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Tuesday, May 23

A Late Spring Tease Of A Cool Morning Coffee Muses

A Late Spring Tease Of A Cool Morning Coffee Muses

It’s really funny the difference ten degrees in temperature of a morning makes in the enjoyment of the day… Mother Nature is giving us one more teasing reminder of what spring should be. Lows in the sixties, dry wonderful air, fresh green colors everywhere you look… just about the most you could hope for in spring in Texas along the Gulf Coast.

Well, Donald Trump’s budget dropped last night. The thump should have been felt in every family home in America. The cuts proposed for America’s safety net are profound and speak more to what kind of a man this President is than even the Healthcare bill he backed. The healthcare fiasco came out of the House, not this evisceration of funding for the poor and least protected among us. This thing came from the Trump administration. I think Mr President that you’ve sat on that famous drain you were promising to use on the swamp.

I think we have a problem of definitions in this country. When Americans hear the term working-class families more and more they see the Wal-Mart staffers, the grocery store clerks, the plumbers, the fire fighters, the policemen, the mechanics… But when Republicans say working-class families they are talking about the brokers, the upper management types, the Congressmen, the Senators. All the rest are just flotsam in the backwaters of the economy. They voted for the lies, just like they always do. They’ll take the dregs of the cup, just like they always do. The cream will be skimmed for the richest of the rich, just like it always is.

As long as they have Fox to burnish the lies, nothing will change. We have the most unprepared person in America running the country. And still… still, over 80% of Republicans think he’s doing a great job… Absolutely nothing more needs to be said about the Republican voter than that. They think he’s doing a great job!

Hell, Republicans in Texas have passed a bill that says you can be blocked from adopting a child if you are gay or any religion other than Christian. I mean come on, really… I guess they feel confident their stolen Supreme Court seat will now protect unconstitutional laws. Republicans, never pass up a chance to discriminate, it just might be the last chance you get.

Pardon the morning rant… it’s call blues from a red state of mind.

Thursday, May 11

Overcast And Humid Morning Coffee Muses

Overcast And Humid Morning Coffee Muses

It’s another mockingbird morning…

Boy, how about those Republicans? Who are they going to send to the showers next? Coming up on the seventh inning stretch and they are falling further and further behind. They’re behind on Healthcare, they’re behind on that Russia thing they keep trying to bury. Their education cheerleader just got booed of the field. Their color commentator, Kellyanne, is becoming repetitive… And honestly, just a little… alternatively factual. It’s been a hell of a season and we’re only into spring training.

Folks, if you aren’t following this game closely, you are abrogating your duty as a citizen of this almost democracy. So, turn on anything but Fox and get with the news of the day before these buffoons gerrymander the country right into Trumpanistan. Even with my tongue in cheek commentary above, this isn’t a game. Everything happening harkens back to the very worst of Nixonian power abuses.

My one question, where are the Republican investigators who spent so much money for six years investigating nothing, finding nothing, doing nothing? Could it be, for once, they’re afraid the might find something, be forced to do something? I always heard that ignorance of the law was no excuse… What does that say about all of these Republican Lawmakers who seem to be acting just plain blindly ignorant?

And Donald, WTF, you fire the head law officer investigating your ties to Russia one evening and then have a closed door meeting in the Oval the very next morning… Damn, the one thing most people agreed about when talking about you was you media savviness, and you had to prove even that wrong.

Me, I plan to spend the next few days watching Donald Trump’s swamp fester and boil over. I just hope he doesn’t take the country down when he implodes…

Friday, May 5

Cool, Really Cool May Springtime Morning Coffee Muses

Cool, Really Cool May Springtime Morning Coffee Muses

It’s a beautifully cool, clear spring day. The temperature is still in the 50’s. More than adequately cool to make this a perfect example of my kind of spring morning. A perfect morning to try and heal the heartache caused by yesterday’s abomination of the American Health Care Act. Honestly, I haven’t felt that sick to my heart since last November.

I find myself resorting to religious phrases when I think about what is happening to this country. Christian charity seems to be totally antipathy to this Republican Party. To pass the bill they just passed and try to sell it as conservative values is just wrong. The only values this bill has is the values of greedy old white men, men with a Midas mindset. Everything this congress, and this president have done could have been done by a gang of thugs, raping and pillaging across the countryside. But, they are raping the environment, pillaging the faith and the capital of America’s good name and ideals. This is a party whose only ideal seems to have grown from those capitalist who bought up good companies to strip them of their assets , saddle them with debt, and then cash out. Now they want to do it to America.

