The Unimaginable Happened…Trump Was Elected President — Here are the FACTS

December 17th, 2016

ovaloffice1Many Electors and Americans believe Trump will be a disaster as president. His cabinet picks, refusal to attend daily briefings, or divest himself from his companies, continue to reinforce that idea. His involvement with his children as close government advisers while they run the business is wrong and possibly unconstitutional. We need to work as hard as we can to reach out to the Electoral College TODAY to work together to do what is right for every American. We can’t let bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia, misogyny, white supremacists and others affect the outcome of the 2016 election and the future of our country.

FACT: The election isn’t really over until Dec 19 when the Electoral College meets. If we can convince enough of the Electorates to vote for Clinton, who won the popular vote by more than 2.7 million votes, our country would have a stable and sane president that would save us from his dangerous views, and bring hope to those who aren’t in the 1%.

FACT: After the 2016 election is resolved, we need to dismantle the archaic Electoral College, or at least make their vote proportionate to the vote in each state, not winner take all .

FACT: Rather than praising NATO and our allies, Trump praises Putin. Does he want a dictator style of government and Putin is his role model? Does Trump have ties with Russia that will influence how he operates as President?

FACT: Trump refused to release his taxes. Why? Will these documents show he has paid no taxes? Will they show that he actually does not contribute to charities? Will they show he has substantial business and financial dealings with Russia and high-ranking Russians? How much does he owe to Russia and China?

FACT: He isn’t putting his businesses in a blind trust, but rather appointing his children to the helm while he is in office. By choosing this path, Trump can pass laws that are in his best interest, not the country’s. It is unprecedented for a president to do this.

FACT: FBI Director James Comey was wrong for reopening the Hillary Clinton email investigation 11 days out from the election. He had no evidence; it was a deliberate attempt to sway the election for the Republicans.

FACT: President Obama was wrong not to then release the evidence that Russia hacked our election to influence it in favor of Trump prior to the election. Why didn’t the FBI release this info instead of what they did on Clinton?

FACT: Trump University was a fraud and 3500 lawsuits are still pending by unpaid workers. Do we really want to pay for all of Donald’s bad conduct? Are the taxpayers the ones who will pay his legal bills for these suits?

FACT: He chose to use his Trump Foundation donors’ money to buy personal items and pay off legal bills, while contributing zero to the charity. Why isn’t this being investigated by the IRS or the DOJ?

FACT: He has no foreign or domestic governing experience. No Trump has served in the military, as Donald got numerous deferments. How can he be an effective Commander-in-Chief?

FACT: He, along with a GOP Congress and his big corporation cabinet selections, will cut taxes for the wealthy and social services for the elders, disabled, and needy, while driving up our country’s debt and deficit. His controversial cabinet will destroy our public schools, the EPA (our water, land, and air), our energy potential, and healthcare.

FACT: People are protesting peacefully for a different result—they want to protect the EPA, bank regulations, raising the minimum wage, public education, religious freedoms, voters’ rights, healthcare, and a fair Supreme Court.

FACT: Immigrants, minorities, and women are all under attack by Trump and his Alt-right campaign manager.

FACT: Women’s right to choice including Roe v. Wade will disappear, as will funding for Planned Parenthood. Same-sex marriage will no longer be legal, as well as the destruction of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

FACT: It is important to question whether we want an unstable, thinned-skinned person to have his finger on the nuclear code after saying he likes war and more countries should have nuclear weapons. Do we want a president that continually criticizes our world-class military and their covert operations, as he selects three generals to be in his cabinet?

FACT: Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, claims of fraud, voting site closures (868), suspension of early voting days, and abuse of legislature powers federally and statewide will intensify with no checks and balances by the judicial or executive branches under this administration.

FACT: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, yet Americans don’t get the president they voted for…again! (In 2000 Bush v. Gore, Gore got more popular votes, but the Supreme Court gave Bush Florida, and the presidency.

Why Today’s Media is Unreliable and How that Affects Our Vote

May 18th, 2016

money5In his 2008 book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore wrote: “A free press is supposed to function as our democracy’s immune system against… gross errors of fact and understanding.” But it doesn’t – as Gore explains – and that is what makes the mass media one of the most important obstacles to social and economic progress in the 21st century. A study by the Center for Public Integrity the same year titled, “The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War,” documents that there were 935 false statements by President Bush and seven top officials of his administration. The report notes that “much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, ‘independent’ validation of the Bush administration’s false statements about Iraq.” The media’s acceptance of what they were told, rather than to do their own due diligence, was partly responsible for the massive American support Bush/Cheney got for starting the Iraq war. Filmmaker Michael Moore concurs with the Center for Public Integrity’s assessment.

Even so, many believed that journalistic integrity was revered, facts were important, and independent voices provided more honest and unbiased press. That changed in 2011 with massive media consolidation. Today, balanced reporting is less prevalent and our news is often reported with one-sided views more than actual facts. Unfortunately, readers and viewers are the ones who are left suffering. While there are still approximately 1,500 newspapers and 1,100 magazines in circulation, 9,000 radio and 1,500 television stations, as well as 2,400 publishers, just six corporations own most of them.

While Gannett is not in the top six corporations, it and other mammoth media venues are continuing to gobble up other media entities, limiting voices, and shaping dialogue. Gannett, anchored by USA Today, is the biggest newspaper company in the country, both by circulation and revenue, in an industry that is increasingly dominated by fewer, larger players. In addition to USA Today, Gannett owns a number of dailies across the country, but it is still interested in enlarging its holdings. Recently, they offered a very generous bid for Tribune Publishing in Chicago.

According to the Huffington Post , the American people are more skeptical about receiving their news on the internet and through social media sites than traditional major media outlets. Unfortunately, they should be questioning everything they hear and see regardless of the source, to avoid getting a biased opinion. A large amount of today’s reporting is skewed, biased, and purposefully false. This kind of reporting makes it hard for the average person to get a clear understanding of the day’s events, what is taking place in our political process, and what is happening around the world. For example, according to PolitiFact, the percentage of claims of TV networks that are false is astounding.

CNN 22%
CBS 34%
ABC 34%
NBC 45%
FOX 58%

Consolidation not only limits facts, it limits people’s choices. In 1983, there were 50 major media outlets, versus six since 2011. According to Jen Senko, director of the documentary film The Brainwashing of My Dad, “If you and I are to vote in a way to most benefit society and ourselves, we need truthful and unbiased information. Our democracy depends on it. As long as six corporations control the majority of U.S. media and broadcast divisive propaganda 24/7/365, we will continue to vote against our own interests and increase the scale of social injustice.”

