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I am glad that women and even a man or two are finally coming forward and saying enough is enough! I am a man, a man who thinks women are the dominant species on this planet. Sure, we have bigger muscles in most cases, we are testosterone driven, which in certain instances makes us heroic, or mistaken for heroic! But in modern society, we pale in comparison to womenfolk in almost every other capacity as humans! Women can compete in almost any intellectual quest where a man and a woman have equal opportunities to succeed. Woman are less likely, in this authors opinion, to think war is an answer unless we are being directly attacked or threatened in some way that precludes negotiation or arbitration! A woman will not see everything as a competition, but more as an opportunity to learn and succeed! Forget the movie version of any competitive woman as a shrew!
So, having said that, women exist in a world where men control how successful they will be by an alarming percentile! This control is what, in my humble opinion, is why powerful men have gotten away with sexual harassment, or worse, with very little consequence. If a woman, say in the world of business, was to make it known that a man was being inappropriate or even sexually dangerous, steps would be taken to satisfy any regulations in place, but nothing of consequence to the man involved in most cases! The woman, in a disturbing amount of cases, are punished with job stagnation or outright dismissal after a period of time has passed where her job performance evaluations have gone from superlative to unacceptable after such an incident is reported.  So much so that she had to be let go! In the military, if you are a career-minded woman, making any charge of sexual harassment, even rape, is a career-ending decision in most cases!
So the fact that woman are finally coming forward, even though in most cases these are a woman who have waited until their careers were either secure or at their end, is heartening. That they are coming forward in numbers is also about damn time. So maybe I should clarify a few things here. All harassment is disgusting and uncalled for. But when it involves underage women I cannot tell you how enraged I become. So I welcome any and all exposure to any individuals who are suspect. Sure, some of it will be spurious, but when the sexual misconduct is brought to bear by multiple women about the same man, well that needs some serious and immediate consideration!
So now we come to a question I would like to put to you. Do you think these men, regardless of who they are, should be held accountable? Should these claims at least be investigated? And one last question, why is not Trump, who has at least a dozen accusers not under scrutiny. He has even been accused of rape. Now when you have a lot of money as Trump is reported to have, you can get away with a lot! So these women were up against it from the start! But the fact that so many came forward, well no matter how cynical you are, some have to have merit. And then there are the words of Trump himself bragging about his sexual misconduct! So where is the quid pro quo here since Trump is ignoring the Moore case but had no problem tweeting about Al Franken. So should he not be hoisted on his own petard!

Here is a link to a detailed report on the twelve women that have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or actual assault!  Click here for link

Trumps tax bill is not a boon to you and I! It will put nothing in your pocket, not the middle class or the poor in America. Sure Trump promises it will put $4,000 dollars a year back in your pocket, but that is a bald faced lie. It is not only a lie, but this tax bill is going to cost you big time when you know the truth.

First off economists know that the lion’s share of the tax cut goes to corporations. Well who owns the lion’s share of stock in our corporations, the top 1% and maybe in lesser degree the top 10%! Those little pieces of stock you own are not going to get you squat! So who pays the taxes for corporations, shareholders do! Corporations themselves do not pay taxes, only people pay taxes, despite what a GOP controlled Supreme Court has told you corporations are not people, and only people pay taxes. So this tax cut makes the richest in our country richer, because as shareholders in all the major corporations they will pay a lot less in taxes! I mean that is what they all paid for when they bought their politicians!

You and I, well to start off with the $4,000 dollar boon to you and I is false, a lie. You might see $600 bucks. But in reality you will be paying through the nose. Where to do you think they are going to get the money to give to the rich, I’ll tell you where, from you and me. How, you ask? By getting rid of, or vastly downsizing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal aid to education, food programs, and on and on. Why do you think they want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act so badly, it has nothing to do with healthcare, they could care less about your health! It is because it frees up billions of dollars for this gift to the rich. That is the whole reason the GOP exists right now is to get what the Koch brothers and their ilk paid for, a significantly lower tax on the rich and corporations. They Koch brothers just held a conference in Washington recently to complain about why the GOP has been so slow to get them what they paid for, and they were not even subtle about it! We will not even get into the estate tax, which only comes into play for the very rich, not your average Joe, farmer or rancher, as they would have you believe. It is all a lie that will cost you dearly, not only in your pocketbook, but also in lives as well!

