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National Security and rope ladders.
America flaunts her wealth in front of the poor of the world. Then some Americans are insulted that the poor of the world would literally die trying to get here so they could have three meals a day and a roof over their heads.
Consider some new information about the southern border. People living near the border don't complain about the migrants, they complain about finding their dead bodies - of those who died trying to become an American.
People who do physical labor have extreme physical abilities. In the Peruvian Andes (National Geographic article) is a 120 foot bridge made of rope, sticks and grass. In poor countries everyone learns to make ladders from rope. They can carry their relatives on their backs up the side of a mountain climbing up a rope ladder.
There are multiple ways to get a rope attached to the top of any shaped wall, including hooks and branches. And they can make a wooden saddle out of sticks and vines to sit on tree branches (or metal spokes).
Choose this day who you will serve.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I send my sincere condolences to the Bush family.
Several videos are available of Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) and Thom Tillis (North Carolina) making tv appearances and casually explaining that Social Security caused our massive fiscal deficits. McConnell and Tillis are available to be voted out in 2020.
Let's be cynical for a moment, the government does not want the burden of older non-working citizens getting Social Security checks for years and years. They don't want people who get sick and want to use the Medicare they paid for. It's inconvenient. That's the problem with insurance, people want to use it, according to the contract. Maybe Mitch McConnell doesn't know he will soon be one of those "unwanted" citizens, but he is trying it on for size now.
We keep kicking the can down the road looking for way to avoid responsibility for the deficit. The Bush tax cuts (unfortunately made permanent by Obama in order to resolve a budget battle) and Trump tax cuts have caused the deficit. Tax cuts give a temporary "high" like drugs and then the bill comes in.
Social Security is funded by an involuntary tax paid by American workers. Social Security actually pays high wage earners a higher monthly payment than lower wage earners. There is an arbitrary ceiling on deductions for higher wage earners, which could be RAISED to increase the Social Security incoming reserves. Or you can just decide part of their income tax obligation from all wage levels goes to Social Security and Medicare as an administrative policy. They don't have to be separate because both are involuntary taxes and are being spent as if they belong to Congress as one asset for all uses. It's being divided up for the sake of argument with the intent that Congress wouldn't spend it to cover tax cut liability. You just have to WANT to fix it.
Beginning this year Social Security will be paying out more than it is taking in so the shortfall will be paid out of the magical unspent balance (in theory) of the Social Security reserves, but that is all on paper. And for those who don't watch the Congressional news, you get a story that the voters messed up Social Security by living too long and not having enough kids to pay into Social Security to cover your old age. It's a problem if you want to give a lot of tax cuts to the wealthy.
You can search the internet for information on (1) how we got a budget deficit, (2) did the tax cuts pay for themselves and (3) where is the Social Security trust fund.
What's the solution? You can't want the job too much. You can't sacrifice your principles so that wealthy individuals can pressure you to do things that hurt the country, We are running in the red and can't get out. You can't fit another tax cut into this deficit.
It will only get worse because the political donors keep making demands. The wealthy are going to have to pay taxes. They can't make demands for a "wall" that they aren't going to pay for - because they are too wealthy to have to pay taxes. It's a false narrative that the wall will fix any of America's problems. The wall will only add to our crippling debt. The wealthy can't scapegoat the immigrants for everything. The wall and immigrant "crisis" create a smoke screen for how we got the massive deficits.
One company gave away 10 million dollars from the tax cut, because they were too embarrassed to take it.
I can't see how anyone could demand 5 billion dollars to add to the deficit for a wall that won't hold up to simple challenges. It looks like it's wood in some places. A match would finish it.
It looks like the wealthy citizens of America OWE the rest of us Americans a lot of money in back taxes...
No money is available for the "Wall" and the Republican administration is creating a "crisis" for television. We don't need a wall and it won't solve any of the racial concerns at the root of the complaints or keep out the immigrants. America is not and never was "white." Diversity is not a threat to white dominance. But you can shoot yourself in the foot.
Contact your Congressman -
VA is cheating veterans out of pay owed them.
What is wrong with these people?
Priorities of the Voters:
(1) Meet obligations to the veterans
(2) Health Care - Define the strategy for paying for a program that covers all citizens including preexisting conditions
(3) Protect Social Security - manage the contributions to insure sustainability - rich people can pay taxes - no more reverse welfare tax cuts
(4) Medicare - manage the contributions to insure sustainability - rich people can pay taxes
(5) Civil liberties, human rights, freedom of speech
(6) Roads, bridges, etc.
