Thursday, January 18, 2018

The clowns in office

 US government shutdown.
I don't know if  I'm  watching a comedy or a Greek tragedy.
Democrats would rather protect illegals than US citizens. Future voters for them.

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Report: Number of Illegal 'Dreamers' Far Larger Than Previously Known: 3.6 Million
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Hoping to garner more votes, Republicans added language providing six years of financing for the widely popular Children's Health Insurance Program and delaying some taxes imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law. The children's health program serves nearly 9 million low-income children, and some states have come close to exhausting their funds.
But Pelosi compared the GOP bill to "having a bowl of doggy-doo and adding a cherry on top and calling it a chocolate sundae."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., taunted Democrats, saying, "My friends on the other side of the aisle do not oppose a single thing in this bill" and "can't possibly explain" their opposition to voters.
Most Democrats remained opposed anyway, though saying they'd relent if there also was a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the U.S. as children and now are here illegally. Trump has ended an Obama-era program providing those protections and given Congress until March to restore them.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Terrorism Offenders

Three Out of Four International Terrorism Offenders Are Foreign-Born

549 Convicted since 9/11, 73 percent immigrants

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BY:

73 percent of the 549 individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts were immigrants, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
"This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality—our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  "And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we currently have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees."

Monday, January 15, 2018

California Poorest

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More to come.

What's the Matter with California?

By Michael Walsh January 14, 2018

This just in from what was once the best state in the Union:
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).
California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

US Funding in Haiti

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the US government has disbursed some $4.4 billion in foreign assistance to the tiny Caribbean nation. At least $1.5 billion was disbursed for immediate humanitarian assistance, while just under $3 billion has gone toward recovery, reconstruction, and development. Since many of the funds have gone toward longer-term reconstruction, there remains some $700 million in undisbursed funding ― in addition to annual allocations.
In our 2013 report “Breaking Open the Black Box,” we found:
Over three years have passed since Haiti’s earthquake and, despite USAID’s stated commitment to greater transparency and accountability, the question “where has the money gone?” echoes throughout the country. It remains unclear how exactly the billions of dollars that the U.S. has spent on assistance to Haiti have been used and whether this funding has had a sustainable impact. With few exceptions, Haitians and U.S. taxpayers are unable to verify how U.S. aid funds are being used on the ground in Haiti. USAID and its implementing partners have generally failed to make public the basic data identifying where funds go and how they are spent.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"shithole countries,"

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries," according to two sources familiar with the comments.
Poorest in the world. And he is right!
  
Following President Trump’s Thursday comments, it’s worth noting that former President Obama called the African country of Libya a “shit show” just two years ago.

Vulgar language isn’t just acceptable – it’s even required for a U.S. president, Rolling Stone declared:
“It's a dirty job, leading the free world. Sometimes it takes a few dirty words.
Rolling Stone even justified Obama calling Romney a “bullsh*tter” – because “the dirty word is more precise.”
The magazine then listed examples of vulgarity employed by a host of presidents, vice-presidents and presidential candidates:
  • Abraham Lincoln: "There is nothing to make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of General George Washington."
  • Barack Obama: “Obama really drew the ire of the pious, calling opponent Mitt Romney a ‘bullshitter.’ Sometimes the dirty word is the most precise.”
  • Joe Biden: "This is a big f**king deal."
  • Dick Cheney: “Cheney reportedly told Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to ‘go f**k [himself]’”
  • George W. Bush: “Commented on the presence of New York Times reporter Adam Clymer. Believing he had an audience of one, Bush called Clymer a ‘major-league asshole.’”
  • Barack Obama: "I don't think I should take any sh*t from anybody on that, do you?"
  • Richard Nixon: “The Watergate tapes put the phrase ‘expletive deleted’ on the map.”
  • Lyndon Johnson: "I do know the difference between chicken sh*t and chicken salad,"
  • John F. Kennedy: "This is obviously a f**k-up."
  • Harry Truman: “In Truman's eyes, General Douglas MacArthur was a "dumb son of a bitch," and Nixon was ‘a shifty-eyed goddamned liar.’”

DREAMers and DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DREAM Act

In 2010, the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) failed to pass the House. It specified a six-year path for illegal aliens to eventually become US citizens if:
  • they were brought to the US before the age of 16, are pursuing education or military service
  • they have been in the country for five years continuously
  • they have a clean criminal record
  • they are between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of the bill’s enactment.

DREAMers

While the DREAM Act failed, the name stuck, and now the term DREAMers applies generally to illegal aliens under the age of 35 seeking full or partial legalization / amnesty and/or taxpayer subsidized tuition.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chile’s Social Security

How to fix the US Social Security? 
But only if you want to.

