defending those obvious lies.

Trump was not happy, and the search began for someone who could better defend the many lies he told. They tried Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and she proved to be adept at it. She defended the Trump lies with gusto and with a straight face -- and watching her, one could think she believed those lies to the very depths of her being.

The job of Press Secretary became a two-pronged thing. Spicer still did some conferences -- but only the audio-only ones (where that "deer in the headlights" look couldn't be seen by the public). When the cameras were allowed, Sanders took over.

This was insulting, but Spicer was still the acting Communications Director. So he continued working at the White House. Then Trump hired a Wall Street buddy for that job -- Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci is a true believer, and in his first bout with the press showed he was both a stout defender of Trump lies, and an adept liar in his own right.

That left Spicer out in the cold. He was no longer the acting Communications Director, and although he still held the title of Press Secretary, in actuality that was now the job of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Spicer was a third wheel, with no real job left. What little dignity he had left demanded that he submit his resignation -- and that was just what Trump wanted.

Trump has no regard at all for truth, and only a passing interest in competence. What he demands of an employee is loyalty -- and his version of loyalty means to vigorously and wholeheartedly defend whatever outrageous thing comes out of his mouth (no matter how untrue it may be). Sanders and Scaramucci are good at that -- Spicer was not. And that's why he was pushed out of his job at the White House.

Tired Of Winning

Political Cartoon is by Rob Rogers in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

Outrageous: Avg. CEO Salaries Vs. Avg. Worker Salaries


The chart above, from the Economic Policy Institute, shows the multiple of corporate CEO salaries over worker salaries. Note that as late as 1978, the average CEO salary was only 30 times as large as the average worker salary in private industry. But as the GOP instituted their "trickle-down" economic policy, the CEO salaries (and those of upper management) have ballooned while the worker salaries have remained virtually stagnant (and when inflation is considered, have actually lost buying power).

Trump wants to double-down on the GOP "trickle-down" policy by cutting taxes for the rich and corporations -- making CEO's and other rich people even richer, while doing nothing for most workers. He says this will boost the economy and create jobs. It won't. The economy would only be boosted when workers make more (especially low-wage workers, who would spend all of their new-found wages).

We must change our economic policy in this country -- to a policy that is fair to everyone (and not just the rich, as GOP policy is). That can only be done by voting the Republicans out of power, since they still cling to their failed "trickle-down" policy.

Lawrence Mishel and Jessica Schieder have written an excellent study of CEO and worker salaries for the Economic Policy Institute. You can go here to read it (and I recommend that).

On The Ledge

Political Cartoon is by Adam Zyglis in The Buffalo News.

Rather Is Right - We Need To "Follow The Money"

(This cartoon image is by John Fewings at fewings.ca.)

The following was written by Dan Rather on July 20th. As usual, he hits the nail right on the head.

"Follow the money!" 
It's the first thing you learn as a new police detective, a beginning prosecutor, or a cub reporter. And it's a lesson you dare not forget. Money is often the fuse that ties the smoke to the fire. 
Stellar reporting from Bloomberg that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking at a wide expanse of President Trump and his family's business dealings is a big development and one that has, and should have, Mr. Trump feeling the heat. 
The more you dig into the digits, the more you are likely to find inconsistencies or much worse, especially in a freewheeling and never scrutinized family real estate empire like Mr. Trump's. 
Remember how defiantly the President has refused to release his tax returns. Remember the "red line" on just this scope of inquiry that he laid out in his interview yesterday with the New York Times. Remember all the shady associations with Russian money and his descent into - and remarkable resurrection from - bankruptcy. Remember that it was just reported that former campaign manager Paul Manafort was in debt 17 million dollars to Russian interests before he took a job with the Trump campaign. (I gave you a few extra spaces after the period to let that fact sink in). 
Trump has categorically denied any collusion with Russia, or even knowledge of any of the high level conversations between his family and staff and representatives of the nation that attacked our democracy. Mr. Trump's credibility right now is not exactly rock solid, but even granting this is the case, what happens when the spotlight turns to hard evidence in dollars and cents? 
When you turn over a rock, you can't put back all the critters that start crawling out.

Scara-smooch-cci

Political Cartoon is by Lalo Alcaraz.

The Real Facts


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Another Milestone Reached



Last night, jobsanger passed another milestone. It passed the 6 million mark in page views.

