Food Stamps and Social Security work: Food Stamps, Social Security, and other “welfare” programs—demonized by ignorance as “handouts” ––are “effective at reducing poverty,” according to comprehensive studies by the prestigious University of Chicago. The UC studies showed major government anti-poverty programs were categorized as “effective” when evaluated using data gathered from administration sources and not just from annual audit surveys. Past survey information available to Congress included substantial errors underestimating “welfare” programs. On the other hand, SNAP-Food Stamps, SSI-Supplemental Security Income, TANF-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SS-Social Security, Housing Assistance, and EITC-Earned Income Tax Credit all showed “poverty levels reduced” when evaluated for “effectiveness” by examining administrative data. Taking single-parent families as an example. Social Security, SSI, and Public Assistance more than doubled their effectiveness in reducing the poverty rate when administrative data is analyzed, yet these families continue to be relatively underserved due to erroneous Census survey data. Respondents in Census surveys significantly under-report, failing to count 50% of public assistance dollars, 42% of SNAP dollars, and 16% for SSI. Census surveys also neglect by not asking about benefits and tax credits. UC found that all programs defined as 50% below the poverty line, an income of $12,140 for an individual and $20,780 for a family of three, “sharply” reduced deep poverty. The only exception was for the EITC which has an even bigger impact for families around 150% below the poverty line, the “working poor.” CU identified tax credits and food stamps the “most effective” government welfare programs. For the elderly, UC found Social Security benefits “single-handedly slashed poverty by 75%.” And overall Social Security was found to have the greatest effect on poverty and by far the largest poverty-reducer among all welfare programs. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Worker productivity has made California the world’s 5th largest economy. California has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest economy. Only the US, China, Japan and Germany have larger economies. California’s gross domestic product rose by $127 billion from 2016 to 2017, surpassing $2.7 trillion. California’s strong economic performance is driven by worker productivity. The United Kingdom has 25 million more people than California but now has a smaller GDP. It appears California has the entrepreneurial spirit and that is what is attracting talent and money. Despite other states offering tax giveaways, immigration demands, higher taxes, and extensive government regulations, more business are moving and starting up in California. All economic sectors except agriculture contributed to California’s higher GDP. Financial services and real estate led the pack at $26 billion in growth, followed by the information sector, including technology companies, at $20 billion. Manufacturing was up $10 billion. California has 12 percent of the U.S. population but contributed 16 percent of the country’s job growth between 2012 and 2017. Its share of the national economy also grew from 12.8 percent to 14.2 percent over that five-year period, according to state economists. California last had the world’s fifth largest economy in 2002 but fell as low as 10th in 2012 following the Great Recession. Since then, the largest U.S. state has added 2 million jobs and grown its GDP by $700 billion. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
American racism inspired Hitler and Hitler now inspiring American racism. In 1990, Vanity Fair reported Donald Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed. Trump replied, “If I had Hitler’s speeches, I would never read them.” Trump praises strong men like Putin, Duterte, and Erdogan. If Hitler were alive, might not Trump be praising Hitler? The Nazi’s admired American racial laws comparing German Lebensraum with Manifest Destiny. While Americans of every race and creed fought the Nazis in WWII, American bigotry at home kept tens of thousands of Jews from immigrating to the US, facilitating the Holocaust deaths of millions, including Ann Frank and family. General George Patton termed Jewish displaced persons, “lower than animals.” FBI Director Hoover had secret lists of prominent American Jews watched for possible obstructionism. The California sterilization law of 1934 blueprinted Nazi sterilization programs. Nevada had the first gas chamber. Infamous, Zyclon-B used to gas millions of Jews to death in concentration camps was served up at El Paso to devirminze immigrants. Zyclon-B in pill form speed up US executions and was adopted by the Nazi’s to relieve death-camp guard stress. Hitler admired America’s knack for acting innocent of mass killing while blacks were hung with impunity throughout the South. Hitler reflected that while genocide was not in the US Constitution, Native Americans numbering in the millions were gunned down by American settlers to less than 200,000 in a few decades. President Jefferson had called for Native American extermination. General Phil Sheridan, in charge of the West followed a policy of annihilation and total destruction of Native Americans. German corporate conservatives made a huge mistake thinking they could use Hitler as a tool to rouse the public. American corporate conservatives plead no-contest at Trump’s disgusting behavior, but think Trump their tool to control legislation. Trump appears to emulate Hitler’s strategy of cultivating rivalry among underlings and providing cathartic rallies of racism and xenophobia. Millions of American watch of TV, immune to Trump propaganda, acquiescing to his constant prevarication and venomous rhetoric. In an atmosphere of degenerating fairness and decency, a young teenager watches a newly-colored YouTube video of Hitler-refurbished, and feels inspired to join a white supremacist group on Facebook. Hitler and Nazism did not happen overnight any more than Rome was built in one day. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
