Monday, October 31, 2022

The Billionaires Have Bought Our Government and We Are All in Danger

I am so angry right now. I can't even think straight. I am so sick and tired of the billionaires buying our government. I am so sick and tired of hearing people say that their vote doesn't matter. That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard in my life. Your vote is your voice and if you don't use it, you are giving away your power to the billionaires who have already bought our government and are putting us all in danger. I am especially sick and tired of how they are doing it right now, as we see with the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband. We are seeing Fascism on full display in the year 2022 in the United States of America, are we going to let them win? Do you think that the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband was just a coincidence, a random intruder? Do you think that the Republicans are just going to sit back and just let this go, maybe even try and tone down the rhetoric? Hell no! They are already spreading rumors that it was a gay lover that attacked Mr. Pelosi. So we now see that they are going to use this as an excuse to further inflame the already volatile situation in our country. Republicans and the billionaires that own them are going to use this to try and divide us even more. We cannot let them succeed. We must all stand united against hate and bigotry. As many of us as possible must all stand together against those who would seek to destroy our democracy. It is absolutely disgraceful what is happening right now with the attack on Nancy Pelosi, and it was an attack on her, she was the target. First of all, let's just get one thing straight: this was an act of domestic terrorism. There is no other way to look at it. A man drove all the way from Maryland to California with the express purpose of attacking a member of Congress. He was motivated by the same hateful rhetoric that we have been hearing from Republicans for years about Nancy Pelosi. And what are Republicans doing about it today? They are engaging in "whataboutism." They are trying to excuse it by saying that Democrats have been violent too. They are still running attack ads against Nancy Pelosi, using the same inflamed speech that motivated this man to try to kill her. And Republican leaders are acting as if it is business as usual. Trump has been silent, of course. We have seen how he goes about protecting our leaders who are from the Democratic Party or even his own party - the man has no loyalty to anyone or any country only money! The Republican Parties What Aboutism? On June 14, 2017, a left-wing extremist walked onto a baseball field in Virginia, opening fire on politicians and wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others. Bernie Sanders immediately condemned the attack on Steve Scalise and called for unity. By contrast, Republicans have been quick to point fingers and play the blame game. They are still running attack ads against Nancy Pelosi, and their rhetoric shows no signs of abating. It's clear that they are more interested in scoring political points than in coming together as a country to heal our divisions. The Attack on American Democracy The attack on American democracy began long before Donald Trump ever announced his candidacy for president. For decades, wealthy special interests have been eroding our democracy by buying elections and controlling our politicians. They have used their money to influence the outcome of elections, to pass laws that benefit them at our expense, and to deregulation economic and environmental rules that protect us from their greed. As a result of this assault on our democracy, the needs of ordinary Americans have been neglected while the wealthiest Americans have grown richer and more powerful. In fact, the top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 90%. Meanwhile, corporations have been given free rein to pollute our air and water, ship jobs overseas, and drive down wages. The 2016 Election and Beyond The 2016 election was a wake-up call for many Americans who were unaware of just how much power billionaires have over our government. With the help of Russian interference and James Comey's letter to Congress, Donald Trump was elected president despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Trump appointed billionaires and corporate executives to key positions in his administration. He also signed a series of bills that benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. For example, he pushed through a tax bill that gives huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while raising taxes on working families. He has also proposed drastic cuts to social programs like Medicaid and food stamps that help millions of Americans make ends meet. In short, Trump has done and is doing everything he can to make America great for the wealthy few while making life harder for everyone else. We cannot allow this to continue. We must fight back against this assault on our democracy and demand that our government represent all of us—not just the wealthy few. And we do that by voting anyone out of office that has any association to the MAGA movement. It's time for Americans to wake up and realize that our government has been hijacked by wealthy special interests. We must demand that our politicians represent all of us—not just those who can afford to buy elections. Only then can we begin to heal the divisions in our country and build a government that works for all of us. How the Billionaires Bought Our Government The sad truth is that our government has been bought and paid for by the billionaires who can afford to buy elections, this is nothing new, but to the degree it is happening today it is. They own the republican party outright, and yes, they also have a couple of democrats in their pockets too, and we cannot forget they control the media. The right-wing-billionaires have unlimited resources, and they are not afraid to use them to get what they want.
The only way for all of us to fight back is to vote. Violence is not the answer, but we cannot fear them either. When you do vote for candidates who will represent the interests of everyday people instead of the special interests of the wealthy few. Vote for candidates that will pass a bill to end “Citizens United,” Vote for candidates who will put principle over party. And most importantly, vote for candidates who will fight for a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few. This has to stop. We need to vote the billionaires out of our government and our lives and that means voting as many republicans out of office in November as we can to be able to take our country back from the oligarchs! I am so disappointed right now in many of my fellow citizens and I hope you are too. Some of these folks that fell for “Donald Trump’s MEGA Con Job” were lifetime friends & relatives, and those friendships and relationships with relatives and others went bad since Trumpism showed up in our politics, this has to stop. I'm going to vote Blue no matter who, we can sort out what is wrong with Democrats later, they are not trying to seize power at any cost, they are not giving aid and comfort to our enemies, they have not shown to be a danger to our democracy, so cleaning up the democratic party can wait! Because right now, this instant, we cannot wait when it comes to getting the MAGA crowd out of power they have put us all in danger. The world has become much more dangerous since Donald Trump came onto the world stage which caused the republican party to lose its collective minds. We need to vote as many republicans as possible out of office in November and take our country back! Please make sure you are registered to vote and that you vote blue on or before November 8th, our lives depend on it!

