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Es…say…What???

22 Apr

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When President Trump was recently asked about his and the Republican party’s continuing effort to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act this is what he had to say:

“The plan gets better and better and better, and it’s gotten really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot.”

If this were the answer to an essay about the state of healthcare reform in America today that I had given to one of my Freshman English students it would have received a failing grade…not only because it is incomplete and lacks substance, to say the least, but also because it shows an utter contempt for the assignment, the reader and the English language.

Take out the simple and repeated modifiers and you have PLAN GET… PLAN GOTTEN… PEOPLE LIKING.

Pretty bad for a 15 year old. Not bad for a Neanderthal. And absolutely mind boggling, sad, depressing, embarrassing, ridiculous, insulting, inane, thoughtless, contemptible, and uneducated drivel coming from the President of the United States.

President Trump graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics! That means he completed at least 16 years of public and private school education in the United States of America. Quite obviously somebody helped him… but in any case…

He did not get his money’s worth…nor did any American.

 

 

 

Only in America?

21 Apr

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President Trump recently signed an executive order to “Buy American, Hire American”, which directs a series of federal agency reviews to identify where the government can “aggressively promote and use American-made goods.” It also directs federal agencies to reform the visa laws, which allow companies to bring in highly skilled foreign workers, in an attempt to create more openings for American workers.

Ironically however, this new order would basically make sure that our government doesn’t buy anything that President trump makes! Because there are at least 12 countries where Trump products are manufactured and they include China, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, Turkey, Slovenia, Honduras, Germany, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea… Not to mention Trump products that have transited other countries through the packaging and shipping process.

And as for hiring American…we also know that our president, as a corporate executive, has hired more than 1300 foreign guest workers to work at his various businesses here in the U.S., including requesting 78 visas to staff his two Florida properties for this year alone. Don’t we have any American workers left in Florida?

In fact Donald Trump, now President Trump, has applied for more than 500 visas for foreign workers for his Mar-A-Lago Country Club/Estate/Southern White House… since 2010.

And wouldn’t seeing President trump’s tax returns go a long way in helping us understand just how much the President of America buys American and Hire’s American like he now wants all of us Americans to do?

For goodness sake…Even our First Lady is from a foreign country! But at least she’s married to the President and wasn’t hired by him…(wink, wink)…

This would really make a great reality show if it wasn’t really reality…wouldn’t it?

 

Around America’s East Coast in 80 Days

12 Apr

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In his first 80 days in the White House, President Trump’s six weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Florida, have cost around $21.6 million. That’s according to CNN, that fake news outlet. So can their numbers really be trusted? Probably because these are actual factual numbers that can be checked by anyone with access to a calculator, pencil and paper, abacus and normal working human brain.

Meanwhile our most recent President, Obama, spent close to $97 million on travel during his entire presidency! And that’s according to Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog. At President Trump’s current vacationing/golfing/spending pace he’ll spend around 777 million dollars (680 million dollars more than President Obama) if he lasts 8 years in the presidency.

That’s almost 1 billion dollars! Or 8 times the amount that President O. spent… which by the way, caused Republicans to go positively apoplectic. Now however, no one seems to care in the least that our President spends only half of his time at the White House and the other half vacationing in Florida…and at extra taxpayer expense.

Nor does anyone seem to care that our First Lady refuses to live in the White House also, preferring to live in NYC at a cost of millions more in tax payer dollars…not to mention the millions of additional dollars that the states of New York and Florida have to shell out in security costs for our itinerant first family.

Doesn’t anyone remember when Candidate Trump was an outspoken critic of President Obama’s travel and golfing excursions and when he said that he himself would be too busy working hard in the White House for America and Americans to be able to have any time for himself or for his friends and family let alone his favorite hobbies.

And now here he is keeping his promise to make America Great again by having America spend a fortune on infrastructure…his own, that is. Imagine that? Possibly 1 Billion tax payer dollars or more spent on an American President and his wife’s commute to and from home and work!

Thank goodness he’s not also taking a salary, huh? But then he’d have to pay taxes wouldn’t he? Kind of makes you want to hurry up and get your own tax return in by the April 15th deadline doesn’t it?

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?
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