PRO-LIFE OR PRO-BIRTH

I have argued for years the problem I have with Conservatives and their pro-life stance is they have little consideration for social programs caring for infants after birth. 

Recently a name for this passed by me the other day; Conservatives tend to be pro-birth not necessarily pro-choice. 

Although I am Catholic, and my religion stands firmly with the pro-life movement, I believe the government should not interfere with a women’s choice. I do not believe abortion should be used as a method of birth control. Their are ways to stop unwanted pregnancies. Although Republicans want to do away with clinics that teach birth control. 

And don’t tell me birth control isn’t being used, another no no in my religion. Church pews used to be filled with kids of a family while I was growing up. Now you’ll see one or two children per family. Maybe the males are firing more blanks are the women have become less fertile. 

Historically, and you can Google the following, Republican’s vote against programs as abortion clinics, WICK. nutritional programs, meals for young children in school, social funded programs, etc. 

Even some I personally know who have daughters who used the WICK program, after their use, were critical of the program. People I know who are on disability are critical of socialism. Perhaps they don’t understand the definition. 

My column this week in the Laurel-Seaford Star details the difference between Socialism and Capitalism. You’ll be surprised to find out how many of us benefit from socialism. 

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KATE SMITH STATUE REMOVED: RACISM

Kate Smith a singer in the 30’s famous for her rendition of “God Bless America” a song she felt this country needed as we entered WW1 and is still sung at sporting events, has had her statue removed from the library at the Philadelphia Flyers stadium, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the star.

Friday, the Flyers said Smith’s “God Bless America” recording has been removed following baseball’s New York Yankees. The Yanks suspended use of Smith’s recording during the 7th inning stretch amid conflicting claims about several of her songs, including a 1939 song, “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born”, a tune originated in the ’31 Broadway revue, which was considered satire at the time. Smith’s likeness also appears in a ’39 ad hat heavily uses the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known ad that heavily used the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known racist depictions of black women. 

We’re talking 80 years ago when my people were called ‘wops’ and ‘dagos’, and the blacks were called the “N” word. Growing up in the ’60’s I heard the same words said about races, but no malice was intended. 

Kate Smith toured and sang to thousands of Americans of all races, religions during the war. I’ve never heard of her being racists; her actions were accepted at the time. Is Al Jolson next?

I don’t know what to think; but I think the Confederate has it’s place, in a museum, not being flaunted in parades, I think statues of Confederate Generals should be allowed to stand.  That is part of the souths history, like it or not. We in the north are allowed to display our U.S. flag used during the civil war and statues honoring our Generals are allowed to be displayed. 

I just don’t understand some of the racial issues in today’s age. Why can’t we get along, and settle our differences as civil people? The blacks rallied for their rights in the 60’s.  I believe some of their gains have stalled in the past few years.

I just hope none of those guys on Mt. Rushmore didn’t say anything out of line. I’d had to see their faces chiseled to dust. 

 

 

 

 

MULLER REPORT LEAVES ALOT OF ?????

The long anticipated Muller report was finally released last week, or portions there of. Trump bragged vindication with his “No Collusion” comment, but Democrats are not happy with AG Burr’s limited presentation to Congress.

The down sized report left a lot of unanswered questions. The report according to many left open end avenues which could lead to further investigations. Many hints of Trump attempting to kill the investigation amid reports his staffers refused to do so.

TRUMP BACKING DOWN AN EVERY DAY EVENT

Donald Trump has had to eat his words a few time this week. First he threatened to close the border to Mexico, saying “I’m not kidding. Then he threatened more tariffs on Mexico if they don’t stop the flow of illegal immigrants. 

But even the big guy has people he has to answer to. Corporate America who told Trump in no certain terms, Put the pistol back in the holster and stop shooting from the hip.

Both moves if Trump had his way would have crippled the economy and had a tremendous economic impact on the economy of both companies. 

Shutting the border would have crippled the trucking industry, you can see them lined up one after another at the border, stopping good from flowing in and out of both countries. 

