The Questions Aren’t Really Difficult

So I’m reading my news feed and come across a town hall meeting featuring Sen. Chuck Grassley.  You might remember him for the misogynistic show called “Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings”.  Well a woman asked the Senator why he voted to repeal ACA (Obamacare) because it jeopardizes her life, in that she would not be able to afford life saving medicines.  She reminds him that he voted to repeal ACA 7 times.  He gets right in her face and says it’s not repealed and it won’t be repealed because they don’t have the votes.  She mentions that there is no replacement if it is repealed.  What are his plans if it is repealed?  Well his big plan is it isn’t repealed and don’t worry about it because it won’t be repealed.  Next question…

This is the 21st Century Trumplican/Republican Party.  As a life long Republican,  I’m like WTF is with these idiots.  It didn’t happen so get over it already is the take away concerning every bad decision they’ve floated or voted on in the last few years.  Specifically once they decided to become the party of Trump.  I have issues with my own Senator…Mr. Toomey.  I write to him and receive form letters rallying the ideology of what has become completely anti-constitutional and anti-American.  Their ideology resembles more the Nazi’s of the 1930’s then it does American Democracy.  If you don’t believe me just look at our immigration policy.  We are currently arresting immigrants who come to the border illegally and dumping them in for profit prisons with no due process.  In simple terms,  we are holding foreign nationals hostage so that Mr. Trump’s friends can profit.  What should be happening is these illegal immigrants should be processed and moved either into the country or sent back immediately.  Mr. Trump has reduced the workforce for immigration to give a reason why the illegals need to be housed in detention camps.  This my friends isn’t very American.  It wasn’t right when we did it to Japanese Citizens in the 1940’s and its equally wrong now.

The Trumplicans only play is to demonize.  whether it is Illegals or Abortion or anything they don’t agree.   They make problems but do not find ways to fix these problems.  They victimize themselves and sell it to their base.  Only problem is I’m a republican, not a Trumplican.  How about answers for the PEOPLE not for the wealthy?  How about any answers for any issue facing America today?

What I see are a lot of men and women who might not get re-elected because of the “Trump Tax Cuts” or Trumplican’s playing fast and loose with Medicare/Medicaid.  The 2020 election will become a referendum on Mr. Trump’s policies of Tweeting and the Trumplicans will be forced to explain all of the miss steps because they did the bidding of a Bully who thinks he is Emperor and not President.

Hey…this will be a fun political season…buckle up!

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Every Day Should Be Earth Day

Imagine a world where you can’t drink the water or breathe the air?  You don’t really have to imagine it.  It’s that time.  Regardless if you believe in the concept of Climate Change or not the science is real.  The climate is changing.  If you don’t believe it still and you live in an area ravaged by floods, tornadoes, drought or hurricanes you are what the lay people refer to as an absolute MORON!

Incidents in the globe that came about millions of years ago that killed off the much life in the planet because of the cold are happening again.  Like in the past, certain species will evolve from the changes and others will die off.  What if humans are the ones that die off this time around.

In America today we are run by a President who believes in profits over common sense. He is for fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.  They’ve been proven to be toxic to our very lives but that’s okay.  Who needs clean water and air?  Oh, right, everyone needs clean resources!!!  In Saudi Arabia, they are investing in renewable resources like solar panels and wind turbines.  Even they understand the future while selling us the past.  Our President isn’t aware of reality so he invests in a dying brand.  Not unlike his own businesses that do not diversify he sees only the present and not the longevity of his brand.

Saving the Planet means saving ourselves.  Leaders like Trump do not understand this because they do not value any life other than their own.  It’s rather sad.  We can’t stop the inevitable but we can make adjustments to soften its blow.  This is a very unpopular concept to those who only want to reap the now profits.  Seriously,  you can have a trillion dollars in the bank but when you get pancreatic cancer from the water and air you might not be able to buy your life back.

