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Amalgamation and Capital

21 Mar

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White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, discussed President Trump’s newly proposed budget last week. Here is how he justified the President’s proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels and after school programs that provide meals for children.

When it comes to helping feed the elderly:

“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. We cannot defend that anymore. 20 trillion dollars in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that can’t deliver the promises we made to people.”

When it comes to helping feed school children:

“They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping kids do better in school, which is what–when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school programs, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.”

He might have added, “Are there no workhouses? Are there no orphanages?”…but he didn’t….So there we have it. There is no proof that feeding hungry seniors and/or hungry school children helps!

Not as in, helps hungry people eat, but as in, helps American taxpayers get something for their money. Like a profit? Or tangible benefit? Or bang for our tax buck? But we will be spending an additional 54 billion dollars on military equipment and hardware so the President’s budget does have a bright side…if that is the sort of thing that brightens your day.

However, if this budget proposal gets the approval of Congress then I think they should also remove Lady Liberty’s torch and replace it with her middle finger and amend the plaque beneath her with the phrase “Turn ye around all who seek to enter and go back from whence ye came and while ye are at it look out for a bomb with your name on it!”

But I’m just a liberal democrat so what do I know? If this is the mandate Americans were hoping for when they voted for Mr. Trump…so be it…or should I rather say…Amen?

 

 

 

 

The Devil in the Details?

4 Mar

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Congressman Roger Marshall, a newly elected Republican to Congress who is also a doctor, recently said that he doesn’t support the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion because he believes some poor people just don’t want health care.

“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us.’ There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves. The Medicaid population, which is a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are, So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought the ER.”

That’s a direct quote from one of our Congressmen and a doctor who basically believes that poor people, as a group of people, just don’t want to take care of themselves health-wise…as opposed to rich people?

You’ve never seen a rich person who didn’t eat right and who never exercised or was overweight? have you? Like our President maybe?… But I’m not judging… Anyway, just like Jesus said once,… according to Congressman Marshall…Fuck em!

Apparently that’s how the Congressman understands his Bible when he reads it… and he is part of the GOP Doctors Caucus, which is a group of 16 lawmakers with health care backgrounds who are at the center of the Republican Congressional effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Wow! Is that how you read your Bible? Is that what Jesus meant?… There are poor people. There will always be poor people. Because poor people don’t care about themselves (like non-poor people do?)… Jesus was poor. He was always poor. He died on the cross rather quickly. Was that because he never exercised or ate right?

President Trump, in his most recent speech before Congress said that he wants to see Repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that “expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.”…with freedom to choose our own healthcare plans (not forced upon us, but the ones we want) and Medicaid resources that make sure “No one is left out.”

I think that’s great! And I agree with that POTUS plan! And I hope we get just that and for everyone! But that is not what Congress is pursuing. Let’s hope that the President is true to his word and stands up to Congress. That’s why we elected him, right? So stay tuned! Will we end up replacing Obamacare with JesusCare with a capital J…or with a smaller case j…where the devil just may be… in the details?

Crazy Train

1 Feb

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“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

These were President Trump’s words on Holocaust Remembrance day right before he suspended immigration to the US from 7 predominantly Muslim countries in an effort to keep us safe here in the USA…however, the countries that he suspended immigration from do not include any countries that Donald Trump himself does business with. (IE: there are no Trump hotels or Trump businesses in the 7 outlawed countries)

He also has not suspended immigration from the 4 Muslim countries that sent crazed Muslim extremists on hijacked jet planes crashing into NYC, Pennsylvania and Washington 16 years ago, especially Saudi Arabia, who sent 15 of the 19 nut-jobs to kill American citizens!

President Trump has also done nothing to chastise, limit nor prevent Vladimir Putin and Russia from invading our personal computers and national databases again. After all Russia did invade America did they not? And all President trump has had to say about that is to praise President Putin and to ask Russia to please also invade Hillary Clinton’s personal computers to find out about her Emails.

Only 5 miles from my house here in New Jersey, the nearby Seaside boardwalk was blown up by a terrorist only a few months ago. The bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami was born in Afghanistan in 1988 and first came to the United States in 1995, then became a citizen in 2011…and his family traveled periodically to Pakistan. Neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan are on President Trump’s list of banned countries.

So, how does that help the United States and how will studying those 7 cherry-picked countries and their immigration practices help Trump’s administration learn how to keep us safe from Pakistanis, Afghans and Saudi Arabians?  I don’t know about you but I’m not feeling all that safe from potential foreign invaders anymore than I used to… how safe do you feel?

