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There’s Always a Joker

16 Mar

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President Trump is on another campaign tour (even though he has already been elected to the presidency) to try and explain how everything he says has a different meaning from what normal people who use dictionaries think his words mean.

A week or so ago he had this to say: “Tonight I am calling on Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that will expand choice, increase access, lower costs and at the same time provide better healthcare. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance and that is what we are going to do…”

That message received a standing ovation from the Congressional Republicans who, you would surmise, by their standing and applauding, actually supported what the President was saying.

Earlier President Trump had this to say about healthcare in America: “No one will lose coverage. There will be insurance for everybody. Healthcare will be a “lot less expensive” for everyone — the government, consumers, providers.”

And before that he had this to say: “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid”

And of course there is this famous declaration about healthcare from another speech that he gave: “I am going to take care of everybody … Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

But tonight the President is out and about to explain how the Republican’s new healthcare plan for America is less than all that… but somehow more… and still cheaper for others but not so much for everyone and that although Medicare will be cut it won’t be so that anyone of particular import will notice…etc… etc… etc.

Because the President never means what he says but we Americans have come to understand that, and now we just shrug and laugh and realize that he is just like that friend that we all have who says that he will be right over but then never shows up, or who borrows something from you and then swears that he thought it was his when he gave it away to somebody else, or who says that he’ll buy 12 boxes of cookies from your daughter but then never has the money to pay for them on delivery day.

So what do you do? You stop making dates, loaning him things and never take his promise to pay for anything, seriously. But you still remain friends and laugh whenever he suggests that you make a date, loan him something or chip in on anything. That’s just him and even though he hasn’t a clue that you’re on to him you chalk it all down as a life lesson learned. (for you, that is)

But is this any way to run a country?

I sincerely hope you… nor I… don’t lose healthcare or Medicaid or Medicare or Social Security or anything else of importance over the next few years… but that unreliable, insincere, liar who we all know? He’s in charge now and he has a lot of friends just like him who make up the majority of the neighborhood…

So beware. If you lose something or can’t find something else or wonder where all of your money has gone, you’ll just have to give a shrug and laugh… because the joke is on you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Cannot Tell a Lie

23 Feb

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This past Monday was President’s day. I remember a time when we celebrated both George Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday every February, and on, of all days, their actual birthdays! But now we just celebrate President’s day and celebrate all presidents because it’s much more convenient, expedient and cost effective…and it’s always on a Monday!… which must be because all presidents were born on Mondays? Silly me, it’s because all Mondays come immediately after all weekends.

But seriously, if you’ve ever been to school then you have heard the story of our first president, George Washington, and his childhood experience with a certain cherry tree. George Washington grew up on Ferry Farm and while it hasn’t been confirmed that his cherry tree story was true,  it has been confirmed that there were cherry trees on the farm when George Washington was just 6 years old…so who knows?

In any event the point of the story, as it was made clear to all of us who heard, it was that George Washington never told a lie… and neither should we. And why? Because honesty is always the best policy, that’s why. And the truth shall set you free! And it was all simply part of a grade school narrative enforcing good old American values that included truth, justice, honesty, morality, and the golden rule. And if these values were good enough for and respected by the first President of the United States…the Father of our Country…then they certainly were to be embodied in each of us.

But that was a long, long time ago…how many people today believe that honesty is the best policy or that the truth shall set one free? Our 45th president lies on a regular if not daily basis (as kids would say) like a rug…and he has a staff that is willing to repeat those lies, if for no other apparent reason, simply because it is their job. Imagine that? There are jobs now in which the sole job description is to lie “truthfully”…but to be fair (another word that has all but lost its meaning) there is so much lying being employed as a “strategy” in so many work places in today’s world that it is hard to tell where the truth actually… lies!

Is there anyone out there who can seriously dispute that right now our Congress is hard at work trying to find a way to “honestly” explain to the American people why we DON’T need healthcare, food-stamps, affordable housing, fair wages, women’s rights, human rights, clean air, clean water, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Peace. And that what we “honestly” DO need is a wall, deportations, travel bans, cuts in social services, and more weapons for more war.

The one truth that I’d like to learn is…who is our government working for? I’m serious…really… Wouldn’t it be nice to know who it is they are actually working for? It can’t possibly be US, can it? That’s one truth we know…isn’t it? I’m even beginning to wonder if they are even working for people! Just about everything our legislators (especially Republicans) seem to want to do these days is anti-People and anti-Earth. Who’s left? What’s left? Am I right?

