Monday, October 17, 2016

“If I Go Down, I Will Take the Country Down” — /s/ Donald J. Trump (Spoiled Brat)

Show us any differences from then and today, Mr. Trump

NOTE: Before you read this blog and the update that follows below, please read this article regarding the restrictions on voters this election cycle. This is a first in our history of such widespread voter restrictions. The update continues below. I hope this will be both informative and interesting.

(Reader comments are always welcome).  

Now the update on a very timely subject, in part from here and with this introduction:

In both tweets and speeches, Trump has moved from Breitbart-based crazy theories about the Clinton's, to Info wars-based crazy (Alex Jones) theories about the whole of humanity.  The most damaging of these rants are Trump’s assault on the first amendment, and his increasingly prominent declaration that election results can’t be trusted. From one of his latest string of tweets:

Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before Election Day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”

FACT: No study has found large-scale, or even more-than-minuscule, voter fraud. However, Republicans have been passing off this idea for years a pretense for voter ID laws, making this fertile ground for Trump’s conspiracy crop. Donald Trump is going to fall, he knows it, and he wants to take democracy down with him.

MORE: Trump continues to offer broad assertions about the potential for voter fraud and the complaints that 9 women have alleged he sexually accosted them, are part of an effort to smear his campaign and win for Clinton.

There is no evidence voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States. A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud. (Also, more here from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and from here and from here, and from here, all regarding the myth of voter fraud).

THEN TRUMP SAID THIS WHILE HE WAS IN NC:It's one big ugly lie, it's one big fix. And the only thing I say is hopefully, hopefully, our patriotic movement will overcome this terrible deception.” 

WE HAVE GONE A BRIDGE TO FAR AS THEY SAY: Trump's supporters appear to be taking his grievances seriously. For example, about 1/3 of Republicans said they have a great deal or quite a bit of confidence that votes on Election Day will be counted fairly.

Re: The firebombing of a RNC HQ office in Hillsborough, NC (pop 6,000) NC (which is Orange County Seat and home of UNC at Chapel Hill) (pop 133,000). He and Hillary Clinton issued two contrasting responses to that act which had this graffiti message “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” left on the building. It inflicted extensive damage to the office, according to police officials in Hillsborough, but no one was hurt in the incident. The police are still investigating.

From Hillary Clinton: The attack on the Orange County HQ is horrific and unacceptable. We are very grateful that everyone is safe.”

From Donald Trump (as usual, quick to assign responsibility for the incident to Clinton supporters, despite a lack of evidence from authorities, tweeted):Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning.”

Trump's motivations for stoking these sentiments seem clear and his tactics or ploy:

1.  One of his last hopes of winning the election is to suppress turnout by making these final weeks so repulsive to voters that some just stay home.
2.  Trump advisers privately say they hope to turn off young people in particular. This group leans Democratic but doesn't have a long history of voting and is already skeptical of Clinton.
3.  Trump is also likely considering how he would spin a loss to Clinton, given that he's spent decades cultivating a brand based on success and winning.
4.  His years in public life offer few examples where he's owned up to his own failings and plenty where he's tried to pass the blame on to others, as he's now suggesting he would do if he's defeated

The question of course is simple: Will Trump act the way he implies if he loses or will they accept the election outcome like we Americans always do? Theories will abound until Election Day and thereafter for sure.

The public must be prepared for any “revolt *that Trump talks about and at any level by anyone for any reason anywhere and at any time. That is hard for me to say and I do not like to speculate – it is not my nature, but the question is: How many radicals trust and believe in what Trump is spewing? That is key for any rational person to ponder.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Donald J. Trump: “I am the smartest person ever. Don't Believe It, Just Ask Me”

Two of a Kind; Birds of a Feather; Cut from the Same Cloth; Mirror Image

Trump always has been, still is, and will try to be the only show in town (or so he says). He would be a “one-man administration” in the Oval Office running it like a new business, some fancy new product line, or new TV reality show.

The latest: Trump apparently does not trust U.S. intelligence agencies and especially when it comes to talking about threats now or ever from Russia and Vlad Putin. This story from here, and in part below (Chicago Tribune from the Washington Post).