These corporations, which have annual revenue in excess of $250 billion, control more than 90% of the media hundreds of millions of people read, hear, and see. While diverse sources compile the list of these media juggernauts differently, with companies like Google and DirectTV included at times, this article lists the six believed to be the best examples of a growing trend toward media monopolies. Their executives make decisions on what information you are given – what information is exaggerated or minimized or totally neglected, what information is accurate, and what is blatantly false. In other words, a very small group of people control what you hear, see, and read on a daily basis, as well as what you won’t.
If you still question how money, media, and politics work together to influence what you think and how you vote, check out what Les Moonves, CBS president just recently said about the Trump presidency: “Man, this is pretty amazing. Who would have thought this circus would come to town? It may not be good for America, but its damn good for CBS. [Laughs] The money’s rolling in … This is fun.” Profits over people, income over integrity, and cash over country – is what media executives boast today.

Luckily for the American people and the world, that wasn’t the case in 2002 when The Boston Globe, bravely and independently, exposed the Catholic Church for what their Priests had been doing to children for years. With the independence and competition newspapers had then, journalists covered stories with integrity and were able to devote the time to really investigate before they reported. Today, profits are paramount in making decisions in all corporations…and media corporations are no exception. Quick, easy stories prevail; true investigative journalism is much scarcer and has given way to repetitive mass media 24/7 that serves only a slice of society. I wonder if the story Spotlight that shined a light on the Catholic Church’s scandal would have even been covered if it happened today, rather than more than a decade ago.

The Top Six Corporations

Comcast was the biggest mega-conglomerate in 2012 and continues to be, with $62.5 billion in revenues and $6 billion in profit. The high revenue was a result of the FCC’s approval of Comcast’s takeover of a majority share of NBCUniversal from General Electric in 2011. This merger resulted in Comcast serving customers in 39 states and DC, and combined the nation’s largest cable company and residential Internet service provider with one of the world’s biggest producers of TV shows and motion pictures. Subsequently, Comcast manages NBC, Telemundo, USA Networks, SyFy, CNBC, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, the Golf Channel, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, to list a few. This media umbrella also contains Fandango, Universal Studios Florida, and Wells Fargo Center.

Disney has revenue of more than $42 billion with profits of around $5.5 billion. It maintains 27 television stations including ABC, ESPN, and Disney Channel Worldwide. They also control Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Miramar, and Marvel Studios. In the music arena the corporation has Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Mammoth Records, and Buena Vista Records. Its ownership of Marvel Comics puts it in competition with Time Warner in the battle of super-hero motion pictures. In 2012, The Avengers grossed over $1 billion in box office receipts.

Time Warner, with $3.4 billion in profits, is the third largest entertainment conglomerate with ownership interests in film, television, and print. Among the chief properties it owns or has a major stake in are: CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Cinemax, HLN, CW Network, NBA TV, Español Time, and Warner Bros. In their print division, they own 22 magazines including People, Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, InStyle, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, and Fortune. Warner Brothers also directs Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and DC Comics.
Viacom is the fourth largest media conglomerate, with interests primarily in cable television networks, programming production, and distribution. It controls more than 160 networks reaching more than 600 million people around the globe. Its TV group virtually controls TV music with MTV, VH1, and CMT. They also own Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, Spike TV, and BET. It has stakes in Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, the History Channel, and Biography Channel. Additionally its holdings include Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Games Group.

News-Corp, owned by Rupert Murdock, controls vast media venues globally. Its holdings include 27 TV stations including Fox Network, Fox News, and Fox International, National Geographic U.S., FX, FSN, STAR movies, ESPN Taiwan, and NGC Network Latin America. Fox News ranks first in cable news networks. In print, News-Corp’s acquisitions consist of the Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, New York Post, Barron’s and SmartMoney; additionally it boasts a book publisher HarperCollins; film production companies 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios; and numerous websites including and the Dow Jones Newswire. Earning nearly $34 billion in revenue and more than $1.1 billion in profit, this massive holding enables Murdock to spread his brand of political, financial, and entertainment news, as well as printed manuscripts. Rather than a balanced version of events, the articles are often slanted to his conservative viewpoint. Unfortunately, that has become the new norm for many news and political shows – less journalistic integrity, more stories that increase ratings, enhance profits, or project a biased viewpoint.

CBS which operates in every field of media and entertainment, including 29 TV stations, 130 radio stations and publishing houses Simon & Schuster and Free Press. As the most watched television network, it generated more than $14 billion in revenue and $1.3 billion in profits. The company owns 50% of CW network and manages the properties of Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, and CBS Sports Network, as well as CBS Interactive, CBS Records, CBS Consumer Product (which licenses merchandise), CBS Home Entertainment that handles DVDs, and CBS films. In print, it fully owns mega-publishing house Simon & Schuster. On a rare positive note, unlike many mega-corporations, it also has a socially responsible component – EcoMedia.

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Let’s Look at the Facts

January 26th, 2016

Who should we really fear, ISIS or the NRA? constitution2

Everyone believes ISIS is a threat to democracy, religious freedoms, and human rights. While I concur with these beliefs, I worry far more about domestic terrorists than foreign ones. Many radicalized individuals infiltrate our country, but they are not the only people who frighten me. It is the NRA and their uncompromising stand on gun safety and regulation that I worry most about.

Fact: America is losing more than 30,000 people each year to gun violence, over 90 people a day.

The loudest argument for no gun regulation is the Second Amendment. In its entirety, the Second Amendment reads:

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The problem with this argument is that many of those carrying guns are not doing it as a well-organized militia. In addition, our Founders did not carry, nor envision, AK-47 assault rifles for an individual’s self-protection. Lastly, the Declaration of Independence gives all Americans the “inalienable Rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I do not feel safer, freer, or happier when I see legislators’ voting to allow guns in grocery stores, family restaurants, college campuses, and mental institutions. Why is it okay to argue for the Second Amendment and ignore the Declaration of Independence?

Why Trickle-down economics doesn’t work?

Antiquated, unworkable policies like Trickle-down economics will send our economy into a downward spiral while funneling more money to the top 1%.

Fact: Trickle-down economics doesn’t work because cutting taxes on the rich doesn’t lead to job creation or economic growth.

Trickle-down economics – didn’t work under Reagan, didn’t work under George W. Bush, and won’t work now. Why? Simple math and logic tell us that millionaires and billionaires buy what they want. Therefore, the economy isn’t stimulated when they get more tax breaks or income. In addition, they choose to shelter the extra funds in foreign tax havens rather than use the money to create more jobs or raise workers’ wages.
Fact: The economy is stimulated and jobs are created when people spend money.
Fact: Minimum wage or low income workers when given a raise will spend it.

Low income workers buy products, help create jobs, and pay taxes. To stimulate our economy, raise the minimum wage; don’t provide tax breaks.

As our infrastructure continues to crumble, why isn’t Congress funding repairs?

Our roads and bridges carry millions of commuters each day, yet many drive in dangerous conditions – potholes and crumbling bridges, due to a lack of maintenance, are becoming more numerous daily.

