Wednesday, July 8, 2020

President Trump DID WHAT in 3 years?

Dude has been in office for 3 years…. what has he done? Other than dodging the darts the media and Pelosi have thrown?!? what have PRESIDENT TRUMP and his cabinet accomplished…..

Here you go.
* Trump recently signed 3 bills to benefit Native people. One gives compensation to the Spokane tribe for loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, one funds Native language programs, and the third gives federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana.
* Trump finalized the creation of Space Force as our 6th Military branch.
* Trump signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face tougher consequences.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* Violent crime has fallen every year he’s been in office after rising during the 2 years before he was elected.
* Trump signed a bill making CBD and Hemp legal.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* Trump’s EPA gave $100 million to fix the water infrastructure problem in Flint, Michigan.
* Under Trump’s leadership, in 2018 the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil.
* Trump signed a law ending the gag orders on Pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving information
* Trump signed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), which includes the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA) which both give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* Trump signed a bill to require airports to provide spaces for breastfeeding Moms.
* The 25% lowest-paid Americans enjoyed a 4.5% income boost in November 2019, which outpaces a 2.9% gain in earnings for the country’s highest-paid workers.
* Low-wage workers are benefiting from higher minimum wages and from corporations that are increasing entry-level pay.
* Trump signed the biggest wilderness protection & conservation bill in a decade and designated 375,000 acres as protected land.
* Trump signed the Save our Seas Act which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* He signed a bill this year allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down.
* Trump signed an executive order this year that forces all healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans can comparison shop and know how much less providers charge insurance companies
* When signing that bill he said no American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance.
* Hospitals will now be required to post their standard charges for services, which include the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept.
* In the eight years prior to President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by an average of 3.6% per year. Under Trump, drug prices have seen year-over-year declines in nine of the last ten months, with a 1.1% drop as of the most recent month.
* He created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
* Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
* Because of a bill signed and championed by Trump, In 2020, most federal employees will see their pay increase by an average of 3.1% — the largest raise in more than 10 years
* Trump signed into a law up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for millions of federal workers.
* Trump administration will provide HIV prevention drugs for free to 200,000 uninsured patients per year for 11 years.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* All-time record sales during the 2019 holidays.
* Trump signed an order allowing small businesses to group together when buying insurance to get a better priceπŸ‘€
* President Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act that provides funding for states to develop maternal mortality reviews to better understand maternal complications and identify solutions & largely focuses on reducing the higher mortality rates for Black Americans.
* In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill which enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society.
* The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in sentencing of non-violent crimes.
* Over 90% of those benefiting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans.
* The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society and not return to crime.
* Trump increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by more than 14%.πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
* Trump signed legislation forgiving Hurricane Katrina debt that threatened HBCUs.

Does Arizona US Senate Candidate Mark Kelly Have Ties to Communist China

Former Maricopa County GOP Committee Chairman Lyle Tuttle:
Lyle Tuttle
Houston, we have a problem! A wild-eyed liberal is running for the US Senate in our state. I am very concerned about Kelly’s ties to Red China, and I am not alone.

The Red Chinese company Tencent – one of the world’s largest internet enterprises, owner of WeChat – has invested an undisclosed sum of money into Mr Kelly’s Tucson Company, World View Enterprises.

So what, you might think. Here’s what: Prior to the Wuhan Virus outbreak, Tencent was ALREADY under intense US scrutiny – and, apparently for good reason. For example it seems their WeChat app – used by millions around the world – had been censoring key words used in the app mentioning the virus since the first of this year!

On top of that, several US Legislators have deemed Tencent an arm of the Chinese Communist Party and a threat to national security!

A US Bill now in process to PREVENT Chinese ESPIONAGE by prohibiting US Federal Employees from doing ANY business over ANY platforms operated by Tencent, Huawi, ZTE and other similar Chinese companies.

China is the world’s largest entity that practices espionage and theft of our national industrial and intellectual property on a daily basis! Why would ANYONE even CONSIDER voting for this man to serve in the US Senate? Printed with Permission

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Focus the Blame on the Virus

