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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!

 

 

Beware the Payroll Tax Break!

14 Aug
Trump's Payroll-Tax Deferment Plan and Social Security - WSJ

In a recent interview, President Donald Trump said he won’t approve another COVID-19 stimulus package if it doesn’t include a payroll tax cut for workers…but what does this mean? Simply put, a suspension of payroll taxes would halt money being taken out of worker’s paychecks to pay for government programs like Social Security and Medicare.

However, the payroll “tax cut” would also put more money in the pockets of wealthier people, do absolutely nothing for the 37 million people who have lost their jobs in the last few weeks, and cut Social Security’s dedicated revenue.

Generally speaking, payroll taxes are split by the employer and the employee, with each paying 7.65 percent of the worker’s compensation for a total of 15.3 percent. In theory, this means that employers and employees would benefit from a payroll tax cut since both would enjoy similar savings.

But Self-employed people would benefit the most because they pay 12.4 percent of their pay toward Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare…and while many small businesses and self-employed workers are struggling right now, a payroll tax cut for all self-employed workers could largely benefit people who may not even need any financial help because Payroll taxes phase out for people after only $137,700 in personal income in 2020, so the potential savings for self-employed workers who may not even need it could be enormous.

And Businesses would also save money on payroll taxes whether they need the savings or not and a payroll tax cut for businesses across a company’s total workforce could lead to huge savings that would grow the bigger they are…for example Amazon pays over 2.4 billion dollars in payroll taxes. A payroll tax cut would result in tremendous savings for employers like Amazon.

It’s also likely that successful businesses would just pocket the savings and use the money to boost profits versus using the funds to hire more workers or grow their operations – especially if there is no demand for their products or they simply don’t need more workers. Why would a company hire someone if they don’t need the work due to no demand?

Unemployed workers (23% of the workforce since Covid-19 hit) don’t stand to gain anything from a payroll tax cut. Without employment, they aren’t currently paying payroll taxes anyway. Plus, those who’ve retired, stay at home, or are disabled, won’t get any benefits from this proposal either.

And while those “essential workers” who are still working do stand to benefit from a payroll tax cut, it won’t amount to very much money. If you are a worker earning $15 per hour and working 40 hours per week right now, a payroll tax cut would give you back 7.65 percent of your income. This only works out to around $46 per week or a little over $180 per month.

But most importantly Social Security and Medicare are the biggest losers in this scheme and stopping payments into each program only stands to exacerbate their ability to survive. Social Security is already expected to have to decrease payments to beneficiaries by 2035…when,  According to a  the most recent report on the status of Social Security and Medicare, only around 76 percent of promised benefits will be able to be paid out.

And If payroll taxes come to a halt this year and most likely beyond should the President get re-elected, (which he has promised BTW) it’s not hard to imagine how quickly the Social Security system and Medicare will… collapse completely

And just so you know: Today (August 13th) the unemployment rate in the U.S. is about 10.2% with over 16 million Americans filing for benefits…meanwhile the Dow Jones Industrial Average is again approaching 28,000 and has almost fully recovered from the Corona-virus downturn that began in March. Have you?

Our economic health basically has nothing to do with workers or people who are not wealthy. A new study released in late November by The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program found that 44% of U.S. workers between the ages of 18 and 64 are in jobs that pay only median annual wages of $18,000… and The study noted that 53 million of these low-wage jobs were people in prime working-age of 25 to 54, not just recent high school or college graduates.

So cutting the Payroll tax means cutting Social Security and Medicare for all of these workers…forever! Make no mistake about it. You can’t save money for your retirement if you don’t save money for your retirement… and especially so if your employers are no longer matching  the amount that you are/were saving.

But that is not all of it!…Basically, the Social Security Administration is loaning money to the federal government, (currently 2.9 trillion dollars) which, in turn, pays interest to the Social Security program each year. (2.2%interest) For the federal government, this arrangement is incredibly beneficial because it means not having to rely on foreign countries to buy even more debt….and did I mention at ONLY 2.2% INTEREST!!!

Wait stop! We (working for wages people) get 2.2% interest on a 2.9 trillion dollar loan to the U.S. government?!!!! What if this were a college loan? We’d get 8%!!!! and the government could never legally renege on the loan. What if we were your average billionaire (Let’s say president Trump?) We’d get over 8% interest on an investment like that!!! Why? Because we’d be in control of our own investments and not being taken advantage of by a government of millionaires and billionaires who…wait for it…WORK FOR US!!!!