(7) Deficit - Define the strategy for paying off the Deficit - now that the wealthiest of citizens have had a reverse welfare tax cut that excuses them from paying for any federal and state liabilities
(8) Balance the Budget - same
(9) The Wall - there is no money left over
No money for the Wall. Our "Deficit" can never be paid because of the Bush tax cut and the Trump reverse welfare tax cut for the wealthy - meaning they have no responsibility for the federal fiscal responsibilities. The Republican Congress thinks the middle and lower classes and the impoverished can pay for the Wall after their reduced health care coverage, reduced Medicare and reduced Social Security.
The people who want the wall are not going to pay for it, many of them are exempt because they are "too wealthy" to have to pay more than a token tax or none at all because of loopholes in the tax law.
We vote every two years. We are now becoming more aware of who is making "cuts" to "balance the budget" and who is receiving reverse tax welfare in exchange for their donations. This information should be made public on as many websites as possible.
How many machine guns do you need?
Leadership is demonstrated by a willingness to listen, to hear what is causing fear, anger, confusion - and possibly find some gold nuggets for solutions and implementation.
What's in it for me? In the end, are you going to solve my problems?
Are your solutions practical and affordable? Can you find the root cause of the problem? Can you identify all the issues before offering a solution?
Nobody needs a machine gun, AK14. Military personnel say this is a weapon of war.
I do not mean to imply that this a full diagnosis of the issue, but it is based on my observations and information from experts.
There is a perfect storm going on around us - a person(s) having a psychotic break and a powerful weapon in hand to become the (1.) powerful hunter. (2.) defender of the home. (3.) punisher of evil. (4.) path for revenge. (5.) vigilante. (6.) macho glory. (7.) powerful movie star status. (8.) national fame on the tv news for weeks. (9.) suicide.
Everyone experiences anxiety and anger, negative self image and other issues at some time in their life. Not everyone can find the help they need. Add being bullied, depression or not being able to cope with rejection, etc. with no visible options for getting help, direction, or relief.
Add easy access to weapons that give a person superman strength, almost impossible to stop, while inflicting great losses and human suffering. Add the belief that killing people will actually settle some personal grievance.
Most Americans are becoming more and more concerned about the escalating violence - and the escalation of the "shut up and buy more guns" response from the gun manufacturers. That's like saying, "buy more cocaine."
There is no reasonable expectation that the slaughter will stop without banning assault weapons. People will need public discussion to help them accept the inevitability and necessity of making them illegal to own with serious penalties including large fines and possible jail time for possession and/or making threats against law officials, etc. There will be people who refuse to comply without serious penalties.
Using your political power.
How do most politicians use political power? To separate people by class. This is my observation - based on their statements and current administrative actions. If you want to run for a political office or if you want to vote wisely, you should do some research.
I recommend you search the internet for some information about the Federalist Society. Their leader takes full credit for ALL the appointments being made by President Trump. Many of us see their goals as causing a direct financial loss, erasing personal rights and blindness towards the citizens who work in basic low-level, but essential jobs, and their families. They enrich the wealthy and leave the deficit to the families who can least afford to pay for it. Their most recent tax cut and plans to cut social security, medicare and medicaid were direct fire at the middle class, lower middle class and impoverished families.
PBS recently had an interview on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover and Leonard Leo, PBS page http://www.pbs.org/wnet/firing-line/video/leonard-leo-bxgblx/
dated October 12, 2018. Obviously, being on TV, he didn't mention any class differences or extreme views.
Additional information is published by the Daily Beast on their website.
Military Weapons. The United States is experiencing an escalating slaughter of civilians that is intolerable. Civilians are being allowed to legally purchase military weapons for the profit of a few, for a seat in Congress for a few and the tunnel vision goals of the Federalist Society (which is a social class in itself). Gun sales pay a large portion of the political machine costs that keep wages down and perpetuate a school system that is based on income status and social class. It's a morbid cycle of gun sale profits being donated to keep politicians in office who are then obligated to protect even the most hideous guns for sale and keep themselves in office. It's up to the citizens to let their elected officials know - over and over and over - that this has to be stopped. There is no defense for allowing this slaughter of our children and neighbors to continue.
The voters have to identify the individuals who are working against their safety and vote accordingly. These are all one issue. Immigrants and racial minorities are outside this "social class," as ironically are most military grade gun owners.
To gain power and be a leader, it means being a leader of ALL the people. That isn't a "cute idea." It is a biblical commandment. Of course, what you hear about the word of God depends on the social class of the person doing the talking.
You can find your direction by reading the Bible and pray with your whole heart.
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Thank you for voting. Pray for our leaders to rightly clarify the problems and find solutions.
Pray. Reach out and touch the hand of God. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 He is inclusive, not exclusive. His solution for every problem will be different than yours, but after awhile you will get to see how He works consistently. This is an impossible journey without Him.
You don't have to show up for every argument you are invited to.
For instance. "The Martians are coming, we're all going to die." Or the current version, "The immigrants are coming, we are all going to die." If these people are mistreated it will create visual images similar to the dogs and water hoses that were turned against African Americans or children separated from their parents and kept in cages. Those images sickened Americans. We have laws that protect people seeking asylum. It's life and death for people living in violence.
