The Country is Split in Three

It’s not a 2 party system, it’s a 3 party system.
There’s the Democrats, there’s the Republicans and there’s the Tea Party who are radical right wingers.
The problem is that the President is Tea Party, and Tea Party to get recognized identified themselves as Republican.
President of the United States Donald Trump proposes something.
Tea Party likes it.
Republicans are divided.
Democrats hate it.
Dead in the water!

The New York Times is Biased

From the New York Times, quoted without their permission: WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday proposed sharp reductions in individual and business income tax rates and a radical reordering of the tax code that would significantly benefit the wealthy, but he offered no explanation of how the plan would be financed as he rushed to show progress before the 100-day mark of his presidency.
I’m a Democrat. Let’s get that out of the way. I hate Trump. This is BS. Not Trump. The NY Times.
Am I the only one that sees it? Read it carefully.
If you can’t see it, then tell me. You hate him too much to see it. One hundred days had nothing to do with it. They threw that in to make it an issue. Don’t you see?

What about Donald Trump's Goal of Sending a Manned Mission to Mars?

According to the Washington Post, Trump says he hopes humans set foot on Mars ‘during my second term’
I’ll tell you that I hope he doesn’t have a second term and I hope we don’t send any poor humans to Mars. There’s nothing our robots and rovers can’t do that humans can.
That’s my pessimism showing again. The readers of this blog know it well.

  1. I do not support manned missions to anywhere.
  2. I do not support Donald Trump, for completely different reasons.

Government Shutdown

The government is out of money.
Many of you are young. You have no idea. The government of the United States of America is in debt.
How can a government be in debt? Well, how do you get in debt? You use your credit cards and can’t pay them off. The same goes for the United States of America and all the world governments. They use their credit and go in debt.
Is it a giant Uncle Sam credit card? No, it’s not. It’s in many forms, one of which is the Treasury Bond. Buy a U.S. treasury bond and get paid back in a few years with what you bought it for plus a little more for interest.
According to the Fidelity website, “Treasuries are debt obligations issued and backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. Because they are considered to have low credit or default risk, they generally offer lower yields relative to other bonds.”
When you buy a U.S. Treasury Bond you’re loaning the government money. That money helped fund World War II and Vietnam. The Government needs money.
Why does the government need money? Great question. Because the government is like a corporation. It doesn’t do everything by itself. It needs to buy stuff from private people and company to supply bombs, weapons, and stuff like that.
Take Pantex. Near where I live is Pantex. It’s a private company, well a public company you can buy pieces of in the U.S. stock market, that makes bombs and weapons. The United States government has a contract with Pantex to make stuff. Who pays the employees at Pantex? The company. Who pays the company? Congress.
So the Government needs money and to get that money it loans money by selling U.S. Treasury Bonds.
The number one buyer of U.S. treasuries? The Chinese Government.
If we write off the debt, decide not to pay it back, that’s bad news. Very bad news.
Each year we have a problem. It’s called the government shutdown. Congress runs out of money. Happens in the spring. They have to vote to keep going on without enough money to go on without enough money.

Life in California

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Meet California’s “weed nun” Christine Meeusen (on right) who is 57 years old, smoking a joint with Sister Eevee at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, April 18, 2017.
Apparently it is perfectly okay for nuns in California to smoke weed and not be smoked by God.
Alcohol was once banned by Prohibition in the United States. The law was later repealed by constitutional amendment. Do we have a right to expect people won’t drink and drive? Do employers have a right to expect employees not to show up drunk for work?
Similar laws could be appropriate for cannabis according to some state legislatures.
We all know that recreational marijuana and/or medical marijuana are “legal” in some states. However, it still violates federal law. Theoretically, the feds could swoop down on weed shops in Colorado anytime and arrest everyone, state law or not.
This begs the question, of course, should recreational marijuana be legal in the United States?
What do you think?

Follow up: What will it take for the West to apologize for imperialism, slavery and aiding terrorists?

What will it take for the West to apologize for imperialism, slavery and aiding terrorists?What will it take for the West to apologize for imperialism, slavery and aiding terrorists?
The following article was posted here, on this blog, and with my permission reposted on Writer’s Beat. The follow up comments on that site deserve a follow up on my site. Here was the exchange with the comments that followed.
  • Must our nations be brought to their knees for an apology?