You will notice while Obama was in office the GOP harped on the debt and the deficit constantly. How dangerous it was to increase the debt, and not to decrease the deficit. Even though President Obama did decrease the deficit more than any of the last five Presidents, but the GOP does not talk about that! What do you hear today from the GOP presently, absolutely nothing! The GOP does not talk about the debt and deficit at all! Why? Because this new tax plan and the Presidents budget will add tens of trillions of dollars to the debt! The tax plan alone would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over its first decade alone! It could increase the national debt by nearly 80 percent of gross domestic product by 2036! And the good ole trickle down theory is the only avenue to pay it back, which we know did not work for Reagan or Bush, or ever for that matter! Now Trump is not a populist. He could care less about the average Jack and Jill, he tells you lies everyday that he does, but lies are his stock in trade! He only cares about amassing power and wealth for himself, and that is all he cares about. Well, and being worshipped by one and all, but that in itself does not cost us anything but our sanity!

This is in response to a post about how Democrats were originally for slavery and were opposed to civil rights! Well I had to respond, actually a friend asked for my opinion, and she got a little more than she bargained for, I am sure! So here goes! 

If you look at history and the platforms of both parties they have completely switched ideologies since the days of Lincoln. So what used to be the democrats is actually represented by republicans, and vice-versa. It of course is not as simple as just switching names, but the Democratic Party of old does not exist as such anymore, has not probably in our lifetime! So what is claimed is accurate, just not accurate to ascribe those attributes to the current party. The democrats have lots of problems which they need to solve, but if you look at what Republicans are trying to do right now, for example getting rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, trying to completely shut down the education and environmental agencies in total, trying to open up open pit mining in the heart of the last remaining natural Salmon fishery, closing down or vastly reducing our park systems and opening them up to mining and oil interests, I cannot see this as in our interest. The premise of the Republican Party is a solid one, but Republicans now in power are not abiding by or even resembling such a premise. I used to be a staunch Republican, but when they became bought and paid for, I had to leave. Not saying there are not bought and paid for Democrats, but way less in my opinion. If you dig into social security, it is income deduction based, does not affect the debt, and would be solvent if left alone and not the Fed piggy bank. But employers, especially large ones, have to match the Soc. Sec. contribution. Now they figure all that in when deciding how much salary to pay an individual, along with 401k matching, health care, vacation time, etc. But that is the driving force to the GOP hatred of this particular program, and in other forms of imagined attacks on their bottom line tend to foment hatred for all healthcare programs! Why after seven or eight years did the Republicans not build their own healthcare bill instead of trying to shove a hastily thrown together bill down our throats in secret to try and fool us into thinking they had our interest at heart! Because they never intended to offer a healthcare plan. They thought we would let them  get rid of the ACA and then they would just ignore cries for a new program until it faded away!  Big business, pharmaceuticals, petroleum companies, and others, all make billions, even trillions in profit, and they need to keep increasing profit or their stockholders get nasty! So that is what is being legislated, not our needs or wants or desires. Politicians get their money for re-election from these sources so you and I do not figure into their machinations in congress anymore. We have always been a socialist democracy. Otherwise there would be no fire, police, emergency response teams, paramedics, interstate highways, and the list goes on. So you have to decide if backing a person who acts like a bully in a grade school sandbox, who lies every single day, tells you exactly what you want to hear but has no intention of actually doing any of it, who changes horses midstream on policy weekly, and who cannot let any slight go no matter how insignificant it is! So he undermines his own secretary, his cabinet members flee in disgust, almost all of his appointments are still empty, he has no takers, despite his blaming democrats or Obama for everything. Tillerson almost left this summer! The buck stops at the Presidents desk, but he does not know that! Sorry for going postal here, but I have a lot of pent up rage at what is going on. I spend long hours reading bills, studying history, and looking at foreign news, even Russian outlets along with British, Irish, etc., to try and get the real picture of our world and our place in it. We are not the jewel of the earth anymore, we are more like a cancer! Education and science are scoffed at right now, and we are going to be sorry for letting those two slip our grasp. We need to start paying attention to science and education again or we are going to fail as a country! Our esteem in the world by our peers has diminished by leaps and bounds. This is not my opinion, it is a fact! You cannot replace a scientist with multiple degrees with a used car salesmen in an agency based on science and expect him to make the right choices for our well being. I am talking about the Environmental Protection Agency, oh and NASA as well! Anyway, I will shut up now, but I was asked!

