Wednesday, May 02, 2018

America has become morally bankrupt

While I am not the least bit surprised that Trump dictated his medical report which his doctor then signed, I am now more convinced than ever that America has become morally bankrupt.

When I was applying to college in the 70s, I had to have two people provide references. It was a popular Southern Baptist school in my state, and I guess they wanted to make sure I was an appropriate student for their dogma.

The letters had to be mailed by the writer of said letters.

At the end of my application process, I had to sign a document that stated everything I had submitted was true. If it were to be found out that I had lied, I would be subject to dismissal.

We were expected to be truthful and honorable in how we presented ourselves.

I guess we expected more from our university students in the seventies than we expect from our president today.

How sad.

Dr. Harold Bornstein needs to tell the truth about his patient. 

He can start by answering the following questions.

  • Did the president lie?
  • Did the president exaggerate?
  • Did the president omit pertinent information?
  • Why did Dr. Bornstein agree to this "doctored" letter?

This doctor needs to submit a new, "undoctored" letter regarding the health of Trump. 

Let's be truthful. No one believed for a second that a physician actually claimed that Trump would be the "healthiest president ever!" We all knew who spoke those words. 

Now that it's been admitted, perhaps we can learn the truth. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trump attacking Amazon

Do not be fooledIt's been three weeks since I opined on Trump attacking Amazon.

This morning, while reading the news, I stumbled onto an article written on, in October of 2017, which explains everything.

It would appear that Trump may have a grudge against Bezos, or maybe he's just jealous.

Whatever the reason, the facts seem to add fodder to the fuel that many (or most) of Trump's actions as President, are of self-centered benefit to Trump, rather than being beneficial for the nation as a whole.

And I quote...
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, took the number two spot on the Forbes list for the second straight year, with an $81.5 billion net worth.
Meanwhile, Trump moved from 156th on the list down to 248th. 

Trump’s real estate holdings, specifically those in New York City, have taken a big hit in the past year, as retail values are struggling in response to Amazon’s e-commerce gains.
It would appear that Amazon’s strategy of e-commerce over brick and mortar retail is winning, and that is having an effect on real estate values." Kerry Dolan, Forbes assistant managing editor.

I love it when the universe randomly provides explanations when you least expect it.

The timing wasn't my decision, but it's the thought that counts. 

Good things come to those who read - facts - and learn from them. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Remember the Barbara Bush Foundation

At a time when most Republicans want to make it harder to achieve higher education, it if refreshing to remember the Barbara Bush Foundation.

“The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.”  Mrs. Barbara Bush

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Barbara Bush

Love this photo of the Obamas with Barbara Bush.

Three great humans being fabulous.

Former first lady Barbara Bush said that she did not understand how women could vote for Donald Trump

Neither did I. I also do not understand how women, and men for that matter, continue to support him in spite of his lying, his lack of character, and his obvious inability to lead this nation in a manner that is honorable, just, and admirable.

As I take a look at some of my favorite quotes of Barbara Bush, I am reminded that character is so much more important than political affiliation.

Blessings to you, Barbara Bush, a woman of unsurpassed dignity and elegance.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Leave Amazon Alone

The argument that Trump makes against Amazon is ridiculous.

"In 2012, Amazon began collecting and paying state taxes in California. Since April 2017, Amazon has collected sales taxes in all states that levy one.

Additionally, in its latest annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Amazon said it paid $957 million in income taxes in 2017."

Continue reading the main story at The NY Times.

If this is truly about government contracts and paying taxes, then what about Boeing?

"Boeing has managed to avoid paying even a dime of state income taxes nationwide on $35 billion in pretax U.S. profits. Nationwide, Boeing reported $96 million in net state income tax rebates over the 2003-2012 period." 

Reference: Largest state tax subsidy in history... 

As for Amazon taking advantage of the Post Office, that is partially true, due to the fact that the Postal Service has offered their services at bulk pricing (to everyone) in order to attract more business. 

This Trump tirade over Amazon has nothing to do with taxes. 

Here are a few reasons why Trump is attacking Amazon.

By the way, remember when Trump said he (Trump) avoided paying taxes because he was smart?

Mr. President, leave Amazon alone. 

Amazon enables home bound people, as well as people without adequate transportation,  to shop and have their purchases delivered to their doorstep. It's a win - win situation.

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