Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Posted Wthout Comment Cause It Speaks for Itself

In France, in what must look quite extraordinary to American eyes, the candidate with the most votes actually wins.

Republicans Reach New Low in the 'Have No Shame' Area

Why Won't the Media Call Them Out on This?

Coming this week is a need to pass a fubnding bill for the rest of FY 2017 for the federal government.  Republicans in Congress agree with Democrats that a clean bill should emerge.  Donnie wants funding for his rediculous wall.  And incredibly here's what the budget director is saying.

In his interview with the Journal, Mr. Mulvaney said “elections have to have consequences” and, like former President Barack Obama, Mr. Trump is “entitled to have some of his priorities funded.”

Now the reason this is so mind boggling involves health care, which of course was Mr. Obama's top priority.  Right now Republicans are refusing to pay insurers monies owed them by law. and have actually sued to stop payments.  If they prevail health care for millions will collapse. So the idea that Mr. Obama was entitled to have his priority funded is such a joke statement by Republicans that we wonder how they can say it with a straight face.  But of course hypocrisy is a requirement for the GOP leaders these days.  Without it they are not true to themselves.

Wonder How America's War in Afghanistan is Going?

This NYT Story Sums it Up

Here is the status of America's longest war and the training we are giving to Afghan soldiers.

‘A Shortage of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan — They looked like Afghan Army soldiers returning from the front lines, carrying the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse.
Dressed in military uniforms, a squad of 10 Taliban militants drove in two army Ford Ranger trucks past seven checkpoints. They arrived inside northern Afghanistan’s largest military installation just as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed soldiers were emerging from Friday Prayers and preparing for lunch.
For the next five hours, the militants went on a rampage, killing at least 140 soldiers and officers in what is emerging as the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the country’s 16-year war. Some assailants blew themselves up among the soldiers fleeing for their lives, according to survivors, witnesses and officials.

No, the U. S. cannot impose its will on a country a million miles away when there are thugs and murderers who care nothing of human life.   When will we learn?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Criticizing New York Free College Tuition David Brooks of the NYT Has Written the Most Stupid Column Ever

And that Bar is Pretty High

One of the many things conservatives hate is tuition aid (aid, not loans) for low and middle income families.  They believe that if a student cannot afford college it’s because that student was not smart enough to pick a family to be born into that could afford college.  So it comes as no surprise conservative NYT columnist David Brooks would hate the new New York State provisions for tuition free education as state colleges.  But the surprise is just how stupid and ridiculous his arguments are.  Consider this.

First, the law is regressive. . . .  The higher up the income scale you go, until the ceiling, the more you benefit.

No, regressive means the lower the income the less the benefit.  In this case because tuition is fixed it is a large percentage of income the lower the income.  So it is progressive.  One would think this basic fact is within the purview of Brooks’ intellect.

 it doesn’t make a dent in reducing the non-tuition fees, like living expenses, textbooks and travel,

Well no, but that just means it’s incomplete, not faulty.

it doesn’t cover students who don’t go to school full time and don’t complete in four years

Well no, but that just means it’s incomplete, not faulty.  Do we have to repeat this?

it demotivates (sic) students. Research has shown that students who have to work to pay some college costs, even if only small expenses, are more spurred to work hard and graduate.

Uh, does Brooks realize his first point contradicts this point.  How can he be this dense?

Cuomo’s law threatens to destroy some of New York’s private colleges. . .
These private colleges tend to have smaller classes, they tend to do a better job of graduating their students and they tend to spend heavily to subsidize poorer students.

No, it doesn’t.  Private schools are for the most part doing just fine even though they charge 8 to 10 times what New York state schools charge. They may do better with graduating students because they are more selective, and they spend heavily to subsidize poorer students because they have to,  Low income students cannot pay $40,000 tuition costs.  And guess how much more debt students at private schools have, just guess.  Sorry you are too low.

over the long term the law could hurt the quality of New York’s state system. Right now those schools rely on tuition to help fund programs. If New York moves more toward a purely publicly funded model, it may suffer from the slow decay that has hurt many state systems. State budgets are perpetually challenged by rising entitlement spending. Education gets squeezed. 

