(Info from PBS News Hour) Compared to people in most developed nations, including Canada, Americans have for years paid far more for health care while staying sicker and dying sooner!


“To Canadians, the notion that access to health care should be based on need, not ability to pay, is a defining national value.” Americans simply don’t live with that confidence. Losing a job is bad enough, but imagine that you’re going to have to lose everything you’ve got to qualify for Medicaid. Sell your house. Sell your car and basically be on the bones of your ass before you get any medical coverage! That is our way of dealing with healthcare! In 2019, health expenses drove more Americans into bankruptcy than any other reason, according to the American Journal of Public Health. That same year, health care consumed 17 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, a greater share than in any other developed country, including Canada!


So here is my take. We need universal healthcare, but we need to design it better than Canada who has long wait periods for elective or none emergency operations. They (Canada) do not cover dental, for example, or drugs that have not been prescribed by a hospital. They are way cheaper even when you do have to pay, however. But Switzerland, for example, has a system where you pay, but if you cannot afford to pay the govt pays your premiums. No one goes uncovered. So what we have in the U.S. sucks, it is more expensive, it will bankrupt you before it will even give you minimal coverage, and you die younger, and are sick more than any other industrialized nation.

So I do not know exactly where Biden is going to be, but it has to be better than Trump’s plan which is to get rid of what we do have with no plan to replace it, at all! And he also wants to permanently get rid of payroll taxes for medicare and social security which will bankrupt SS in three years with no ability to pay us any dollars at all. So consider this when you vote, a vote for Trump means you die sooner, stay sick longer, and if you are like me and depend on my Social Security, I will starve, lose my home, my car, and be on the street in Trumps America! And so will you, please look at Trump’s policies, at what he does versus what he says while campaigning! They are never the same, and you and I both suffer, no matter whether we are left or right-leaning! Thank you!

I am a Marine vet, two tours in Nam. First, not a combat Marine, I never left the safety of the airbase in Da Nang! A location affectionately known as Rocket City because of the almost daily rocket rainfall! I got an excellent demonstration within the first half hour I was in country. But no jungle safaris while I was there!

I was a Sgt, which some say is why I am a little lax in my patience quotient. A Sgt in the Marine Corps has a God complex. This is more prevalent in the Corps than in the other services. We are the poor stepchild of the Navy, so money and promotions are a hard target! So a Sgt in the Corps is more rare than in any other service! With more responsibility in most cases and you are basically the last word! Not far enough up the chain to have to deal with a lot of red tape, but with enough power that no one was going to give you any guff unless they outranked you, and Sgts run the Corps. Ask any of us. If it ain’t so, you will find that we thought it was. Every last one of us!

So previous to that, I lived in a small logging and ranching community in Idaho. Well lots of places in Idaho, but from the summer before the 8th to my first year of college, Council was my home. We will not go into the complex and often unbelievable circumstance before that. Still, Council saved my life, gave me purpose, and made me realize my worth.
I went from almost no schooling before I was 13, to an (A) average student! I was on the student council, editor of the school paper junior and senior years, captain of an undefeated football team, a starter on the basketball team, and the primary pitcher for the baseball team, both also doing very well. I might have had a swellhead! But what I am trying to say, Council and the wonderful people populating that town were responsible for my good luck. I had no parents; I lived for a while with a school teacher who snagged me from the hell I was living!. When they moved, I lived with the town’s only Doctor and a state assemblyman and his family, whose elder son was my best friend. So, as I said, I owe a lot to people not even related to me for giving me a leg up!

So, back to me being an arse! I love the people of Council; regardless of their beliefs or political aspirations, all of them will give you the shirt off their back if you are an honest resident of their town and in need! But there are some extremes, politically, that is. I am aware that I am at one of those extremes. I am what you would call a liberal who was raised in a primarily conservative stronghold. I never minded, never really paid it much attention until Trump went political!

Now long before Trump became our President, I had a decent hate for the man. I had followed him most of my life, learning of his ominous business dealings and rampant racism! Trump and his father were even sued in federal court by the Justice Dept, Donald twice for this very thing! I noted his attitudes toward women, cheating one wife with the next one in line, and then with porn stars, while the now First Lady was pregnant with their son! I noted how often Trump had been accused of sexual assault, even rape of an underage girl, and how his money and influence made it all go away. But what set me off, what turned me into the arse that I am, was when people I loved excused or even denied this activity! Calling him beloved and chosen by God, that I just went nuts! I could not believe my eyes, my ears, or understand how this could possibly be!