Monday, October 24, 2022

The American Oligarchy

It has become quite apparent that the American government is for sale. The highest bidder wins, regardless of political affiliation. In fact, it would appear that the only political affiliation that matters anymore is which party can line the pockets of their politicians the most. This is not a democracy; this is an oligarchy. It's no secret that money has always played a role in politics. But in recent years, the influence of billionaires has reached new heights. In the 2016 election, for example, the top 10 donors accounted for 22% of all money raised. And in 2020, the top 100 donors gave more than the bottom 65 million. The Republicans have had a stranglehold on our democracy since the 1980s. With their incessant voter suppression tactics and their blatant disdain for fair elections, it's no wonder the Democrats don't stand a chance (according to Chuck Todd). The networks are perpetuating this cycle by telling us to stay home and not vote. It's useless, they say. But I refuse to believe that. I think the Democrats are going to pick up seats in both the House and the Senate. I just don't see the same drive, hatred, or effort from Republican supporters as they had in 2016 or even 2020. Sure, there are plenty that still does, but their numbers shrink every day I predicted Trump would win in 2016 over HRC, and I truly believe I am correct about this. Progressives and centrists alike are not happy with the attack on our liberties from this activist republican court, the idea that we should be following what a bunch of yes very brilliant men, but they were just men, white men, rich white men. Societal norms have changed a lot since the constitution was written, which is why it was created as a living document. So I think we are going to pick up enough seats to Manchin Proof the Senate and we can finally get things done. The press is all confused because they do not hear our voices, the thing is progressives and centrists don’t spend a lot of time complaining instead we act, we vote, and the press will hear our voices on election day!
How did we get here? How did the country that was founded on the idea of democracy become a playground for the wealthy? It started with Reagan, and it's been downhill ever since. Reagan slashed taxes on the rich and deregulated everything in sight. He also stacked the Supreme Court with conservative justices who have been chipping away at voting rights ever since. The Christian Coalition got involved, and things really started to snowball. So what we're seeing now is the culmination of decades of Republican efforts to keep people from voting. The more people that vote, the worse Republicans do. That's why they've been working so hard to disenfranchise voters, especially poor and minority voters who are more likely to vote Democrat. They've gerrymandered districts, implemented voter ID laws, and purged voter rolls. And it's working; fewer and fewer people are voting every year. The Republicans have been using voter suppression tactics since the 1980s when Paul Wyrick and the Christian Coalition elected Reagan. Their strategy is to keep people from voting, because the more people that vote, the worse the Republicans do. We've seen this in recent years with their gerrymandering of voting districts and their purging of voter rolls. They've made it harder and harder for people of color, students, seniors, and other traditionally Democratic voters to exercise their right to vote. And it's working. In 2016, Trump won despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. The networks are complicit in this cycle of voter suppression by telling us that our vote doesn't matter and that we shouldn't bother because the Democrats are going to lose anyway. This is why we need to get out and vote! We need to show them that we're not going to take this lying down. The women are going to lead us through this dark time and into a new era of democracy!
Why Voting Matters Voting is important because it is one of the few ways, we can hold our elected officials accountable. If we don't like the way they're doing their job, we can vote them out of office. Voting also allows us to have a say in who represents us and what policies they enact. In addition to holding elected officials accountable, voting also allows us to make our voices heard on important issues like healthcare, education, and climate change. When we vote, we're telling our elected officials what matters to us and what kind of world we want to live in. Finally, voting is important because it helps to ensure that everyone's voices are heard. In a democracy, everyone should have an equal say in how their government is run. By voting, we help to level the playing field and make sure that everyone's voice is heard.
The billionaires have bought our government, and they don't even try to hide it anymore. American democracy is a sham, and it's only going to get worse unless we do something about it. Vote! Get involved! Don't let the oligarchs win! So, the bottom line is this: voting matters. It's one of the most important things we can do to fight back against the wealthy elites and make sure that our voices are heard. So, if you haven't voted yet, make sure you do—it might just be the most important thing you do all year. So, get out there and vote! Show them that we're not going to take this lying down. In my dream, women are going to lead the rest of us through this dark time and into a new era of democracy! Let’s make it so!

Friday, October 21, 2022

Which Side Are You On?