Former senior national security officials are dismayed at Trump and his repeated refusal to accept their judgment and that of many intelligence professionals about it was Russia who hacked and stole files from the DNC computers in an effort to influence our national election, and to some extent still are hacking and attempting to spoil or totally destroy our entire electoral process.

Former officials, who have served presidents in both parties for decades, say they are still bewildered even after Trump cast doubt on Russia's role even after he received a classified briefing on the subject and then again after he heard or read an unusually blunt statement from those agencies saying they were “confident that Moscow had orchestrated the hack attacks.

Trump for his part has assured supporters that, if elected, he would surround himself with experts on defense and foreign affairs, where he has little experience, but when it comes to Russia, he also made it clear that he is not listening to intelligence officials, some former officials have said.

Some officials and their statements and views on this:

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden former director of the CIA and the NSA said about Trump's pronouncements: “It defies logic. He seems to ignore their (agency) advice. Why would you assume this would change when he is in office? It's remarkable that he's refused to say an unkind syllable about Vladimir Putin. He contorts himself not to criticize Putin,” Hayden concluded.

Note: Trump has consistently adopted positions likely to find favor with the Kremlin. He has, for instance, criticized NATO allies for not paying their fair share and defended Putin’s human rights record, like bombing civilians all over Syria.

Then this irony: Trump's VP mate, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), said in his vice-presidential debate that the United States should “use military force” against the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Trump disagreed with Pence saying we should in essence join Assad and Russia and Iran to fight ISIS and I guess, continue to bomb Syrians back to the Stone Age (or so he implies).

Former acting CIA director John E. McLaughlin said that all previous presidential candidates took the briefings to heart, adding: “In my experience, candidates have taken into the account the information they have received and modulated their comments. Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is playing politics. He's trying to diminish the impression people have that a Russian hack of the DNC somehow helps his cause.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said information she received has led her to conclude that Russia is attempting “to fix this election,” and she called on Trump and elected officials from both parties “to vocally and forcefully reject those efforts.”

Former CIA Lawyer John Rizzo, who served under seven presidents and became the agency's acting general counsel said: “I don't recall a previous candidate saying they didn't believe or trust the information from an intelligence briefing. These are career people. They are not administration officials. What do those comments do to their morale and credibility?”

Other former intelligence officials interviewed believe Trump is either willfully disputing intelligence assessments, has a blind spot on Russia, or perhaps doesn't understand the nonpartisan traditions and approach of intelligence professionals. For example, in the first presidential debate, right after intelligence and congressional officials stated Russia almost certainly broke into the DNC computers, Trump quipped on national TV: “I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?”

Continue the story here (Chicago Tribune from the Washington Post).

This story illustrates another serious side of Trump that displays his total arrogance and stupidity. It reinforces that I called his act as “a one-man show” who wants to handle everything by himself and now adds this to his long string of other stupid comments like: “I know more about ISIS than the Generals do” or “I am the only one who can fix things.” 

Donald J. Trump should never be near the White House except maybe on a visitor’s weekend tour, but certainly never on duty as the CINC. He is a menace to national sanity by any standard.

Thanks for stopping by – come again and vote on November 8th like everything depends on it – because it does.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution” Utter Bullshit: /s/ Donald J. Trump

Trump v. America

GOP Meets Trump

Yeah, this is the one-man show hoping to become Dictator of America, or worse. Read this rundown – a keeper for sure from here.

During that Sunday night 2nd Presidential debate (October 9th in St. Louis), Donald J. Trump told Hillary R. Clinton in part that, “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your [email] situation.

FYI for “The Donald:” That would constitute presidential abuse of power. To wit:

Presidents are not supposed to “instruct” their AG to appoint a “special prosecutor” which BTW: is now called “Independent Counsel.”

In fact, the AG makes that decision apolitically, based on her (or his) judgment of whether the DOJ can impartially investigate the case. By pledging that she (the current AG, Loretta Lynch) would follow the advice of any Trump-mandated FBI investigation looking more into Clinton’s email controversy, the AG’s legal considerations would become partisan.

