Don’t Forget to Vote! Twice!

23 Sep
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Yes, I want you! To Vote Twice!

United States President Donald Trump has told people in the state of North Carolina to vote twice in this November’s election! He has suggested to voters that in order to test the voting system they should send in a vote by mail postal and then go vote in person on Election Day just in case.

You know just in case you’d like to take a chance and commit a Federal crime punishable by a 10 thousand dollar fine and 5 years in the federal pokey. “Let them send it in and let them go vote,” he told North Carolina broadcaster WECT-TV…(and let them have a piece of cake too!)

And then, just to be clear about what he wanted U.S. voters to do, (in case you thought you’d heard him wrong) he tweeted the next day: if people vote by post they should also go to the polling station “to see whether or not your mail-in vote has been tabulated” and then vote in person if necessary.

And then when President Trump’s comments were put to Attorney General William Barr, he said it was unclear what the president meant!?!

WTF? How is anything that the President says ever unclear? He usually repeats himself, then smiles and waves, later retweets it on Twitter and then goes on FOX News and repeats himself on camera and in front of a microphone… and several million witnesses!

And our Attorney General, the ultimate arbiter of law in our country, doesn’t understand what he means when he speaks in English, tweets in English and repeats himself on TV????? How does he do his freakin’ job if he can’t understand what people say?

Our POTUS tells us to go break the law of the country that he is President of and our Attorney General when asked for a clarification says, Duh, I dunno? And both of these “law and order” statesmen have already sanctioned committees and investigative bodies to look into our election laws and practices to see if there was any fraudulent hank panky going on…and came up with…

Nada! Zilch! Nil! Zero! Bupkis! Zip! Sweet Fanny Adams! Nothing at all.

And yet when Speaking at the Republican National Convention last month, The President claimed “there’s tremendous fraud involved” with postal voting and that “we have to be very, very careful”.

But these claims have been strongly and repeatedly debunked by experts. Ellen Weintraub, the commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, responded at the time that “there’s simply no basis for the conspiracy theory that voting by mail causes fraud”. In addition, numerous nationwide and state-level studies over the years have not revealed evidence of major, widespread fraud. And according to a 2017 study by the Brennan Center for Justice, The rate of voting fraud overall in the US is between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.

In the 2016 US presidential election, nearly one quarter of votes were cast by post, and did you hear then President Elect Donald J. Trump complain about that?

Nope! Nada! Zilch! Bupkis! Zip! Not a goose egg nor a dicky bird…

Yet both our President and our Attorney General continue to float completely baseless hypothetical and nonsensical theories in which thousands of ballots and voters will appear from out of nowhere. THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY are deliberately and maliciously undermining our normal and legitimate election procedures and dismissing any criticism of them as delusional.

And! Our President has already stated the the only way he can lose this election is if it is “rigged” and that there is “no way in which the Democrats can legitimately win” and that if they do win he is “not sure that he will accept the results”!

The 2 top authoritative figures in America are mocking America not trying to make it great! And no one seems to care? And their Republican minions think it’s outrageously patriotic for them to be so dismissive of American institutions, traditions and laws! All while making America great again???

I just don’t get it. It seems as though The POTUS and The AGOTUS are rooting against America, doing their best to divide the citizens of the United States and hoping to create chaos in our country come November no matter what the outcome of the election may be.

They couldn’t be doing a better job of undermining America’s values and constitutional principles than if they were actually working for a foreign government. Maybe they are? If they aren’t then they certainly are putting together a fantastic resume for their next job interview…that is if they lose!

How could they possibly win when they are openly displaying their dirty tricks, dirty laundry and dirty tactics in front of the entire world and their sycophantic, gullible minions to see?…And they still want to see what was in Hillary’s emails?! What could Hillary possibly have emailed anyone, friend or foe, that could have possibly compromised America as much as these 2 men openly do on a daily basis?

If this carnival show is picked up for another season ladies and gentlemen…and it is just that: a grotesque circus of perverse entertainment… just unplug your television sets, sit quietly and wait for the sky to fall on Democracy, Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, apple pie and George Washington’s Holy Ghost…because I can’t seem to shake this horrible feeling that it will truly be over.

