Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands

I was about to finish this when the Las Vegas massacre occurred so, I shifted gears to the most recent.  This did not diminish my feelings for fellow Americans living on the Islands who still need our thoughts, prayers, and assistance any we can accommodate.

They had prior warning on Hurricane Maria, and its’ strength.

The Feds rushed the ‘greatest recovery effort’ ever to be seen in the United States according to the big, number 1 leader in the White House.

The reaction was not quite as good as Donald Trump thinks it might be as his ego is given a push off the deep end when he heard differently.  

The most important person, place or, thing was Donald Trump.  You needn’t ask him if it’s true because he doesn’t honestly know.  He is a narcissist, and he’s not capable of going further with it. 

With that, Trump accuses the Mayor of San Juan as a playing piece for the Democrats who got to her.  This was politics, and Trump was leading the greatest rescue mission in our history.  To be accused of anything less was a message that the people on the islands had no idea what they were talking about.

But wait!  There is more.  Many of the people on the Islands have a darker skin pigment than Donald Trump.  He must have asked somebody if they were exempt from American citizenship?  By the time he received the answer, his arm was twisted.

Trump had to look the part but, give another wink to his base.

An early request was put out to waive the Jones Act to facilitate faster delivery of supplies regardless where the ship was registered..  That took some time as well.  Longer than it took in Texas or, Florida, anyway.

The Mayor of San Juan was seen on the news pleading for help, explaining that assistance was coming slow due to the lack of organization, and lots of paper work.  Some people are there wanting, and willing to help but somewhat helpless, following protocol for paper work before all else.

They are desperate for survival on the islands, and it seems that even with warning several days before it hit the Islands too few feds were there for immediate assistance.

Trump being Trump with a shot to the ego went on the attack of San Juan’s Mayor  Carmen Yulín Cruz.

As his job would dictate, Trump’s Treasury Secretary was right there on the situation citing the grand job accomplished in Puerto Rico.  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was publicly echoing his boss.  Kiss, kiss.

….And when a reluctant appearing Trump did show up, he literally threw rolls of paper towels at a gathering of citizens in need of much more than a paper towel. 

He was trying to appear as the great rescuer, and chief .  These were not first graders looking for needless treats.   It was not Sea World where the trainer throws treats to performing seals.  

“Believe me,” as Trump often says,  Trump acted on the lowest side of condescending that only he could find.  Donald is a sick man. 

 

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Las Vegas

Before anything else, thoughts to victims, with the same thoughts, and condolences to family, and friends in the aftermath of domestic terrorism.

This is another sad event in American history.

The sadness will continue long after the news stories fade.

The second amendment enacted in 1791 to the Constitution rules over the freedom of gun posession in the United States, and the same amendment also reasons the possible needs for the same weaponry. 

It does not take in to consideration modern day firearms as no provisions were added in the name of technological advancement of firearms.

The intent to carry and/or own firearms had a specificity.

Why does the madness continue?  Simply because, it can.  Simply because there are enough representatives representing whomever has the deepest pockets for a political campaign.

Bill O’Reilly has it figured out, and it’s simple!  A few children at Sandy Hook, a few older lives in Las Vegas, and more later, “It’s the price we pay for freedom.”  Whose freedom, exactly?

If it’s the price Bill O’Reilly is willing to pay for his freedom that would be one thing but,  there are currently thousands of families not so willing as the living victims.  It becomes a little easier for O’Reilly to say until he becomes one of the living victims.

The victims probably feel more like their Lives, and Liberties, were stolen from them as well as, The Pursuit of Happiness in the name of, ‘freedom.’

I grieve for each of them, and all of us collectively.

Florida

This is without question another sad situation with Hurricane Irma on the attack.

It is a little more personal for me as I have a friend in Florida, and have not had contact for awhile.

The video is revealed up to the minute on tv but, it is hard to watch as nature wreaks havoc upon many of nature’s children.  

It is the helpless feeling you get when watching as the Keys are the first recipients of this murderous storm.  All of this from the safety of my own home far removed from Florida with the recent memory of Texas as they continue to recover from Harvey.

Why can’t I get to help some of these people?  

They are millions of people just like us. They’re adults, some with children, and beloved pets.  

Their entire lives are totally interrupted in the wake of these storms.  

Some will have to start all over, from the beginning.  They’ll have nothing but, hopefully at least, they’ll have each other.  That somehow sounds somewhat poetic but, forget poetic, and try to imagine maybe having your family but, with nowhere to go.

Nowhere to call home.  That isn’t poetic, that’s anchored in reality.  Short of loss of life, that is the potential reality for many families.

This is another situation that, at minimum allows you to help in some small way with a donation to the American Red Cross.