By promising that he, Donald J. Trump would “instruct” his AG to appoint a special prosecutor, he would be in essence pledging exactly a partisan approach and that sounds more like Putin in Russia or Castro in Cuba than any American president. BTW: Richard Nixon tried that in Watergate and look what happened to him … oops.

But Mr. Trump didn’t stop there. He not only said he would make his attorney general appoint an independent counsel, he also vowed to determine the outcome of that counsel’s investigation. If he becomes president,
Trump said, Hillary Clinton will “be in jail.” That is a first in any American presidential campaign – ever.

Under our Constitution, Mr. Trump, presidents do not decide who goes to jail – juries do after a lengthy set of procedures that we call “due process” something you apparently do not care for or quite frankly know nothing about.

Presidents do however have the constitutional power to issue a pardon. But, as I said, courts, Mr. Trump, not presidents decide who goes to jail based on their assessment of whether someone broke the law, usually after a trial, not pledged in a debate.

So, chew on that awhile, while you’re at it, go back to school and retake civics 101.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Donald "A. E. Neuman" Trump: What, Me a Liar — Go Ahead and Try to Prove It

Pinocchio Runner-up
(And still growing)

Trump's Take: What, Me Worry???

Trump spins and then lies to get himself out of the spin or out of another jam like these example sources have reported on:

Source #1 [click to read].
Source #2 [click to read].
Source #3 [click to read].

Note: There dozens of others — do a search of Trump Lies

Latest example: The Trump Foundation, which is under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office. Apparently that foundation never obtained the necessary certification to solicit money from the public during its nearly 30-year existence according to news from ABC.

NYS law requires any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public to obtain a specific certification. 

(Note: Some reporting shows that Mr. Trump used charity money for personal and political enhancement – (1) bought painting (of himself no less); (2) at least one NFL helmet, and (3) gave $25,000 to FL AG for not jointing Trump U. fraud investigation).

The allegation about the Donald J. Trump Foundation's lack of certification was first reported by the Washington Post and comes about two weeks after NYS AG Eric Schneiderman announced he had opened a broad inquiry into the foundation

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the AG's office declined comment.  However, Trump campaign Jason Miller blasted Schneiderman saying in part:

 “AG Schneiderman is a partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years and has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. This is nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s disastrous week.”

Critical Note: No investigation nor inquiry into the Clinton Foundation has made that comes close to this one regarding Trump using his foundation as a well-documented slush fund regardless of the opinions of Trump supporters.

The Clinton The newest and broadest inquiry focused on a $25,000 donation given to support Florida AG Pam Bondi. The donation drew scrutiny because Bondi's office declined to join a lawsuit against Trump's now closed Trump University and that raised another set of questions about timing of contribution she dropping any further inquiry.

Trump and Bondi both denied the allegations or any impropriety.

However, Trump paid a $2,500 fine to the IRS because charities are not allowed to give to political causes. He also reimbursed the foundation $25,000.

Note: Trump has a huge team of supposedly sharp, well-paid lawyers, yet none of them knew about that certification provision? That is hard to believe.

Then the saga and his follow-up about calling a former Miss Universe “Miss Piggy” because she had gained weight.

This man has zero, none, nada, nil, goose-egg about any scruples, or even a basic grasp or knowledge about most anything to due with government, that is except what he wants us to believe according to his definition. This does sound a bit confusing, I know, but so is Mr. Trump, extremely confusing. 

In short, he does not deserve to be, nor is not fit to be president, period. 

Thanks for stopping by as usual.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

More Gun Deaths Yet the NRA and GOP Won't Budge on Common Sense Reform

How the NRA and GOP View “Gun Control” – Even Common Sense

How Most Americans Define “Gun Control” – Stop the Killings

My update and add-on to the following original great piece from in part and from my previous blog post – same subject seen here.

The only gun “control” most Americans want, some 2/3rd of the public, is not to “for them to come and take your guns, or to infringe on the 2nd Amendment and all it truly stands for,” it is this in clear and uncertain terms:

To hardcore Conservative Republicans, unlimited and untouchable guns and the more the merrier, have become their last-ditch effort to impose control on a world they believe is slipping away. Imagine this scenario of a typical GOP conservative gun owner.

