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Paralysis on the Hill

Updated on March 26, 2017
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Manny Prays for Action

Good Morning, Breakfastpopper. Today is Sunday, March 26, 2017. Our pious friend, Mantis Manny, is at the breakfast table this morning, The chaos and vitriol in Washington and across the country is upsetting his digestive system. Manny has prepared a simple breakfast of tea and toast to help settle his stomach and probably yours. Please join Manny and me to vent a bit about those we elected to represent us, because we can't be in two places at once.

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The People Piñata

Thanks so much for joining us this morning. It has been a very discouraging week on Capttol Hill, and I don't expect the chaos to end any time soon. We, the people, represent the piƱata to the right. Our wishes are in there in the form of healthcare that actually works, taxes we can deal with, jobs we need, veterans who are cared for and safety from those entering this country who want to harm us. It's all inside, but the first hit brought repeal and replacement of Obamacare to the floor without passage. I do not understand the rush to produce a bill that even the House Republicans couldn't agree on. The Democrats will never vote for anything put forth by the opposition party, so we must forget about them for the next four years and hopefully longer. It's the Republicans that carry the ball, and in this case they punted. This bill should have been as perfect as it could be. Meetings should have been held to iron out the differences, and concessions should have been made. The bill has to do with our lives and our future. Health care is paramount. Without it we suffer and die. Obamacare is the devil we know. It doesn't work. Just paying for insurance doesn't mean you have coverage if deductibles are sky high. That is Obamacare. Obamacare's myriad regulations caused premiums to rise uncontrollably. The new bill must allow people to cross state lines to seek insurance. We need competition to drive down prices. The new bill did not address that need. The need to repeal and replace has suffered a setback, but it is not dead in the water. It is impossible for this bug to believe that a sensible bill can't be crafted. Take some time House members, act like adults, give a little, take a little and work it out!

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Not So Fast Democrats

The Democrats are celebrating Trump's defeat. Their glee is way too premature, because a bill will be drafted, Obamacare will go the way of the covered wagon, and Americans will receive the coverage they need. The New York Times, who can always be counted on to do the wrong thing, called this a "spectacular defeat for Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency." They referred to the bill's defeat as a huge victory for resistance, believing that they have Trump's agenda on the run. If I were celebrating this defeat, I would strap on a pair of running shoes, because "it ain't over till the fat lady sings." Trump is not the kind of man who gives up easily. He'll be back, and his party had better get it together, fix what's wrong and get it done.

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You Work for Us

A reminder to those in Congress from those who sent you to Washington. You work for us. You have a job to do, and you are expected to do it well. To those of you who are entrenched in the muck of Washington, it is time to get off your self inflated pedestals and remember the voters. Health care is about us and our families. Presumably, you have enough brain power to remember what your role is. This is not about you and this is not about power. It is the power of the people you represent that should fuel your desire to work hard and get rid of this abomination known as Obamacare. If you can't get it done, you should hand in your resignations along with all the Dems who are in Washington for no other reason than to obstruct progress and hurt the American people. Roll up your sleeves and give us the best you have.

Manny's Song

Today's song is short and sweet...

"Let Us Pray"


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      Jack Lee 2 months ago from Yorktown NY

      As usual, full of logic and common sense. Why did Paul Ryan go with this? Why did he try to do exactly what Democrats did passing ACA? What was he thinking? We don't need an Obamacare lite. This bill should have been better with input from all groups. A bipartisan bill is best defence against failure.

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      Tom Whitworth 2 months ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Manny,

      The defeat of this bill is a blessing in disguise. Anytime politicians set a deadline based on an historical date (passage anniversary of Obamacare) the chance of complex legislation being ready is slim. Better nothing than the wrong thing.

      I just saw Nasty Nancy trying to jump for joy at the bill's failure. Almost as bad a visual as Mike Dukakis in a tank.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning Jack,

      Isn't it appalling how little common sense is in Washington. Frankly, personal power grabs and rampant stupidity rule the day. Speaking of the "day", enjoy it and see you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning Tom,

      The notion that this bill had to happen on a certain day is so childish and shows a total lack of common sense. When are these people going to get their act together? It had better be soon, it can't be this complicated. They need to use their brains and clap down on their egos. See you at the Inn, Tom.