The Billionaire Class is Buying Our Government
Americans need to decide which side they are on in this election. I'm not talking about Republican or Democrat. I'm talking about the billionaire class and the rest of us. Are you going to support the oligarchy of this country who manipulate our elections through the Citizens United decision where the Republican court said that money was speech? How ridiculous! And ever since that went into law, our country's politics have gotten nasty. They're using their money to elect officials who will create laws and regulations that favor their interests over the interests of the American people. They don't care about us—all they care about is lining their pockets. And they're doing it at all levels of government, from national races all the way down to local races. This has had a profound effect on our politics, and it's showing no signs of stopping. The 2016 election was a prime example of what happens when the billionaires are allowed to buy our elections. Donald Trump was able to win the Republican nomination by outspending his opponents—and he didn't even have to rely on outside support, because he was already a billionaire himself! This is not how democracy is supposed to work. How can we possibly compete with these people who have no problem throwing millions into national, state, and local elections to create regulations and laws favorable to their corporations and personal wealth? Our only play is the numbers of voters and vigilance in making sure the elections stay fair. The fascist methods being used are not new. We saw them 100 years ago. The History of Fascism
The methods being used by the billionaire class to buy our government are not new. We saw them 100 years ago in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. These oligarchs are using their money to control the media, suppress votes, and rig the system in their favor. They are doing everything they can to amass more power and control over our lives. Fascism is a political ideology that emerged in the early 20th century in Europe. It typically combines elements of authoritarianism, nationalism, and racism. Fascists seek to promote their ideas through violence and coercion. They also seek to control all aspects of society, including the economy, education, media, and religion. In Europe, fascism gained a foothold in the aftermath of World War I when many people were disillusioned with democracy and eager for change. In Germany, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party rose to power in 1933 after he was appointed Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler then assumed absolute power and established a totalitarian dictatorship. The Nazi regime led to World War II, during which Hitler and his allies sought to conquer Europe and exterminate Jews, Romani people, homosexuals, and others whom they considered "undesirable." In Italy, Benito Mussolini's fascist movement also gained traction after World War I. Mussolini was appointed Prime Minister in 1922 by King Victor Emmanuel III. Like Hitler, Mussolini established a totalitarian dictatorship and pursued aggressive foreign policies that led to war. Mussolini's regime was eventually overthrown in 1943, and he was executed in 1945. We cannot let them win. We need to fight back against this assault on our democracy. We need to make our voices heard. We need to vote in record numbers this November and demand that our government represents all of us, not just the wealthy few. Fascism in America? Some scholars have argued that fascism could take root in America if certain conditions are met. These conditions include a weak economy, an insecure middle class, an angry populace looking for someone to blame for their problems, a charismatic leader promising simple solutions to complex problems, and a compliant media . . . sound familiar?
What Can We Do? We can't compete with the billionaires dollar-for-dollar—but we can fight back in other ways. The most important thing we can do is vote in every single election, at every level of government. We need to show up in huge numbers so that we can offset their influence. Additionally, we need to be vigilant in making sure that the elections are fair and free from fraud or manipulation. Finally, we need to educate ourselves and others about what's happening so that we can build a movement to fight back against these oligarchs who are trying to buy our government. We need to continue to fight back against this assault on our democracy. We need to make our voices heard. We need to vote in record numbers this November and demand that our government represents all of us, not just the wealthy few. Americans need to wake up and realize that the Billionaire class is buying our government through legal bribery masquerading as campaign donations. They are using fascist tactics to control every aspect of our lives. We cannot let them win! We need to fight back against this assault on our democracy. We need to make our voices heard. We need to vote in record numbers this November and demand that our government represents all of us, not just the wealthy few.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Importance of Voting in Upcoming Senate Races

As we all know, the democrats took back the house in 2018, then in 2020 we switched the script and took back the Presidency and the Senate. With these wins, we should've been able to pass any bill we wanted but because of 2 traitorous senators, we have had our hands tied. So instead of saying we need to elect 2 more senators to make up for Joe Manchin and Christine Cinema, I say we need 52 new senators because every republican senator is terrible. They've done nothing in the last 8 years to help this country or even their own states. The only thing they seem to care about is giving more money to the wealthy and somehow that will help all of us. It's clear they have no agenda other than saying no to ours. The states with the most gun violence all have republican governors. The press seems To have a chance at passing any laws that can help this country, we need to take back the Senate. In order for that to happen, we need to vote out every single Republican senator up for reelection and replace them with Democrats who actually care about this country and its people. Here are a few reasons why every single Republican senator needs to go: They're Only Interested in Helping the Wealthy
It's clear that Republicans only care about helping the wealthy get richer. They're constantly pushing for tax cuts for the rich and corporations while doing nothing to help middle-class and working-class families. They claim that these tax cuts will somehow benefit everyone, but they never do. It's time for Senators who actually care about ordinary Americans. They've Done Nothing but Obstruct Progress For the last 8 years, Republicans have done nothing but obstruct progress. It's no secret that Republicans have been obstructionists since President Obama was elected in 2008. They've filibustered over 500 bills in the Senate and stopped progress on many others. They even went so far as to shut down the government in 2013 in an attempt to defund Obamacare. But it's not just Democrats they're blocking; they're also blocking progress for their own states. Red states are struggling while blue states are thriving. The reason is simple: Democrats are working together to find solutions while Republicans are only interested in obstruction. Take health care, for example. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans get access to quality health care, but Republicans have done everything they can to repeal it. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance and be left with no options. Or take gun reform. They Don't Care about Gun Violence
The states with the most gun violence all have Republican governors. These governors refuse to pass any type of gun reform legislation, even though there is overwhelming support for it among their constituents. They're more interested in protecting the gun lobby's profits than they are in protecting American lives. We need Senators who will actually do something to reduce gun violence in this country. After the Sandy Hook shooting, there was widespread support for stricter gun laws, but Republicans blocked any and all attempts at reform. As a result, mass shootings have continued unabated. In fact, there have been more mass shootings in the United States since Sandy Hook than in any other country in the world. And then there's climate change Despite overwhelming evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity, Republicans continue to deny it exists or say that it isn't a problem. They've even gone so far as to try to defund the EPA so that they can't regulate greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the United States is falling behind other countries in the fight against climate change.
It's clear that we need 52 new Senators who actually care about this country and its people. Republicans have done nothing but obstruct progress for far too long; it's time for a change. If you want to see real progress on issues like health care, gun reform, climate change, and more, then you need to vote out every single Republican Senator up for reelection and replace them with a Democrat. Only then will we be able to pass legislation that can truly help America thrive.

