Heads I Win! Tails I’m President!

16 Nov
Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere - The New York Times

When was the last time that you were with a group of people who couldn’t decide what to do, so you took a vote… and the minority won?

And in what kind of Democracy does the lead vote getter in an election get 5 million more votes than his opponent and yet everyone is walking around for days trying to come to a consensus as to who won the vote?

Since the year 2000 in the United States of America, this has happened twice in 5 presidential elections and now in 2020, 70 or so million people would like to see it happen again to make it 3 times out of 6!

“Gee, who has the most votes after 150 million citizens cast their ballots?”

” Why it’s Mr. Democrat that’s who by a margin of over 5 million!”

” Well, at least he has a 50% chance of winning!”

In fact 5 presidents in the history of the United States’ presidency did not win the popular vote. That’s 11%! Not bad if you don’t receive the most votes in any election you always lose… But in a presidential election…You still have an 11% chance of winning?

And now many folks (Republicans) want it to be 6 out of 46 or 13% of US Presidents winning the White House while losing the people! Who thought of this crazy idea anyway? Our Founding Fathers, that’s who! Supposedly the smartest, most revered men on the Earth at that time…and possibly the most overrated?

And so now we have a president who, when he won with 306 electoral votes in 2016 but lost the popular vote by 3.5 million votes, said that it was a landslide victory and a mandate from the people! And that he lost the popular vote because millions of illegal votes had been cast against him.

Then after presiding over the country for 4 years, while making us great again…he once again loses the popular vote, but this time by over 5 and a half million votes!… and he loses the Electoral College by 306 electoral votes to 232 and yet… he announces that the election is too close to call! and was probably rigged! (again) and that millions more people voted illegally (and all against him) than in 2016!

Some job he did, huh? It was “American Carnage!” at his 2016 inaugural and this time, 4 years later, he’s crying: “America 2020! Now with MORE Carnage!” And he is refusing to concede his defeat and accept the new President-Elect and he is refusing to aid in the transition of presidential power and carry out the people’s will.

So now! Oh Great Founding Fathers! What do we do with a petulant and childish President who refuses to abide by the Constitution of the United States of America but yet is still supported in his refusal by 1(only) of the (only) 2 political parties that you saw fit to create?

Oh right…now we go to The Electoral College…of course! Where state electors, chosen by their own state legislators, go to cast the electoral votes that we citizens have instructed them to do with our popular votes, that we cast in each state…in the first place!

Another election? Because one is just never good enough?

Good grief! What could possibly go wrong there?!

Illegal voting?

They say it can’t be done!

Stay tuned! It all happens Monday! (after the second Wednesday in December of presidential election years) When else?…

So save that date: December 14th, 2021… Only in the USA!

Breaking News from the White House Press Secretary…(republicans, you will not want to miss this!)

10 Nov

The White House press secretary has just announced that in 2016 President Trump had the largest, greatest and most attended inauguration in the history of the United States!

Trump Inauguration: Crowd Smaller Than Obama's | Time

(Note: images may appear doctored depending on your point of view and/or mental health)

And in News from the Justice Department: The Attorney General of the Unites States has announced that U.S. prosecutors may begin looking for the strawberries!

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Meanwhile: The President-Elect, Joseph Biden, is not receiving his daily intelligence briefings as per U.S. law, and national security officials are being fired and/or resigning from office.

The CDC says that Democracy may have contracted a terminal illness but their findings as of yet remain unclear…

Stay tuned for more breaking news!

Why Is Voting So Hard To Do in America?

4 Nov

And during this year’s election with the coronavirus and the partisan politics it seems even harder…even though they have supposedly made it easier with early balloting and mail-in voting.

However, It always amazes me that whenever I walk into a polling station it feels like I’m time traveling back into the 1970s when I was first able to cast a ballot in an election. When it comes to voting in the United States, it seems to me as though nothing has changed in the last 40 years…not even the machines…or the tables or chairs or buildings or the people inside. They too all seem to be about 40 years older than they were when I first encountered them back in the day…another reason why mail in voting is a good idea, not just to keep the voters safe but our aged poll workers too!

What gives? How come everything else in the world has become modernized and electrified and computerized to the point where it can be accessed with a hand held device and the point of a finger tip, but not voting. And now in certain states they are making it even harder for people to get to the polling stations and vote in person, requiring them to wait on longer lines and making it more difficult for people to prove who they are…in person!

And all the while still asking us to push a button on an old machine, or punch a card, or mark a paper ballot and drop it in a box…and all because there supposedly just isn’t any other safe way to do it… for after all what could be a safer and more accurate way to count votes in an election than by having people count paper ballots by hand or reading numbers from machines and then adding them up together and then handing them over to other people who continue to do the same. Did you ever play telephone? It seems to me that that is how archaic our voting system is.