“Whiteism” The United States of America is divided into two distinct societies—not one black, one white, separate and unequal—but two white societies; one which recognizes, but does not condone and is attempting to dismantle white-only institutions that keep blacks ghettoized, and the other, white supremacist, believing wholeheartedly in the separation of races. Since the Colonial era it has been the white supremacist society that held that there is no justification for the inclusion of non-whites in white society. Since the Colonial era, it has been white supremacists who have maneuvered blacks into institutionalized white-dominated social conditions, or “Whiteism.” Institutionalized white domination created black ghettos, but it is white indifference that condones it. There is an element of white society that has always attempted to assimilate non-whites, but such attempts have always been done so half-heartedly. As long as those whites who seek assimilation are ambivalent, black poverty, black unemployment, black lack of equal opportunity, and the plague of gun violence, Whiteism will continue to sustain institutionalized white domination.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Are Trump and Congressional Protectors Traitors? The Constitution defines treason as specific acts, including…giving aid and comfort to America’s enemies.” Russia has repeatedly been categorized by Congress and the President of the United States as an Enemy of America. Trump’s telephoning Putin and congratulating him on his forth, self-appointment as dictator of Russia is considered giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Republican party leaders warned Trump not to call Putin. His own National Security Advisors and his personal lawyers gave Trump the same warnings. But since taking office Trump has been promoting and doing favors for both Russia and Putin and thereby putting America at risk in ways which constitute treasonable actions with complete disregard for the Constitution and the Law. When the FBI petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to surveil Carter Page, Trump—defender of America’s enemies–accused the FBI of relying on politically motivated anti-Trump smears rather than consider the facts presented and condemning Russia. Despite the repeated intelligence declaring Russian involvement in the US 2-16 presidential election, not once has Trump criticized Russia, moreover Trump has defended both without proof or evidence. Trump categorized FBI evidence from Cody Shearer claiming that there was nothing to the accusation of Trump’s having sex in Moscow, other than allow his election to be seen in a bad light. Trump fired FBI director Comey over “disloyalty” in not protecting Trump against accusations of collusion with Russia. Even the firing of Secretary of State Tillerson says Russia comes first. Trump supporters and conservative talk show hosts have parroted for months the Trump refrain that Special Consul Mueller’s bipartisan investigation of Russia’s involvement in the last election collectively, describing the gathering of documents as nothing more than a “Witch Hunt.” Members of Congress who are fighting against the investigation have shown they are willing to “give aid and comfort” to Russia just to protect Trump. Choosing Russia over America is treason. Choosing Russia and repeatedly putting America at risk are the acts of traitors. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Gun Owner Hate Speech: NFA rhetoric over the past decades has turned from promoting sport to vilifying Americans. In poll after polls Americans demand reasonable gun regulations and yet pea brains like Ted Nugent spew hate in return. Ted Nugent, Laura Ingraham, the Washington Times, and the NRA typical haters inconsiderate of the rights of others. Instead of listening, the NRA response has consistently demonized any organized attempting to institute even the minimum of gun safety, as “Anti-American, tyrannical, Communists, elitists, saboteurs who don’t believe in capitalism, don’t believe in the Constitution, don’t believe in our freedom and don’t believe in America as we know it, while patently described gun owners as “law-biding, peaceable, patriotic, freedom-loving, average citizens.” Now Nugent wants you to believe that the school children survivors of gun violence massacres have no soul and are nothing more than pathetic, mushy-brains. Nugent would see our children dead on the streets rather than consider unregulated gun access killed them. It’s the gun owners committing the mass murders of school children. Is that peaceable? It’s the gun owners who threaten legislators with voting them out of office for standing up for the deaths of thousands killed by gun violence annually. Is that law-abiding. Is it patriotic to ignore the deaths of thousands of innocent gun violence victims? No one has the right to kill other people. Spewing hate at other American mothers and fathers who want to protect their children with guns safety only make gun violence worse. Conservatives say they want gun safety, but turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to pleas to stop the gun violence that surrounds all Americans on a daily basis. Is that principled? Hate speech is growing more powerful in America because people like the NRA don’t want to lose the profits of their individual freedom, while the result is killing the rest of us. Silence in the face of Hate Speech is another evil face of indifference. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump’s first year in a nutshell: Trump scraped the US International Trade Pact: No effect to date on US economy. Trump’s Religious Travel Ban: Failed repeatedly as unconstitutional. Gorsuch appointed to Supreme Court: Important to Conservatives only, not workers. Stock Market record high: Benefits mostly investors who are wealthy. Tax Cut: Big Congressional wind fall profits again mostly for the wealthy. Trump fires FBI Director Comey fired: Undermining US intelligence hurts working class. Unemployment continues down: But the pace is the same as the last decade under Obama. The GDP is up: But ½%+ growth is exclusive to high income earners. Mueller investigation: Pointing toward the administration for obstruction of justice. Russia investigation: Pointing toward tipping election to Trump. Affordable Care Act: Unable repeatedly to either repeal, replace or revise, underfunding not only hurts middle class and workers it’s raising medical costs. Trump promised 25 million new jobs: But the average $200K/month new jobs is the same average increase as under decade of Obama, where Republican Congress fought recovery tooth and nail. Trump promised to bomb the hell out of ISIS: US. Syrian and Russian flights have killed more civilians than in WWII. Bombed out ISIS strongholds have ISIS crossing the border and reestablishing in Afghanistan. The US moved to Jerusalem: Being financed by rich Jews for the benefit of rich Jews. Trump promised to tough talk for North Korea: Instead turned into making America nuclear again, teetering on nuclear war. Trump promised to build a wall: No money, no partners. Trump promised Tax Cut would give average worker $4K: Maybe, over next few years, if economy grows. Trump’s anti-American Cabinet and Administration replete with billionaires selling off parkland cutting safety rules and regulations that hurt workers to raise profits. A year of roll backs, cancelled progress, attacking past decades of accomplishments. Not one Director with experience and knowhow to help average American only to help business have a bigger say in decision-making. At the end of the year we have the same self-proclaimed tax cheat, molester of married women, racist and racist baiter, who wants teachers to carry guns, blacks to go to jail, immigrants to go away, allies to fork up, and ball players to be grateful not patriotic. On the other hand, Trump promised to bring back waterboarding. Do we really want him to keep these sorts of promises? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.