Putting more tariff on Mexico would mean Mexico would raise the price of good coming to this country, and the consumers in the United States would pay more for goods. 

I don’t believe Trumps understands trade between countries and the reason this country runs a trade deficit is so our consumers won’t pay as much for foreign goods, which is

I think Trump like to hear himself talk, but it’s getting old. 

DOVER DOWNS: MERGER = JOB CUTS

These mergers tickle me. Both companies always say business will be as usual, no job losses. Really?

The reason for a merger is to make money so, both companies usually have the same HR, finance, etc staffs, Why do you need both so you consolidate the offices, and somebody loses their job, usually the company which comes out on top of the merger. 

When Dover Downs recently merged with another company, Dover Downs being the lower company, Dover Downs management said he didn’t think their would be job losses, and the Mayor of Dover recounted how important the jobs and tax base was. 

Naw, ain’t gonna happen. Dover has been losing money, the hotel is a white elephant. You can’t make money comping rooms to high rollers or on race car week ends. 

And the new company didn’t buy Dover Downs to continue losing money. My thoughts are the hotel will be leased out or sold to a chain, and many duplicate jobs will be lost. 

HOW FAR WILL THE ME TOO REVOLUTION GO?

Well my friend Joe Biden is the latest subject of the Me Too era. Joe was not accused of “grabbing” like Trump, but making females feel “uncomfortable” by his affectionate way Joe has done since I knew him since his first Senatorial campaign. 

Having been around Joe for some 40 years I have seen the VP hug, give a kiss on the cheeks of females, but nothing out of the way. 

Remember now, we are talking about a generation before Me Too where it was ok to hug or touch someone without either party giving it a second thought. That’s what politicians did during those years. 

I know of women who would be offended if Joe didn’t come up to them and give them a hug. My first wife was one of them. I’ve witnessed Joe consoling women at the loss of a spouse that would be considered a no no with the Me Too movement. He is just that kind of a guy.

When my wife passed, he was VP during a time of crisis in Washington, coming in during the Great Recession. He took time out of his schedule to call me twice to give me comfort and advice how to handle my grief. His son Beau attended her funeral and gave a speech on behalf of his dad and family. 

That’s the side of Joe many don’t know. 

The downside of the Me Too movement, is as soon as a female accuses a male of sexual harassment, rape, etc, a man is considered guilty, and even if proven innocent, wears guilty over his soul the rest of his life. 

An example of how too far this Me Too movement has gone: On FB a photo was shown of Joe taking a selfie of himself and behind him his first accuser during a campaign stop in support of her campaign. On his shoulder, was her hand. Do you think that made Joe uncomfortable as she said of him? See what I mean by going too far and one sided?

It is a matter of record Trump has had open affairs, one when he wife was pregnant, others when he was married, but no one seems to give a shit!!!

 

REPUBLICANS: NO HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION FOR NOW

Again, Trump shot from the hip and missed his target; “We’re going to have a healthcare bill” to the shock of his Republican colleagues whose thought on healthcare was the furthest thing on their mind. 

After hearing Trump’s demands, and after Mitch McConnell changed his underwear, he informed his Chief, no way Jose. 

So now, the president has backed down on the “terrible Obamacare” and ‘promised” his cult gullible followers, “We will have one after the election.” No, the Republicans can’t and never have nor will come up with an affordable healthcare plan that will rival the current plan, for less money and more coverage. 

First and foremost, they don’t care whether you have coverage or not. Those rich yahoos in Congress are wealthy and what they rake in from corporations and lobbyists gives Republicans a damn good lifestyle, and of course they and their friends can afford to pay for health coverage. 

I’m not a gambler, but I’d be willing to bet the ranch they’ll never replace Obamacare. Can anyone name to me one time Republicans have had healthcare legislation…except to repeal the current legislation. 

My fear is Trump followers believe a  new, better, less costly Republican healthcare plan is coming. 

I just happened to recall. Trump made his promise on APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!