Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Death Panel Votes On Healthcare



The Death Panel Votes on Healthcare

Do you remember the shrill screams about death panels deciding who would get access to healthcare before the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was passed into law? It did not happen. Well fast forward to 2017 and the same political party that was railing against the passage of Obamacare using the death panel scare tactic is in control of both the Legislative and Executive branches of the United States government. Guess what, they are voting to change health care by ushering in a real death panel or more precisely, death pools.

The aforementioned is not hyperbole. This is how it works. States can set up high risk pools for those with preexisting medical conditions, you know, those people that have not lived "good lives" as one Republican Congressman said who deserved to get cheaper health insurance. I guess living a bad life includes having high blood pressure, Cancer, asthma or severe allergies. It's is like their creating modern day medical leper colonies. The party line is that states will have to apply for a waiver and set up high risk pools to opt out of the community rating provision currently in the Affordable Care Act. Fast forward two years when the Medicaid expansion that supports many of the subsidies that are used to create parity in health cost for everyone without regard to preexisting medical conditions changes and states will be force to create high risk health pools. Yes, there will be access to health care for all, but we are back to at what price. Many with obviously higher medical care costs will be priced out of the market and therein lies the death pool.

Republicans finally found their medical death panel by looking in the mirror.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Black Man In Trump's Crime Infested Ghetto



As I sit here on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday January 16, 2017 with the knowledge that four days later on January 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. There is a wide emotional swing that is taking place in my mind as a day celebrating the life of a man that sought equality for all will be swiftly followed by the elevation of  man that said he would ban an entire religion from entering the country and boasted how his fame allowed him to have his way with women with or without their consent. We live in curious times indeed, but we had an election, as tainted as it was with Russian and other interference, that elected this man to be the leader of the free world. Despite losing the popular vote by almost three million votes to his major political party opponent, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States. I await his assistance.

As I sit here in the crime infested inner city ghetto that I must surely live in as a Black American, I'm asking for your help in getting out, not. You see, what I have learned in the transition period between President Barak Obama and Donald Trump is that Trump views the United States through some type of stereotypical lens that has shaped his world view. Blacks have their place, in the ghetto. Immigrants have their place, out of the country. And women have their place, there for his pleasure, if they are a 10 on his scale, of course.

So now we are about to take a voyage on the USS - Ununited States of America, captained by President Donald J. Trump. Passengers please put on your life vests and be prepared to evacuate to your personal survival pods at a moment's notice. Godspeed.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Congressman John Lewis - The Truth About Trump Hurts




 Congressman John Lewis

Sometimes a man with a soft, quiet voice cuts through the smoke and noise of an issue that others are too afraid to touch because it is too hot or too potentially damaging to their future prospects.  One man, Congressman John Lewis, whose actions were written in blood due to blows from many during his time fighting for civil rights in concert with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others spoke what he saw as truth and was attacked as all talk and no action by President elect Donald J. Trump. Congressman John Lewis said he did note view President elect Donald J. Trump as a legitimate President of the United States due to Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential campaign. John Lewis was beaten by Alabama State Troopers with night sticks in Selma Alabama and had his skull fractured. John Lewis was beaten as a Freedom Rider. John Lewis was beaten by Ku Klux Klansmen. John Lewis' action was written in blood for what, equal rights for all Americans and the right to vote without discrimination.
The Presidential election of 2016 was tainted by open interference from a foreign power, Russia, which the United States intelligence agencies determined stole emails from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The stolen emails were released through Wikileaks and used by the Trump campaign like it was operation research gathered by their own team. Trump said proudly during the campaign that he loved Wikileaks and during a press conference asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails.
Trump responded to Congressman Lewis on Twitter in two tweets:

    Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......

    mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!

