Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Trump Blames Schumer for Diversity Visa Program

Are politicians and the media truly surprised and uninformed (or misinformed) about the Diversity Visa Program? Or are they feigning surprise to further the drama surrounding the story they wish to tell?



I, a voting citizen, NOT a politician or elected official, knew about the Diversity Visa Program prior to yesterday. I also know that these people were indeed, being vetted.  

The amazement spilling from some of these politicians and journalists is disturbing. 

I am beyond tired of ignorance, or feigned ignorance, which is even more shameful in my opinion. 

Apparently, if people (the media, the president, the citizens) act shocked by the facts that you (the politician) were already aware of, then it's okay to pretend that you (the elected representative) knew nothing about the subject / law / incident. 

The problem with that should be obvious. 

If you are an elected official, and you claim to know nothing about the Diversity Visa Program, then you should resign - it's that simple. There is no excuse for your ignorance. 

Unlike Trump, you cannot get away with blaming one solitary politician for a bill!



Trump blames Schumer for Diversity Visa Program.

This makes about as much sense as blaming Hillary Clinton for Benghazi. 

In other words, it's idiotic. 

It's a ploy to divert attention from one person to another, regardless of the cost - and I, for one, am disgusted by this behavior. 

But I digress...

I guess it's no surprise that our president is ill-informed on past events (and current ones for that matter) in Washington DC. 

While Senator Schumer did sponsor the original bill that included the lottery program, it was voted on and passed by Republicans as well as Democrats. 

Schumer and the "gang of eight" attempted to end the program in 2013 with the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. 

They were not successful.

Read more at Politifact:


Gang of Eight from Wikipedia:

In the context of proposed immigration reform, the Gang of Eight consists of the following four Democratic and four Republican senators:[4]


Further Reading at The Atlantic:


While I am not in favor of the Diversity Visa Program, I would be remiss if I did not put this into proper perspective - this single incident by one terrorist, is not enough reason to end immigration, any more than it is a reason to end driving in the city. 





Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wall Street Wins Again




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Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote Tuesday night to repeal a rule that made it easier for Americans to sue their banks and credit card companies. 
Senators passed the measure by a vote of 51-50, handing Wall Street its first major win since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Wall Street Wins - Again


I totally agree with Elizabeth Warren - 

"This bill is a giant wet kiss to Wall Street."



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mad at God - Me Too

Interesting.

Bill O'Reilly is 'mad at God' about all of those pesky sexual misconduct allegations.

Well Bill, we're mad at God too, for allowing sexual misconduct.

Mad at god - Me Too.

mad at god


O'Reilly blames this recent problem on his assumption of his success.

I didn't know anything about his online show or his book.

This man's arrogance continues to amaze me.

Does he really believe that anyone will consider him a victim?


O'Reilly said Monday that the success of his web series and his latest book, "Killing England," as well as a recent appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News program, prompted the Times to declare, "You know, we didn't kill him, so we've got to kill him again."





#MeToo

Sessions Has Questionable Opinions

As reported by Patheos.com in January of 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions believes that "separation of church and state" is unconstitutional. Furthermore, he believes it is a recent doctrine.

It's kind of funny, just looking at Sessions you (or I) come away with the feeling that he is probably harmless... but we all know looks can be deceiving. Unfortunately, Sessions is providing more and more proof of that as time goes by.

Here are just a few of the issues with Attorney General Sessions...

I vaguely remembered my original concerns regarding Sessions' qualifications after watching his  responses last week during a congressional hearing (on Russian interference), at which time I realized that this man is not intelligent enough to be serving his nation in such an important job. His physical demeanor (hesitation and strange smiles at awkward moments) was also quite telling, if not indicating he was lying, certainly and at the very least indicating his consideration of how to best answer the question and keep himself out of the "hot seat."

Apparently, Sessions has no qualms about voicing controversial opinions, unless it's during a congressional hearing.

In 2015, Sessions expressed his opposition to the removal of Confederate statues, as if that action could somehow erase history. Unfortunately, many people jumped on this bandwagon excuse, because obviously, we would know nothing about the Civil War if it wasn't for the Confederate statues.

Sessions is proud of his ancestors who participated in the Civil War. I also have ancestors who fought as Confederates. While I have complete understanding and compassion for their misguided opinions, I could never say that I am proud of them for their participation.

Let us not forget that the Confederates were US traitors - by definition. You can color it any way you want to, it will not change the facts.

There are several more issues on which Sessions has questionable opinions. You can read more about those issues in the Huffington Post article: What People Don't Criticize About Sessions but Should.

Here is a snippet regarding separation of church and state from the Patheos article.

"The actual phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper soon thereafter. The following is an excerpt from Jefferson’s famous Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:"

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/01/jeff-sessions-rejects-separation-church-state/#6fmRRuzoKkcpH4lM.99


Jefferson on separation of church and state


Question everything.

Challenge ignorance.

Support justice and equality for all.

Consider all aspects of a political candidate before casting a vote. Just because they see things "your" way, doesn't mean that they are intelligent or capable of serving this country.

It is time we expect and demand that all of our public servants are committed, educated, and dedicated to serving for America's highest good.



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