That Time When President Trump Made The Boy Scout Jamboree Look Like a Hitler Youth Rally

Over decades Presidents have gone to the Boy Scout Jamborees to promote strength, dedication and service.  They’ve given uplifting and inspirational speeches to the attendees.  This year our paranoid and odd President, Mr. Trump turned this event into a Hitler Youth Rally.  Talking about politics and LOYALTY.   He spoke about Healthcare and Fake News.  He even threatened to fire Secretary Tom Price if Trumpcare doesn’t pass.  He also followed some of these destructive comments with “believe me”.

Nothing he had to say was relevant to the 40,000 Boy Scouts and Leaders who came to be inspired.  I really believe that Mr. Trump thinks he’s smart.  I think that he believes the law of the land doesn’t apply to him or his family.  I believe that he hasn’t a moral compass and that this speech was wholly inappropriate.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only American appalled.  The Boy Scouts issued a statement that the President is their honorary President of the Boy Scouts and that they are not Political.

The only thing missing from his grandiose speech about how great and tremendous HE is was a story about him banging some beauty queen.

I hope the boys of America look at this moment and think…that’s not what we stand for…not even close.

It’s going to be are really long 4 years 😦

The Mish and the Mash

The political climate in America right now is playing havoc with my stomach so I’ve decided to post about other stuff today.

Like this picture of my neighbor’s cat.  I didn’t have my glasses on so from across the street I thought this was a racoon sitting on the front step…

I also see a beaver in this picture.  It’s not…it’s still a gray cat, lol.

Our Rose of Sharon are starting to bloom.  I’m thankful for this because our backyard was looking like a green wilderness.

We recently went out for Linner (Lunch/Dinner) at the Texas Roadhouse.  The food was super delicious.  I got the steak kabobs but the Mrs. got the Prime Rib which was incredible.

I also learned it was normal to put marshmallow on Sweet Potatoes.  I love learning new things, lol.

So, even if Fredo (Donald Trump, Jr.) is being stupid again I will move on to non-political stuff…I hope, lol.

Healthcare In America

My Senator responded to my email to him.  It doesn’t happen often.  Senator Pat Toomey is in the forefront of this debacle in our country concerning healthcare.  Although we agree that ACA or as it is commonly referred to as Obamacare isn’t perfect it was needed.  The Republican leadership spent the last 2-1/2 years trying to dismantle ACA because they didn’t like it.  They couldn’t exactly say at the time why they didn’t like it but they were sure if President Obama and the democrats were involved it was bad for Americans.  It turned out not to be as bad as they made it out to be.

I’ve never agreed with the aspect of ACA that everyone was forced to buy insurance.  But let’s take a look back at how this all stood.  Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (Conservative) saved ACA many times.  Proving he is more pro-business conservative than people conservative.  The mandate that is backed by a financial penalization is what makes ACA not “socialized medicine”.  It’s a business, insurance.  Everyone gets paid.

The exchanges are going bankrupt in some states.  Let’s take a look at that.  Those states where ACA is bankrupting the system are states that refused to partake in the government subsidies to help offset costs to the state and the exchanges.  Thus their failures.

So the Republicans jumped on the band wagon that people were forced to spend their money on health insurance against their will.  Then Donald Trump became President.  We then discovered in the 2-1/2 years that Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell were whining about ACA that was all they were doing.  There was no discussion on what or how they would handle the dismantling of ACA.  Then Trump gave them a chant “Repeal and Replace”.  Oddly enough those who voted for Trump actually didn’t know what it meant “Repeal and Replace”.  They also (my opinion only) believed that the replacement wouldn’t cost a dime and their Medicaid would remain intact.

Here we are now in 2017 with a Republican plan to mostly Repeal and not so much Replace ACA.  AHCA or colloquially known as Trumpcare is more of the same problems but with a tax cut for the wealthy 2%, who by the way, can afford to pay for their own healthcare.

Obamacare was destined to have issues based solely on the fact it relied heavily on healthy young people to buy the insurance (this is why the mandate was forced).  If they didn’t buy insurance they couldn’t fund the other side of Healhcare in America.  Our aging (hi baby boomers) population and the fact Americans are becoming sicker and the cost of treatments is larger than ever.  The young and healthy Americans said “I’ll just pay the fine…it’s cheaper” and didn’t want to pay for the mandated insurance premiums.  They are young and healthy and do not need medical care…right now.  Thus flipping their noses at the idea of “Forced Healthcare Premiums”.  This created a giant void in the dollars needed to sustain ACA.

Here is the biggest problem with the AHCA/Trumpcare.  It hasn’t the support needed from Healthcare professionals, insurance companies, etc.  A handful of Republicans who want to force it through under the cloak of secrecy are all for it though.  Because we all know what we don’t know won’t hurt us…unless we do find out and then the poo hits the fan.  Senator Toomey explained in his letter to me that this was all done for the good of the legislation and once it was revealed and sent to Congress that Amendments could be made, etc.  We’ll see, sir.