He is an older white male, say, in his 50s, living in the Rust Belt or Deep South. He will tell you that when he was growing up, there was living memory of a familiar order: Men working hard in an honorable trade or manufacturing job, women tending home and children, Sundays were for church, hard work yielding a steady rise up the social ladder to a well-earned house, yard, and car were dreams to be had by everyone. That social order in his memory was crumbling just as our gun owner inherited it.

The honorable jobs are gone, or going (even though he refuses to believe it’s his political side that shipped jobs off-shore for huge profits and tax shelters).  It's pure hell to find good-paying work (even he refuses to support raising the minimum wage and having decent affordable healthcare). Jobs with any benefits are for shit. He can’t put much aside for retirement because he doesn’t make much to take home. His kids are struggling with debt and low-paying jobs and high college debt (even though he won’t push his members of Congress to take steps to lower student debt). They know, all the gun owners know, that their kids probably aren't going to have a better life than the did — that the very core of the American promise has proven false for them, for the first time in generations and they are fed up.

It's a bitter, helpless feeling for them. For someone naturally attuned to “order, structure, closure, certainty, consistency, simplicity, and familiarity,” well, it’s damn scary and they are quick to tell you that, too. The role he thought he was meant to play in the world, the privileges and respect that came along with that dream, have been thrown into doubt. Everything is shifting under his feet.

Over the last few years, our gun owner has found a whole network of TV channels, radio shows, books, blogs, and Facebook groups that speak directly to his unease. They understand the world he heard about from his father and grandfather, the world that's being lost; they understand the urgency of saving what's left of it. Most of all, with his already heightened sensitivity to threat further aggravated by economic uncertainty, they finally help him see who's to blame. 

They show him the immigrants crowding in, using up jobs and benefits that were promised to American workers. They show him minorities demanding handouts that are paid for with his taxes, even as they riot, even as they kill each other and the police. The show him terrorists making a mockery of weak American leadership. They show him elitist liberals, professors and entertainers, disdaining his values and mocking his religion.

And it is such a relief, to finally put a face to all the ambient dread, to have some clarity again, to know who the good guys and bad guys are. Our gun owner is a good guy, thankfully, from the kind of self-reliant stock that settled this country.

It seems like America's decline is a done deal, that the tide of liberal rot is unstoppable. But the one place he knows he can draw the line is at his door, on his private property, because he has a gun. He can defend his own.

If the minorities riot again, or immigrant criminals move in nearby, or terrorists attack, or some wackjob goes on a shooting spree, or Obama comes for his guns ... well, that's what the guns are for. He's given up a lot, but he won't give up his autonomy or the safety of his family. He'll defend that to the end.

To our gun owner, another mass shooting is not an argument for getting rid of guns. It's a confirmation of his every instinct, another sign of moral and societal decay, another reason to arm himself and defend what he's got left and in fact, increase his arsenal. You can tell him about Canada and Australia until you're blue in the face — the lower rate of gun deaths, the hunting exemptions, the seemingly intact freedoms that they have. You can cite high popular support for restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. You can tell him that not every incremental tightening of standards is a slippery slope that no one wants to confiscate his guns. And, the vast majority of Americans support gun rights, they also want some more gun controls for our national sanity.

But then you are just another self-righteous liberal on another self-righteous crusade, too blind or stupid to see how governments always use people like you to disarm their citizenry. You've taken enough: his taxes, his freedoms, and his culture. He won't give you anything else or any more. 

Our gun owner is not going to change his mind, not when he considers his opinions over facts. Truth always gives way to rumor. Compromise is a dirty word to the NRA and GOP hardliner gun nuts. And, Donald J. Trump feeds on this attitude.

Thanks for stopping by. Try to do what you can to help overcome this tragedy in our country due to too many guns, not a shortage.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trump Prepping Us for His Post-Election Reality Show: "How They Cheated Me"

Thank Goodness “The Donald” Passed on the Olympics (whew boy)
(Next Event: How to Lose an Election Without Even Trying)

What is their destiny??

What follows is an absolutely great analysis of Hillary Clinton vis-à-vis Donald Trump and the media attention span towards each of them from here (Media…

A must read at least for rational-thinking persons, most of whom drink at this trough of enlightenment, right? (Smile). The lead from the article starts next:

“Like cigarette smokers who have admitted they have a nicotine problem but can’t stop puffing, can journalists who have already admitted they use a weaker standard to score Republican nominee Donald Trump make a clean break while grading the Republican’s debate performance next week?