Finished! fini! The end! cancelled! The fat lady will belt out her big finale! goodnight sweet prince!…and God bless us…everyone.

The Children’s Crusade

13 Sep
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Once upon a time in America, if you were a politician, you could be assured of losing the voters confidence and/or your job just by refusing to acknowledge or by merely implying that America’s children weren’t the most important and precious resource that out country has.

And once upon a time in history over 800 years ago as the story goes, A young man began to preach in either France or Germany; claiming that he had been visited by Jesus, who instructed him to lead a crusade in order to peacefully convert Muslims to Christianity.

Through a series of portents and miracles, he gained a following of up to 30,000 children and led his followers south towards the Mediterranean Sea, in the belief that the sea would part on their arrival, which would allow him and his followers to walk to Jerusalem.

Unfortunately That did not happen and the children wound up being sold to two merchants who gave them free passage by boat to Tunisia where they were then sold into slavery… or in another version of the story, died in a shipwreck.

Although much of that story may be part myth, part legend  and part history many historians came to believe that they were not all children, but multiple bands of “wandering poor” in Germany and France who were part of a social upheaval: the downtrodden and disenfranchised in search of a “cause” so to speak…

The Children’s Crusade occurred in 1212 and at that time the words used to describe the travellers or crusaders were “parvuli” or “infantes” which were words that scholars have come to interpret as being words that The Church at that time used to describe “wage workers or labourers” who were young and had no inheritance and who were also “powerless”… and as a consequence, expendable.

However, today in modern times it is early September of 2020, or 808 years later, and once again we are about to embark on another children’s crusade as we send our youngest and most powerless children back to school during the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

And they are being sent on a mission to save America from itself…asked to bravely go out into the world together in large groups to basically…send America back to work and to lead Americans back indoors and to return the economy to a sense of normalcy in an effort to…see what happens.

Are our children, as some say, immune to this terrible disease? Or will they catch it in large numbers like grown ups do and fall ill? Perhaps they will contract the virus but feel no effects and be no worse for the wear? Maybe they will bring it home to others in their family and spread the disease to loved ones who will too get sick but suffer a worse degree of illness than they, the carriers, do?

We just don’t know because while we suspended school and large social gatherings last March to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we have done nothing to hinder the virus from lying in wait for our, and our children’s return.

And thus, their “crusade”, if you will, begins. And why must we send them to schools and colleges en masse? Because who is to watch the children if they stay home? For our 2020 modern society is now based on work and capitalism where mothers and fathers alike go out into the working world to earn money to keep the economy growing… and one cannot grow the economy with children in tow.

And so, they go…to school…to learn…but mostly to be watched by teachers who are also child care-takers, an extra job also necessitated by the rise and popularity of capitalism. Alas, no one is home anymore, at least among the “wage workers” who are young and without capital.

But sadly teachers are wage workers also and many cannot go to work and watch the children of others when they have to leave their children at home.

And even though more than 97,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, findings, compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, included data from 49 states, meaning the number of infections could be even higher.

Health Officials have long warned that the true coronavirus toll may be much higher than reported due to insufficient testing and the lack of symptoms in many people who are infected. And with over 6 million confirmed cases in the U.S. with more than 500,000 of those cases being children there is no way of knowing what will happen next.

Yet still we plan to send our “les infantes” out on this crusade… except this time we are actually sending real children out into the fray! (along with teachers and support staff and other wage workers) Some actually want to go, some are choosing to stay at home and still others are being forced against their will and better judgement… But Will their sacrifice breathe life back into our economy or will our hopes and dreams be dashed on the rocks of poor judgement and greed? 

I can’t believe I’m saying this but…we shall see? To paraphrase an ancient Greek philosopher’s maxim:  We are sending our hearts out into the world…unguarded.

Good luck and Godspeed to the crusaders… and us all!

The Beginning of the End?

3 Sep

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Beginning this month, September 2020, The Trump administration will begin deferring payroll taxes for all eligible federal employees over the objections of unions and other employee groups, who have labeled the plan as “chaotic and confusing.”

The Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center, which processes paychecks for about 600,000 employees across 160 agencies, issued a notice indicating that it would implement provisions of an August presidential memorandum to defer the taxes, which fund Social Security, until the end of 2020.

The deferrals will be temporary and last until the end of the year and apply to all federal employees making less than $104,000 per year. In the short term, those federal workers will see an increase in take-home pay, but they will also be required to pay that money back next year when they fill out their annual tax returns.

Unless: The President, as promised should he be re-elected this fall, continues to issue executive orders extending the payroll tax deferral.

But The Trump administration has not provided information to federal employees about the implications this deferral will have on future tax obligations or on their future Social Security benefits or if they will have to pay penalties and interest on the money as required by the IRS should they be required to return the money to the SS fund.

You know, should someone else be elected President this fall.

Meanwhile, The Social Security Administration’s Chief Actuary, Stephen C. Goss, released a letter warning that should President Trump’s plan to terminate Social Security’s dedicated funding be extended and applied to all workers who pay into the fund, it will destroy Social Security long before the President’s second term is up.

 

Goss’s letter states that if Social Security’s funding were terminated, as Trump has repeatedly proposed and promised if he were re-elected,  that Social Security’s Disability Insurance trust fund would be depleted by 2021, and the Old Age and Survivors Insurance trust fund would be left “with no ability to pay benefits” after 2023.

Thus by instructing the IRS to continue deferring the collecting of Social Security contributions for up to a year, and then continuing to do so each year with executive orders, he can fully defund and destroy Social Security’s disability insurance all by himself, provoking an immediate crisis that could force Congressional legislation cutting benefits or privatizing the program.

At the very least he is beginning this month to deplete the Social Security Trust Fund by syphoning away the payroll taxes of 600,000 federal employees from the fund whether those federal employees want to or not!

In the meantime…The 2018 Supplemental Poverty Measure found that Social Security benefits keep more than 27 million people out of poverty every year and that refundable tax credits do the same for almost 8 million people. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, known as food stamps, also keep an estimated three million people from becoming poor.

And yet all of those programs and now Social Security are being rolled back, cut back or depleted by this President’s efforts and proposals. So if we add 38 million people to the poverty rolls by cutting or eliminating these anti-poverty measures to the already 40 million Americans living in poverty now… we’ll have a whopping 78 million citizens living below the poverty line.

That’s would be about 24% of the United States population or the highest poverty rate ever recorded! Historically, the official poverty rate in the United States had ranged from a high of 22.4 percent when it was first estimated for 1959 to a low of 11.1 percent in 1973.

So our 45th President of the United States in his effort to “make America great again” is at this very moment downsizing the Post Office (the oldest institution in the USA) towards an eventual closing. Fighting the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court level in the hopes of having it eliminated from the law of the land. Defunding American cities that he does not like. Mocking our national voting system, the cornerstone of our democracy. And now Beginning the process of depleting our Social Security Trust Fund until it is empty and/or useless…

and one other thing…

It’s not even a secret!

It’s a promise!

 

 

The Man Who Would Be King?

23 Aug

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This just in: The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump has sued New Jersey! And what did we do now? Well, it seems that our governor, a Democrat, has decided to mail a ballot to every voter in the state for this November’s elections because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The President’s filing made two charges – first, that Governor Murphy exercised power that belonged to the state legislature in changing the state’s election law, and second, that the changes “will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote.”

Getting a mail in ballot violates my right to vote?! How? By making it safer for me to vote? Or by making it easier for me to vote? Or by letting me vote from the comfort of my home instead of having me drive over to the Elks Lodge?

The President has said that the voting method (voting by mail) is susceptible to large-scale fraud, and I guess he should know since that is the only way that he and his family members ever vote. (You won’t catch him inside an Elks lodge that’s for sure)

But the experts (people that study elections and voting systems and measures throughout the country) say that voter fraud of any kind in the U.S.A. is extremely rare… and neither the President nor his family members nor any other person in Congress who has ever voted by mail has ever complained that their vote had been usurped, or lost or mismanaged or left uncounted or fraudulently hijacked or held hostage by the post office or by nefarious vote thieves or counterfeiters.

