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Inauguration or The Women’s March to protest it, which was bigger? Team Trump has been called out for their attempted use of “alternative facts” also known as anal taffy in recognition of their origin. It seems that crowd scientists have the true story and share it on this episode of The Brad Blog...

According to crowd scientists (yes, apparently there is such a thing), the Womens’ March was about three times the size of Trump’s Inauguration which was, in turn, also dwarfed by each of Obama’s two Inaugurations, but particularly his first one. Based on analysis of photos and video taken at the National Mall and the surrounding areas, Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, “estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday. … They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday.”Size matters

That, in contradiction to the new Alt-Fact President, who insisted the crowd at his ceremony on Friday “looked like a million, a million and a half people,” and that the area “all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed.” Once again, actual evidence suggests that wasn’t the case, by a long shot.

Here, for the record, is just some of the actual evidence — high quality photos taken from the Washington Monument, at both Obama’s 2009 Inauguration and Trump’s 2017 ceremony, “captured 45 minutes before the respective oaths of office, show[ing] areas that were crowded with people at Mr. Obama’s inauguration that were clearly empty during Mr. Trump’s”…

KWMU’s We Live Here has put together a very interesting look at how repeal of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare will affect folks that live here in the STL AREA. This is an enjoyable half-hour that touches on some not so talked about aspects of the ACA and their real world impacts…

So we thought it fitting to end season two by examining the ultimate system, one that can literally make the difference between life and death: The healthcare system.podcast

We know, it’s a doozy.

Most importantly, it’s likely to undergo a huge change now that we have a new president and congress intent on repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act and re-engineering the way healthcare is delivered in the country

So on this episode, we ask two questions

How is all the uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act rippling out from patients to doctors to insurance companies?
How would a group of people exempt from the ACA, who don’t even believe in health insurance go about trying to set their own system?

People familiar with my Letters to the Editor dating back to the 90′s know I have been a strong supporter of Buy American and Fair Trade. Finally, my ship has come in and I don’t mean another vessel stacked with Chinese imports. Throughout the 2016 campaign this issue reverberated, though most notable in the solid proposals of Democrat Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump also spoke extensively about changing trade policy and negotiating a new NAFTA and cancelling the TPP. This morning it was reported that he has signed an executive order withdrawing this nation from the TPP. We many not agree on much but we agree on that!

There seems to be a building consensus on the issue of Buying American. The Alliance for American Manufacturing has the story..

.The House Republicans aren’t the only ones pushing for Buy America on Capitol Hill. Over in the Senate, longtime Buy America supporter Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced on Thursday that he intends to introduce legislation to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects on Monday, Trump’s first full workday in ship

Brown sent a letter to Trump informing him of the bill. In a press release, Brown noted that while Buy America rules apply to some federal infrastructure programs, others “lack rules requiring the use of American-made products. The proposed legislation would ensure Buy America rules apply to all federally-assisted projects.”

“American tax dollars should go toward American-made products that support American jobs. Period,” Brown said. “I know President-elect Trump agrees that Buy America rules are critical as we rebuild American infrastructure and I look forward to working with him to make that happen.”

It’s a very good sign that bipartisan backing is building for Buy America. These commonsense preferences ensure that taxpayer dollars remain in the United States, helping to create new jobs, boost the economy and make America more competitive. Manufacturing jobs increase 33 percent per dollar spent on public works projects when Buy America provisions are applied.

There’s also major support for Buy America — nearly three-fourths of voters say large infrastructure projects that use tax money should be built with American materials and workers.

This week’s Democratic Radio:

Fred Harris
Fred Harris, once called the godfather of populism and a former chair of the DNC, urges the party to rebuild from the bottom up with all its interest groups pulling together.on-air

Mike Ussery
Mainstream Republican foreign policy expert Mike Ussery wonders whether the system will modify Trump’s style or whether the president will be a wrecking ball taking destruction to the outer limits.

Pete Buttigieg
Coming up, Bill Press talks DNC politics with Pete Buttigieg, who is running to become party chair.

Jim Hightower
What’s being taught at Koch Kollege?