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      Old Poolman 2 months ago

      Even in my Corporate years I saw many failures when projects were rolled out to meet a deadline before the project was even completed. The new plan was far from ready and the whole issue of replacing Obamacare went up in flames as a power struggle, not a healthcare plan that would really work for America.

      Shame on them is all I can say. They failed miserably at doing the job we hired them to do. This needs to be remembered when they come up for re-election.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning Mike,

      They still have time to get it right. If they don't I'm finished with the process, and will stick my head in the sand. I am running out of patience. See you at the Inn later.

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 2 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      You are so right Mike. The Republicans have had 7 years to get this right and they did nothing to unite and actually do what they said all along for 7 years! They are as phony and inept a party as the democrat party and it appears electing an outsider to their ranks has accomplished nothing.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good morning Taze,

      Yes, the situation is sickening, but they still have a chance to get it right. Let's hold on. In the meantime, I'll see you at the Inn where common sense prevails,

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      Pino Krisio 2 months ago

      Pop:

      I think President Trump was had .... by the Republicans. He was told he needed to get healthcare done before he could work on tax reform. He listened and did what they said. Seven years to work on perfecting a bill, and the Republicans could not come up with anything that could be passed????? Shame on them. Speaker Ryan should have done his homework and brought the Republicans together. The likes of Lindsey Graham, the Freedom Caucus, and others should have been brought together. We need unity in the party, otherwise nothing will be done, and it will not be the Dem's fault. I am off to the Inn.....

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My wife was in the hospital for ten days last summer. Without Obamacare we wouldn't have a house right now...just one opinion, which is valid and not alternative fact. Having said that, I do think we need an improved health care system, and I do think the Republicans totally blew this. When you control Congress and you can't get the first piece of major legislation passed, there is something rotten in the Denmark we call the Republican Party.

      Have a great Sunday!

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      Old Poolman 2 months ago

      Bill is correct. Without some form of Healthcare plan even one serious injury or illness can wipe out a lifetime of work and savings. The only one's who escape this trap are those with little or nothing so they get the medical treatment for free at the expense of the taxpayers. This is America and no person should be left to suffer or die based on their ability to pay.

      So far the only one's to really profit are the insurance companies with their guarantee they won't lose any money. The drug companies are charging outrages prices just because they can.

      I would have to think those we pay to represent us would be smart enough to come up with an affordable plan that would cover most Americans.

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      WillStarr 2 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I think Paul Ryan deliberately sabotaged the President. After all, he sneered at Trump right up to his inauguration, so I think this is the ultimate betrayal.

      BTW, while I do remember voting for Republicans to repeal Obamacare, I don't remember asking them to replace it with some other government control over my medical care. I want them completely out of medicine, and that includes eventually getting rid of Medicare/Medicaid, the Democrat programs that caused medical costs to soar in the first place! Check this out:

      https://mises.org/blog/how-government-regulations-...

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      Old Poolman 2 months ago

      I received notice last week that my healthcare insurance provider will no longer pay any claims from my current medical group as of May 1st. Unfortunately this is the only healthcare insurance company offered on my retirement plan. That leaves me with two choices.

      Find all new doctors and hospitals so my current plan will pay part of the bills, or pay another insurance company for a plan that will cover my current healthcare group. I can't opt out of my current plan until the next enrollment period which is in November.

      If you try doing a search for a new primary care physician, you will find that very few of them are taking new patients, at least in this area. Without a doctor the best medical insurance available is not worth a dime.

      Private practice doctors are being forced to close their doors and join large medical groups and work for a straight salary. This is because of the horrible costs for malpractice insurance thanks to ambulance chasing lawyers, and the costs for employees just to handle insurance billing.

      While we have great doctors and hospitals, our medical system in this country is badly broken. Much of that is due to Government interference in the system. I honestly can't think of a single Government agency that runs efficiently and is not full of red tape bureaucratic nonsense.

      I agree with WillStarr that we need to get government completely out of our medical system.

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 2 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      What I'd like to ask Bill is when he says "without Obamacare we wouldn't have a house right now"does he mean he wouldn't have had health insurance at all if Obamacare wasn't the law of the land? I wonder what his answer would be, and if he would have had health care under the old system (which I doubt he would have been totally uninsured) before Obamacare did he actually figure out what would have been covered before making a statement like he'd have lost his house.

