I am like most people I think, disgusted by what is playing out on television in the name of politics. Neither candidate is worth much as a person in some areas in my opinion. As a Christian, I can’t bring myself to end that sentence with “as a person” so as I said – some areas.
That aside, it is difficult to sometimes figure out where the candidates stand on issues with the bias reporting. For many people, the television news media is the only source of information, and to have such biases in their reporting is an injustice to those of us watching. There are several news anchors that I have enjoyed listening to the last few years. I think most people have a favorite station. But, watching them debunk the debates and listening to their clearly biased opinions has changed my mind about them. Like so many others, I am disappointed in the media. What right does the media have to determine what information is shared with the public and what is not relevant? When information about Trump comes to light, they hammer it home, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that the harder they hammer, the more they are trying to hide something about Hillary that balances the scales.
One friend had this to say and I agree with her: “We no longer have a democratic republic in this country. It is a dictatorship and the press is the dictator.”
One of the news anchors I am disappointed in is Savannah Guthrie. I loved watching her on the Today Show. But I’ve heard her animosity and watch the disgust on her face as she dissects Trump, not Clinton. She is like a dog with a bone (as many others are.) I used her as an example because when you watch someone on a live show, you get to know them, their voices, their faces, and you notice the change in their demeanor.
I am also tired of both candidates dancing around the issues. I’d like to hear specifics. Don’t tell me you are going to lower my taxes – tell me how. Don’t tell me you’ll create new jobs – tell me how.
I would have liked to submit a question to the candidates for the debate Sunday night. In Southern Louisiana, there are hundreds of boats tied up due to lack of work. Each out of work boat means out of work employees. Each out of work employee means a family is suffering. What exactly are you going to do to put the people of Southern Louisiana back to work?
Many trawlers in Southern Louisiana have tied up their boats and gone home. With the import of foreign shrimp, the catch will not pay for the fuel. Out of work boats mean out of work people. Out of work people means the families are suffering. What exactly are you going to do to put the people of Southern Louisiana back to work?
Truckers have parked their rigs. With the oilfield shutting down, there is no work. Parked rigs mean out of work truckers. Out of work truckers means no income. No income means families are suffering. What exactly are you going to do to put the people of Southern Louisiana back to work?
This is true for all of the Gulf States. Each of the fifty states has its own similar story. What exactly are you going to do to put the people of the United States back to work? I don’t want to hear your promises of “I’ll create jobs.” I want to know exactly what you will do.
There is an article at the end of my post from the New York Post about the unemployment in the Southern states.
And then, there are the Trump tapes. I do not condone anything Trump said on that tape. We all know he’s obnoxious and we should all know he’s mostly all talk and no action. Men talk “locker room” banter. It’s ugly. It’s obnoxious. It’s filthy. That’s what they do. So long it does not affect his work it is what it is. Now, before you crucify me for saying that, Hillary has spewed the same like filth. She’s made derogatory remarks and name-called the women her husband has been involved with. Same difference in my opinion. They are both in the wrong. If you want to crucify Trump, do equal time with Hillary. And, by the way, I could name friends who engage in locker room talk as well. Women are just as guilty. We just don’t tape each other.
I watched a documentary before the debates that ended up being a real eye-opener. It chronicled their childhood through present day. If I can find a link to the documentary, I’ll post it. It was a great prelude to the debate.
Hillary is all over Trump about the taxes he didn’t pay when in fact she has done the same thing. I don’t know about you, but that’s why we hire an accountant – to find the loopholes and help us get back what we can. It is what all business people do and Trump was smart to use the loopholes (that she failed to have closed as a Senator). To be honest about it, HE didn’t use the loopholes; his accountant found and used them. He still paid other taxes and kept people employed. Show me another businessman who hasn’t employed the same tax benefits.
Trump’s biggest problems seem to be his potty locker room mouth and his tax evasion, neither of which is against the law. On the other hand, Wikileaks has uncovered things that Hillary has done, but the media has ignored them. Hillary sold our uranium rights to Russia. She destroyed 33,000 emails, some of which were about Benghazi needing more security, which she ignored and look what happened. Look what she did to Bernie Sanders. She wants to tell the public one thing and Wall Street another. She has a vicious temper which has been documented. She treated the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault like common criminals. Her own husband was barred from practicing law and was almost impeached. He disgraced the White House and our country. That may not have been her, but she was right there cleaning up his messes to further her own agenda. Hillary wants open borders, no more good ole USA.
We have serious vetting issues for people entering the United States. We do need to close our borders – to those who do not share our beliefs, to criminals, to those whose countries will not take them back. Trade agreements need to be renegotiated. When 14 out of 28 countries that the US has agreements with do not accept products from the US, there is something wrong. Trade agreements should be fair to all parties involved. It’s common sense.
