Friday, March 24, 2017

THE GOP and YOU & ME (Not so perfect together!)


Just what does the GOP stand for?
Well we know what they're against!

The list below shows the trump desired and GOP approved and backed budget changes by agency along with services they will affect.  The numbers in parentheses show the percentage trump wants taken away from these agencies.

You may agree with some and not with others but overall they point to a complete lack of compassion for and understanding of the needs of the citizens of this country!

I give you the trump 2018 budget:

Arts & Cultural Agencies (-100%)
This handles Public Broadcasting & The Arts
Eliminates all funding for:
          The National Endowment for the Arts;
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio and PBS and NPR
(Big Bird gets killed by Big Turd!)

Environmental Protection Agency (-31%)
           They handle our Environment and such frivolous things as Clean Air & Potable Water as well as infrastructure work.

     Eliminates more than 50 programs and 3,200 job
     Discontinues funding for:
International climate-change programs
The Office of Research and Development in half
The Superfund cleanup program
The Office of Enforcement and Compliance

State Department (-29%)
             This one controls the safety of our Overseas Ambassadors (Cuts like they did before Benghazi!)
     
Reduces funding for:
U.N. peacekeeping
Development banks such as the World Bank
Most cultural-exchange programs
But keeps the Fulbright Program
And eliminates climate-change prevention programs, including pledged payments to U.N. climate-change programs

Agriculture Department (-21%)
            This department handles Food Safety & Animal rights

           Cuts to Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance
           Eliminates McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program and the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program
           Staff reductions at USDA service center agencies around the country

Labor Department (-21%)
          This group is concerned with Worker’s Rights and Women's Rights and Civil Rights etc.

Eliminates Senior Community Service Employment Program (Aids low-income seniors find work)
Closes poor-performing centers for Job Corps (Job-training program for disadvantaged youth)
Eliminates grants to nonprofit groups and public agencies to pay for safety and health training
Expands efforts to reduce improper payments made to people receiving unemployment benefits.

Department of Health and Human Services (-18%)
            HHS is concerned with Poor People, People in Need, TANF (Temp Assistance for Needy Families) Public Health, Drug Safety, Availability of Safe Food, Local Healthcare Providers, Planned Parenthood, Paying for anyone’s Healthcare, Reproductive Rights, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. You know, nothing important!

Decreases funding for:
          The National Institutes of Health
Certain programs to train health professionals
But increases funding for efforts to prevent and treat opioid addictions
Eliminates the Fogarty International Center (Partnerships between U.S. and foreign health research institutions (We don’t need outside help!)


Commerce Department (-16%)

           Cuts from coastal research programs that ready communities for rising seas and worsening storms (Because climate change is a Chinese hoax of course!)
Eliminates popular $73 million Sea Grant program, which operates in conjunction with universities in 33 states
Eliminates Economic Development Administration (gives grants in struggling communities)

Education Department (-14%)
          Clearly this group handles our Nation's Public Education and Science

          Cuts grants for teacher training
Cuts grants for after-school and summer programs
Cuts aid programs to first-generation and low-income students
"Significantly" reduces federal work-study aid to college students
Increases charter school funding by $168 million
Creates new private-school choice program with $250 million
           (They sure do love their uneducated voters!)

Department of Housing and Urban Development (-13%)

Eliminates:
          Community Development Block Grant program
Eliminates the HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Eliminates the Choice Neighborhoods program
Eliminates the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program
Eliminates funding for Section 4 Community Development and Affordable Housing
Raises funding for lead-hazard reduction from $110 million to $130 million

Transportation Department (-13%)

           Shifts air traffic control outside the government! (For profit always works!)
Eliminates funding for many new transit projects and support for long-distance Amtrak trains.
Eliminates $175 million in subsidies for commercial flights to rural airports.
Cuts $499 million from the TIGER grant program (Funds dozens of road, transit and other projects.)