And New Jersey will use methods similar to what it employed for its primary vote in July, with improvements based on lessons learned then… and NJ residents who opt to go to their local polling places on Nov. 3 will do so in “provisional voting,” meaning they must use paper ballots, not voting machines so that officials can guard against duplicate voting.

Election officials in most states have encouraged at-home voting as the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus has made voting in person a concern, but President Trump’s re-election campaign and the national Republican Party this month also sued Nevada to block a law that will send a mail-in ballot to every voter before November’s election, saying it will result in “inevitable” voter fraud.

However our president has applauded and even encourages mail in ballots in places like Florida (where he now resides and votes) and other Republican leaning states as “safe and secure and reliable” but he never explains what makes their mail in voting better than New Jersey’s or more secure (they use the same postal service that we do don’t they?) or how we could make our voting system in NJ as safe and secure as theirs…

Nor does he explain exactly how or why he knows that we here in New Jersey are certain to cheat… and cheat against him and not for him? How would he know such a thing?

And if he does know then what is he doing about it? He is the President of the United States after all isn’t he? Why doesn’t he ask Florida to talk to New Jersey so they can help us be as safe and secure as they are? Is what they do a secret?

He has had four years since he last accused Americans (Democrats only) of voter fraud during a presidential election when he said that he knew that 3 to 5 million Americans (or not Americans?) voted illegally and all for the same person (who wasn’t him) and what has he done about it?

Did he overall our voting systems? Create a new state of the art fool proof voting machine? Locate and determine exactly where the cheating and fraud took place and by whom and how it was done?

Here he is in 2017 signing a gigantic Presidential executive order establishing The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, also called the Voter Fraud Commission, The Trump administration said the commission would review claims of voter fraud, improper registration, and voter suppression.

The commission followed through on previously discredited claims by Trump that millions of  illegal immigrants had voted in the 2016 presidential election, costing him the popular vote….But like all of President Trump’s “investigations” both before and after he was elected President, they did nothing of consequence and found nothing of consequence and by January 3rd of 2018 the commission was disbanded and their investigation was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security who…

Also turned up no voter fraud, cheating or illegality.

And even when the FBI, CIA, NSA and The department of Homeland Security all agreed that if anyone had tampered with our last Presidential election it was most certainly… Russia! His only effort to have them investigated was to ask President Putin if it were true. And when the president of Russia said no, that was the end of his investigation.

President Trump then posited that anyone could have done it! Even some fat guy in his mother’s basement in New Jersey…again with a NJ put down! (How many of these United States does the our president dislike anyway?) But did he even investigate that? Did he round up all of the fat guys in NJ or even bother to ask our former governor, Chris Christie, if he was the fat guy who did it?

Nope.

But still our president maintains that should he somehow lose this year’s presidential election it could only be as the result of voter fraud and cheating. And so he continues, on a daily basis, to denigrate our voting system…that which makes America, America… and BTW that which made the world’s first great Democracy…

One that is now in serious danger of ending should he continue his all out assault on the founding principal that makes us who we are, and follow through with his promise to not accept the 2020 Presidential election results…unless of course he wins.

And so here in New Jersey, the 3rd great state to ratify this country’s constitution, we wait… to be insulted…verbally assaulted…and sued…by our sitting President until this November when he is either re- elected, resoundingly defeated or by some fantastically and imagined technicality and gigantic signature simply declares himself king.

But hey…isn’t the economy great?!

 

Are You a Citizen? Really?

15 Aug

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As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older.

If you meet those requirements then you too can run for President or Vice President of the U.S.A.

To be a natural born citizen of the United States all you have to do is be born in the U.S.A.

Can you name the first President to qualify under those Constitutional conditions?

That would be President #8: Martin Van Buren! Does that make the first 7 frauds?

However On Thursday past, after Kamala Harris was selected by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to serve as his running mate, President Donald Trump once again gave credence to and elevated a new Republican conspiracy theory while speaking to reporters from the White House podium.

