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TRUMPCARE is a GREAT “IDEA” For…

Posted on 06 May 2017 by mdepeine

  • The rich – They receive lots of tax breaks; close to $800 billion in the next 10 years. (http://www.npr.org/2017/05/04/526923181/gop-health-care-bill-would-cut-about-765-billion-in-taxes-over-10-years?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170504&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews)
  • Those who prioritize money over people – Most of us want more money in our pockets, but It should not lead to worst health conditions for “faceless” and countless Americans, or even death of those Americans!
  • The avaricious or greedy politician – The plan protects their big business donors and special interest groups who spend a lot of money for election campaign ads, but does nothing to protect the vulnerable members of our society.
  • Big businesses – TRUMPCARE reduces the insurance companies’ burden of dealing with pre-existing conditions like:  cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc..  These companies would now be able to charge more for any pre-existing condition.
  • Americans who don’t like to help other Americans – These Americans believe they fended for themselves and got success without “handouts” and others should do the same, no matter how unfortunate or oppressed they are.
  • Minimally engaged “Christians” – They don’t believe in “lifting a finger” to help the less fortunate members of society, unless it has to do with food and shelter. Instead of intervening on behalf of the less fortunate, they believe that God has to do ALL the direct interventions while they just sit and watch, or just wait for favorable outcomes. Yet, Jesus says, Christians are “the light of the world” and “the salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5:13-16, see also Isaiah 58).  Christians who are able, should OPENLY SPEAK against destructive and unfair policies and suggest better ones. – shed “light” on issues.
  • Those who overlook the elderly –  A modern society should take care of its weakest members and not raise their insurance premiums by thousands per year when they are living on a fixed income.
  • Anti-Obama Republicans – They couldn’t stand the successes President Obama had, despite their constant obstructionist ways – this-is-their-PAYBACK!
  • White supremacist- The plan hurts a lot of people of color and the poor.  It removes major legislation spearheaded and implemented by The United State’s first black President.
  • Trump – He gets to BOAST that he repealed The ACA – Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In the end, TRUMPCARE, is short on care and BIG on TRUMP.  We must demand better!

Suggestion: Don’t replace the ACA with a weak and heartless Trumpcare. Instead,make the ACA more efficient and more cost effective.

If you disagree with TrumpCARE, contact your current senators.  Every state has two senators, making a total of 100 senators in the US Senate.  Let your senators know that you will not vote for them and may make every effort to make sure they do not get reelected to the senate if they vote “yes” to TrumpCARE.

Breakdown of the bill: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/04/526887531/heres-whats-in-the-house-approved-health-care-bill?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170504&utm_campaign=politics&utm_term=nprnews

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American Racism, Unaddressed, Leads to Murder

Posted on 18 June 2015 by mdepeine

My prayers and thoughts go out to the families whose lives have been shattered by the murder of their loved ones.  I feel very sad and appalled about what has happened in Charleston, South Carolina.  A 21 year old white man decided that he was better than 9 other human beings.  He decided that he could take the lives of 9 other people because of his apparent hatred of their color and what they represented to him.  It is a shame what we see in America today.

So many people spend a lot of energy denying that racism and prejudice in America is alive and very strong.  What kind of upbringing leads a 21 year old to shoot and kill 9 people who are attending a church service, having a time of prayer?  The more we deny the racism and prejudice in America, the more murders will occur as a result of it.  America needs a gut check!  America needs a reeducation about race and race relations.  America needs to confront the truth about its past, its apathy about the present, and strive to redirect its future towards harmony.  America and all of its citizens must lift a hand to dismantle the hatred rooted in racism and prejudice, which is so readily supported by privilege and entitlement.

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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You Make the Difference!

Posted on 14 July 2013 by mdepeine

 

Re:  George Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY of 2nd degree murder

There are many citizens just like you and me who sit around and become experts in understanding the legislative (lawmaking) process in America. They know how to introduce laws and they know how to repeal them. Until you and I do the same, we will forever be at their mercy!

 

Proverbs 20:12
Ears that hear and eyes that see— the Lord has made them both.