So Social Security is headed for insolvency because it is mis-managed… not because it doesn’t work. What about the Social Security Board of Trustees who oversee our program? Why don’t they put a stop to this government borrowing at ridiculous interest rates?

Well…There are six Trustees, four of whom serve by virtue of their positions in the Federal Government: the Secretary of the Treasury, (Steve Mnuchin: net worth 400 million) the Secretary of Labor, (Patrick Pizzella: net worth 5 million) the Secretary of Health and Human Services, (Alex Azar: net worth 15 million) and the Commissioner of Social Security (Andrew Saul: net worth 2 million)

The other two Trustees are public representatives (that’s good isn’t it?) appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. And…wait for it… The two Public Trustee positions have been vacant since July 2015. (net worth?: 0)

Our country’s debt currently stands at 26.6 trillion dollars! (with a bullet upwards) It was 19.9 trillion dollars when President Obama left office less than 4 years ago. What will happen to our debt when the SS piggy bank is gone? And the Federal Government continues to borrow at a rate of at least 1.7+ trillion dollars more than it has per year?

Without the 2.9 trillion dollars that it practically steals from SS now and the 1.7 trillion that it doesn’t have to pay its bills to begin with, that would make for a 4.6 trillion dollar short fall every year!… Glorioski! Mr Money Bags!… I mean Daddy Public Bucks!

So let’s cut the payroll tax! Great idea huh? Sounds like the kind of idea a financial wizard would come up with to pay one’s debts, doesn’t it? Or rather maybe someone who has declared 6 business bankruptcies during the course of his life time?

So Beware the Payroll Tax Cut! It’s a con job! A payday loan! A scam!

And If you work for a living…rest assured…in the end, You’re really gonna get it!

Just Say New!

20 Jul

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The unemployment rate is over 11% and over 20 million Americans are currently receiving unemployment insurance. And The U.S. national debt is now over 26 and a half trillion dollars! That’s 6.6 trillion dollars more than when President Obama left office…and he ran up the deficit at about a rate of 1 trillion per year over his 8 year presidency…a number BTW that absolutely made Republican politicians plotz!

President Trump has seen his debt numbers increase at about the same ratio to which he has outplayed President Obama in rounds of golf so far during his almost 4 years as POTUS. (BTW President O’s golfing made Republicans plotz too!)

If President Trump keeps this up and is re-elected he will see the national debt rise under his watch by over 15 trillion dollars from 19.9 to 35 trillion by 2024!…and this is with a budget deficit of  2.8 trillion dollars per budget cycle.

Yow! Can you say “Repo Man?!”

And now about 25 million Americans are about to lose the extra $600-a-week unemployment benefit, they have been receiving since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the U.S. earlier in 2020 and which was passed through the CARES Act in March and is set to expire on July 31.

President Trump wants to let the CARES Act expire however, saying that there are signs that “America’s economy is now roaring back to life like nobody has ever seen before. All of this incredible news is the result of historic actions my administration has taken.”

But that was back in June as the country began to reopen for business again with people heading back to work and restaurants and bars and beaches…and oh yeah…that pesky and viral Covid-19 virus… returned to all of those places too…just like a virus likes to do. Who knew?

And now the jobs are going away again and states are beginning to shutter workplaces and bars and restaurants…again.

But have no fear! Ivanka Trump is here!

Yes, the President’s daughter and Senior Advisor at the White House has an idea and a plan to fix the unemployment crisis and get American workers back to work.

JUST SAY NEW!

Actually what Ivanka Trump unveiled was a new jobs initiative titled “Find Something New,” which encourages the country’s laid-off workers to consider alternative career paths…

and finding a new job because it looks like your old one is not coming back.

“There has never been a more critical time for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to be aware of the multiple pathways to career success and gain the vocational training and skills they need to fill jobs in a changing economy,” said the Senior Advisor at the White House and she Acknowledged that “jobs are changing and the pandemic has accelerated the pace.”

The program encourages workers to consider a range of new careers, including those that don’t require a college degree..so how to find a new job during a raging pandemic and massive business closures that has killed more jobs then people?

Perhaps you should follow the example of our first family?