The new claim is that Ms. Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president or president because her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica. Trump said he “heard” the California senator doesn’t meet the requirements, adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.”

Wow! The President of the United States has no idea what the requirements for being POTUS are? (I think that should be a requirement!)

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20th, 1964. And there is no dispute about that. That makes her a 55 year old natural born citizen and resident of the United States for the past 55 years and 9+ months…check…check…and check.

Doesn’t our president know that it matters not where her parents were born?

After all The President’s son’s mother was born in Slovenia and didn’t become a U.S. citizen until 2006, the same year in which she gave birth to their son Barron. He was born in March of 2006 and she became a citizen during that same year…although for some reason the exact date of her citizenship ceremony cannot be found on google.

Does that even matter? Do you care? But shouldn’t it at least be a date to celebrate and not hide? Maybe it’s just temporarily lost? Anyway, I digress.

Because when President Trump was asked directly about the social media posts claiming Ms. Harris is not eligible to run for VP he replied: “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements. And, by the way, the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very qualified, very talented lawyer.”

But which constitutional requirement does that “very talented” and “very qualified” lawyer say that she, Ms. Harris,  doesn’t meet?

So if she is not eligible, even though born in the U.S.A., simply because her parents were immigrants, then that  would of course mean that our president does not even believe that his own son is eligible to run for President or Vice President of the U.S. someday either… since he too has an immigrant mother!

Did you have anyone in your family who was born of immigrant parents? Like you or your parents or grand parents? Then if they were not natural born citizens they were giving birth to other non citizens and so on and so forth… that would lead to you and me and all of us eventually being non citizens too!

Gee, it’s getting so that being born in the U.S.A. doesn’t mean anything these days!

 

 

Beware the Payroll Tax Break!

14 Aug
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In a recent interview, President Donald Trump said he won’t approve another COVID-19 stimulus package if it doesn’t include a payroll tax cut for workers…but what does this mean? Simply put, a suspension of payroll taxes would halt money being taken out of worker’s paychecks to pay for government programs like Social Security and Medicare.

However, the payroll “tax cut” would also put more money in the pockets of wealthier people, do absolutely nothing for the 37 million people who have lost their jobs in the last few weeks, and cut Social Security’s dedicated revenue.

Generally speaking, payroll taxes are split by the employer and the employee, with each paying 7.65 percent of the worker’s compensation for a total of 15.3 percent. In theory, this means that employers and employees would benefit from a payroll tax cut since both would enjoy similar savings.

But Self-employed people would benefit the most because they pay 12.4 percent of their pay toward Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare…and while many small businesses and self-employed workers are struggling right now, a payroll tax cut for all self-employed workers could largely benefit people who may not even need any financial help because Payroll taxes phase out for people after only $137,700 in personal income in 2020, so the potential savings for self-employed workers who may not even need it could be enormous.

And Businesses would also save money on payroll taxes whether they need the savings or not and a payroll tax cut for businesses across a company’s total workforce could lead to huge savings that would grow the bigger they are…for example Amazon pays over 2.4 billion dollars in payroll taxes. A payroll tax cut would result in tremendous savings for employers like Amazon.

It’s also likely that successful businesses would just pocket the savings and use the money to boost profits versus using the funds to hire more workers or grow their operations – especially if there is no demand for their products or they simply don’t need more workers. Why would a company hire someone if they don’t need the work due to no demand?

Unemployed workers (23% of the workforce since Covid-19 hit) don’t stand to gain anything from a payroll tax cut. Without employment, they aren’t currently paying payroll taxes anyway. Plus, those who’ve retired, stay at home, or are disabled, won’t get any benefits from this proposal either.

And while those “essential workers” who are still working do stand to benefit from a payroll tax cut, it won’t amount to very much money. If you are a worker earning $15 per hour and working 40 hours per week right now, a payroll tax cut would give you back 7.65 percent of your income. This only works out to around $46 per week or a little over $180 per month.