But anyway…in just his first 10 days in office President Trump has also fired the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, fired the Acting Attorney General of the United States (both for disagreeing with his policies and tactics) placed his chief strategist and self avowed white supremacist on the National Security Council, called for the use of “Alternative facts” to help explain differing points of views and has asked for government investigations into the size of his inauguration crowd as it compares to President Obama’s inauguration crowd (when we already have seen the pictures) and an investigation into why Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than he did in the 2016 Presidential election (when we already know that it was because 3 million more “American citizens” voted for Hillary)…so what’s to find out?

And yet the 63 million people who voted for President Trump still appear happy to be riding this crazy train that has become the vehicle for moving our country forward…or backward…or sideways, depending on your point of view.

But we’re all on the crazy train now…careening along with his supposed “mandate from the (his) people.” Even the 267 million American citizens who didn’t vote for Donald Trump!

 

Re-Gifting

24 Dec

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This year I’m re-gifting! That is if you think that any of my blogs are gifts in the first place. Anyway, here is my blog post from last Christmas Eve which perhaps is a bit more fitting this year because Christmas and Hanukkah will be celebrated at just about the same time. Hanukkah begins on the 24th, Christmas Eve, and ends on the 1st of January, New Years Day, so it truly is a happy holidays for one and all…not that it isn’t always but, you know what I mean. This year we blend the Judaeo-Christian traditions simultaneously.

So my question last year was: Who is the Star of Christmas? And my answer is…

Santa Claus! Am I wrong?

If one wants to put the Christ in Christmas shouldn’t one go to mass? Why would I want to see a religious display in front of my local municipal building or at the airport or in a department store or public square? Would we expect to see product commercials in a church? Do we expect to see any other religious symbols representing any of the other many and varied religions of the world on public display in public buildings?

So what’s the big deal? Not even Christ was Christian. While he walked the Earth he never professed to be anything other than a Jew, nor did he profess that anyone else should be otherwise. I do believe that he would be appalled to find out that people were worshiping him these days since he never once instructed people anywhere to do that. (I know that is silly for me to say because he already knows everything)…but did he not once say:

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”…and um, I think that would be where Santa Claus and Christmas belong…in the Caesar category. Have you ever been shopping during the holiday season? Of course you have. So I ask you, would you place that experience among Godly things or Caesarian ones?

But I digress because although the gift giving and the good cheer associated with Santa do blend in well with the basic tenets of peace on Earth, good will to all, why would Jesus be involved with Christmas? Easter is the truly religious holiday of the Christian faith. Christmas is simply supposed to commemorate Jesus’ birth but one can’t celebrate the birth of God can one? Gods aren’t born, are they?

So to celebrate Jesus’ birth is to celebrate his birth as a human being or man and that takes us back to his living his life as a devout Jew who sought to follow the traditions and laws of Judaism and while he may have campaigned for reforms towards a more accessible worship of Judaism he never campaigned for a new religion to replace Judaism based on himself as God and savior.

The apostle Paul did that and he was neither one of the apostles nor named Paul! So that takes us right back to our faith and our belief that what we believe in is the true path to salvation and an afterlife in heaven. But faith is what we have in the absence of factual evidence and who is to say that our faith is any better than anyone elses faith in anything else…since we all lack evidence or proof that what we believe in is true.

When Jesus was asked: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” His answer was: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

So I think that the Christmas tradition of Santa Claus is a great and simple way to remind us all that while we adults worry ourselves with hatred or revenge, religious or racial differences, or trying to accumulate wealth or power, the key is to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”?  And treat others as you would have yourself be treated…And by all means judge not. (now who can say they do that on a regular basis?)

Just have a Merry Christmas and spread some cheer and good will and do your best to make children smile and have hope for a future where our beliefs will someday lead us towards one another and not in opposite directions, on this all too finite of worlds.

The War is Over!

8 Dec

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And Christmas has won!

According to the Donald Trump camp the election of Donald trump has made it OK to say ‘Christmas’ again and apparently  saying “Merry Christmas…Is not a pejorative word anymore.” Pejorative (for you non-elites) means expressing contempt or disapproval.

