As I get older I realize that the older a person gets, the more valuable their life becomes. We are a summation of all the joys and sorrows of a lifetime and of survival. There are those that choose to be sour and bitter. There are those like me that choose the other route, kindness, truth, honor. I still get insulted and judged, but that is all ok. I learned forgiveness is better for my soul. I hope when others get to this point, they will choose the same as I have. Otherwise, what is the reason for living? Acquire wealth, abuse and mistreat and insult people? What have you gained in life? The truth comes out anyway!!! Life is too short. The one gift from life is “family” and “true” friends. They make life worth living. If you are lucky enough to have a family and find “TRUE BLUE” friends, hold on tight, lest you lose them!
I loved President Regan and I know Trump followers do too. I am sharing some of his quotes with you:
“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
“You make your own dream. That’s the Beatles’ story, isn’t it? That’s Yoko’s story. That’s what I’m saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.
“We did not appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believed the last thing we should do was turn tail and leave yet, the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there. “
“More than 20 years ago, President Kennedy defined an approach that is as valid today as when he announced it. So let us not be blind to our differences,” he said, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.”Well, those differences are differences in governmental structure and philosophy. The common interests have to do with the things of everyday life for people everywhere. Just suppose with me for a moment that an Ivan and an Anya could find themselves, oh, say, in a waiting room, or sharing a shelter from the rain or a storm with a Jim and Sally, and there was no language barrier to keep them from getting acquainted. Would they then debate the differences between their respective governments? Or would they find themselves comparing notes about their children and what each other did for a living?Before they parted company, they would probably have touched on ambitions and hobbies and what they wanted for their children and problems of making ends meet. And as they went their separate ways, maybe Anya would be saying to Ivan, Wasn’t she nice? She also teaches music.” Or Jim would be telling Sally what Ivan did or didn’t like about his boss. They might even have decided they were all going to get together for dinner some evening soon. Above all, they would have proven that people don’t make wars.People want to raise their children in a world without fear and without war. They want to have some of the good things over and above bare subsistence that make life worth living. They want to work at some craft, trade, or profession that gives them satisfaction and a sense of worth. Their common interests cross all borders.”
LISTEN to this video – U.S. Citizens “DO NOT KNOW CIVICS”
How can our kids fight for America if they don’t have knowledge of how our Government and our Constitution works. If we don’t teach them the basic principles of Civics, America as a Nation will cease to exist.
Academy award winner Richard Dreyfuss believes that:
“We were responsible for the greatest revolution in the history of man’s civilization. We gave to 98% of the human race Freedoms for which they had been lashed for, lost fingers for, or had their heads chopped off for, and we gave it to them for free. And, we are the most revolutionary nation that has ever been and ever will be. We don’t know enough about our Constitution or our history to know why we should be proud of it.” Richard Dreyfuss
“THE RULER AND THE RULED ARE ONE THING – CIVICS TEACHES THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY THAT THEY ARE THE FINAL AUTHORITY TO BE ANSWERED TO – IT TEACHES PRACTICAL POLITICAL POWER – NOT EMPTY WORDS BUT WITH THE FULL POWERS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND LEGAL AUTHORITIES THAT STEM FROM IT.”
The tools that are required to run this representative democracy:
civility, descent, debate, opposing views.
These tool control the WORST OF MAN’S NATURE and We are choosing to trash our birthright if excellence and intelligence, which is available to all, is turned away from.
Untaught, it can reek indescribable damage. Our Republican Democracy depends on this principle: That the people are mature enough emotionally to share space with those whom they disagree. That’s a high expectation that we have of our citizens. So high, in fact, that it’s the very first time in history it was ever asked: We say if we can get here you can rise by merit in your lifetime. No guarantee. But we give you the opportunity to rise and lift your station in life. To start something, fail and start something else. Say what you want, do what you want so long as your fist is not in my face to do it. WE GIVE YOU MOBILITY, FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITY, and we were the first body of people to offer that in 13,000 years of human history.
