RIGHT vs WRONG

First, I pray for strength and comfort for everyone in Paris, especially those who lost loved ones or were injured in the terrorist attack.  I also pray for the country of France.  Vive la France!

Everything said or written about this attack has boiled down to what is right and what is wrong.  Every action is either right or wrong.  There is no in-between on this issue.  You are either for allowing the refugees into our country or you are not.

To those who say “keep them out” I want to quote the Holy Bible for any Christian that wants to keep them out:

Matthew 25, vs 42-46: “for I was hungry and you wouldn’t feed me; thirsty and you wouldn’t give me anything to drink; a stranger, and you refused me hospitality; naked, and you wouldn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me,”

     “Then they will reply, “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?

     “And I will answer, “When you refused to help the least of these my brothers, you were refusing to help me.”

      “And they shall go away into eternal punishment; but the righteous into everlasting life.”

 The CINOs (Christians in name only) are doing wrong.  There are many Christian organizations that support bringing refugees to our country such as The Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals, President Leith Anderson among many others. They are doing right.

Any member of congress (Republican or Democrat) that voted for the bill to stop all refugees from entering our country is doing wrong!  Republicans also want to suspend the Office of Refugee Resettlement and include that in the spending bill to fund the government.  This is another attempt to have a government shutdown AGAIN!!  This is also doing wrong.

 Every governor of a state that will not allow refugees into their state is doing wrong.   Every American that wants to stop the refugees from entering our country is doing wrong!

Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush want to ban all Muslims!  They say none but Christians should be allowed to enter our country. All Republican presidential candidates want to ban the refugees.  They are all doing wrong.  The most outrageous thing said so far is Chris Christie saying “don’t let the orphans in”!!

Sinclair Lewis said “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”   Is this how we want our county described?  This is certainly the way some are acting!!

Our Republican leaders in congress and the Republican candidates for the presidency are people other countries look at as our “leadership”.  These “anti-refugee” “leaders” have created a “nationalism of hysteria and fear!  This is doing wrong!   If it weren’t for the calm approach from President Obama and most Democrats, this country would “go to Hell in a handbasket!” quickly!  They are doing right!

Look at France as an example of doing right.  They are the ones who were attacked.  Yet, France vows to take in 30,000 Syrian refugees!  They are showing the world their compassion, empathy and understanding of who these refugees are; people who have been bombed out of their homes and cities by ISIS!

As Democratic presidential contender, Bernie Sanders said “In my view, now is the time for developing a serious and effective approach to destroy ISIS.  Now is not the time for taking cheap political advantage of this tragedy.  Now is the time – as President Obama is trying to do – to unite the world in an organized campaign against ISIS that will eliminate the stain of ISIS from this world.  “What terrorism is about is trying to instill terror and fear into the hearts of people.  And we will not let that happen.  We will not be terrorized or live in fear.  During these difficult times, we will not succumb to Islamophobia.  We will not turn our backs on the refugees who are fleeing Syria and Afghanistan.  We will do what we do best and that is be Americans – fighting racism, fighting xenophobia, fighting fear.”

Emerson said: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

 

 

 

ISRAEL P.M. NETANYAHU VISIT TO U.S. “SHUT OUT” BY REPUBLICAN DEBATE

Isn’t it interesting when P.M. Netanyahu comes to town to tell President Obama what to do in   U.S. foreign policy the coverage is 24/7?  Yet, when Netanyahu comes back to town “with his tail between his legs” the media is totally silent!  I wonder why?

I find it difficult to believe the Republican Presidential Debate took up so much time the media couldn’t cover Netanyahu’s visit.  How many times can you report the Republicans are against minimum wage, regulations of any kind, the IRS, immigration, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, helping the unemployed, ad infinitum?!  I leave it to other writers to give the details  on Trump’s ego, Jeb’s ineptness, Rubio’s pander, Carson’s intellect (?), Fiorina’s lies, Cruz’s “snake oil”, Rand Paul’s “defund entire government”, Kasich’s “interruptions”, etc.  I am exhausted just watching the whole thing!!

I do digress.  Back to the Netanyahu visit.  There are so many issues concerning Netanyahu’s leadership and outright disdain for President Obama, where do I start?  I guess the best thing I can say about that meeting is that Netanyahu went home “empty handed” (at least for now).

Netanyahu remains as boorish as ever. Ran Baratz, Netanyahu’s selection for “Israel’s national spokesman” accused President Obama of anti-Semitism.  Netanyahu has overlooked that comment and as yet has not withdrawn Baratz from the appointment!  This from a man who was coming to the U.S. to “beg” for more help from President Obama! This from a man who interfered in U.S. foreign policy.

Netanyahu’s insistence on Jewish expansion in the West Bank is one of great concern.  There is international disapproval of this action. The rest of the world deplores the treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.  Yet, Netanyahu continues to suppress them in every way.  He is as bad as any “dictator”!

Even though there is strong Israeli support for the idea of a Palestinian state,  Netanyahu will never agree to a two- state solution.  The EU ambassador to Israel, said the 28-nation bloc does not recognize lands captured in 1967, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, as Israeli territory.  “This is something that also happens to be the view of 99 percent of the international community.”

After nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, some 60 percent of the West Bank, including all Jewish settlements, is under full Israeli control. Although he will not agree to a two-state solution the arrogant Netanyahu is asking President Obama to increase military aid from $3 billion to $5 billion!  Netanyahu is asking for another stealth flight squadron, precision armaments, bunker blasters, and aid for the development of the Arrow 3 missile system!   Netanyahu is taking advantage of the U.S.-Israel strategic interests in the Middle East.

Netanyahu also wants an agreement with “freedom of action” granted Israel so they can start a war without U.S. interference!  This means Israel would not be required to report on its military operations in advance to the U.S, but will still be protected by the American umbrella!

It is time for our government to get “a spine” and tell Israel we will no longer allow the persecution of Palestinians to continue and we will no longer give them military support to use against these same Palestinians. I realize AIPAC (the U.S. Netanyahu organization) has influence in our presidential elections but so does J Street, American Jews who do not condone this barbaric treatment of the Palestinians.  We must tell the Israel government in no uncertain terms if they violate any more international laws or continue the inhuman treatment of 1.5 million people who live in the Gaza Strip there will be consequences!  Then follow through with real action if they ignore the warning.  I resent my taxes being used to support a government who deny the people living in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank the basic living requirements every Israel citizen has!

Howard J. Gale, a Seattle research psychologist and Jew with family and friends in Israel wrote “When the great Rabbi Hillel was asked to sum up Jewish law, he responded, “What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellowman: This is the whole law; the rest is mere commentary.”   The Talmud, the second-most-important text in Judaism, says, “For the sake of peace, non-Jewish poor should be supported as we support the poor of Israel, the non-Jewish sick should be visited as we visit the sick of Israel, and the non-Jewish dead should be buried as we bury the dead of Israel.”

“Only a tribalism that hardens one’s heart and blinds one to reality can reconcile Judaism’s most sacred teachings with the death Israel has dispensed in Gaza.“Every bomb ever made falls on all of us.”  They ravage the flesh and psyche of those who receive them, they ravage the morality and innocence of those who send (or supply) them.”

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL WORK 110 DAYS IN 2016 and MAKE $174,000 IN SALARY

 

Every year the “working days” for Representatives in the House have been less and less. That brings us to the 2016 calendar year.  This was recently released by Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy and no doubt approved by the newly elected House Speaker, Paul Ryan.

If they “work” (and, I use that term loosely!) only 110 days of the year, that means they take 255 days off work!  With a salary of $174,000. 00 for 110 days of “work” that gives them $1,582.00 a day!  Based on an 8 hour day (?) that comes to $197.75 an hour!! Yet, they will not  vote for a minimum wage (for the “real workers”) of $15.00 an hour!!  This is absurd!

This is a Republican led House of Representatives.  They have the entire months of August and October off!  They have 10 working days scheduled in December! Even though the Republicans set the work days on the calendar, the Democrats are included as well. These salaries are just the beginning of all the benefits these members get.   Here are a few:

  1. They can earn outside income of $27,225. An income some families have to live on for a year!
  2. They are allowed to deduct (income tax) living expenses up to $3,000 a year for being away from their home states. What other employer does this?
  3. Before the ACA they participated in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program which is for Members of Congress only. Even now, members may elect to be covered through the DC Health Link.
  4. They can participate in the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.
  5. The Office of the Attending Physician provides emergency medical assistance for Members of Congress, Justices of the Supreme Court, staff and visitors. What other employer does this?
  6. They get a “Members Representational Allowance (MRA) to help them in their duties. This allowance for each member includes:

.  personnel: $944,671.

. official office expenses (this varies)

.  official (franked) mail (this also varies)

These three components are combined and result in a single MRA authorization for each  Representative.  This MRA total amount can be used any way the Representatives choose.

Making above the $174,000 annual salary is The Speaker of the House.  He has a salary of $223,500. The Majority and Minority Leaders of the House annual salaries are $193,400.

For all MRA expenditures go to http://disbursements.house.gov/.

Also on the House 2016 calendar, the few Fridays the members are actually there, the vote closes at 3pm, which essentially means the day is done!  On the Mondays following days off the votes are postponed until 6:30pm!  I guess it takes everyone that long to get back to D.C.!!  There are no votes at all on some days following days off..

Ted Cruz raves about his tax plan.  There will be no income tax for a family of four if the income is $36,000 a year!  Over that amount there will be a 10% flat tax for everyone no matter what your income (even the 1%)!  I’d like to see Ted and his family living on $36,000 a year!  Ben Carson and Rand Paul have also stated they would have a 10% flat tax for everyone.  Of course, Carson’s plan ends up being much more than the 10% and Rand Paul’s plan takes away all government programs that help the less fortunate!

The irony of all this is the fact all members of the House (and Senate) receive money from government. Lots of money!  Yet, they want to do away with all government programs!  As I said, this is just absurd!

It is a fact most southern states vote for the Republicans who want to take away all help from the government.  It is also a fact that many of those southern states receive the most government help.  Again, this is absurd!  Somehow, the people who get government help in these states have to be “informed” as to what would happen to them if there is no more government!!

 

With the exception of too few in the House, they are nothing but a bunch of pathetic sycophants!  There is not a leader among them!  They have no courage, morality or conscience.  They are arrogant, greedy and self-serving.  They have no soul!