Perhaps if George Washington were with us today and he were here to read my words he would say that I was simply being cynical and overly dramatic and that things in America couldn’t possibly be that duplicitous…But still I wonder…

Because It seems to me that old George’s famous mantra of “I shall never tell a lie” has been whittled down over the years to a much simpler and streamlined, one size fits all incantation of, “I shall never tell!”

And now, whether or not we are being lied to or told the truth…we can’t know for sure…    if we know anything at all.

 

 

Don’t Cry for Me, Scandinavia

22 Feb

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President Trump likes to get most of his information and news from TV…you know, just like the average American does. Even though he says that the news media is the “enemy of the people” (That would be us) he still likes to watch Fox and Friends, CNN, NBC news, ABC, CBS, Saturday Night Live and then stay up late to tweet about all of it…to other people like him… who like to watch TV also.

He says that Fox and Friends is the only “Honorable” news program out there and that the rest are crap! and not just any old crap but the lying, deceitful, dishonest, scummy kind of crap. Between all of the TV he watches during the day and night, and the time it must take to apply his “tan” each day, I often wonder how he finds time to do other things like….be President of the United States!

Anyway, at a pep rally this weekend (why does a POTUS need to throw pep rallies? I haven’t been to one since high school… How about you?) President Trump  falsely suggested that there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden and that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants… Can you imagine that? Sweden? (his words, not mine) The President later said that his comment was based on a television report he had seen…on Fox News… about how dangerous life has become in Sweden!

Of course wouldn’t you know…This was news to Sweden… and they called the U.S. State Department for an explanation…who of course…didn’t have one! So a little bit later a White House spokeswoman told reporters that President Trump had been referring generally to rising crime in Sweden, not a specific incident in the Scandinavian country.

But official statistics show that Sweden’s crime rate has fallen since 2005!… even though it has taken in hundreds of thousands of immigrants from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq…So the Swedish foreign minister decided to post on Twitter an excerpt of a speech in which she said democracy and diplomacy “require us to respect science, facts and the media.”

I guess in Scandinavia they don’t watch a lot of Fox news or Fox and Friends on their Swedish TV sets…but here in the United States watching television is how our President learns about reality and as a former Reality TV star he knows that Fox broadcasts facts and not the fake news that all of the other networks manufacture. And we know he knows this because he is like, smart. (his words not mine)

But seriously, wouldn’t you think that as the President of the United States you could get your facts from the people who work for you and not have to rely on watching TV at all? You have access to the Cabinet and the Congress and the Pentagon and 17 Intelligence Agencies and Secretaries General and even Modern Major Generals! Heck, you have a direct hot-line to all of the leaders of the world, not to mention Alexa, Siri and Google!

You are the 45th freaking President of The United States! Why, in the name of all that is holy, are you gleaning information about the world from a TV show called Fox and Friends and then regurgitating UN-verified and possibly “alternative facts” to a crowd of admirers at a pep rally that you’ve had staged for your own aggrandizement?!

WHEN YOU ARE ALREADY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!

DON’T YOU HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO????????

You’d like, think…like, wouldn’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comrade President?

8 Feb

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President Donald Trump so far in his brief tenure as POTUS has been picking fights with just about everyone. He has fought with Congressmen and Senators and judges and the entire press core and countries large and small, both allies and enemies. He has fought with the truth and with photographs and with his own tweets and contradictory statements and even with his past and former self…

But he will not fight with Russia nor its president, Vladimir Putin. In fact Mr. Putin appears to be beyond reproach in the eyes of our President.

During the campaign for the presidency he called Mr. Putin a close personal friend whom he had met on several occasions…even though they had never met in person nor talked on the phone…Not even once.

When it was discovered by our own intelligence agencies that Russia, under the direction of President Putin, had hacked U.S. institutions and used hacked information in an attempt to sway or alter the American Presidential election, Mr. Trump said that he didn’t believe it. He even defended the Russian President by suggesting that anyone could have done it…even a fat, lonely guy in New Jersey.

Then candidate Trump even joked that if it was President Putin who had been behind the hacking perhaps he would do “The Donald” a favor by continuing to hack US databases until Hillary Clinton’s lost Emails were discovered, as though cyber-terrorism perpetrated against the US was all in fun or just a game.

And now that he is President, Mr. Trump continues to defend the Russian leader by likening Mr. Putin’s known assassinations of political opponents as commonplace killing… like the kind that the United States is quite often guilty of. “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” said President Trump.  “I think our country does plenty of killing.”