Trump defenders point out that Trump won fair and square through the Electoral College and the actual vote or voting machines which is true, but Congressman John Lewis said what others know, but are afraid to say. Russia did not need to hack the voting machines when the hacked the mind of the voters before they went to the polls. Voters make voting decisions based upon the information placed before them and Russia placed damaging stolen information in front of voters that they otherwise would not have had on one candidate they despised in order to help their preferred candidate to become President of the United States. Congressman John Lewis almost died for the right to decide on whom to vote for and to be able to vote fairly, but that was tampered with by a foreign enemy. The voters were hacked, not the vote and that is what civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis knows, Trump supporters knows that and President Elect Donald Trump knows it in his heart and it hurts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

President Trump - One Person, One Vote, Remember!



Donald Trump’s supporters wanted it more and they got it. Anyone upset about the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election that didn’t vote for a different outcome or didn’t vote at all need to check their anger at the door. If you voted, period, congratulations! Those that were too busy, too distracted, didn’t care, thought it was going a certain way or thought their vote didn’t count, congratulations, because you got the result you deserved. In the words of President Barack Obama, don’t boo, vote, but it’s too late now! How many people watched the election returns come in and wished they could turn back the clock so they could walk a few blocks and vote, but it’s too late.

I hope that all those ready to march in the streets after the election marched to voting booth during the election.  The bottom line is that Trump supporters understood one person, one vote only counts when everyone votes for what they want or in this case what they didn't want. If someone didn’t vote because they didn’t get their desired results during the primaries, congratulations, look at the result you have to live with!

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why Is Trump “Punking” America?



What is going on in the United States in 2016 when it comes to politics? I have watched Presidential campaigns and voted in Presidential elections for many election cycles. I have also seen many versions of comedy parody over the years and I am convinced that Donald Trump is perpetrating a grand, nationwide political parody in the United States with his Presidential campaign, in other words, we are all being punked!

The moment I realized Trump was punking the nation was when he emphatically asserted multiple times that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the co-founders of ISIS and then a few days later he stated he was being satirical. Trump’s string of outrageous statements from building an almost 2,000 mile border wall, second amendment people stopping Supreme Court appointments and banning an entire religion from the United States, make no sense. Trump is doing the equivalent of a mass dial prank phone call to over 300 million Americans and millions of people are still playing along thinking his campaign is legitimate. Some of you may be asking if we are being punked, when will the guy jump from behind a fake tree and let us in on the joke and what is Trump getting out of the entire charade?

Trump is running a grand social experiment and exposing the fault lines in the nation along racial, economic and social factors. Trump is trying to determine how outrageous he can get and how far he can go before his supporters and the Republican Party reach a breaking point and pull the plug on his candidacy. Trump surrogates are performing triple back flips on live television trying to justify his senseless statements. The strange thing is that Trump himself is jumping out and shouting ‘You’ve been punked’ every time he says just kidding about some over the line statement he made previously. 

Trump has raised campaign funds he is not spending and has virtually no on the ground organization in any states, so is he doing what it takes to win a Presidential race, no he is not.  Donald Trump, do us a favor, if you will not get serious about running to be the President of the United States, stop it and get out.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Are We All Just Another Ni**er To Some Police Officers



I have witnessed two black men die on camera after police officers fired multiple bullets into their bodies. One man, Alton Sterling was being held down by two police officers when they shot him multiple times. One officer yelled “get down!” after the man was shot while he was already being held down. After Sterling was shot multiple times, one of the officers took something out of the dying man’s pocket, it could have been a gun, but if the gun was still in his pocket that meant it wasn’t in his hand threatening the officers. One view of the video shows Sterling’s right hand up by his chest right before he was first shot. Sterling’s left arm was held down by the weight of the officer sitting on top of his body. From my view Sterling was executed in the streets by those we call in times of crisis, but the response to our call should not be the crisis.