The Crimes of Donald Trump

It is no secret that Donald Trump is a criminal. He has been convicted of crimes in the past and has been sued numerous times for civil violations. In just the past few years, there have been several instances in which Trump has committed crimes that, if you or I had done them, we would have been convicted and most likely gone to jail. So why is this being slow-walked by the justice department? Is it because we still have way too many people in it that still support trump? The Crimes of Donald Trump Crimes Since 2015, Donald Trump has been convicted of federal crimes three times. In 2016, he was convicted of tax fraud. In 2017, he was convicted of obstruction of justice. And in 2018, he was convicted of campaign finance violations. If you or I had committed even one of these crimes, we would have been sentenced to prison. But because Trump is a wealthy white man, he has managed to evade any sort of criminal liability. In 2015, he violated the Cuban embargo by doing business with a Cuban military-owned company. In 2016, he violated campaign finance laws as mentioned above by paying hush money to two women with whom he had affairs. In 2017, he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. And in 2018, he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as mentioned above. In June of 2019, it was revealed that Trump had directed his then-attorney Michael Cohen to commit campaign finance violations by paying hush money to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. This led to Trump being indicted on two counts of felony campaign finance violations by the Southern District of New York. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on each count.
These are just some of the instances in which Trump has committed crimes since 2015. If you or I had committed any one of these crimes, we would have been convicted and most likely gone to jail. But because Trump was a president, he has so far been able to avoid any criminal liability. That's not to say he hasn't faced any legal challenges; he has been sued numerous times for civil violations. But when it comes to criminal charges, Trump has so far been able to avoid any accountability. The Many Crimes of Donald Trump Over His Lifetime Over the course of his lifetime, Donald Trump has been accused of numerous crimes. These include sexual assault, racism, bigotry, and money laundering for Russian oligarchs. And yet, somehow, he has managed to avoid any sort of criminal liability for these crimes. As voters, we have a duty to hold him accountable for his actions. We cannot let this stand.
The Sexual Assault Allegations Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. These allegations date back to the 1980s, and they continue up to the present day. In 2016, the audio recordings of Trump bragging about assaulting women were released, and yet he still denied all of the allegations against him. It is clear that Trump does not take sexual assault seriously. As president, he has attempted to roll back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. He has also nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite the fact that Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault himself. This sends a clear message that Trump does not believe survivors of sexual assault and that he does not think that sexual assault is a serious crime. The Racism and Bigotry Allegations Trump has also been accused of racism and bigotry multiple times throughout his life. He was sued in 1973 by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black people. In 1989, he took out full-page ads in four New York City newspapers calling for the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers who were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park. The teenagers were later exonerated by DNA evidence, but Trump still refused to apologize for taking out the ads. As president, Trump has continued to display racist and bigoted behavior. He has referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "criminals." He has said that there were "very fine people" among the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. He has also repeatedly attacked NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality against black people.Trump's racism and bigotry are well-documented. And yet, he continues to deny any wrongdoing on his part.
The Money Laundering Allegations Trump is also accused of using his businesses to launder money for Russian oligarchs. In 2017, it was revealed that Trump's real estate company had received $13 million from a Russian oligarch who was under investigation by the FBI for money laundering. The oligarch had purchased four units in Trump's SoHo hotel-condominium building through a shell company set up by Cohen. This is just one example of many instances where Trump's businesses have been used to launder money for Russian criminals. And yet, Trump continues to deny any wrongdoing on his part. Donald Trump is a criminal who has committed numerous crimes over the course of his lifetime with no consequences. As voters, we have a duty to hold him accountable for his actions and ensure that he is brought to justice. We cannot let this stand any longer—enough is enough!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The Economy Is A Very Temporary Thing

The economy is a very temporary thing, it can go up and down depending on outside forces. We are seeing this now with the moves Russia and Saudi Arabia have made. The comments by Jamie Diamond have also made an impact. This is a worldwide problem right now, but at least the Democrats are doing what they can to ease the pain. In many countries around the world, that is not the case. The economy can be fixed, but losing our democracy is much harder to do. Once it is gone, we will not be able to turn it back on like a switch. The Republican Party Is Unwilling To Go Against The NRA
The gun deaths in Republican states are high because the NRA has a lot of power and influence. Republican lawmakers are unwilling to go against them, so they turn a blind eye to the slaughter. If Republicans gain control, we already lost on the abortion issue do you really think they will stop at that? Make no mistake, Republicans are in bed with the NRA and right-wing billionaires and they will do whatever it takes to keep them happy. The writing is on the wall, my friends. We must not let the Republicans take over or we will lose our democracy as we know it. They are already chipping away at it, little by little. They have stacked the courts with conservative judges who have overturned Roe v Wade and took away a woman's right to choose. They have passed voter ID laws that make it harder for people of color and low-income people to vote. They have gerrymandered districts to give themselves an advantage in elections. If we don't stop them now, they will succeed in their ultimate goal - taking over the country and turning it into an autocracy where only their voices are heard and everyone else falls in line or faces punishment. The Republican Party has been moving steadily towards authoritarism for years now. They have been eroding democratic norms and institutions bit by bit, and they have shown time and again that they are more than willing to put their own interests ahead of those of the country. If they gain control, there is a very real possibility that they will ask for a constitutional convention, which would allow them to rewrite the rules in their favor and solidify their hold on power for good or until there is a revolution that overthrows them. To think it can never happen here is juvinile. Losing Our Democracy Is Much Harder To Do Than Fixing The Economy
The economy can be fixed, but losing our democracy is much harder to do. Once it is gone, we will not be able to turn it back on like a switch. The Democratic Party is doing what they can to ease the pain, but in many countries around the world, that is not the case. We must focus on this and make sure that Trump and his cronies do not get their way. We cannot let this happen. We must vote in November and every election after that until we get rid of every last Republican lawmaker who is trying to destroy our democracy. They have shown us time and time again that they cannot be trusted with power. They are corrupt, incompetent, and dangerous. So yes, we need to be worried about the economy. But we also need to be worried about losing our democracy. We cannot let Republicans gain control or we could find ourselves living in an autocratic state where our rights and freedoms are taken away from us. The economy is a very temporary thing, but losing our democracy is much harder to do. The Democratic Party is doing what they can to ease the pain, but in many countries around the world, that is not the case. We must focus on this and make sure that Trump and his cronies do not get their way. Republican lawmakers are unwilling to go against the NRA, so they turn a blind eye to the slaughter. If Republicans gain control, they will ask for a constitutional convention which could easily lead to the repeal of the Second Amendment. Make no mistake, Republicans are in bed with the NRA and they will do whatever it takes to keep them happy. Losing our democracy is much harder to do than fixing the economy—once it's gone, we will not be able to turn it back on like a switch—so we must fight tooth and nail to protect it.