Texas

The narcissistic President of the United States doesn’t get the headlines from ‘real news outlets’, and it gnaws at his insides.

Texas comes before Trump no matter what is going on but, you can be sure he is far from the heart, and spirit of Texans in distress.  

He probably doesn’t understand people helping people regardless of whether or not their backgrounds appeal to the Trump palette.

Trump is a passing headline; Texas is not.  Texans do not have the heart to look in to backgrounds during this crisis.  What they do know is, ‘we are people, and we will help other people in a crisis.’

Trump’s arrival in Texas was another one of Trump’s cancerous ‘hey look at how many people turned out to see me!’ campaign stops.  It was a congratulatory stop as he did tell the Texas governor that they could congratulate each other in the near future.

It was all about how well Trump would be handling the Texas crisis.  ‘Better than any other similar crisis has ever been handled in U.S. history.’  This would be epic.

He did lead a pep rally attesting to the strength of Texans.  

He wore a “USA” hat that is for sale on the Trump web site.  As far as the President was concerned, Texas was a photo-op for him, and his wife.  While we’re at it, why not a little business with pleasure? 

Texans are people, and at times like this, still need a ‘presidential President’ surpassing a pep rally.

Did the President reassure the nation of anything?  Did the President show any empathy?  Did he get wet?  Did he meet with any evacuees?  Did he show up at any shelters?  What about Police Officer, Sgt. Steven Perez who  insisted on getting to work to help those in need but, drowned en route?  Nothing from this fake President.

Nothing, until it’s too late, and the educated Trump tries to read from a teleprompter.

What the heck was he doing there except to admire the ‘big’ crowd showing up to see him, and looking for some admiration without doing anything for anybody in Texas.

Again, he was not Presidential but, what else is new?  If nothing else, Donald Trump was in the way.  Get the hell out of Texas!

Trump plans to return to Texas, and will appear to be Presidential because someone like John Kelly will inform him of his miscues.  

You’ll still see the same, ‘I don’t really care because I honestly do not know how to care. ‘  The President acting like a ‘fake President for ‘real’ News which will find the President, a day late, and too many dollars short.

There is no lawless sheriff checking identification.  Only people rescuing their neighbors.

Just like the first, and subsequent responders, I don’t care if you’re Black, White, Asian, Latino, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist or anything else because nobody’s asking questions.  They’re just doing what good people do for others in  this kind of situation.  This is what explains American Community to people like the President.

The President has no idea how to identify with an empathetic community.  It is hard to understand but, narcissism is an illness.  This is the illness that seems to plague the President.

The  responsible real public press is doing their very best at keeping us  up to date with the moment to moment coverage of the ‘real news.’

On to Missouri, the President made another campaign stop with Texas as just a memory, Trump made no mention of Texas continuing in a suffering mode. Not an ounce of empathy for these people because it just isn’t there.

Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm moving off land but, trailed right back to land mass over Texas, and Louisiana dropping more rain. 

We must let these people know that we care.  This whole country is concerned for those enduring through this event, and so very sorry for their losses.  

This is even harder to write as I continue watching the live video unveiled on TV as the crisis is far from over.

Trump continues to treat this crisis as if it was merely a reality tv show ‘series’ no different from the one he used to host.

I’ve done my very small part to the best of my ability with a contribution to the American Red Cross.

Another read on Harvey.

Pardon Me

It is time to do some work on some clarification of Presidential Pardons.  

I’m convinced the work needs to be done immediately if not sooner.  Time for mass restrictions on the Presidential pardons.

As we may about to be uncovering one of the greatest crimes at the top level in the nation’s history, we are about to see gross misuse of the President’s ability to pardon some or, all involved pardoned from their crimes just because, they can be pardoned by, the President. 

Are we or, are we not a nation of laws?  We are suppose to be a nation of laws where we often proclaim, “No one is above the law.”

Why is it then, that our President is allowed to operate above the law by, allowing others to operate on the wrong side of the law, and sometimes profit absurd amounts of money at the expense of someone else who might be less fortunate?

Due to their prominence or status in society, they simply get pardoned with no consequences to suffer for their wrong doing.  It may have nothing to do with prominence or, status.  Maybe it is simply a personal friend or, acquaintance of the President.

If I don’t fit as one of those puzzle pieces, and committed the same crime,  I will have to suffer all the consequences.

I’m not wealthy but, could not conceive of committing any crime nor, could I put anybody else in jeopardy for financial gain.  It would be an insult to my parents, and especially my Father.

If I am to be wealthy, it will not be a stipend from my parents as they both died many years ago.