Fact: In 2013, the Associated Press analysis of 607,380 bridges showed that 65,605 were classified as “structurally deficient” and 20,808 as “fracture critical.” This report deserves attention from our leaders in Congress.

With gas prices below $2.00 a gallon, it is time to raise the gas tax so there is dedicated funding to address this critical issue facing America and American businesses. If workers can’t get to work, businesses suffer, the economy suffers, and individuals suffer.

Fact: Gas prices are lower than they have been in 20 years.

Both Republicans and Democrats speak out for the need to raise the gas tax, yet nothing has been brought to Congress officially addressing this issue. Citizens need to get involved by calling or emailing their congressional leaders, voicing their concern about the disrepair of our roads, and encouraging action on their part.

Why do so many deny global warming?

Big oil lawmakers, alongside many corporations, are blocking progress in the fight against global warming. As glaciers continue to melt, extreme weather cycles batter the nation, from droughts to floods to huge snowstorms; our children’s future is in danger.
Fact: 97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is real and it is man-made.
Fact: Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have happened this century.

Our country, along with the world, must lower our carbon footprint with clean, sustainable energy solutions. Both wind and solar sources are developing and expanding globally, but the U.S. and China must lead the way.

Renewable energy is clean, affordable, domestic, and basically unlimited. Because it produces no emissions, it results in cleaner air and water. Additionally, it creates jobs and revenue in local communities, as well as strengthening our national security.

Even though prices are higher than that of fossil fuels, the advantages are undeniable. And as prices continue to drop, it is predicted that in the next decade, clean energy and fossil fuel prices will be comparable.

The Republican Clown Train is Chugging Along with Donald Trump as Engineer

September 30th, 2015

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Like many TV programs, I’m going to take a break for a few months to renew thoughts and prepare for a long election process…but first, here is the initial blog of my four-part series on the evolving Republican and Democrat candidates …as they stand today.

By January, the political scene will explode with election rhetoric all day long and there will be plenty of statements to challenge, promises to question, and behaviors to be wary of. Voters should be asking themselves many questions…about the position of these candidates on war, taxes, healthcare, education, jobs, wages, and if their religious ideology and their views are paramount to yours, and if the rule of law in our country is secondary to the rule of God…as in the case of Sharia Law in the Middle East?

Below is information on all the candidates and some actual comments they have recently made.
The Republican Candidates (in alphabetical order)

• Jeb Bush has said he is his own man, but is he? Rather than assemble a team of his own, he selected 17 of Daddy’s and dubya’s former advisors…the same ones who took us into Iraq needlessly. He demonstrated his weakness and inability to make a definitive statement when he gave four different answers in four days when asked, “Given what we know now, would you still have gone into Iraq?” Bush tried to explain his position on Iraq by providing a muddied expression of support for the war. Bush later tried to clean up his mess by finally acknowledging he would have done things differently in Iraq. On the domestic front, Bush along with other family members were also linked to a series of business scandals — including Medicaid fraud and shady S&L deals which ultimately lead to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a firm that had been strong since its founding in 1850. Jeb made $1.3 million as a financial advisor at Lehman, but just months after his hiring, the institution collapsed, taking a lot of Florida state money with it. (Bush Family Value$ – The Bush clan’s family business, Stephen Pizzo, of questionable financial issues and two mediocre debate performances, his poll numbers remain in the mid-single digits. As he sticks to the foreign policy of the past, that past also demonstrates Jeb’s lack of compassion for the less fortunate when in 1994 he said, “Under his plan, Florida would refuse to accept federal funds to aid the state’s poor families, and restrict benefits to just two years of assistance. To be eligible for benefits, poor women would be required to ‘identify the fathers of their children, submit to random drug tests and work if jobs were available,’” (Miami Herald, March 1, 1994; ) Twenty years later, he still lacks empathy for others when he announced that rather than raising the minimum wage, “People need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families.” (Quote of the Day: Jeb Bush Is Still Chasing Economic Unicorns; Or when he said, but later walked back, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” (What Jeb Bush’s ‘gaffe’ on women’s health really tells us; Is compassion, integrity, and intellect something our next president should have?

• Ben Carson, the only black Republican candidate, did well in the first and second debates. As a result, his numbers have risen briskly. He is strong on calmness and weak on information, facts, and reasonable solutions. He has had a distinguished medical career in neurology, used fetal tissue research in his medical work, and published his results. So, why is he choosing not to support this medical procedure now? In addition, why is he electing to make controversial statements about prisons and gays, such as “because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight—and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” His comment on healthcare is equally disturbing: “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.” (5 Ben Carson Quotes Proving Why He’s Too Crazy To Be President; Do you believe Obamacare is the worst thing to happen in our country since slavery? Worse than the Great Depression? Worse than 9/11?

• New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is known for his bullying and currently doesn’t have the support of his own state. With responses like these, to questions asking Christie whether his child goes to a public or private school, it is easy to understand his lack of support: “First off it’s none of your business. I don’t ask you where you send your kids to school. Don’t bother me about where I send mine.” (Chris Christie’s 10 best quotes; ) Christie, stilled mired in the George Washington Bridge scandal, continues on as if it didn’t happen. In the second debate, Christie, who is polling near the bottom of the pack, tried to raise his numbers by stressing the need for the middle class to grow…not a popular Republican talking point. However, he supports the popular GOP notion of shutting down Planned Parenthood taking healthcare resources, breast cancer screenings, and contraceptives away from millions of women. According to Christie, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports the “the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts in a way that maximizes their value for sale for profit” – a totally skewed statement of ideology rather than fact. (Chris Christie Says Hillary Clinton Supports ‘Systematic Murder Of Children’, September 16, 2015;
Is it time for Christie to abandon his presidential dream?

• Ted Cruz continues his role as a disruptor rather than a legislator elected to govern. Rather than compromise, he wants to again shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, costing the country billions of dollars in lost revenue. His spoiled child antics, if I don’t get my way, you can’t play with my toys, is costing both the country and the Republican Party. And if he shuts down Planned Parenthood, he has no plans to provide alternative healthcare services to the millions of low income men and women who are now receiving it. Cruz not only thinks his views are all that matter, he thinks he is above the law as well and that his views should supersede the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and has said: “If the citizens of the state of Iowa or the citizens of the state of Texas want to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman … the states have the constitutional authority to do so and the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislature’s reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage.” (You Need To See These 11 Scary Quotes From GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Ted Cruz; Yet, he had no problem accepting the corruption of our democratic process with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Disagreeing with our laws is an American right, but deciding which laws of the land you will follow and which ones you won’t, is neither legal nor smart. What would America look like if everyone decided to follow only the laws they liked?
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Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, and George Pataki

• Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican field, had a good showing in the first and second elephant debates even though Fact Check proved what she said about abortions and fetal tissue video footage was deliberately false. And although Planned Parenthood and other reputable sources have denied her assertions, she doubled down on her flawed commentary by saying at the second debate: “I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes [edited tapes and supplied by anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, yet still didn’t have the scene she described]. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says: ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ “(Tampa Bay times, Political Fact ü.com; meter/statements/2015/sep/17/carly-fiorina/cnn-debate-carly-fiorina-urges-others-watch-planne/).  Liked by Republicans for her robust criticism of Clinton and her strong response to Trump has launched her from the kid’s table to a real contender.  With an impressive career in both profit and nonprofit work, Carly Fiorina became the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company. She touts her business acumen, even though she was fired by Hewlett-Packard after the company’s stock value dropped by half in 2005 from $106 billion to $56 billion. While she cites the revenue as doubling during her tenure, she neglects to mention that a large share of that was because of her disastrous purchase of Compaq, increasing the low margin PC business versus growing the more lucrative printer business.  As far as her political or government experience, she has never held an elected office. In 2010 she ran for a California U.S. Senate seat, but lost to Barbara Boxer. Now she is running for President of the United States. Carly successfully fights for spotlight by supporting standard GOP values –no new taxes regardless, no ban on assault weapons, and repeal Obamacare. She shares some truths about her rival Republicans, “People are tired of the status quo. You see that in various movements in and out of our [the Republicans] party, but most candidates are offering hollow rhetoric, not specific solutions.”  (Carly Fiorina Quotes, Is Carly a viable candidate or is it just her turn in the spotlight?

• Lindsey Graham’s ratings are approximately zero percent, so there are only two ways he can go — up or out. Since his platform is primarily bomb Iran, this extremely hawkish senator isn’t very popular with most rational people. The Iraq war destabilized the Middle East, left a large parcel of land for ISIS to grow and occupy; an Iraq army incapable or unwilling to defeat ISIL; incurred trillions in costs, thousands of dead Americans, and thousands more with missing limbs and  suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and soldiers with years of deployments who now are finding it hard to integrate into society. Lindsey Graham’s foreign policy is clear—he wants to invade Iraq again. You cannot destroy ISIL in Syria without a ground component. ..There is no way that I can see how we fix the problem in Iraq and Syria without American ground troops. (Lindsey Graham on War & Peace; On the domestic front, his support for the controversial oil industry is consistent.  Even though the oil and gas industries continue to rake in high profits, Graham would prefer giving them taxpayer subsidies rather than using the money for food stamps, healthcare, or education.  Accordingly he said, “I’m going to vote with my party. I just think oil subsidies have to be part of a bigger package.”  (Top 10 Absurd Quotes by Lindsey Graham, Do you think most Americans support oil subsidies over job programs, feeding the hungry, taking care of our veterans, and making education affordable?

• Mike Huckabee, an Evangelical Christian, thinks we shouldn’t have separation of church and state, but be ruled by the divine. Does he not realize that idea goes against the very foundation of our country? His outlandish remarks include “The Iran deal is so bad it will ‘take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.’” (‘Offensive,’ ‘Sad’: Reaction To Huckabee’s Holocaust ‘Oven’ Reference; Additionally Huckabee called on conservative Christians to engage in a massive “Biblical disobedience” campaign against the “false god of judicial supremacy,” comparing the Supreme Court decision on the legality of gay marriage to the Dred Scott case that upheld the Fugitive Slave Act. (Mike Huckabee Set the Bar Really High for the Worst Reaction to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; His overt support for law breaker and jailed Kim Davis displays a disturbing quality that is sweeping our country…that an individual’s own religious beliefs top the rule of law. Therefore, he supports a theocracy type of government over our current democracy. Do you care if America becomes a theocracy rather than a democracy?

• John Kasich, governor of OH, just barely made the first Top Ten debate, and had a less than stellar performance in the second one. Unlike most Republicans, he admits that we have to take steps to fix our environment. “If we intend to provide a better life, and a better world, for future generations, we can’t ignore the quality of the environment we leave them. (John Kasich Quotes, But as Governor his conservative values dominated many of his actions. He cut taxes in Ohio several times. He is anti-abortion, and signed a controversial bill placing restrictions on the procedure and women’s access to it. He also strongly favored a labor law that would have imposed harsh restrictions on collective bargaining rights, but the proposition was defeated in a popular election. Along with practical agenda items, his bizarre views shine through on other issues.  While many Americans think teachers make a lot of sacrifices in pursuit of educating our youth, Kasich believes otherwise. He recently stated, “If I were, not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and worry about ‘woe is us.’” (GOP presidential candidate says teachers are whiners with a ‘woe is us’ attitude; Do we really want a president who thinks one of our most pressing national issues is teachers’ ability to converse with each other a few minutes a day away from the students they are working hard to educate?

•  George Pataki has only about 5 percent of the Republican electorate saying they would vote for him.  As the three-term governor of New York, he brought conservative values and led the state through the 9/11 attack. However, when he chose to favor stricter gun control laws and abortion rights as governor, he fell out of step with his conservative party. The conservative party did not like this statement made by Pataki either: “We also have a program in place for low income people. A family of four making $26,000 a year can receive medical coverage, irrespective of citizenship or documents.” (George Pataki Quotes; 

•  Marco Rubio fared well in the first debate pushing his youth and vision for the future. Many believe Rubio represents the future – young, Cuban heritage, conservative, and popular in his home state of Florida. However, his stand on abortion and gay marriage are problematic. He believes women must carry a baby to term regardless of conception circumstance (i.e rape or incest) and that “At a time when the American family is threatened as never before, redefining it away from the union of one man and one woman only promises to weaken it as a child-rearing, values-conveying institution.”(Marco Rubio’s ‘American Dreams’: 10 key quotes; Rather than focusing on rebuilding America, Rubio, like the other Republican candidates, is a neocon who believes he knows what is best for the rest of the world. “In every region of the world, we should always search for ways to use U.S. aid and humanitarian assistance to strengthen our influence, the effectiveness of our leadership, and the service of our interests and ideals.” (5 Marco Rubio Quotes That Prove He’s the Neocon Dream Candidate; Maybe Rubio should focus on building a more humane American by addressing income inequality, focus on our kids’ future by addressing climate change, and focus on creating American jobs rebuilding our infrastructure rather than spending our resources trying to defeat people and their ideals around the world?

•  Rick Santorum, didn’t do well in two previous elections, but must believe the third time is the charm. Previously he supported home school and rigid religious beliefs. Additionally, he refuses to raise the minimum wage for hard working Americans, but takes home $180,000 of taxpayer dollars for his salary, and then makes this insulting quote: “In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to… Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root. The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.” (7 Cringeworthy Rick Santorum Quotes; Like many GOP candidates, his views date back to the 1950s, rather than looking at the future. His vision for America is to regress back to a white male-dominated society, rather than a diverse one of equality for all. The ultimate question voters should ask is: “Do we want America to be a progressive country and still uphold the ideals of our forefathers or, do we want it to be country controlled by a few stuck in the past?