Really? Has anyone noticed a particular disdain or contempt from anyone that you might have said merry Christmas to over the last few years? Rumor has it (Fox News) that President Obama ushered in a war on America’s most celebrated holiday some 8 years ago because of the liberal left’s mad desire for political correctness…and of course because President Obama, well you know, is not from around here. (Sean Hannity, Donald Trump)

But those days are over now because way back in August Mr. Trump said that he always makes a particular effort to say ‘Christmas’ in  acknowledgement of the nation’s “persecuted” Christians…and he vowed that, if elected, he would right wrongs by making sure that the words ‘Merry Christmas’ be featured in department stores all across the land…

because they haven’t been?

Anyway, the war is over! And the 83% of Americans who identify themselves as Christians, (that’s 270 million!) won’t have to take crap from the 13% of Americans who say they have no religion at all.(only 44 million)

Imagine that! 13% pushing the other 83% around and not letting us Christians say Merry Christmas to each other without having to feel persecuted and bad about our beliefs. How did they ever get away with it?! It certainly wasn’t the Muslims, Jews and Buddhists and other non-Christian religious folks pushing us around and stomping on our Christmas rights because there are only about 13 million of them in America…combined!

How does 83% of a country find themselves in the minority in the first place? And losing a war with the other 17% too? But it was happening dammit! And we couldn’t win no matter how hard we tried! Until finally a savior appeared at just the right time, from a Trump tower on high, to turn the tide in Christmas’s favor.

Hallelujah! It was a Christmas miracle! And we can now all, Thank Trump for that!

So…Merry Christmas everyone! (now don’t you all feel better?)

 

 

Please Don’t Feed the Wildlife

20 Nov

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And here are some of the reasons why:

*Human food may not healthy for wild animals, and they do not need food from humans to survive.

*Feeding leads to public health concerns. Too many animals in one place increases the chance of disease transmission to people and among other wildlife.

*Animals accustomed to people often lose their fear of people and can become aggressive. Those that become too aggressive may have to be destroyed to protect people and property.

*Animals fed along roads tend to stay near roads, increasing the chance of vehicle-animal accidents.

Now while all of those reasons may sound reasonable, I was not made aware until yesterday while I was watching, of all things, Chopped, The Food Network’s competition cooking show…that apparently cities all across the USA have recently discovered a way to make American wildlife, i.e. the homeless, go away.

Don’t feed them! And many of the ordinances approved by city councils nationwide cite similar reasons as those mentioned above for making the feeding of homeless persons illegal.

Did you know that since 2006 and in efforts to make the homeless in America, for lack of  better words, go away, U. S. cities have gradually been banning and outlawing activities such as camping, begging, sleeping in cars, sitting or standing on the sidewalk for more than 5 minutes and now feeding them!

In over 70 cities nationwide it is now illegal to feed the homeless. In fact recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a 90-year-old WWII veteran was actually arrested for feeding the homeless. And It’s punishable by 60 days in jail or a $500 fine. And in Houston police even ticketed a homeless man for trying to feed himself by fishing a donut from a trash bin in a public park.

Wow! And I thought that cruel insensitivity and a lack of basic decency only existed in our country’s political campaigns. But not so. It’s becoming the law of the land too!

I know I’m just a bleeding heart liberal who should have been paying closer attention…but has it really come to this? Have all of us good Christian American Capitalists really tried everything we could think of in our efforts to ease and erase the plight of our over half a million homeless citizens? (many of whom are also veterans of our wars) Have we simply run out of ideas?

Now our best solution is to codify into law: (because it’s for our and their own good?)

SHOO! SHOO!

Really???

 

 

Has He tried Prayer?

15 Oct

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Donald trump says that Hillary Clinton is leading the presidential race only because the entire free American electoral process is fixed. It’s corrupted and contaminated by a cabal of lying statesmen, corrupt politicians, incompetent FBI agents, dishonest Congressmen, Jewish bankers, evil Mexicans, Islamic terrorists, and sinful, irreligious, ungodly citizens.

Donald trump has had it with Hillary Clinton. He says that she is a crooked, evil, contemptible liar. He says that she belongs in jail and that if he is elected president he will see that she is arrested and put away. He says that she has incredible hate in her heart that he personally knows is there. He says that she is literally the devil and has even called for her murder should she be elected President of the United States.

But has he tried prayer?

Why doesn’t he stop saying such terrible things about Ms. Clinton and simply gather all of his Evangelical Christian supporters, which must number in the millions, and together with himself and his family form the largest prayer circle that the Christian world has ever seen and then…pray Hillary away?

He can’t lose then can he? All of America’s morally superior citizens gathered together in one place praying to God on high to defeat the very devil herself? With prayer all things are possible are they not?

So Mr. Trump, I propose you trying preying…with prayer. Does not God always bless America?

 

 

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