Another reason to vote for Hillary. The Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Here, you’ll need this.
Societies are judged by what they do for their most vulnerable.
My thanks to Crooks and Liars.com who showed me this video.
So you thought I was a more or less law abiding citizen, except for when I bribe French government officials. In fact, reality is far worse.
Because on Election Day, November 8, 2016, I will be in an undisclosed polling booth, watching. And I’ve even been trained for this nefarious activity. In fact, I’m one of the folks Donald Trump is so concerned will “rig” the election.
It’s true. A coordinated effort has been made by the Democratic Party. You see, on Saturday, I went to a class where my fellow instigators and I learned what to do. And “fixing” an election is as easy as taking candy from a baby.
What did we learn?
Well, you may have to cover your ears/eyes/heart. Because it is evil unbridled.
Nefarious, no? Downright wicked. The evil continues all day until the polls close at 7 p.m. Then comes the fun stuff.
Try to stay awake long enough to learn who won the election.
My badge from last time with my friend, Rigger.
I should tell you that when I did this in 2012, there was one incident. I’m sure you’ll agree it was obviously voter fraud.
An 86 year old woman came in to vote, but had already voted absentee. She forgot she’d voted already. She had trouble walking and had been dropped off at the voting station by her daughter. “Oh, I guess you’re right,” she said when told she had voted already. “I forget things sometimes.” I called her daughter for her on my cell phone, and the woman and I chatted as she waited, eating baked goods.
There are poll observers from both parties at many polling stations across the country. It is one of the ways that our system ensures the integrity of the vote. As a man I respect and admire said earlier today:
Speaking at a Rose Garden news conference with Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, Mr. Obama also called it “unprecedented” for any presidential candidate to “discredit the elections” before any votes were even cast, as Mr. Trump has done repeatedly in recent days.
“One of the great things about America’s democracy is we have a vigorous, sometimes bitter political contest, and when it’s done, historically, regardless of party, the person who loses the election congratulates the winner, reaffirms our democracy and we move forward,” Mr. Obama said.
Speaking of the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power after presidential elections, Mr. Obama said, “That’s how democracy survives.”
“I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”
Vote on November 8
Make sure you know where to vote and have appropriate ID in states where ID is required.
Throughout that grueling 90 minutes, this was all I could think of as I watched that creep loom over Hillary Clinton and threaten her both with jail and with his constant lurking behind her. Creepy.
Spoiler Alert: Grace Kelly survived.
So did Hillary.
And I’m starting to think even Melania is gonna vote for Hillary. Did you hear about what she wore to the debate last night?
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Who is Mike Pence?
I mean besides Donald Trump’s VP candidate who gets almost no coverage in the press.
He’s the guy who decided to defund Planned Parenthood!
So tonight, when (if) you watch the VP Debate being held here in Virginia, remember that misogyny comes in quieter forms too. Like from those gentlemen who simply want to make sure that women have lots of babies and no access to healthcare screening for breast and ovarian or for sexually transmitted diseases.
It’s a health issue.
It’s an economic issue.
It’s common sense — keep public funding of organizations who serve the public.
Elections Matter. Vote on November 8. And not for Pence!
Isn’t it funny how when you’re procrastinating about doing something, you get just the right push from behind to do it. Or maybe in this case, the push came more from the Right. Regardless. It’s time.
I need to do a serious political post.
Earlier today, I got a comment on an old-ish post I wrote about Trump — It’s Just Not Funny Any More. Zen Hiker wrote:
I have been amazed at all of the people who say they would never vote for Trump (for whatever reason) still rabidly follow and will vote for Hillary. And this is after everything that she has done, beginning with demonizing the women who accused her husband of sexual improprieties. Now I know that some of you on the left will start with the “He’s a sexist” etc. nonsense, but if you are truly honest with yourselves, you will admit that Hillary is no better than Trump and to continue the attack that he is running a hate filled campaign is just intellectually dishonest. Also, to say that Trump followers are uniformed and blindly follow him, what about (some) Hillary supporters? The bottom line is this-both sides are filled with people who blindly follow their candidate. Both sides have supporters who are not truly informed. And to those of you on the left and extreme left-Please get the idea that just because people don’t agree with every word you say it doesn’t make them a sexist, homophobe, islamaphobe etc. People just disagree with you. That is the beauty of the 1st amendment. I don’t have to agree with you. BTW-I am pretty much a Libertarian these days based on the fact that both of the candidates are not worth my vote.