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      Michelle Orelup 2 months ago from Houston, TX

      The mid-term election wil be our opportunity to VOTE, and to remove the obstructionists on BOTH SIDES of the aisle.

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Even though I'm trying to make a point of avoiding all political news, (which is the same these days as protecting my inner calm) I couldn't help but hear what happened with health care. Too bad of course, but the "D's" are smugly celebrating temporarily. Let them. Poor babies are so worn out due to non-stop tantrums~they need a rest.

      Looks like politicians need to actually WORK for their fat paychecks, massive benefits and lives of luxury. Pity. I've always had little more than disdain for the mob of corrupt bastards who pretend to represent us......worse, feign concern for us. I've moved on to pure disgust.

      Think about it, my fellow Americans. Does a single one of them have an issue with their own health care coverage? college for their children? retirement? ahhh, that would be "No," and they never will.

      Our health care becomes more and more imperative with time because these bumbling idiots damned sure make us SICK!

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      FitnezzJim 2 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Food for thought: perhaps Paralysis on the Hill is a good thing?

      I noted today that the estimate of our United States National Debt at usdebtclock.org has gone down. That is the first time I have noted it going down. Are our politicians so caught up in fighting over the O'Care candy that they forgot how to waste our other taxpayer dollars? Or what?

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      Jennifer 2 months ago

      Great article Pop and Manny.

      Very frustrating but I'm

      Hopeful that common sense will

      prevail eventually.

      Cheers to Hope!

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      Lori Colbo 2 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Would constipation on the hill be applicable?

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone in Congress had the intent of really working for the common good. There has to be some give and take from both parties to actually make good and lasting changes. Let us hope that happens instead of the status quo. We need some adult thinking people in Washington. Yes..."Let us pray!"

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Pino,

      I think the Republicans blew it. They had enough time during the Obama years to work something out. Then they come up with a plan that stinks. Shame on them. All this talk about defeat irritates me. They have to sit down ad get it done correctly. If they can't they are incompetent morons. See you the the Inn.

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      brekfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Bill,

      I know so many people who have Obamacare and had no coverage due to large deductibles. The plan stinks and needs to be replaced, and the Republicans had better roll up their sleeves and get it done. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Mike,

      I agree. If those we put in office can't work things out they have to go. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Michelle,

      You are right, but we need to act now. We have suffered through 8 miserable years under Obama and enough is enough.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Will,

      I agree, Paul Ryan made a mess of things and frankly, I wish he would disappear. The Republicans have had eight long years to work this out. What they rolled out was lacking, and there is no excuse for their failure to get it none. Having said that they have to go back to the drawing board and get it right. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      I have to say that Medicare is working great, as far as I am concerned. I can go where I want and choose my doctors. That's all I am looking for.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Paula,

      It is hard to stay away form all this garbage. I simply cannot accept the fact that the Republicans can't craft a bill that will work. They . Get back to work. Defeat is simply not acceptable! See you at the Inn. Let's talk about anything but politics.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Fitness Jim,

      It is entirely possible that the fools on Capitol Hill forgot to waste our money in light of the initiatives of the Trump administration. That is a good thing.The inability to work out a repeal and replacement plan is unforgivable. They didn't have to rush it, they just had to get it right. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      I am with you. This is not the end of the road, it is merely a bump. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Yes, Constipation works for me. Now we need a cure!

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Peggy,

      It is lovely to hear from you. Yes, I agree, common sense would be a welcome addition to what is happening in Washington. They had better get their act together soon, or we will be in big, big trouble. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      I apologize to those who commented, but have not received comments from me. Something is wrong with HP. I receive emails that you have commented, but your comments are not appearing. I am so sorry.

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      Jack Lee 2 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mark Levin had the best argument. He said "if Barack Obama had introduced this exact bill 8 years ago, every Republican congressmen would have voted against it". That is all you need to know. Paul Ryan needs to go.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Another good buzzing.

      I agree that putting the Ryan healthcare out in the open when it was evident that there was no Republican Consensus was the real problem. Apparently, Ryan and the rest of the professional politicians are the main cogs in the political wheel that is between Trump and success.