The "border wall" could be broken into pieces with a small wrecking ball hanging from any part of it. I'm sure there are several other ways to make it ineffective.
There are some Scripture verses that have been twisted to defend an attack on immigrants. There is a very clear commandment from Jesus which we call "The good Samaritan" on the front page of this website.
We have a bigger problem, we have a Republican Congress not willing to stop the sale of weapons of war to civilians. We know they have taken donation money and perks from the National Rifle Association. In America the Republican party is the source of the problem. It's life and death for people living in violence. That's why we have to vote. It's not "unfair criticism" when we say we can not accept the continued slaughter of our children and neighbors.
Just the facts
You do not have to give an opinion or offer a plan on every issue, especially when there is a lot of voter anger and dramatically opposing views.
It's ok to say you are still looking for viable solutions, and that you welcome well thought out advice directed to your email address.
People often find they have said things that were ridiculous, but they are on the record.
Critical - Don't lose your temper.
If you do lose your temper - don't say anything.
Don't hold a grudge. You need to see the big picture clearly.
Street fighters learn to attack verbally to knock you off your game.
When you are angry you will say things that make you look bad and just plain childish.
There are some things that almost everyone will say they "are against it."
These are positions taken by leaders of Congress recently, but under the heading of "balancing the budget" in combination with commitments they have made to big business in exchange for cash/perks "fund raising."
Your job is to point out the opponent is serving corporations, not voters, and how it will adversely affect the voters.
It's an economic issue that is hidden in political jargon.
These are blatantly obvious when explained how they are inter-related.
Some people have an emotional investment in their political party or a particular candidate and they won't see it until they actually experience the pain. Some people are talking about the pain now that they didn't believe would occur.
These are cause and effect.
"We have to balance the budget."
We actually have no intention of paying off the deficit or balancing the budget. Decades of debt have made us comfortable with it.
Your Medicare and Social Security are being gutted to pay for continuing these policies, as promised to big donors:
(1) Reverse welfare payments to the rich
(2) Border wall that can't stand up to one stick of dynamite
(3) Forfeiting of all your rights
(4) Forfeiting of health care for preexisting conditions
(5) Weapons of war killing kids in school
and adults at work
Our citizens don't usually follow political debates and have missed the warnings.
About the "Wall"
(1) Cutting Social Security and Medicare to pay for a "wall" between the U.S. and Mexico leaves Americans "homeless, hungry and sick."
(2) There are simple easy ways to blow up the "wall" using drones, grenades and simple explosives - leaving gaping holes or knocking whole sections down.
(3) More tunnels will be created under the wall than there already are under construction now.
(4) Unintended consequences of refusing to live near an "illegal Mexican family" - being homeless, hungry and sick while the illegal Mexican family arrives safely by boat in North Carolina, having easily avoided the "wall."
(5.) Using Mexicans as scapegoats for every problem in the U.S. is a distraction to stir up latent and/or blatant tribal emotions for covering up the escalating deficit created by "reverse welfare payments" to the most wealthy U.S. citizens.
(6) Goods and services are provided to the wealthy elite by hard working people who have earned a simple retirement, and simple, honest medical care during their lives.
(7) The escalating death rate and shortening of life span among the elderly in the U.S. is alarming.
Barack Obama said he won the election by going to every family barbeque he could get invited to... in other words, you have to talk to the voters and find out what is important to them and what they want and/or need from a president. Most of us have concerns about what is happening to young girls, as the "sport" of boys, which many have admitted have been a pattern in adult life as well. If you have a daughter you know we need leadership that respects women, and respects individuals from other countries as well.
We have a crisis looming. I'm an independent, with no political agenda. I have concerns about the health and welfare of our citizens. There has been an extreme turn downward that is enriching a few people who don't need any more money. More people have jobs now but their salaries are not sufficient to touch the mounting deficit. Many of our veterans are homeless and/or receiving inadequate medical care.
The republican majority have stated they do not intend to reduce gun violence or support health care for pre-existing conditions or women's reproductive health. That leaves women forced to have children they can't afford - going to schools where they could be shot at or killed by a mentally ill mass murderer - with a legally purchased weapon of war. And in your old age social security might buy your groceries but nothing else, the medicare benefits will be reduced to the level that you will not receive adequate care to survive an illness. We're there now.
Republican leader Mr. McConnell is putting everything on the chopping block if they retain a majority after the mid-term election. However tax cuts for the rich will continue.
It appears that the less you know about Washington, the better your chances are of getting elected and not owing anything to the above mentioned individuals. You should spend some time helping people currently running for office, helping them any way you can - start now.
