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Thursday, December 6, 2018

First They Gerrymandered, Then Voter ID Laws and Now This

First, there was gerrymandering--sculpting out voting districts from your state that benefits your own political party.

Both parties did it, sure, but then the Republicans decided it was one helluva great idea so they REALLY went with it. They carved up their constituents voting districts so it put the 8 ball in their corner pocket, time and again, getting them elected.

This is how gerrymandering works.

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And here's an example:

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Then? Next?

They decided that wasn't enough, they scare the people and tell them there were people out there--"fereners", illegals, illegal immigrants and others who were trying and lying to vote, left and right.

And the best way to stop it? The best way to stop these people from voting illegally?

Why, we got yer voter ID laws right here, folks, right here in River City.

Forget that all hard data on it, time and again, state to state, across the nation, down through time shows there is extremely little to no vote fraud going on. Forget that, ignore that. It's surely "out there." They're out there, just waiting to vote illegally. Sure they are.

Myth of Voter Fraud 

 Brennan Center for Justice

So enact voter ID laws they did and they have and they still are. Everything they can do to disenfranchise people who aren't likely to vote for Republican.

And who are those people?  Glad you asked. They are
  • the elderly (unless they're already-wealthy)
  • the poor
  • minorities
  • the physically-challenged
At minimum.

And when you add those four groups together, that can be a great deal of people, a great deal of fellow Americans, denied the right to vote.

But again, they've done it and they're doing it, and all across states and the nation.

Now? Next? That's not enough so now what are they doing?

So get this.

They lost. In at least 3 states, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin Republicans lost.

They had all that gerrymandering and voter ID laws going for them, taking away votes from fellow Americans, tax-paying citizens but they still lost.

So what do they do?

At the last minute, before they're summarily thrown out of office---by the electorate, by the voters--they rush to put in place new laws that strip power from the incoming--Democratic--office holders.

Understand, folks. These people who do this--and yes, they're all in the Republican Party, factually--are not out there for the people first. They're not out there for their constituents first. They're not out there for their District or state or the nation first. No, sir and ma'am, they absolutely are not.

They are out there for themselves and for their political party, above all. They are "party firsters", for sure.

Worse than that, far worse, they are out there for the political party first AND last.

Vote wisely, folks.

Vote carefully.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Entertainment Overnight: Happiest of Holidays

Local boy, Anthony Glise, makes good, very good.

From an hour North from Kansas City, in St. Joseph, my home town, coincidentally.

Happy Holidays.

Worst State Tax Rates for Retirees?

There is an analysis out today on that evaluates the tax rates of all 50 states, showing best and worst for retirees.

What it shows:

Nebraska, worst, worst, last place, of the 50 states followed far too closely by Kansas at 47th place and Missouri, next, at 46. Neighboring Iowa at 38. Arkansas, too, in the bottom, worse half, at 32. Oklahoma, 29.

Way to go, Midwestern states.

You don’t have mountains, you don’t have an ocean and you also don’t have good tax policies for retirees.

Besides less traffic and hopefully cleaner skies, what do you have?

Note to retirees: Check out the states that have both no income tax and no tax on Social Security.

In the #1 best spot on the list for most friendly to retirees?


Check out that map.

Slide 52 of 52: Retirees need to consider the impact taxes will have on their income. But that’s not the only thing they should think about when deciding where to retire. There are several factors to consider when looking for a place to retire — including the cost of living and access to healthcare. A state that isn’t the most tax-friendly might actually be a good fit for your retirement needs. Click through to learn about the best and worst things to do when looking for a place to retire. More on Retirement Planning  50 Cheapest Places to Retire Survey Finds 42% of Americans Will Retire Broke — Here’s Why Best Cities for Retirement in These Income Tax-Free States Watch: Will Your Kids’ Cap and Gown Kill Your Retirement Plans?  We make money easy. Get weekly email updates, including expert advice to help you Live Richer™.  Methodology: GOBankingRates examined four tax rates: 1) average state and local sales tax, sourced from the Tax Foundation; 2) state tax on Social Security benefits, sourced from Kiplinger; 3) effective state property tax, sourced from the National Association of Home Builders; and 4) state income tax rate based on the median income of adults ages 65 to 74, sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. State tax on Social Security benefits was weighted twice as much as other taxes.

