Filosofa may have mostly come out of her funky mood, but now she’s just flat-out mad. Why? Most everything, that’s why! We still have the Oaf in the Oval spouting inanities, the unconscionable members of Congress who are too dedicated to their own self-interest to be concerned about ours, California is being devastated by horrible fires while our government fights for the right to further destroy this planet we call home. And that’s just for starters …
Profit over the environment — Again!
Donald Trump and his band of merry republicans have been robbing from the poor and giving to the rich for long enough now. Remember the Keystone Pipeline? In a nutshell, it has been one of the most controversial infrastructure proposals in the history of this nation, largely over environmental concerns. The main issues are the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and 17% higher greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of oil sands compared to extraction of conventional oil. In 2015, President Obama, caring about the environment, vetoed the bill allowing construction to proceed pending further environmental studies, and it has been a battleground ever since. Last fall, a federal judge in Montana halted the project, after finding that Trump’s administration had not done the proper environmental reviews.
But, not to be outdone by a mere court order, last March Trump signed one of his infamous ‘executive orders’ allowing the project to move forward, despite protests by environmental groups. Well, guess what, folks … on Tuesday that pipeline sprung a leak. It happened in North Dakota where some 383,000 gallons of crude oil is now covering a half-acre of wetlands, killing whatever wildlife called it their home. Way to go, Trump … another epic failure in your [lack of] environmental policy.
In the words of Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders …
“This is what happens when we have a president who ignores scientists and puts short-term fossil fuel profits ahead of the environment and the future of the planet.”
Your tax dollars … buying religion whether you want it or not
Her name is Paula White and she is a televangelist located in Florida. Well, she was located in Florida … now she is located in Washington, D.C., working at the White House, her salary paid by our tax dollars! I am not religious, certainly not a believer in that which Ms. White calls ‘faith’, so why should I have to pay her salary? Has nobody in this bloody administration read the U.S. Constitution??? You know, that document that effectively calls for a separation between ‘church’ and ‘state’?
According to a “White House official”, White will work in the Office of Public Liaison, which is the division of the White House overseeing outreach to groups and coalitions organizing key parts of Trump’s base. Her role will be to advise the administration’s “Faith and Opportunity Initiative”, which Trump established last year by executive order and which aims to give religious groups more of a voice in government programs devoted to issues like defending religious liberty. Again … where is the separation between church and state??? Religion is not supposed to affect public policy! Government programs are supposed to represent and assist ALL people, not only those of a specified religion! What about Hindus, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, and atheists??? And what about those groups who are determinedly discriminated against by the religion Trump & White are pandering to, such as members of the LGBTQ community?
Political analysts see this move as Trump trying to ensure he keeps his evangelical base happy in the months leading up to the 2020 election. He has taken repeated steps to ensure they turn out for him again — by issuing executive orders, making cabinet appointments, and nominating federal judges that pass muster with the religious right. On a range of issues from abortion rights to tax exemptions for churches, Trump has tried to grant Christian conservatives their policy wishes whenever legally and politically feasible.
But what about the rest of us? Evangelicals do not constitute a majority in this nation, and the rest of us pay taxes too! I want my money back, for I am getting literally not one damn thing in return for it. Ms. White isn’t too bright, either, for here’s what she says of Trump …
“He’s in total control. He’s not at all impulsive — he’s so far ahead of everyone, very much a strategic thinker.”
What a crock of you-know-what!
Reverse Robin Hood … again!
Remember December 2017 and the tax cuts that benefited the wealthy and corporations? As a result, companies like Exxon-Mobil, Amazon and others pay less taxes than you do. As a result, our national debt is now a staggering $22.9 trillion, and the national deficit was, as of September 30th, just shy of $1 trillion. Way to go, Trump …
Well, it doesn’t end there. For you see, the tax cuts were structured in such a way as to help only the wealthiest in the land, but he sold the public such a snowjob that his base genuinely believed that he was doing it to help them. And they still largely believe it, even though they have hard proof in front of them that they did not, in fact, benefit. So, since that worked so well, and since Trump is heading into next year’s election with several strikes against him, he has decided to re-play December 2017 with yet another round of tax cuts for the wealthy sometime ahead of the election.
Now, here’s the thing … even if the tax cuts were to help the lower-and-middle income groups, it is a bad … really, really bad idea. We owe money … trillions and trillions of dollars … more money than you and I could even imagine. And, we are spending more than we are taking in. WHO in their right mind thinks the best idea is to cut our revenue??? Au contraire, we need to be raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy, not cutting them for anybody. If you or I managed our budgets and debt as poorly as Trump is managing this country’s, we would be in debtor’s prison! It is poor stewardship, it is … it is stupid! But then, look who we’re talking about.
And then there’s …
… wait … I’m not dooooonnnnne