There are two parts to the answer. Why I’m voting FOR Hillary, and Why I would NEVER, EVER, EVER vote for Trump.
Why I’m voting FOR Hillary
I will admit, I came about my regard for Hillary slowly. Still, I have never truly understood the hatred so many people feel towards her. I disagree with some of the positions she’s taken (Iraq, for example). But she is smart, thoughtful, and she can change her mind.
She’s a Democrat, as am I. We both believe in using government for public purposes. That folks shouldn’t be left just on their own. That we as a society has responsibilities to children, to the poor, to the disabled. That a civilized society takes care of the less fortunate among us.
Hillary Clinton has spent a lifetime studying law and government, and public service has truly been her life. She has brokered international agreements — fostered peace. Brought different sides together across the world, and across the aisle as a Senator. She is the type of public servant, in fact, that makes me hearken back to the old days, before Ronald Reagan created the scorn for government service with his “The Government IS the Problem” comment. We need thoughtful, smart people to work in government as a calling. Hillary Clinton has met that call admirably. I have no doubt she will continue to do so.
She is imperfect. She makes mistakes. But she is strong, thinks problems through, makes decisions based on facts; she doesn’t shoot from the hip. Government decisions can be made over a long process, or they can be required in an instant. She is suited to making decisions either way — in part because she has spent a lifetime learning.
I am someone who understands government — I’ve worked with it and watched just how difficult it is to pass legislation (and how an ability to compromise is vital). I know how complex the regulation of the hundreds of industries that do business in the US is — regulations that keep all of us every single day of our lives whether by the standards set for food, safety standards for machinery in factories, or standards for airplanes and trains.
I want somebody as president who is smart and understands how to examine a problem, analyze it, look at options and come up with solutions based on reality. Someone who makes decisions based on science, or engineering, or whatever is necessary for that particular problem.
I recently discovered the blog of an old friend of mine, where she was challenged to find the reasons to vote FOR Hillary, instead of just voting AGAINST Trump. She started a blog and lists one reason she’s FOR Hillary every day.
As I scrolled through her blog, I realized that my old friend had made this post significantly easier, since Karen listed many of the same reasons I am supporting Hillary.
Karen has various post that illustrate and provide references for other reasons she has for voting FOR Hillary. They include post elaborating on how Hillary Clinton has worked hard and effectively for her beliefs — particularly those geared toward children. She has unceasingly promoted healthcare and education for children, particularly those in need due to poverty and/or disability. She has an even temperament — it’s highly unlikely that foreign sailors flipping the bird at US sailors would result in a war, for example. She has shown grace under pressure — whether that be sexism, political harassment (can you say Benghazi?) or what I believe is a lack of balance in comparing anything Hillary does to anything someone else does (the discrepancy in the way the Clinton and Trump Foundations are viewed makes me wonder how I have any hair left on my head).
The list of Hillary Clinton’s admirable traits is long. It’s just that few of us bother to re-familiarize ourselves with them. And we keep hearing nothing but the negative in the press.
I was originally against Hillary Clinton for the simple (and prescient) reason that I didn’t want to rehash the same damn scandals all over again, not because I didn’t like her or her policies. I just had to re-look at her policies, and how she decided upon them. I’ve been doing that for a year now.
Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate, for sure. But which candidate isn’t? Certainly no one running today.
Why I would NEVER, EVER, EVER vote for Trump
In the late 1980s, the news that Trump was stiffing contractors at his NJ casinos hit the news just as my friend Elizabeth was visiting John and I. It turned out that Elizabeth’s father was one of the cheated contractors. He had worked at the casino nearly exclusively for more than a year. I learned early on that “trust” was unlikely to be a word I’d use in connection with a man who would do that.
I could recite a litany of the horrible, dishonorable things that Donald Trump has done. In fact, I’ve written dozens of posts about him.
