Trumpcare down in flames

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Good news (for those following the tragedy that is American politics). Breaking:

GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We just pulled it,” President Trump told the Washington Post in a telephone interview.

The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

The decision means the Affordable Care Act remains in place, at least for now, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled. It also casts doubt on the GOP’s ability to govern and to advance other high-stakes agenda items, including tax reform and infrastructure spending. Ryan is still without a signature achievement as speaker — and the defeat undermines Trump’s image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward. …

39 comments on “Trumpcare down in flames ”

  1. Ad 1

    President Trump has just killed the vote on his health reforms.

    That is one huge campaign promise probably fully dead.

    After his bodacious-scale brinkmanship to demand all Republicans vote for it and that he would “go after them” if they didn’t , they stared him down. They won, and he looks really weak as a result. I don’t think this will come to a vote again.

    For a multiple of reasons, Donald Trump is looking like the best broad voter lesson against the Republicans in many, many years.

    He should have been the great uniting force that brought all the Congress majority, all the Senate majority, all the Republican state legislatures, all the Republican governorships, into one grand front, unite the party, and roll out a full and comprehensive reform programme.

    Instead we have total chaos in government across Washington – all inside around 100 days since he was inaugurated.

  2. dv 2

    Why did it lose,
    Was is because it went too far
    or
    was it because it didn’t go far enough?

    (Or both reasons!!!!)

    • dukeofurl 2.1

      This means the Democrats in the Senate can focus their efforts on defeating his SCOTUS pick rather than trying to derail Trumpcare if it had passed the house.

    • Basically the Republicans that thought it went too far revolted once Trump conceded enough ground to those who thought it didn’t go far enough. XD

      • dv 2.2.1

        Thanks Matthew.
        Sort of a buggers muddle!!!

        Thank god they are not in charge of anything important.
        Oh but wait…….

        • Better they screw up at screwing up than succeed at screwing up, IMO. It’s easier to vote out a bunch of disorganised clowns than to shove out a united bunch of liars twisting the truth.

  3. D'Esterre 3

    This isn’t good news. So-called Obamacare is a deeply flawed model. See this:
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/12146/11-biggest-problems-obamacare-aaron-bandler

    • Anthony 3.1

      D’Esterre, even if ObamaCare is flawed, the Republican Bill was far more so.

      It would have made the lives of millions of the poorest Americans far worse. The moderate Republicans knew this, and saw tweaks that were pushing it even further to the right.

      The so-called ‘Freedom Caucus’ (the far right capitalists ones who seem to believe it is the right and patriotic duty of every poor person to die sleeping under a bridge) were demanding changes that made this worse than anything the US has seen in healthcare in generations.

      This was always a loser for the Republicans, but the proposed changes were a loser for the American people. It needed to fail: I’m glad it did. Now perhaps the Republicans will work with the Democrats to make Obamacare better (great again?).

    • dukeofurl 3.2

      yeah . Its the same with democracy, deeply flawed. But not when you think of the alternatives.

    • RedBaronCV 3.3

      Yep single payer would have been better
      The wars the USA has are responsible for the huge deficit and states (mainly Republican) that didn’t expand medicaid have the most disgruntled voters.

      Poor talking points there

  4. dukeofurl 4

    This was compelling
    “Freedom Caucus’s absolutist demands have obscured a more fundamental point on which it and the Republican leadership agree: downsizing and hollowing out Medicaid. Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, warned in a tweet before the Ryan bill came out: “Don’t get distracted by exchanges. The big issue is dramatic cuts in Medicaid to pay for huge tax cuts.

    Medicaid is a more fundamental ‘single payer’ program for the poor and elderly
    http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/opinion/the-democrats-next-move-on-health-care.html

  5. Siobhan 5

    A ‘win’ for Brietbart is now ‘Good News’.
    This is what we have come to.
    Thanks Democrats for sticking to the wrong policies with the wrong candidate, and kudos for deciding to continue down that same miserable path come what may….

    • red-blooded 5.1

      “Thanks Democrats for sticking to the wrong policies with the wrong candidate…”

      Hey, Siobhan, has it occurred to you that the Dems had the right to choose their own candidate and that they did so according to their own priorities and values, and that they didn’t have to consult you..?

