FEELING PATRIOTIC?

With the following imagined speech by a Republican President, David Leonhardt of the NY Times perfectly describes GOP Trickle Down Economics.

“My fellow Americans, I’m here today to tell you about my economic plan. Each year, I will require every middle-class family across this great country to write a check. We will then pool the money and distribute it to the richest Americans among us — the top 1 percent of earners, who, because of their talent, virtue, and success, deserve even more money.”

“The exact size of the checks will depend on a family’s income, but a typical middle-class household will hand over $15,000 each year. This plan, I promise all of you, will create the greatest version of America that has ever existed.”

With a nod to the likes of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Trump and their tax plans, Mr. Leonhardt just described GOP Trickle Down Economics and the actual American economy in which we now live.

Feeling patriotic? Write a check.

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The Pence Pardon

Is Trump in survival mode? Is Trump looking over his shoulder at the overwhelming 2018 Democrat congressional election wins and the tabloid like Ukrainian impeachment momentum growing in the new Democratic congress? What are the chances?

Being born rich and on third base surely tells us that Trump has gotten very used to winning. But his numerous bankruptcies also tells us Trump is a natural born survivor.  So, no matter the man-eating, existential problems surrounding Trump’s White House today, troubles which would likely crush a dozen lesser grifters, we can be sure there is a Trump University caliber survival plan already unpacked, at the ready, on the shelf and sitting along side Trump’s dutiful hair spray in one of Trump’s White House closets.

Should Donald Trump therefore, ever feel the need to quickly exit swampy Washington, he is ready.  His plan, based on his history will likely be simple and go something like this; true to his  winning ways, it will involve the reliable profit motive, special incentives and be very doable. He will of course also require a few survival ingredients.  They will include his simple narcissistic necessities, like getting safely back to reality show celebrity status.   Getting back to a new low tax Florida residency at Mar A Lago and an occasional golf game on one of his favorite courses.  All safe and happy places far, far away from Washington, DC, its ‘rats’, fake news and the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District, NY.

To make all that happen however, Trump will need a bit more of his rich man’s luck.  And cunning.  Can he do it?  Can he finesse Washington one more time? Of this, we can be sure, Trump has little doubt.  Why should he?  Washington always has a negotiable price.  And this simple survival plan should succeed because it cleverly includes significant political office vacancy incentives for his adoring, fox hole buddies, VP, Mike Pence, Congressmen Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows and Senator Lindsey Graham. Trump’s personal incentives are also significant.  He will be denying evil Democrats, traitorous Republicans, Michael Cohen, Special Counsel Muller, Stormy Daniels, James Comey, Rex Tillerson, General Mattis, Colonel Vindman, Ambassador Taylor, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff a generous measure of moral satisfaction.

For this simple survival plan to succeed, Trump believes he simply has to physically exit Washington. Cinchy, huh? Like a Trump Monopoly Board Game; Go directly Home.  Do not stop at Go.  Do not stop at Jail.

Can it be done?  Come November, 2020, if Donald Trump has lost the election, can Donald Trump convince Vice President, Mike Pence to become the 46th president of the United States and cement into history a special Republican tradition of presidential pardons for departing Republican presidents? 

What a plan!

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NPF GOOD NEWS – SO SO NEWS

GOOD NEWS.

In 2016 the NPF achieved 60.6% actuarial funded status,  its highest in recent history, if not ever.  The NPF continues its multi-year positive trends. *

In 2016 NPF pension contributions exceeded pensions paid, for the frst time in recent history, if not ever, a remarkable achievement. *

SO SO NEWS

In 2016, on a Current Liability basis,  NPF cash on hand vs current accrued pension liability equaled 32.1%, which is unimproved but consistent with NPF history.  (.32 cents on the dollar.) *

In  2016 the NPF was still in Endangered Status.  We have a long way to go  to truly secure your retirement and the NPF but the trend is now your friend.  Protect your union and your retirement.  Stay vigilant.

*Source:  Martin E Segal, January 1, 2017, NPF Actuarial Valuation.