No Western nation ever apologized for imperialism, slavery or political dirty business – yet they are proud of their history. Must we, as Westerners, suffer Germany’s fate to feel remorseful for our crimes?

Well, that’s not true. Several western nations including the United States and Australia have offered apologies and regret for the past.

I am a white man born in New Jersey, USA, living in Texas, USA. Who should apologize? Me? I didn’t do it. I was just born here. I like and get along with pretty much everybody. My son is Hispanic, my nephew is black, and I have other relatives who are from China. So should I apologize? My neighbor? My friends?
Should the government apologize? The people in the government didn’t do it, they were just elected recently. Who or what entity would be able to offer enough of “I’m sorry,” to make it better?
Everyone is sorry it happened. Don’t you know that? Who’s going to be “enough” to offer the apology? Bitterness doesn’t solve it just as ignoring that it happened solve it.
Just go on and build a better world, together.


Comments

EXPAT Added Apr 12, 2017 – 5:30pm
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Wayne. You are a welcome voice of reason, and for that you will be vilified by the delusional ideologues who haunt this site.
You need to post the source of your quotation, so we can better understand the context.
My life parallels yours. I was born on Long Island, lived in California, then went to Dallas for 8 years to build the light Rail. I married a Brazilian, who had a part black son.
My son adopted a baby Girl from China, and I brought my family to Taiwan to live for 2 years.
I now live in Thailand, as freedom is what I want, not luxury.
Thanks for a positive article! All we get nowadays is angst.
Tom C. Purcell Added Apr 12, 2017 – 6:08pm
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Good article, good point.  Enough is enough and today’s westerner deserves to prosper once again.  For the sake of generations to come, we must.  The guilt era should be ending soon, and it’s the new era that is shaping now.
George N Romey Added Apr 12, 2017 – 6:39pm
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Very good article, particularly when you consider today’s economic woes hurt all kinds of people-not just old white dudes.
Louis E Weeks Added Apr 12, 2017 – 6:40pm
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I do not know a single Nation in the world that does not have it’s borders established by wars, winning or losing and the various bad things that go with wars on all sides.
It seems there is never enough “I’m sorry” for those wanting something.
EXPAT Added Apr 12, 2017 – 7:05pm
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“I’m sorry” is a statement on a person’s mental capacity.
Patrick Writes Added Apr 12, 2017 – 9:16pm
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The U.S. government could apologize for it’s role in the slave trade, and for slavery, sure.
It could apologize for the policy of forcibly removing very young native American children from parents to be sent off to ‘civilizing’ boarding schools until adulthood–with very high suicide rates. Australia recently apologized for this (they had the same, effective policy with Aboriginals for about a century only ended in the 1970’s).
Patrick Writes Added Apr 12, 2017 – 9:17pm
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I’d argue that regarding slavery, the apology should potentially be contingent on initiatives of reparations being put to bed. It’s never going to happen.
Wayne Boyd Added Apr 12, 2017 – 9:48pm
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Thank you everyone for the kind comments on my article above. I regularly post on topics of political science and other issues that interest me. Please feel free to visit my blog at RationalThinking101.com. I am very happy to share my views here on Writer Beat. I’m a former published author and physics major and have traveled to 37 countries in my days. -Wayne Boyd
John G Added Apr 12, 2017 – 11:22pm
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Does it hurt the reconciliation and integration process? Does it make people less tolerant?
What is your problem?
Billy Roper Added Apr 13, 2017 – 9:53am
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You giving up thousands of years of human evolutionary progress by ending your bloodline in miscegenation is all of the apology that the enemies of our race really want, don’t worry. Sounds like you’ve already paid in full.
Dino Manalis Added Apr 13, 2017 – 4:39pm
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No country is perfect, west; east; north; or south, they’ve made various mistakes.   We must learn to live together in peace; stability; and prosperity!
Wayne Boyd Added Apr 13, 2017 – 10:26pm
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Let’s just go forward. Denying it happened or being embittered that it did helps no one in particular. History should be learned but blaming modern people who neither support the terrible past nor hold misgivings toward anyone serves no one except those who want to blame someone now for what was but no more.
Mircea Negres Added Apr 14, 2017 – 1:55am
