From NPR News: All About The Deficit http://n.pr/2G4I1C9 A Republican Case For Supporting A Budget-Busting Spending Bill http://n.pr/2FZZhs3 Voting, tax-paying, blue-collar citizen who still wants to self-identify as a “moderate/centrist Republican” like me thinks: still can’t believe Conservative Repblicans alleged to be “fiscal hawks” think this is all a good idea. And given his refusal to shine light on his tax returns and defying the spirit of the Constitutipn’s ’emoluments clause’, President Donald Trump has earned the moniker of “The […]
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Says Americans Can’t Afford Latest Spending Bill : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/02/08/584335309/republican-rep-mo-brooks-says-americans-cant-afford-latest-spending-bill Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley Says He Won’t Vote For Senate Spending Proposal : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/02/08/584335302/democratic-rep-joe-crowley-says-he-wont-vote-for-senate-spending-proposal Speaking as a taxpaying blue-collar voter: been worried about the national debt and the budget deficits for over a decade, but don’t know who tp trust to vote for to take care of it. Spraker Ryan is right about healthcare costs and ‘entitlement’ spending. With a gramma and two parents relying […]
npr.org/2018/02/01: what-you-need-to-know-about-the-gop-snooping-memo-controversy npr.org/2018/01/26: the-massive-case-of-collective-amnesia-the-fbi-has-been-political-from-the-start As a private citizen, a tax-paying, voting blue-collar type, my opinion: I didn’t vote for Trump. He seemed like another Putin-worshipping wannabe oligarch. Whatever Trump’s beliefs on how awesome he is, I think he’s played into Putin’s hands: Trump and his ‘allies’ protect themselves and seek more wealth and power by trying to shred the system of checks and balances and power-sharing, and the institutions we need to make those systems work. Putin and his oligarchical […]
From NPR News (2018-01-23): Trump Slaps Tariffs On Imported Solar Panels And Washing Machines : The Two-Way : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/22/579848409/trump-slaps-tariffs-on-imported-solar-panels-and-washing-machines [IMO: can’t say I object.] [EDIT: Reason I’m not totally against it: I’m pro-newables, and am worried China may have flooded a market in order to corner it. ] ———— From NPR News: Both Parties Claim Public Support In Shutdown Struggle. Who’s Out Of Touch? http://n.pr/2G0uf3V [IMO: Hello, I’m a moderate/centrist Republican. I love NPR, because I think/feel they strive […]
Trump Ducks Mueller Questions: ‘Seems Unlikely That You’d Even Have An Interview’ http://n.pr/2FkC4kZ Trump. I didn’t vote for him. He’s always struck me as a shifty combination of ‘types’ of bullies that I loathe: “smiling snake”; “wicked weasel”; “alpha ape”. As far as *this* blue-collar, taxpaying, voting citizen is concerned, he’s another brutish, small-minded tyrant, willing to secure his own position of power by any means he has available, including limiting the rights and freedoms of others, especially those in […]
How Germany Wins At Manufacturing — For Now : https://www.npr.org/2018/01/03/572901119/how-germany-wins-at-manufacturing-for-now Robust Apprenticeship Program Key To Germany’s Manufacturing Might : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/04/575114570/robust-apprenticeship-program-key-to-germanys-manufacturing-might Germany’s Export Machine Draws Both Envy And Ire : https://www.npr.org/2018/01/05/575615220/germanys-export-machine-draws-both-envy-and-ire Pieces like these are why I donate to NPR. ————— GOP Tax Law Sparks Confusion And Outcry In Blue States As N.Y. Threatens Lawsuit : https://www.npr.org/2018/01/05/575674357/gop-tax-law-sparks-confusion-and-outcry-in-blue-states-as-n-y-threatens-lawsuit Conservative Red States versus Liberal Blue States, plenty of Purple States caught in the ideological cross-fire. “Economic Civil War” indeed… Which States Rely the […]
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Cabela’s Sale Sends Ripples of Anxiety Through Rural Nebraska Town http://n.pr/2nhaXSX My sympathies to the people of Sidney. Small town. Major company headquarters, “homegrown”. Certain quality-of-life develops. Decades pass. Company gets bought-up, cannibalization/right-sizing begins. Quality-of-life begins to decline as people lose jobs, public services lose funding as tax revenue drops. New major businesses hard to attract. Not good. Sidney has been through it before. So many small towns have. Heh. “Farming.” I wonder what other, new business they could invest […]
Disney To Buy 21st Century Fox In $52.4 Billion Deal, Shaking Up Media World : The Two-Way : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/14/568829541/this-mouse-swallows-part-of-a-fox-disney-buys-much-of-murdoch-empire I know this is old news now. Felt the need to re-read the analysis. Was just thinking about how FOX NEWS and the Murdoch family are sort of “boiling things down”. “Back to basics” kind of thing. Private, profit-driven partisan press organization. TV stations and satellite networks. Close ties to Trump. Still a massive mainstream media behemoth, working to help Trump, […]
What Roy Moore Reveals About The Religious Right – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2017-12-11/what-roy-moore-reveals-about-the-religious-right Lecrae: A Christian Rapper Unafraid To Take On Religious Hypocrisy – 1A: https://the1a.org/shows/2017-12-07/lecrae-a-christian-rapper-unafraid-to-take-on-religious-hypocrisy Intersections of Christian morality and our Democratic-Republican Federalist form of government. Host Joshua Johnson continues to impress. Erudite, articulate, Socratically methodical and yet very fair, humble, and compassionate.
Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’ http://n.pr/2zTpLJ8 PTF: REPROCESSING PLASTICS | Ecology Center: https://ecologycenter.org/plastics/ptf/report5/ Plastics recycling. Recycling for manufacturing. “Necessary Infrastructure” and a “Necessary Market”. Putting plastics in landfills, or trying to ship it to other countries to make it “someone else’s problem” is irresponsible, wasteful, immoral.
https://the1a.org/shows/2017-12-04/the-ground-beneath-our-feet Add “Soil Fertility/Sustainability” under the section of “Agriculture” on *this* taxpayer/voter/citizen’s list of “Infrastructure Concerns”. As a Jesus-Lovin’ Deist and “Purple Republican”, it reinforces my misgivings about Trump and the Conservatives ramming thru tax cuts for the already-well-off upper crust, when the economy is still growing well, unemployment is down, and we could use the tax revenue on short-, medium-, and long-term infrastructure and defense projects that would offer better economic growth here at home….
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6 Possible Hurdles For The GOP Tax Plan http://n.pr/2zY0noO Hi. I’m not a journalist, not any kind of ‘expert’. I’m a blue-collar, working-class, tax-paying white American male, a “Purple Republican” Ohioan, a Moderate/Centrist. Often thought of myself as a “Conservative” back in the 1990’s, especially diring my 6-year stint in th Army. No, I’m not running for any office. In the “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness” vein, I’m happy being a workaday “Cog” in the socioeconomic machine propelling […]
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Poll: Economists Unanimous That Debt Would Balloon Under GOP Tax Plan http://n.pr/2A04mkC Tax Cuts And The Deficit http://n.pr/2mOYvcJ Taxes, Big-Box Stores And The ‘Dark Store Theory’ http://n.pr/2mTqCHA https://www.npr.org/2017/11/26/566006195/6-possible-hurdles-for-the-gop-tax-plan
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/ First heard about it on NPR. Yeah, it is scary shit.
‘rite of passage’: definition from Dictionary.com: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/rite+of+passage L1A – Speak Freely: “Can We Stop Hazing?” http://npr.org/55e0ed2973b82 THIS AMERICAN LIFE: “Notes on Camp”: https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/109/notes-on-camp Basic Combat Training – Week: 06 Camaraderie (ArmyStudyGuide.com): http://www.armystudyguide.com/content/Prep_For_Basic_Training/Prep_for_basic_timeline/basic-combat-training-wee-4.shtml Never been “hazed”; I’m not part of a fraternity. Never had the “summer camp experience” either, it sounds more developmentally positive than fraterity having, tho. There was no need for deliberately sadistic hazing practices in the Army. It was rough, but positive, helped develop a sense of being part of something greater […]
fortitudinous: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/11/11 Veteran’s Day: to all our citizen-soldiers, past and present, Thank You for your service.
From NPR News: SALT Reduction Becomes Major Sticking Point In Tax Overhaul. So What Is SALT? http://n.pr/2yP3QWh I’m getting more interested to see what they will do with rax reform. The “Red States” supposedly get a lot of rax money flowing from “Blue States”, apportionment. Is elimination or reduction of SALT a way to get more revnue out of NY, NJ, CA, et cetera, to redistribute to “Red States” like AL, FL, et cetera? Will elimination/reduction of SALT result in […]
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http://www.npr.org/2017/10/18/558570686/after-equifax-hack-calls-for-big-changes-in-credit-reporting-industry ————- Rein them in with appropriate ‘checks and balances’. I believe in the concept of Checks and Balances, not only as it applies to a Federalist Democratic-Republican form of government Rule of Law, but also Free & Fair Mixed Economy, and the growth of the Pax Americana. Human civilization relies on the mix of hunting, gathering, mining, farming, creating, making and trading darn near any “thing”, be it real or abstract. Ensuring tranquility requires C&B. IMHO.
Veterans, Survivors’ Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences http://n.pr/2x4insR Agreement with the need to focus on the families and the fallen, and away from the POTUS’…. mis-steps. (Love that Lincoln letter, tho.)
npr.org: the-two-way (2017/10/18: 558460284): nfl-players-meet-but-punt-on-anthem-controversy npr.org (2017/10/17: 558390590): former-green-beret-and-nfl-player-talks-about-take-a-knee-protests stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/flag-represents-those-who-fought-our-country-s-battles backstoryradio.org: shows: it-is-so-ordered Upfront: I’m a lowly blue-collar taxpayer/voter who served for 6 unremarkable years in the U.S. Army, never seeing combat, chose to not go ‘career’. So, I guess I approach this more as a Constitution-Loving Civilian than as former military. Take everything I say as one person’s opinion. Axiom: “Freedom Isn’t Free”. Axiom: Our “citizen-soldiers” serving in our military, as well as ‘civilians’ in the professions often referred […]
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