Sigh … More Snarky Snippets …

Some nights the mind bounce simply does not allow me to focus on my more in-depth projects … I have three of them in-process at the moment … and so nothing will do but a few snarky snippets.  Sorry, folks … I simply cannot help myself.  Sigh.


Underpaid???

I want you to get out your box of tissues and don your sympathy hats, for this one’s a real tear-jerker.  Members of Congress have not had a pay raise … not even so much as a cost-of-living increase … since 2009 – ten years!!!  The horror!  I mean, the majority of them only earn a paltry $174,000 per year!  How on earth are they managing?  So, two republican representatives, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, have quietly proposed a pay increase … just about a 2.5% increase … ballpark $3 million per year in total … nothing to break the bank.

But wait!  The minimum wage rate of $7.25 also has not been raised since 2009.  The full-time minimum wage worker earns $15,080 per year.  Um … that is a mere 8.67% of what those members of Congress are earning.  All of which might not cause a raised eyebrow except … back in March there was a bill in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in increments by 2024.  Guess what?  The bill ran into a bit of a snag, with every single republican, including Representatives Scalise and McCarthy, committed to voting against it, and even some democrats refusing to support it, saying it would place an “unfair burden” on small businesses.  Unfair burden?  Unfair burden???  What about the burden of all those people working second jobs just to survive???

The very people who are poised to grant themselves a $4,500 per annum pay increase, would deny the minimum wage worker an increase. The bill hasn’t garnered the 218 votes needed to pass the House, and even if it passes the House, Mitch McConnell has indicated that he will not bring the bill to a vote in the Senate.  And even if it passed both the House and the Senate, in all likelihood Trump would veto it.

Think about that one … the people who are making 11.5 times as much as minimum wage earners, most of whom are already millionaires, want a raise for themselves, but none for the man or woman who is struggling every day to feed their children, pay the rent, pay the doctor’s bills, and keep the electricity from being shut off.  My answer to the members of the U.S. Congress is do what the minimum wage earners are having to do … take a second or even third job!!!


Ignorance

In year’s past, a president might be applauded for a brilliant speech, or criticized for one that wasn’t so good, but it tells you all you need to know about Don Trump when he is praised for not veering off-script.  The speech he gave at the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day was praised by two of Trump’s media antagonists, Jim Acosta and Joe Scarborough, not for it’s content (Trump didn’t write it) or sincerity (there was none), but because he stayed on script and didn’t go off on a tangent as he is prone to do.

“This is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today. We were all wondering if he would veer from his remarks, go off of his script but he stayed on script, stayed on message …” – Jim Acosta, CNN

“I’m also glad the president chose to have the discipline to stick to script …” – Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

Sorry, guys, but given that he spent three full days making an ass of himself and of this nation while visiting our allies, he gets no kudos from me for managing a few minutes reading from a paper without veering off course.  Two and a half years in office, and this is his crowning achievement – being able to read a speech that somebody else wrote???  That’s sad.  That’s really, really sad.


Truer words have never been spoken than these by President Dwight David EisenhowerD-Day


Th-th-that’s all f-f-folks

bugs bunny

35 thoughts on “Sigh … More Snarky Snippets …

  1. Jill, it is a low bar to hope the US president does not embarass our country when speaking. I broke my tradition (of not watching him live) and watched him speak with Theresa May. While he was repetitive as is his wont, he sounded OK. Then came the Q/A which he should not be allowed to do. He is unprepared and unhinged, a scary combination.

    The Dems should have passed on the raise discussion, as should the GOP. Since they spend at least 1/3 of their time fund raising on the phone, I figure they owe us a rebate 0f 1/3 of $174,000. Keith

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    • You’re right … it is the lowest bar I’ve ever seen for a ‘man’ who is supposedly the leader of a nation. His sycophants in and out of the White House, in and out of Congress, pander to him and protect him. That’s why McConnell won’t even hear of putting election security bills to a vote, or at least part of the reason. That’s why they covered part of the SS John McCain when Trump was in the area. He’s far too thin-skinned to be a world leader.

      Hey, that 1/3 of $174,000 comes to $31,030,000 … not too shabby, eh? And that’s just for one year!

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  2. General Ike had some really great quotes, like:
    “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
    “I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”
    “We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”
    Speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors “The Chance for Peace” (16 April 1953)

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. … We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.

    We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
    No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice. … No nation’s security and well-being can be lastingly achieved in isolation but only in effective cooperation with fellow-nations.
    A nation’s hope of lasting peace cannot be firmly based upon any race in armaments but rather upon just relations and honest understanding with all other nations.
    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

    Ike walked his talk, just the opposite of #45. Looking forward, I see Sen. Tulsi Gabbard (D) adhering to Ike’s principles of war and peace. She is an honored veteran of the Iraq war, served twice and is now an advocate of peace. Can’t wait to see her on the debate stage faceoff with the other Dem candidates!
    She and Bernie are our best bet for turning this country around and defeating Trump.

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  3. Hello Jill. Do you remember when Chuck Grassley was asked about the Republican plan to cut the estate tax for the wealthy while not doing anything to help the poor. He replied in part “…as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” Yes poor people spend their money so they do not deserve more in his mind. It must feel so good to be without any money worries in a country that gives more to those who have and take it from those that have not. Hugs

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  4. $174,000 per annum is not a great deal, by today’s standards……So how do some of them have more than one big and fancy house, cars, and high profile life styles….Does it mean (gasp….) they get money from ‘other places’.
    The Draft-Dodger extraordinaire go off script on D-Day?…..Even he could understand if he did that he’d have been torn off at least two new fresh ‘ones’ to add to the massive one Nature gave him.

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  5. Even in the UK, our government set minimum wage is equivalent to US $10.47. We have slightly more expensive housing, and petro (gasoline) but food costs are reasonable.
    I notice that some US states, like Washington offer a $12.00 minimum, but it is likely very expensive there too, so relative.
    I once heard a plutocrat say that the US Government need to provide a minimum wage of $15.00 or the country will see riots. I am guessing that a pay rise to your political elites, will not go down to well!

    As for Trump speaking? The less, the better, I’d think.

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  6. Jill, the only way to keep a ready workforce is to keep them underpaid and hungry–at least in republican thinking. Consider that a happy and healthy workforce has been proven many times over to do better work, but republicans don’t want better work. The more things break down, the more they have to be replaced. So keep them earning a starving wage, and they, the owners, keep making more money off both ends of the equation, workers and customers.
    Yeah, this is economics 101, but it’s good to be reminded once in a while that the workers ARE the customers, so they are losing twice. Make people think about that!

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    • These days, it seems that most politicians put themselves before the citizenry. They seem to have forgotten to whom they owe their allegiance, who put them in office, and whose tax money pays their salary.

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