But most importantly Social Security and Medicare are the biggest losers in this scheme and stopping payments into each program only stands to exacerbate their ability to survive. Social Security is already expected to have to decrease payments to beneficiaries by 2035…when,  According to a  the most recent report on the status of Social Security and Medicare, only around 76 percent of promised benefits will be able to be paid out.

And If payroll taxes come to a halt this year and most likely beyond should the President get re-elected, (which he has promised BTW) it’s not hard to imagine how quickly the Social Security system and Medicare will… collapse completely

And just so you know: Today (August 13th) the unemployment rate in the U.S. is about 10.2% with over 16 million Americans filing for benefits…meanwhile the Dow Jones Industrial Average is again approaching 28,000 and has almost fully recovered from the Corona-virus downturn that began in March. Have you?

Our economic health basically has nothing to do with workers or people who are not wealthy. A new study released in late November by The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program found that 44% of U.S. workers between the ages of 18 and 64 are in jobs that pay only median annual wages of $18,000… and The study noted that 53 million of these low-wage jobs were people in prime working-age of 25 to 54, not just recent high school or college graduates.

So cutting the Payroll tax means cutting Social Security and Medicare for all of these workers…forever! Make no mistake about it. You can’t save money for your retirement if you don’t save money for your retirement… and especially so if your employers are no longer matching  the amount that you are/were saving.

But that is not all of it!…Basically, the Social Security Administration is loaning money to the federal government, (currently 2.9 trillion dollars) which, in turn, pays interest to the Social Security program each year. (2.2%interest) For the federal government, this arrangement is incredibly beneficial because it means not having to rely on foreign countries to buy even more debt….and did I mention at ONLY 2.2% INTEREST!!!

Wait stop! We (working for wages people) get 2.2% interest on a 2.9 trillion dollar loan to the U.S. government?!!!! What if this were a college loan? We’d get 8%!!!! and the government could never legally renege on the loan. What if we were your average billionaire (Let’s say president Trump?) We’d get over 8% interest on an investment like that!!! Why? Because we’d be in control of our own investments and not being taken advantage of by a government of millionaires and billionaires who…wait for it…WORK FOR US!!!!

So Social Security is headed for insolvency because it is mis-managed… not because it doesn’t work. What about the Social Security Board of Trustees who oversee our program? Why don’t they put a stop to this government borrowing at ridiculous interest rates?

Well…There are six Trustees, four of whom serve by virtue of their positions in the Federal Government: the Secretary of the Treasury, (Steve Mnuchin: net worth 400 million) the Secretary of Labor, (Patrick Pizzella: net worth 5 million) the Secretary of Health and Human Services, (Alex Azar: net worth 15 million) and the Commissioner of Social Security (Andrew Saul: net worth 2 million)

The other two Trustees are public representatives (that’s good isn’t it?) appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. And…wait for it… The two Public Trustee positions have been vacant since July 2015. (net worth?: 0)

Our country’s debt currently stands at 26.6 trillion dollars! (with a bullet upwards) It was 19.9 trillion dollars when President Obama left office less than 4 years ago. What will happen to our debt when the SS piggy bank is gone? And the Federal Government continues to borrow at a rate of at least 1.7+ trillion dollars more than it has per year?

Without the 2.9 trillion dollars that it practically steals from SS now and the 1.7 trillion that it doesn’t have to pay its bills to begin with, that would make for a 4.6 trillion dollar short fall every year!… Glorioski! Mr Money Bags!… I mean Daddy Public Bucks!

So let’s cut the payroll tax! Great idea huh? Sounds like the kind of idea a financial wizard would come up with to pay one’s debts, doesn’t it? Or rather maybe someone who has declared 6 business bankruptcies during the course of his life time?

So Beware the Payroll Tax Cut! It’s a con job! A payday loan! A scam!

And If you work for a living…rest assured…in the end, You’re really gonna get it!

It’s Official! We’re All Demented!?

27 Jul

President Trump, arguably the leader of the free world, bragged about having “aced” a cognitive test that he took at Walter Reed Medical Center, where the president said doctors were “very surprised” at his apparently fantastic results. “That’s an unbelievable thing,” The President said that the doctors told him about his test results. “Rarely does anybody do what you just did.”