And why is everyone who works in the polling stations old…and getting older? (At least where I vote) Where are all of the young voters and volunteers? And why is the largest voting block in America the non-voter? It seems as though everyone is being turned off by America’s “Can’t Do” voting policies.

We can’t get to the polls. We can’t keep them open. We can’t count the votes quickly. We can’t keep the voting machines secure. We can’t rely on the Post Office. We can’t secure the ballots. We can’t trust the states to make accurate counts. We can’t keep the dead from voting. We can’t keep the ballots from bursting into flames in a ditch down by the river???

What can we do? Are we living in the 21st century or am I just dreaming? Is this the age of the iPad and smart phone and Ebay and Etrade and E banking and computerized, drone warfare? Or isn’t it?

Can we at least start to modernize our voting system in what most Americans seem to agree is the greatest democracy in the free world (I’m always saying this…is it really true?) so that each and every one of our citizens, of voting age, can vote in a timely, safe, quick and easy manner? I know it can be done because it is the 21st century and voting should be convenient, computerized, simple and secure…just like on-line shopping for crying out loud.

If our economy worked this slowly and tried to prevent 1/3 of all shoppers from getting out to the stores and buying stuff, we’d be a third world country!

Did you know that there are 118 electoral democracies in the world and all but 11 of them guarantee their citizens the “right to vote” as part of their nation’s constitution?

And Amazingly enough, The United States, is one of those 11 democracies that does not guarantee its citizens the right to vote within its own constitution. When the country was founded, the U.S. Constitution did not define who could vote and ironically the United States, while always helping and encouraging new democracies to include the guaranteed right to vote for all citizens in their constitutions, has never adopted an amendment that afforded such a right to its own.

In 2005 the United States helped Iraq to write its new constitution which included the declaration that Iraqi citizens, both men and women, would have the right to vote. And now in Afghanistan thanks to the U.S. all citizens are also guaranteed the right to elect and be elected. When the U.S. army occupied Japan after World War II we helped them to write a constitution guaranteeing “Universal adult suffrage” and in Germany after that same war the new German constitution was written to include the phrase, “Any person who has attained the age of 18 shall be entitled to vote.”

Yet here in the United States Over 30 states recently passed new and more prohibitive voter ID laws in efforts to supposedly thwart voter ID fraud when there have only been 31 recorded incidents of identity impersonation since 2000… out of over 1 billion votes cast!

So what’s the deal? Why are so many political forces trying to scare, deceive and suppress the American electorate? And now those political forces even include our President. Why doesn’t the United States pass a constitutional amendment simply and explicitly guaranteeing all of its citizens the right to vote? Was this a right that our forefathers overlooked or was there method in their mistake by accidentally on purpose creating an escape clause that might come in handy someday when say a Congressman’s approval rate was at 9 percent while at the same time their reelection rate was over 90 percent?

How are those statistics in any way shape or form indicative of a democratic and representative form of government for the “Greatest democracy the world has ever seen”?

Anyone?

White House Surrenders! Victory Declared!

29 Oct
We Surrender - Home | Facebook

It’s Over! Hurrah! The Covid-19 Virus has been defeated even though our government has just announced that “We will not try to control the pandemic!”

From now on we will just treat it like the common ordinary flu with vaccines and medicines and getting better. So there!

Even though the Coronavirus has felled almost 230,000 citizens in 8 months and is 10 times more deadly than the common, ordinary flu virus it can’t win if we just ignore it…

You know, like we do with the common, everyday, ordinary flu! So what if it kills 36,000 Americans each year? Who cares? Do you know any of those 36,000?…probably not. And so what if this new virus kills 360,000 per year? Do you know any of those people either?

“Just get over it!” Says our President! “Don’t let it dominate you!” “It’s all just a big media hoax.”

If we stop testing it, it can’t pass the test now can it? And we won’t have so many cases then will we? And if you do get it and die from it because you were too fat or too asthmatic or too old or too poor or whatever… then that was the real killer wasn’t it? And it really was all your fault wasn’t it?

So stop complaining and take better care of yourself!

Let’s all just ignore it and stop being so frightened and simply declare victory! How can the virus win if we win first?! We can’t both win can we? So there! Take that Coronavirus!

And today The White House science office (when did the White House get a science office?) listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as the top accomplishment of  President Trump’s first term. His TOP accomplishment!…Which he just accomplished! Wow!

And today was also the day when the U.S. set a record for new daily infections! Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! Way to go White House Science Department!

Who knew that surrender could lead to such sweet, wonderful victory!?

I mean who knew that victory could lead to such sweet wonderful surrender?

I don’t know what I mean but someone does…

Our very own stable genius, That’s who!

And according to Presidential Advisor, Jared Kushner, President Trump has been “getting the country back from the doctors” in what he called a “negotiated settlement.”