So I started a blog, became a pest on Facebook and, to some extent on Twitter! I started doing my own research to make sure I was not mistaken in my beliefs. I found that I had not even scratched the surface of this man’s evil. He was kicked out of private school for bullying and beating younger students. He was sent to a military school that was not known for academic excellence but for obedience training of wayward teens! He could not get into a good college on his own merit but paid someone to take his SATs. Even then, his grades were not enough to enter into his college of choice; Wharton refused his original application! He had to use family influence to get in. He has since threatened all institutions of learning he attended if they released his grades. You know, being a genius and all!

Since he started his political career, he has lied at least 20,000 times. Currently, he averages 50 a day as his mental stability is suffering under his loss to Biden! But his supporters seem not to notice or do not care! Yes, those figures come from multiple sources, but look at the magnitude. Even if you were to disregard a large portion, you still have the most egregious liar in public office in history!

After the election he gave up even trying to appear concerned about a virus that is raging out of control. We are the number one infected nation on the planet, but from Trump, crickets! Even before the election, it had been months since he attended the weekly updates and discussions on how to deal with it!

Yes, even now he is firing anyone who disagrees with him! Anyone who dares tell the truth about healthcare, or who denies the lies about the election, anyone in the Pentagon that he could fire, he did! Because they did not want to send regular troops into citizen populations! That is, for example, why Mark Esper is gone! He is suing states to try and overturn Biden’s win. The courts all down the line are denying him, and Trump is getting more and more desperate in his lies and accusations! If you are honest, even giving the man the benefit of the doubt because, yes, there are partisan politics always in play, he is not honest, is morally corrupt, and is the prevaricator in chief!

Again, pain in the arse that I am, I ask you to do some honest fact-checking. Now fact-checking means you have to look at actual court cases, existing instances of circumstance you can witness for yourselves about this man’s behavior. Then you have to take into account the vast amounts of evidence provided by dozens of women and former contractors. Yes, his former lawyers, so-called insiders, his family, all laying out a scenario of a vicious bully with an evil character! Even Fox admits in court; they are not a news organization but an entertainment company. According to their lawyers, everyone knows they do not represent facts, so they should not be held liable. So that also means you cannot use them as a fact-checking source, now, can you!

The reason I am pestering you again. Because all these innuendoes and lies have split our country into two camps, those that think Biden won, and those who think it was some nationally co-ordinated conspiracy to steal an election. This will split our country for years. We need to examine how we got here and who is responsible. I mean, when the far right militia is standing by for Trumps order to go to war on innocent civilians, it is time to rethink our stratagems!

Trump Never Cared

Posted: November 15, 2020 in News and politics

The COVID 19 virus is at an all-time high and running rampant, and Trump does not care to comment or take any action to help the population! Since he lost the election, he has taken only one step, to the cemetery on Veterans day that was not to a golf course! Trump does not have any interest now except his lawsuits to stay in power; you can all die for all Trump cares, or ever did care for that matter! Trump only says whatever he thinks will add to his power and play to his followers. He disdains even them, probably even more so that people who stand up to him! See the link here for a map of COVID 19. Notice on the left panel, the USA has the most cases of any country on the planet! And if you tell me it’s Obama’s fault, you are an imbecile! https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

He got rid of any yes people that he had the power to remove in the Pentagon because his last two appointments as Secretary of Defense told him the truth, not what they knew he wanted to hear, so he got rid of them. He wants to get all troops out of Afghanistan, even though the region is still not stable and will revert to the Taliban almost immediately. Even now, the Taliban is emboldened and acting accordingly. All of the security updates coming to him, which he refuses to read or believe, have told him it is not time yet! But he does not think in terms of security, only what he thinks will make him look good to his supporters. He also did not like that Esper did not support his wanting to send regular troops into cities he despised! I would worry about how he intends to try and use the military in the coming days!

