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?
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.
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.
And the Republicans still wonder why they cannot get a healthcare bill to fly…I admit I don’t know about rocket science, but even I know most folks want our government to help us. And in most cases that means not throwing 32 million of our citizens under the bus.
Inequality continues to grow in the United States as the wealth being amassed the top one percent gets ever larger and more of the lower middle class is being pushed into poverty. This is not just and it is not sustainable in the long run.
At the same time this is happening we now have those that stridently blame the poor and hungry, demonizing them for being poor. This is not only wrong and totally mean-spirited, it shows a disregard for the truth and a lack of compassion that borders on being immoral.