Snarky Snippets: Filosofa Growls

I awoke this morning to an odd noise that I couldn’t seem to pinpoint.  At first I thought it was a car motor outside, but everywhere in the house I went, the noise stayed the same.  I asked the girls if they could hear the noise (my hearing is strange … I don’t hear what is there, and I often hear that which doesn’t exist), and they said they heard it only when I was near.  Hmmmm … a mystery.  Well, we finally figured out that it was a low, growling sound emanating from somewhere deep in my throat.  Well, you all know what that means, right?  It means that it’s time for … Snarky Snippets!


Donald Trump, whose claim to fame is firing people, who even had a television show that was based solely, from what I’ve heard, on him screaming, “You’re Fired!” every week, is in firing mode this month.  The latest in a series was Matthew Doherty, who until last week served as executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  What, you may ask, did Mr. Doherty do wrong?  Nothing, as far as I can discern, but the timing is interesting.

The council was created in 1987 and is supposed to coordinate the government’s approach to tackling homelessness. It is unclear who will lead the organization now.  Trump has recently promised to take action against California’s homelessness problem, arguing that homelessness hurts the quality of life and the “prestige” of some of its largest cities. One measure that has been discussed is razing the tent camps that house many homeless.

Did Trump fire Mr. Doherty because Doherty is a man of integrity and refused to go along with Trump’s inhumane ideas?  And think about it … what does Trump plan to DO with the homeless people?  Remember, we are talking about people here, not just some things that are lying about detracting from the “prestige” of the cities.  Will he throw the children in cages?  Since for the most part these people are citizens, not immigrants, he cannot send them “back where they came from”, so will he throw the adults into the Pacific Ocean and say, “Sink or swim”?

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Remember those tax cuts for the wealthy that Trump & Congress so generously approved in December 2017?  One of the beneficiaries of those tax cuts came onto my radar just this morning.  In 2017, the year prior to the implementation of the new tax cuts, FedEx paid $1.5 billion in taxes.  Last year, however, was a different story … last year FedEx paid -0- in taxes.  That’s right, folks … almost ever single person reading this post paid more taxes in 2018 than the corporation that saw a net income of $4.57 billion in fiscal 2018.  Let that one sink in for a minute.

Now, the rationale for the tax cuts on corporations was that the companies would use the extra money they had on investments that would create more jobs … you know, that ‘trickle down’ theory that has never worked and never will work.  Well, the company spent less in the 2018 fiscal year than it had projected in December 2017, before the tax law passed. It spent even less in 2019. Much of its savings have gone to reward shareholders: FedEx spent more than $2 billion on stock buybacks and dividend increases in the 2019 fiscal year, up from $1.6 billion in 2018, and more than double the amount the company spent on buybacks and dividends in fiscal year 2017.

In a nutshell, the country’s national debt is higher than ever before, the budget deficit (you remember, the one that republicans were so concerned about when Obama was president?) is in the tank, but a lot of rich people got even richer, thanks to their rich friends in the U.S. Congress and in the Oval Office.

Oh, and one last thing … this year, FedEx cut back on employee bonuses in an effort to reduce labour costs.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Just so you know, my friends, Attorney General William Barr says that We the People (those of us who still use our brains to think) are “undermining the rule of law”.  Yes, that’s right.  Trump can break the law, trample the Constitution, and even shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, but it is those of us who disagree with him that are undermining the rule of law!

“Immediately after President [sic] Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called ‘The Resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration. The fact of the matter is: that in waging a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war of resistance against this administration, it is the left that is engaged in the systemic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law.”

He forgets that after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, it was the right that formed the Tea Party movement, and republicans in Congress who conspired to oppose every effort put forward by the incoming administration.  He forgets that the Koch brothers initiated the “Tea Party” movement immediately after Obama’s election, to shout down democratic lawmakers, protest in the streets and at state capitols across the nation, and even protest violently outside of the U.S. Capitol building. Some of them reportedly spit on lawmakers as they were walking into Congress to vote on healthcare legislation, and some called black lawmakers the N-word.

Yet it is those of us who want the madman out of the Oval Office, who wish to restore some integrity and intelligence to the position of president, who are “undermining the rule of law”???????

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Okay, folks, I think I’ve growled so much that my throat hurts, so I’ll stop here and leave you with a bit of humour.

36 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets: Filosofa Growls

  1. For once \i am going to disagree with part of one of these snippets. Whilst I agree with you that tax breaks for corporations are generally a bad thing, I feel bound to point out that all that money going back to Fedex shareholders increased their spending power. Directly and indirectly a lot of those folks are pensioners so ‘Trickle down’ worked for them. And they paid sales taxes on the spending. And the stuff they purchased probably also created some jobs, or kept some businesses in business that might otherwise have failed.

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    • Well, you do make some valid points. I would counter, however, that the shareholders who received the most benefit were those with the highest level of wealth already. The ones who are pensioners likely saw very little from it all. And from my point of view, our government is so far in debt that it makes my jaw drop, and that debt increases by the second. Trump considers that since revenue is reduced and the budget deficit is out of sight, he may cut programs that help feed the poor, cut programs that provide health care to the poor, and has even been considering cutting Social Security, which we working people fully funded for our retirement. The rich are paying no taxes, we of modest income are still paying just about the same as we were before Trump’s tax cuts, and for most of us, our wages have not risen. Yet, rather than make the wealthy pay their fair share, he will cut programs to the poor. Sigh. Remember that old saying, “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer”? ‘Tis true.

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      • and I heard that FedEx will no longer b offering new employees a traditional pension, but will contribute towards their retirement plan. I’m all in favor of such a move – pension costs have gotten out of control, and to me, such a move is the only solution.

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        • Hmmmm … it doesn’t sound like a bad plan, but ask me again in 10 years. A cynic I am, but I simply don’t trust mega-corporations. But you are definitely right about the cost of pension plans, which is why more and more companies have moved to a 401(k) instead of a pension plan.

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  2. Well what they are doing is nothing new. Governments, organisations and individuals have been swigging from the jug of Hypocrisy for thousand of years.
    However this bunch have the ineptitude you’d expect from one of those comic depictions of authoritarian regimes.
    And 50,000,000+ fall for it.
    I can’t see why any alien race would bother tramping out here to see us, unless morbid curiosity is a universal trait….this by the way is a shameless intro for a song which has been tripping through my head for days (daze?) now, and is so darn loveable (Well Karen Carpenter singing….I mean to say !).
    And is good for the grrrrrrrrrrrrs (cured mine for a while)

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  3. Jill, I like to keep it simple and quote Bill Taylor – what the president did was wrong. It was also criminal. Check out Chris Wallace vilifying GOP Congressman Steve Scalise today about trying to paint a white-washed story of the hearings. Barr has defamed himself and his reputation. I would love to see Wallace interview Barr. Keith

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    • Thanks for the recommendation … Chris did a good job, Scalise deflected, as usual. But later, I hear that Trump denigrated Chris Wallace over the interview. Such dignity for a president. Sigh. I hope that whoever the democratic nominee is wins big next year and makes William Barr one of the first people she/he fires. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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