Republicans, Democrats Alike Still Level Threats at Iran

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal should have curbed the longstanding bellicose rhetoric coming from Republican and Democratic political leaders toward the Muslim country. Signed by Iran and six other nations (including the United States) and ratified by the United Nations Security Council, the comprehensive agreement contains strict provisions limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities to well below the threshold necessary to develop atomic weapons and subjects Iran to the most rigorous inspection regime in history.

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Victory For Domestic Workers in Illinois

After years of campaigning and organizing, domestic workers in Illinois are celebrating victory. On Tuesday Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights into law, guaranteeing basic workplace protections.

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WHO CAN WE TRUST?

With the news yesterday that the U.S. Central Command, in charge of the wars in the Middle East, has not been truthful about how these wars are going, who can we trust?  It was reported they have not been telling the truth about these wars since 2014!  When they give reports that ISIS is growing weaker and we are winning, why would we question them?  Now, we have reason to question every move they make!  This not only includes the U.S. Central Command but every government agency and even the president who knew of this deceit and are complicit in this lie.  Who can we trust?

One of President Obama’s campaign promises was to “bring our troops home”.  Obama has done the opposite.  He has expanded the wars in the Middle East.  He has sent more military to Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya.  As I have written before, Obama has expanded the war G.W. Bush started.  It is no longer the G.W. Bush war.  It is President Obama wars!  Who can we trust?

The Democratic Party has promised for years to “bring back” the middle class and achieve equality for them.  They promised to bring back the jobs that were sent overseas.  They promised to tax the wealthy and close the loopholes they use to send their money overseas.  They promised everyone would get free health care.  They promised to make government agencies more accountable.  Not only did they not keep these promises, they actually made things worse by their commitment to the corporations that “own them”!

Our two nominees for president are both liars and deceitful.  They have done nothing to help the American people but they “promise” to do everything “for the American people”!  These two nominees are the most disliked and most distrusted than any other nominees in the history of this country!  Yet, we are expected to vote for one of them.  Who do we trust?

COMCAST cable has a monopoly to service many areas of the country.  Cable users have no choice.  COMCAST keeps upping their monthly fees and adding more service fees.  You pay a “service agreement fee” for help when something goes wrong with this service and they do not honor this agreement. Their customer service jobs are outsourced overseas.  These customer service people, through no fault of their own, are not trained well and some can barely speak English.  Who can you trust?

The Corporate grocery stores are buying most of our food from other countries that have no regulations on sanitation, how it is produced, how it is packaged or how “old” it is.  Fresh caught salmon in U.S. waters are shipped to China to be packaged in these plants and sent back to the U.S. for sale!  Again, these packaging facilities have no sanitation or safety regulations. The same goes for many pork products and other foods.  Who can we trust?

The Pharmaceutical industry has prescription drugs manufactured in other countries as well.   The majority of prescription drugs manufactured in the U.S are now being replaced with prescription drugs produced in other countries.  Why?  Because corporate headquarters say those produced in the U.S. are too expensive!  They discontinue their use and leave the customer with no choice but to buy those made in other countries.  I researched a company, Aurobindo Pharma, which is in India.  I found they have been given “warning letters” by the FDA in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2015 and February, 2016 for failing to document positive results containing microbial growth, the quality of the sterile API and finished drug products manufactured at these facilities.  Their packaging and labeling systems are inadequate. The FDA stated “these violations are not all-inclusive of violations that exist at these facilities.”  In a June 2015 report by Boston Consulting Group focusing on the quality of manufacturing in the biopharma industry and its possible solutions, noted that “from 2010 through 2014, 11 of the top 15 biopharmaceutical companies received warning letters from the U.S. FDA. It further added that the manufacturing quality levels in the drug industry remained well below those in other industries….” My question is, what does it take to have the FDA actually “shut down” these manufacturing facilities?  The FDA sends these warning letters, yet, Aurobindo Pharma is still in business and has 21 active manufacturing facilities!  They are now the “new” manufacturer used for my prescription!  Who can we trust?