      Pop

      These clusters of Republicans like the Freedom Caucus need to be dealt with by president Trump. It is like have a mini group of democrats infiltrating the party. These groups could be dissolved by term limits. It is like barnacles, they cling to the USS America and every year they just keep hanging on, while accomplishing nothing for the country or the Americans.

      The voters need to make 2018, a push for term limits and make it clear to both parties incumbents and challengers that they will not tolerate political barnacles.

      I think that having the Ryan healthcare bill being pulled is good. Because the only thing that people will believe about Obamacare will be when it implodes. In 2008, when all those financial, auto, insurance and other companies that were going bankrupt, the biggest mistake was not to let the companies actually go into bankruptcy. Then in bankruptcy, the government could have still helped them, but with more power. Instead, these companies used the bailout money to unjustly enrich themselves with seven figure bonuses. They tried to make it based on key figures. Yes, they were key figures but they were the key figures that bankrupted their company. I would have kept them on, with no bonuses, and put holes in all their golden parachutes. They would work on a small base salary, no perks. To get beyond the salary it would be based on how well the company did under their direction. And if the company didn't improve, then they would have to leave, without any severance.

      The same thing is true for healthcare, when it implodes. Trump then sets the terms. BTW, in 2013 Congress increased the Medical Deduction for income tax purposes, from 7.5 to 10%. Why did they do that if healthcare was going to be affordable. It seems that they instead anticipated that the people would have more medical expenses that would exceed the 7.5 %.

      The reason is that many of these so called affordable policies are so expensive that people have to take catastrophic insurance. That is with a very high deductible before the insurance company pays anything. It could be as high as $10,000 or more, and that expense would go on the 1040.

      If the healthcare was affordable, congress should have actually dropped the medical tax deduction from 7.5% to 2.5% or even zero. I don't hear anyone mentioning this fact.

      Another items that makes Obamacare not affordable is the fact that congress made provisions that adult children can stay on their parents healthcare plan until age 26. If it was affordable why can't these Adults buy their own insurance?

      I believe that Paul Ryan pulled the Republican Healthcare before the vote because those Republicans that would vote against it would be on the voter hit list. It is all politics. I think that we the people should know who these professional politicians are, so we know how to vote when they want reelection.

      As for Taxes.

      Most of the democrat and liberal voters don't pay taxes at all, or very little. The idea from the left to get their democrats to pay taxes is to raise the minimum wage to $15 hr. That is part of their equality, and it is really not equal as far as what they contribute to each other in that $15 hr class. Is everyone in that class working with equal performance and skill. I can't see that as possible.

      The democrats have taken their Civil War slavery, and bypassed the 13th amendment by making their poor voters become indentured servants of the democrats. These voters are actually voting for more benefits from their master the democrat party.

      As for the democrats thrashing president Trump because of his proposed tax cuts, since 2008, the billionaires like Gates and Buffet have doubled their wealth, and more billionaires were on the rise. So, how does tax cuts going to give the rich any more benefits in taxes than they already have today.

      What the democrat voters don't realize is that only rich people can benefit significantly from the existing Internal Revenue Code. Instead they must be looking at the marginal tax rates.

      I personally would rather have a National Sales Tax to entirely replace the Income Tax. And it would severely reduce the size and scope of the IRS. We are already dealing with sales tax at the state level, so implementation wouldn't be a problem. Any criticism on how it affects the poor, already exists at the state level.

      CPAs and accounting professionals would go back to the reason they existed in the first place. To audit, and keep track of businesses. Taxes on businesses make a business decision a tax decision, and in many cases they are bad business decisions.

      Finally, it is ironic that the democrats voters are comprised in large numbers of no income, low income and low middle income, while the financial backers of the democrat party are billionaires, other rich people, and big institutions. Remember, Hillary had $1.2 billion from her backers to run for president. President Trump only had half of that amount.

      And what about the 10 million illegals, free education, free medical, welfare, free legal assistance etc. There are over 2 million people in US jails and prisons today. How many of them are the class of people that would vote democrat?

      I am hitting the hard stuff now, I am eating NY Cheesecake. You know the one without the California graham crackers. See you at the Inn. I will share.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning brad,

      You make perfect sense, but this is an imperfect world and Washington heads the pack in screwing things up. Term limits, in my view, are a must. It's the best way to drain the swamp. Todays' Democrats are left wing nut cases who are irresponsible and egotistical. Those who support them are ill informed. The poor among them haven't yet woken up to the reality that the party has kept them down and out for decades. As for the rich, lie Hillary and Hollywood, they are not affected by anything that comes out of Washington, so they pretend to give a damn. I'll meet you at the Inn. I love real cheesecake!

