Redistribution of wealth?

Redistribution of wealth – oh how the Republicans like to trot that phrase out as an evil when they are trying to cut Social Security and Medicare, or ANY program that helps the middle class and poor.
 
But in fact, because the economy ONLY works from the bottom up, and not from the top down, a more appropriate term would be “reinvestment” of wealth.
 
On the other side of the coin, making the middle class and poor pay more for health care while providing big tax cuts for the wealthy, is indeed an evil redistribution of wealth. It is evil not only because of the suffering and hardship it causes, but also because it slows down the economy when consumers have less to spend on things other than health care. Insurance executives and the elite rich are the only ones who benefit, and the benefit is only short term.
 
In defending Ryancare, Republicans are pointing to deficit reduction, but as always they seem to be only aware of one side of the deficit equation – government spending. But the other side of the equation is government income, primarily through taxes. Trying to reduce the deficit ONLY by reducing spending on benefits to the middle class and poor, while simultaneously reducing government income with tax cuts to the wealthy, is not a sustainable policy. It will only help with the deficit short term. Eventually, less consumer spending equals less demand for products and services, equals less profits for businesses, equals fewer jobs, equals less income for consumers, equals less consumer spending… and so on – a viscous circle that will never end.
 
The ONLY long-term impact of the Republican strategy is shifting the burden to the middle class and poor, increasing their hardship and suffering.
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Are You Tired Yet??

My February letter to the editor:

So, Conservatives, are you tired yet?  Tired of the spoiled immature brat who grew up into a bully, and that you elected?  Tired of Trump pointing fingers and blaming everyone other than himself?  Tired of your incompetent President and his impotent Administration angering America’s long-standing allies and giving huge recruitment gifts to Isis and terrorists.  Tired of the Executive Branch of your government acting like The Three Stooges without the humor?  Tired of the petty, vindictive, clueless, blustering, egomaniac you elected to be your President?  Tired of the lack of respect and outright attacks on our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and every tradition, check, and safety net that history has shown us to be necessary to prevent a Democracy from slipping into a dictatorship?  Tired of the man who praised leaks of information when it was hurting his opponent, but when they are about him, he calls them illegal and wants to prosecute?  Tired of someone stupid enough to rant about classified information being leaked, and then calling the reporting of that same information “fake news” in the same sentence?  Are you tired of your President getting caught in a flat-out lie in a press conference, and shrugging it off by saying “that’s what someone told me”?  Tired of a President more concerned with lying about his “big election win” than solving problems?

Well, don’t blame me, I voted for a qualified, experienced grown-up, not a Russia-sponsored snake-oil salesman who pulled off history’s greatest, and most dangerous con job!

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Someone!

Someone needs to stop this maniac! And NO, I am not suggesting any form of violence!

Someone in the GOP, someone in government, someone in the Judiciary, someone somewhere knows the policy, procedure, law, or precedent that can be used to stop Trump.

Someone, somewhere has the information, the evidence, the proof, or the recordings that can be used to stop Trump. You do not live Trump’s life for as long as he has without leaving behind the evidence and proof that will reveal who you really are. There is something somewhere that is shocking enough that even Trump supporters will have to sit up and take notice.

Someone in the GOP needs to come to their senses. Someone with even a speck of common sense, integrity, or conscience needs to start the ball rolling and stand up to Trump. Someone, somewhere among the wealthy supporters of the GOP, someone among the Conservative pundits or bloggers, someone in the Conservative power establishment or in charge of a gigantic multi-national corporation must come to realize that, where Trump is taking us, no one will come out ahead.

Someone, somewhere needs to see past their greed and lust for power and realize that turning America into Russia or a third-world country is a threat to what they already have, and will not get them anything they want.

Someone in Trump’s family or his empire must see the insanity for what it is and do something to help stop it. Someone in the Religious community must finally feel the shame and get on the bandwagon to stop Trump.

Setting aside the millions of Conservatives who have been deceived into supporting their own destruction for a moment, someone, some few, among the thousands who create and control that deception must finally realize that they have gone too far.

To the World, to the Muslim world, to Islam, and yes even to ISIS and radical Islam, I say this. Please realize that the vast majority of the American people are victims in all of this, not culprits. We are either against what is happening, or have been deceived into supporting it.

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January Letter To The Editor

On several occasions while campaigning, regarding big money in politics and corruption in Washington, Donald Trump stated that, he would “drain the swamp.”  Instead, he is skimming the scum from the swamp and stocking his Cabinet with it.  Billionaires, white supremacists, and wealthy corporate executives will now be running the government along with Trump and the GOP.

Donald Trump is the first President in History who will come into office with zero experience.  Trump has absolutely no experience in the military or in government.  And when it comes to those he is appointing to his Cabinet and other key positions, things are even worse.  Not only are the bulk of his appointees woefully inexperienced in the area of government to which they are being appointed, in many cases their personal history of statements and actions make them the exact antithesis of the vital functions they are being appointed to oversee.  Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house!  Many of Trump’s appointees have long histories of opposing and even wanting to abolish the very government functions and programs they have been appointed to lead!