Worst tax rates for retirees, right in the center of the nation.

Kudos, Missouri, kudos, Kansas and Nebraska.

Way to chase people away.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Republicans and Democrats

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Unfortunately, Ronald Reagan wasn't held accountable for his famously illegal Iran-Contra weapons scam.

But sure, the 2 parties are just the same.

Sure they are.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Quote of the Day: On Money In Politics

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"The money that is spent in elections is absolutely unconscionable - even if it's private money. It's true that one's not corrupted by the expenditure of one's own money, but to some extent the system is. We cannot have a system in which the only people you can count on for a vote that doesn't look as though it might be a vote for a special-interest group are people with enormous fortunes."


KCPT's "Week In Review": "We Got the White People's View Covered!"

First "Ruckus" this week, and now this.

All white.

All the time.

Thanks, KCPT!

Friday, November 9, 2018

KCPT's "Ruckus" Back to Exclusion

One woman but not one "person of color", not one person of a minority, again, this week, on KCPT's weekly talk show "Ruckus."

See for yourself.

What, KCPT?

They're all on vacation?

Out of town?

None available?


Or do we just really not need to get their input?

What is it?

They surely have the white person viewpoints covered.


Would exclusion also be considered racism?

Asking for a friend.

They surely like to have minorities in their commercials, asking for money.

The KCPD Is Hurting Itself This Week. Big Time

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Man drives car into stopped cars.

Innocent teen killed. 17 years old.

Also critically injuring his father and sister.

Car destroyed. 2 other cars also damaged.

Weather, dry. Road, clear.

No ticket issued.

17 days ago.

You and me?

We’d have been ticketed. On the spot. At the very least.

The difference?

He’s a police officer.

He was off-duty.

From the article:

“Although multiple witnesses and other drivers gave statements to police that were reflected in the crash report, the off-duty officer driving the van did not.

He still had not given a statement to investigators two days later, when Police Chief Rick Smith said he had ‘no idea’ what caused the wreck”

How many things are wrong with this?

“Investigators reported that the off-duty officer showed no evidence of alcohol use.”

Was the officer tested, on the scene or shortly thereafter, for alcohol use? Was he given a breathalyzer? The articles make no mention of it.

Does this not look like the police trying to protect “one of their own”, laws and justice and even common sense, be damned?

If it’s not, explain to us all why it’s not, please.

“Until Thursday,…” (yesterday, Nov 8) “…the Police Department had not released a standard police report from the wreck, even though Missouri law requires it.”

“As in all open investigations where possibility exists for a person to face charges, the identity of that person (is) to be withheld,” Colón said. “We respect the legal process and will honor it by not releasing the officer’s identity until which time is allowable.”

“…respect the legal process…”? Really? See above.

Since the wreck, Chandan’s father and sister have remained hospitalized.

His father Krishna Rajanna, 81, remained in the intensive care unit at Truman Medical Center.

Krishna Rajanna suffered multiple internal injuries in the wreck, including severe arm, rib and leg fractures.

Chandan’s sister Lisa Allen suffered a brain injury and was recently moved to a rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

Justice much?

By contrast and comparison, check out what happens to someone who isn’t a police officer. This posted yesterday.

Found 2 days later, he’s been arrested and charged.

But he's a regular schlub like you and me.

Go figure.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Shame On You, Missouri, Missourians

We rejected the gas tax? To fix, improve, repair our roads?

I didn't realize the proposed gas tax that was on the ballot this week failed until today.

The Kansas City Star got it right.

That headline isn't hyperbole, either.

Even in the face of having elected not just Josh Hawley to be our next US Senator, representing the state, and Steve Watkins, too, this is, by far the worst thing for this state, coming out of this election. 

Those two are horrible.

This is worse.

Missourians, you cheap so and sos.

Now we're going to get the roads the people who voted this down, deserve.

Links to just some of the facts.