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Wayne, there’s something to be said for moving on, but it has to be done after perpetrators acknowledge what they did and apologize to the victims for what they suffered. “Nothing to see here, move on!” is insulting. However, issuing an apology after all the survivors have died of old age doesn’t do much either, like Queen Elizabeth II saying she’s sorry for the concentration camps in which British troops interned Afrikaner women and children during the Anglo-Boer War. Ain’t nobody alive today who spent time in one of those camps, so what’s the point? That kind of thing is at best symbolic and at worst just some limp-wristed attempt at political correctness.
John G Added Apr 14, 2017 – 3:34am
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In my experience the people who object to these apologies are the very people who tend to deny that very real wrongs occurred.
And they tend to be people who are pretty happy with white privilege.
Henry Ortiz Added Apr 14, 2017 – 11:03am
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So John, if your great-great grandfather killed your neighbor’s great-great grandfather then you own an apology to your neighbor, is it that what you are saying?
John G Added Apr 14, 2017 – 3:59pm
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We’re talking about imperialism and slavery. Not individual incidents.
Stone-Eater Friedli afronum Added Apr 14, 2017 – 7:03pm
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Wayne
Welcome here. Another clear mind 🙂
Tamara Wilhite Added Apr 14, 2017 – 9:43pm
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European nations were the first in human history to end slavery as an institution for themselves and the world. Before the British had ships sailing the ocean, fighting slave transport ships and regimes, Native Americans had slaves, Africans had slaves, Arabs had slaves, China had slavery.
Europe has nothing to apologize for. The rest of the world should be grateful for the West ending slavery until ISIS and Boko Haram brought it back.
Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 2:19am
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Tamara, slavery was not only common, but also quite legal in Mauritania and Saudi Arabia until the 1960s. The Saudi king abolished it quietly when questions were asked about his black servants, freeing, then pensioning off all the slaves. As for Mauritania, slavery continued (though illegal) at least until the late 1990s if not to today. ISIS and Boko Haram didn’t bring it back, it was always there and they merely made a blatant show of it.
The West has quite a lot to apologize for, though not as much as some people think today, but if they were to do it, my wish is that it would be in a more timely fashion. I mean, just try to get the British government to apologize to the torture victims of the Mau Mau rebellion… Then again, West German and Swedish (or was it Norwegian?) firms which supplied the communist Romanian regime with phone and mail interception technology never apologized for profiting from crimes against humanity either, and many of those victims are still alive today.
Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 2:27am
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John G., I’m white, male and living in 21st century South Africa. Have been unemployed for over two years and am at the bottom of the Employment Equity pyramid of racial and gender restriction for employment. I was victimized by successive supposedly democratic and non-racial governments because of my skin color, gender and ethnic origin, and lost just about everything- including a shitload of blood, teeth, books, clothes, home and family. I never stole anything from the black, coloured or Khoi San people of this country and everything I had until forced to sell it for peanuts to a pawnshop in order to buy the necessities of life, I had worked for, risking my life to keep other people safe. Where the hell is my privilege? I sure would like some…
John G Added Apr 15, 2017 – 2:40am
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Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 2:27am
I call bullshit.
John G Added Apr 15, 2017 – 2:44am
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And btw Mircea the ANC are clients of the western neoliberal class.
Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 2:57am
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Correction John, ANC are clients of Russia and China. And no, it’s not bullshit. I am white, male and about as far from privileged as it is possible to be.
John G Added Apr 15, 2017 – 3:02am
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ANC are clients of Russia and China.
Good god you yarpies are stupid.
Billy Roper Added Apr 15, 2017 – 8:55am
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Mircea, John G. is the pseudonym of an anti-White former WB poster who is ashamed of the name their parents gave them.
Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 9:12am
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John G., I hereby call TROLL.
Kilo Mike Alpha. Serve in the military and you’ll know what that phonetic alphabet abbreviation means…
Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 9:13am
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Billy, who’s that? Curious.