 

Note: These bills were posted by a friend of mine as bills we should be aware of! I looked them up, read them, and added the names of who was responsible for them. You will notice they are all Republicans. The most egregious in my opinion, although all are bad ideas, are the attempts to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency, Public vouchers to replace federal aid to education, termination of the Department of Education and the National Right to Work! This last item, regardless of the title, gives the employer the right to tell you that you have no rights! They will be able to dictate wages as they wish! It strips the work force of any power it might have had to protect itself! You need to pay attention to who and what you vote for because pretty soon the country you claim to love will not exist anymore! You will be working longer for less, your fishing grounds and salmon runs will be fouled with open pit mines! Your streams, lakes and oceans fouled with crude! If you thought you were being restricted in your use of federal or even state land, just look at what happens when it is sold off, you are told to stay off, period! And don’t be surprised to find a fracking operation going on right in your back yard fouling your drinking water, or setting it on fire as it comes out of your faucet in some cases! Get smart, quit clicking on click bait and then reposting it. Most of it comes from Veles in Macedonia and Russian sources! I see my friends falling for and sharing click bait all the time. The truth comes with a lot of work! Do not post until you have done the work, or you are working against our democracy, not for it!

 

  1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

Introduced Feb 3 2017 by Matt Gaetz [R-FLA]

  1. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education

                 Also repeals nutrition standards for schools

         Introduced Jan 23, 2017 by Steve king [R-IA]

  1. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education

         Introduced Feb 7, 2017 by Thomas Massie [R-KY]

  1. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife

Introduced Feb 7,2017 by Don Young [R-AK]

Already signed and enacted by Trump Apr 3,2017

  1. HR 370 Another attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act

INTRODUCED BY TED CRUZ Feb 14.2017 [R-TX]

  1. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood (Be aware of what this agency actually does before you make a judgment. They provide health care for woman who cannot receive it elsewhere, and they do not use federal money for abortion services. They also give counsel of all other options other than abortion.)

Introduced Jan 6, 2017 by Diane Back [R-TN]

  1. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one is devastating to the working class … it ALSO applies to Union members) it takes away any clout the working class has now! Which is not much!

Introduced Feb 1, 2017 by Steve King [R-IA]

  1. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill

Introduced Jan 3, 2017 by Lou Barletta [R-PA]

  1. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)

Introduced Jan 3,2017 by Trent Franks [R-AZ]

  1. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran. These are sanctions that are nonnuclear. Meaning that our current Gov. wants to go outside the nuclear agreement and enact sanctions not agreed to previously, this just an example of strongman tactics. It should be noted that the Iran Nuclear Agreement has been couched by the current administration as an Obama creation! When in fact it was created by many nations over years of deliberation. So when we, in our mighty wisdom, decide to pull out, or try and subvert it, we are waving our middle finger at all of our nation partners in the world, basically telling them to go frack themselves. Way to win friends and influence people!

Introduced Feb 1, 2017 by Peter Roskam [R-IL]

 

I look at things differently than most folks. But here is my quarter cuz 2 cents won’t do it! The world is overpopulated, people are just not going to give up sex, just is not gonna happen! Our resources are already strained and our planet being too crowded causes most of our pollution. So, what do you do to lower the world’s population? You make birth control and sex education available everywhere to everyone. Now certain religions harp on you to have a dozen or so kids. This was their effort to make more Catholic babies, or Protestant babies, Muslim, Hindu; you see where I am going here! They wanted a majority, so they mandated large families within their respective religious communities. Going to have to get over that! I am not talking abortion, to hot to handle! If you are going to start talking birth control is a killer, well you are a problem that has to be dealt with. I personally do not believe I have any right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body, so I will leave it at that! We are scheduled to double our population in just a few decades, and your children’s children will be living in chaos! Now some white folks are saying that only white people will hold back on large families and babies of color will overrun us, and eventually we will be a minority! So what! I am already a minority in California and it has not hurt me one bit! I say everyone marry outside your race, so in a few generations everyone has a nice light tan and the race issue goes away! If you notice, mixed race marriages make some really beautiful and bright children! It is like Mother Nature said wow, you have finally quit marrying into the same gene pool, and look at me cook now! I would have said to also marry outside your religion, but I did not want to start another war! However, after a few generations, everyone would have a totally different attitude about religion. I mean, how do you wage war on your spouse or your own grandchildren. I guess waging war on a spouse is not unheard of, but you get my drift!