And when discussing Russia’s invasion and annexation of the Crimea and his later insurgencies int the Ukraine Mr. Trump was quite flattering of President Putin and not in the least bit angry. “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”
Wow! When it comes to Vladimir Putin vs. The Untied States, Putin wins! at least in the opinion of our President. Only 27 years since the fall of “The Evil Empire” and Russia has apparently passed us right by in the morality and leadership departments…American Carnage indeed!
When you consider all of the people and things that rankle our new President you’d think that Vladimir Putin would at least be somewhere on his list of pet peeves. But no! President Trump has what can only be described as a BFF man crush on the Russian President.
What gives? How can we explain this? Does our good president have some kind of political or financial ties to President Putin? Does he owe Vlad a favor or is he in his debt in someway? Is it really just platonic admiration and love? Just A good old fashioned bro-mance?
How can we know? President Trump won’t release his financial records or tax returns. And President Trump is a man who loves to talk about himself and his accomplishments. So why won’t he brag to the American people about how he has made all of his billions? And why don’t other Republicans seem to care?
They brought Hillary Clinton before Congress 9 times in an effort to link her to treasonous activities while she was the US Secretary of State. They consider all of Hillary’s missing or unfound Emails as proof of her treasonous activities even though there is no proof to show to America.
But President Trump’s missing and hidden financial records are not anything to worry about nor worthy of investigation even though the President is an avowed admirer of one of the most nefarious leaders of the post communist world? Even While Ms. Clinton was an avid opponent of President Putin and visa versa?
No one is even in the least bit curious? Aren’t you? I sure am? We wasted millions of dollars and countless Congressional hours chasing Hillary around in efforts to defend America’s integrity when there was scant evidence to suggest that it was anything but a wild political goose chase… but in this most inexplicable and curious case of unadulterated man-love for a foreign tyrant by a sitting American President we can’t even have a simple…Say what? investigation? Like: Show us your taxes the way every other President in the last 4 decades has?
Nope! The President who would make America great again doesn’t even like America! And he says so! He hates our cities. He says our public schools stink. He belittles our intelligence agencies. He calls our media and newspapers dishonest scum. He says that America is nothing but decay and carnage and a country of killers…and his supporters love it! They can’t seem to get enough of his hateful rhetoric! And they are waiting. They are waiting for him to save them from what? A nation gone to ruin?
Is that how you see America? A nation of flotsam and jetsam that needs to look to mighty Russia and Vladimir Putin for ideas and leadership? It’s quite obvious that That is how our President would like us to see it?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know Why?

Hang-Over Holiday?

19 Jan

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Somewhere around noon on Friday January 20th Mr Donald Trump will officially become the 45th President of the United States..but if you are worried about being immediately deported or if you have to start that new job you were hired for to build the Great Mexican Wall or if you are worried about your health-care policy being terminated or even if you are Hillary Clinton and worried about being arrested, you can rest easy until  January 23rd.

Because Mr. Trump has announced that his first official day as POTUS won’t begin until Monday because immediately after being sworn in he’s going to take his first vacation.

“Day one – which I will consider to be Monday as opposed to Friday or Saturday. Right? I mean my day one is gonna be Monday because I don’t want to be signing and get it mixed up with lots of celebration.” said The 45th President-Elect to a reporter from The Times.

Wow! Could you imagine how Republicans would have reacted if President Obama had said that back in 2008? The first African American President taking a vacation to party and celebrate immediately after being sworn in?! They’re collective heads would have exploded, right after they had all pooped their pants!

(Note to Russia: Attack immediately!)

Anyway, now imagine that the Obama children and Michelle O.had stayed in school back in Chicago to finish out their 2008/09 school year. NYC has reported that it will cost over 1 million dollars a day to supply the necessary security for Melania and Baron T. to stay in New York to finish their shopping….er..um school year…and that doesn’t even include the Secret Service costs.

That’s 1 billion dollars by mid June! Plus President Trump-to-be plans to fly back and forth regularly on the weekends and Melania will be doing the same when she needs to be in Washington. This will cost a fortune in security costs for the Secret Service and for NYC, all to be paid for with tax dollars of course.

But he will be the President of the United States and he and his family deserve and need to be protected and no one will deny or dispute that…but just imagine how the Republican minions, who went positively apoplectic anytime the Obama’s took a vacation or President O. played a round of golf, would have behaved had they charged the USA billions of dollars just to come and go as they pleased during the work week!

OMG! Generals Jackson and Lee would have risen from the grave and led an army of newly minted, “Stars and Bars” waving, confederates along side resurrected cadavers in a march on Washington!…Am I wrong?

Of course former NYC Mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, payed for his own travel back and forth to his home in Bermuda from Friday afternoon to Sunday evenings on many weekends during his 12 years in office. He even payed for 2 police officers on his protection detail to stay in a hotel during those weekends. But after all Mr. Bloomberg was only running a major US city not the entire country! And he is a billionaire after all.