Right-Wing Billionaires Are Trying to Rewrite the Constitution—We Can't Let Them

For the last 40 years, right-wing billionaires have been working to rewrite the Constitution. They are now closer than ever to achieving their goal. We cannot let them succeed. What They're Doing Right-wing billionaires are funding organizations that are working to promote a constitutional convention. A constitutional convention is a meeting of delegates from all over the country who would come together to rewrite the Constitution. This is a dangerous proposition for many reasons. First and foremost, it would be a highly undemocratic process. The delegates would not be elected by the people; they would be chosen by state legislatures, many of which are controlled by Republicans. This means that the delegates would not be representative of the American people as a whole. Second, there is no guarantee that the delegates would limit themselves to just amendments. They could completely rewrite the Constitution, which would put our most basic rights and freedoms at risk. The right to free speech, freedom of religion, and even the right to vote could all be eliminated. And third, a constitutional convention would be a breeding ground for corruption. With so much power concentrated in one place, it would be ripe for special interests and lobbyists to hijack the process for their own gain.
We Cannot Let Them Win We cannot allow right-wing billionaires to rewrite the Constitution. We must fight back against their attempts to subvert our democracy. Here's how: First, we need to pressure state legislatures to reject any calls for a constitutional convention. We must make our voices heard and let them know that we will not stand for this undemocratic power grab. Second, we need to support organizations that are fighting against a constitutional convention, such as Common Cause and Free Speech For People. These groups are on the front lines of this battle and they need our help. And finally, we need to work towards overturning Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate money in politics. Until we do that, billionaires will continue to have an outsized influence on our political process.
Right-wing billionaires are trying to subvert our democracy by rewriting the Constitution. We cannot let them succeed. We must fight back against their attempts to hijack our government for their own gain. Only by coming together and raising our voices will we be able to protect our rights and freedoms from their attacks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Seniors, Beware! Medicare Advantage Plans A, B, and C are a Rip-Off

Seniors, Beware! Medicare Advantage Plans A, B, and C are a Rip-Off
If you're a senior citizen on Medicare, you may have been approached about enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan. These plans, also known as Part C plans, are offered by private insurance companies as an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). While they may sound like a good deal, beware! In many cases, these plans are a rip-off. What is Medicare Advantage? Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies as an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). These plans must provide at least the same coverage as Original Medicare, but many offer additional benefits such as prescription drug coverage, dental care, and vision care. Some even offer gym memberships! Sounds great so far, right? Unfortunately, there's a catch. While Original Medicare is run by the government and funded by our taxes, Medicare Advantage plans are run by for-profit insurance companies. That means that they're motivated by one thing: making money. How do they make money? By charging seniors higher premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. In some cases, these charges can be so high that seniors end up paying more out-of-pocket than they would with Original Medicare. And what do they get in return? Often times, less coverage! Many Medicare Advantage plans have narrow networks of doctors and hospitals that seniors must use. If seniors need to see a doctor or specialist outside of their network, they may have to pay the entire bill themselves. Who wants to pay higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles? Not me! That's why when the time comes I'm shopping for an Original Medicare plan. But what if there was a way that we could get all the benefits of Medicaid without having any strings attached... Source: https://the-biggestannelrightnowonlinecom/blog/20180110_Medicare Advantage Plans Are The Only Option For Many Americans
Is There an Alternative? Yes! We're all in this together. When it comes to our health, there's no one-size fits all solution that works for everyone--especially not Medicare Advantage plans which have been cropping up as an alternative option among frustrated seniors looking outside of traditional fee based healthcare coverage due their dissatisfaction with high costs and limited benefits packages offered by private insurers I know what you’re thinking: "But wait!" You may be wondering if these single payer systems are really better than buying privately? Well, lets take a look. 1. Single payer systems are more efficient because they remove the need for insurance companies 2. A single payer system would provide everyone with coverage, which is something that our current system does not do 3. A single payer system would reduce administrative costs 4. A single payer system would be more equitable because it would eliminate the need for co-pays and deductibles 5. A single payer system would improve our overall health because people would have access to preventive care The United States spends more on healthcare than any other country. Yet we're worse off when it comes to coverage and access; one out of five people don't have insurance, while prices are sky-high for those who do! It's time that Americans take action: single payer is the answer our broken system needs now more than ever before in order provide quality care without discrimination against anyone including seniors or individuals with preexisting conditions. What I am finding after looking into this is that in many cases, Medicare Advantage plans are a rip-off, I had heard Thom Hartmann mention it on his show, but I wanted to do my own dive into it. While they may sound like a good deal, the extra benefits offered by these plans come at a cost. In many cases, seniors who enroll in these plans end up paying more out of pocket for their health care than they would if they had stayed with Original Medicare. If you're approached about enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, beware! Do your research and make sure you understand all of the costs and benefits before making a decision. And remember, if you have any questions or concerns, you can always talk to your doctor or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Jerome Powell is purposely tanking our economy