“By all indications, reporters know using the double standard is wrong, and that it’s not okay to demand Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton regularly clear higher hurdles than her opponent. They know adopting different standards to grade presidential candidates disregards rules of campaign fair play for the press.

“Yet even though the double standard has been widely acknowledged in recent weeks, there’s still a likelihood it will be employed for debate analysis. That’s how strong the allure seems to be.

“Already we’re hearing rumblings that Clinton has more to lose at the debate, and that if Trump manages to not insult large portions of the electorate, the event will represent a victory for him. What’s doubly concerning is that Trump already appears to be actively trying to intimidate the debate moderators in hopes they’ll go easy on him. (e.g., according to network news executives, moderators Lester Holt from NBC and Fox’s Chris Wallace were chosen to appease Trump). (I also note: That plus all his rigging charges and weak theories).

“If Trump bullies the moderators and the press uses a weaker standard to grade him, then the debates are no longer fair campaign fights because a media-sanctioned victory for Clinton will be that much harder to obtain.

“He won't have to win policy arguments or outshine Clinton's qualifications – anyone who's been watching this race will already know he can't do either,” noted U. S. News & World Report contributor Cary Gibson, who wrote that Trump is “Generally held to a lower bar than Clinton and this dynamic is likely to prevail during the debates. But if he makes it through the debates with no major gaffes and his composure intact, his performance could get high marks anyway.”

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Memo to the Trumpettes: Stop Your Utter Ignorance About Everything American

Are We There Yet???

Trump trademark just like a lot of his followers: basic stupidity>>> cite this article.

Read it carefully – to see his own words, NOT mine or anyone else's, and naturally, he said that utter nonsense on FOX “News.” That in and of itself tells a sad story about Mr. Trump.

During a Fox & Friends interview Monday morning, GOP nominee Donald J. Trump blamed the weekend attacks in New Jersey and New York City on refugees, a lack of profiling by law enforcement, and a basic constitutional freedom.

Trump sounded off on refugees at length — despite the fact that suspect identified by authorities in the weekend attacks is a naturalized U.S. citizen, not a refugee, and that of the hundreds of thousands of refugees resettled in the U.S. since 9/11, only three have been arrested for planning terrorist activities.

Later, one of the hosts asked Trump what he would do to stop “people who are radicalized here.”

Trump, in reply, said that “freedom of the press,” a protected constitutional right, was to blame, Trump dug that hole much deeper saying: “They’re all talking about it so wonderfully because, you know, it’s called ‘freedom of the press,’ where you buy magazines and they tell you how to make these same bombs that I saw. They tell you how to make bombs. We should arrest the people that do that because they’re participating in crime. Instead they say oh no you can’t do anything, that’s freedom of expression.”

Hey, Mr. “T” when you find yourself stuck in a hole as you are frequently like in this story, just stop frickin’ digging.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Trickle Down Economics: Trump Sustains the GOP Myth and Stale Tradition

Dating Back to the Days of Ronald Reagan

Trump Reinforces “Trickle Down” in Detroit Policy Speech

Donald J. “More Trickle-down” Trump and his tax plan benefits whom? Ha, ha.

Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy, and almost nothing would trickle down to anyone else.

1.     He’d knock down the top tax rate on businesses from 35 percent to 15 percent, thereby richly rewarding the investor class.
2.     He’d cut taxes the top tax rate on the wealthy from 39.6 percent to 33 percent, another boon to the top.
3.     He’d eliminate the estate tax – now paid by a relative handful of families whose net worth exceeds $5.5 million.
4.     Not incidentally, this is an especial windfall for the Trump family. If Trump is worth as much as he says, his heirs would get a tax break of $4 billion to $7 billion.
5.     He’d let global corporations pay just a 10 percent tax rate on untaxed offshore profit –  another mammoth gift to big shareholders.
6.     Apple, Pfizer, Microsoft, and other global American giants who now hold $2.4 trillion in earnings abroad, and owe some $700 billion in taxes on these earnings wouldn’t even touch them.
7.     Trump’s 10 percent tax rate would raise only about $150 billion. It wouldn’t even generate new investment in America. 
8.     A similar tax amnesty was tried in 2004 and it was a dud. Thud – Ker plunk. 
9.     Yes, he’d also lower taxes on lower-income Americans. But the biggest beneficiaries by far are the wealthy.