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning jack,

      I am at the point where I would love to clean house almost completely. Most of those on Capitol Hill have gotten way too comfortable.

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 2 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      Remember Hillarity said she would fix Obamacare but not repeal it. As a matter of fact all the democrats said it is natural for it to need some adjustments to succeed because healthcare is so complicated, even the Republicans can't repeal and replace it. Where are the Democrat bills to tweak the existing Obamacare? Are they just going to sit by and watch it die? They will be blamed for doing nothing to make it better. Dick says it all when he tells how the Democrats (and the freedom caucus) slit their throats. https://youtu.be/46vONf5ajg8?t=10

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning Taze,

      The Dems are not too concerned with keeping promises that might benefit Americans. They are concerned with being obstructionists They have proved themselves to be useless, completely useless. As for being willing to improve the ACA, now they are happy just to oppose any suggestion coming from Republicans. In the meantime, the coverage will grow more and more expensive, and fewer people will have protection. Maybe that has to happen before anything can get done. See you at the Inn.

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 2 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      BP In reference to your comment to Bill, Bill is an admitted liberal, and his comment is typical of what liberals do. They will throw a comment out in support of their view that has no meaning without the background facts (I asked him to qualify) and when asked to qualify their statement they disappear, usually because they either have to lie to make their statement significant or simply can't supply facts to back up their statement and don't want to lie, so you are left out there guessing.

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      Old Poolman 2 months ago

      Taze - Bill never returns to a hub for followup comments after he makes his initial comment. You will never get a response to your excellent question.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      I agree. When I read your comment, a picture formed in my head. It was a picture of a Termite.The Executive Office is a Swamp, and it is filled with Swamp Things. Congress on the other hand is filled with a lot of Termites. The pun in this case would be that they are the Ites of Terms without limits.

      You may want to adopt some predator of termites. As with real biological termites, these political termites have burrowed themselves into the foundation of the United States Government. And also consistent with the biological termites they are difficult to get rid of. Picture the Capital Building covered like we do for homes to get rid of termites.

      Unfortunately, there is no encompassing way of just killing the congressional termites with gas. These termites produce their own gas.

      These political termites do come up to the surface for reelection and that is the time that the voters can pick them off so they can't burrow back into safety.

      You would think that these PoliTermItes would be so fat from decades of gorging on the once pure foundation of our country, that they couldn't reach the surface at reelection time. But they had one super power and that is it.

      And as we have seen from the healthcare bill attempt that you can't tell the bad ones apart by color of red or blue. That makes it even more difficult to remove the bad ones.

      Now what to eat to soothe the mind.

      When I was in grade school in Manhattan, I used to eat two Coney Island Knishes and a soda. Unfortunately, California nor Nathans makes them. I have to order them from Brooklyn. That is my plan today.

      :)

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear Taze,

      Mike is right, don't hold your breath waiting for an answer.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear brad,

      If Mrs. Stahl's Knishes is still in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn you will be tasting the best knish of your life!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      Bad news.

      1. Re: Mrs Stahl's knishes

      Jan 25, 2008, 4:32 PM

      They closed about two years ago.

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      I get mine from Gabilas

      Gabila's Knishes Own World Famous Coney Island Square Knishes available in Potato, Spinach and Kasha (Buckwheat) We've sold over 1.3 Billion Knishes

      Time for another order.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Dear brad,

      Oh, so sad. I eat Gabilas as well, but Mr. Stalh's rocked!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Pop

      I am not sure if I ever had the Stahls knish. But, any port in the storm will do.

      See you at the Inn.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Fannie Stahl’s granddaughters summoned recovered memories to bring this recipe to life. Toby Engelberg, who sold her knishes in the Bay Area for a while, enlisted the help of her elder cousin from New York, Sara Spatz, who, as a young woman, worked in her grandmother’s shop in Brighton Beach. I was there to learn. What struck me most was the aroma. It filled the kitchen as soon the skins were peeled from the first onions, and lingered long after the last tray of knishes had cooled.