George N Romey Added Apr 15, 2017 – 9:19am
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A white male should have no need to apologize for anything.  Three of my grandparents were immigrants and came to America well after the end of slavery.  So who exactly am I apologizing for?  A bunch of white dudes from more than 150 years ago I do not know and have no relation with?  Give me a break.
And like Mircea I am in the same boat.  I was laid off from a job (2 jobs) by a woman.  So all female owe me an apology?
Mircea Negres Added Apr 15, 2017 – 9:20am
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John G., if you don’t believe me about post-apartheid South Africa being a Russian and Chinese client,, read this—> http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/turning-west-south-africa%E2%80%99s-ominous-pivot
Now if you can’t believe a credible analyst, who can you believe?
John G Added Apr 15, 2017 – 5:58pm
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a credible analyst
A Washington based neocon think tank?
You’re having a laugh.
Wayne Boyd Added Apr 15, 2017 – 8:00pm
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“Wayne, there’s something to be said for moving on, but it has to be done after perpetrators acknowledge what they did and apologize to the victims for what they suffered.”
Be that as it may, which perpetrators are those to whom you refer? As far as I know, these “perpetrators” are long dead and the people born after them, like myself as an example, are not perpetrators of anything significant.
I see no value in getting dead people to apologist for their inhumane treatment of fellow humans or innocent living people apologizing for things they had nothing to do with.
Therefore my conclusion would be, no one can adequately or even appropriate apologize for things they didn’t do or knew anything about when they were born. I learned about it in school and reading history books.
I feel really bad people did bad things to innocent people. Maybe if the people who did it apologized that wouldn’t have been enough either, but their all dead and gone now. We just learn from mistakes of the past, learn from history and through education and culture and respect for one another, and try to make the world a better place from here on out.
Thomas Napers Added Apr 17, 2017 – 6:33am
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Who’s seeking an apology from you?
As white male from New Jersey, I suppose I could understand apologizing for slavery.  After all, it was white Americans that enslaved blacks, but the notion you had anything to do with it, as you point out, is ridiculous.  More ridiculous is apologizing for something that never happened such as being an imperialist (unless you can trace your roots back to the Roman Empire).  Why would you even consider apologizing for aiding terrorists?
martin macrae Added Apr 17, 2017 – 8:51am
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It is known as Righteous Imperial Guilt,  The liberal elites love wallowing in it, as it makes them feel superior to their great ,great, great, great, great grandfathers.  Their hatred of the West, the love of the primitive, untainted by: Hiroshima, The Holocast, Atlantic (not Arab) slave trade, Rwanda and so on,  illuistate to their friends their high-mindedness. Slavery ended a long time ago, I would guess the liberal elites would like it back so that they could be seen freeing the slaves again. They hate every thing you would consider decent, sensible and good, they prefer to appear superior, loving any daft idea, the latest is ‘transuexualism’ where  gender is a lifestyle option. This gives an example of their moral standing: anything tht makes them look ‘pure’ to their friends.
martin macrae Added Apr 18, 2017 – 10:04am
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Thomas: who do you think captured and sold slaves to the whites as they boats fetched up to the Gold Coast?  Whites could not go inland, diseases etc.  Slavery still goes on on Africa, in larger numbers than the trivial numbers that were sold to whites. Now, slaves are sold in almost the same areas, going north east in Arab caravans and pick-ups to Arabia. Saudi-Arabia is a popular market. Today, Nigerian rich elites like to have slaves as a staus symbol. Some are found wandering the streets of London when they are no longer wanted by Nigerian diplomants.
Nobody wants Black African to atone for  their  acts  in the past and present slave trade, do they?
Mike Haluska Added Apr 18, 2017 – 2:30pm
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Wayne –
Do Eastern nations/cultures have to apologize for their horrible offenses?  How about the Mongols overrunning Europe?  Tell you what – you can wait for apologies for things you had nothing to do with and I will fix myself a nice ham and cheese sandwich.
Wayne Boyd Added Apr 18, 2:34pm
Wayne, there’s something to be said for moving on, but it has to be done after perpetrators acknowledge what they did and apologize to the victims for what they suffered.
This is a perplexing statement. Are not those that perpetrated these misgivings long dead? Do you want me to apologize on their behalf? Who do you want to apologize and how much apology will be enough in your mind, or is there no “enough?