President Trump took the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test during his annual physical…and according to the testing instructions, the MoCA is “designed as a rapid screening instrument for mild cognitive dysfunction. It assesses different cognitive domains: attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation.”

In other words, this is a test that would measure a decline in intelligence — not intelligence itself and yet our President  while doing very well on the test (a good thing) believes that it was a very difficult test of intelligence that most Americans could not pass. (a very strange thing) Because as mentioned above this is a test to measure one’s level of cognitive dysfunction not one’s intelligence quotient.

“It’s all misrepresentation, said the president to Fox TV interviewer, Chris Wallace, Because, yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t, they get very hard, the last five questions.”

Mr Wallace’s reply was: “Well, it’s not the hardest test. They have a picture and it says “what’s that” and it’s an elephant!”

Here is the actual test for you to peruse. Could you pass this test? Beware the final 5 questions. They are very hard!

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Did you recognize those animal pictures? Sorry, (But Chris, where was the elephant?) That was the easy part of the test!

Can you Repeat those sentences? Name words that begin with the letter F? Find what’s similar between a bicycle and a train? Recall 5 words? Do you know the date, month, year, day, place and city that you are currently in?

Congratulations you are not demented! And neither is the President!

So why does he think that most of us Americans including Chris Wallace, probably and most likely are? (possibly the elephant in the room? or not?)

Now that’s a tough question!

 

Just Say New!

20 Jul

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The unemployment rate is over 11% and over 20 million Americans are currently receiving unemployment insurance. And The U.S. national debt is now over 26 and a half trillion dollars! That’s 6.6 trillion dollars more than when President Obama left office…and he ran up the deficit at about a rate of 1 trillion per year over his 8 year presidency…a number BTW that absolutely made Republican politicians plotz!

President Trump has seen his debt numbers increase at about the same ratio to which he has outplayed President Obama in rounds of golf so far during his almost 4 years as POTUS. (BTW President O’s golfing made Republicans plotz too!)

If President Trump keeps this up and is re-elected he will see the national debt rise under his watch by over 15 trillion dollars from 19.9 to 35 trillion by 2024!…and this is with a budget deficit of  2.8 trillion dollars per budget cycle.

Yow! Can you say “Repo Man?!”

And now about 25 million Americans are about to lose the extra $600-a-week unemployment benefit, they have been receiving since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the U.S. earlier in 2020 and which was passed through the CARES Act in March and is set to expire on July 31.

President Trump wants to let the CARES Act expire however, saying that there are signs that “America’s economy is now roaring back to life like nobody has ever seen before. All of this incredible news is the result of historic actions my administration has taken.”

But that was back in June as the country began to reopen for business again with people heading back to work and restaurants and bars and beaches…and oh yeah…that pesky and viral Covid-19 virus… returned to all of those places too…just like a virus likes to do. Who knew?

And now the jobs are going away again and states are beginning to shutter workplaces and bars and restaurants…again.

But have no fear! Ivanka Trump is here!

Yes, the President’s daughter and Senior Advisor at the White House has an idea and a plan to fix the unemployment crisis and get American workers back to work.

JUST SAY NEW!

Actually what Ivanka Trump unveiled was a new jobs initiative titled “Find Something New,” which encourages the country’s laid-off workers to consider alternative career paths…

and finding a new job because it looks like your old one is not coming back.

“There has never been a more critical time for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to be aware of the multiple pathways to career success and gain the vocational training and skills they need to fill jobs in a changing economy,” said the Senior Advisor at the White House and she Acknowledged that “jobs are changing and the pandemic has accelerated the pace.”

The program encourages workers to consider a range of new careers, including those that don’t require a college degree..so how to find a new job during a raging pandemic and massive business closures that has killed more jobs then people?

Perhaps you should follow the example of our first family?