Ah yes, the long term.  Actually free tuition will put more, not less pressure on the state to have adequate funding for state colleges.

 the law will hurt its recipients’ future earnings. Students who receive free tuition for four years have to remain in New York State for four years after graduating, or pay the money back. This means they won’t be able to seize out-of-state opportunities during the crucial years when their career track is being formed. They’ll be trapped in a state with one really expensive city, and other regions where good jobs are scarce.

Gosh, asking students to stay in the state that paid their tuition, what a terrible thing!!  C’mon, get real.  And as far as the regions outside the City Mr. Brooks displays the usual New York city bias towards the rest of the state.  Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Albany and other cities are coming back, they have low cost living and are growing and adding jobs.  Cuomo is directly money to them.  Their future is bright. 

Brooks is an idiot.  Every argument is wrong.

Bill O'Reilly, Just a Nice Fox News Guy Who Sexually Harasses Women

But He Denies the Claims

Just wanted to pay women $13 million because he is such a nice guy.

Only because advertisers abandoned O'Reilly in droves did Fox News toss his sorry butt out the door.  But Billo denies everything.

"O'Reilly, 67, who recently signed a new multi-year contract worth more than $20 million a year, has been on vacation and was scheduled to return to the air Monday. "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today," he said in a statement released Thursday afternoon."
Bill O'Reilly
Simple Test - If you believe him would you let him be alone with your daughter?
Didn't think so

Bill would be a lot more credible if he would have fought the charges. But cutting and running is a conservative trait, just ask his buddy Donnie who just settled Trump U fraud charges. And speaking of Donnie, doesn't everyone wonder why he endorsed he behaviour of a predator. Oh, it's because in his mind there is nothing wrong.

Liar In Chief Turns on Obama on Syria After Backing Obama on Syria

Does the Trumpster Believe in Anything?

In order to divert attention from his failing policies Trump blamed Obama for the problems in Syria and claims he is doing what Obama should have done.  Does he no know that history keeps a record of these things?  Here’s what really happened, Trump lies be damned.  First what Trumper is saying now.

“What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it, and you would have had a much better — I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been,” Trump said during an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo that aired Wednesday morning. “He didn't do it. I don't know what happened, but he didn't do it....

But his past is still out there.

In June 2013, in the wake of a deadly chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs, Trump repeatedly praised President Barack Obama for not taking military action. In a tweet on June 15, 2013, Trump wrote: “We should stay the hell out of Syria, the 'rebels' are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS? ZERO.”

 Later that summer, Trump repeatedly said Obama should seek congressional approval before taking action. In September 2013, Trump tweeted: “The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria, fix U.S.A.” On the campaign trail, Trump continued to oppose any involvement in Syria and accused Democrat Hillary Clinton and some of his Republican opponents of wanting to start World War III.

Why oh why does the media allow this man to get away with this?  Why does anyone believe anything he says?  Why is this man not already tossed into the ashcan of history

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lack of Health Insurance Kills – Evidence from Cystic Fibrosis

Not That Conservatives Care

Aaron Carroll presents the results of studies that compared the death rates of individuals with cystic fibrosis in the United States with those with the disease in Canada.  This horrific disease often finds people literally choking to death on their own organ secretions.

“A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine used the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry and the United States Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry to determine how patients fared between 1990 and 2013. Researchers compared the longevity results in the two countries, and controlled for a number of factors, including age, sex, genotype, pancreatic status and more.
Over time, they found, the median life span for patients increased. But it increased faster in Canada. Between 2009 and 2013, the median life span was 40.6 years in the United States versus 50.9 in Canada."

So what might be going on here? Well there is this.

"Compared with patients in the United States who had private insurance coverage, patients in Canada had a similar risk of early death. Compared with patients who had public insurance like Medicaid, Canadians with cystic fibrosis had a 44 percent lower risk of early death. And compared with Americans who were uninsured, Canadians had a 77 percent lower risk of early death.”

A number of factors could be at play. Medications for cystic fibrosis can be expensive, and patients have to take many every day. About 45 percent of American patients with cystic fibrosis receive some form of Medicaid, which can limit the medications patients can get, the providers they can see and the therapies that are covered. For the uninsured, it can be even worse. Insurance, as well as the cost of care, remains a significant concern for people with cystic fibrosis."