      Plus, let’s focus on the point of the thread: Trump is appalling, and he’s also being shown to be incompetent. His party is a shambles and – thank goodness – they haven’t been able to pull down one of the major accomplishments of the last government. Obamacare has significant flaws but it’s made a big difference to millions of Americans who had no cover before it came in, and Trump’s intentions were awful. I’m glad they crashed and burned.

      • OK, you’ve gone a bit far there mate. The democrats have a responsibility to choose a candidate that serves the electorate and their constituencies in particular, not the Democratic Party. That candidate was Sanders and everyone, even the democrats, know it, they were just too chickenshit as an institution to give him a fair place at the table and keep their thumbs off the scale because he would have cost a lot of consultants their jobs, and basically cleaned up the party.

        Primary voters aren’t to blame for that, but literally any party official who endorsed Clinton is, especially those that are pushing for more corporatist strategy going forward, which is basically the easiest way to ensure two terms of Trump.

        Just because Trump is a shambles at actually governing doesn’t mean the Democrats can beat him by being in bed with Wall Street. They need to fight fire with fire and put left-wing populists in significant positions of power and primary the worst corporatists so they have to leave the party, and then they can sweep the next elections and undo most of the damage this clown will have done within 2 years. Anything less and they are risking a full four years with Republicans controlling the whole government, held back only by their lack of unity, which may not be a problem afer the 2018 elections because the more extreme Republicans may successfully primary a lot of the somewhat reasonable-ish ones on the logic that “Trump is failing because we’re not supporting him enough.” And if you don’t think that’s likely, you need to look at polls that split questions into Republicans and Democrats, because right now Trump is hugely popular among Republicans, and his unpopularity is due to losing Democrats instantly and slowly bleeding independents.

        • Craig H 5.1.1.1

          Hillary won the popular vote by a wide margin – they simply underestimated/miscalculated around the loss of the rust belt states.

          • Matthew Whitehead 5.1.1.1.1

            Actually, she won the popular vote by an unacceptably narrow margin against a terrible presidential candidate who shouldn’t have been a serious contender in either the electoral college or the popular vote. Any result that didn’t mop the floor with him was a loss, because it was the Democratic Party not running their best candidate, and you should always run your best candidates. It’s acceptable to disagree who they might be pending evidence, but the evidence was in- Hillary was as bad as John Kerry, and worse than Al Gore, who at least actually won the electoral college if it weren’t for the counter-factual intervention of a conservative Supreme Court. Polling shows that Bernie could have won the vote by much wider margins, and he was excellent at persuading that very rust belt swing group you mention that his policies are better than Trump’s.

            • red-blooded 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Polling shows lots of things, MW. Let’s remember that polling showed Clinton wiping the floor with Trump. Presumably, that was part of the reason why her team didn’t feel the need to focus so much on those few swing states (and BTW polling showed most of those states falling to Clinton). Plus, maybe some Dems who supported Sanders thought the election was in the bag and didn’t want to compromise by voting Clinton…

              Let’s remember too that polling often over-estimates support for strongly left candidates/parties. Polling often shows considerably higher support for the Greens than they actually get when people go into the voting booth.

              As for your “worse than Al Gore” comparison; Clinton won 2.1% more of the popular vote than Trump ( Gore won 0.51% more than Bush) and more Americans voted for her than for any other losing US candidate.
              http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/21/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-popular-vote-final-count/
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_elections_in_which_the_winner_lost_the_popular_vote

              • Polling did not show Clinton wiping the floor with Trump until his campaign imploded after the Billy Bush tape emerged. At the same time Bernie was polling six or eight points ahead of Trump, Clinton was either narrowly LOSING or narrowly winning.

                Polling doesn’t always overestimate support for left-wing parties. In fact, sometimes precisely the opposite is true, it really depends on the political climate. Polling is accurate within its limitations, which we saw with the popular vote in the US election, which was within the margin of error for Clinton’s pre-election polling.

                Demographics from exit polls actually suggest a pretty strong showing from demographics that were strongly for Sanders, so there’s no solid information suggesting that people didn’t realise the election was important. There were some Bernie or Bust people who didn’t vote, sure, because people didn’t like Ms. Clinton. That is her responsibility as a candidate, not the voters’.

                • red-blooded

                  People are responsible for their own voting decisions.

                  Those who saw themselves as Dems or left-leaning but didn’t vote because they didn’t like Clinton helped to give the presidency to Trump. The US is basically a two party system. There are usually plenty of choices within the parties in the primary phase, but by the time the presidential ballot is underway not voting for one party’s candidate is basically voting for the other. This is a little more complex, of course, depending on the voting dynamics of individual states.