Even if I didn’t think he was:
Even if I liked his “ideas” (can they really be called ideas if there is no meat on the bones?), even if I agreed with everything he claims to believe, I would be against Donald Trump.
Trump hasn’t got a single iota of experience in government or public service. Not a shred. I don’t believe that one should get their feet wet with government experience by running the country.
Trump’s knowledge and understanding of laws and government and regulation consists entirely of circumventing it. We are a nation of laws. Anybody who thinks this con-man is going to follow our laws and the constitution (which I believe, like Mr. Khan that he hasn’t read or at least hasn’t understood), is a fool.
Electing Donald Trump would beg the question: If we are not following our laws and our constitution, are we still Americans?
Moreover, Trump has no interest in learning anything. He doesn’t think he needs to learn any more — doesn’t need to listen to the generals, for example. Well, you know what? Donald Trump is not an expert in anything. If, god help us, he becomes president, he cannot do everything alone. He needs to understand the importance and value of the experts who have spent their lives studying their specialties.
What about 3rd Party Candidates?
I voted for John Anderson in 1980. I’m responsible for inflicting Ronald Reagan on all of us. I will be sorry until I die, believe me.
Ask anybody who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000.
Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected President of the United States in 2016. If you look at history, you can see that third party candidates don’t get elected. Ever. There is ZERO chance that Gary Johnson or Jill Stein will get elected. Sorry, but it’s a combination of history and math and common sense. Ain’t gonna happen, no matter how many stars you wish upon.
Maybe some day, a third party candidate will have a chance. But this is not the election where that will happen. More importantly, votes for either will count towards Donald Trump.
Elections Matter. Choose wisely.
From 1999 to 2002, I was saving the world.
That’s how I described my job at the World Health Organization, anyway. And while it was modestly said tongue in cheek, I honestly did/do feel like that’s exactly what I was doing. Saving the World. And it made me proud. I’m still proud, even though most of what I did was email folks who were actually saving the world.
In the early 2000s, Africa was a public health nightmare . HIV/AIDs was spreading and with it the ancient scourge of Tuberculosis, which was hoped to be contained and ultimately was instead increasing. That’s because about 40% of HIV patients have latent TB, which develops into full blown TB, a highly contagious airborne infection. One that since my day has become more drug resistant.
Drugs for HIV — anti-retrovirals, were expensive. Prohibitively so for the people who needed them most. The infrastructure for getting the drugs where they were most needed often didn’t exist. People were dying. Lots of people were dying because of disease and the inability to get and/or afford medicine.
I left WHO just as the Clinton Foundation started saving that part of the world.
The Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) worked with existing groups including the WHO and the U.N. But it brought clout to a field that was mired in bureaucracy. It cut to the chase. And it solved many of the problems of drug affordability and delivery. They negotiated incredible price deals. They worked on getting drugs to the people who needed it most, beginning with HIV-positive mothers because 90% of them transmitted HIV to their newborn babies.
The Clinton Foundation is everything American outreach should be. It should not be shuttered. We Americans should be shouting about the Clinton Foundation as a beacon of light. Exactly the way we all want the US to be viewed in the world. We Americans do good work. Good Works.
The Clinton Foundation is saving the world.
What is President Bill Clinton’s successor doing?
George W Bush sure as hell ain’t saving the world.
Really. I just read that you don’t have to worry about the Orange Peril* having the nuclear codes!
The detonation of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 resulted in horrific casualties and devastation. The long-term effects of radiation exposure also increased cancer rates in the survivors. But public perception of the rates of cancer and birth defects among survivors and their children is in fact greatly exaggerated when compared to the reality revealed by comprehensive follow-up studies. The reasons for this mismatch and its implications are discussed in a Perspectives review of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki survivor studies published in the August issue of the journal GENETICS, a publication of the Genetics Society of America. [My bad and my bold.]
I mean you and I will probably die, and our surviving children and grandchildren will have high rates of cancer and birth defects, but not nearly as bad as we thought, though.
*Credit for the perfect Trumpian moniker goes to Barb Taub.
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