God is aware of all the injustices in every single corner of this earth. Not one has escaped His “eyes” and His “ears.” It is true, the day will come when he will address all the wrongs that have occured, even the ones that never got to court and were experienced and witness only by the victim. God will address them all. That is a promise!

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Why is this Woman Given Such a Harsh Sentence in Florida? She Stood her Ground?

Posted on 13 July 2013 by mdepeine

Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots – CBS News

Something is very wrong with this picture.  This woman fired a “warning shot” because of the threat of domestic violence from her abusive husband and she must spend twenty years in jail?  Why is this happening in the United States of America?

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Bravery Needed for “Fiscal Cliff” Negotiations!

Posted on 01 January 2013 by mdepeine

89 to 8 was the vote for the current “fiscal cliff” bill passed by the Senate of the United States during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Although this is a bipartisan bill, the House Republicans are still having “trouble” doing something that will help the American people.  The Senate is made up of 100 Senators (2 per state).  89% of the Senators of the United States agreed to pass this bill, yet, it looks like it may be stalled and possibly killed?

I certainly hope that there are some brave Republicans who will step up for the American people.  Please, will some brave Republicans step up and do something for the American people!  If not, Americans must demand CHANGE!

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Wanted: Legislators With HEART!

Posted on 22 December 2012 by mdepeine

As I listen to the back and forth supposed “talks” about the “fiscal cliff” and now “gun control” there is a common theme that keeps coming to mind.  I listen to all the poll results and all the questions asked of the American people and still the same thing keeps coming to mind.  When I look back at the election results from November 2012, my mind still pivots back to the same thing:  Where is the heart?  Where is the backbone? Where is the part of this process that says “Do what is right for the American people!”  Where is the part that says “You were sent to Congress to do what the American PEOPLE want!”

Instead, we have Senators and Representatives ignoring what the PEOPLE want.  Poll after poll shows clearly that the majority (over 55%) of Americans want the rich (those making over $250,000 a year) to pay a higher tax rate (repeal of the Bush tax cuts).  Poll after poll shows that Americans do not want cuts to program for seniors (Social Security, Medicare, etc.) in order to protect the rich.  Now, with the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the PEOPLE want real and meaningful gun control.  Yet, as with the other issues, Congressional members are still slow to take meaningful action that would be in the best interest of most Americans and especially our American children (rich, poor, black, white and all in between).

There has been extreme negligence and malpractice in Congress for the past 4 years.  Instead of things getting better it seems “It is business as usual” or should I say “no business as usual!”  Historically speaking, this current (112th) Congress has been one of the least productive.  Which begs the question, “What are they being paid ($160,000 salaries and higher Congress by the Numbers | HobnobBlog) for?”  Why are so many American dollars, taxpayer money being spent to employ a group of people who are not working for the benifit of the American PEOPLE?  That is illogical, ineffective and plain counterproductive.  When we look at the areas of least effectiveness in the country, we have to look at the Senate and the House of Representative.  We have to look at the Republican and Tea Party members that are more concerned about their donors than they are for the American PEOPLE!

I am simply amazed that the PEOPLE want something and the Congress does the opposite.  The Republican members can ignore the PEOPLE because, the PEOPLE’S money did not get them elected.  They could “afford” to ignore the PEOPLE because they have enough business / lobbying support that can flood the airwaves with negative ads against their opponents to get them reelected.  They could “afford” to ignore the PEOPLE because their biggest concern is not what is “right for the PEOPLE” but more so, “What can I do to keep my donor sources happy with me.”

So you have the Grover Norquist influence.  He gets Republicans to pledge that they will not raise taxes (not matter what) or else face severe consequences.  Norquist has the influence and the money.  Those who “cross him” and vote for raising taxes will face almost certain “political death.”  Grover will do everything in his power to cut off any funds (businesses and super PACs) that could have gone to the “insubordinate” Congressional member’s reelection campaign.