I was kind of hoping that Ivanka could sit down with her Dad and husband and read them the story of The Lorax.  It is a beautiful story about the destruction of our planet in a what children can understand.  I say this because I’m fairly certain the President can’t read more than 144 characters a day.

So please Ivanka, help out America and read these important stories to your father.  Perhaps he will want to save the planet and not want people to die of cancer.

In The News This Morning…

I laughed at today’s Headline…”Oil Surges On Trump Administration’s New Iran Policy”.  Is this really shocking or has America been numbed down by the nitwits in office?  If you don’t want to appear stupid don’t be stupid, just saying.

Today’s headline also reflects that the President tweeted his being upset with Europe again.  This time its their fault that Harley Davidson’s profits were down 26.7%.  It’s their tariffs that are destroying Harely Davidson profits.  While semi true, the tariffs take money away from profits this is not the only factor that decreased profits for Harley Davidson.  The President has an attention span of a fruit fly so let us go back to what he had to say about Harley Davidson.  In August 2018, Trump went on a bender talking about the Boycotting of Harley Davidson because they would move some plants outside of the US because of tariffs on steel.  This was making manufacturing very expensive for it’s US Plants.

He said “Great!”

What makes this insanely stupid is he was actively involved at this point in reduced profits for HD.   They were in as bad a position as an American Company could be with what is now known as Tariff Wars by the self-proclaimed “Tariff Man”.  Couple this with the fact that HD negotiated with their employees for higher salary and viola…profits sink.

Many businesses are affected by the fact that “Tariff Man” doesn’t really understand how businesses actually work.  Don’t be fooled with his ‘I’m a man with decades of experience’.  His greatest experiences in business revolve around these factors.  1) His father bailed him out for years, 2) He is being sued by thousands of people daily for reneging on payments owed for work provided, 3) He has declared bankruptcy 7 times and has acquired multiple suspicious loans from Banks and Russian Oligarchs.  This isn’t how real business is carried out on a daily basis.  This seems more like The Sopranos than a major corporation in America.

Mr. Business might be in for a rocky re-election bid with time waning against him.  He’s made some really stupid moves that affect the economy of the U.S. based on his ADHD like style.  I’m waiting for the Farm Reports in the future.  There were catastrophic storms, bad yields, excessive tariffs and massive loses in global contracts for yields like Soybeans and Corn.  Let us not forget that before the storms Farmers were tapping into the $12 Billion Fund to save them after the tariffs hit them hard.

You don’t have to have a master’s degree in Economics to understand the Economy.  My Granny dropped out of school in the third grade.  She survived many recessions and two depressions.  She lived through 4 wars and rationing.  The woman had 10 children and knew how to “squeeze the buffalo” as it was called back then (stretch the dollar in modern colloquialism).  No degree needed to understand that when things cost more American spend less.  When those things are food, transportation and basic living expenses, well the money is going there and the “luxury items” will wait.  One thing to remember in the 2020 political field “It’s the Economy Stupid!”.

We learned exactly Zero from “The Great Recession of 2008”.

Oil Went Up Because…

I’ve been obsessed with the rising and falling of oil prices since the days of $4.95 a gallon of gas.  Recently the price of gas has going up an average of $.13 cents per gallon each week.  Why?  Oh, the market bears it is the dumb answer.

In the old days when the people in the Stock Market looked at “indicators” there were reasons for things like the price moving up and down for marked reasons.  Now it’s a few people in the world collaborating to make the amount of money it dictates.  There are close relationships with the Saudi Arabians in the Trump Administration who like to help them when they ask.  Recently, SA told the media they would like to see $70/barrel for oil.  Light Crude today is trading at $64/barrel and Brent Crude is trading at $74.00 (these numbers are rounded).  Hmmm.

When Oil goes up so does Gasoline prices, that’s how it works.  The refineries are switching to Summer Grade gas so of course the prices are going up.  You know because it’s a more expensive grade of gasoline.  Check back in the fall because they will sell this same line on the back-end.