And, all of those people who have voted for this party, over and over again, voted for Donald Trump, voted to have their lives destroyed for the enrichment of a few… I would say you are getting the government you deserve, except, America doesn’t deserve this complete antithesis of American Ideals.  All of you Republican voters claiming your mantel of Christian values should be ashamed of yourselves, from what I’ve read in the Bible Christ would be.

For a bill whose published intent was to make health care in America more cost effective, this bill has only cheapened a product that was far from the best in the world already. But, after years of propaganda, the Republican base is convinced that American Health Care is the best in the world, even when the published metrics say otherwise… Because they KNOW, know with a faith based in FOX News, that American exceptionalism is supreme… Damn the facts to the contrary. And really that’s the real problem, in America healthcare is a product, not a service. A product with a high profit line. Healthcare in America is all about the profit now, it wasn’t always that way.

Like many of my Republican family and neighbors, I look fondly back on the past in America. But it not the racial past, not the unreal dream of the 1950’s, my fond memories are of the time when privatization hadn’t become the real religion of the Republican party. The Republican belief that Government was inefficient and private companies could do it all better is a matter based wholly in faith not fact. Does that not sound like a religion to you?

The only outcome of all of the privatization I have observed in the past two or three decades is the enrichment of the owners at the expense of the country and it’s citizens. Healthcare is a prime example of privatization run amok. It wasn’t too long ago that almost every community of any size had a hospital. A hospital that was owned by the community run for the community. Then along came a corporation telling them they would but their hospital and run it more effectively, save money by buying in bulk, and pass the savings on to the community. It worked… for awhile. Then corporate profitability became more of a factor than healthcare and hospitals in small towns began to close… it didn’t take long till we ended up where we are today. And in the last couple of years, with the promise of the ACA, clinics and emergency care facilities were beginning to move back into smaller towns once again. What do you think will happen now that congress wants to kick 25,000,000 Americans off healthcare?

I’ve said it before, I’m sure I’ll say it again… but what the hell happened to the Republican Party? When exactly did they lose their soul. From the party of the religious right they have now become the part of the religious wrong.

I made my first political contribution for the 2018 elections yesterday. It won’t be my last. And none will ever go to a Republican from Texas. I could very well be talked into donating to a couple of middle of the road republicans, but there really are very few of those left.

Enough rant today. But expect more to come. I’m getting my blues from a red state muse on. I expect it to become a regular thing here.

Healthcare In America Just Took A Hit

“The bill would eliminate tax penalties Obama’s law which has clamped down on people who don’t buy coverage and it erases tax increases in the Affordable Care Act on higher-earning people and the health industry. It cuts the Medicaid program for low-income people and lets states impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. It transforms Obama’s subsidies for millions buying insurance — largely based on people’s incomes and premium costs — into tax credits that rise with consumers’ ages.

It would retain Obama’s requirement that family policies cover grown children until age 26.

But states could get federal waivers freeing insurers from other Obama coverage requirements. With waivers, insurers could charge people with preexisting illnesses far higher rates than healthy customers, boost prices for older consumers to whatever they wish and ignore the mandate that they cover specified services like pregnancy care.

The bill would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year, considered a triumph by many anti-abortion Republicans.”

House Republicans pass bill to repeal Obamacare

Well, they did it… Now I start dealing with my Republican Senators. As far I’m concerned my Repugnant Representative will have one very pissed of old hippy doing everything I can to see that he has to go back to fixing air conditioners. If he’s as good at that as he is at fixing healthcare he’ll be needing Obamacares return real quick. Of course what he voted on today doesn’t pertain to him and his family, since these Repugnants gave themselves a waiver on having this bill affect their own healthcare insurance. Must be nice to think it’s good enough for your constituents but not good enough for you.

2018 can not come soon enough. I have never understood Republican disdain for the teachings of Christ. Everything I was taught in Sunday School dealt with helping your neighbors, giving to the poor and the sick. So, what is their belief system that allows them to take medicine from poor children? Take doctor’s visits from poor families? Does anyone remember Sarah Palin and her death panels? Well now we know who’s on them… 217 Republican Representatives. I hope everyone of you is proud of yourselves…

Republicans always talk about the babies abortion kills… Lack of available healthcare kills far more babies, children, adults, the elderly by orders of magnitude… Yet, here we are once again, all alone in the civilized world throwing our citizens under the healthcare bus. At least that way they get taken to the ER…

The real irony is in the name… The American Healthcare Act. But then, that’s the Republican way… Name everything the opposite of what it does.

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