If you need a job why not ask your daddy? He’s rich isn’t he? And doesn’t he have a few million to float you so you can get started in your own business? Maybe you could try some modeling if you have the figure and good looks. Start out with some nude modeling just to break in and then move on to something more sophisticated like bikinis until you find a rich man to marry. That should work.  If you are a man how about finding a woman to marry who has a rich daddy that you can do some consulting work for? You could run for political office in your home town? No experience is needed for that. Maybe start a television show? Or maybe you could open some new retail businesses in China?

There are just so many new possibilities in a country that has shut down its schools, offices, restaurants, theaters, stadiums, concert halls, public buildings, manufacturing plants etc..because of a pandemic that the government cannot and will not do anything about. aren’t there?

So where would you find these new jobs? Perhaps that when the first daughter suggested that we all look for “something new”rather than wait for our old jobs to come back she meant that we should not just look for a new job but maybe look in a different country also?

 

If You Test It You Will Get It!

15 Jul

72 new cases of COVID-19 reported in SLO County

This just in from the President of the United States. If you test for the Corona Virus you will find more people who have it. And that is why we have so many Corona Virus cases here in the United States. We simply test too much.

So Consequently, if you don’t test for the Corona Virus then you cannot get it!

I have Covid-19.

I test to see if I have Covid-19.

I find out that I am positive for the Covid-19 virus.

……………………………………………………………………………………

I have Covid-19.

I don’t test to see if I have Covid-19.

I don’t have Covid-19!

…………………………………………………………………………………..

It’s that simple!

So Americans everywhere: Protect yourself and your loved ones! DO NOT test to see if you have the Covid-19 virus. To do so could be deadly and harmful to the President’s re-election…maybe to you too, but you are probably insignificant… and which is more important?

But should you find that you have the virus anyway, and then find yourself in a hospital emergency room with shortness of breath and horrible pain, quarantined and alone? Leave a signed note with the hospital administration explaining that should you pass away you do not want to be tested for death.

In this way, you shall live forever!

 

Let’s Summer in Europe!

30 Jun

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Nope! Sorry…we can’t.

The European Union is excluding us from their list of 15 safe countries whose citizens will be allowed to travel there.

I guess we’ve just become too darned great and full of ourselves for being like, well… better than everybody else. Just look at that graph up there. We’re off the charts! When it comes to Coronavirus cases that is… as in… we’re doing so well we’re contagious!

New confirmed daily cases in the EU peaked around mid-March and are now on a clear downward trend, with cases below 10,000 for more than a month. In the US however, new cases are on a steep upward trajectory and have now topped over 40,000 per day!
That’s good isn’t it? Aren’t we winning? Data for the US shows that new cases in at least 36 states are trending upwards compared to the previous week. State and local leaders have said the rise in cases is in part driven by gatherings at homes and in meeting places such as bars.
Of course we Americans are gathering! We’re celebrating because we are free and great! And it’s about time…Now where’s my drink? I’m feeling a bit thirsty and warm.
Did you know that The U.S. has recorded  more Covid-19  cases and deaths than anywhere in the world? (What’s a Covid anyway? And what in the world is the 19 for?!) At almost 2.6 million cases and more than 126,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, that puts us in the big leagues with teams like Brazil, Russia and India!: The three nations with the highest numbers of cases after…US!
Whoo-Hoo! How great can we get? We’re in the top division!
Apparently The EU’s decision is based on whether a country has a similar or better epidemiological situation than Europe, as well as comparable hygiene and containment measures…sounds like a lot of crap doesn’t it? I bet they’re just jealous.
But!…The EU has recommended that member states offer entry to China, where the virus originated for crise sakes!…on the condition of reciprocal arrangements. What the ???  That sounds like a bribe or payoff doesn’t it?… Figures!
The other 14 countries that are allowed to visit Europe this summer are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. What a bunch of lightweights. Do any of them even play football? You know, the real kind!
Oh well. We’ll just have to stay home this summer wrapped in our warm, humble hubris and gloat. It’s good to be great and free and unencumbered by the suffering of others who are poor, and old and or without the proper health coverage that they should have bought for themselves from… wherever…just don’t get me started.
It’s good to be great…again! Now let’s party!
All hail our fearless, wondrous and most beloved leader!
And take that mask off when you do…you wimp!
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