Pension reform in Chile: retiring the state

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In 1980, Chile’s military government approved a decree that would radically reshape the country’s pensions. The new, fully private system of insurance that was created quickly became an object of envy for other countries, some of whom would go on to attempt similar reforms of their own. How successful was the new system in practice and why, today, are the reforms revered as a landmark, in both the history of welfare policy and finance?
Chilean Model

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NYS Property Tax

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Collins and New York State Leaders Praise Inclusion of NYS Property Tax Reduction Language in Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill

Jun 23, 2017
Press Release
Provides largest property tax reduction ever to WNY; holds Albany accountable for Medicaid spending.
Federal law now permits states to share some of their costs with local governments, but New York is the only state that has imposed this level of burden on property taxpayers. Counties currently have no say in how local revenues are spent on Medicaid; they’re simply required to foot part of Albany’s bill. Local state leaders agreed that the inclusion of the amendment is important and welcome news for Western New York residents.

Medicaid Fight Lands in New York, Crossing Party Lines

 The state’s counties currently pick up 13 percent of the total cost of Medicaid, a tab that is expected to top $8 billion in the coming fiscal year, though much of that is in New York City. Some other states also require counties to cover some Medicaid costs. But residents of New York pay far more than those in other states, according to the New York State Association of Counties — something that has been blamed for high property tax rates in many parts of New York.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/nyregion/health-care-medicaid-new-york-collins.html
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I ask, I have paid into Medicare my whole working life, should I or someone else
continue to pay health care once they retire and are on a fixed income. They do, every month money is taken out of their Social Security to pay for
their health care, Medicare, and still have co-payments. And still have to pay for their
own heath care, be that Blue Cross and Blue Shield , or other health care to pay for what
Medicare doesn't pay for, IE, Prescription drugs. This amounts to thousands($$$) of dollars a year.  
Total could be over $5,000 a year. FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE!!
NOW, how about paying for someone else health care for the rest of your life.
It's called Medicaid.  The county is mandated by the NY state to pay a portion of Medicaid, It amounts to 60% of the property tax. 
This could also be over $5,000 a year, for someone's other than your healthcare!!
Now your paying over $10,000 a year for healthcare, and you may be on a fixed income. 
And some people (mostly Liberals) think that is just fine.
But if you want it done fairly, you should have Medicare for all, and pay for it with a 14% tax on the working people.
Not the retirees who paid into it their whole lives, and continue to pay for it. Once you retire you should not have to pay for healthcare for any but yourself.

Monday, December 18, 2017

PTSD

Infographic with key findings from the Nationl Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study.
 Agent Orange Newsletter: Information for Vietnam-era Veterans and their families.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined as having flashbacks, upsetting memories, and anxiety following a traumatic event. It was first officially recognized as a mental health condition in 1980, only five years after the end of the Vietnam War. For hundreds of years, these symptoms have been described under different names in soldiers from many wars. However, Vietnam Veterans with these symptoms were the first to have the term ‘PTSD’ applied to them. Despite the passage of 50 years since the war, for some Vietnam Veterans, PTSD remains a chronic reality of everyday life. 

Older Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/08/31/older-vets-committing-suicide-at-alarming-rate.html
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

NYS State Debt

NYers: State debt is $3,116 per person

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The New York State comptroller issued a warning on Thursday.
By Natasha Vaughn, Gannett Albany bureau
ALBANY -- New York’s state-funded debt is the second highest in the country, according to a report Thursday.
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Mostly to pay for state Welfare and Medicaid, Food Stamps.
More hand outs from the over taxed tax payers of New York
State!
For what? A failing school system and roads that are falling
apart.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

White Rabbit

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the one's that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all

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Who's Delusional Now?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Deep State

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The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky) What Is the Deep State?
The Deep State is shorthand for the nexus of secretive intelligence agencies whose leaders and policies are not much affected by changes in the White House or the Congress. While definitions vary, the Deep State includes the CIA, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and components of the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the armed forces.
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But what is the so-called “Deep State?”
To allies of Trump in the conservative media and on Capitol Hill, it is an organized resistance within the government, working to subvert his presidency. They blame career bureaucrats, many of whom they see as loyal to former President Barack Obama, for leaking damaging information to the news media.
But until recently, “Deep State” was a term mainly used outside the United States, and generally associated with authoritarian regimes like Turkey and Egypt. And government experts are skeptical one exists in America.

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

President Trump: US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital








National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Survive

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Get out alive.  Science finds—industry applies—man conforms