 

I am asking my GOP friends to call or write their representatives and senators and tell them you are against rolling back or abolishing the Affordable Care Act and the new GOP tax iniative! Ask them instead to work across the aisle and make both better. We need healthcare that does not murder people so the rich can get richer. How is that Christian, if that is the standard you are using? But these attempts at getting rid of it come with nothing to replace it. This last bid to roll it back is designed specifically to hurt Blue states, but, and you can look this up, Red states are the poorest, most in need of education improvement, and have more people in poverty than blue states, by a large margin. So losing Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act will hurt them in very large numbers! We are talking about Republican voters, core Trump supporters. So all of these multiple attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act are because money ordered it! Yes the trillion dollar health insurance industry lobby who have bought and paid for politicians have said get rid of it, we do not want our massive profit margin screwed up by poor people, or the middle class for that matter! Now I myself do not depend on the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid, I have a great private insurance plan provided by Ma Bell plus Medicare! But I am not blind to the what or why that is going on with our healthcare in congress. Paid for politicians who serve money, not you or I, are responsible for taking needed care away from millions. Block grants, give me a break, the states that need the ACA and medicaid the most are so poor that any money they get from block grants will just be like throwing a cup of water in the ocean and expecting to see it rise. Tax reform, sure we need it, but reducing the taxes on the rich when they are already lower than anytime in history drives up the debt! Of course the GOP is preaching trickle down economics again, which has never worked! Ever! Please educate yourselves on this issue, it means the very lives of your children are at stake! If living healthy and even moderately comfortable lives for your children, grandchildren, even yourself, is important, than quit swallowing the swill big money dumps in your trough. And please get off the socialist kick! This has always been a socialist democracy. Police, fire, emergency services, hurricane and flood relief, all social programs. The list goes on and on. Could some be handled better, you bet, but that is where and how our attention needs to used, to make our system work better, not use it to make even more money for the top while the middle class shrinks, the povery level climbs, and education suffers. Convincing you to distrust media, science, education, and hate social programs is how they eventually enslave us. It is how every strongman dictatorship has evolved, it is why history is important. It is why, when all but .5% of scientists warn you that certain things are fact, not fiction, you need to pay attention. And be careful of non-science in your schools, your children will not be able to compete in the world without science, without an understanding of history, without civics. Do you know that most Red state voters, yes voters, cannot even name the three branches of our government! How the hell are they supposed to know when the hoodwinking begins if they do not understand how government works. The executive, for emergencies and national defense, the legislative too hold the executive accountable, make and pass laws, and the judiciary to hold both accountable to the constitution and We The People! None of that can work when money is worshipped over the constitution, or over the wishes of the People!  Congress no longer votes as their constituency tells them, they are paid for politicians. Look at the agenda people, it does you and I no good at all. A tough talking adolescent is not what you need in the White House, mark my words, history will bear me out!

Please access and read the link provided, it will give you important information about what I am talking about!

http://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/latimes/default.aspx?pubid=50435180-e58e-48b5-8e0c-236bf740270e

Important to know why going private is not the way to go, not even close!

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Everywhere you look today you’ll find profits prophets of doom bemoaning the quality of our public school system.

We’ve got too many failing schools, they say. The only thing to do is to invest in private and privatized institutions vouchers, charters, ANYTHING but public.

But as education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski wrote in their landmark book “The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schoolsthere’s little evidence behind the hype. Public schools are far from perfect, but even given their deficiencies, they have benefits that far outweigh those of privatized schools. Indeed, market-based educational reform, wrote the Lubienskis, is “increasingly a belief system rather than a policy theory.”

Privatized schools are sometimes great at boosting standardized test scores, but when it comes to authentic indicators of student learning, they often fall well behind their traditional public school counterparts.

And when you…

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