Of course, Trump is nothing more than an egomaniac con man who lied his way into office, and who thinks that none of the laws, rules, or codes of conduct that have helped to keep our government stable and our nation strong since the beginning really apply to him.  So Conservatives, get ready to learn the Goose-Step and speak Russian, and all heil Trump!

References:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/08/donald-trump-experience-president/93504134/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trumps-cabinet-is-on-track-to-be-the-least-experienced-in-modern-history_us_5836f133e4b000af95edf18c

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Hypocrisy

Terms such as hypocrisy and double standard are woefully inadequate to describe today’s Conservatives and the GOP.  If Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or ANY non Right-Wing candidate had done or said ANY of a hundred things that Donald Trump said and did during his campaign, that candidate would have been eviscerated by the Right and the media, and not only would have lost the election, but would have been run completely out of public service on a rail!

You would be hard pressed to find anything that Conservatives have complained about or attacked a Democrat for that Trump has not only done, but has taken to a whole new level.  A Trump speech is like demonstration of everything that Conservatives and the GOP have always claimed to hate.  Family values?  Integrity?  Fiscal responsibility?  These are evidently only required of a candidate that is a Democrat.

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October Letter To The Editor

Face it, Donald Trump is a selfish, narcissistic egomaniac.  He is not the kid who takes his ball and goes home when he loses, he’s the kid who incites his team to beat the crap out of the other team when he loses.  He is not holding political rallies, these are lynch mobs where he is the main inciter of violence.  If you think Trump supporters are not prone to violence, just try wearing a Hillary T-shirt to a Trump rally.

What Trump is doing is equivalent to building a campfire in an underground ammo bunker.  Is anyone going to be surprised at the explosion?  But Trump’s “Scorched-Earth” campaign is an extension of the GOP’s “Party of No” strategy over the last decade.  Obstructionism, unprecedented use of the filibuster, shutting down the government, and sabotaging everything that Obama and Democrats try to accomplish are just some of the childish, tantrum-like actions of the GOP in recent years.

Everything that Trump says, as well as most of what the GOP says, are lies, deceptions, and falsehoods.  If you tried to redact out the lies in a printed version of ANY of Trump’s speeches, you would need a paint brush instead of a magic marker.  At best, Trump supporters are blind and the rest of Conservatives are seriously misguided.  So angry and hostile, but for the wrong reasons and at the wrong things.  The GOP’s strategy?  Screw things up as much as possible for people, and then blame Democrats, Liberals, and minorities.

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More Or Less…

More or less…..

What would you like to see change in this country? DO you think we need less gun control, more tax cuts for the wealthy, less immigration reform, more deportations, less rights for the LGBT community, more tax loop holes for large corporations, less regulation for Wall Street, more wars, less environmental protections, more subsidies for the oil companies, less affordable health care, more profits for insurance companies, less diplomacy, and more voter suppression?

Do you think we should build a wall along the Mexican border, close our borders to Muslims, outlaw all abortions, make Christianity our national religion, outlaw same-sex marriage, abolish the EPA, cut Social Security, end Medicare, end the food stamp program, abolish planned parenthood, privatize education, privatize the Postal Service, and repeal Obamacare?

That is the Republican agenda, definitely NOT the Democratic agenda, and if you think that is the direction our country should take, there are three ways you can help this to happen – 1) Vote for Donald Trump and all Republicans, 2) Don’t vote at all, or 3) Vote third-party.

This is not a threat, it is not brow-beating, it is not twisting your arm, and it is certainly not trying to tell you what to do with your vote. This is just a simple statement of a statistical fact. It is the reality of the situation. If you do not like the message, don’t shoot the messenger.

But I will say this to Democrats, Liberals, Greens, and Progressives who are thinking of voting 3rd-party or not voting at all. That is absolutely your right, and you can do whatever you want with your vote. BUT, if Trump wins and the Republicans have control of Congress and all of the above things begin to come to pass, THEN those who did not vote or voted 3rd-party had DAMN well better accept part of the responsibility for what is happening. Mayby only a tiny part of the responsibility, but you will own it.

This also only a simple statement of statistical fact – every available vote that does not go to Hillary and Democrats is one less vote that Trump and the Republicans need to win., and That’s A Fact Jack.

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Cut Through The Crap!

OK, let’s cut through the crap. There is so much bullshit flying around these days that it’s hard to see the tip of your own nose. I’ve only been paying attention to politics since the 2000 election, but it didn’t take me long to realize that Conservatives are idiots, hard-wired to self-destruct. But when I hear Progressives and Liberals wringing their hands and wailing about how terrible the Democratic Party is, and talking about flocking to a completely non-viable alternative like the Green Party because the Dems are as bad as the Repugnants, it makes me sick. All because their favorite candidate did not win the primary, or because the Dems didn’t go far enough on their pet issues, or because the Dems caved in and compromised too much, or because who knows what. Evidently the disease called Conservatism is catching, and the first sign that you are getting it is the loss of long-term memory.