I have yet to find clothing or household items that are not made in other countries.  They are “cheap knockoffs” of very good products we used to be able to buy in America!  They are “throw away” products that are defective from the start and don’t last long!  Who can we trust?

The citizens of the United States are living in a “shadow world” where what we believe to be true is covered by the shadows of lies and deceit by the very ones we trust.

 

 

THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

First, let me say, I would never vote for Trump…but…Wow!  It’s been quite a week of constant Trump bashing by everyone, Hillary, Democrats and even Republicans.  I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve to be taken to task for his outrageous behavior and comments.  However, I will say, I do think Trump has everyone fooled!  He may be a narcissist…but show me a politician who isn’t!  The harsh opinion that he is actually “mentally unstable” is being pushed 24/7 by the media, every reporter/journalist or news outlet that exists!  I think it’s time everyone calmed down and cut out the unsubstantiated “rumors” being repeated.  There are still three months to go before the election and who knows what will happen before then.  I have made several comments on my concern about Hillary’s physical health because she is on medication that increases her risk for a stroke or heart attack.  This is as serious as the “supposed craziness” of Trump!  Yet, I have not heard or read one word about anyone covering Hillary’s “health!  Seems to me it deserves as much attention as “Trump is crazy and unfit to lead”!  Does anyone have the courage to look into this?  No, I didn’t think so!  This whole week is much ado about nothing and will prove to be nonsensical jibberish!

I voted for Obama twice and believed what he promised in his campaign speeches. Not too long ago, I even wrote an article thanking him for all he has done for our country and I still give him credit for what he has done.  However, as time has passed, I have become more aware that his campaign words do not match his actions and I have been “fooled twice”.  Shame on me!  Obama led the voters to believe he was a “progressive” who would right the wrongs in this country and help the middle class achieve equality. It was his “Hope and Change” speech. Obama has not done that.  I am aware he has had nothing but obstruction from the Republicans on passing bills.  However, Obama did not need congress to have the Justice Department investigate the illegality of G.W. Bush’s war in Iraq.  Obama did not need congress to start an investigation into Wall Street and the banks for causing the worst depression since the 1930’s!  Obama placed former Wall Street members in his cabinet and did not replace other “conservative Republicans” throughout his administration.  These appointments have thwarted any action for “Hope and Change” in any of these government departments!  Obama’s most recent actions have left no doubt he is just another Democratic establishment politician. Obama promised to bring our troops home.  He has now committed more troops to Afghanistan, more in Iraq and more bombing of Libya.  Obama has extended G.W. Bush’s war in Iraq to more of the Middle East and beyond!  I have no doubt!  When Obama spends as much time and energy as he has on trying to get his TPP  (his legacy legislation) through congress, when he very well knows the majority of the people are against another trade bill shipping more American jobs overseas, there is no doubt in my mind.  When he agreed to oil exploration in the most pristine areas of Alaska and other states in the U.S., there is no doubt in my mind.  When he endorsed the most disliked and dishonest nominee for president in the history of our country; someone whose judgement got him into the Libya fiasco, someone who now wants regime change in Syria and more war in the Middle East, there is no doubt in my mind.  When Obama said he “could not believe Trump thinks the election will be “rigged” even after an email proved the primary was “rigged” by the DNC & DWS for Hillary.  Doesn’t Obama remember the presidential election in Florida in 2000!  I have no doubt in my mind!

Since I just addressed the “baggage” of Hillary in my last article, I will not repeat it. I will just add that the Clintons, Bill & Hillary started their “friendship” with Wall Street when he was president by repealing the Glass-Steagall Act.  They have been “milking the system” ever since.  I know Bill Clinton isn’t running for president but you can be sure he will have a “full partnership” with Hillary in her presidency should she win.  Bill can lie as good as Hillary and he uses that “asset” regularly.  Like Obama, Bill is a good orator and is able to sell anything because “he sells it as truth”.  I truly cringe at the thought of this dishonest man and his dishonest wife being in the White House once again!

It doesn’t matter if it is Republican or Democrat, the political party establishments and their presidential nominees are full of greed and power seekers who have sold their souls!

WHAT IS GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY??