It Used To Be Better


Two-Thirds Of Public Disapproves Of Trump's Tweeting



Donald Trump claims his use of Twitter lets him communicate with the American people. That's rather disingenuous. Other presidents have communicated just fine with the people without excessive tweeting (or any tweeting at all). They did it by holding regular news conferences, where they said what they wanted to say and then answered questions from the press about what they had said.

The truth is that Trump's use of Twitter is not an effort to communicate -- it's an effort to hide from the press so he doesn't have to answer the hard questions (about his failing administration and the mountain of lies and half-truths he tells). Tweets can't be questioned, and Trump is afraid to face the press and answer their questions.

Trump may think he's pulling a fast one by ducking the press and putting his views out through tweets, but the American public doesn't like it -- and it's not winning him any new friends. A full 2/3's of the public now say they disapprove of Trump's use of Twitter (while less than 1/4 approve).

These charts were made from information in a recent ABC News / Washington Post Poll -- done between July 10th and 13th of a random national;l sample of 1,001 adults, with a 3.5 point margin of error.

Collapsing

Political Cartoon is by John Cole in the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Demographic Breakdown Of Public View Of Trump's Honesty



Yesterday, I showed you the overall result of two polls taken on Trump's honesty. Both polls showed a significant majority of the public did NOT think Trump was an honest person. Today, I show you the demographic breakdown of both of those polls. Note that in both polls there is only one group with more people saying Trump is honest than say he's dishonest -- Republicans. All other groups show just the opposite -- with more people saying he's dishonest than say he's honest.

The top chart reflects the results of the latest Public Policy Polling survey -- done between July 14th and 17th of a random national sample of 836 registered voters, with a 3.4 point margin of error.

The bottom chart reflects the results of the latest Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between July 15th and 18th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,273 registered voters), with a 3 point margin of error.

Checking On Pardon

Political Cartoon is by Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"Values Voters" Tossed Values Out The Window In 2016

(This cartoon image is by the inimitable Lalo Alcaraz.)

The right-wing has labeled white evangelical voters as "values voters". They claim those voters represent and support family values. After the performance in the 2016 presidential election, that is debatable.

In 2016, those "values voters" supported by a large margin a candidate who exhibits none of the values they claim to hold so dear.In supporting and voting for Donald Trump, the white evangelicals showed that they value the idea of a white-dominated and christian-dominated country more than they value the so-called "family values".

Here is just part of an excellent article by Robert P. Jones that appeared in The Atlantic. The whole article is well worth your time, and I urge you to read it.

One of the most perplexing features of the 2016 election was the high level of support Donald Trump received from white evangelical Protestants. How did a group that once proudly identified itself as “values voters” come to support a candidate who had been married three times, cursed from the campaign stump, owned casinos, appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine, and most remarkably, was caught on tape bragging in the most graphic terms about habitually grabbing women’s genitals without their permission? White evangelical voters’ attraction to Trump was even more mysterious because the early GOP presidential field offered candidates with strong evangelical credentials, such as Ted Cruz, a longtime Southern Baptist whose father was a Baptist minister, and Marco Rubio, a conservative Catholic who could talk with ease and familiarity about his own personal relationship with Jesus. . . .

Trump’s campaign—with its sweeping promise to “make American great again”—triumphed by converting self-described “values voters” into what I’ve called “nostalgia voters.” Trump’s promise to restore a mythical past golden age—where factory jobs paid the bills and white Protestant churches were the dominant cultural hubs—powerfully tapped evangelical anxieties about an uncertain future. . . .

The gravitational pull of nostalgia among white evangelicals was evident across a wide range of public opinion polling questions. Just a few weeks before the 2016 election, 66 percent of white evangelical Protestants said the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values. Nearly as many favored building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico (64 percent) and temporarily banning Muslims from other countries from entering the U.S. (62 percent). And 63 percent believed that today discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities. White evangelicals also stood out on broad questions about cultural change. While Americans overall were nearly evenly divided on whether American culture and way of life have changed for worse (51 percent) or better (48 percent) since the 1950s, white evangelical Protestants were likelier than any other demographic group to say things have changed for the worse since the 1950s (74 percent).