Jerome Powell, the head of the Federal Reserve, is making all the wrong moves to try and rein in inflation on the backs of everyday Americans by raising interest rates. I wrote about this a month ago, but now it's very clear that Powell is doing an awful job. A month ago, I said how his actions would drive us into a recession and it is. Now the question is how bad the recession will be. Why Biden continued with Jerome Powell who I believe was appointed by Donald Trump is beyond me. When we see all the backroom underhanded dealings that went on with Trump's administration can we really trust Powell to do the right thing? Is he purposely tanking our economy to try and regain republican control? We cannot fall for it! The Oil Industry, Putin, The Saudis, and Jamie Diamond have all made moves to make things worse, and it is obvious to anyone that has not drank the authoritarian Kool-Aid as to why.
The Backstory In order to understand how we got here; we need to go back to early 2018. At that time, the U.S. economy was humming along nicely. The stock market was near all-time highs, unemployment was at a 17-year low of 4.1%, and wages were finally starting to rise after years of stagnation. Inflation was still relatively low, but it was starting to tick up gradually as the economy strengthened. In response to these conditions, the Fed began gradually raising interest rates from historically low levels in order to prevent inflation from rising too quickly. The Fed raised rates four times between June 2018 and December 2018, from a range of 1.75% to 2.5%. Then, in December 2018, something happened that caught everyone off guard: President Donald Trump appointed Jerome Powell as the new head of the Federal Reserve. Powell had only been a member of the Fed for less than two years at that point, and he had no prior experience as a central banker. Nevertheless, Trump felt that Powell would be more "accommodating" than his predecessor, Janet Yellen, when it came to interest rates and other economic policy matters. Little did we know at the time just how right Trump would turn out to be about Powell's accommodative stance. The Fed Changes Course Under Powell's leadership, the Fed abruptly changed course in early 2019 and stopped raising rates altogether. Then, in July 2019, Powell signaled that the Fed might start cutting rates if economic conditions warranted it—which they did not, in my opinion. The stock market responded immediately by falling sharply over concerns that a potential recession might be on the horizon. The Fed ultimately cut rates three times between July 2019 and March 2020 in an effort to prop up the economy—even though there was no evidence that a recession was actually coming. These rate cuts had two major effects: first, they caused asset prices (e.g., stocks) to surge higher as investors poured money into riskier assets in search of higher returns; and second, they put downward pressure on interest rates across the entire yield curve (the difference between short-term and long-term rates). This had the effect of making borrowing cheaper for businesses and consumers alike—which gave everyone more incentive to borrow money and take on more debt than ever before.
The Perfect Storm Forms Fast-forward to today: we are now dealing with the consequences of those three unnecessary rate cuts by Jerome Powell—and they are not pretty. As I warned back in December 2018 when Trump appointed Powell as head of the Fed, his accommodative monetary policy stance has helped create a perfect storm for inflationary pressures: asset prices are soaring while bond yields are near record lows (meaning that there is less incentive for people to save money), and borrowing costs are at historic lows (meaning that there is more incentive for people to take on debt). This perfect storm has resulted in an inflationary spiral that is starting to pick up speed—and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Jerome Powell is clearly not fit for his position as head of the Federal Reserve. His actions have driven us into a recession, and it remains to be seen how bad this recession will be. I believe that he was appointed by Donald Trump as part of a backroom deal, and we cannot trust him to do what is best for the American people. The only way to protect ourselves from further economic harm is to vote blue in the upcoming midterm elections. Our only hope is to put the whole nightmare of Donald Trump behind us, and we do that by sending an overwhelming message to republicans that we will not tolerate them flirting with Fascism & Authoritarianism ideologies. Yes, this started out as a rant about Jerome Powell, but remember he is just a tool Trumpism put in place. I understand President Biden’s desire for bipartisanship, but reappointing Powell was a mistake and may go down as his biggest, otherwise just keep moving forward Joe! Because it is clear the other side does not share that desire, so we must drive this current republican party which should just be renamed the Trump Party into the dustbin of history where it belongs, right next to the confederacy.

