Okay folks … the holidays are over!!! Whew … now it’s time to get back into the routine, and what better way to start 2019 than with an abundance of snarkasm? Perhaps I will make it a tradition to begin every year with Snarky Snippets! 2019 deserves to be started in such a manner, for just a few hours into the year and just look at all that is wrong with the world! Let’s begin with a man who I have long abhorred … Representative Peter T. King, a republican from New York.
Just last week …
Now, I first take issue with his statement that ICE is doing a great job, since only two children have died! ONLY??? What if one of those children had been your own, Mr. King??? But it goes even deeper than that, for also last week, video footage was obtained by The Arizona Republic from the Arizona Department of Health under the public records law. The videos show children being physically abused – dragged, slapped, and shoved – by staffers at Casa Padre, a migrant shelter operated by Southwest Key. The videos are from September, and the facility was shuttered in October after a number of violations, including failure to obtain background checks on staff members.
Another such facility, Casa Kokopelli, also operated by Southwest Key, has been charged with eleven sex offenses by a staff member against at least eight children in their care. ProPublica investigated Southwest Key and the sex offenses back in August, and when they asked Southwest Key representative Jeff Eller a question regarding how the company would assure children’s safety in the future, Mr. Eller replied …
“We find the premise of your question dishonorable.”
Say WHAT??? Who’s the dishonourable party here? And Mr. King says they are all doing a great job because only two children have died so far.
This is not the first time Mr. King has crossed my radar, by the way. In May, I wrote a piece titled An Ugly Voice — Peter T. King. I will be writing a letter to Mr. King later today. Meanwhile, anyone want to lay odds that more children will die while held in U.S. custody in the coming year?
Without conscience …Remember Cindy Hyde-Smith, the racist woman who won a U.S. Senate seat in a special election in Mississippi in late November? She said she would happily attend a lynching, and made a host of other racist remarks, yet Trump called her a “fine woman” … I guess he meant that in the same vein as when he called the white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, “fine people”. Anyway, after her blatantly and sinister racist remarks, a number of people who had donated to her campaign asked for their contributions back, not wishing to be affiliated with such a horrid person.
Aetna, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Facebook, Google, Leidos, Pfizer, Union Pacific, and Walmart all requested their donations back, but Cindy has, apparently, decided she would keep the money. Legally, she is under no obligation to return the money, and she seems to have no intention to do so. Surprised, aren’t you?
How does he love thee?
Donald Trump claims to be on the side of the people … says he loves the people (just so long as they aren’t democrats, African-Americans, Muslims, or gay) and just to show them how much he loves them, he has … frozen their pay! And some 800,000 of them aren’t getting any pay right now, either, thanks to Uncle Donnie! I’m so happy that he doesn’t love me!
In what was, I hope, his last ‘executive order’ of 2018, with a slash of his pen he played god and froze the salaries & wages of some 2.1 million federal workers! The military will still get their 2.6% pay increase (not the 10% Trump falsely told the soldiers in Iraq when he visited there at Christmas). Civilian federal workers were initially slated to receive a 2.1% increase, but back in the summer, Trump began saying that the government could not afford it. Funny, isn’t it, that we can afford all Trump’s excesses, covering Secret Service expenses for his sons as they flit about the world on Trump Organization business? We can afford Trump’s near-weekly golf outings and trips to Mar-a-Lago, and he claims we can afford $5 billion to be thrown away on the beginnings of a useless border wall. But we cannot afford a lousy 2.1% pay increase for the men and women who work to keep the federal government running smoothly. Damn shame, if you ask me!
And what about last December’s tax cut for the wealthy? If we could afford to give huge raises to multi-millionaires and billionaires, why can’t we afford to give measly 2.1% pay increases to the woman who helps us sign up for Social Security, or to the man who keeps our planes from crashing, or the person teaching our children?
Congress can and likely will include raises for federal workers in any spending bill they propose after the new Congress is seated in two days, but speculation is that it will be for 1.9%, not 2.1%. Peanuts? Sure, but hey … 0.2% of a $60,000 salary means a lot more to the federal worker than the extra million or more the rich coal barons got via Trump’s tax cuts.
I won’t be surprised to see a bad case of the ‘blue flu’ before long in the departments of the federal government.
Okay … that concludes this morning’s snippets. I just felt the need to show those in power that the 2019 Filosofa is not any kinder or gentler than the 2018 Filosofa was, and I will pursue truth and justice this year even more diligently than last! Look out, Trumpie … I’m in line right behind Bob Mueller for a pound of your flesh!