Republicans, Ignoring Our Infrastructure

Inaction from Jeff City

Patrick Mahomes & Our Chiefs Get More Great Press

Yessir and ma’am, our Chiefs are getting yet more great press, what with being led by the magic and strength that is and that we get from and with Patrick Mahomes.

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What they have to say:

Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, NFL MVP?

The answer is a resounding yes. It’s also highly unlikely that this second-year quarterback will somehow take a step back in the MVP race Week 10 against a two-win Arizona Cardinals team. We’re honestly just running out of expletives to define what Mahomes has done for the 8-1 Chiefs on the season.

In addition to already breaking multiple records, Mahomes is completing 66 percent of his passes while leading this offense to an average of 36.3 points per game. He’s on pace for 5,400 total yards and 55 total touchdowns. It’s now up to Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals to somehow slow him down at Arrowhead come Sunday. Good luck with that.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Science in Our Upcoming Elections, State by State

Another fascinating article out this week, this one on the national elections, state by state.

Slide 6 of 53: To some degree, California and its nearly 40 million residents face almost every issue in the country. Where the Golden State sets itself apart, though, is in how its solutions to those issues can often set a national standard. Climate change is at the root of its most pressing issues—a five-year drought, more-frequent wildfires, and water scarcity—but the state’s long-running push to expand renewable energy is facing challenges. Gov. Jerry Brown and some state lawmakers worry that President Trump’s embrace of fossil fuels will interfere with state’s 12-year-old effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and its new plan to go carbon-free by 2045. Thanks to a range of measures—capping industrial emissions, setting high vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, and providing incentives to switch to solar—the initial plan has met its goal of slashing greenhouse gases to 1990 levels four years ahead of schedule. (That’s more ambitious than targets in other states, which aim to cut emissions to higher 2000 levels.) In August, however, the Trump administration proposed revoking California’s authority to impose its own automotive standards. These and other federal climate-change rollbacks might be enough to sway voters, according to some analysts. The state is also a bellwether in the national debate about internet freedom. Home to the nation’s leading tech companies, California is working to fill the regulatory vacuum left by the June federal repeal of Federal Communications Commission net neutrality regulations. This past August, state lawmakers passed a bill that will bar internet-service providers from slowing or blocking websites, and restrict “zero-metering,” the practice of not counting preferred services and apps against a customer’s monthly data limits. But days after Gov. Brown signed the bill into law in September, the Justice Department filed a legal challenge against it, arguing that internet runs between states, and is therefore subject to federal oversight.

Lots of these issues have to do with flooding, wildfires, chemical runoff and corporate farming.

Missouri’s contribution to this is fascinating and at the forefront of an issue and change.

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Missouri: The fake-meat debate

Missouri has become the epicenter of a fracas between meat producers and the burgeoning “fake meat” industry, a market that has jumped 24 percent since 2015. This past May, the legislature passed a bill that bars makers of flesh substitutes from using the word “meat” on their labels. Backed by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and pork producers, the bill could stifle growth of a new industry, according to meat substitute producers. Columbia-based Beyond Meat, for instance, could likely have to change its name, and warns that the measure could result in job loss. The company, together with University of Missouri researchers, has developed plant-based burgers, chicken strips, and sausages that closely resemble real meat. Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown says the bill would do little to convince consumers to opt for the real thing.

This part is especially interesting.

In late August, vegan food maker Tofurky, along with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, filed suit against the state, arguing that the new law stifles free speech and hampers competition.

From Kansas, it’s one more example, and a great one, of why we need newspapers and their reporters. In this, the Wichita Eagle-Beacon came to the rescue.

Slide 17 of 53: This past summer, an investigation in the Wichita Eagle newspaper found that hundreds of residents drank and bathed in water fouled with the dry-cleaning chemical perchloroethylene (PCE) for more than six years—and that state officials failed to inform the communities. At one site, PCE levels in the groundwater were 8.1 parts per billion; EPA limit is 5 ppb. As many as 22 other contaminated sites may have gone unaddressed, according to the investigation. A 1995 state law lobbied for by the dry-cleaning industry appears to be largely to blame. The Kansas Drycleaner Environmental Response Act included a provision that directed state regulators to refrain from looking for contamination from dry cleaners and “make every reasonable effort” to keep sites off the EPA’s Superfund list. Residents are calling for the state to scrub up the areas and for lawmakers to strike the part of the legislation that bars checking for PCE leaks in groundwater.