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EVERYTHING’S DUCKY

Florida Governor Scott goes to Washington.

 

 

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A SURE THING

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YOGI: IT AIN’T OVER TILL ITS OVER

Trump knows. And it hurts.  Even his hair hurts. Trump and his flamethrowers lost the nationwide midterm elections.  Florida is an exception.  There the GOP gang is still hanging on to a thin win at the polls. And they are still counting ballots.

Trump says, “Stop counting Florida ballots. Its over.” 

Yogi says, “It ain’t over till its over.”

So, once again, this nation’s eyes turn to Broward County, Florida, where tradition has it that, voting is never over.  And there we will watch and wait while the most incompetent bureaucrats in the Western Hemisphere count ballots that Broward County may or may not use to elect Florida’s next Governor and US Senator.

Trump vs Yogi.

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HIGH SCHOOL

The status quo is worried.

The status quo sends us endless memos and messages.  All of which we are expected to obey.  There are tangible memos, there are virtual memos.  We get ‘expectation’ memos. Rule memos.   Promise memos.  Money memos.  Pain memos. Memos that tell us what we may expect from our culture, our government and our politicians, each other.  We get memos from Trump, Twitter, Congress, the press, from TV and radio, online, school, our neighbors, advertising, movies, billboards, churches, bankers, lore, heroes, Facebook and villains.  We get corporate memos, religious memos, social memos, political memos and cultural memos.  And almost all those memos reflect the special interests of our enduring status quo – our 1%.

Each of us – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, brown, god loving and the godless are tirelessly schooled by the status quo  –  we are taught what and how to think, to stay small, to limit expectations.  We are warned of ‘takers’ among us. We are schooled, “Do not be a taker.” We are in danger, so say the memos, cherish the military and guns.  Our way of life does not afford a minimum wage or pensions, education or healthcare; we need lower taxes, less government and regulation, say the memos.  Obey your God, and beware their God say the memos.  Fear, say the memos  “Everywhere.”

And for the most part, those memos carry their weight.  As a people, we are at one with the status quo.  We move peaceably within its confines.  We have minimal expectations of the status quo and its government.  We rarely complain. We move along,  Die quietly.  We get along.  We abide, we keep our head down.  We stay in our lane.  Normally the status quo is pleased and does not worry.

We especially pleased the status quo in the 2016 presidential election.  Messaging and memos then and since taught and we learned well that we are undeserving of universal health care and public education thru college as proposed by Bernie Sanders.  Universal healthcare is just too exotic and too foreign for real Americans.  Neither are for us, the memos schooled. Abide, said the memos.  The Bernie memos also taught and we learned that education has high costs.  We learned that teacher salaries, schools and colleges are much too expensive – and education, especially higher education is not for everyone. We have ‘rights’, taught the Bernie memos.  We have the right to own a gun but not to universal healthcare or higher education.  There is a difference between a ‘right’ and a privilege said the memos. Not all Americans have privileges, explained the Bernie memos.

But increasingly and surprisingly, in places like Parkland, Sandy Hook and now Pittsburgh, the status quo is not pleased.  There, when the young read their memos, they do not abide.  They do not stay in lane. They make noise. Loud noise. Lots. They yell VOTE!

What will happen to them, to us – to our memos?

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IN YOUR FACE

They are not inept or timid liars.  And they are not nearly as accomplished as Donald Trump. Still, everyday Republican politicians who, like Trump, lie directly into the face of their base, do so with great effect at winning over an endless supply of wannabe Republicans.

For example, the GOP whopper that ‘trickle down’ economics is good for the working man has been told and retold by countless Republican politicians for more than 50 years. It is the all time GOP favorite fable.  And the GOP base (all Richie Rich wannabes) absolutely loves that legendary tale.

Trump Republicans, command respect and boast great authority among their wannabes.  And remarkably these grifting politicians who preach their strange GOP truths directly into the face of their faithful, never, ever suffer a pang of conscience.  And should you ask, how is that possible?  Republicans will respond to you with one of their most reliable and prayerful sermons. ‘Debt is evil. God is with us.’  And the wannabe base will shout, “Amen.” 