The Trump Administration recently put the total squeeze on Iran concerning oil.  I would determine this is a form of market manipulation.  In the blind world of finance, it is not.  You see, Jared Kushner is “in bed” with the Saudi Government.  Right up to his eyeballs.  Mr. Kushner who was recommended not to get high security clearance because of connections like the ones with various Saudi Officials has the ear of the President.

I see patterns where others would tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about.  I am a consumer.  I understand the cost of LIFE.  The wealthy rarely ever pay for anything these days.  It’s all based on the fact that they need to make millions and billions of dollars because they employ the masses.    Really more people are employed by small business than by greedy large corporations where the CEO makes tens of millions of dollars whether the company does well or not under his/her watch.  That’s sad.

I have no doubt that when the people of America scream loud enough and cut back on their spending due to higher gas prices that lead to higher food prices , etc. Trump and his band of Swamp Creatures will actually hear them.  Oh, not because they should be listening but because there is an election some 18 months away.

Well, gas is over $5 a gallon in California so this might happen sooner than later.  As a consumer, I will be cutting back on may items I would normally spend money on to cover the higher expense of travel and food.

Let’s remember greed is NOT really good.  A life is not a Movie.  And the Trump Family put their own interests above yours.

Here endth my Diatribe!

The 21st Century Republican Party

The 21st Century Republican Party looks more like the 19th Century Democratic Party more than ever.  It’s no longer the party of The People.  It’s the party of the wealthy.  History is about to repeat itself.  Greed and corruption will become very painful for those wealthy, greedy pigs.  Right now there is a war on the people.  The 98% that pay for everything from war to gasoline.  The wealthy state likes to use other people’s money before using their own.  The wealthy class/corporate class are the true welfare state in our country.  It’s run, like our country, by a handful of white men with no conscience and no idea about reality.  There is no toll to pay at the end of the road.  So they think.

Since the industrialized age in America Corporations dumped their toxins in the waterways, grounds and air.  Safe disposal was laughed at as not economically feasible.  By the 1970’s the toxicity had exploded to emergency levels.  Communities were poisoned slowly while not one congressman, corporate CEO or local government official did anything to stop it.  It lead to the creation of “Super fund” sites.  It cost hundreds of millions of dollars and countless lives.  Guess what we are doing now under the leadership of Swamp Leader Donald J. Trump?  Poisoning our air, water and land for profit.  Only now, Americans are desensitized to it all.  Flint, Michigan and other cities and towns across America are in a water nightmare.  Poisoned by various indicators from Military bases to Corporate Polluting.  Most Americans drink the water anyway.  They are resigned to no one caring and no one doing anything.

Trump says the real National Emergency is a border wall with Mexico.  Last I heard, for fun the Mexicans were stealing parts of the Border Wall that exists already.  Mexico 1, America -10.

It is a travesty in our country that we are okay with being poisoned for Profit.  Being incarcerated for Profit and just surrendering our lives to a man who can’t get through the day with out a Big Mac, nap and Fox News.  I’m not sure when this Making American Great Again actually happens but since the dingle berry has been President for 3 years I would think it should have happened by now.

America is in a great crisis.  Our relevancy in the real world is demoted so low that other National Leaders laugh at our President.  He can’t even fill his cabinet positions.  Our standing in the global community is only high with Despots and horrible dictators who starve and kill their own people for fun and amusement.

Modern America has become a grasping hold on White Privilege and very bad, policy.  Republicans are okay with the slaughter of our children in schools and houses of worship.   When it all implodes, and it will, Mr. Trump will blame HRC, The Democrats and of course the Dead Senator John McCain.

I will blame it on the loss of men of quality, men of conscience and well…the men of the Republican Party.  The Republican party can be saved but since they only like token women who toe the line, well they will just be a group of white boys, being white boys.

In the catch phrase of all White Racists Head In the Sand Republicans of America…Thoughts and Prayers.

(Thoughts & Prayers = Laugh and do nothing).