Kansas: Dry-cleaning chemicals in residents’ water

This past summer, an investigation in the Wichita Eagle newspaper found that hundreds of residents drank and bathed in water fouled with the dry-cleaning chemical perchloroethylene (PCE) for more than six years—and that state officials failed to inform the communities. At one site, PCE levels in the groundwater were 8.1 parts per billion; EPA limit is 5 ppb. As many as 22 other contaminated sites may have gone unaddressed, according to the investigation. A 1995 state law lobbied for by the dry-cleaning industry appears to be largely to blame. The Kansas Drycleaner Environmental Response Act included a provision that directed state regulators to refrain from looking for contamination from dry cleaners and “make every reasonable effort” to keep sites off the EPA’s Superfund list. Residents are calling for the state to scrub up the areas and for lawmakers to strike the part of the legislation that bars checking for PCE leaks in groundwater.

All these, from state to state, point out why we so desperately and completely need government—state and federal both. If we don’t have these governments, there are no ways to keep our air, water and soil clean and clear. Corporations would be able to do whatever they wish, people and animal life be damned.

You might also check out Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Virginia and their issues, especially.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Coldest Town in Missouri? Kansas?

Another "clickbait" article out on the interwebs this week. This one is kind of fun.

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In Alaska it’s Deadhorse.

Do you suppose it froze to death? 

Delaware? Bear. 

A polar bear. Of sorts.

Hawai’i, appropriately enough, it’s Kula. 

Minnesota? Embarrass. 

Embarrassingly cold?

New Hampshire is Colebrook. Also mis-named. Should be Coldbrook. Right? 

In Utah, it’s Coalville. 

Seems like that should be the warmest place in the state. At least indoors.

Kansas? No surprise. At all. At least no surprise to any of us who've paid attention to the region weather forecasts. 


Talk about poorly named. Wow.

But Missouri? 


Wth is Bunker?

Yoder and Kansas GOP Set For a Fall?

There is a terrific, even hopeful article out this week at The Hill and it has potentially good to great information on Kansas’ House seat.

Check it out:

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Sharice Davids, Kevin Yoder

Kevin Yoder (KS-03)

Yoder is the only member of Kansas's all-Republican congressional delegation seeking reelection in a district won by Clinton in 2016.

What's more, the state's 3rd District includes Kansas City and its surrounding suburbs, making it a prime target for Democrats this year.

Yoder faces a challenge from Democrat Sharice Davids, who, if elected, would be one of the first Native-American women in Congress.

Recent public polls show Davids with a solid lead in the race. A survey released late last month by Emerson College put her ahead of Yoder by 12 points, and The Cook Political Report has for over a month kept the race in the "Lean Democratic" column.

At the same time, the NRCC has drastically scaled back its financial support for Yoder - a sign that the GOP House campaign arm may be losing confidence in his prospects.

I love it, of course.

Take nothing for granted, folks. Get out there this Tuesday and VOTE.


Missouri Senate Race in New York Times Video

Yes sir, our own Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley is highlighted in a New York Times YouTube video presently. It asks a great question.

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Can Claire McCaskill Hold On to Her Senate Seat in Missouri?

It's not a big surprise they'd cover this and for a couple reasons, at least. First, it's thought to be a close race. Second, it could be pivotal in the Republicans' keeping or losing control of the Senate.

I'll let the video speak for itself.

Vote, folks.

Get out there Tuesday and vote.

Our WWI Memorial Museum in the NYT

There is a terrific article in last Sunday's New York Times on our own WWI Liberty Memorial Museum.

Somewhat unusually, it's in the annual Fall arts coverage special pullout section of the paper. I would have expected it in the travel section. It's called the Fine Arts & Exhibitions section. That nearly makes it even better.

It's quite good. You might check it out if you haven't already.

(My own photo, above, by the way, from my photography blog: KC Photog Blog. Just saying).

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Continuing Debacle That Is and Will Be Our New Airport

I have to hand it to our Kansas City Star.