Posted in the West County Democrats Missouri Progressives in St. Louis County website:
More than 30 people rallied at the corner of Highways 47 and 100 in Washington, MO at the very hour the “unelected” president was being inaugurated. … for more click on link:

That didn’t take long. Paul Krugman details a major problem with our new president in How Dangerously Incompetent Trump Is Proving To Be..

.The Trump administration is shaping up to be Bush-Cheney-like, on steroids. Blind ideology, blind loyalty, contempt for knowledge, nuance and expertise, and lack of ethics are the values the incoming president rewards.Steroids

No doubt there will be a crisis in pretty short order that reveals the true costs of such an approach. Some candidates, Krugman suggests, are collapsing health care, a trade war, or an actual military standoff with the much-baited China.

Or some really bad weather, like Katrina. Or something completely out of left field.

In any event, it won’t be a problem you can solve with a tweet, or by manipulating the media with your friends at the FBI and the Kremlin.

Compare the new the white house website with the obama white house website


It’s either BS, incompetence, or oversight but it is undeniable that President Trump’s inaugural words about “everything will be America First” already are ringing hollow. Sources have pictures of the Trump Inauguration hats with labels stating they were “Made In China.” The details are in Trump Breaks First Presidential Promise In Record Time… Trump Inauguration Caps

Is this how to Make America Great Again?

Trum Inaugural Address

Now that Governor Greitens has delivered his inaugural address seems like a good time to see how this “outsider” will speak and act as the chief executive of the Show-Me state. A brief look at his statements and how they reflect reality is not comforting. Let’s start with Tony Messenger’s Budget quagmire throws Greitens’ vision into doubt.

In particular let’s examine his rhetoric in regard to Right-to-Work. The GOP has constructed an elaborate set of selected statistics purporting to show that our RTW neighbors are creating more jobs than Missouri as a result of their RTW status.

Next, Greitens wants to weaken unions, under the auspices of making Missouri a more business-friendly state. There is little doubt that Republicans will pass a “right-to-work” bill and potentially other bills intended to lower wages and damage a Democratic power base. But to what end?

Last year, Missouri produced more manufacturing jobs than all of its border states, including those with right-to-work laws. Here’s why budgets matter: Where will the jobs come from when highways are crumbling, when schools don’t have money for capital projects, when the Legislature’s no-taxes pledge gets in the way of future investment?

Is Missouri so desperate for job creation that it is necessary to make laws that force an organization to provide it’s services for free? Will Missourians be able to access free goods and services from other organizations?

The same edition of the Post-Dispatch that featured Mr. Messenger also contained a piece by business reporter Jim Gallagher, St. Charles goes shopping for workers…

Frustrated with the tight labor market in St. Charles, local businesses are sending recruiters 116 miles away to lure workers from small-town America.

The city of St. Charles Economic Development office is planning a job fair in Effingham, Ill., a town of 12,000 people, on March 28.

St. Charles manufacturers such as Craftsmen Industries, LMI Aerospace, Patriot Machine and Trinity Products hope to hire there. Ameristar Casino, Embassy Suites hotels and the St. Charles Convention Center are also sending recruiters.

The St. Louis metro unemployment rate hit 4.3 percent in November, a 15-year low. The rate in St. Charles County was 2.8 percent, not adjusted for seasonal changes.

St. Charles businesses are finding it hard to recruit in the metro area, said David Leezer, St. Charles economic development director. Workers are jumping from company to company for better pay, he said, while the supply of trained workers isn’t expanding.

A recruiting trip to farm country is unusual for metro area employers. “I don’t know of anybody who has done this before. But what we’re doing now is not working,” he said.

Say what? One of Missouri’s largest counties is sending recruiters over a hundred miles away to get workers. Rising pay is leading businesses to chase workers and now is the time to enact a Right-to-Work law that has consistently lowered wages in other states? So much for a commitment to good paying jobs.

State Representative Doug Beck appeared on Mcgraw Millhaven’s radio show to rebut the vacant claims of Governor Greitens and the GOP. Take a listen and try to square the logic circle!

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