•  Donald Trump, the surprise candidate, is still number one in the polls even though no specific visions or plans have been announced. It is unclear what the self-funded billionaire candidate stands for except making America great again. His rise in the polls suggests just how unhappy the American people are with the status quo in DC. His ego-centric comments and unrelated ramblings continue to show who he really is. “We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare…And it’s going to get worse, because remember, Obamacare really kicks in, in 2016. Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him, I actually would say. I have the best courses in the world, so I’d say, if he wants to — I have one right next to the White House, right on the Potomac. If he’d like to play, that’s fine. These off-the-cuff statements are shallow versus any comments that contain substantive ideas or solutions: “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected” or I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.(The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said – Would you vote for this man? Wanting to reform government versus the status quo is one thing. But backing a radical who bombasts nearly everyone, but has no substantial solutions to anything is another. As the article asks, “Would you vote for this man?”

First causalities of the Republican field

Will you miss this clown being in the race?

  • Three-time elected governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, promised thousands of jobs in his state, but failed to provide them, drastically slashed public education money, and destroyed workers’ rights. Even though the American people are clearly against another war effort, Scott Walker, like most Republican candidates are for it. “For political reasons, President Obama isn’t willing to expand the role of American troops,” said the Wisconsin governor in a statement posted on the website of his Our American Revival PAC. “Politics should never dictate what needs to be done to ensure our safety and ensure victory when we deploy military power.” (On the Issues, Scott Walker on War & Peace; With a sharp drop in the polls, Walker knew he needed a breakthrough performance at the second debate. He didn’t get it. With failing numbers, limited debate points, and nothing new to offer, is anyone surprised that Walker withdrew from a race he was clearly losing.

•  Jim Webb…nobody even knew he was in the race.

It’s going to be a busy fall and winter. While I won’t be doing my usual blogs, I do plan to offer some shorter “thoughts” on the various clown caravan candidates and the ones who might actually get the nomination. After all, with all those debates, and instantaneous media coverage, there is just so much that can’t wait until January.

The Republican agenda seems to focus on hatred for Obama, repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, refusing to raise minimum wages, cutting taxes on the wealthy, favoring lower interests rates for corporate lenders but not for student tuition, getting rid of bank regulations making it easier for another economic collapse, killing the Iran diplomatic deal in favor of war…and the list goes on.

Remember, all of these people are running for President of the United States. It is up to every American of voting age to exercise their rights at the ballot box and insure that our leadership the next four to eight years be the best it can be. The nominee should be someone with vision, experience, intellect, and the willingness to compromise, but the resolve to go it alone if necessary.  Which, if any Republican candidate do you think fits that description?

Texas, The Sequel: The State That Continues to Provide the National News and Late Night TV Plenty of Material

June 29th, 2015

Between March and June, 2015, making national news seemed to be a frequent occurrence for Texas as Austin, Garland, Waco, Overton, and texas1McKinney experienced unprecedented media coverage. Meanwhile, as the Tea Party conservatives maintained control of the legislature, Texas also gained notoriety in many other areas.

The Texas Tea Party has a history of avoiding issues…Texas ranks first in the amount of executions, first in the amount of uninsured citizens, first in the amount of toxic chemicals released into water, and first in the amount of hazardous waste generated. On the other hand, they ranked last in mental health expenditures, last in the percent of students who reach graduation, and last in worker compensation coverage. In addition, they are in the bottom five for tax expenditures that directly benefit their citizens, the number of poor people covered by Medicaid, and the number of people included in employer-based healthcare. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, November 17, 2012)

The city of Austin recently had a training mission to teach staff members how they should work alongside a female majority on the council. The training included the following statement: “Women don’t care about the math, they don’t read the briefings, they’ll drown you in questions.” Austin’s female council members, rightly shocked and outraged, blasted the briefing for being ignorant, archaic, and offensive. (DMN, 3/16/15, p 24A Hit and Misses Nitwits on parade) In the city’s defense, its spokesman said those ideas from the visiting consultant were “timely and relevant”. Really?

As the media continues to focus on mass shootings and the mounting number of gun deaths, Texas legislators continue to make it easier to carry guns everywhere—grocery stores, college campuses, and on city streets. On May 2, two gunmen opened fire at the Culwell Event Center in North Garland at the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. The shooting occurred as the event was concluding, Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said. The two gunmen were killed, but the incident thrust Texas into the national spotlight again. (CNN News, May 4, 2015)

Two weeks later, the horrific May 17 shooting in Waco between the police and two motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, left at least nine people dead and 18 hospitalized. Three weeks later, the Waco police, who had arrested 177 bikers following the deadly shootout, still had filed no charges in the killings. Nearly half the bikers remained in jail on unusually high bonds, and more than a few legal experts — including former prosecutors — are wondering what is going on in McLennan County? (Texas Tribune, June 10, 2015)

Following the deadly incident in Waco, the police in Overton, Texas continued the media frenzy but, this time by shutting down a lemonade stand run by two little girls, ages 7 and 8. Andria and Zoey Green were trying to raise $100 for a Father’s Day present. They had been selling lemonade and kettle corn for an hour – and made about $25 – when officers showed up and told them they need a $150 permit to sell their lemonade.

“It is a lemonade stand, but they also have a permit that they are required to get,” Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter said, “as well as to be approved by the Health Inspector.”

The sisters, smart entrepreneurs even at an early age, decided to reopen the stand. Instead of selling their lemonade, they chose to give it away for free and accept donations. They made about $1,000. (ABC Eyewitness News, KTRK, June 11, 2015) I hope these youngsters stay in Texas and inspire our state politicians to adopt some commonsense approaches to problem solving.

In early June, Eric Casebolt resigned from his post as a corporal for the Police Department in McKinney, Texas days after a video went viral online showing him yanking a 14-year-old bikini-clad girl to the ground and kneeling on her back. Prior to the police intervention, white residents began to harass the swimmers. When one woman told the teens to “go back to Section 8 housing,” a fight broke out. The black girl, who was assaulted by the policeman, was invited to the pool party by one of the residents at the complex.