They've been behind a new airport for us from the start and they are just not going to let up on it, that seems clear. Here's their latest contribution.

A bit from the article:

Kansas City’s economy will fly higher than the rest of the nation in coming years, as construction of a new airport terminal masks the region’s “disappointing” comparison to similar markets, said a forecast released Friday.

The $1.4 billion project at Kansas City International Airport stands at the center of economist Frank Lenk’s outlook for the region in 2019 and 2020. Lenk provided his annual economic projections at a Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Apparently, just building, building an airport makes an area's economy soar.

Sure it does.

More from the article:

Lenk’s outlook reminded his audience that Harley-Davidson is shutting down its factory next year, and Procter & Gamble is heading that way in 2020, taking other jobs with them. T-Mobile plans to turn Sprint’s Overland Park headquarters campus into a secondary propertyif Washington approves the companies’ plans to merge.

Those setbacks, his report noted, will be offset by continued expansion at the Cerner Innovation Campus and Garmin’s Olathe operations, job growth at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies and Burns & McDonnell, and new call centers and distribution centers opening here.

This is the normal churn of an active economy, saidLenk’s prepared report, which was provided to The Star ahead of his presentation.

This is the part that slays me.

KCI is something different.

“Because the funds to build the airport are coming from the airlines and not local taxpayers, this expenditure brings net new dollars to the regional economy that would not otherwise be expected,” Lenk’s report said.

Specifically, KCI’s new terminal means construction jobs. Spending by those workers means more jobs in other fields.

Wow.  "...the funds to build the airport are coming from the airlines and not local taxpayers."


I don't know where the author of the article and the Star think those airlines get their funds Someone needs to tell them about plane tickets. One day very soon we'll have conversations beginning like this: "Remember when it didn't used to cost that much to fly out of Kansas City?"

And the second part of that? Where "Spending by those (construction) workers means more jobs in other fields."

That's another beauty.

How much do people think these construction workers make, anyway?

And then, if they weren't building the airport, do people really think these same construction workers would be just sitting around, not working, not making their own paychecks?


Construction workers, getting their regular paychecks that they would be getting anyway are going to lift the Kansas City economy? Really? That's how that will work?

And check out that cost.

Before this was voted on and passed, it was promised it would't be that expensive. 

Before the vote, I said it would hit a 1 billion dollar cost.


Ground isn't even plowed and it's going to cost 1.4 billion.

As if that, the cost, isn't enough, our same paper posted this 4 months ago.

So it's going to cost us far more than estimated, projected--promised--and it's going to be late, too.

But hey, the airlines are going to build it, not us, so that makes everything a-okay.

Thanks, Kansas City Star! Thanks, City Hall!

We'll love walking away from our existing facilities, the terminals and all, just so we can build this expensive, very late boondoggle.

Costs and environment be damned.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Republicans and Their Very Official, Un-American Work of Disenfranchising Fellow Americans

If you aren't familiar with the Republican Party's efforts and work, over many years, to disenfranchise anyone and everyone who doesn't think, and so, vote, as they wish, you need to pay attention.

The fact is, Republicans have been gerrymandering the nation and for at least decades.

The power that gerrymandering has brought to Republicans

What is gerrymandering someone might ask? Defined, it is 

"...In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan-advantaged districts.

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The fact is, what they, Republicans, have been doing and trying to do is to get anyone and everyone who might not be aligned with their voting patterns, from being able to vote. This would include the following groups, proven, historically:

--Elderly--at least, elderly who aren't already-wealthy
--Poor and/or impoverished
--The physically-challenged
--Minorities including:
  • --Blacks and African-Americans
  • --Hispanics and Latinos
This took place 2016:

North Carolina's Deliberate Disenfranchisement of Black Voters

Not to be done there, this happened 3 days ago.

Black seniors kicked off bus taking them to vote in Georgia

This story broke only yesterday and it's happening right next door, no less, in neighboring Kansas.

Iconic Dodge City Moves Its Only Polling Place Outside Town

The entire city has 27000 residents. 60% of those residents are Hispanic. So if you're white and Right Wing and Republican, what to do??  Why, move the one polling place, as it says, outside the city limits.