It is perhaps an open question whether Trump’s candidacy represents a true change in evangelicals’ DNA or whether it simply revealed previously hidden traits, but the shift from values to nostalgia voter has undoubtedly transformed their political ethics. The clearest example of evangelical ethics bending to fit the Trump presidency is white evangelicals’ abandonment of their conviction that personal character matters for elected officials. In 2011 and again just ahead of the 2016 election, PRRI asked Americans whether a political leader who committed an immoral act in his or her private life could nonetheless behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public life. In 2011, consistent with the “values voter” brand and the traditional evangelical emphasis on the importance of personal character, only 30 percent of white evangelical Protestants agreed with this statement. But with Trump at the top of the Republican ticket in 2016, 72 percent of white evangelicals said they believed a candidate could build a kind of moral dike between his private and public life. In a head-spinning reversal, white evangelicals went from being the least likely to the most likely group to agree that a candidate’s personal immorality has no bearing on his performance in public office.

Fears about the present and a desire for a lost past, bound together with partisan attachments, ultimately overwhelmed values voters’ convictions. Rather than standing on principle and letting the chips fall where they may, white evangelicals fully embraced a consequentialist ethics that works backward from predetermined political ends, bending or even discarding core principles as needed to achieve a predetermined outcome. When it came to the 2016 election, the ends were deemed so necessary they justified the means. . . .

White evangelicals have entered a grand bargain with the self-described master dealmaker, with high hopes that this alliance will turn back the clock. And Donald Trump’s installation as the 45th president of the United States may in fact temporarily prop up, by pure exertions of political and legal power, what white Christian Americans perceive they have lost. But these short-term victories will come at an exorbitant price. Like Esau, who exchanged his inheritance for a pot of stew, white evangelicals have traded their distinctive values for fleeting political power. Twenty years from now, there is little chance that 2016 will be celebrated as the revival of White Christian America, no matter how many Christian right leaders are installed in positions of power over the next four years. Rather, this election will mostly likely be remembered as the one in which white evangelicals traded away their integrity and influence in a gambit to resurrect their past.

Meanwhile, the major trends transforming the country continue. If anything, evangelicals’ deal with Trump may accelerate the very changes it was designed to arrest, as a growing number of non-white and non-Christian Americans are repulsed by the increasingly nativist, tribal tenor of both conservative white Christianity and conservative white politics. At the end of the day, white evangelicals’ grand bargain with Trump will be unable to hold back the sheer weight of cultural change, and their descendants will be left with the only real move possible: acceptance.

Macho Men ?

Political Cartoon is by David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times.

A Continuous Line Of Culture


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hate / Love


Public Now Believes Trump Campaign Had Improper And Illegal Dealings With Russian Officials During 2016 Election



It looks like the constant drip of revelations about dealings between the Trump campaign and Russian officials is having an effect on the public's view of people in the Trump administration.

A plurality of Americans think Donald Trump had improper dealings with the Russians (44%), and had illegal dealings with them (39%). It's even worse for other members of the administration.

A majority say Flynn, Kushner, Manafort, Sessions, and Donald Trump Jr. had both improper and illegal dealings with the Russians -- and about half believe Eric Trump did also.

These charts use information in a new Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between July 15th and 18th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,273 registered voters), with a margin of error of 3 points.

The Trump administration is in deep trouble.

A Shared Presidency ?

Political Cartoon is by Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

2nd Quarter Job Approval Average Of Presidents


The chart above reflects information in a new Gallup Poll. The latest was done between April 20th and July 19th of a random national sample of 52,765 adults, with a 1 point margin of error. The chart shows the average job approval of modern presidents during the second quarter of their first term as president. Once again, we find Trump trailing all the other presidents with an average job approval of 38.8%.

Chip Off The Old Block

Political Cartoon is by Jim Morin in The Miami Herald.

Public Not Convinced Pence Would Be Better Than Trump


Although Trump's lawyers deny it, White House sources say Trump is asking about his right to pardon offenders (including his family members and himself). It's looking like Trump is starting to realize just how much trouble his administration is in, and that some of those troubles could even be criminal.

While Trump does have the right as president to pardon his aides and family members, I doubt that he could pardon himself. That doesn't even make sense. But issuing pardons wouldn't solve his problems. It would basically be an admission of guilt, and it would move Congress much closer to impeaching him and removing him from office.

That would make Mike Pence the president. Unfortunately for Pence, that's not something most Americans would like. Only 26% think Pence would be a better president than Trump (which, considering Trump's unpopularity, should be a big insult to Pence). Meanwhile 45% say Pence would not be a better president.

This chart was made from a new Rasmussen Poll -- done on July 16th and 17th of a random national sample of 1,000 likely voters, with a 3 point margin of error.

Conflict Of Interest

Political Cartoon is by Bob Englehart at cagle.com.

87% Of Gulf War Illness Claims Nationwide Are DENIED

 (Photo meme is from memecollection.net.)