Yes, studies like these cannot isolate all of the variables.  So this evidence, not proof. But it is pretty strong evidence and one wonders what the ‘holier than thou’ Speaker of the House Paul Ryan would say.  Well he probably would not say anything cause he don’t need fact based policy, his is faith based policy.  But if he were aware of the info he would probably rejoice for those uninsured who were able to exercise their God given freedom to die earlier than they had to.

Pro life, he ain't.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What Does Trump Really Think About Attacking Syria? - Hint, Hint, It Ain't What He Did

Intellectual Dishonesty in a Deeply Intellectually Dishonest Person

Time Magazine has assembled the Twitter rants of Donnie about attacking Syria.  It ain't pretty.

There' this

We should stay the hell out of Syria, the "rebels" are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO

and there's this

What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
and what about this

Friday, April 21, 2017

USA Today Congratulates Trump on Holding a Successful Easter Egg Hunt

Yes, the Bar Has Fallen That Low

The Trumps host a soggy but solid first White House Easter Egg Roll

Yes, they can do something right if it involves kids, or as Trump puts it, my peers in education and experience

President Trump blows a whistle to start the egg roll.
President Trump blows a whistle to start the egg roll. (Photo: Olivier Doulier, SIPA Pool/EPA)

Four of those kids will be in the administration

Trump Stupidity is Epidemic - Attorney General Sessions Has it, Big Time

From Taegan Goddard's Wonderful Political Site

Quote of the Day

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”
— Attorney General Jeff Sessions, quoted by CNN, criticizing a federal judge in Hawaii that has blocked President Trump’s travel ban.

Ok, think of the things wrong with this.  First of all it denies that Hawaii is part of the United States, which it has been since the 1950's.  Well Sessions is from Alabama which explains why he has trouble with understanding what is part of the United States.

And gee, you would think a person who has been Senator and is now head of the Justice Department would know about the authority of Federal Judges.  But maybe not, after all this is Beauregard Sessions, KKK wannabe.  But yes Mr. Too-Bigotred-to-be-a- Federal Judge Sessions, the judges can stop even a President.  Don't like it, go to Russia or Iran, your ideology would be very welcome there.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NRA Staffer Shoots Self Putting His Gun Away

C'mon - Once You Found Out it Wasn't a Serious Wound You Did Chuckle, Didn't You

We all felt a bit better after learning that the NRA staffer who shot himself is okay. Nobody wants anyone badly injured or killed from an accidental gunshot.  But then we really felt good about the publicity, you know the kind that makes the NRA look like the fools they portray themselves in the media.

"The NRA has long touted itself as a champion of gun safety, but the incident highlights the dangers posed by firearms, even when stored or holstered. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 2,200 unintentional shootings in 2016, and 549 incidents have already occurred so far in 2017.

Meanwhile, the NRA has hosted seminars in which speakers encourage gun owners to store firearms in children’s bedrooms — despite that fact that children are often involved in unintentional shootings. According to data collected by gun safety group Everytown, at least 247 people were accidentally shot by children in 2016, and at least 58 have occurred so far this year."

As for the NRA, anyone who says this deserves to be, well not shot, but certainly declared certifiable.

"Rob Pincus, who owns the popular firearm instruction company I.C.E. Training, paced across a conference room stage as he repeatedly warned against the threat of violent home invasions. After establishing that filling one’s home with weapons is the only solution, he then recommended that gun owners store firearms in their kids’ rooms for easy access."

Government Trying to Identify Critics - A Real Attack on Free Speech

Anonymous Contributions to Right Wing Candidates -OK, Anonymous Speech on the Internet Crticizing Right Wingers - Verboten

Conservatives hate attempts to require disclosure of names of those who support conservative causes, a blatant violation of free speech they say.  But if someone criticizes them, they go to court to unmask the critics.  From the WaPo.

"Twitter filed a lawsuit Thursday to block an order from the Department of Homeland Security that seeks to reveal the user of an account who has been critical of the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Tweets from the account -- @ALT_uscis -- indicate that it is run by someone who is an employee of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of Homeland Security.
Free speech advocates said the DHS order appeared to be the first time the government has attempted to use its powers to expose an anonymous critic -- a development that, if successful, would have a "grave chilling effect on the speech of that account" as well as other accounts critical of the U.S. government, Twitter said."