While the media prefers to report on heinous vs heroics, thousands of officers perform good deeds without much recognition. Even though the good deeds don’t often make the national news, it important to notice, remember, and praise the men and women who serve our communities. Below are just a few of their heroic deeds that were in print, but were hard to find, and didn’t receive much national press…

In the freezing temperatures of January, Odessa Police Corporal Jeremy Walsh was seen kneeling next to the homeless man and giving him a pair of boots and a bottle of water. (Yahoo News, January 21, 2014)

In February, Plano Police Chief Rushin was on his way home from a speaking engagement when he saw three young ladies walking along the shoulder of State Highway 75. Their vehicle had run out of gas. He drove the women to a gas station so they could purchase gas, and then transported them safely back to their car. (CBS/DFW February 5, 2014)

On April 19, Mesquite police officers Ryan Nielson and Autumn Soto pulled a man from a burning car moments before it was engulfed in flames. (The Independent, June 18, 2015)

Just as citizens should respect the job done by most police officers, the Texas legislators need to respect the laws of our land, and welcome same sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act as part of Texas’ future. Instead of taking the opportunity to reinforce and unite our country, Governor Abbott chose to divide us by stating Texas won’t comply with these new Supreme Court rulings.

Texas needs to join the 21st century and envision a path forward that will enhance our image, both with the citizens and the media, rather than diminish and tarnish it.

Texas, Our Texas: Will Republicans Continue to Make Things Even Worse?

June 12th, 2015

texas1There are many competitions in our society, in our country, and in our world. Children, adults, colleges, corporations, etc. are constantly striving to be ranked at the top. States even compete so they are ranked high for things like the best place to work, raise a family, and live. So why does Texas, and the Texas Republican Party, strive to be last? Following are just a few of the decisions, laws, and actions contributing to the race to the bottom in the country:

Environmentally, no other state has deregulated dams like Texas, said Lori Spragens, executive director at the National Association of Dam Safety Officials. The law “just doesn’t make any sense from a safety standpoint,” she said. Spragens was referring to the fact that Texas stopped inspecting 44% of the dams in the state, following passage last year of a state law that exempted most privately owned dams from safety requirements by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Texas gave permission for unsafe environmental measures to go unchecked (Wall Street Journal, July 9, 2014).

In education, Texas ranks last among the 50 states in the percentage of high school graduates. Rather than working to improve their status, Texas chose to cut billions from education funding and lower standards for students to graduate.

Texas is not always at the bottom. It is in first place with the highest proportion of people without health insurance, and we are also number one in releasing the most carbon dioxide and hazardous waste of any state.

Texas ranks number one again, having more gun dealers — about 8,500 — than any other state, according to statistics kept by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (USA TODAY, February 18, 2013)

Texas Republicans without a doubt are pro-life, but are they really concerned with a person’s life itself or just a person’s life before it is born? The state’s lax gun laws, which have no required state registration of firearms, no waiting period, no limits on type or number of guns, make Texas a prolific source of guns for criminals and the ire of national gun-control advocates, according to John Rosenthal, co-founder of the Newton, Mass.-based Stop Handgun Violence.

If Texas Republicans are pro-life, why was the Republican state legislature passing legislation allowing guns on college campuses, rather than helping people through the recent floods that took their homes, their businesses, and their lives?

In 2014, Texas, with the blessing of the Supreme Court, passed one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country. Texas voters were required to present one of seven forms of identification to vote. Student IDs at state-run universities were not included on the list of acceptable forms of identification but, concealed handgun licenses were. The Justice Department said more than 600,000 mostly blacks, Hispanics, the elderly and the poor, currently lack any of the eligible IDs to vote.  A federal judge compared the Texas’ tough voter ID rules to a poll tax meant to suppress minority voters and he blocked Texas from enforcing it just prior to the midterm election. (DMN, October 9, 2014)

Texas lawmakers believe they are beyond having to follow the Constitution and laws of the land. They have proclaimed that if the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry in all 50 states, they will just disregard it. Additionally, on May 11 the Senate gave tentative approval to protect pastors who want to refuse to perform a same sex marriage.

According to Planned Parenthood, abortion restrictions clearly violate Texas women’s Constitutional rights and drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion statewide. On October 3, 2014, the second round of HB2 restrictions took effect, leaving only 8 of the original 36 clinics in Texas. The only cities that still had clinics after this constricting legislation are Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Houston. (Fund Texas Choice, 10/14/14) With so few clinics now available, Texas is depriving improvised women who have to travel long distances for access to a clinic, great emotional, physical and financial hardships.

How do Republicans justify being for smaller government? How can Republicans claim they care what citizens’ want when they override local laws? Denton County citizens banned fracking in their own backyard, yet Governor Greg Abbott’s legislature banned the ban.

Governor Abbott asked the State National Guard to track Jade Helm 15 this summer, which is a scheduled military teaching program, calling the maneuvers a Conspiracy Theory of Obama to enforce a martial law takeover of Texas.

Jon Stewart, comics, and newscasters all mocked Abbott’s fiasco. Bill Maher was clear on his Real Time show. “Have you heard of Jade Helm 15?” Bill Maher asked. “It is actually a code name for a routine training exercise the U.S. military is planning to conduct in the Southwest which the tea baggers in Texas are convinced is actually an Obama plot to invade Texas, take their guns, and impose a new world order. Yes, because we hate Lubbock for its freedom.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz actually called the Pentagon just to make sure that wasn’t the case. Cruz, who is now running for president, made his announcement at Liberty University, an evangelical school founded by Jerry Falwell — disregarding the Constitutional idea of separation of church and state.

I think citizens should ask: “When is Texas going to elect competent leaders and visionaries with ideas and solutions to today’s challenges that include climate change, education, and healthcare?”


June 12th, 2015

   money5                              The three issues I want to address in this blog are:

  1. Campaign finance reform
  2. Taxes
  3. Income inequality

There is an old saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

Citizens United is a perfect example. This organization, along with our current campaign finance laws, detours our Legislators away from their constituents, their challenges, and their needs, in order to cater to big donors. The Legislators no longer use their time to legislate nor develop independent ideas. Instead they use their time to raise funds and listen to ideas from big lobbyists representing the oil and gas industry, the NRA, the food industries, and more.

While both Republican and Democrat are responsible for harboring laws that encourage this behavior, the Republican budget and platform contribute more to today’s fiscal problems: millions of kids going hungry, roads crumbling, and a failing educational system.

Billions of dollars are spent each election cycle. These same dollars could feed, educate, and change welfare recipients into taxpayers. If the country would pass a campaign reform amendment to the constitution that provided a reasonable and limited amount to each candidate, then candidates could use their “solicitation” time for actual governing.

Closing tax loopholes would be the next step. When hedge fund managers pay less in taxes than their secretaries, then the system is flawed. If everyone, including corporations, would pay their fair share in taxes, there would be adequate resources for needed government work, social drivers, safety net programs, and innovation. America could fund needed infrastructure, educational needs, and reduce income inequality. The American people must also demand that American companies keep their money in America rather than in foreign tax havens. These changes alone would provide the necessary funds to move this country forward as well as pay down the debt.

Why do Republicans believe that our tax dollars should subsidize large profitable corporations that do not need government assistance, rather than the poor? What I don’t understand is why these billionaires don’t feel a patriotic duty to support the country that has given them so much. Why don’t they see that if you help the less fortunate, everyone wins, not just a few? Why do they resent helping others achieve the American dream?