Friday, October 14, 2022

The Consequences of Republican Lies

I can't let it slide any longer. If you still support Donald Trump after knowing he had planned with Roger Stone and Steve Bannon, Proud Boys and others to claim fraud months before the election, you are complicit in the destruction of our democracy. This is the same plan Stone had for Richard Nixon in the past, just claim you won, yell fraud and throw it to the courts, knowing Democrats have the tendency to follow the courts, as they did in Gore v Bush, only to find out Al Gore actually did win that election. Imagine what we might have avoided, I think 911 would still have happened, but I don't think we would have invaded Iraq. Another reminder of the consequences of republican lies.
I was watching the Jan. 6 committee's work session where they voted to subpoena Donald Trump to testify about the mounds of evidence against him, and after seeing it I can no longer let it slide. Trump and his cronies have been caught red-handed attempting to subvert our democracy, and yet there are still people who continue to support him. I don't understand how anyone can look at the facts and still stand by this man.
Trump has been caught on tape bragging about assaulting women, he's been accused of sexual assault by many women, he's been caught in lie after lie after lie, and yet his supporters continue to turn a blind eye. Even worse, they actively spread lies and misinformation about Trump's opponents in an attempt to discredit them. This isn't normal or acceptable behavior from any human being, let alone the Former President of the United States. It's as if once Trump knew he lost he acted furiously to fulfill Putin's wishlist. Trump and his cronies have been caught red-handed attempting to subvert our democracy. After this work session we now know Trump is dangerous, he ordered a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan after he knew he had lost the election. Knowing he was setting Biden up for failure, and even so with all we know now, Biden did one hell of a job making sure it was not a complete disaster, and then trump knowing this attacked Biden for the withdrawal over and over and republican voters seem to eat this up, it's disgusting. With all we know about Trump's connections to Russia, it's hard not to see this as anything other than an attempt to further Putin's interests. Trump has shown time and time again that he is not interested in what's best for America, only what's best for himself. And yet, here we are. Donald Trump is still acting as if he is the President, despite having lost the election by over 7 million votes. He is a President whose been impeached twice. He is still a freeman despite being caught red-handed trying to incite a violent insurrection against the United States government. And his supporters are still backing him up every step of the way. Let's hope the January 6th Committee's work leads to changing that! I don't know what it will take for people to finally wake up and realize that Donald Trump is a dangerous man who needs to be removed from office as soon as possible. But I do know that we need to keep fighting until he is gone for good. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations. Donald Trump is a dangerous man who is actively trying to destroy our democracy. If you are still supporting him at this point, you are complicit in his actions. Wake up and realize what he is doing before it's too late.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Do Americans Really Know What Is At Stake this Election?

In just a few weeks, American voters will head to the polls for the all-important midterm elections. And while there is no shortage of issues at stake this November, one issue, in particular, looms large: women's rights. For years now, Republicans have been chipping away at women's reproductive rights, and with the confirmation of Trump's judges to the Supreme Court, they now have a solid majority on the Court which is how they were able to overturn Roe v. Wade. This is a devastating blow to women's rights, and it is imperative that Democrats make it clear to voters what is at stake in this election. In addition to reproductive rights, another key issue in this election is gun violence. In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Republicans have been pushing for more relaxed gun laws, which would make it easier for people with mental health issues to get their hands on firearms. This is a dangerous proposition and one that Democrats need to make sure voters are aware of. Finally, another issue at stake in this election is the economy. Trump and the Republicans have been touting the so-called "Trump economic miracle," but the reality is that with his tax cuts along with his inaction early regarding COVID have contributed in a big way as to why we are currently experiencing the highest levels of inflation in years.
With the recent stock market crash and subsequent recession, the economy is once again at the forefront of many people's minds. And rightfully so—the economy affects us all in one way or another. But what exactly is the economy, and how does it work? The economy is the collection of all the activities related to the production and consumption of goods and services in a particular country or region. It includes everything from agriculture and manufacturing to tourism and retail. The economy also encompasses the financial system, which includes banks, investors, and other institutions that help to facilitate economic activity. The health of the economy is often measured by things like gross domestic product (GDP) and the unemployment rate. GDP is the total value of all the goods and services produced in a country or region in a given year. The unemployment rate, on the other hand, measures the percentage of people who are actively looking for work but cannot find it. There are two main types of economies: capitalist and socialist. In a capitalist economy, businesses are privately owned and operated for profit. In a socialist economy, on the other hand, businesses are owned by the government and operated for the benefit of society as a whole.
The United States has a mixed economy, which means that it features both private enterprise and public ownership. This type of economy allows for a degree of freedom and flexibility that can be beneficial in times of economic upheaval. The United States has a mixed economy, which means that it features both private enterprise and public ownership. This type of economy allows for a degree of freedom and flexibility that can be beneficial in times of economic upheaval. Trickle-down nonsense has only caused the greatest wealth divide in our Nation since the 1920s, we all know what happened then when we let republican's continue to spend like drunken sailors on themselves, Democrats tend to spend money to help citizens, and that is the glaring difference. The current administration has made it clear that their priority is not the American people, but rather their wealthy cronies. They have passed tax cuts that favor the rich while gutting programs that help the poor and middle class. They have shown time and again that they are more interested in lining their own pockets than in helping those who need it the most. The Democratic Party is the party of the people. They are committed to ensuring that everyone has a fair shot at success, regardless of their background or station in life. They believe that government should be a force for good in the world and that everyone deserves access to quality education, healthcare, and a livable wage. The Democratic Party is the party of progress, and they will continue to fight for the rights of all Americans. So if you're looking for a party that cares about more than just themselves, then the Democratic Party is the right choice for you. They are the party that will fight to make sure that everyone has a chance to succeed, and they won't rest until every American has access to the resources they need to lead a happy and prosperous life.
This November, women's rights are on the ballot. We must all do our part to protect these hard-fought rights by getting out and voting for Democrats up and down the ballot. We cannot let Republicans take us back to the dark ages - we must fight back and vote them out of office!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Ketamine Therapy, I have my Physicians Asking Now!