Most Americans believe that our military veterans should get health care from the government -- especially when their injuries are connected to their military service. But the government is still trying to avoid compensating veterans who have gotten Gulf War Illness. They are denying a shockingly large number of these claims.

Here is part of a good article by Jeremy Schwartz in the Austin American-Statesman on the subject:

Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report.
The report found serious and persistent problems with how the VA handles the complicated Gulf War benefits claims, ranging from poorly trained examiners to inconsistent methods of handling claims in different regions of the country. For example, in the continental United States denial rates ranged from 47 percent in Boston to 95 percent in Roanoke, Va., according to an analysis by the advocacy group Veterans for Common Sense.
The VA estimates that 44 percent of the 700,000 service members who served in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War have developed such symptoms as joint pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and neurological problems after returning home from war. The illnesses are believed to have been caused by exposure to toxic elements like smoke from burning oil wells, depleted uranium and chemical warfare agents such as mustard gas.
Nationally, the VA denied 87 percent of Gulf War illness related claims in 2015, the most recent year data was available, a denial rate that has increased over the past five years. For all other claims, the VA denied disability claims at a rate of 43 percent.
“(Gulf War illness) disability compensation claim laws and regulations need urgent overhaul,” said Paul Sullivan, director of veteran outreach for the Bergmann and Moore law firm and a Gulf War veteran whose own Gulf War claim remains in limbo after 25 years. “The issue of GWI claims is here to stay for several more decades. As Gulf War veterans age, we will file more claims … because our conditions continue manifesting and worsening, thus revealing the true long-term cost of war and toxic exposures on our health.”
Veterans and advocates fought for years to convince the VA to recognize Gulf War illness and compensate veterans suffering its effects. But while the VA has taken some steps to expand eligibility for compensation, experts say the department continues to make it unduly difficult to file and win a benefit claim.
Advocates concede that Gulf War illness claims are among the most difficult claims that VA examiners encounter. According to Michael Figlioli, deputy director of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gulf War illness is “intrinsically difficult to diagnose and treat. … (There is) no one distinctive set of symptoms that allow for a single, unmistakable diagnosis.”
The clinical names for the two main categories of Gulf War illness reflect that uncertainty: Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illness and Undiagnosed Illness.
Even so, government investigators found that the VA does a poor job educating medical examiners charged with identifying the illness.
(This meme is from knowyourmeme.com.)

Pushed Out

Political Cartoon is by Dave Granlund at davegranlund.com.

Can They Be That Stupid ?


Friday, July 21, 2017

How Far Will They Go ?


Public Thinks Trumpcare Doesn't Do What's Needed


Senate Majority Leader McConnell has promised that the Senate will vote next week on whether to bring a health plan to the Senate floor for debate. But he didn't specify what that bill would be -- the latest version of Trumpcare, or the repeal now and replace later plan.

It doesn't much matter though, because neither one would accomplish what the American public would like to see. About 62% of the public now thinks it is the responsibility of the federal government to assure that all Americans have coverage for medical care (about 10 points more that said that back in March). But both Republican plans go in the opposite direction.

The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has examined both the latest version of Trumpcare and the repeal and replace later idea. The CBO says the latest version of Trumpcare would take health insurance away from 15 million people in 2018, and at least 22 million by 2026. The repeal without replacing plan would take insurance away from 17 million in 2018, and at least 32 million by 2026.

It's easy to see why only 22% support the latest Trumpcare plan, and only 13% support repeal and replace later. The American people want more people covered with insurance -- not less. But the Republicans have no plan to cover more people.

So what should the Republicans do now? A huge majority say they should negotiate with the Democrats to fix Obamacare (see bottom chart).

Most of these numbers are from a recent AP-NORC Poll -- done between July 13th and 17th of a random national sample of 1,019 adults, with a margin of error of 4.1 points.

The bottom chart also uses numbers from a recent Fox News Poll -- done between July 16th and 18th of a random national sample of 1,020 registered voters, with a 3 point margin of error.


Colluding

Political Cartoon is by Tom Tales in The Washington Post.

The U.S. Public Simply Doesn't Trust Donald Trump



Donald Trump's job approval numbers have been upside-down since he took the oath of office. Currently, there's a 15 or 16 point gap between those who approve of the job he's doing and those who disapprove -- a negative gap.

Part of it is his regressive agenda -- building a wall, peopling his administration with family-lobbyists-Wall Street and corporate magnates, trying to take healthcare away from Americans, wanting to give the rich and corporations huge new tax cuts, and failing to fix the nation's infrastructure (among numerous other unpopular things).