We were and still are a political miracle and our kids don’t know what the hell I’m talking about because we don’t teach it to them. Because the norm of human existence is so dark and so bloody and so unfair compared to the twinkle of light of intelligence we that are. WE offer fairness. We offer a legal system that said “no one regardless of station or office is above the law.”
The last phrase of the Preamble is a promise: “To secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” What is posterity? it’s You and your kids. And that promise is deliberately unfulfilled right now and that is the reason for America’s decay in every sector of society. Civics untaught is values untaught. And that means that when we wake up in the morning, we don’t know who we are, we don’t why we are who we are and we don’t know the difference between Right and Wrong. If we don’t teach how our government works in a realistic fashion, who runs this country in 30 years? Because nature abhors a vacuum. It will be run by someone who will run it for their own interests and who will be assured that we don’t know enough to stop them.
JOB CREATION – REGULATORY RELIEF – To open the way for new jobs
House Voted to Repeal Obamacare – Obamacare is collapsing – premiums and deductibles will come down – Senate needs to take action for the American People.
TAX CUTS – Tax relief will be focused on the Middle class to help families raise children. There will also be a tax cut to businesses that will help us create jobs.
-TAX SIMPLIFICATION (TAX REFORM) – the tax code works against small business and family owned businesses. President Trump working hard and is cleaning up the code, streamlining deductions and eliminating many special interests tax breaks that largely benefit only the wealthy.
President Obama signed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a/k/a ACA into law on March 23, 2010. Most major provisions phased in by January 2014; remaining provisions phased in by 2020. In my eyes Obamacare was a fraud with 5-10K deductibles, who can afford that? They professed that they were saving us money, instead regular people were trying to navigate this nightmare of an Act. The most vulnerable were not being helped and businesses were unable to maintain the costs.
On Thursday, May 4, 2017 the Republicans, under President Trump’s Leadership, finally took the first steps to Repeal and Replace Obamacare. It has taken the Republicans 8 years to get to this point. President Trump is #MakingAmericaGreatAgain.
Remarks by President Trump on Healthcare Vote in the House of Representatives
Rose Garden. — 3:18 P.M. EDT
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise, Chairwoman McMorris Rodgers, Chairman Brady, Chairman Walden, Chairwoman Black, Congressman McArthur, Congressman Meadows, and all the principled members of Congress who are standing with us here today, on behalf of President Donald Trump and the first family, welcome to the White House. (Applause.) And thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump, welcome to the beginning of the end of Obamacare. (Applause.)
It was March, 2010, seven years ago, Democrats passed a government takeover of healthcare. And at that time, Republicans in Congress promised the American people that law would not stand. Today, thanks to the perseverance, the determination, and the leadership of President Donald Trump, and all the support of those gathered here, we’ve taken a historic first step to repeal and replace Obamacare and finally give the American people the kind of healthcare they deserve. (Applause.)
So, today, with heartfelt gratitude for all he has done to keep his word to the American people, and for all he will do to continue to make America great again, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Mike. (Applause.) That’s the group. Thank you.
Thank you very much. This really is the group. What a great group of people. and they’re not even doing it for the party, they’re doing it for this country — because we suffered with Obamacare. I went through two years of campaigning, and I’m telling you, no matter where I went, people were suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare.
And I will say this, that as far as I’m concerned, your premiums, they’re going to start to come down. We’re going to get this passed through the Senate. I feel so confident. Your deductibles, when it comes to deductibles, they were so ridiculous that nobody got to use their current plan — this nonexistent plan that I heard so many wonderful things about over the last three or four days. After that, I mean, it’s — I don’t think you’re going to hear so much. Right now, the insurance companies are fleeing. It’s been a catastrophe. And this is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. And this is, make no mistake, this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it. Make no mistake. (Applause.)
And I think, most importantly, yes, premiums will be coming down. Yes, deductibles will be coming down. But very importantly, it’s a great plan. And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.
