Category Archives: Hunger & Poverty

GOP tax plan: test failed

Was just talking about the difference between the Roosevelts and people like William Randolph Hearst. The Roosevelts used their wealth to make the world a better place, as opposed to building a big mansion and filling it with European art.

Maybe this should be the test of tax reform as well…just a thought. From all I’ve seen, the Republican Tax Bill does just the opposite.

We really don’t need to”help” our already profitable corporations and the wealthiest of the wealthy in our country. This tax plan doesn’t move us forward as a nation. It rewards the rich and ignores those needing help the most.

The Republican tax plan doesn’t make our country great, and it has nothing to do with progress. It is simply another demonstration of those in power paying back their wealthy backers. It is shameful at best, and morally repugnant to the core.

a good definition

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. – Oscar Ameringer

This is one of those beautifully simplistic, yet absolutely true definitions that I love.

During these never-ending tax cut debates, it is worth remembering that Warren Buffet once said. According to Mr. Buffet, we could have a balanced federal budget anytime we want one. His solution is as simple as the definition above: No member of Congress is eligible for reelection if they are seated in a year when our budget has more than a 3% deficit.

Sounds good to me. What do you think?

we’re being scammed

We all have already heard how this tax bill for the middle class would put at least a billion dollars into Trump’s family coffers while increasing taxes on the rest of us and cutting needed services. Now they also want to help the ultra wealthy with a tax break on their private jets.

This is how revolutions are spawned. I am just totally surprised that there has not been more outrage demonstrated at the perpatrators of this grasp for more wealth and power.

 

trophy hunting

I have hunted since I was 8 years old, I have, like millions of other America hunters, dreamed of getting a trophy buck. That has yet to happen. But what has happened is that everything I am able to bag has gone into my freezer or into feeding programs for the poor, like Hunters for the Hungry.

The idea of trophy hunting is repugnant. To kill an animal just for a trophy is wrong. And it is especially abhorrent when the cost of acquiring such a trophy is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Trumps decision to allow elephant trophies into the USA is another gift to the powerful elite. Lifting the restriction is yet another demonstration that the #BLOTUS is looking out for the wealthy, with no concerns for anyone else.

Hopefully, he will see the error of his ways, even sooner than 2018.

Puerto Rico FEMA meals

This is an actual photo of a FEMA Meal Kit provided to Puerto Rican victims in the aftermath of their devastating hurricane, and is yet another travesty. When will our government begin to truly provide the necessary aid our citizens deserve?

I do not know about you, but canned chicken and Cheetos do not constitute and entree for me. And  candy bars don’t make the most nutritious dessert. It reminds me of when the government insisted that ketchup was a vegetable for school lunch menus.

What this actually amounts to is a shameful disregard for common morality. We should hold our officials to at least a minimum standard of decency. And this doesn’t meet it.

Morally Obscene Budget Cutting

I am not familiar with all these programs. Some may need to be cut or scaled back. I just want to address two that I know well.

The first one on this list, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education is one of the most effective and powerful programs the US has for helping end hunger in our lifetime. This is a program that deserves far more funding, not less. And it certainly should not be cut.

PL 480 Title II Food Aid is another program designed to help end global hunger, one acknowledged by most to be a powerful tool in the fight for food for all. It has helped millions break the chains of malnutrition,

Adopting this is a shameful exercise, clearly aimed at making the rich richer at the cost of the social responsibility our country has always demonstrated as a global leader. Such cuts are morally repugnant, like the one proposing them. Caring citizens should do all in our power to oppose such a budget.