Next up is her stance on abortion. That, for me, is an issue. I am a Catholic and against abortion. Your can comment with all of your reasons where you may feel abortion is acceptable. Don’t bother. To me, each child is a creation of God, and no reason is acceptable. To elect someone who wants to uphold Roe-V-Wade is unacceptable. She is pushing immorality on our country. She wants us to change our views and to pay for abortions. That would be dictatorship. Her choices for the Supreme Court are as liberal as you can get. In a time where our country has forgotten God, we need to bring God back into our lives, into our schools, into the lives of our young, who will one day be running this country.
Dr. Lance Wallnau said something today that was quite interesting. God has humbled Trump. We witnessed him apologize, something he has never done, and he apologized to the country. He had to acknowledge something unsavory that he did yet people have not looked at it this way. I didn’t until I heard this. It’s something to think about. I’ve yet to hear Hillary apologize for anything. Humbling is just that, being made humble. If you have ever been humbled, you know it changed you for the better. It was a blessing from God. Trump has never apologized to anyone for anything, yet look what he did. The media is all over the apology like white on rice, dissecting it. Why does the media accept Bill Clinton’s apology and not Trumps?
The media has been all over Trump’s demeanor at the debate. There are photos of menacing looks, which I find funny, and some media reported it looked like he was stalking Hillary. Is there nothing important that needs to be reported? The man has a serious face. The pictures posted today didn’t show any different a man than any other picture of him. But, the captions the media gave to them changed the perception of his seriousness. How sad. I noticed the media didn’t pick up on Hillary’s new fake smile and her little chuckle whenever Trump answers questions. If Trump is menacing, Hillary is evil.
I came across an interview with Ben Carson. He had this to say about the debate. “I’m not seeing anything that I didn’t totally expect,” Carson said Saturday during an interview with Newsmax. “The political class and the media has to make this about Donald Trump. They cannot make this about the issues.”
Carson said the fact the tape was leaked at the same time WikiLeaks exposed damaging comments made by Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton in closed-door speeches is more than a coincidence. “They’re getting desperate because they’re seeing the crowds that Trump is attracting. They see the enthusiasm gap between the candidates and they know how that’s going to translate on Election Day. Their goal is now is to dribble out all of these things like this tape,” said Carson, who added, “This won’t be the last thing, by the way.”
He said the flood of Republican denunciations since the tape came out shows the success of the tactic.
“They’ve been waiting to drop these things out periodically because for one thing, this Hillary open borders thing came out. This is obscuring that.”
Carson said the election is not a referendum on Trump or Clinton, but about the “direction of the country.”
“It’s about the elites and the status quo being desperate to maintain their position and this direction versus a change in direction that’s desperately needed,” he said.
We have two unsavory characters running for the most important office in our country and we have no one to blame but ourselves. In the beginning, there were a few good candidates. Enough of us didn’t vote for those candidates. Now, it is up to us to choose who we think will bring back our country. I do agree with Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great again.” I think we can if we vote the issues and not the character of the candidates. If I thought it would work, I’d vote third party, but I think we all know that’s not going to work. For me, it boils down to mostly one thing, I cannot vote for someone whose platform is pro-abortion. At the end of my life, when I stand before God to be judged, voting for abortion will not be one of the sins on my list. Will it be one of yours?
This will be my one and only post on politics.
Wall Street Journal April 2015
In March, Lafayette, La., Houma-Thibodaux, La., and Odessa, Texas, had the largest year-over-year decreases in payroll jobs, losing nearly 20,000 jobs between them. The areas with the largest percentage decreases in employment were Casper, Wyo., Houma-Thibodaux, and Odessa, which each saw employment fall by 5.3% or more.
Nationwide, employment in mining and related support activities has fallen by 185,000 since its peak in September 2014 through March, according to the Labor Department.
Mr. Muro said the job loss was likely to continue. He pointed to research showing the correlation between actively operating oil rigs and employment. One study found that removing an active rig eliminates 28 jobs in the near-term, followed by another 171 jobs over the long run.
“The shutdown of rigs is a good predictor of job impacts, and that has really accelerated in the past couple of months,” he said. “We could anticipate further unemployment in a bunch of markets in the energy patch.”
He also mentioned the slowdown in global trade as another factor depressing employment and causing layoffs in areas heavily reliant on manufacturing. In March, Gary, Ind.—famous for its steel mills—had the highest unemployment rate of any of 38 metropolitan divisions, at 7.5%. (A division is an area that essentially counts as its own employment center.) The manufacturing industry shed 47,000 jobs in February and March, according to the Labor Department.
That’s not to say things aren’t going swimmingly in some parts of the country. Ten areas still had 3% or lower jobless rates in March—although that’s a sharp fall from December’s 25 areas with 3% or lower unemployment.