The VA Scandal Is An Outrage, But So Is Blocking Medicaid Expansion

This is no way is an excuse or even a defense of the awful way the VA hospitals handled the claims processing of veterans that lead to 40 deaths. This is however a reflection of where our politics have come. Yes, the VA scandal is an outrage, it's a disgusting awful outrage, but so is denying five million people access to health insurance by blocking Obamacare. The veterans problems certainly didn't start with the sequestration cuts but they were not helped by the cuts either.

From Politico 
Under law, however, the VA’s budget can’t be slashed by more than 2 percent – much less than the 8 percent to 10 percent cuts laid out under sequestration. A 2-percent cut of administrative-related funds would be about $60 million.
Let's hope that $60 million dollars wasn't cut in the form of claims processors and care coordinators' jobs.

Poll: People prefer public options vs private options for healthcare

Jon Stewart is angry about the VA scandal and you should be too 

Support for same sex marriage at an all time high 
• 55% over all population
• highest mark since Gallup began polling the question in 1996.

McConnell and Grimes Win

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will face current Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes in the November election for US Senate in Kentucky. So much for a Tea Party resurgence...

The US Senate race in Kentucky is still showing Allison Lundergan Grimes leading both Republican candidates.

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 43%
Mitch McConnell (R-inc) 42%

Thoughts On Housing Numbers This Morning

While initially this seems like great news, after all someone has to build those condos and apartment buildings and sell them, and those are jobs. This might be more symptomatic of a larger trend that is showing signs of a renters bubble.

From Forbes
This is bad news not only for middle-income Americans but even more so for the poor and renters. The number of renters now paying upward of 50% of their income for housing has risen by 2.5 million since the recession and 6.7 million over the decade. Roughly one in four renters, notes Harvard, are now in this perilous situation. The number of poor renters is growing, but the supply of new affordable housing has dropped over the past year.
 Of course though I will take any good news when it comes to the economy no matter how small it appears to be. Please feel free to explain to me why I am wrong about this in the comments section below. Happy Friday.

Sarah Palin Is Finished As A Political Force

This poll on a potential 2016 match up in the state of Alaska conducted last week is probably the last nail in the coffin on the bizarre Sarah Palin as a political force era. 

Hillary (D) 44%
Sarah Palin (R) 40%

Wildfires and Marco Rubio

Yes, Marco Rubio is turning his once promising career and a US Senator and potential 2016 Presidential candidate into a joke. The method he is doing it by is no laughing matter. Rubio had this to say earlier this week about global warming. 

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," 

Senator Rubio is entitled to his opinion, but think about those words and then scroll through these tweets from various San Diego news sources. 

Climate change is not some abstract political science theory for us to debate in intro to political science class. It is real it is happening now, not just in California and it is costing us a lot of money. You would think a fiscal conservative like Senator Marco Rubio would at least get on board with the disaster relief dollars we are pouring into the places like California, New Orleans, even his home state of Florida after massive hurricanes. Of course it is easier to play to the lowest common denominator and deny deny deny while places like California burn, burn, burn.

Arkansas Blue in 2016?

A poll out of PPP shows Hillary Clinton leading most 2016 GOP contenders in Arkansas. This is not a good sign for the GOP if this pattern holds.

Hillary (D) 46%
Jeb Bush (R) 41%

Hillary (D) 48%
Rand Paul (R) 42%

Hillary (D) 47%
Chris Christie (R) 38%

Mike Huckabee (R) 47%
Hillary (D) 44%

The Georgia Senate race.

Two different polls out of Georgia today  Insider Advantage and  McLaughlin and Associates:

David Perdue 22%
Karen Handel 21%
Jack Kingston 17%
Paul Broun 14%
Phil Gingrey 12%

Jack Kingston 20%
David Perdue 17%
Karen Handel 14%
Phil Gingrey 13%
Paul Broun 8%

North Carolina Polling Looks Tight

Ted Alexander (R) 43%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 42%

Jim Snyder (R) 41%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 41%

Alex Bradshaw (R) 42%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 41%

Greg Brannon (R) 42%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 40%

Heather Grant (R) 43%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 39%

Mark Harris (R) 44%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 40%

Edward Kryn (R) 41%
Kay Hagan (D-inc) 40%

Kay Hagan (D-inc) 43%
Thom Tillis (R) 41%

Thom Tillis 18%
Greg Brannon 15%
Mark Harris 11%
Heather Grant 7%
Ted Alexander 6%
Alex Bradshaw 5%
Jim Snyder 2%
Edward Kryn 1%

Kay Hagan leads only one GOP challenger and LOL... it is the leader of the GOP primary pack, Thom Tillis.