Interior Department (-12%)

           Eliminates funding for the 49 National Heritage Areas
Decreases funding for land acquisition
Wildfire suppression funding is likely to see a marginal increase

Energy Department (-6%)

           Cuts $900 million from the Office of Science
Eliminates Energy Star
Eliminates Weatherization Assistance Program
Eliminates ARPA-E
Eliminates Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program
Eliminates Title 17 loan guarantees

Small Business Administration (-5%)

Eliminates PRIME technical-assistance grants
Eliminates Growth Accelerators
Eliminates Regional Innovation Clusters, saving about $12 million
Cuts $1 million of $46 million of loan guarantees currently available to small-business owners

Treasury Department (-4%)

Against Taxes on the rich
Reduces funding for the Internal Revenue Service by $239 million
Eliminates grants for Community Development Financial Institutions, which provide financial services in economically distressed neighborhoods

Justice Department (-4%)
            Interested in, among other things Voter’s rights & Gun Control

           Cuts funding to reimburse state and local governments for costs of incarcerating certain undocumented immigrants (We get em – You pay for em)
Cuts $1 billion for federal prison construction (Favors private for profit prisons)
Adds $249 million of funding for the FBI, largely aimed at counterterrorism, cyber threats, more timely firearms purchase background checks and more crime data
Adds $80 million to adjudicate immigrant removal proceedings and hire more attorneys (Clearly our top priority is getting rid of immigrants!)


NASA (-1%)
           Science and Exploration of Earth and the universe, Duh!
           Cuts $102 million of funding from Earth science, terminating four missions aimed at understanding climate-change
Eliminates the $115 million Office of Education
Cuts $88 million from the Robotic Refueling Mission (Develops techniques to repair satellites)

Other items completely eliminated from the budget:

·        African Development Foundation
·        Appalachian Regional Commission
·        Chemical Safety Board
·        Corporation for National and Community Service
·        Corporation for Public Broadcasting
·        Delta Regional Authority
·        Denali Commission
·        Institute of Museum and Library Services
·        Inter-American Foundation
·        U.S. Trade and Development Agency
·        Legal Services Corporation
·        National Endowment for the Arts
·        National Endowment for the Humanities
·        Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
·        Northern Border Regional Commission
·        Overseas Private Investment Corporation
·        U.S. Institute of Peace
·        U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
·        Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

And a couple of agencies would get more money to disperse as they see fit:


Defense Dept. (+9%)

Increases the size of the Army and Marine Corps
Increases the number of ships in the Navy's fleet
Buys F-35 Joint Strike Fighters more rapidly
Increases spending to keep Air Force combat planes ready to fly

Homeland Security (+7%)

Cuts $667 million from grant programs to state and local agencies, including pre-disaster mitigation grants and counterterrorism funding
Raises the TSA Passenger Security Fee passengers flying out of US airports


But one thing has not and never will change, they will fight to the death to protect the rights of a fetus until it is born!

So the bottom line is:
THE GOP IS AGAINST YOU!
SO WHY DO YOU KEEP VOTING FOR THEM?



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND - AS THE REPUB VOTER!

It seems as though for my entire aware life the only promises Repubs have kept are the ones for the wealthiest of the country and in some cases the World. As for the rest of us, the bulk of the voters we've only been given fantasies and hope.
But facts are facts.
Perhaps that's why the GOP hates science and reason.
The wealth gap in America has widened considerably ever since god Reagan (Ronald or Nancy, one cannot be completely certain which) started the downfall of the Middle Class.
Household income has continuously dropped while the top 1 or 2% have not only become wealthier but also less taxed.
Our national debt has risen under every Repub President.
The debt is lowered under every Democratic President.
Yet most people believe the GOP lie that it's the other way around. Democrats are the tax and spend party thus raising the debt.
Here's one of those annoying facts of life:
In order to spend money you must have money.
Sounds intuitive but trust me I can point to at least 62 million voters who don't understand it.
One way to raise the Nat'l Debt is to declare and wage war without raising money (taxes) to pay for it.
Nobody wants to pay higher taxes but if we give tax breaks to people who can most afford to pay higher taxes where will the money come from?
Anyone?
Beuhler?
Anyone?
THE MIDDLE CLASS, or what's left of it will have to pay!
But people may start to catch on to the tactic so instead of actually raising middle class taxes the GOP cleverly reduces funding for services the middle class relies on.
Oh nothing fantastic you see, just healthcare and school lunch programs and anything not needed by the wealthy donors of the country!
The bottom line is that during my lifetime, and sadly I'm no teen, one political party has consistently and ruthlessly and unabashedly done everything in their power to steal from the poor and give to the rich! And in return the rich have always shown their appreciation with commission checks in the form of campaign dollars and countless perks for the families of the Repubs.
As I enter my so called golden years the race is on. Will the American voter finally wake up and see who is and who is not on their side before I am no longer an aware human being?
Next shot comes in just under 2 years.
Fingers crossed!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

EXCERPT FROM THE SOUND OF DT


Putie & Kim Jong & all other shitheads
Gunmen & G-Men & young girls in their beds
Lying to masses, the anger it brings
These are a few of his favorite things.