Case in point: As of this date, on the Bloomberg TV airwaves, just one day after the US Treasury announced trillion dollar annual federal deficits from here to eternity, thanks to Trump’s Richie Rich tax bill, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell discovered the new federal debt and he blamed that evil debt on “… a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY…”  And the wannabe base  shouted, “Amen.”

Now, how great is that – a Republican politician condemning the evil debt of MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY?  How prayerful is that?  How patriotic and pious are Mitch and his fellow Republicans in their noble effort to bring down America’s ‘evil’ trillion dollar deficits by bringing down Medicare, Medicaid and  Social Security? Are they not true patriots?  Ought the base be proud and shout, “Amen!”

Republicans truly know this nation’s enemy.  And they are coming for that enemy.

Do you know the enemy?

 

VOTE!

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-16/mcconnell-blames-entitlements-not-gop-for-rising-deficits

 

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Forgive and Forget?

Only twelve congressional Republicans Voted No on the new and harmful GOP Tax Bill.   227 Republicans Voted Yes.  All Democrats (119) Voted No.  These are the deceitful (NY NJ CA) Republicans permitted to Vote No in collaboration with the national Republican Party because both the national and local politicians knew the law would hurt NY and NJ citizens.  The 12 No Votes were deceitful Cover Your Ass (CYA) votes because the votes were not needed by the GOP to pass the national legislation harmful to NJ, NY, CA   taxpayers.  Everyone of these Republicans also voted multiple times to repeal ObamaCare. These Republicans were therefore free to vote against their party which was then free to harm NY, NJ and CA with higher local taxes and lower federal tax deductions.

It is the hope of the Republican Party and these 12 local congressman that the people of NJ, NY and CA will  forgive and forget that the GOP has unfairly taxed our states. 

However, a better slogan for the people of NY and NJ would be “Never Forget” and then vote out every last GOP congressman in our states.

CA-48    Dana Rohrabacher           Won by a Democrat

CA-49    Darrell Issa                          Won by a Democrat

NJ-2       Frank A. LoBiondo           Won by a Democrat

NJ-3        Thomas MacArthur         Won by a Democrat

NJ-4       Christopher H. Smith      Won re-election

NJ-7       Leonard Lance                    Won by a Democrat

NJ-11     Rodney Frelinghuysen     Won by a Democrat

NY-1      Lee Zeldin                              Won re-election

NY-2      Peter T. King                        Won re-election

NY-11    Dan Donovan                        Won by a Democrat

NY-19    John J. Faso                          Won by a Democrat

NY-21    Elise Stefanik                        Won re-election

 

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RAISE YOUR HANDS!

Get ready. With the end of or diminished Medicare and  Social Security programs, income inequality between working Americans and Richie Rich will soon be even greater.  Republican politicians who just cut the tax bill of Richie Rich with their new tax laws and gave the US government trillion-dollar annual deficits from here to eternity in order to pay for Richie Rich tax cuts are now on the hunt to cut the deficit.  In 2019 these self-same Republicans will be coming after Medicare and Social Security deficits – not Richie’s. Republican don’t like budget deficits for the working man.

Medicare’s hospital insurance fund will be depleted in 2026, said the trustees who oversee the benefit program in an annual report. That is three years earlier than projected last year.  This year, like last year, Social Security’s trustees said the program’s two trust funds would be depleted in 2034. For the first time since 1982, Social Security has to dip into the trust fund to pay for the program this year.  *

Raise your hands.  Who thinks Republicans and Richie Rich will pay to save Social Security and Medicare?

Raise your hands.  Who thinks Richie Rich will pay for the coming trillion-dollar deficits of the US Government?

Raise your hands.  Who do you think will be paying (with none or lower benefits) for the coming financial crisis in Social Security and Medicare, Richie Rich or the working man?

Raise your hands.  Who do you think will be the losers – the working man or Richie Rich?  Raise them high!

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