It is stunning.

This, too, is going on now, in Georgia.

Georgia’s ‘exact match’ law could disenfranchise 909,540

And it's how they got a man with a horrible reputation even in his own political party and with zero government experience elected to the White House, the highest office in the land even though he got at least 3 million less popular votes than his political opponent. Sure, you get out-voted but hey, load the voting districts your way and voila! The Electoral College makes you President anyway!

And sure, Democrats are legally capable of gerrymandering also but the fact is, Republicans have used it and been using it to load their--our--voting districts for years now, as I've said and shown here.

Not done there, not done with just gerrymandering, this political party took it further, much further, too. Not only do they use these voter ID laws to help them in elections, disenfranchising fellow citizens in the process, but they've publicly admitted it, as well.

This, to me, is the worst aspect of these voter ID laws and their requirements, this next point.

It's been also proved there is nearly zero true voter fraud, on anyone's part, too.

There is a great "meme" out there on social networks I've seen recently. It asks, how bad is your political party if your way of "success" is to keep Americans from voting?

And the answer is, bad. Really, really bad. And not in a Michael Jackson way, by any stretch.

So what all this means, what we need to do, as a nation, as a people is, first, get the Republicans out of power, out of office, and then, once and for all, make gerrymandering and voter ID laws, both, illegal. We need to truly, truly take back the vote. 

We can do this. 

We must.

Vote November 6!

And VOTE BLUE!!  Vote Democratic!  Then let's work and fight for change.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

AARP: Tits on a Boar

To what other conclusion can one come about AARP, ostensibly named the "American Association for Retired People" than that they are useless, ineffectual?

Sure, you can get discounts to buy things if you want, if you join as a member but when it comes down to representing, really representing those "retired people", do they do anything?

When one political party in this nation not only comes out for taking funds from even just Social Security, let alone Medicare and then Medicaid, too, all so already-wealthy people can get still more of the nation's wealth, does the AARP do anything? Do they speak up? Do they attack even the IDEA of depleting the Social Security fund, let alone the political party that wants to do this?

Oh, hell no.

No, they don't.

Not only do they not attack the idea or the person proposing it or the idea, AARP does----nothing.

And it's not that this has only happened once that a person in that political party has tried attacking, depleting the Social Security fund, as just one example, it keeps happening, again and again, over the years.


Silent.  Deafeningly silent. Not a word.

If you're a member and get their magazine in the mail, what are the articles about? Some examples:

--Commit Yourself to an Exercise Routine
--Get Financial Advice Without Going Broke
--Test Your Knowledge of Voting Facts
--Find the Best Health Care Where You Live

And this one. I love this next one:

--Why a Vacation Might Make You Feel Better

Like we need an article for that.


And if you're an AARP member, you wouldn't know it.

It's almost as though they don't want to upset or alienate any people in that political party--let's go ahead and say it---Republicans, either members or, God forbid, members of Congress.

Sure, don't upset any Republican or Republicans, even though they vote and have voted, time and again, to drain the Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid funds for other purposes.

And the latest use or attempted use of Social Security funds?

Well, those pesky Republicans voted for TAX CUTS FOR THE ALREADY-WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS earlier this year. It's blowing up the deficit so THEY WANT TO TAKE MONEY FROM SOCIAL SECURITY and what they call "entitlements" to pay for those now deficits. Don't believe it? Check out the very recent headline:

The deficit is rising, so Republicans want to cut Social  Security, Medicare

And as I said above, they've been saying and working on and doing this over the years, too. This headline and story is from December, 2016:

GOP introduces plan to 

massively cut Social Security

You would think that, since they're supposed to be for retired people--it is in their name, after all--that each and every time a politician, any politician, from any party, even mentioned, once, aloud, draining the Social Security fund or Medicare or Medicaid, that that same organization would be screaming bloody murder to its members to, for heaven sake, contact their representative and express their disbelief and strong support for these programs.


Not a word. Never. Not a peep.

But if you want a tote bag with your new membership and 5% off your next purchase of some tchotchke or a roadside atlas or advice on why you might enjoy a vacation, well, then, AARP is just the group for you.