No justification here by DHS, just intimidation.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Trump pledges to end political limits on churches and it doesn't matter

America's Least Enforced Law

Religious organizations are tax exempt which means they get a free ride on the rest of us.  They get the benefit of government service but pay none of the costs.  So government wisely says fine, but you cannot use your tax exempt income for political purposes.  Seems like not only a good deal for the religious but also a fair deal.

So Trumpman wants to end it because these organizations are likely to support him despite his amoral behaviour and lack of business ethics.

Declaring that religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status.
"I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution," Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, a high-profile event bringing together faith leaders, politicians and dignitaries.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article130269984.html#storylink=cpy
Now they can go ahead and repeal the law and it will not make any difference in the political world.  See first of all churches engage in political activity from the pulpit all the time and second they are never, and we mean never called to account.  It is just not politically possible.  So like much of what Trump wants to do, it really won't make any improvement in anyone's life, it just further corrupts another part of our society.  Go ahead all of you bigoted religious leaders, preach your hate from your pulpit and endorse Trump and the GOP and all the evil they stand for.  It's what you have been doing anyway, only maybe in the future it will not be violating the law, not that you really cared about that, did you.

Why For Profit Schools Are Not Worried About Teacher Shortage

And Other Snarky Comments on the News

From:  The WSJ Headline

Qualified Teachers in Shorter Supply in Cities, Education Report Says

"We don’t care, say for profit private schools, we don’t hire many qualified teachers anyway.  Remember everyone we’re trying to make a buck here”, they did not say.

From:  Politico Headline


Poll: Trump's approval rating dips to new low of 37 percent

Trump rejects poll as fake news, vows to not be pushed around and says he can do even worse, wants to be the worst liked President in history.

From:  Washington Post Headline

Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show

Anybody remember Trump’s complaints about Obama’s golfing?  Anybody remember that the President can use Camp David for free?  Anybody remember how much money Trump makes when the government has to pay to use Trump properties?  Didn’t think so.

From:  New York Times Headline

Roused by Trump, First-Time Female Candidates Eye Local Seats

And people say there’s no good to come out of the Trump presidency. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Texas Jails Crime Victims to Force Them to Testify - Is Texas Even Part of the United States?

If Texas Wants to Leave the U. S. - Don't Let Them Slam the Door on the Way Out

Conservative states just get more awful.  It turns out in Texas it is policy to jail a crime victim to make them testify.  And that lead to this horror story.

"The bill comes amid fallout from a politically charged case of a mentally ill Houston woman who was jailed by prosecutors for nearly a month to ensure she testified at a hearing against a man of accused of raping her.
The woman, publicly identified only by her first name, Jenny, had suffered a psychological breakdown while testifying. She was then mistakenly placed in the county jail’s general population instead of a mental-health unit and eventually continued her testimony."

So now Texas is considering a law that , no, would not end the practice, just put in a few extra procedures before sending victims to jail.

"Under the proposed Texas law, if a prosecutor or defense attorney wants to detain crime witnesses or victims to compel their testimony—a rare practice that is typically legally permissible—the court must first appoint a lawyer for them and hold a hearing. If a judge approves the detention, then bond must be granted.
If the victim or witness cannot post the bond and ends up being placed in custody, a rehearing must be held on within five days."

Gosh Texas just leave already, you don't belong in a democracy, you don't embrace freedom, you just are an ugly blight on the nation.

Incredible! Wells Fargo Claws Back Compensation from Executives Who Lead Scandal

Yeah They Should be in Jail, But That's Something That Never Happens with Financial Crimes

The Wells Fargo Board has partially stepped up to the plate and decided to not reward its crooked exec with millions of dollars.  As the WSJ reports.

"Wells Fargo & Co.’s board said it has clawed back an additional $75 million of pay from two former executives it holds largely responsible for years of sales-practice problems.
According to a 113-page report by a board committee released Monday, directors of the bank decided to hold back more pay than disclosed last year from former Chief Executive John Stumpf and former retail bank leader Carrie Tolstedt. Among the reasons: The board felt misled about the extent of sales abuses that went back to 2002 and resulted in a $185 million fine and two congressional inquiries."

But Don't Feel Sorry For These Folks - They Still Got Millions.