The fact that he will not acknowledge the election results and will not allow Biden to set up transition offices or get security briefings is telling! Trump is still, even though his own Homeland Security has said this was the most secure election in our history, refusing to admit defeat! He is not acting rationally. Trump has always lied to get what he wants and gotten away with it, but now his lies and attitude are downright unstable by anyone with any common sense! Yes, I have always had hate in my heart for the man, long before he became President, but the preponderance of the evidence of who he is is blatant and getting more and more insane in the last few weeks! I think that Republicans have to stop covering for him! They were afraid of his wrath if they did not kiss the ring, but he is gone; for intents and purposes, they need to get up off their knees!

The BSC Syndrome

Posted: September 5, 2020 in News and politics

Trump has baselessly alleged that his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, is taking some sort of “enhancement” drug, and claimed that Biden is the pawn of shadowy “dark forces.” He claims these forces are under investigation, and that planeloads of these dark forces have been observed in black uniforms! When asked the who, why, and where questions, he put the question off by saying it was under investigation and he would tell us more later. How often have you heard him say that to cover up some smelly pile of bullshite?

He has suggested there will be a “Rigged Election”; urged supporters in North Carolina to commit election fraud, by voting twice; and likened protesters demanding racial justice to “Domestic Terrorists.” He also would not say whether or not he would accept a losing vote count come November!

Trump’s Administration, meanwhile, is withholding briefings on election interference by Russia and other foreign powers from congressional intelligence committees! That should make you at least suspicious of why he would do that!

He keeps talking about his wonderful wall that is being built. Actually the project evolved into the replacement of smaller, older barriers with steel bollard fencing. (Only three miles of the barrier is on land that previously did not have a barrier.) One of the large contracts approved by Trump to one of his supporters fell down not long after it was erected! The project has diverted billions in military and counternarcotic funding to become one of the largest infrastructure projects in U.S. history, seizing private land, cutting off wildlife corridors and disrupting Native American cultural sites!

He has accrued over 20,000 lies according to several fact checking entities and universities! Even if you want to deny that all of these are true, and even if you cut it in half, this is evidence of BSC Syndrome! (Bat Shit Crazy)

Even without his rallies, where his lies were abundant, the nearer the election the crazier and more frequent the lies get. He averages 40 lies a day, 40! This is not normal, if you think it is, you should get a mental health checkup. Seriously, because BSC Syndrome appears to be highly infectious!

And if he is a very stable genius, why has he hidden his grades, actually threatened to sue anyone who released them. I don’t care what political leanings you have, you and I both know why! Same goes for his taxes, which during the election he said he would release, but has gone to court multiple times to keep us from seeing them. Same thing applies; there is only one reason to keep secrets, to hide something!

One last thing, he has temporarily done away with paycheck contributions for Medicare and Social Security and has said publicly that if reelected he will make that permanent. That will bankrupt Social Security in three years with no payments to be made at all to people like you me who depend on it to live! You will have no insurance, but you will not care as you will be starving to death and living on the streets, hoping to die!  Do you not see that!

In 2018, journalist Jonathan Greenberg released audio recordings from 1984 in which Trump, posing as his own spokesman John Barron, made false assertions of his wealth to secure a higher ranking on the Forbes 400 list of wealthy Americans, including claiming he owned over 90 percent of his family’s business. He would often call news outlets and other sources calling himself John Barron to praise himself and spread disinformation about how great he was. Does this sound like a sane man to you?

A former budget director and deputy mayor of New York City during the 1980s, and a former publisher of Crain’s New York Business, said “I wouldn’t believe Donald Trump if his tongue were notarized.”

In 1997, Ben Berzin Jr., who had been tasked with recovering at least some of the $100 million his bank had lent Trump, said “During the time that I dealt with Mr. Trump, I was continually surprised by his mastery of situational ethics. He does not seem to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction.” It is important to note here about the money owed, this was not a one-time occurrence with Trump, and why American banks no longer are willing to loan him money or deal with him financially. It is why we need a look at his finances so we can see just who our President owes money to and may be influenced because of it!

Trump said “I have a view—a view in my apartment that was specifically aimed at the World Trade Center.” He added “and I watched those people jump and I watched the second plane hit … I saw the second plane hit the building and I said, ‘Wow that’s unbelievable.” At the time, Trump lived in Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, more than four miles away from where the World Trade Center towers once stood. I cannot imagine anyone not thinking how immoral this man is to make such statements, not the only lies he told about that day either!