I’ll tell you what is not good for this country.  That is three more months of Trump and Hillary throwing insults back and forth!  The Democrat and Republican “shows” are over.  It is time for the two presidential nominees to tell the American people just what they are going to do for the American people and how they are going to do it IF they are elected president!  I’m fed up with this “dog and pony show”!  It’s time they both started acting like “adults” and stop all this nonsense!

At the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders said: “This election is not about, and has never been about, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency.  This election is not about political gossip.  It’s not about polls.  It’s not about campaign strategy.  It’s not about fundraising.  It is not about all the things that the media spend so much time discussing.”  He continued with telling us the issues he thought the election really is about.  The issues he talked of in his campaign.

The media and most journalists/reporters have given up their responsibility to report actual news. They are more like “Entertainment Tonight”, giving us the day’s gossip and adding their own little bias to that!  The good news is that many people have given up on the media for information and gone to the internet sites that have many more choices and much more depth.  You have to learn which sites are “political” and which ones will give you an unbiased report.  Once you have found these sites, you will learn much more from them than watching the evening news or listening to some opinionated political talk show.

It is obvious Donald Trump has taken the entire Republican Party to task and although in a totally different way Bernie Sanders has taken the entire Democratic Party to task. Both parties are equally responsible for what has happened to America and the middle class.

Both parties are “pawns” of Wall Street, K Street, the corporate CEO’s and the 1%.  Congress and yes, even the administrations, are just “leader figures” to cover for who really runs this country.  This didn’t happen overnight. The American people have been “duped” by “snake oil salesmen” for many years.  As he was writing about Rome, Plutarch told us how power and money can affect the electorate.  He wrote “The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections.  Later on, this process of corruption spread in the law courts and to the army, and finally, when even the sword became enslaved by the power of gold, the republic was subjected to the rule of emperors.” We are now going to select our next “Emperor”!

With the internet, people are beginning to find out the truth about our politicians and who they really care about….themselves!  Americans know something is terribly wrong in this country and are learning who is to blame. The politicians!  The more a person is informed, the better they can help with righting the wrongs in this country with their vote.

Neither the Republican or Democratic establishments will acknowledge America isn’t what it used to be and that we are on a “downward spiral” moving fast. They keep telling us all is well and how great America is.  They are in their own little bubble oblivious to what is going on in the rest of the country.  They all have their large annual salaries for “working” about 80% less than any other American, paid by the taxpayers.  They all have their “fat little nest eggs” paid by the taxpayers.  They all have the best health care paid by the taxpayer and, on and on, paid by the taxpayer!  This is why they will never pass any law that limits the number of terms they can be in congress.  The hard truth is the only way to change this is to vote them out of office.  That is a hard task with the political establishment spending millions to keep them in office…but, it can be done!

Who is good for America?  Is it Trump with his pugnacious behavior, his outrageous and racist remarks?  His talk about war with other countries?  His promise to “Make America Great Again”. He certainly has succeeded in that!  Sadly, he has also succeeded in getting millions in this country to agree with his twisted thinking that there is no way to change America except through “tough talk and “bully action”!  He is “selling” to the tea party and they are “buying” every bit of it!  Trump is fooling everyone, including the Democrats, with his behavior.  He is truly a “showman”.  No one knows what he would actually do as president.  Therein lies the problem.

Is Hillary good for America with her hawkish foreign policy agenda? She is just as tough talking about other countries as Trump is! She talks tough about Russia and regime change in the Middle East.  She has been endorsed by Republican who pushed for the Iraq invasion just as she did. Her campaign funds are from Wall Street, Oil and Gas companies, health insurance companies, the 1% crowd, etc.  She has changed her mind on what policies she believes in so many times, it is hard to know which ones she truly does believe in! Hillary is a “career politician” who can lie with a straight face or ignore facts as she pleases. Unlike Trump, who, politically speaking, is “starting from scratch”, Hillary has years of baggage in her thirty years of political life.  This “baggage” attests to the fact that Hillary is also a “flawed candidate”.  Therein lies the problem.

This is the choice the two political parties have given us for the most important job in this country!  The President of the United States!  There is definitely something terribly wrong in America!