Monday, April 17, 2017

In Kansas the Voters Send a Message to Trump and the Republicans – We Don’t Like You

Republican Wins Special Election In Solidly Republican District – But It Took a Major Effort

Kansas is about as Republican  as you can get.  So a special election to elect a Congressman in a District that Trump carried by 27 points should not have been news  or a problem.  But it was.  An unknown, underfunded Democrat came within 8 points of winning and only lost because of a massive late infusion of money and outsiders into the race.

With 99 percent of ballots counted, Estes led Democrat James Thompson, a lawyer making his first bid for office, by 8 points. Last year, Pompeo won reelection by 31 points in a race Democrats did not seriously contest.
“I probably shouldn’t say this, Mr. Estes did not beat us,” said Thompson at his election-night party. “It took a president of the United States, the vice president, the speaker of the House, a senator coming into our state, and a bunch of lies to try and drum up a vote.”

Next up is a special election in a district outside Atlanta that is also solidly Republican.  The Democratic candidate will probably force a runoff election in June and then lose.  But as America learns what they are doing,  the Republicans look like the best thing to happen to Democratic party prospects in years.

Panic!! Wall Street Journal Editors Run Out of Topics

Everything They Criticized When Obama Was President the Republicans Are Doing

A recent meeting of the WSJ editorial writers went someting like this.

Ed Writers:  Okay we think it's time for aother piece criticizing giving immunity to Clinton people.

Staff:  No can do.  Now that Trump's former NSA man Flynn wants immunity and now that Trump is in favor of it means we cannot write about how asking for immunity should mean automatic conviction.  We cannot say anything on this subject until a new Democratic party scandal comes up.

Ed Writers:  Well then how about a big condemnation of Russia.

Staff:  That's out.  Russia was Trump's biggest supporter, probably interfered enough in the election to get him elected.  They were on our side, or at least on the Republican side which you guys know is our side.  Yeah,  Trump is down on them now but tomorrow he may change and then we'd be in real trouble if we weren't toadying up to him.  Can't touch Russia, Trump changes too much.

Ed Writers:  We know, what about cutting taxes, that should be fine with our Republican lackeys.

Staff:  Not today, the Republicans are talking about a value added tax and a carbon tax.  We have to get on board or they will not invite us to golf with Trump's valet at a public course in Vero Beach.

Ed Writers:  What about health care, can't we write about how Obamacare is going to fail?

Staff:  Sorry, most Americans feel that Trump and his cohorts own health care now.  If we write about Obamacare failing our readers will think we want Trump to fail and for everyone to blame it on Trump.  That's probably going to happen anyway but we can't be a part of it.

Ed Writers:  Deficits?

Staff:  Well a bunch of Republicans have said they no longer care about balancing the budget if that means they cannot cut taxes on rich people.  In fact, Trump himself is expecting a trillion dollar personal tax cut and if we go on about deficits Trump may feel we are taking money out of his pocket and you know how he wants government to put money into, not out of his pocket.  Why do you think he ran?

Ed Writers:  The Wall, we can write about how it will protect America.

Staff:  Not today, seems most of our readers want more immigration so they can have more servants from the poorer countries and more brainiacs from the places that educated them.  If we fight immigration we will be anti-business and if it's one thing we want to project it's pro corporations.

Ed. Writers:  Don't we hate Assad, how aboutg a nice condemnation?

Staff:  Sorry, nobody knows that administration's thinking on Assad, one day for, the next day against.  We might get lucky and suppot Assad on a day Trump supports Assad, but if we don't he will tweet how we support a vicious dictator who may be our best friend.

Ed Writers:  So what do we do?

Staff:  Just leave the editorial page blank.  That represents our thinking.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beauregard Sessions Wants to Fill Federal Prisons with Drug Users, Not Drug Dealers

And Probably Fill Private Prisons that Donate to Republicans As Well

It seems that one thing everyone has learned in the last few decades is that jailing people for using drugs does not deter drug usage.  If it did we would not have the epidemic of drug use in the nation that we are now enjoying (not the right word).  But the new Attorney General and his henchmen, particularly a Justice Department attorney named Steven H. Cook seem to want to bring back that failed policy.  From the WaPo.