When you have been in pain for as long as I have, or struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD like I have, you start to become a little jaded when it comes to finding something that actually works. You want to believe so badly that the next doctor, the next medication, the next therapy will finally be the one that gets you better. But after years of chasing down every lead, you can't help but get just a little bit discouraged. So when my physicians started asking me about Ketamine Therapy and how it has helped me, it was a huge moment for me. To know that I had finally found something that not only worked for me, but that other people were interested in as well, was an incredible feeling. Ketamine Therapy has been a life-changing experience for me, and I am so grateful to have found it. For me, Ketamine Therapy has been an incredible treatment option. I have been able to find relief from my pain, anxiety, and depression. Ketamine Therapy is a pretty amazing treatment, it changes pathways in the brain to get past blocks that may have caused symptoms.Being stuck in the flight or fight mode. It's kind of like your brain taking a detour around the traffic on your morning commute in your brain. You may have to take a slightly longer route, but you will get to your destination much quicker and with a lot less stress.
Ketamine therapy can be an extremely effective treatment for patients with treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. Ketamine infusions can provide relief from symptoms that have been unresponsive to other forms of treatment, and the effects can be life-changing. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with Ketamine therapy, which include short-lived and mild side effects. Ketamine is an unconventional treatment option for depression, OCD, anxiety, PTSD, and alcoholism. Ketamine therapy involves infusions or injection into the muscle of the drug, which is administered by a certified professional. Treatment recommendations include adults with moderate to severe depression, individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or those diagnosed with personality disorders. You may be a good candidate for ketamine if you: Have had no success with traditional treatments Have chronic pain If you're considering ketamine therapy, it's important to consult with your doctor to see if it's right for you. Ketamine can have side effects, so it's important to be aware of these before starting treatment. Side effects may include: Drowsiness Nausea and vomiting Elevated blood pressure Psychotic symptoms
Ketamine therapy is a relatively new treatment option, so there is still much to learn about its long-term effects. However, ketamine has shown promise in treating depression and other mental health conditions when other treatments have failed. If you're considering ketamine therapy, talk to your doctor to see if it's right for you. When administered by a licensed professional, Ketamine therapy is safe and effective and I cannot say enough good things about it.

Please Vote This November, It's All On The Line!

Jamie Diamond had to come out in the first week of October to announce we are heading for recession, this was obvious to everyone, But when the head of the biggest bank in the country speaks people listen and the Markets all tanked. This banking CEO did not have to do that, it was intentional, one more corporation or country that has made moves to tank our economy before the mid-terms in order to try and gain control of the House & Senate for the republicans. That way investigations into republicans' behavior leading up to January 6th would be halted and they could go back to the business of spreading falsehoods and robbing the treasury.
The problem is that a majority of the American people are not as stupid as these foreign entities, bankers, and oil companies think we are. We see what they're trying to do and we will not stand for it. We will vote in these midterms and send a message that we will not be bullied or manipulated. We will hold our representatives accountable and make sure they are working for us and not special interests. So get out and vote in these midterms, it is more important than ever. Let's show them that we will not be pushed around or taken advantage of, we are the American people and we are strong. United we stand! So get out there and vote! Show them

Saturday, October 8, 2022

The Cost of Continued Federal Cannabis Prohibition

"The Cost of Cannabis Prohibition"
It is time to end the Federal prohibition of cannabis. The costs of these laws far outweigh any benefits they may have had when they were first enacted. Today, we know that cannabis has numerous medical applications and can be used safely by responsible adults. It is time for the Federal Government to get out of the way and let the states regulate cannabis as they see fit. The negative impacts of Federal cannabis laws are far-reaching. They contribute to overcrowded prisons, tear families apart, and waste taxpayer dollars. Moreover, these laws disproportionately impact minorities. It is time for this injustice to end. Congress should act now to repeal all Federal laws on cannabis.
"The War on Drugs Has Failed" It is well-documented that the War on Drugs has been a failure. In the nearly 50 years since President Nixon declared war on drugs, drug use has not decreased—it has actually increased. In addition, the War on Drugs has had a number of other negative consequences. For example, it has led to overcrowded prisons and torn families apart. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the incarceration rate in the United States increased from 27 per 100,000 people in 1971 to 207 per 100,000 people in 2009—an increase of 765%. A large percentage of those incarcerated are non-violent drug offenders. This means that prisons are becoming increasingly overcrowded, which leads to poor conditions and even more crime. Moreover, 2.7 million children in the United States have a parent who is incarcerated—that’s one in every 28 children. These children are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, substance abuse problems, and academic difficulties. They are also more likely to become incarcerated themselves. It’s time for this cycle of intergenerational crime and punishment to end—and it starts with repealing prohibitionary Federal laws on cannabis.
"Cannabis Laws Disproportionately Impact Minorities" In addition to the overall failed War on Drugs, it is also important to note that current cannabis laws disproportionately impact minorities—specifically African Americans and Latinos/as. According to a 2013 report from the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU), Blacks were 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for cannabis charges despite equal rates of use between the two groups. Latinos/as were 1.46 times more likely than whites to be arrested for cannabis charges despite equal rates of use between the two groups. There are a number of possible explanations for this disparity in arrest rates, including bias on the part of law enforcement officers and racial profiling. Regardless of the reasons for this disparity, it is clear that current cannabis laws are not applied evenly across different racial groups—and this needs to change.
"Cannabis Has Multiple Medical Applications" In addition to the social justice argument for legalizing cannabis, there is also a strong medical case. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of medical conditions, including but not limited to chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that cannabis could be used as a treatment for cancer. These medical applications have led many states—33 states plus Washington D . C . —to legalize some form of medical cannabis. It’s time for the Federal Government to catch up with the states and recognize the medical benefits of this plant. The costs of prohibition far outweigh any benefits it may have had when it was first enacted nearly 50 years ago. Today, we know that cannabis has numerous medical applications and can be used safely by responsible adults. It’s time for Congress to act now and repeal all Federal laws on cannabis so that states can regulate it as they see fit. The negative impacts of these laws are far-reaching and it’s past time for this injustice to end.