If you need a job why not ask your daddy? He’s rich isn’t he? And doesn’t he have a few million to float you so you can get started in your own business? Maybe you could try some modeling if you have the figure and good looks. Start out with some nude modeling just to break in and then move on to something more sophisticated like bikinis until you find a rich man to marry. That should work.  If you are a man how about finding a woman to marry who has a rich daddy that you can do some consulting work for? You could run for political office in your home town? No experience is needed for that. Maybe start a television show? Or maybe you could open some new retail businesses in China?

There are just so many new possibilities in a country that has shut down its schools, offices, restaurants, theaters, stadiums, concert halls, public buildings, manufacturing plants etc..because of a pandemic that the government cannot and will not do anything about. aren’t there?

So where would you find these new jobs? Perhaps that when the first daughter suggested that we all look for “something new”rather than wait for our old jobs to come back she meant that we should not just look for a new job but maybe look in a different country also?

 

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!

Alright, America, I’m ready for my close-up?

24 May

Coronavirus: Trump refuses to wear face mask for the cameras ...

President Trump recently visited a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan that is now making ventilators for Covid-19 patients and even though aggressive new safety measures were in place for workers and staff there was one person there who was still not that interested in such measures…and that of course would be our own President Trump.

 

Said the President: “Well, I did wear—I had one on before.  I wore one in this back area, but I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. But, no, where I had it, in the back area, I did put a mask on.  I think it sets an example.  I think it sets an example both ways.”

Wearing a mask, and not wearing a mask, sets an example both ways…which would be?

One needs to wear a mask to keep others and yourself safe from the Covid-19 virus when one is in the close company of others…and…who cares?

Strangely, our president seems very (and perhaps overly) concerned that others might see him wearing a mask, especially members of the press (fake news?) but why would that be since he goes out of his way each day to put on a mask (IE: his make-up) painstakingly each morning.

I often wonder what his face really looks like… au naturel, and who, if anyone, ever gets to see him that way but I do suppose that if you are going to go to all of the trouble to put face make-up on each morning why then put on another mask just to cover up the first one? That would make no sense at all.

Why make yourself look beautiful and then not show yourself off? That would be silly wouldn’t it? Covid-19 virus and infection risk and example setting or not?

But The President later added when asked by reporters:

“I was given a choice and I had one on in an area where they preferred it, So I put it on and it was very nice, it looked very nice.”

 

Coronavirus: Donald Trump seen wearing a face mask on visit to ...

So I guess looks aren’t everything…just maybe in TV Land they are the only thing. Ah well, Sometimes in the land of the free and the home of the brave…All is Vanity.

President Trump later railed against the United Auto Workers union for not endorsing him…Go figure!

Fat Bastard Has a Plan

7 May

Former New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie has spoken and here is what he thinks about the Covid-19 Pandemic and what America now needs to do.  The U.S. should push ahead with reopening its economy during the Covid 19 Pandemic because “there are going to be deaths no matter what.” 

And he added:

“The American people have gone through significant death before. We’ve gone through it in World War I, we’ve gone through it in World War II. We have gone through it and we’ve survived it. We sacrificed those lives.”

And he continued…

“We decided to make that sacrifice because what we were standing up for was the American way of life,” he said. “In the very same way now, we have to stand up for the American way of life.”

So you’ve heard him America. We’ve got to get out there and risk sacrificing our lives in order to save our American way of life! 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey on July 2. Christie is defending his use of the beach, closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word."

Because you certainly know that he won’t!

You Say Potato…and I Say Noble

30 Apr

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on April 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. New York state will begin the nation's most aggressive COVID-19 antibody testing campaign this week even as some states begin to loosen restrictions amid pressure to restart the economy. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump had a Twitter fit this weekend…for a  change…(does all of his obsessive tweeting make him a twit?) and called for all of the “fake” reporters of the “fake news” to give up their “Noble” awards.

Said our President:

“When will all of the “reporters” who have received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven totally wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes) be turning back their cherished “Nobles” so that they can be given to the REAL REPORTERS & JOURNALISTS who got it right.”

And the leader of the free world? added:

“Lawsuits should be brought against all, including the Fake News Organizations, to rectify this terrible injustice. For all of the great lawyers out there, do we have any takers? When will the Noble Committee Act? Better be fast!”

The Noble committee? Of course we know he meant to tweet Nobel (even if he didn’t)… but he quickly deleted the tweet when he no doubt realized (was told) that he had misspelled Nobel. (Spelling? Is that even a thing for our President?) However he then tweeted that he was being sarcastic (does he know what that word means?) like when he suggested on live television that we use household cleaning products like bleach to disinfect our insides (and some of his minions did just that!) or try to shine a miniature but bright light onto our bodies…from the inside out! (I’m sure that someone tried this too)

Really? Does anyone (with half a brain) believe that he was being sarcastic either time? Did he look, sound or act as though he was being sarcastic?