So, forget all the rhetoric, and only consider the actions of politicians in all levels of government, from the small town councilman to the President of the United States. When you consider what actually goes on in Government, who votes how, what legislation is introduced by whom and blocked by whom, what policies are supported by whom and fought against by whom, and just about everything that goes on, then it should be crystal clear that the very WORST thing you can say about Democrats is that they can be disappointing and weak, while the very BEST thing you can say about Republicans is that their evil can sometimes be stopped or at least slowed down.

So, ask yourself, just which side of the isle in Government is fighting for equality – economic equality, social equality, woman’s equality, LBGT equality, equality for minorities, equality in education, equality in opportunity – and which side of the isle fights against it? Which side supports immigration reform and which side blocks it. Which side poisoned the water in Flint, disbanded local elected governments and installed emergency managers in Michigan, and is suppressing the vote of minorities and the poor? Which side tries to regulate Wall Street and greedy corporations and which side tries to deregulate them even more? Which side causes recessions and which side gets us out of them? Which side is trying to abolish abortion rights? Which side justifies and uses torture, committing war crimes?Which side lied to Congress about WMDs in Iraq in order to start a war? Which side is ALWAYS trying to cut taxes for the wealthy and which side fights for middle class tax cuts? Which side blocks any and all attempts at campaign finance reform? Which side has committed unprecedented obstructionism, unprecedented use of the filibuster, and unprecedented disrespect for the President of the United States? Which side promises to put a gun in the hands of every mentally disturbed loner and no-fly list member, and which side fights for sensible gun laws? Which side wants to alter the Constitution to better reflect Christianity and tried to alter it to define marriage as only between a man and a woman? Which side would throw out separation of church and state if they could? Which side wants to REDUCE the federal minimum wage and which side wants to raise it? Which side thinks that corporations are people and should have all the rights of an individual citizen? Which side would kill Social Security and Medicare, and which side wants to expand them? Which side wants to make health care harder to get and more expensive while enriching insurance companies? Which side wants to defund Planned Parenthood, close abortion clinics, get rid of food stamps, discriminate against Muslims, deport millions of illegal immigrants, build a wall on the border, and kill the labor unions? Which side started spying on American citizens?

Oh Hell! I’m getting too old and no longer have enough energy to finish this list. Suffice to say that anyone who tries to equate the two major political parties in the United States is clinically insane. It’s not like comparing apples to oranges, it’s like comparing matter to anti-matter or America to Nazi Germany or God to the Devil! You pick your own analogy! A house divided cannot stand, and a Perty divided cannot win – #VoteGreenGetRed

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June Letter To The Editor

Senate Republicans have just blocked legislation that would help keep weapons out of the hands of those on the no-fly list.  People on that list are deemed to be threats to national security.  Evidently it keeps us safe to prevent them from flying, but not from having guns??  This legislation has the overwhelming support of Americans.  It is supported by a large majority of Republicans, of gun owners, and even a majority of NRA members.  Call me crazy, but shouldn’t Republican voters be asking themselves exactly who the politicians they support are really working for?

When it comes to defending the lies, scandals and crimes of Republican legislators, I always hear the same tired arguments like “all politicians lie,” “the Democrats have scandals too,” and “they all take money from wealthy donors.”  So the two political parties are just about the same, right?  Then why not give the Democrats a try?  When it comes to Republicans voting, evidently the worst Republican is still far better than the best Democrat.  Just what is it that is so horrible and devastating about electing Democrats that would make you support someone like Donald Trump?  The economy?  History shows much better economic times under Democrats than Republicans.  National security?  Really?

Perhaps you were raised Republican and have always voted Republican, but today’s Republican Party has devolved into something that should make even the most loyal Republican take a new look at the Democrats.  The lessor of two evils?  Maybe, but the difference is huge.

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March Letter To The Editor

Donald Trump??  Really?  That’s who the Republican’s think should be President of the United States?  A modern-day snake-oil salesman, a flimflam man??  Mr. Trump is a master manipulator, and he’s trying to manipulate himself right into the White House.  I’ve heard poor misguided supporters say that “he speaks his mind,” or “he tells it like it is.”  Again, really??  Donald Trump speaks for effect, and what he says has nothing to do with what he really thinks.  His speeches are about as genuine as his hair line.

Mr. Trump speaks with little regard for the truth, makes promises with little regard for the impossibility of keeping them, and attacks others on a personal level with little regard for decorum or integrity.  I’ve heard Republicans and Conservatives lament about the “integrity of the office,” but they still support Trump?

Trump supporters, like Tea Party Activists, are comprised primarily of “the angry white man” and those who make a profit from manipulating them.  The anger comes from the pain of hard times, a longing for “the good old days,” and an inability to accept inevitable change.  Where that anger is directed comes from racism, bigotry, and a lifetime of brainwashing by those who tell them that the immigrants, the minorities, the liberals, the gays, and the Muslims are the real cause of all their problems.

But who knew that there was enough of this anger and these misguided folks to get someone like Trump so far along the path to the GOP nomination?

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