While you were Away

As stated in a previous post, President Trump does not lose when he says outrageous things that are clearly untrue. He wins because it distracts people from his actual agenda.
Furthermore, because he doesn’t say these things under oath, there is nothing anyone can do except complain.
The following video demonstrates my point.
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Why Trump’s False Wire Tapping Claim Works in His Favor

This is a very clever political move that only a businessman, not a politician, could pull off.

President Trump’s many false statements, including that former President Barak Obama wiretapped his phones in the Trump tower, work in the President’s favor, not against him. It’s why Trump says these things.
This President is like none other in history. He can say anything he wants, including deliberately false accusations.
Why? Because Trump is distracting the media and public eye from what he’s really doing, like overturning Obamacare with something worse, removing EPA protections against the environment, firing or force resigning judges across the country and making another travel ban against visitors from certain countries.
Take the wiretapping claim. Nobody believes it, but while the media and Democrats are trying to point the finger at him for this false accusation, Trump has moved on to dozens of new things.
President Trump has already “discredited” mainstream media in the eyes of his followers, so whatever they say about fact-checking is only further proof it is the media, not the President, that needs to be checked.
When it’s ultimately proven the wiretapping never took place, so what? He didn’t say it under oath, he said it on Twitter. He can’t be impeached for that. His followers will still believe it happened and the media is covering it up.
Trump wins. While even former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and some Republican leaders are lambasting Trump for his outrageous statements, the President marches on quickly with support of Republicans, laughing all the way. Wiretapping is old news. It’s old as soon as the New York Times or NBC focus on it, because while the focus is on that, the President who doesn’t care about the media continues with his extreme right-wing agenda with support from Republicans on the Hill.
This is a very clever political move that only a businessman, not a politician, could pull off. Since Trump enjoys the support of his many enthusiastic followers to whom he continues to speak with directly through Twitter as well as the Republican held Congress, distractions benefit his cause.
As he stated during the election campaign, “No publicity is bad publicity.” The media is playing right into his hand. This is all good for Trump. The false wiretapping claim works in his favor, not against him.

A New Era

For better or for worse Donald J. Trump is not going away.
Much to the chagrin of the Democratic party and half the country, it is unlikely Trump will be impeached or somehow replaced before the end of his term in office. The era of Trump has begun. The world has changed. Much.
Yes, we all know the President has made outrageous statements and unverified claims before, during and after the election campaign, and he will obviously continue to do so into the foreseeable future. That’s not going to stop. Neither will his conservative agenda.
HandsHoldingWorldGold_MedTrump is making progress toward fulfilling many if not most of his campaign promises. To his supporters he is a dream-come-true President that is standing up for what many Americans have wanted all along. On the other side, to those who will be negatively impacted, he is a nightmare.
Be prepared. The dark side of the Force has awakened.

Health Care should be like Automobile Insurance – everybody's got to have it.

Did you know, you must pay a tax if you watch TV in England? Even if you use rabbit ears or watch TV on your computer you have to pay this tax, but if you have no TV you don’t have to pay. I don’t know how they know if you have a TV or watch TV on your computer.
Speaking of which, some insurance companies offer less expensive automobile insurance for good drivers, but everyone, nonetheless, has to have automobile insurance. People don’t say, “Why do I have to have any at all? I never have accidents.” You just have to have it.
Similarly, people should have to have health insurance, both the young and healthy and the old and infirm. Young, healthy people shouldn’t be able to opt out because they never go to a doctor. Think of it like automobile insurance. You drive a car, you have to have insurance. You live in the United States, you have to have the insurance.
Seen from that perspective, affordable health care would be more affordable, because in reality it’s the people who don’t need the health care that are paying the benefits for those who do. The young are taking care of their elders. It’s not supposed to be the young don’t care for the elderly, because one day they will be elderly.
If we could simply implement that one idea, then call it what you like, Affordable Care Act, Obama Care, Trump Kick out Obama Care and put in Trump Care (same difference), if everyone had it, that would make it good for everyone. Wouldn’t it?