The whole reason for Healthcare legislation was because it was becoming so expensive that a person would face potential bankruptcy or death.  Those were the choices.  Nice choices, right?  Hospitals were going bankrupt because they have to treat anyone who comes to the ER…even if it’s for a cold.  Some Senators supporting decommissioning Obamacare stiffly exclaimed that if people need medical care they should just go to the ER.  Clearly these men missed that you can’t receive chemotherapy or radiation from the ER.

Oh, then there is our President, Mr. Trump who decried that “who knew healthcare was so complicated”.  I did sir, and I’m not a person of consequence.

The Republicans/Lobbyists came up with great ideas like, removing protection of pre-existing conditions.  Well not exactly, that would only come into play if you’ve been uninsured for more than 60 days.  If you don’t lose your insurance it’s all good.  Um…okay but what if the company I work for decides not to offer insurance anymore?

Here’s the short of it.  This isn’t socialized medicine.  There can be no comparisons between British and Canadian healthcare because they received coverage regardless of paying for it.  That my friends is socialized medicine.  What we are being offered is a Legislated Business Model.

My disdain is this…we have spent $4-$6 TRILLION dollars on wars we didn’t win and aren’t winning.  They’ve done nothing but destabilize the once and always exploding Middle East region of the world.  But we could find these Trillions of Dollars because it supposedly kept America Safe (not really).  Almost sixteen years later we are still paying for these wars.  The President and the Republicans want to beef up Defense spending.  Again in the pretext it will keep America Safer (it won’t).  They can find the funds for this as well.  They can find the funds to support Tax Breaks for major Corporations in America.  The reasoning is they will take their jobs elsewhere if they don’t get them (also not true).  Companies have historically purged their people for automation.  They still get the tax breaks that hundreds of millions of American’s don’t get.

I’m not saying this is solely a Republican issue.  They just happen to be in charge at the moment.  What I’m saying is America is not longer great again.  President Trump’s slogans were just that slogans.  America puts the welfare of Corporations before it’s people.  Playing to the darkest regions of the People’s fears.  The Wealthy get wealthier.  The poor give up hope and everyone suffers.

It’s not just Affordable Healthcare we need in our country right now.  It’s affordable everything.  But since Healthcare is the forefront issue its my hope that Congress will stop acting like children who don’t want girls in the clubhouse and who want to take us back to the days of McCarthyism and degradation.

It’s time for Congress to remember that they maybe be part of the 2% but the actually have a job.  We are their collective bosses and they work for everyone not just themselves and those like them.

President’s Day

Monday, February 20, 2017 we will celebrate President’s Day in America.  This year I actually thought about what that meant to me and our nation.  Right now in the USA we are polarized by political ideology.

This will be a diatribe.  You’ve been warned.

Right now in America we are led by fear.  A man with no political experience got his base (white people) out in numbers to win the Electoral College Vote.  He lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes.  The largest loss of popular vote by a President.  He ran as the Anti-Establishment.  Americans were/are tired of Congress and Washington in general not working (97 days last year), not doing the people’s business but rather paying lip serve to the masses while doing the work of the Lobbyists who spend large amounts of money for those Congressional Votes.

Our President, Mr. Trump comes off as the inexperienced person we all knew he was/is…this much either side would agree on.  Instead of being strong, he rants on Twitter like a self obsessed teenager who is forced to do their homework.

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Mr. President, the issue isn’t who leaked the uncomfortable information about Mike Flynn and Russia but what was said by Mike Flynn to Russian Emissaries.  The Administration doesn’t think that last part to be important to the American People.  How do you expect the people of America are safe when underhanded deals are made?

I feel like nothing has changed with the Election of Donald J. Trump as President.  His supporters have said…”Give him a chance” or “It’s only been three weeks”.  Why?  Every other President has faced obstacles in their first few weeks on the job.  The difference, for me, is that they chose people they thought would enhance their personal vision of their office.  Mr. Trump put Billionaires and Millionaire “friends” in positions of power with little or no experience with how Washington politics works.  I wish them luck.

Mr. Trump wants less regulation of Wall Street.  Small reminder, it was these folks who gave us subprime, banks too big to fail, the 2008 Great Recession and basically caused the shrinking of the Middle Class.  We got to foot the bill for their careless GREED (TARP) and lost our retirement savings.  They all got big bonus’ and zero interest loans.

Mr. Trump wants to repeal major aspects of the EPA.  This organization is in charge of regulating our water and air.  I suggest that perhaps the President and his friends in Washington be served water from Flint, Michigan.  This might give them a firsthand account as to the need for the EPA and perhaps more not less EPA agents.  I’m old enough to remember the Super Fund Clean up projects and the lawsuits from towns and cities who had clusters of deaths due to illegal dumping of chemicals by Corporations.  Pollution kills…in case you didn’t know Mr. President.

One of my favorite Presidents is James Madison.  He, like President Washington, had great concerns about the corrupting nature of the power the President holds.  His words are ageless.

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”, James Madison

“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”, James Madison

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”, James Madison

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”, James Madison

Let us not forget that last one when the only news the President is comfortable with us hearing comes from Breitbart or Fox News.

Mr. Trump is President, I can only hope he starts to act more Presidential…you know for the good of America.

Happy President’s Day!