Currently, the American dream is unattainable for most.  The reason why the dream cannot be reached is explained by the refusal to vote on a minimum wage increase.  If the minimum wage was raised to $10.10 now and $15 in a few years, the economy would grow dramatically. When wages are increased and jobs are created, millions can become productive citizens.

money4Income inequality has turned America from being a democratic republic to a plutocracy. Under this system, the wealthiest of the wealthy control everything from elections to education to the work environment.  The greed of the Wall Street bankers collapsed the economy in 2008. Yet, only one mid-level manager went to prison. Now in 2015, not much has changed. Republicans believe no regulations should be imposed on the free market regardless of the looming risks.

Unfortunately, government regulations are necessary. Prior to, and since the collapse, industries have proven they are incapable of policing themselves. When Republicans talk about green energy, they aren’t talking about the environment, but rather an unregulated banking and corporate system allowed to run amuck. This system is very profitable for a few, but leaves others living paycheck to paycheck.

Currently, the Obama administration has more than five years of job growth, in spite of Republican opposition. Millions more could be put to work fixing our crumbling infrastructure, pursuing renewable energy research, and bringing manufacturing back to America from cheap labor and tax haven countries if there were more support in Congress.

For most Americans, in order for our country to once again thrive, we must get big money out of politics, tax everyone fairly, close the wage gap, and create more good paying jobs.



Scary Stupid Senators’ Stunts

June 12th, 2015

vote2Republicans seem to act first, and think second; or not at all. They fail to look at the consequences of their actions. The most recent example of this behavior occurred when Sen. Tom Cotton, and his 60 days of experience, penned a letter that was signed by 47 senators and sent to our adversarial foreign leader. Unfortunately, in addition to that debacle, there have been many other times Republicans have  demonstrated lack of thought, foresight and loyalty to our country…when they shut down the government, started a war in the Middle East, cut taxes causing a huge deficit, rejected healthcare to millions, refused to raise the minimum wage, to name a few.

Scary, stupid stunts are one thing, but undermining our democratically elected president during sensitive negotiations with Iran leaders is dangerous. Did these 47 Republican senators know that the deal involved several other countries — world powers and allies of the U.S. including China, Russia, France, UK, and Germany?

Did the 47 Republican senators who signed the letter, many of whom have now said they regret signing it, even think about what they were doing?

John McCain, when faced with unforeseen criticism, said the senators should have discussed it more instead of hurrying to get out of town before the snow storm. Does this sound like a leader?

Rand Paul told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, he did it to strengthen Obama’s hand. Do we need to explain the difference between strengthen and weaken to him?

It should be noted that seven GOP senators refused to sign the letter: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Daniel Coats (Ind.), Susan Collins (Maine), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and Bob Corker (Tenn.).

It is sad. Republicans had such a great opportunity to show leadership when they took over both Houses of Congress but, instead they are proving that they can’t…not Mitch McConnell, not John Boehner, and not 47 Republican senators.

After taking over the leadership of the Senate, Mitch McConnell focused on his new power and control. He said now that he controlled the Senate, “America will see how the Republicans can govern”. Unfortunately the examples below prove otherwise…

When the bill came to the floor to combat trafficking of girls and women, Republicans could have passed a clean bipartisan bill. Instead they added controversial abortion provisions that have delayed its passage.

John Boehner, rather than leading, invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress against the President’s Iran deal. How can “leaders” like Boehner preach democracy while, clearly ignoring our Democratic policies and practices?

Another “leader”, Paul Ryan, continues to present unacceptable budgets to the House each year. His budget ideas would gravely hurt the middle class, the elderly, the disabled, veterans, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid. His budget would strip many necessary government services and increase the deficit by giving tax cuts to the wealthiest.

The House Oversight Committee is investigating Hillary Clinton’s email methods. Both Republican Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice handled their email accounts in a similar fashion and in compliance with the law. Do we need to include them in the investigation?

Even though everyone agrees Loretta Lynch is highly qualified for the position, the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to vote on Obama’s nomination for Attorney General.  Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold that position.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz singlehandedly shut down the federal government costing taxpayers $24 billion dollars. Like his fellow Republicans, Cruz rather than “leading” stood on the Senate floor and actually read Green Eggs and Ham. And, just one day after announcing his bid for president and calling Obamacare the biggest train wreck in the country, he signs up for it for himself and his family. As he gets reasonable healthcare from the ACA, he continues to deny it to millions in his home state of Texas.

Democrats need to find their voice. In 2016 there are 198 Democratic seats in the Senate and House that will be up for election. Candidates and officials running for reelection should sing from the rooftops boasting of all the accomplishments over the last six years—the growing economy, the shrinking deficit, the millions who have healthcare, the soaring stock market, etc. But voters must also do their part and go to the polls.

What I Hate…

June 12th, 2015

menandwomen3I hate Republican congressional climate deniers who pick up snowballs in March to prove there is no such thing as climate change or global warming.

Solution: Political parties and voters should look for candidates who are smart, who can read, who have an open mind, and who listen to scientists and other experts.

I hate that Congressional leaders who make more than $170,000 a year are refusing to give hard working Americans the minimum wage raise they deserve.

Solution: Vote to increase the $7.25 an hour to at least $10.10.

I hate that income inequality is growing and Congress is pushing it forward rather than fixing it.

Solution: Make corporations and millionaires pay their fair share of taxes and increase the minimum wage.

I hate that banks and bank officials who caused our economy to collapse were never prosecuted and now are doing many of the same risky things that caused our previous problems.

Solution: Strengthen, rather than weaken, Dodd Frank and other legislation that regulate banks. Prosecute all offenders.

I hate that Republicans refuse to pass an infrastructure bill therefore, subjecting Americans to dangerous road conditions, potholes, faulty bridges, etc.

Solution: Raise the gas tax to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.  Then pass an infrastructure bill.

I hate that the Supreme Court is no longer a constitutional entity, but rather a bias body with conservative ideologues who think their view on an issue is more important than the law or what is good for the country.

Solution: Supreme Court Justices should have term limits that are not renewable so there is a chance for fresh ideas.

I hate that money is able to buy our elections and end our democratic process.

Solution: Reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

I hate that in 2014 only 36 percent of those eligible to vote did…the lowest turnout since WWII.

Solution: Exercise your right to vote. Teach your children the importance of this sacred right. Encourage your friends and neighbors to participate in our democratic process.

I hate that people died in Selma 50 years ago to have the right to vote, and today that right is being threatened again.

Solution: Get rid of voter ID laws, increase early voting days, and making voter registration easier so that every American can vote.

I hate that in 2015 racial tensions are still high, voter suppression still strong, and Republican governors are passing laws that are encouraging this rather than punishing it.