It was such a simple minded idea that it was simply, absolutely brilliant!

We negotiated a settlement with the doctors who agreed to stand down from their all out assault on the American public’s freedom, while our President (AKA The “great negotiator” BTW) stepped in and made peace with the deadly virus by declaring it an enemy that he no longer recognizes.

So it’s all over now folks…Huzzah! (except for The Dying)

Nothing to do from now on but the shopping and the playing and the school going and the work doing and the stock marketing and well, you know…(The Dying)

so just do me a favor will ya?

Don’t die!

And if by chance you do…keep it to yourself… okay?

Why spoil such a good plan?

You’re Welcome!

Hang ‘Em High!

24 Oct
The Salem Witch Trials Targeted Women - Here's Why | Science 2.0

Is this your kind of Democracy? If it is then you should be ashamed of yourself.

Last week President Trump held another rally in Michigan where he downplayed the recent rightwing plot against Governor Gretchen Whitmer to have her kidnapped and killed because of her state lockdown measures aimed at curtailing the coronavirus and saving lives in the state where people are still dying from the poisoned water for profit scheme! (Do Republicans remember that?)

Said our President: “You’ve got to get your governor to open up your state, OK? And get your schools open! Get your schools open! The schools have to be open, right?”  

“Lock her up! Lock her up!” his supporters chanted in response. 

“Lock them all up,” President Trump answered.

And of course his crowd of angry, (P)syco-phantic inquisitors who adore our President as if he were the reincarnated Torquemada made whole in the 21st century, just so they could lasciviously witness the torture and imprisonment of all who disagree, look differently or believe differently than they do, cheered him on.

And yet just Forty minutes later President Trump’s Saturday night rally ended with The President (a most recent survivor of the coronavirus who contracted the disease along with his family and many friends through ALL fault of his own) once again railing against Michigan’s lockdown measures and sparking the crowd to resume the “lock her up” chants…

AS THOUGH THEY WERE ALL PART OF SOME GRAND REENACTMENT OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS…A FONDLY REMEMBERED PASSION PLAY OF PSYCHO-SEXUAL JOY BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE!

Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, senior campaign adviser, and woman who doesn’t seem to mind other women being treated like second class citizens later said “He wasn’t doing anything, I don’t think, to provoke people to threaten this woman at all. He was having fun at a Trump rally,” and added “Look, the president was at a rally. It’s a fun, light atmosphere. Of course, he wasn’t doing anything to threaten this woman. That’s ridiculous.”

Sure…it was just all in good fun. What’s more fun than accusing your rivals and competitors and fellow elected officials, Americans all, of being criminals who should be locked up just on your say so, without evidence of a crime or of any wrongdoing whatsoever?

Kamala Harris is nasty! Lock her up! Hillary wrote emails, the contents of which we actually no nothing about! Lock her up! That woman is not someone that I find attractive enough to consider dating. Lock her up! I believe that woman is not a Christian! Lock her up!

That’s America? If that is your idea of America then you should leave because the country you’re pining for is the country(s) that our founding fathers fled from 400 years ago!

You have forgotten what this country stands for and represents to the world…and so has our president. Shame on all who attend rallies that celebrate fear, hate and greed! That is not what greatness is made of… nor has it ever represented nor will it ever represent the power and glory of anything good that ever resided in Heaven or on the Earth…

Don’t Fear the Reaper?

15 Oct
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Isn’t it ironic that as our President of the United States is recovering from his recent bought with the Coronavirus at the White House in Washington D.C. receiving the best treatment for his illness that is humanly available to him, his most recent Supreme Court nominee is waiting to be approved and sworn in by a completely partisan Republican Senate majority in their latest best effort to completely destroy and eliminate the Affordable Care Act from U.S. Law?

Make no mistake about it. Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States because President Trump and Senate republicans are 100% sure that she will vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights, eliminate LGBT rights and same sex marriage and declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and thereby eliminate the healthcare access that had been made available to millions of Americans in 2010.

They are in a hurry to have Judge Barrett confirmed because, should President Trump and the republicans win or lose the election, come November 3rd of this year, all of their dreams to take away the hard earned rights of “UnGodly Americans” can still come true.

While they continue to enjoy tax payer funded healthcare of their own: The absolute best access to doctors and drugs that our tax payer money has to offer.

Meanwhile, The President says that we, the people, should not fear Covid-19, better known as the coronavirus. In fact he suggests that we get it, like he did, and then get over it, like he is doing. “Don’t let it dominate you!” Says our President. “Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently,.”

That is if you are still eligible for that wonderful medical care after his new Supreme Court Justice helps to take it away come this November… following the election…of course! Why would he do it before the election? Duh.