                  Sanders wasn’t chosen as the Dem’s candidate. People on this site have been very critical of the Democrats because of that, but given that Sanders was an Independent senator and continued to insist that he was an independent rather than a member of the Democrats well into 2015, perhaps it’s not surprising that the party officials and established party members were less enthusiastic about his candidacy than you were.

                  I liked a lot of what Sanders said and I think he woke up a lot of people in the States to a leftist viewpoint that they had been missing in their national consciousness. He helped to move the Dems to the left in some ways. I don’t think we can pillory them for choosing Clinton over him, though. I also don’t think we can assume that he would have beaten Trump.

        • McFlock 5.1.1.2

          No, the democrats are obliged to vote for the candidates they want. Not the ones you want, or the ones that you think have a better chance of beating the republicans.

          That’s how democracy works.

          Voters vote for the candidate they support. Otherwise they’re voting against their principles, and it’s just a question of how far against their principles they feel comfortable going.

          • timeforacupoftea 5.1.1.2.1

            In Minnesota a true blue Democrat state the voters were saying vote anyone barn Hilary PLEASE !!!!!.
            If I remember correctly Minnesotians had a dozen independants to vote for, certainly bought the blue vote down but not enough to knock poor old Hilary off the top. So the red surge was on there to but not enough this time.

          • Matthew Whitehead 5.1.1.2.2

            People’s votes are theirs, sure.

            But that doesn’t mean it’s okay for powerful people in the democratic party to try and stitch up primaries for terrible candidates that don’t poll well because they’re buddies who will take lots of corporate bribes.

            Parties exist to secure policy for their constituencies. The Democrats, however, have forgotten that in favour of securing donor money, and don’t deserve to be voted for until they learn their lesson.

            Lots of democrats didn’t want Hillary. Not all of them were primary voters. That is, somewhat, their fault, as not turning out means you have to put up with who other people vote for. But we can absolutely blame high-level democrats for foisting a losing candidate who had no voter enthusiasm onto the public and helping set up a win for a President that’s even worse than George W. Bush, the president who was literally synonymous with the words “miserable failure.”

            • McFlock 5.1.1.2.2.1

              Nobody has yet managed to explain how the democrat hierarchy managed to “stitch up” the primaries, given that the elections were run by the individual states.

              Sure, some of them said mean things about Sanders, who had walked into the party months before and tried to change its direction. But he lost the vote. How was the vote rigged?

  6. adam 6

    People, people on the ground, people going to town halls, people phoning their representative, people, people, people. People like you and me, stopped this.

    This is what happens when people get organised, this was democrat’s and republican voters working together.

    People have the power – they actually have to use it.

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    Almost makes you think it wasn’t ever about the policy itself.

    House Rs voted over 60x to repeal Obamacare while Obama was president. They voted 0 times on it under Trump, and are now ready to move on.

  8. North 8

    The Trump administration increasingly seems comprised of weird caracitures. Like CNN’s broadcasting a travelling vaudeville show.

  9. Skeptic 9

    I think Trump is under siege – his twitter attacks have rebounded on him with ferocity and his ad-libing has made him look stupid. He can’t get his cabinet together because the people he’s picked are corrupt/idiotic or don’t want a bar of him. His executive orders are illegal because no-one bothered to read him the relevant law. His famed deal-making is a disaster as he can’t even get the support of his own massive majorities in the House or Senate. His pet projects – the Wall and Travel Bans – have come to grief either through cost or breaching of civil rights. His expensive spoiled family is costing the Secret Service double what any President before has cost. He’s made enemies among allies and earned the contempt of enemies – his foreign policies – where he has any – are a not so subtle joke. His KGB controller is out of control killing opposition right, left and centre. The FBI is investigating his campaign staff to root out Russian collusion. IS there anything I’ve left out? Well he’s got about 30 odd days of his 100 day honeymoon left – Maybe he just might last that distance, but for how much longer? Worse – Pence is waiting in the wings.

    • Johan 9.1

      Trump is a clown for all the world to see. No American bank would give poor Donald a loan simply because he has difficulties paying back his loans. He/family has borrowed massively from Deutsche Bank and the Chinese. American politics has sunk to a new low. Many of the disenfranchised Americans were counting on a saviour to help them out of their difficulties but only found that he was Agent Orange.

