MEDICARE AT RISK AS IS ACA


With our very first paycheck we have medicare and SS taken out thus making these two programs one that we pay into and not an entitlement that the government can just take away or privatize.  Yet the president elect has appointed Price to the position that would have the ability to destroy our healthcare options including Medicare.

I wonder if all those elderly people who voted for trump actually realized what they were doing. Yet it appears that the trump cult followers still are in awe of the ‘idol’ they helped elect. Do you think that awe will still be there when they see the actions of a republican held congress (actually the house has been held since 2010 and the senate since 2014} with a republican president who is creating a cabinet of the most rabid right wing people?

Ryan has for years wanted to privatize medicare – we would still pay for it but get much inferior care and cost way more. Good for the richest but not so good for the majority of us. Of course now they say that they will just eliminate the ACA and possibly replace it down the line. So now along with making medicaid a block grant to the states and repealing without replacing the ACA, they now want to eliminate medicare as we now know it.

Elections have consequences and its sad that those who voted for trump and those who refused to even vote are now going to be rather surprised at what they voted or didn’t vote for to happen.

Of course actually the people chose Clinton with a 2.5 million votes more than Trump-our antiquated electoral college was won by trump- but that’s a subject for another blog.

Peace and stay involved please

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE


1863

It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving (United States) – Wikipedia
It’s always nice to know the history of a holiday weekend celebrate. I have always enjoyed a day set aside to meet with family and friends to enjoy good food and celebrate the blessings we have to be grateful for.This year my youngest daughter and 4 of the kids (the oldest turned 18 in October so decided to not go) loaded up the van and took off to my oldest daughter a 4 and half hour drive up north. Not too bad of traffic which was awesome.So today we made a dinner together- watched a movie and let my daughters go out for a much needed break while I and the grandkids ranging in age from 18 months to 15 watched star wars. Can’t think of a better way to spend the day.Peace 

NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR REFUSES TO BELIEVE HE LOSTrory


I am sure that governor McCrory thought his voter purges and gerrymandering of the districts would ensure he won the race for governor. It didn’t and he lost but as of this posting he is now contesting the result and his republican held state is bending over backwards to assist him in keeping his seat.

What do we as citizens do when our vote doesn’t count and its plain to see that those in charge will refuse to listen to us? Look at our presidential race where the clear winner at 2 million votes and still counting of the popular vote was Hillary Clinton and yet Trump won the electoral college  vote. Again’ we the peoples voice’ has been silenced.

If this was another country then we would all be upset and our government trying to force them to have fair and open voting as that is how a real democracy is supposed to go. Yes, I know we are a republic but its a democratic republic with the peoples voice to be the true government you know – we the people come together –

I wish I had some intelligent answer on how to fix this, but I don’t. Never did I think our country could sink so low and now that it has- how do we correct this? Hopefully someone smarter than me will have the answer. Until that happens are we looking at the demise of our democracy?

FAIRNESS DOCTRINE


We used to have something called the fairness doctrine –

The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced.

Fairness Doctrine – Wikipedia

It was abolished under Reagan
Under the Reagan administration, the FCC killed the Fairness Doctrine (in 1987), doing away with a policy — put in place in 1949 — that required broadcasters to cover controversial issues of public importance and offer contrasting viewpoints on those issue
The equal time, or more accurately, the equal opportunity provision of the Communications Act requires radio and television stations and cable systems which originate their own programming to treat legally qualified political candidates equally when it comes to selling or giving away air time.
The law against using propaganda on american citizens was eliminated in 2013.  And then the supreme court ruled it legal for politicians to lie-
, “The truth or falsity of political speech should be judged by voters, not government bureaucrats” became the law concerning if you can sue a politician for lying during a campaign…..in other words, the courts are not going to make a decision of rather or not a politician lied during a campaign. If you think the politician is lying to you, then don’t vote for him or her
Then there is the court case in Florida where the courts ruled that it was legal for fox news to fire two reporters who refused to lieIn February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting … FOX appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003the Florida Second District Court of …
 now we have Facebook and google saying that they will try to curtail fake news sites-
This is the reason why we do not have actual news in our country and also 95% of our media is owned by only 6 mega media corporate giants and that means all media and not just news.
Perhaps we need to ask why we accept this? Peace everyone-

YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID


Anyone who knows history and is aware of worldwide events and governments is afraid. We don’t live in a vacuum and what happens here effects the world and what happens elsewhere effects us.

This rise of dictators and fascist right wing movements coupled with the election of trump and a very right wing extreme Republican congress spells disaster.

It’s easy to see why this happens as anytime the inequality of wealth reaches the extremes we see now here and worldwide leaves many people easily led and swayed by men like trump. It’s an old story that just keeps repeating. For example the French Revolution and then about 80 years later the stock market crash and depression led to the rise of Hitler and fascism leading to worldwide war. The cycle goes back over and over about every 80 years. 

This time it appears that our country will be the one to start a fascist government and unless we stand up against it then yes we could see a repeat of a hitler style rise, Do I think it’s trump who will be a hitler repeat – not sure about that- he has slipped many times and said his’reign’ but I think instead he will lead us into a depression and possible civil war leading to world War. 

Well it’s time for bed and hoping I am very wrong. Peace and never forget that the greatest evil of all is done by good people who stand by and do nothing to stop evil

THE PRESIDENT IN REALITY STAR WORLD


So far this week we have seem Trump backtrack on some of the rhetoric used to con his followers but I find it quite interesting that he also did this:

Trump and his family don’t really want to move into the white house but rather as trump said, he would be like one of the members of congress where he goes home on the weekends because he really needs the comfort of his own home and of course he would want to be able to go to stay at either of his east coast golf resorts so he can ‘unwind’

He will not accept a salary and yet why should he as two of the children tasked with running the family business, will work for him?

He promised drain the swamp he just forgot to mention that he would pick even worse swamp creatures it will be a constant soap opera theater.

He plans to continue his ‘rallies’ as he loves the passion of his followers.

So there you have it- president reality star is going to bring you the best ever reality show- the biggest and everyone will love it.