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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!

Nice Work If You Can Get It

23 Oct

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Here is a fun fact…President Trump has already golfed on average 1 out of every 4 of his days in office as The President of the United states. So if he continues on this pace, then after his 4 year term as President, he will have spent 1 full year on the golf course and only 3 years in his office.

And the best part is that he only golfs at Trump golf courses where his Secret Service Agents must rent golf carts in order to follow the president and protect him as he makes his way through fairways, sand traps and other golf hazards. ( I seriously don’t know why they can’t just follow him around on foot? How fast can a 70+ year old play?)

But I digress, because at the current rate of golf cart rentals the Secret Service is spending over $100,000 per year just on that…and all of that money goes into President Trump’s golfing businesses. So that’s over $400,000 for golf cart rentals alone over a 4 year presidency which means that President Trump will not only spend 1/4 of his time in office golfing, but he will also be paid for it in an amount equal to 1 year of his presidential salary.

And if we calculate all of the money spent by the Secret Service renting rooms at his properties etc. etc. etc…and add it to President trump’s income, well, all I can say is…  Nice work if you can get it, huh? And get paid while doing it too!? And while not even working?! And after trashing our former POTUS for golfing too… at 1/8 the frequency!

Wow! America, meet our plutocratic, pietistical, Polytetrafluoroethylene POTUS! Making America (and himself) Great Again…one swing at a time.

Hey Republicans…At least he’s not Obama, right? (wink, wink)

 

Oxy-Moronic?

29 Sep

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Have you noticed how most Republicans and or Conservatives, if not all, would like to require any Americans who are in need of or eligible for government programs such as, food stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and even Medicaid, to take a drug test in order to receive any benefits or government aid?

And even though it has been proven that the great majority of Americans who are in need of such assistance (like children, the disabled, the elderly, single mothers) do not use drugs, most Republicans are still in favor of drug testing these individuals no matter the cost.

They simply don’t want drug users to receive or profit from tax payer’s money. And they ask, “Is that so wrong?” However, Republican Senators have recently been proposing that 45 billion dollars be added to their healthcare proposal overhaul, for states to spend on opioid addiction treatment. Because we now have an opioid addiction crisis in America.

But can opioid addicts pass a drug test? I Would think not. So why would you want to help drug users who use too many drugs and are drug addicts, when you don’t want to help children and women and the disabled and the elderly who might use drugs even when they aren’t addicted to them? That makes no sense at all…does it?

We still have marijuana users in jail for using marijuana and we don’t have a marijuana addiction problem… nor do I think we even worry about one…and we certainly don’t seem to be inclined to help any other drug users or abusers. Do we?

America has been at war with drugs for over 50 years! How are we doing so far? According to the pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance, when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. And over four decades, American taxpayers have spent over 1 trillion dollars on the drug war.

And with over 2 million Americans now in jail, and half of those prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes, all that money has helped produce is the highest incarceration rate in the world… along with drug addiction rates that have statistically remained unchanged!

so why don’t we just put all of the opioid users in jail too?

Or if spending 45 billion dollars to help people who are in need of drug treatment is no big deal while also spending 1 trillion dollars to catch drug users, dealers and abusers…then what’s the big deal about spending 21 billion dollars on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families? Or spending 75 billion dollars on Food Stamps? Or 18 billion dollars on Housing Vouchers?

Instead our president wants to cut those programs by 192 billion dollars over the next decade. And they want to cut Medicaid by 800 billion dollars over that same time period… While spending 30 billion dollars on building a wall along the border of Mexico (also part of our “war” on drugs)

And most Republican lawmakers and most Republicans for that matter too, can’t wait to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle the healthcare benefits that it has provided for millions of Americans…and yet, they have all of this concern for opioid addicts. Why? What’s so special about these Americans in distress that isn’t so special about other distressed Americans?

I don’t know what’s going to happen or who’s going to get which money for what or how the government is going to spend it, but one thing I know for sure is that after all is said and done and after all of the money is spent, there will still be opioid addicts… and lots of them… because no Congressman, Republican or Democrat is going to outlaw that drug or force doctors to stop prescribing it or make pharmaceutical companies stop making it… will they?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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