But not to worry. Don’t fear the reaper! If you are lucky like our septuagenarian president you might feel better than ever after you’ve had the virus! You might even feel 20 years younger like he says he does now… Or there is a small chance that you may suffer from an insignificant…death!

So far only 218,000 Americans or about 1,000 Americans a day since March of this year have had the adverse reaction to Covid-19…as in an untimely death. Insignificant is the President’s word, not mine because that is what he called those deaths during one of his presidential pep rallies. That sure got his adoring crowd laughing and applauding.

And when he brought out a color coded chart to explain that if we didn’t count the “blue” states (we have red and blue states now) then hardly anyone has died from the Coronavirus! I guess, because people who live in blue states are extra insignificant? Even the Republicans too!? (those would be the red people living in the blue states)

I guess that if you didn’t vote for President Trump and/or you live in a state that didn’t give him the Electoral College votes he wanted in the last election then you can just die and go to hell…and apparently take everyone else who lives in that state along with you. (He’s an equal opportunity hater?)

But If the President is reelected and serves another 4 years, at 365,000 Coronavirus deaths per year, that would only be 1,825,000 Americans felled by the virus… and that would only be .5 percent of the 330 million Americans that we now have which is about as insignificant as the interest I get from the bank for the money I keep there.

So as far as Capitalism is concerned I guess we have to admit that we really don’t matter very much to our president and to our government since money rules and helping people drools…and as always the rich will get richer while the poor get sicker.

So I guess we should all just pretend that the Coronavirus is cancer or heart disease or obesity or whatever and go out there and live our lives with or without our masks. Maybe we’ll die from the virus…maybe we won’t, but it’s now 3rd on the list of things that kill us American’s the most…and you will die eventually anyway… so WTF?

And that’s the official policy of Our President, The White House and our United States’ government…not just something I’m making up…and if you’re waiting for a vaccine you might just want to move to a Red state and become a Republican (if you aren’t already in one or already are one) and get your instant immunity, and “heard mentality”…and don’t worry Democrats, I hear it rubs off on blue people too!

May God help us, Everyone!

Another Royal Scam

12 Oct
Big Pharma is Restructuring: 3 Key Causes

After unilaterally terminating Social Security’s dedicated funding for government workers for the rest of the year, President Trump is now raiding Medicare’s trust fund to pay to send letters to senior citizens before the election, promising them a $200 pharmacy gift card.

The President campaigned in 2016 on the promise that he would take on Big Pharma and protect Social Security and Medicare, but he has done neither of those two things. Rather he has done exactly the opposite while still claiming to keep his promises.

The President’s plan to send out $200 senior drug discount cards to 33 million senior citizens in the United States will cost tax payers (Not the President or his campaign) 6.6 billion dollars. And all of that money will come from the Medicare Trust Fund…which of course is money that you and your employers have already put there… on your behalf…for you.

That’s strike two for those of us who are already retired or who are about to retire. Billions of dollars are now being removed from the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds by our President and without the proper Congressional authorization needed to do so.

Medicare’s main trust fund, the Hospital Insurance fund, also known as Part A of Medicare – was already in financial trouble before the pandemic hit and the ongoing recession created by the Covid-19 crisis is squeezing the program from both ends.

And a recent projection from James Capretta, a senior advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, found that the program could run low on funds by 2023. “So the next president, says Mr. Capretta, will have about two years to figure out what to do.”

And our President has promised to continue these economic programs (or is it economic pogroms?) should he be reelected this November, but of course, even if he loses, you can count on the remaining Republicans in Congress claiming that our now diminished trust funds are two more reasons for privatizing and ending Social Security and Medicare.

So instead of taking on the big pharmaceutical companies and skyrocketing medical costs in an effort to lower the costs of medications and hospitalizations in the U.S., President Trump is raiding Medicare and Social Security and taking our money to use for his own political purposes, in the hopes that neither you nor I nor anyone else will know the difference.

And he is also about to break a famous Republican promise by nominating and confirming a Supreme Court Justice during an election year (In 2016 The Republicans promised never to let this happen)…(ever!) And that Supreme Court Justice will join 5 others who will most likely strike down The Affordable Care Act (after the election…of course) leaving no Healthcare program to take its place.

Using public promises and public trust funds to fund private campaigns and private desires while undermining decades old and revered social health, medical and anti-poverty programs to the point of destruction? That is definitely not Socialism. That’s for sure.

I would call it Anti-Socialism…wouldn’t you?

And outright lying, cheating and stealing comes to mind too.

Don’t Forget to Vote! Twice!

23 Sep
The President Just Committed a Felony': Trump Tells NC Residents to Vote  Twice, Openly Encouraging Voter Fraud | Common Dreams News
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

Social Security Services | WESTMORELAND COUNTY

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!

 

 

GRACEFIFTEENTEN

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