We knew that wasn’t going to work. I predicted it a long time ago. I said, it’s failing. And now, it’s obvious that it’s failing. It’s dead. It’s essentially dead. If we don’t pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies it would die immediately.
So what we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted. Tell you what, there is a lot of talent standing behind me. An unbelievable amount of talent, that I can tell you. I mean it. (Applause.) And coming from a different world and only being a politician for a short period of time — how am I doing? Am I doing okay? I’m President. Hey, I’m President. Can you believe it? Right? (Applause.) I don’t know, it’s — I thought you needed a little bit more time. They always told me, more time. But we didn’t.
But we have an amazing group of people standing behind me. They worked so hard and they worked so long. And when I said, let’s do this, let’s go out, just short little shots for each one of us and let’s say how good this plan is — we don’t have to talk about this unbelievable victory — wasn’t it unbelievable? So we don’t have to say it again. But it’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate.
And there’s so much spirit there. But I said, let’s go out — we have a little list of some of the people — and I think after that list goes, if they don’t talk too long, our first list, we’re going to let some of the other folks just come up and say whatever you want.
But we want to brag about the plan, because this plan really — uh oh. (Laughter.) Well, we may. (Laughter.) But we’re just going to talk a little bit about the plan, how good it is, some of the great features.
I want to thank Paul Ryan. (Applause.) He has worked so hard. I was joking, I said, you know, Paul, for the last week I’ve been hearing “Paul Ryan doesn’t have it. It’s not working with Paul Ryan. He’s going to get rid of Paul Ryan.” And then today I heard, “Paul Ryan is a genius, he’s come a long way.” (Laughter.) Right?
SPEAKER RYAN: I’ll take whatever.
THE PRESIDENT: The groups have all come together. We have the Tuesday Group — we have so many groups. We have the Freedom Caucus. We have — and they’re all great people. But we have a lot of groups. But they all came together. Really, Paul, I’d say in the last three, four days — especially in the last day. I see Mark and I see Kevin, I see so many people — Jim.
We just have developed a bond. This has really brought the Republican Party together, as much as we’ve come up with a really incredible healthcare plan. This has brought the Republican Party together. We’re going to get this finished, and then we’re going — as you know we put our tax plan in, it’s a massive tax cut, the biggest tax cut in the history of our country. I used to say the biggest since Ronald Reagan. Now, it’s bigger than that. Also, pure tax reform. So we’re going to get that done next.
And this really helps it. A lot of people said, how come you kept pushing healthcare, knowing how tough it is? Don’t forget, Obamacare took 17 months. Hillary Clinton tried so hard — really valiantly, in all fairness, to get healthcare through. Didn’t happen. We’ve really been doing this for eight weeks, if you think about it. And this is a real plan. This is a great plan. And we had no support from the other party.
So I just want to introduce somebody to say a few words who really has been I think treated very unfairly, but it no longer matters because we won and we’re going to finish it off. And we’re going to go on with a lot of other things, and we are going to have a tremendous four years and maybe, even more importantly, we’re going to have a tremendous eight years. But we’re going to start off with just a great first year.
And, Paul Ryan, come up and say a few words. Congratulations on a job well done. (Applause.)
U.S. Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached a one trillion-dollar deal for prevent the government from shutting down for the next 4 months. It is a bipartisan bill, they have come to an agreement on how to spend money in D.C. to keep the government running through September 2017.
The White House won $15 billion in emergency funding toward Trump’s promise to rebuild the military and an extra $1.5 billion for border security, which led the president on Tuesday to boast, “This is what winning looks like.”
The measure also includes money for foreign aid, grants to state and local governments and protects the Environmental Protection Agency from cuts sought by Tea Party-backed Republicans. The measure provides $2 billion in disaster aid money, $407 million to combat Western wildfires, additional grants for transit projects, and a $2 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health.
The White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., won a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more than 22,000 retired coal miners. Pelosi was the driving force behind an effort to give the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico $295 million to ease its Medicaid burden. Fox News