      • Skeptic 9.1.1

        And the lesson to be learned by NZ voters at the up coming election is? And do you really think the poor dumbed down joe average kiwi who’s been spoonfed a diet of MSM Murdockism via TVNZ and Fairfax know enough to make an informed decision that’s in their own interest? Yeah right!!

        • red-blooded 9.1.1.1

          “do you really think the poor dumbed down joe average kiwi who’s been spoonfed a diet of MSM Murdockism via TVNZ and Fairfax know enough to make an informed decision that’s in their own interest? Yeah right!!”

          So what do you suggest instead, Skeptic? Given that the media landscape is not going to change before September..?

          • Skeptic 9.1.1.1.1

            Get a decent PR firm and use their methods against them. Task the professionals with putting a single themed message across and trust them to do so. Just like Lange and Clark did.
            Have “handlers” who know their business groom our leaders so they say and do the correct things for the media image to be presented. BUT make damned sure WE control the message.
            That message has to be on a single theme – “that we demand fairness for all New Zealanders – not just the wealthy. That every Kiwi is important and Government’s JOB is to look after the vulnerable and deliver policies that spread the wealth for the benefit of ALL and not just the wealthy few”. This should flow onto every policy – health housing, education, employment, national resources etc. They should all be linked into our message and refer back to it at every opportunity. Clear concise and coordinated are the keywords for any political campaign.
            Secondly, we should attack Joyce, undermine and undercut him at every opportunity so that he become afraid to open his mouth in case we make mince-meat of what he says. Why Joyce? Because he’s the designated hitter for National. Hit their hard man where it hurts and the rest become like putty.
            This shouldn’t be just one strategy – it has to be one of a multiple themed, but single purposed tactics – that way Joe Public will get a multiplicity of ideals that not just seem to be fair for him, but are proven to be fair for him and his family and community – all his community.

      • millsy 9.1.2

        I love how these millionaires rack up these huge loans and are allowed to just get away with not paying a single cent, while poor people pretty much have their lives ruined because they owe $200 to Baycorp.

        It would be fun for once, watching baliffs (all sheriff’s as they are called there) come in to Trump Tower and start taking away his stuff. Will never happen, but dreams are free.

  10. ropata 10

    The Atlantic: Obamacare: The Republican Waterloo

    Conservatives once warned that Obamacare would produce the Democratic Waterloo. Their inability to accept the principle of universal coverage has, instead, led to their own defeat.

    The following blog post got the author fired from Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation:

    We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.

    There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? Or—more exactly—with somebody whom your voters have been persuaded to believe wants to murder their grandmother?

    I’ve been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes it mobilizes supporters—but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead. […]

    So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.

    • Ad 10.1

      The Heritage Foundation should stop crying like a baby, strap on something useful and prepare to organize a salvage of the Trump+Republican agenda.

      In the coming month they have a budget to drive through that will gut everything excluding defence, intelligence, and veterans affairs.

      It’s of the scale that is far greater than anything Reagan ever tried, and will be socially devastating.

  11. Bruce 11

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154549923402297&id=62507427296

    Bill seems to be saying the tea party wouldn’ t support it because it didn’the go far enough

    Sony wrong clip it’s a good watch but this the Healthcare one
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154549884492297&id=62507427296

  12. joe90 12

    Lying liar lies.

    President Trump: I never said repealing and replacing Obamacare would be easy. Really? Let's check the tape: pic.twitter.com/3Pk675UAqn— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 24, 2017

    https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/845422234869018625

    • Johan 12.1

      Yes indeed very easy;-)) Donald is a clown and American politics is seen worldwide as sick joke! The only true democratic country in North America is Canada. Here the gov’t has installed and operated a medicare program since the 1960’s, despite fierce opposition from the Canadian Medical Association and the private insurance industry.

  13. rhinocrates 13

    I’ve already had one acquaintance (privileged, well-off, white) in the Judean People’s Front/People’s Front of Judea tell me that the salvation of 24 million people’s health care is A Bad Thing because… something mumble, Hillary!

    Head/desk.

  14. Ad 14

    White House is doing the reasonable thing and throwing Paul Ryan under a bus over at Fox.

    Next question: which Republican will replace Paul Ryan as Speaker?

    And who the hell would want the job?

    Pennsylvania Avenue is going to quickly resemble that Russian saying about the best way to ride a sleigh with the wolves running after you:

    throw bodies overboard regularly.

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

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    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

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  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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