Thanks for stopping by – hang on to your wallet.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Memo to Mr. Trump: Backpedal All You Want, But You Can Never Erase Your Past

Mr. Trump: Your past can never be erased 
(No matter how hard you tap dance)

AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio and “The Donald” GOP’s Fav

Now, Donald J. Trump admits President Obama was “Born in the United States, period” even after all his claptrap crap and again with this string of lies here.

Then in true Trump fashion he goes on to completely distort the chain of events by claiming Hillary Clinton “was all in on the birther movement” dating back to 2008.

Most of the recent talk started after Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign about dehydration and pneumonia, but now is back in full campaign mode.

The only thing she officially has ever done is deny any accusation of starting a whisper campaign and the record since 2008 (Trump’s claim date) well… let’s ask the experts on these things… here rates the Trump 2008 claim as:

In a word, Donald J. Trump is a lying scumbag human being who has a very long documented record of statements and backtracking and such that show precisely he is a pathological, compulsive liar of the worst kind. 
How anyone can support him in any way is truly astonishing. But, Trump, one supposes, still supports whackjobs like AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio (seen above and here).
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton Most Examined, Most Hated, Most Qualified to be President: Go Figure

Smart is the Operative Word, but Not on Trump's Vocab List

Absolutely 100% Spot On

I purposely intend for this post to be short and direct.

You may not agree, but the fact remains: Hillary Clinton has gotten more attention, more scrutiny, more political hype, and more GOP shit thrown at her as they hope something will stick and ruin her, bring her down, damage her, and more likely as the new Trump rally call says: “Lock her up” which the most utter craziness than anyone who ever sought the presidency as ever withstood, and yet she is still standing.

Hillary Clinton has real “true grit,” and she will make a very good president. I have absolutely no doubt about that.

That is for logical thinking people who pay close attention to these kinds of GOP dirty tricks, mud-slinging shenanigans that goes far beyond belief and rational comprehension.  

At least in my view. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Undocumented "Immigrants" Flooding Western Structures is Worldwide Problem

Many Flee from North Africa to Europe

Walled Camps and Tent Cities Offer Some Safety

Sub-Text: Taxpayers will pay 2 million pounds for the 13-foot high, one-mile long concrete barrier along motorway to stop migrants sneaking across the Channel into the UK. 
  1. The wall will stretch nearly a mile along the main motorway to port of Calais…
  2.  It will be a 13 foot concrete barrier to replace wooden fencing that has failed to stop stowaways… 
  3.  Supporters say wall would halt the flow of migrants and keep drivers safe…
  4.  Critics claim the barrier is a “scandalous waste of taxpayer cash…”
  5.  Examine closely the two photos above to see the kind of persons sneaking into France, the UK and other EU counties as they flee their homelands. 

A few major and logical questions regarding the “who and why” of this trend over the last few years: 
  • Is it just to escape war-torn regions?
  • Is it to seek a more lucrative life in the West (a job, education)?
  • Is it to avoid military service in their own countries?
  • Is it for adventure?
  • Are they “sleeper cell” recruits? 

Will they follow instructions from terrorist-run groups already in place in countries we have seen attacks over the past year or less? Far fetched? Hardly – not in this day and age.

Look at those photos carefully: (1) Young men who appear healthy, (2) out of work, (3) probably poorly educated, (4) nothing to go back home for (no job, no opportunity, no nothing in essence), but (5) lots of hope for a new life.

Hopefully nothing nefarious as I said. But all those young men, single, even perhaps angry and certainly disgruntled. This situation warrants close scrutiny since there are so many flowing into EU countries and now apparently stretching their social networks to their limits.

In a nutshell, it is a serious security issue on top of a critical humanitarian crisis. Why are so many escaping their homelands?