Another part is his foreign policy blunders. They have seen him argue with our allies, while buddying up to Putin -- and they don't understand doing either.

But perhaps the biggest thing that keeps his approval numbers upside-down is that the American public just doesn't trust him. About 57% of the public says Trump is not honest (20 points more than think he is) -- and 52% say he's a liar (12 points more than think he's not).

Trump has tried to fight this by attacking the media. He wants Americans to think it's not him lying, but the media making up "fake" stories about him. But that isn't working. As the chart below shows, a substantial majority of Americans trust the media more than they trust Trump.

There's an old saying that when you find yourself in a hole, you should stop digging. Trump seems incapable of that. He keeps piling lie upon lie -- verifying the public's poor opinion of his honesty.

These charts reflect information in a new Public Policy Polling survey -- done between July 14th and 17th of a random national sample of 836 registered voters, with a 3.4 point margin of error.


The (Conservative) Scream

political Cartoon is by Matt Wuerker at politico.com.

10% Of Medicare Budget Goes To Fraud And Billing Mistakes


Recently, the Justice Department arrested over 400 people for medical care fraud. This is a particularly heinous crime, since most of that fraud was in the Medicare program -- the program dedicated to making sure that senior Americans have adequate medical care. If found guilty, I hope these people receive very stiff fines and prison sentences.

But the truth is that these arrests are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to Medicare fraud and abuse. It is estimated that from 10% to 11% of the Medicare budget is eaten up by fraud, waste, or over-billing. That's tens of billion dollars each year.

I think both Democrats and Republicans can agree that this is unacceptable. But it won't be fixed by just cutting Medicare funding (as the Republicans would love to do). We need to have better bookkeeping and accountability systems by the government, and more vigorous enforcement of Medicare laws and regulations by the Justice Department.

Here is just part of a good article on this issue by Fred Schultz for Kaiser Health News and the Center for Public Integrity:

Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.
James Cosgrove, who directs health care reviews for the Government Accountability Office, told the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee that the Medicare Advantage improper payment rate was 10 percent in 2016, which comes to $16.2 billion.
Adding in the overpayments for standard Medicare programs, the tally for last year approached $60 billion — which is almost twice as much as the National Institutes of Health spends on medical research each year.
“Fundamental changes are necessary” to improve how the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ferrets out billing mistakes and recoups overpayments from health insurers, he said.
Medicare serves about 56 million people, both those 65 and older and disabled people of any age. About 19 million have chosen to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans as an alternative to standard Medicare.
Federal officials predict the Medicare Advantage option will grow further as massive numbers of baby boomers retire in coming years.
Standard Medicare has a similar problem making accurate payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, according to statistics presented at the hearing. Standard Medicare’s payment error rate was cited at 11 percent, or $41 billion for 2016.

Coyote And Roadrunner

Political Cartoon is by Michael de Adder in the Toronto Star.

A Narcissistic Fraud In The White House


Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Disdain For Ethics


Trump Tries To Revive Health Plan That Public Doesn't Want




Yesterday, Donald Trump invited all the Republican senators to have lunch with him at the White House. The purpose of the lunch was to revive the Senate health plan to "repeal and replace" Obamacare -- a plan that had dies an ignominious death just a couple of days before because it couldn't get enough Republicans to back it.

While trying to revive the plan, Trump piled huge praise on it -- saying it would lower insurance premiums, provide better care for more people, and would "save" Medicaid. Those were all lies. As the CBO scoring has already shown, the GOP's Senate version of Trumpcare would actually raise insurance premiums significantly (because it would remove the individual and employer mandates), would throw millions of people off insurance rolls, and many of those would be the poor who need Medicaid (and couldn't afford to buy private insurance).

The senators would do well to ignore Trump, and pay attention to what the public wants. About 58% say they want to keep Obamacare and fix it, while only 35% say they want it repealed and replaced. And when you just look at the latest version of Trumpcare, only 20% support it while 57% oppose it.

But that last chart may be the one that bothers GOP senators the most. It shows that 53% of voters say they would be less likely to vote for anyone who voted for Trumpcare. A vote for Trumpcare would not be well received by voters in the next election.

The charts above are from the latest Public Policy Polling survey -- done between July 14th and 17th of a random national sample of 836 registered voters, with a margin of error of 3.4 points.

Dug Their Own Graves

Political Cartoon is by Nate Beeler in The Columbus Dispatch.