The situation is getting worse, as described by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ashley Parker: “President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren’t true.” As a matter one fact check entity created a new category of falsehoods in December 2018, the “Bottomless Pinocchio”, for falsehoods repeated at least twenty times (so often “that there can be no question the politician is aware his or her facts are wrong”). Trump was the only politician who met the standard of the category, with 14 statements that immediately qualified!

As fact-checker Glenn Kessler noted in August, whereas Clinton lies as much as the average politician, President Donald Trump’s lying is “off the charts.” No prominent politician in memory bests Trump for spouting spectacular, egregious, easily disproved lies. The birther claim. The vote fraud claim. The attendance at the inauguration claim. And on and on and on. Every fact-checker—Kessler, Factcheck.org, Snopes.com, PolitiFact—finds a level of prevarication (lying) unequaled by any politician ever scrutinized. For instance, 70 percent of his campaign statements checked by PolitiFact were mostly false, totally false, or “pants on fire” false!

I could go on and on, his life is chock full of lies, immorality, and actual theft! I know I have already reached the limit of endurance here, so I will ask the question and leave it at that.

DO YOU GET IT NOW?

 

 

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From a comment made in the New Yorker by David Remnick April 12, 2020

From the start, the Trump administration has waged war on science and expertise, making a great nation peculiarly vulnerable to the foreseeable public-health calamity of the coronavirus.

The fact that the United States is experiencing tremendous losses—that it has far more COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world—relates to a number of collective risk factors and preëxisting conditions. The most notable one is to be found in the Oval Office!

Kayleigh McEnany, a loud promoter of birtherism and of Trump talking points during the 2016 campaign, cheerfully told the Fox Business audience, “We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, and isn’t that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful Presidency of President Obama?” Now McEnany is the President’s press secretary.

Instead of dealing with COVID-19 using all the scientists at his disposal, he points to his brain housing group and says that is all he needs to make decisions. He uses the press conference as a place to make political statements to bolster his bid for re-election! Trump has made it clear that he does not approve of efforts to make voting easier in November. Why should he? He takes a dim view of early voting, voting by mail, and same-day registration. Such reforms, he complains, would produce “levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

I (John Love) think we should all read that last statement again! I still cannot believe that Trump could be so ignorant of what the words he uttered meant, but I really shouldn’t be! Basically, he just said that without cheating, gerrymandering, and voter suppression, Republicans couldn’t get elected! Probably the only true thing Trump has ever said! And one last thought, Trump and budget cutters thought the federal government spent too much on public health. Year after year, they have slashed agencies whose mission was to protect the public from pandemics. You know, after the welfare check he wrote to the rich, Trump cannot afford to fund health initiatives, feed children, or take care of at-risk elderly!

 

 

The following will be excerpts from an article penned by Mr. Peter Wehner, a lifelong Republican. He is a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center.

He writes, Trump is fundamentally unfit—intellectually, morally, temperamentally, and psychologically—for office. Mr. Trump has no desire to acquaint himself with most issues, let alone master them!

Mr. Trump’s virulent combination of ignorance, emotional instability, demagogy, solipsism, and vindictiveness would do more than result in a failed presidency; it could very well lead to national catastrophe. The prospect of Donald Trump as commander in chief should send a chill down the spine of every American.

He states that Trump could not have prevented the coronavirus from happening or entering the United States. That said, the president and his administration are responsible for grave, costly errors, most especially the epic manufacturing failures in diagnostic testing, the decision to test too few people, the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and problems in the supply chain.

We also know the World Health Organization had working tests that the United States refused, and researchers at a project in Seattle tried to conduct early tests for the coronavirus but were prevented from doing so by federal officials. (Doctors at the research project eventually decided to perform coronavirus tests without federal approval.)

The president reportedly ignored early warnings of the severity of the virus and grew angry at a CDC official who in February warned that an outbreak was inevitable. The Trump administration dismantled the National Security Council’s global-health office, whose purpose was to address global pandemics; we’re now paying the price for that. “We worked very well with that office,” Dr. Fauci told Congress. “It would be nice if the office was still there.” 