Some simple possibilities: Their native government have fewer mouths to feed, fewer to house and provide for, or one less family to worry about in hard times. In short, many of governments are unstable and happy to see their citizens flee.

However, what does it say about the countries expected to take them in and provide for them. As I said, many if not most are stretched thin in many ways and then factor in the bad guys in France, Brussels, and other EU countries who have inflicted great harm and pain and death that we read and see almost daily, if not weekly. That is a major concern and freedom-loving nations may have open arms and borders and compassion, but don’t they deserve safety and security. That takes its toll on the citizens who take them and try to work with them.

I simply say to those countries where so many are fleeing that they need to clean up their own messes and provide for their own people. That is not harsh thinking, but reality. What see today on this massive scale cannot be sustained much longer in some of those generous countries.  

Finally, I want to be clear. I do not advocate more walls (ala Donald Trump who wants to block off the U.S. form Mexico) or anything of that sort. I do advocate international cooperation to end the wars in Syria and Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere to stop the killing and flow of citizens fleeing for a safety net that is getting full and stretched to their limits.

What we see is a world-wide problem that needs a world-wide solution. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Obamacare Troubles as Insurance Providers Bail Due to Greed and Selfishness

Effective But Will It Be Enough to Stop Provider Exits

Real Motivator 
(Insurance Provider's Bottom Line)

Background: The ACA (Obamacare) was enacted in March 2010 and is still not fully implemented. Its growth has been hampered in part by partisan gridlock that has further undermined the exchanges. The question is why? Some reasons follow:

For example: Gerard Anderson, a professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says: “They haven’t changed the law since it was passed, and it was passed in a very convoluted, rushed state. Normally, what you would have had was a whole series of technical changes over the last six years to make the law better, but they haven’t been able to do it.”

Now and ever since the bill was signed into law and the USSC ruling keeping it alive, we have had this from the GOP: “Kill it; Repeal it; Replace it; Scrap it; etc. etc.

Now GOP nominee Donald J. Trump continues that line and says he will scrap it altogether on day one.

But, Hillary Clinton is expected to try and rescue it even as it enters a new and worrying stage in its development.

Some facts: By many measures the program has been a tremendous success. Some 20 million more people now have insurance; those under the age of 26, who often skip insurance, can be covered by their parents’ plans; and, people with existing conditions cannot be discriminated against.

However, the ACA relies on competition between insurers to provide affordable coverage, and that is dwindling. Under the ACA, health insurance marketplaces, also called health exchanges, were set up to facilitate the purchase of health insurance in each state. Customers are free to choose from a set of standardized healthcare plans from participating insurers, and those policies are eligible for federal subsidies. 

Some insurers have been fleeing the exchanges, arguing that healthy persons vs. sick persons “are loss makers and the types of people attracted to them make the risks too great for the insurers to provide affordable (and profitable) policies.”

David Howard, an associate professor at Emory University’s department of health policy and management, said the ACA included provisions to keep the marketplaces stable, but some of those were watered down in the push to get the deal through Congress, and in other cases the provisions have not been enacted in the way people expected. Then he added: “That means the exchanges are potentially on the cusp of falling apart.”

Why this insurance abandonment? Coverage to millions of young adults, who are reaching the cutoff point, are at risk falling through the gaps. The marketplaces are unstable in part because they are new, and all the parties involved – from insurers to those who need insurance – are trying to figure out where they fit into the equation. Quite simply: The system needs healthy people to enroll to help offset the costs of sicker people, but that is not what is happening – there are fewer enrollees than projected, and they are sicker than anticipated.

On top of that, premiums are expected to rise, which makes insurance from the marketplaces less attractive to the healthy, young people they need. “They’re eventually going to get to the point where premiums go up, healthy people drop out of the market, which causes premiums to go up more, then more healthy people drop out of the market, and eventually the whole thing just falls apart,” said Howard.

Others argue this period of instability, while a problem, is a natural - and temporary – part of the cycle.

As for me, I believe the solution best expressed by more than 2,000 physicians is the easiest and simplest and would solve any long-term problems: They want a single-payer system similar to Canada. They also say the Affordable Care Act didn’t go far enough in that regard.