You also have groups, like the National Rifle Association (NRA), who want as many guns out in the field as possible.  The more guns out there, the more money that could be made.  The more people feel unsafe and threatened, the more guns, they are hoping, people will buy.  The NRA wants lax gun laws and laws that encourage people to use guns freely, like “Stand Your Ground Laws.”

John Boehner, the Majority Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has not been able to come up with a reasonable, “fiscal cliff” deal because, in my opinion, he is too afraid to do something that will cost him his job as Speaker of the House. He goes back and forth between his Republican constituents and the White House but still can’t bring his side to see the importance of doing what is important for the American PEOPLE.  I don’t see any real leadership in him.  I don’t see any real heart.  I just see a man who wants to make sure he is voted Speaker of the House in January!

Where is the heart?  Where is the backbone?  Where is that quality that says, “I will do what is right, regardless of the consequences.”  If John Boehner had “heart” he would have just gotten 25 or so Republicans on board with his plan and help the Democrats sign into law the increased tax rates for the rich and take the heavy burden off the middle class and the poor.  Now, getting only 25 Republicans would have left out the majority of the Republicans (241 in the House of Representatives Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives – Congressional Profile) and it would likely cost John Boehner his position as Speaker of the House.  But, he would have done something meaningful and right.  He could bring some honor to Congress by such a self-sacrificing act.  Congress would have people perceive them as not just a money-hungry, business-friendly, rich people focused group, but instead as a group of legislators that care for the American PEOPLE who count on them to get them to work and help them live decent American lives!  That would really show HEART!

In the area of gun control, it is time for Republicans to listen to the cries of the many mothers and fathers who have lost their children to gun violence.  Thousands of children (about 3,000, http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-2012.pdfr, see also Child Gun Deaths Nationwide Number Nearly 6 Newtown Massacres ) are killed (homicicides, suicides, accidents, and undetermined) in America yearly by regular guns and automatic ones.  How much more blood needs to be shed before these Congressional members develop a conscience that is bigger than their lobbying groups’ interests?

Something is really wrong in America when the NRA’s (corporate) wishes are more powerful and influential than what the American PEOPLE want.  Polls show that 72% of NRA members favor gun control measures that will reduce the likelyhood of mass shootings ( especially like the one we witnessed at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut) while the NRA executives do not favor it.  So why is the NRA’s desires or influence a consideration in how we save our children?  Why are they even a part of the conversation?  Why is there a “middle man” between what the American PEOPLE want and what their legislators need to do to meet those requests?  Why is our American Democracy being highjacked and undermined by these groups whose only concern is to maximize their profits and earnings whether it is at the cost of our children or not?  This must end!

We the PEOPLE should push for legistlators,  lawmakers, that have HEART.  We can’t accept this any more.  We cannot let people with an aristocratic mindset determine the destiny and the will of the majority of the American PEOPLE.  We cannot sit idly by while so many Americans’ wishes are being overlooked and ignored.  This is a government, last I checked, for the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE and of the PEOPLE!  The American government is not a government for big business, by big business and of big business.  Let us put the PEOPLE back into the center of all this talk and demand change immediately or we will wake up one day and find ourselves in a country that does not belong to US and hardly reflects our values or desires as a PEOPLE.

Let’s get legislators with HEART elected and let’s demand that simple things like the fiscal cliff issues and gun control get settled as the American  PEOPLE want them settled.

 

 

 

 

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How Do You Introduce a New Law?

Posted on 02 September 2012 by mdepeine

Coming Soon:  Being an active member of your government

Under construction!

Megan’s Law – History of Megan’s Law

Legislative Process – How the Congressional Legislative Process Works

Government Affairs

Congress of the United States – How A Bill Becomes A Law – Bills, House, Committee, and Debate – JRank Articles

How Does Congress Work? |The Center On Congress at Indiana University

Who Makes up Congress? – Ask.com Answers

How Congress Works

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Congress meeting the needs?

Posted on 09 December 2011 by mdepeine

Congress refers to the workings of two groups; the Senate and the House of Representatives.  They make up what is known as the Legistlative branch of the US Government.  Editorial on Congress:  Republicans and Tea Party Congressional Members Are Hurting Their Party and America – Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com

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