Solution: Hold the guilty liable. The DOJ needs to take legal action more aggressively and prosecute offenders.

I hate that we have “for profit prisons” that are more interested in filling beds than justice.

Solution: The government needs to take the prison system back from private companies. Then form citizen oversight committees to monitor behavior.

I hate that a few bad police are tainting the good ones who risk their lives daily to serve their community.

Solution: Media needs to show positive police stories, not just uncaring ones.

I hate that news journalists aren’t reporting only facts, but rather their opinions.

Solution: Make the news media more independent of big corporations and their interests. Save opinions for commentaries, political pundit shows, and other such programs.

I hate that some people think same-sex marriage should be unlawful.

Solution: None. Intolerant people can’t be taught or reasoned with.

I hate warmongers who send others people kids to war, but don’t want their own to go.

Solution: If we go to war again, implement the draft so that everyone is involved in the process, not just a few.

I hate that those that have government paid healthcare, such as Congress, don’t want others to have it.

Solution: Expand Medicaid and the ACA, rather than repealing it.

I hate that women’s healthcare is under attack again. Women should have the right to make their own medical decisions.

Solution: Republican men need to realize it is not their bodies or their business. Women must vote these dinosaurs out of office and replace them with 21st thinking legislators.

I hate that the oversight committee in Congress continues to waste taxpayer time and money in their phony witch hunts of Democrats.

Solution: Voters need to hold their representative accountable for doing their job and stop manufacturing faux crises. Call or write your congressperson every time you disagree with what they are doing.

I hate that many in Congress talk about creating jobs, but in actuality are blocking job creation.

Solution: Pass a jobs bill that includes more than the Keystone Pipeline or cutting taxes on millionaires.

I hate that this Congress funds things for only weeks or months, rather than long term, so we are always in an unnecessary financial crisis.

Solution: Pass adequate funding for the debt limit and other necessary actions so that the government can function as it should.

I hate that our politicians are more concerned about their reelection than doing anything for the country.

Solution: Get rid of big money and corrupt officials by everyone voting in 2016. It won’t solve the problem right away, but it would be a great start.

I hate that the NRA values profits over people and continue to push guns everywhere, including college campuses.

Solution: Pass a law that keeps lobbyists from influencing our legislators and actually writing the laws they pass. Get big money out of politics. Hold representatives accountable for their votes.

I hate that Democrats aren’t organized and don’t speak with a unified voice.

Solution: Get a stronger leader of the DNC and begin to stand up for what you believe. All Democrats who are elected to office need to support the President, their party’s platform, and their own agenda vocally and often.

I hate that now that Republicans control both Houses of Congress, they are showing that they can’t lead.

Solution: Republican leaders need to stop pandering to the right wing fringe and show some leadership.

I hate that 47 Republican senators decided to write an unprecedented, ill-conceived letter to a foreign leader to undermine the President’s negotiations with Iran.

Solution: Republicans need to start acting like responsible professionals and do their jobs instead of pulling stupid stunts like this.

I hate that John Boehner blows kisses at reporters, cries, won’t bring actions to the floor for a vote, and needs Nancy Pelosi to help get anything passed.

Solution: Boehner needs to show some leadership or relinquish his prestigious job to someone who can control the Republican caucus in a favorable way.

I hate that we are leaving such a mess to our children and grandchildren.

Solution: Congress should stop acting like children and do their jobs.

I hate that some people like Rudy Giuliani think they love America more than President Obama.

Solution: Show your love for your country by not spreading hatred and falsehoods. Don’t listen to naysayers. Listen to Obama when he speaks and you will see how much he loves and respects America.



R is for Republican and Reverse

June 12th, 2015

elephantDemocrats keep trying to drive our country forward with policies designed to help Americans in the 21st century. Unfortunately, Republicans are stuck in reverse.

Attorney Louise Raggio drafted and helped pass the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, affording married women the right to own property, secure a bank loan and start a business without their husband’s consent.  Now in 2015, many Republicans harken back to “the good ol’ days” and propose laws stripping women of the right to make appropriate healthcare decisions with their doctors and families. Abortions were once performed mainly in back alleys and by unskilled practitioners. Do we really want to revert back to those days?

Along with women’s rights, Republicans also want to reverse minority’s rights. By requiring unnecessary voter identification, gerrymandering districts, limiting early voting days, eliminating same-day registrations, and sending out false information, they are making it harder for minorities. This is in opposition to the Voters Right Act of 1965.

Thom Tillis’ believes the government shouldn’t regulate the need for restaurant employees to wash their hands, as long as institutions hang signs stating that employees are no longer required to wash their hands. How is this proposal beneficial to the American people? If his idea is supported, the risk of spreading diseases will skyrocket unnecessarily. Tillis says he wants less government control. But, if the institutions are still required to hang a sign, then the only difference are the words on the sign; and the amount of illness spread.

Schools once required that students’ immunizations are up-to-date in order to enroll each year. Rand Paul however, believes that vaccinations should not be mandatory. He supports parents having the right to choose vaccinations for their children even though it might spread diseases, like measles, that have been eliminated in the US. Why can’t we continue with the laws that protect the country’s citizens and provide waivers to some parents when warranted?

Certain Governors, like Scott Walker, are reversing our public education policies and undoing higher education for the masses. They are focusing policies and funding on the elite, want to get rid of school lunch programs and food stamps, and leave millions of kids in America hungry.

Republican’s want to reinstate Bush’s policy of “trickle-down economics” even though it increased income inequality, expanded the number of people in poverty, and gave tax breaks to billionaires. Instead of growing the economy, “trickle-down economics” sent the country into a recession.

Twelve years of war, many lives lost, and a trillion dollars later, the Republican Party wants to involve America in another war in the Middle East.

Democrats on the other hand, want to take steps forward not backward.

They want to raise the minimum wage, pass immigration reform, decrease income inequality, build better roads and bridges, provide healthcare for all, and assure equal pay for men and women.

Democrats want to learn from past role models, regardless of party affiliation, rather than revert to the past. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower constructed a world-class highway system in the fifties and put millions to work pulling the country out of a recession. The Democrats want to implement his ideas and repair and replace deteriorating roads and crumbling bridges. The infrastructure bill proposed by the Democrats would boost our economic growth, reduce citizens’ car repair bills, and employ millions of workers in fulltime, good paying jobs. Unfortunately the Republicans will not support this bill.

When you continue to take steps back you never progress. Whereas, if you take steps forward, you get where you are headed – whether it is building a bridge or passing the ACA, it is progress…and that is what makes America great.

Going in reverse only lets you see where you have been, not where you are going in the future.

Drive, ambition, and innovation are what make our society advance. Going forward keeps America a world-leader. In 2016, let’s find Democratic candidates who will move the country forward.