Closing our borders to anyone not white
Pander to needs of the nuts on the far right
Hobnob with rulers, dictators, and kings
These are some more of his favorite things,

When he sounds dumb
He won't be glum
No use feeling sad
He simply remembers those showers of gold
He's happiest when he's bad!

(Hopefully this show won't run as long as the original!)



Friday, February 3, 2017

A PLEA FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE

Getting rid of filibusters and lowering the number of Senators needed to pass bills in Congress back down to a simple majority hasn't happened in ages since the party in the majority is always worried about reprisals when the pendulum swings and they find themselves in the minority.
The only way one party would risk setting this precedent (or president as dt would spell it) is if they were certain they could gain and hold the majority in Congress for decades.
There are strong hints that the Repubs are in fact ready to risk the wrath of the majority of American citizens by doing just that! This would effectively render the Democratic Party obsolete.
The insidious Repub Party has quietly gerrymandered districts across America for decades and in doing so changed the political landscape in their favor.
The plan has slowly but surely given them the edge in more and more elections. And even though there are more registered Democrats nationwide their votes do not create majorities in many States. This means fewer Democratic Senators and far fewer Representative in the House.
Every American interested in fair government should treat themselves to a look at their own election district map. In many cases the outline looks like a huge bowtie with possibly as small a center as one block!
HERE'S AN EXAMPLE FROM 2004
NOTICE HOW MANY RED DISTRICTS VS BLUE!
This pulls and pools all the Democratic leaning voters into one district while splitting those of Republicans into several districts of their own. And this absurdity could result in 1 Representative for Democrats but possibly 3 or 4 for the Repubs in districts that used to be the other way around.
How can they get away with this?
Every 10 years whichever political party holds the majority in their State gets to redistrict or gerrymander their territory. The next chance human beings have to stop this awful trend toward the dark side is 2020.
The 2018 so-called midterm elections are unbelievably important as we can send a message to Congress that we're mad as hell and, well you know.
But after that the most important vote of our lifetime will take place during the 2020 Presidential election.  At that time we must get rid of President Pence or Bannon or Putin, or whoever is pulling the strings by then.
If we can't turn the Ship of State around we are headed for a titanic-like disaster.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

WE DIDN'T VOTE FOR DONNIE

If I don't suggest what tune you should use to sing this post then I can't be sued by Billy Joel, right? 😀  So you're on your own!


Muslim ban, Putin fan, followed by the white sheet clan
Build a wall, make it tall, civil rights is dead
Email hack, scruples lack, crazy acts, alternative facts
Comey, homey, tweet tirades from your bed

Party schism, nepotism, taxes hidden, News forbidden
Plagiarize, telling lies, defund everything
Inauguration crowd-gate, How’m I doing ain’t I great
Bad Trump steaks, promise breaks, cronies in the West Wing

We didn’t vote for Donnie
The Electoral College
Picked a guy with no knowledge

We didn’t vote for Donnie
And with nukes he’s flirting
While the country’s hurting

Tax breaks for your friends, disenfranchise never ends
Healthcare, I don’t care, tariffs now placed everywhere
Selling access, voter fraud, fake news, no peace accord
Fox News, right wing views, that crazy orange hair

We didn’t vote for Donnie
With the nukes he’s flirting
While the country’s hurting

We didn’t vote for Donnie
But he has the football
And if pissed well that’s all

Alec Baldwin Kelly Anne, phony college, business plan
Oil pipelines, bad faith deals, stop the needy’s food stamp meals
Fan the fires, muzzle aides, EPA will soon be lost
Bankruptcies, detainees, protest march, atrocities
Executive powers, Golden showers, all at such an awful cost

ACA
Blown away
What more do I have to say?

We didn’t vote for Donnie
Know the man’s not worth piss
Read the book Red Notice

We didn’t vote for Donnie
With the nukes he’s flirting
While the country’s hurting.

We didn't vote for Donnie
But while he makes no sense
Look behind & there's Pence.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

GONNA BUILD ME A BIG WALL


I sincerely believe that the wonderful and talented Sammy Davis Jr would not be too upset with this slightly altered version of one of his great hits.