It gives me no pleasure nor does it do me or anyone else any good to say…that our POTUS is a nut-bar. He says the most inane and insane things.

His above tweet suggested that a lawyer should come forward and sue reporters for reporting what every one of our nations intelligence organizations and intelligence committees reported to him to be the truth… about Russia interfering in our elections! 

He said it was the other side who committed that crime. The other side would be us!

He doesn’t know Noble from Nobel. And even if he does he believes that those in charge of the Nobel awards give awards to newspaper reporters…which they don’t… and even if they did… he believes that that distinguished and august body does not know what they are doing!?

He is not aware that bleach and other household cleaning products are poisonous.

He believes that with some testing doctors could figure out a way to light up the inside of our bodies in order to kill viruses.

He reads with his fingers. Which is OK if you’re not good at reading and you have to speak in public…but not if you are the President of…anything! And when President Trump does it you can tell that it is partly because he has never read or has absolutely no knowledge of what it is he is about to read. He doesn’t proof read. He doesn’t prepare. When he comes across something that is news to him (almost everything he reads) he pauses and then starts to riff on whatever startlingly bit of knowledge he has suddenly discovered…and that’s when Mr. Nut-bar appears.

He wears facial make-up everyday. Have you ever seen President Trump without his face on? Even when he golfs he has his makeup on. Who puts makeup on to go golfing?

Tammy Faye Bakker?…maybe? 

And yet despite all of his lying, bullying, lack of knowledge and an inability to show empathy or sympathy for anything or anyone his supporters still adore him…and not only adore him but make excuses for him and his poor behavior so that he doesn’t have to.

I believe that only 3 things could possibly cause his base of support to finally crumble and fall away.

1.  He appears in public in a military uniform.

2.  He appears in public without his makeup on.

3.  He cries in public…and his makeup runs.

Other than any of those three things happening he has as good a chance as ever to be re-elected in November. And that frightens me more than anything that has ever happened in America during my lifetime.

Just imagine… a resurgence of the Covid19 pandemic and the re-election of President Donald Trump occurring in the same month later this year…

 

 

How will we know?

10 Apr

Sunrise over a stadium

How will we know when this Corona virus crisis is over?

When will we be absolutely sure that it is safe to go out and about in public again?

When the politicians say so? When the doctors say so? When the Employers say so?

No. I believe that we will know when it is finally and truly safe again to run and play and shop and dine and congregate and mingle among one another when the athletes say so…and by that I mean when the PROFESSIONAL athletes say so.

Almost all of today’s professional athletes are millionaires and almost all of today’s professional sports team owners are billionaires and as such have access to their own professional doctors, lawyers, nutritionists, specialists of all kind and manner, and no doubt, medical test kits too! (of all kind and form… no doubt either)

No professional athlete will take to the field or court or rink or arena or stadium and jeopardize their livelihood, fame, fortune, family and health without the say so and approval of their entire entourage. And no owner will open his or herself up to class action lawsuits by exposing thousands of fans to their prized athletes (not to mention to one another) and become responsible for creating another pandemic… unless they are 100 % absolutely, positively, certifiably sure that it is safe to do so.

So when you hear the words “Play Ball!” and actually see the professionals playing ball then you will know that it’s safe to go “back in the water” or anywhere else that you want to go. Until then I say we’re all on our own as to what we want to do, or think we can do, even after the “authorities” give us the all clear.

So beware, be safe, Good luck and Godspeed to everyone! Keep your distance and protect yourself and loved ones as best you can. And big thanks to all of those who make the great sacrifice of caring for the stricken in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country and thanks also to those who are still working in essential jobs on a daily basis while millions of us can only stay at home…and wait….and wait.

 

 

 

The President is Smarter Than WHO?

8 Apr

WHO Essential Diagnostics List (EDL) – 3 likely impacts to the ...

DEM: The President is smarter than WHO?

REP: That is correct!

DEM: No. I mean who is the President smarter than?

REP: WHO!

DEM: That’s what I’d like to know!

REP: That’s what he’s telling you! President Trump is smarter than WHO.

DEM: WHA?

REP: No! Not the World Hockey Association! The President does not play hockey.

DEM: Well look, the President has to be smarter than somebody. So who is it?