The Mueller Report

I believe everyone but me was on the edge of their seats concerning the release of the Mueller Report.  It’s release was received with a Christmas Morning anxiety for those who are deeply invested.  The big reveal was it was all revealed already.   The “Big Witch Hunt” wasn’t really a witch hunt at all. There were 19 indictments, 5 guilty pleas and 4 convictions so far.  That is anything but vindication.  Trump’s cult followers feel that it is because the President himself wasn’t mentioned in the “collusion” aspect.  Is that really a win?

The truth is that the 2016 Presidential Election was one of the worst Elections in the history of America.  The blowhard-in-Chief thinks he is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  He tells us every day that he’s the greatest president since we had presidents.  You know because he’s more like John Gotti than Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and well many, many others.  I will give him this much…he’s better than James Buchanan.

Mr. Trump thinks his issues are over.  They aren’t.  There is the matter of the unsecured emails of “Javanka” and himself and most of his staff.  Remember when he wanted to throw Hilary Clinton in jail for such an offense?  If there is a wiki-leak dump type of email scandal against him in 2020 will he be just as outraged they don’t lock him up?  Yes, insert eye roll if you haven’t already.

Not to mention all of the upcoming legal issues of fraud, money laundering and racketeering.  This probably won’t involve Don but his kids are kind screwed.  Especially since those charges will come from SDNY courts which means Daddy can’t send a pardon their way.  Sorry poopies…Daddy will visit you in jail right after he watches Sean Hannity tell him he’s pretty.

Anyone who didn’t think this is how the Mueller investigation would conclude was living in a delusional dimension.  It was never his job to take down Trump.  His job was to seek out the criminal activity and put it to justice.  Mr. Mueller executed his mandate.  Now the rest is in the hands of Congress and the Judaical System of the United States of America.

Mr. Trump is a buffoon.  He lacks any sense of reality.  His administration will be littered with ciaos and shady activity.  His allegiances with Dictators and Despots will come back to haunt America in the future.   We have lost all of our allies with the exception of Israel.  The realities of Mr. Trump and the GOP push to reward the criminal side of wealth will come crashing around them.  Then, like in 2008, another will come forward to try and fix the damages that excessive greed does when left with no restrictions.

I leave you with two things.  First, the 2% of the population with all of the wealth and power does not an economy make.  They purchase fewer goods because there are far fewer of them than say the 98% of everyone else.  The imbalance is so great it’s like the Titanic sinking.  It will go up, then split in two and sink.

Second, at least George Conway is a splinter in Trump’s ass these days.  So yay George!

The Deniers?

So President Trump’s latest nightmare of his own creation is the Vote today in the Senate concerning the fake “National Emergency”.  It’s not really a national emergency in any sense of the world Emergency.  It’s an ongoing problem…not emergency.  A structure will not stop the people from coming over.  The Border Wall will be tied up for a very long time in the courts on the “Emanate Domain” issue.  Lawsuits have already been filed against this monument to stupidity.  But I digress.

Reasonable citizen of America would agree that border security needs an update.  That being said, it’s more about people and technology and very little with structures that can be made benign with a good ladder.

Today Trump tweeted his need for the “National Emergency” and using his first veto to override the will of Congress and Americans (who don’t watch Fox News Channel).  He called Democrats “Border Deniers”, HA HA HA.  I found that so funny.

No, Mr. Trump, they aren’t deniers they just have a great compass for bull crap!

You know what is about to be a real National Emergency?  Our Economic implosion.  Anyone remember 2008?  I do…I lost half the value of my home.  People I know lost their homes.  Now this moron who is a supposed “Businessman” has cut taxes for the wealthy, become the king of Tariffs that caused farmers to lose massive contracts for their crops to China and other countries.  Those contracts were eagerly snapped up by other countries thrilled for the in.  Are you ready for another recession?

Maybe if Trump wasn’t playing so much golf and having so much Executive time he would understand that running a Country into the ground isn’t the same as running his business into the ground.