Gonna build me a big wall
Don’t need no bill
Gonna build me a big wall
Like I said I will
Gonna build me a big wall
Gonna build it high
I don't know how I'm gonna do it
And really even don’t know why


Gonna get me a gold stream
Flowing warm and true
Gonna bathe in that gold stream
Till I'm turning blue
Gonna love that gold stream
I am telling you
Gonna build a big wall and a gold stream
Gonna make them both come true


Gonna be in heaven
While you’re all in hell
Gonna be in heaven
So you can go to hell
When I build my big wall using all your cash
Then I sit in my gold stream at the big wall
And I'll be in pig heaven there.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

THE GYPSY PRESIDENT

With apologies to Arthur Laurents please sing this post to the tune of, well you know!


I’ll be great
I’ll be swell
Even while the whole world goes to Hell
I was PUT IN this place
To destroy human race
And nothing’s gonna stop me till I’m through!
Honey I’m gonna raise Mid class taxes
So all the workers get axes
I’m gonna kill regulations
That cause pain for corporations
Everything I do will work well for me
NOT FOR YOU!!!!!!

Now’s my inning
Watch my bank account soar
I’ll keep winning
This is what power is used for!

I AM great
I AM swell
And the rest of you can go to Hell
Startin here startin now
I’m the best
Hear me yell
That everything I dreamt of will come true
Honey everything’s comin up bright lights and party time
Everything’s gonna be fake fights and party line
Everything’s coming up aces for me
NOT FOR YOU!!!!!



Friday, January 20, 2017

IT’S MY BALL, IF I DON’T PLAY NOBODY DOES!


Partisanship in DC has become the single greatest threat to a working governmental environment and we the people have been caught in the crossfire.
Who is doing what to whom?  Fingers can be pointed at both parties so which side is more to blame?  How do the Republicans and Democrats differ?
One striking difference between the two major political parties in America today is that if a Democrat in power has a good idea the Republicans will go out of their way to block it rather than give the other side a victory.
The GOP seems to think government is a game and they own the ball. If you’re not going to play me then I’m taking my ball home!
The other side of the coin has not been as steadfast a rule since the Democrats have been willing to join the Republicans should they ever come up with a good idea for the entire country.
It’s this childish mentality that caused Mitch McConnell to declare his vow to block everything President Obama tried to accomplish during his tenure as leader of the free World.  He even went so far as to state that his number one job was to make Mr. Obama a one term President!
McConnell and his teammates tried to stop any attempt to give Americans affordable healthcare. Then they wasted time in Congress that could have been spent governing and moving America forward by wasting tax payer dollars constantly voting to repeal the life saving bill.  With nothing in mind to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) it’s clear they just cannot allow history to show that Mr. Obama and the Democrats accomplished something good!
And to tie this act of partisan childishness together with the main theme of the post the ACA was fashioned after Massachusetts’ so called Romney Care!
What were major differences between the two plans? Aside from the fact that one covered only people in one State not much.  Of course one was proposed and put forth by a white Republican.  Hmmm, I can’t think of too many other differences except the scale of the project and the fact that the ACA would help many more lower income families going forward.
And to bring another fact into light note that the Massachusetts legislature that went along with and worked on Romney Care alongside the Republican governor was overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. They felt that giving the people a win was more important than blocking one for the Republicans!
One other point among so many I could note is that President Obama nominated a judge to the Supreme Court a year ago and even though Mr. Merrick Garland was considered by Republicans to be an incredibly fair judge they refused to even meet with him!  Many were quoted in the past saying Judge Garland would make a very fine choice for the Supreme Court.
What changed?
Oh, right!
The Democrats are starting to learn that this tactic, when used with a media blitz and fake news stories may actually reward bad behavior with reelections, control of Congress and even the White House.
But going forward I am certain the Democrats will not abandon their love of country as have their political opponents.  I don’t see the minority in Congress begging foreign powers to hack the GOP for dirt to embarrass them and take them down. The mere thought of doing so used to be considered treasonous.
I am also certain that should the odd and occasional good idea come forward from the other side of the aisle the Democratic Party will embrace it.
So if the Democrats want to help Americans and the ever shrinking Middle Class survive the next two or four years they will have to play ball.  After all bullies always seem to have a way of winning, at least until their followers finally realize that the truth is they don’t care about anyone but themselves!