The president’s misinformation and mendacity about the coronavirus are head-snapping. He claimed that it was contained in America when it was actually spreading. He claimed that we had “shut it down” when we had not. He claimed that testing was available when it wasn’t. He claimed that the coronavirus will one day disappear “like a miracle”; it won’t. He claimed that a vaccine would be available in months; Fauci says it will not be available for a year or more.

This from me, the lies just keep on coming!

From the article, Trump falsely blamed the Obama administration for impeding coronavirus testing. He stated that the coronavirus first hit the United States later than it actually did. (He said that it was three weeks prior to the point at which he spoke; the actual figure was twice that.) The president claimed that the number of cases in Italy was getting “much better” when it was getting much worse. And in one of the more stunning statements an American president has ever made, Trump admitted that his preference was to keep a cruise ship off the California coast rather than allowing it to dock because he wanted to keep the number of reported cases of the coronavirus artificially low! Cooler heads prevailed, and over the president’s objections, the Grand Princess was allowed to dock at the Port of Oakland.

The following excerpt is one I have long agreed with and promoted in my blogs, on Facebook, Twitter, and anyone I could get to listen. Here is what Peter Wehner had to say;

Trump is such a habitual liar that he is incapable of being honest, even when being honest would serve his interests. He is so impulsive, shortsighted, and undisciplined that he is unable to plan or even think beyond the moment. He is such a divisive and polarizing figure that he long ago lost the ability to unite the nation under any circumstances and for any cause. And he is so narcissistic and unreflective that he is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes. The president’s disordered personality makes him ill-equipped to deal with a crisis as any president has ever been. With few exceptions, what Trump has said is not just useless; it is downright injurious.

Now for my personal closing for this blog.

From the first time I saw Trump in action, long before he became President of these United States, I saw him as an immoral con man. He was always suing someone or being sued, more than any professional entity ever in history! He mostly threatened to sue because he had not paid his debts, knew that a lengthy lawsuit would ruin the people he owed, so he was able to get them to agree to pennies on the dollar for their debt! He has done this time and time again. He has also been sued by the federal govt for refusing to sell or rent to people of color, with his Daddy once, and Donald himself twice! He has cheated on each wife! Usually with the next wife, and the current one (The First Lady) with a porn star while she was pregnant with their son! He has had black people removed from the floor of his casino while he and his wife were there, made remarks in public about how blacks could not help it, they just were not equipped to handle anything complicated. And this is the guy you voted for? This is the guy you think is your moral compass. This is the guy you think has been sent by God to save you? Well, my friends, you are just not thinking. And what your support says about you is not flattering, by any definition!

 

 

 

You may have heard the news today that Trump fired the independent Inspector General in charge of monitoring the $2 trillion coronavirus relief fund. I want to explain why this is a Very Big Deal. When I worked in the Department of Education many years ago, I learned that the I.G. was nonpartisan and was […]

via Trump Fires Inspector General in Charge of $2 Trillion Relief Fund — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Trump is a pathological prevaricator! One reason he cannot help but lie, even though he may be aware he has previously espoused the opposite view, is his mental illness! He cannot ever be wrong in his own mind. He can never be anything but the smartest, most brilliant mind on the planet. His mental facility will allow for no other conclusions, so in his diseased mind, whatever he is saying currently has to be the truth because he cannot perceive that he has ever made an incorrect decision or ever been in error, ever! Find me one instance where he has taken credit for a misstep or admitted he was wrong about something, in his entire life! This makes him dangerous because he will bomb people, let more people die in a pandemic, let potentates murder, rather than admit he is not perfect! Then when the whole world is calling him out, all of a sudden he claims he has always known it was a pandemic, in this latest example, and claims he was the first to say so, while his opinions and stated views were just the opposite only days ago! He has a mental disease, he should not be anywhere near the power centers of our country. I cannot believe that everyone cannot see this!

This article just appeared in TIME magazine, explaining how the “education reform” movement has failed America. This short article encapsulates the themes of my book SLAYING GOLIATH. Piling on tests and punishments for students and teachers and closing schools doesn’t solve any problems, and it certainly doesn’t improve education. The article gives a much abbreviated […]

via TIME Magazine: How the “Reform” Movement Has Failed America — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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