But Donald Trump is a billionaire too, isn’t he?  He says that he is although we have never seen any proof as to how many billions he actually has. According to Forbes, Mr. Bloomberg has 41.8 billion…and Mr. Trump has about 3.7, so the likely hood of President trump picking up the tab for his presidential commutes to NYC and back is about as likely as First Lady Melania using a non gold plated commode in the White House…

I know, that’s mean…but let’s just say this whole inauguration and transition thing from the 44th POTUS to the 45th POTUS is bringing out the “Trump” in me…Oh well, Happy stay-cation! See you on Monday bright and early…and maybe a bit hung-over…

Boy I sure am glad the Obamas weren’t this needy!

 

It’s Academic!

10 Dec

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Donald Trump ran for President on a very simple message that he repeated over and over again at every campaign stop on his way to victory: “Buy American! Hire American!” Don’t take my word for it just check it out and see how many videos pop up in your browser.

He also said that he would fight for American jobs and secure better wages, better working conditions and better jobs just like Americans used to have. He was the one man who could “Make America Great Again!”

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Now President Elect Donald Trump is hiring foreign workers to staff his Mar-a-Lago Mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., again this winter.

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According to the Palm Beach Post (and other news outlets) President Elect Trump won approval to hire 64 foreign workers through the federal government’s H-2B visa program. He hired 69 workers through the same program last year. And although most will get a whopping 1% raise many will be taking a pay cut from last years salaries.

If you’d like a job there as a cook you can make $12.74 cents an hour…but of course you would apparently have to prove that you are not an American citizen.

The Mar-A-Lago club will hire 30 waiters and waitresses at $11.13 an hour,  and 15 housekeepers at $10.17 an hour. So pass that on to any illegals who happen to be already working in your neck of the woods. Perhaps they would like a change of venue? After all, winter is coming…

And this is a real story! It’s actually true! It’s Not one of those crazy, made up, conspiracy theory, We hate Hillary, stories that, you know, President Elect Trump likes to tweet and spread around.

How do we know this? Well, Mr. trump was actually asked about why he hires foreign workers and he said:

“Because during the season, Mar-A-Lago, it’s a seasonal job, which is very hard to get people in Florida for seasonal jobs. And during the season in Palm Beach, Palm Beach is probably maybe the hottest real estate, maybe in the world. And during the season in Palm Beach, it’s very, very hard to get help. You can’t, we’re talking about Mar-A-Lago, the club is closed for the summer. You know the expression, ‘Rich people don’t like heat.’ And we close Mar-A-Lago, and we open October — like October 1st. And from that, for about a five-month period, during what they call the Palm Beach season, which is a big deal, you can’t get help. So we tend to get help from different places, including Europe, and we’ve been doing that. And by the way, these are all legal visas, you understand that, Mike. These are all legal visas. But they — we have to bring people in, which tells you, I mean, you can have jobs out there, in certain communities that are doing well. But in Palm Beach, getting help in Palm Beach during the season is almost impossible. So we go through a very legal process, and we bring people in through legal visas.”

So there you have it America. American workers are simply too impossible to find! There aren’t enough of them to go around. How is a super rich President Elect supposed to trickle down on American workers when he’s been looking everywhere for them and they’re just nowhere to be found? The only solution is legal visas for foreign workers and tax cuts for the wealthy!…everybody knows that!

Now Aren’t you glad that Middle-Americans across the USA decided to back “The Donald” to show America’s academics that they were tired of all of their Congressional smart-assery?

Hooray for the US electorate!

Down with Academics! Up with Schmucks!

 

We Are Family… Just Make Sure you can Take care of your own…

4 Jun

The United States is not alone when it comes to helping to take care of its children and families. Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea are the only three countries in the world who help to take care of their country’s families as much as we do. And what is it that we four super powers do to help our children and mothers when they are just starting out on that important path to becoming a family?

Absolutely nothing!

Because we are the only four countries in the world that DO NOT legally require paid maternity benefits for new mothers.

But where the heck is Lesotho? Even this map doesn’t know! But when it comes to helping working mother’s and families make ends meet…That’s the kind of company the United States is in!

Here in the United States we love our Christian values so much that we constantly worry about the lives of fetuses and how we need to protect them from their mothers while they are in the womb. Once they are born however…not so much.

We love the unborn. It’s just kids we can’t stand!

The United States… now proud winners of the family trifecta: 1st in child poverty. 1st in creating poor citizens and 1st to say, “Mom? Put that baby down and get back to work or You’re fired!”

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