I recognize the many financial mistakes I’ve made but, as of right now, they are gone.  They don’t matter any more.   

I’m left to do it on my own.  I’ve tried a million times, a million ways.  There are times I could have done better with better choices.  

By choice, I made it to here, and as a senior citizen I’m grateful because I still have time to try.

Now, I’ll have lots of room to enjoy my success.  Without a stipend, and inside the law.

 

 

Why Trump Continues To Fail

Why is it, the President of the United States continues to fail?

Donald Trump knows nothing about, the art of the deal.

In a true Trump dictatorship, I would be beheaded for such a characterization of the Lord.  I would have taken the Lord’s name in vain.  Lord Trump.  A false Lord but, by the time it is recognized as true by the majority of the populace, it’s too late.

Give me your tired, poor, and huddled masses has no meaning to these backward Christians.  They call it Christianity but, that’s a misnomer as the only belief allowed on this land is, Lord Trump’s gospel of greed.

A man who received a major stipend from his fortunate father.  Without that stipend there would be no Lord Trump.  The stipend was so large, Donald Trump had no choice but, to remain a rich man.  

It was not really known whether Trump blew the stipend, amassed a great deal of debt, and was possibly living a facade on borrowed money.  Perhaps, at least in this case, there is no ‘art of the deal.’

He had much of what money could buy but, had an ego that demanded much more…

Trump made it to President of the United States.  He couldn’t stop nor, did he consider he could fail.  Before his term as President ended he canceled the election as his ego could not accept even the possibility of a loss.

Instead; He became Lord Trump but, many refused to have a false Lord before them.  It was clear, the Lordship of Trump had no control over the Universe built, and created by something greater than Trump himself.

The true Lord of the Universe prevailed, and Donald Trump found himself at a loss, subservient to something greater, better, and mightier than Donald Trump who folded like a bad poker hand.

The Universe would always have the upper hand.

Health Care Fix

Single payer.  I can see all the Conservatives with the tips of their ears turning red.

I hear all of you.  Free Market!  I get that but, let me put the case in front of you.

Free Market has to have willing participants, and in some cases not everybody wants to participate.

Key lobbyists include health insurance companies.  They can well afford to lobby our legislators with deep pockets.  They can also easily extend multi-million dollar salaries to their CEOs.  All of that before the business of insuring. 

The Free Market does not have willing participants.  Health insurance is an extremely profitable venture for these companies whether it is referred to as, Obama Care or, Trump Care.

In the Health Insurance free market these companies are allowed to increase their premiums, raise deductibles, and reduce coverage.

The health insurance for Americans  is now in crisis.  It is not being helped by merely repealing Obama Care, and later possibly the same repeal of Trump Care.  Neither work because, each political party will make a political football out of both of them.

Why else?  The companies profit with both plans.  They’re not caring too much as to what name is given to free market health insurance.

The health insurance industry will continue with business as usual.  They will continue their lobbying efforts in Washington.  That being the case, the public can expect few to no changes in the free market.

The best of free markets means there are willing participants, each willing to give, and get.  The companies are poised for the usual ‘get’ without giving or, appear to ‘give’ but, not really.

So, the only other answer to benefit the American people is, a very strict single payer plan.

Everybody on to a vastly improved Medicare.  Everyone would pay a basic monthly premium based on income, and/or assets.

A further caveat would be added based on total payroll deductions paid in to the fund.  The question then becomes, approximately how much will it take to run the program over the following year?  

Anticipated total payroll income, plus anticipated premiums, minus anticipated claims would determine anticipated funding necessary from Congress.  That anticipated amount would determine new premiums with review every six months.

All of those caveats would determine each person’s monthly premium.

Rather than researching seniors former payroll deductions over decades they, would just have to pay the premium taking all other caveats in to consideration.

The vast improvement makes it law that no political entity may deny funding to the plan.  Funding is untouchable, and a given.  We’re already paying for it, and the funds may not be borrowed by Congress.

Funding for the program would not be open for discussion but, rather it would take in the mathematical caveats including allowing relative function within the current economy for the insured.

While we’re at it, a no borrow clause should be extended to Social Security.

The new, and improved Medicare is governed by, Scientists, Doctors, Nurses, Public Health Advocacies, Hospital Management personnel, etc. with no interaction with any political entity.

How would this board of governors be appointed?  This is the point where I’m still trying to work that out.  How do we keep this out of the hands of legislators who will be compelled to fund it but, have no say so on how it is run?

Addendum:  Free Market – Single Payer:  All Health Insurance Companies would be required to participate or, no longer sell health insurance in the United States.

The premiums would be dictated by, the caveats above as private companies could not be trusted to enable all Americans affordable health care if left to a completely free market.