“Law enforcement officials say that Sessions and Cook are preparing a plan to prosecute more drug and gun cases and pursue mandatory minimum sentences. The two men are eager to bring back the national crime strategy of the 1980s and ’90s from the peak of the drug war, an approach that had fallen out of favor in recent years as minority communities grappled with the effects of mass incarceration.

Now jailing drug dealers is great policy. Anyone who makes substantial money peddling heroin or coke or opiates or like products should be in jail, and be there for a long time.  But apparently that is not what Sessions has in mind.

“Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs is bad,” Sessions said to law enforcement officials in a speech in Richmond last month. “It will destroy your life.”

Gosh your holiness, we all know drug usage is a terrible thing.  Is it just now news to you?  And here’s what that policy looked like

“The nation began incarcerating people at a higher rate than any other country — jailing 25 percent of the world’s prisoners at a cost of $80 billion a year. The nation’s prison and jail population more than quadrupled from 500,000 in 1980 to 2.2 million in 2015, filled with mostly black men strapped with lengthy prison sentences — 10 or 20 years, sometimes life without parole for a first drug offense.

Of course if we jail drug users for a long sentence we will need more prisons, and guess what Republicans favor, well, private for profit prisons.  So one can expect the private prison industry to line up with the Republicans on this.  And one thing that we will learn from past experience is that corruption in the prison system will allow many of the drug dealers to continue to operate from prison.  Because unless substantial funds are spent on operating and securing prisons, they don’t stop the crime, they just remove it to the prison.

And the extra benefit a great southern anti-civil rights bigot like Sessions, well there is this.

“Advocates of criminal justice reform argue that Sessions and Cook are going in the wrong direction — back to a strategy that tore apart families and sent low-level drug offenders, disproportionately minority citizens, to prison for long sentences.

Yes, crime is down, but there are still tremendous problems.

“Crime is near historic lows in the United States, but Sessions says that the spike in homicides in several cities, including Chicago, is a harbinger of a “dangerous new trend” in America that requires a tough response.

But guess what, your high ignoramus.  Murder is a state crime in most circumstances.  So what the feds need to do to help here is to support local law enforcement.  This means more money to local police and greater control of firearms.  Oops, not what conservatives want to do is it?

So years from now when the Sessions’ policy fails and people go back to what works everyone will wonder ‘what were they thinking?’   The answer of course is that they were not thinking, thinking is not something Sessions has ever been accused of doing.  And as a final note, here is Sessions's policy for reducing drug use.

"In the speech in Richmond, he said, “Psychologically, politically, morally, we need to say — as Nancy Reagan said — ‘Just say no.’ ”

Yeah, that works

Saturday, April 15, 2017

78 Years Old, Social Security Her Only Income, Living in a Car with a Dead Battery

Life For Someone in Paul Ryan’s America

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan likes to think of himself as a person interested in poverty.  He wants us to think of him as a person interested in poverty.  So in the past he has made trips to look at poverty and used his well oiled PR apparatus to let everyone know that he wants to do something about poverty.

Well if Paul Ryan has his way people like Edythe Russell will feel his impact, but not in a good way.  Edythe is living in her car in southern CaliforniaFrom the L. A. Times.

"A  little more than 10 years ago, she dropped her hard-earned savings into a pair of $150,000 homes in Arizona, lived in one and rented the other. Just in time for the housing crash. Her renter walked away, her mortgage rate spiked, her income nose-dived and she lost everything.
Russell packed up and headed west with Chloe, a Yorkie, and Tippy, a Yorkie-poodle, and bunked with a friend in California. But she got shoved out when the friend’s daughter and granddaughter moved back in.
Her latest ex-husband lent a hand, setting her up in a Vista trailer park, but then he passed. Russell’s work dried up and she lost the trailer. Her $932 Social Security check barely covered the space rental and utility costs at the trailer park, and it didn’t help that Chloe and Tippy ran up some big medical bills."
Edye Russell lost nearly everything; now she's living in a car with a dead battery and no gas

Oh, and what does Paul Ryan want to do about people like Edythe?  Well cut her Medicaid and privatize her Social Security.  See Paul thinks the biggest problem in Edythe’s life is she doesn’t have enough freedom, not enough choices and that government makes her take SS rather than letting her live on her own.

Thanks Paul, but Edythe really doesn’t need your help,  You and your fellow GOP mean spirited lawmakers have done enough to make her life miserable.