Continue the story at this link from The Guardian.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Trump Should Never Be in Any Official Position to Speak or Make U. S. Policy

A Message for All Americans on November 8, 2016
(Remember that at the polls when you vote)

His “Impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful Southern border wall”
(His words from that Phoenix Speech)

I don’t even know where to begin with this post about Trump’s visit to Mexico and subsequent immigration speech in Phoenix. But, here goes and all from my point of view. The entire story is here (check it out for more coverage).

I picture the “Wall” that Trump would build this way based on his own description in his own words from the Phoenix speech: It will look more like a tourist attraction just like everything else gigantic that Trump has ever built, and all for his own self-gratification and personal profit, and not much else.

Background: Emerging from a hastily organized meeting with Mexico's president, Trump then flew to Arizona. There he not only renewed his pledge that America’s southern neighbor would fund “an impenetrable, beautiful border wall” but added that it would be built in “record time” and at a “reasonable price,” adding: “We will build a great wall along the southern border — and Mexico will pay for the wall - 100 percent. They don’t know it yet, but they're gonna pay for the wall.” 

Then Trump hailed the “great people and great leaders of Mexico” following his visit he kept insisting, “they’re going to pay for the wall.”

In the Phoenix speech he said: “On Day One, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. We will use the best technology, including above and below ground sensors. That’s the tunnels. Remember that. Above and below. Above and below ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance, and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels, and keep out criminal cartels, and Mexico, you know, will work with us. I really believe it. Mexico will work with us. I absolutely believe it.”

I note: Why does Trump always repeat and reinforce words like he does so much in speeches and general talking? That is troubling to hear him repeat key words and phrases over and over and yes, I mean over and over, and again and again. So, you got what I mean now? I mean do you really have it now, or not that I mean do you got it now? (See my point).

Stay tuned for more on this for sure and yes, thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trump Wants to Deport Illegals Here Except His Illegal Models

Models Worked for Trump and Worked Here Illegally

Highlights of this story come from Mother Jones here in part and here posted after original was posted from on the same story (March 2016).

Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign – although his precise position and “plan” as changed a number of times.

For example: He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are “taking our jobs and taking our money.” He has to deport all of them en masse, and has vowed to build a wall on the Mexican border and have them pay for it.

At one point he demanded a ban on Muslims entering the country. Speaking to supporters in Iowa recently, he said he would crack down on visitors to the United States who overstay their visas and declared that when any American citizen “loses their job to an illegal immigrant, the rights of that American citizen have been violated.”

However, his New York modeling agency, named: “Trump Model Management” has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here and they did and that according to three former Trump models, all non-citizens, who shared their stories with Mother Jones.

Financial and immigration records included in a recent lawsuit filed by a fourth former Trump model show that she, too, worked for Trump's agency in the United States without a proper visa.

Foreigners who visit the United States as tourists are generally not permitted to engage in any sort of employment unless they obtain a special visa, a process that typically entails an employer applying for approval on behalf of a prospective employee. 

Employers risk fines and possible criminal charges for using undocumented labor.

Trump Model Management was founded in 1999 and according to Trump “has risen to the top of the fashion market.” On his Trump Organization's website, he boasts that the name “symbolizes success.”

According to a financial disclosure filed by his campaign in May, is shows he earned nearly $2 million from the company, in which he holds an 85 percent stake. However, some of the former Trump models say they barely made any money working for the agency because of the high fees for rent and other expenses that were charged by the Trump firm.

For example, Canadian-born Rachel Blais spent nearly three years working for Trump Model Management. After she first signed with the agency in March 2004, she said she performed a series of modeling gigs for Trump's company in the United States without a work visa.

At Mother Jones' request, Blais provided a detailed financial statement from Trump Model Management and a letter from an immigration lawyer who, in the fall of 2004, eventually secured a visa that would permit her to work legally in the United States.

These records show a six-month gap between when she began working in the United States and when she was granted a work visa. During that time, Blais appeared on Trump's hit reality TV show, The Apprentice, modeling outfits designed by his business protégé.

Trump broke the law when he allowed them to work on visitor visas and get paid any amount… or if they were not paid, yet he made money from them, it’s still a serious crime.

Now what? Stay tuned.