Dr Ada M Fisher

Misplaced Blame
To open or not to open, that is the question.  Food, clothing and shelter are major markers in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs considered essential services.  But in a pandemic -- health care availability, public safety and emergency services aren’t far behind.  Whether businesses or schools should be considered of such importance is a debate entered by those who fail to understand human as well as world dynamics. 
Reopening schools is a most important dynamic which should be a prime consideration for our children are suffering from pandemic enforced isolation and have become most vulnerable to violence, intellectual poverty without critical resources, diminished physical activity and many more problems. So too are their parents or guardians who are in imposed imprisonment under the same self-quarantine under the guise of social distancing.  Of prime concern should be an understanding that these are they who are our future, but by the same token, they must be prepared to engage in a world of uncertainty not made easier by leaders unprepared to lead and media driven Me Too Mania.
As Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s premier infectious disease authorities is sadly acknowledging, the corona virus is unlike any other and so much is unknown.  It is fallacy to assume the world should be put on lock down until a vaccine is found or immunity can be proven.  Such is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future while the reality is government cannot support people financially indefinitely.  Hundreds of health care specialist have petitioned the World Health Organization to acknowledge that the corona virus is air borne.  Such a finding is devastating for it’s an admission that there is no hiding place from its reach or devastation.  Regular mask as an expectation are not a guarantee of protection but they are the best hope for limiting the spread of the disease as well as its possible secondary causes.
Government enforced compliance with health directives can be imposed under the Police Powers Acts granted in years past; however, such flies in the face of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights which guarantees individuals rights of assembly, freedom of religion and various other individual mandates which cannot be squashed by national concerns.  That will await constitutional court challenges.  Don’t blame the government when individuals exercise such rights.  We must have persuasive and credible leadership to meet these challenges using a Bully Pulpit to unite rather than divide.
So let’s talk schools.  Yesterday I sent my 8 year old grandson to the Esse Mae Fox Charter School’s Summer School developed in conjunction with parts of the Rowan Salisbury School System and he returned a different child.  He was happier, delighted to engage with his peers and had learned some fundamentals of response to the pandemic.  They got to choose their face mask which made compliance with their use tolerable, made sanitizer and played games which captured their imaginations as well as love of the weird and gross outs.  Children need the stimulation gained from interaction with their peers and as the American Academy of Pediatrics has acknowledged, there is no substitute for this.  Children need to get out of the house and explore their environment.  That’s how they grow.  That self actualization is at the top of Maslow’s pyramid of needs.
All of this may indeed place them at risk to their health; but isolation may equally stunt their growth.  One of my favorite medical school professors, Dr. June Osborn (She headed the US Task Force on AIDS) in teaching about vaccinations told me she would rather expose her kids to a live case of Chicken Pox than wait for a vaccine.  Having survived Scarlet Fever, Red Measles (Rubeola),  German Measles (Rubella), Meningitis (Viral), exposure to TB, meningococcal meningitis, Shingles (a form of chicken pox) and who knows what else from front line service to my fellow humans, one appreciates  that all life has certain risk from which one cannot be isolated.
Understand that despite all that human kind has been exposed to in the annals of human disease; the corona virus is unlike anything ever seen.  It seems almost alien.  It is theorized that there is a Swine Flu/1918 Flu like virus which could be worse already in animals in China -- will it be actualized?  There is no guarantee of anything and though one may wish to second guess what is, the real question posits there is no hiding place from facing reality and understanding that we need to get on with life not sequestered in a fear of what ifs, but using the best advice out there.  It’s time to Keep On Keeping On and Get On With Life.
Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a former Medical Director in a Fortune 500 company, licensed teacher, retired physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. Com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman.

Blacks Weren't The Only Slaves So Were The Irish


The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.

Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.
From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.
During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.

Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.

As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.

African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African. The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude.

In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves. This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company.

England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia. There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat.

There is little question that the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is, also, very little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry. In 1839, Britain finally decided on its own to end its participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded THIS chapter of nightmarish Irish misery.
But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong.
Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July, Independence Day! Remembering Their Sacrifice for You!

American Post-Gazette
Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E in Arizona
July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July, Independence Day!
Remembering Their Sacrifice for You!

The road we have walked as Americans has rarely been smooth or straight. We have been challenged and tested many times in many ways – by wars, natural disasters, disease, economic chaos, political strife, and yet the underlying documents that bind us have prevailed until now.

Today, we stand at crossroads facing a new kind of enemy, more insidious, and in numerous ways, more deadly than any we have ever known. The enemy is among us, having insinuated its way into the highest offices of the land, threatening our liberty and the very foundations that made this nation.

There have been times past when our patriotism has waxed and waned, when the pedestrian burdens that life imposes have distracted us, when we have become complacent in the assumption that all we enjoy is the normal human condition, but it is not. Our liberty was hard won, and we must fight to maintain it!

We are reminded, today, of an immigrant to these shores - Mr. Thomas Paine, a man of modest means who became an anonymous pamphleteer, in a role we well know. Mr. Paine cloaked himself in anonymity to avoid the hangman’s noose. Not all of the brave signers of the Declaration of Independence were equally fortunate to survive the Revolution without having to wear the necktie of death. We at C O M M O N S E N S E are similarly anonymous, but for reasons that we wish only our ideas to be challenged, and this is best accomplished without the publication of persona.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship." The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.

BlueAngels fly over MtRushmore during SaluteTo America

#BlueAngels fly over #MtRushmore today during #SaluteToAmerica hosted by the state of South Dakota. Celebrating the 244th year of independence for the USA! (photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

Happy 244th Birthday USA

God Bless the U.S.A. (featuring Lee Greenwood and The United States Air Force Band)