Here are just some of the things you need to do to get elected president. Remember, the polls only reflect name recognition for many people, who may or may not even vote. The undecideds elect the winner. The polls have been wrong.
Setup. You must be 35 years old, have a U.S, birth certificate, lived in the U.S. 14 years, look serious, dress like a business person and have no serious legal issues. Some high level business or political experience that shows leadership experience is necessary. You must be able to handle criticism and give it back with skill. Get to know people who understand the news media and social media. Controversy is useful, but it is two edged.
Setup. You will need $5,000 to register with the Federal Election Campaign FEC Form 2. Their website provides instructions on the requirements for reporting spending etc. Time consuming and is best handled by someone with experience.
Setup. Exploratory Committee. Campaign Media Team. Your campaign manager. Your website. Your supporters, ground workers, your team. Advisors on all the issues, fine tuning your platform. Non-profit organization. Talk to people you have known for a long time and ask them to back you in endorsements, phone calling, polling, admin work, setting up meetings, fund raising, creating publicity "stunts," give speeches, etc. These are the people who will become your Campaign Committee.
Setup. Design and production of your logo, placards, promotional items to sell and give away - bumper stickers, hats, etc
Setup. All 50 states - get on the ballot. Each state has its own requirements for fees and signatures. Time consuming, prior experience helpful.
Strategy. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - the starting gate. Primaries - some states have ballot voting and some have caucuses. You have to be at 15% in the polls to enter the debates.
Strategy. Electoral College. The popular vote is not enough. This requires expertise in planning a map for victory, which means winning 270 votes out of 538 electors..
Strategy. Volunteering to help on a campaign for someone else is the best way to learn the system and find your team. This will help you decide mentally and physically if you really can run the race and fight the battles.
Strategy. You have to be prepared to win - for all the hard work yet to come. And someone will lose, you also have to be prepared if that happens. There are many ways to serve your country.
Strategy. There is a lot of valuable information to be found just by searching on the internet for "how to run for president".
Strategy. Helping out in a campaign is the best way to learn and meet experienced people.
How to run for Congress
Setup. Minimum age for the House of Representatives is 25 years. Minimum age for senator is 35 years. Must be a
U.S. citizen for 7 years.
Setup. Signatures of support may be required.
Setup. Filing fee, between $100 and $10,000, depending on the state.
Setup. Campaign Committee similar to a presidential run, as above.
Setup. File forms, establish political affiliation.
Setup. Raise $5,000 and file FEC forms. Campaign treasurer must file quarterly reports as Campaign committee raises needed funds.
Setup. Use a website, social media, direct mail. flyers, phone calls
Setup. Fund raising is necessary but works like quicksand when you become indebted to people who are involved in "business" that adversely impacts your voters.
Strategy. Consider voter anger towards the incumbent. Be wary of making commitments that will ultimately cause you to be removed from your Congressional seat because of voter anger. Outrageous promises tend to backfire.
Strategy. Address the quality of life of your constituents.
Strategy. Controversy is good - offer civil and practical solutions, not mud slinging.
Strategy. Demonstrate you can form a coalition to solve problems with people of diverse viewpoints.
Strategy. Consider researching issues so that your personal views can evolve to see other points of view.
Strategy. Offer solutions - climate change, rising water temps causing more severe hurricanes, realistic causes and preventive action.
Strategy. Offer solutions - sexual assault, cultures of alcohol and sexual exploitation, sexual harassment in the workplace, gender discrimination in promotions and pay, women's health, privacy, and domestic violence,
Strategy - Offer solutions - education standards, teachers, transportation, security, and gun violence.
Strategy. Offer solutions - gun violence, mental health issues, escalating incidents of mass murder (using weapons created for high volume killing in war), and legal access to guns by dangerous individuals.
Strategy - Offer solutions - deficits, tax rates, inflation.
Strategy - Offer solutions - budget, military, international relations, terrorism, allies, nuclear weapons, etc.
Strategy - Campaigning - literally every place you can get your foot in the door, speak to every citizen's and religious group, every free venue - libraries, schools, people's homes, meet and greet socials, plus professional, civic, religious, hobby, special interest groups for fund raising and votes.
Strategy - You and your committee should approach civic and religious leaders for endorsements. Many tv and radio stations will give you time for one on one interviews, especially if you have an interesting or controversial, (but realistic) point of view, which demonstrates civic responsibility..
Strategy - Some expertise is required by at least one advisor on your committee who understands the political temperature of the district where you plan to serve. With the right emphasis on the most important problems - which are often in the news plus personal visibility, name recognition or expertise, you can overcome difficult political opposition. Your own political party can help get you valuable air time and social media visibility.
Strategy - The right issues, rightly divided, based on voter anger and disappointment can be the winning strategy.
Strategy - The polls have been found to be unreliable, in part because they can't identify who will vote. They contact people who are "likely voters."
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