The second on-camera death of a black man occurred in Minnesota and is even more frightening because it involves something many of us have been though, a traffic stop. Philando Castile was driving a vehicle that was pulled over by police for a broken tail light. The vehicle was also occupied by his girlfriend and her young daughter who was in the back seat of the vehicle. From all accounts Castile was an upstanding citizen, a supervisor at a school cafeteria and had a license to carry permit. Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath of Castle being shot live on facebook® and he literally died before our eyes. Castile’s girlfriend recapped the actions leading up to the shooting and from her account her informed the officer he had a gun and right to carry permit and was reaching for his license. Keep in mind that Castile was involved in a traffic stop for a broken tail light and ended up dead. It reminds us how something that seems so mundane can lead to you losing your life.

I recall a traffic stop in my past when after I was driving with my family in my hometown. I had the cruise control of my SUV set at the posted speed limit. My vehicle had no mechanical or safety defect that would warrant a traffic stop by the police, yet that night after leaving a Walmart and driving to my relatives’ home the road lit up behind me as a police cruiser’s lights were activated. I slowed and pulled my vehicle over to the shoulder of the highway.  The police officer approached the driver’s side of my vehicle. I asked the officer what was the problem.

I was told that he got a call on his cell phone that a vehicle was driving slowing on the highway. I informed the officer that I was using my cruise control that was set at the posted speed limit. The officer shined his flashlight in the face of my, my wife and son who was sitting in the back seat. He shined his flashlight beam on the vehicle’s registration sticker on the windshield. I quite sure the officer ran my license tag number before he stopped me. After failing the find any legitimate reason to hold me, the officer’s voice became shaky and he praised my safe driving and said he wished everyone on the road drove as safely as I did. Now, I realize how dangerous that apparently mundane traffic stop really was since it never should have happened in the first place. If there had been any minor issue to give a reason for the officer to cite some potential violation of the law it could have been a reason for a potential escalation of tension, that as we have seen over the years, could lead to death. When the wrong cop shows up nothing else matters. Your social status, wealth, education or profession matter little when you are engaged with someone frightened, but has the authority and means to end your life in an instant. Everyone this happens to is not black, 26-year-old Daniel Shaver from Granbury, Texas begged an Arizona police office not to shoot him, before the officer shot him 5 times with his AR-15 rifle. Shaver was White and unarmed.  Shaver was killed in March of 2016.

We have entered a very dangerous period where an attitude of fear and aggressive reaction seem to be quite prevalent in law enforcement. If some police officers can’t deal with other individuals as fellow citizens, human beings and mostly rational people in mundane situations like a traffic stop, then they need to find another profession, stop killing us and staining the name of real police officers doing things the right way.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HOW THE TRUMP STOLE CHRISTMAS


Santa Claus

It was days before Christmas and all through the land
Everyone was cheery and lending each other a helping hand
Laser Christmas lights were shining on homes and spreading cheer
Only occasionally blinding aircraft pilots flying near
Christmas stockings were hanging and ornaments adorned trees
Waiting for presents that would be opened on Christmas day to shouts of glee
Santa Claus had his sleigh serviced and ready to go
To deliver gifts to those expecting and those who did not know
On Christmas Eve with his reindeer in rare form
Santa was having a glorious Christmas Eve night, even better than the norm
Santa landed on a rooftop and walked toward the chimney stack
When suddenly there was a brilliant light shining on his back
Santa turned and faced the beaming light
But, he could not see anything because it blinded his sight
Who goes there said the jolly old elf
Don’t move and identify yourself
Came the amplified reply from below
Your immigration papers to me you must show
Immigration papers! I’m Santa Claus out spreading cheer
Don’t you know that I do this every year!
I think I’ve heard of you, but that doesn’t make it right
For you to illegally cross our border every Christmas night
I don’t have immigration documents with me when I’m delivering toys
I bring cheer to all the good girls and boys
Yeah, I understand you say that is your goal
But, I’m Donald J. Trump and sending your ass back to the North Pole!
Santa was handcuffed and flown out of the country with the lowest of moral
While his sleigh and reindeer were impounded in a coral
Without gifts from Santa to open, Christmas morning landed like a felled tree with a thump
But, that was just the beginning of life under President Donald J. Trump