Saturday, February 11, 2017

Why Us Liberals Have a Problem with Trump

Want to know just a few of the reasons why "liberals" have a problem with Trump? Trump signs executive orders without reading them, except perhaps the title (that's how Bannon got a seat on the National Security Council). He turns any occasion into a speech about himself or his enemies. He nominates unqualified people for cabinet posts. Steve Mnuchin, Trump's Treasury nominee, took over a bank and went into a foreclosure frenzy using unethical practices at the height of the financial crisis. In addition to practicing robo-signing, he foreclosed on a 90-year-old homeowner over a 27-cent payment error with her insurance. Betsy DeVoss, Department of Education nominee, knows nothing about public schools. Trump claims to be smarter than anyone, yet some of his spoken sentences make no sense, and on numerous occasions he displays his ignorance. He contradicts himself constantly, sometimes within the same sentence. Some of his reactions display emotional immaturity ("No, you're the puppet."). He regularly attacks and belittles people instead of saying why they are wrong. He promises whatever he thinks people want to hear. He promised less expensive healthcare that will cover everyone, "just putting the finishing touches on it," then says maybe we'll get a replacement for the ACA in 2018 (presumably after the elections). He promises to drain the swamp, then loads his staff and nominee choices with Wall Street insiders, predators, industry insiders, and white supremacists. He insults foreign leaders and does not prepare for conversations with them. The excuse for the Australian debacle was that it was five pm and he had a long day. Isn't Trump the one who said Hillary didn't have the stamina to be president? His secret plan for getting rid of ISIS turned out to be getting 100 generals together and giving them 30 days to come up with a plan to get rid of ISIS. He signed an executive order overriding a regulation which stated that financial advisors must act in your best interest, avoid conflicts of interest when possible, and must be transparent with you about his or her compensation and fees. In other words, he gave the go-ahead for people handling your retirement account to cheat you. He obsesses about the popular vote, claiming that millions voted illegally for Hillary. In person voter fraud is rare. From 2000 to 2014 there were only 31 confirmed cases of voter impersonation fraud out of more than a billion votes cast. Voter suppression, however, is alive and well. We are told to treat the president and the office with respect, that Trump supporters had to put up with eight years of Obama with nary a complaint. How long did Trump claim that Obama was an illegitimate president? How long did the Republicans practice "Just Say No" to anything Obama wanted, even if it was in our best interests? For almost a year Obama's Supreme Court nominee never got a hearing, and McConnell vowed to block any nominee for four more years if Hillary won. And now McConnell wants a hearing on Trump's pick for SCOTUS, saying to treat him fairly like the Republicans did for Obama's nominees. You wanted facts? Those are just a few of them. Read the Republican party platform, read the Republican bills which have misleading titles, listen to what Trump and the Republicans say and do, and decide for yourselves if the Republican party is acting in your best interests and is truly the party of fiscal conservatism. Fact check the lies, such as lies about Social Security with its 2.8 Trillion Trust Fund (Treasury Bonds) and separate revenue stream and separate accounting (by law), with claims that it is broke and is the biggest federal expense.

Are you really against minimum wage laws? When people don't make a living wage, they need government assistance. When taxpayers have to fork out money to help a business's workers, that is corporate welfare. Look it up and get educated. Or call us snowflakes and stay ignorant. Your choice.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Conservative Wants Examined

So, a list of all you want as a citizen of the USA? All of these supposed conservative concerns? Let's examine that list, shall we?

Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Not a Republican ideal. Not even for SCOTUS appointments or First Amendment rights. Especially not for religious freedom (or is it only for their religion?). And only for a revised (truncated) Second Amendment.

"English Only" as interpreted by conservatives means don't help any students who don't speak good English even if they are citizens.

Mandatory Drug Screening? Studies have shown it is not a problem except in the minds of Republicans. Maybe we should have drug screening for congressmen since they are also on the public dime.

Balanced budget? Don't look to Republicans for that; they are the ones who keep lowering taxes and won't close loopholes, and who put the Iraq war straight onto the national debt (so it wouldn't show up on yearly deficits and so they could lower taxes on the rich at the same time). Maybe you could tell me why working money is taxed at 20% while working people are taxed at a higher rate? They are also the ones who want to drown the Federal government in a bathtub and who don't want to fund anything (except defense).

Tax reform? What a laugh! Not under radical conservatives.

Term Limits? Ain't gonna happen. Congress and Senators? Congress includes the Senate. Maybe you meant the House and the Senate?

And if you want to stop illegal immigration then how about supporting green cards (work visas) for Mexican laborers so they can cross back into Mexico and not have to work under the table?

And freebies for non-citizens? If you think non-citizens are getting all sorts of freebies then you have been listening to Faux News and Rush Limbaugh.

If you think Republicans care about workers and families and morals and rights then you are living a fact-free existence, and you have been conned bigly.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Perception and Reality: A Political View

Women's rights vs. no abortions.
Marriage equality vs. discrimination.
Making the rich pay their fair share vs. low to no taxes on the wealthy and on big corporations.
Gun regulations vs. the wild west.
Makes a difference how you word it, doesn't it?
Also, not just racism, but basically claiming that Obama is a Muslim and not born in America, and thus not a legitimate president.

When people say Trump is not their president, it means that he does not represent them. To say otherwise is to deliberately misunderstand them and to belittle their valid concerns.

Republicans are not fiscal conservatives. If you think that, you're in the wrong party. So if you really are a social liberal, and think that returning to child labor, poorhouses for the disabled and aged, no compensation for injured workers, minimal care for veterans, no minimum wage, no health care,  no financial regulations, no pollution controls, and no product safety standards are not okay, then think twice about which party better represents your interests.  Republicans waving the flag and shouting "Freedom!" (freedom for business, not people) does not make them the party of righteousness. True patriotism is fighting for soldiers' and veterans' rights and working to take care of children, the elderly, the disabled, the disadvantaged and the working poor. True patriotism is working for better conditions for everyone, and working for clean air and water and soil and for a planet that will be livable for generations to come. True patriotism comes not just from saying you love America, but from actions that show you really do love your country.