REP: Naturally!

DEM: So The President is smarter than Naturally?

REP: No. WHO!

DEM: Naturally!

REP: That makes no sense at all. For the last time…The President is smarter than WHO!

DEM: Naturally!

REP: Now you’ve got it!

DEM: I don’t even know what I’m talking about!

REP: Well if you don’t know what you’re talking about that’s 2nd base.

DEM: Oh… the Vice President.

Welcome to the White House!

 

 

 

 

It’s Official America: The Shark Has Been Jumped!

31 Dec

A scene from a video depicting a fake President Trump massacring the news media and his critics that was shown at a conference for his supporters at Trump National Doral Miami last week.

This is a scene from a video depicting a fake President Trump massacring the news media and his critics that was shown at a conference for his supporters at Trump National Doral Miami last week.

Trump video meme depicting Trump killing journalists

And here is a link to a video showing our President performing his interpretation of a sexual phone text between two former FBI agents before a crowd of his supporters at one of his regular “Hate” rallies that he holds across the nation.

https://www.indy100.com/video/trending/donald-trump-pretended-to-be-peter-strzok-with-lisa-page-hyAjE9IZ

I enter these two items into evidence of our nation’s finally “Jumping the Shark” which is TV parlance for a television show that ” was once popular, but no longer warrants the attention it previously received, and so makes an attempt at publicity, which only serves to highlight its irrelevance.”

If you have clinked the link above, then you have watched the clip and have seen our President, The President of the United States, The holder of the most powerful and influential political position in the history of the world, cavorting and performing a sexual rendition of FBI agents in love before an adoring crowd of followers who simply can’t get enough of their POTUS behaving in such a manner.

Why do his ardent followers love this President so much even though he exhibits all of the personal speech, behavioral habits and faults that would force any respectable local board of education to run a first grader out of public school and into a private special education program?

Is it because our President reminds them of every avid American television junky’s favorite TV characters of the past two decades every time he appears before them? Has he not become the living embodiment of the likes of Tony Soprano, Dexter Morgan, Walter White, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog all rolled into one character, larger than life and appearing on our television sets each and every morning, afternoon and evening?

And those characters that I just mentioned are all much beloved…even though they each display traits and personality disorders that would otherwise make them societal outcasts…but on television they appear as more than likable! They are lovable!

So much so, that even their creators, writers of fiction, can not explain why that is so. People just seem to like them…nay, love them…and even more so when they appear as characters… on television.

A veritable 40% of Americans just can’t get enough of our President Trump. They even wait on long lines, pay real hard earned money and then hoot and holler and chant along when they finally get to see him repeat his most famous lines on stage and in person.

And even when Our President of the United States is particularly crude, like suggesting some American should be locked up or other Americans should be sent back to the countries they came from or a particular American in the audience should be body slammed or suggesting that a former American Congressman now lives in Hell…

His adoring fans applaud, laugh, and cheer!

Rather than stand aghast at such outrageous and insulting blatherings from their “President of the United States of America” they behave as though none of it is real. As though they are all just taking part in the audience of their favorite television show, starring their favorite television performer. Will there be a gift bag?

And just like a television star, (rather than the President of the United States?) President Trump spends most days involved with toiletries, doing his hair and putting on his make-up, tweeting to his multitude of fans, chatting with television talk show hosts, making public appearances at adoring fan rallies, golfing with friends and flying around in his personal jet (in this case, Air Force One)

When does our POTUS find time to rehearse? Let alone work? Does anyone care? Does anyone watch this show anymore? And more importantly, now that it has “Jumped the Shark” what is going to replace the America and the American Presidency once it is finally cancelled… and replaced?

 

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home is where the heart is, but it doesn't have to break the budget. Here's to pinching pennies and DIY-ing our way to a happy home (and heavy wallet).

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Travel the world, one trip at a time

The Floating Thoughts

thoughts of yours & thoughts of ours...would create an unforgettable memoir !!!

One Mom's Journey with CrossFit

Relentlessly Pursuing Excellence in CrossFit & In Life

The Mouse's Soapbox

observations from a certain, unique perspective - especially, these days, about dating

dancingnomads

Travelling the world and dancing

ruminationville

a gated community for the overthinker

Southern Georgia Bunny

Adventures of an Southern Bunny everything from dating, sex, life and shake your head moments.

Three's a Herd

Mothering a preemie, a princess, and a work-in-progress

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