      Makes about 18 knishes.

      Dough:

      3 1/4 cups flour

      1 Tbs. sugar

      1 tsp. salt

      1/2 cup vegetable oil

      1 cup lukewarm water

      Turn on oven on low until dough is ready. Mix flour, sugar, and salt. Add oil and water. Mix with a spoon until the dough pulls together, or use a food processor or stand mixer (with a dough hook). Turn out the dough on board and knead it, incorporating all pieces. Knead until dough is one piece, smooth and glossy. Turn off the oven. Oil the dough and place it in oiled, covered bowl. Place in oven until you are ready to use it. Let the dough rest at least 2 hours; the dough should barely rise, if at all. Keeping the dough overnight in the refrigerator is fine. Bring it back to room temperature before use.

      Potato filling:

      6 lbs. russet or new potatoes

      1 cup oil1/4 cup salt, or to taste

      1 1/2 tsp. pepper

      8 cups thinly sliced raw onions

      Scrub potatoes and peel them, unless the new potatoes have very thin, unblemished skins. Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes until knife tender, then drain. Mash with a potato masher. Add oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix. Stir in the onion.

      Assembling and baking:

      Vegetable oil and flour as needed.

      Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

      Roll out about half the dough on a lightly floured counter or tabletop. Roll with handle-less rod-style rolling pin out from the center until dough is thin enough to see through, about 1 ⁄16-inch thick.

      Oil top edge of dough with a pastry brush. Place a 2-inch-diameter line of filling about 2 inches from the top edge of the dough. Pick up top edge and drape over filling. Brush oil on dough in a 2-inch strip on the bottom edge of the filling. Pick up the dough with filling and roll again onto the oiled dough, compressing the filled dough as you turn it. Repeat until the dough covers the filling three to four times, being sure always to brush oil on the dough first. Use a knife to separate the filled potato knish log from the remaining dough. Cut off edges of filled dough. Cut the filled roll into pieces about 6 inches long and coil each piece like a snail. Tuck the remaining end into the bottom of the coil. Alternatively, place stuffed roll of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet and slash with a knife crosswise every 2 inches. Leave an inch of space between each roll or coil of dough.

      Bake 20–25 minutes until the knish skin is browned and knishes are cooked through. Start knishes on lowest rack of the over and raise them to top rack after about 10–12 minutes. Let the knishes cool in pan. If you cooked the knishes in long rolls, cut them into individual pieces.

      Knishes can be reheated in the oven or in a skillet on the stove top.

      (From: Faith Kramer, “Mrs. Stahl’s Famous Knish Recipe Finally Found—in San Francisco,” j. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, September 27, 2012.)

      Excerpted from Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food by Laura Silver, published by Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, May 6, 2014. www.upne.com www.knish.me

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 2 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      Mike and BP, offering hit and run, totally ambiguous comments to make some vacuous point just goes to show you how shallow liberalism and it's subscribers are. I am constantly pointing out facts and support of what I say and I'm called a troll for doing it by liberals on hubpages when they are busted but leaving a controversial comment and disappearing is what trolls actually do.

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Scuse me friends...Had to return for just a moment. U needn't read the hub. Just take a peek at the comments. No matter how cautious I attempt to be in evading political POISONOUS ones....they are so nasty, bitter and hate-filled, they will jump on anything at all, as long as they can somehow crap on DT. These people are so immature and filled with spite & viciousness, they'll insult for any reason at all. Obviously this jerk gets his rocks off even spitting on the Trump family. What a moron.

      Pop girl, after this has been seen by a few and this guy is exposed as the a$$hole he is, feel free to delete it from your comments. No problem. I give up trying to interact with real humans. The animals lay in wait to attack! Jerkoffs!

      https://hubpages.com/politics/13-Facts-about-Eric-...

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning brad,

      You are amazing. Thanks so much. If I ever make them, I will share.

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning Taze,

      It's somewhat easier to take on HP. Talking to one alive and in person is torture. Nothing changes their stance. Facts don't impress them because they discount them. They are really bad for your health, worse than sugar!

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      breakfastpop 2 months ago

      Good Morning Paula,

      Just like I said, it is impossible to talk to any of these people. They know nothing, but are sure they know everything. See you at the Inn.

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