Men of Steel

 This year I am trying to get my news & information in more direct ways rather than through the filter of mainstream media. I subscribe to many Senators newsletters including Republican ones b/c I like to know directly what they are telling people.I found this interesting for the fact that it tells a little about improvements being made in manufacturing here in the U.S> BUT ALSO MENTIONS THINGS PRESIDENT OBAMA DID that no GOP member has acknowledged (other than Rob Portman, here in his newsletter)

From Sen. Rob Portman’s weekly newsletter: Rob Portman is Republican.

 

 

“The Steel Industry Preservation Act would provide a tax credit for steel companies that produce steel industry fuel, which is created by reusing waste products from steel production in an environmentally sustainable way. In addition to the tax credit, the production of steel industry fuel lowers the cost of steel production and promotes job creation.

Portman and Brown have also worked to give domestic industries the ability to fight unfair trade practices and Senator Portman has been widely acclaimed for his commitment to steel workers. In June 2015, their Leveling the Playing Field Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama, ushering in the most significant changes to trade remedy law since 2002.”

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trumps EO is not just like Obama’s

From the Washington Post

 

Is Trump’s policy “similar to what President Obama did in 2011″?

Not really. Obama didn’t announce a ban on visa applications. There were reported delays in processing Iraqi refugee background checks after a 2011 case involving two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Ky. Federal officials had found that the two men had attempted to help terrorist activities against U.S. soldiers in Iraq. (This is what White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway later called the “Bowling Green massacre,” which, of course, didn’t happen. She later called it an “honest mistake.”)

There were new screening procedures, but there wasn’t a policy that prevented all citizens from a country, like Trump’s executive order. We awarded Three Pinocchios.

Are foreign-born people more likely to attack the U.S. homeland?

The order says “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since Sept. 11, 2001.” Of about 400 individuals charged with or credibly involved in jihad-inspired activity in the U.S. since 9/11, just under half (197) were U.S.-born citizens, according to research by the nonpartisan think tank New America Foundation. Another 82 were naturalized citizens and 44 were permanent residents.

Shock event

Rarely do I repost things that are not my original writings unless I have a blog to coincide w/ it, but with so much to say about all the actions of the Trump administration & its actions I feel sometimes others say what I want & say it better. I also just want to share these views & the information contained

 

 

 

Here is an interesting perspective on the notion of this weekend’s “shock event” from Boston College professor of American History, Heather Cox Richardson: she is writing from the position of a moderate (albeit one who has published several books on the history of the Republican party).

“There is an important non-partisan point to make today.
What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order. When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.

Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.
It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like. I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is. If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.

But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event. A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union. If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.

 

email to Scott Pruitt, Trump nominee to head the EPA

Hello
I write to you today not on my own behalf or OK’s behalf but on the worlds behalf. Your nomination to head the EPA is dubious at  best and entirely inappropriate at the most. In your capacity as the elected Attorney General for Oklahoma, you sued the federal government repeatedly in attempts to block EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other critical environmental laws.  You expressed skepticism toward the overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made climate change.  In my view, accepting the science demonstrating man-made climate change is essential for any nominee who aspires to lead a federal environmental agency & most certainly the EPA. I think in the interest of all I respectfully request you turn down this nomination for someone better suited to, and certainly more passionate for,  the position.

the ACA: how its helped me

The ACA has helped me because I have a pre existing condition. Ive been turned down for life ins. & in my adult life health insurance approval was always an anxious process

I stayed on my mothers ins through age 25 b/c I got “disabled dependent” status in order to do so. When I got married things got a bit tough. I had ins through my own employer for awhile. When I left my job & went back to school, I applied for my own policy w/ Kaiser for private ins. Kaiser told me I might get denied for my condition EVEN THOUGH I HAD HAD KAISER MY ENTIRE LIFE b/c they treat each “new policy” as a “new patient.” Thankfully I got approved as I had also written a letter & attached w/ my application, explaining my condition had not caused problems since I was a child. A year later my husband got a job that provided health ins but even his employer’s group plan had a clause stating people w/ pre existing conditions could be denied . I again submitted information making it clear my condition had not caused any issue in my adult life.

Fast forward to last year and started to have severe neurological symptoms that no one could figure out & it turned out it was an issue w/ brain due to my condition (I have a shunt -plastic implant- in my brain which had failed). The hospital stay alone cost $54000 (billed to insurance), not including the surgery itself. Thankfully I had met me deductible at this point & didnt pay anything out of pocket.

I’m absolutely terrified that this next year when its open enrollment at my husbands job & I’ll need to renew my coverage I will not be so lucky & they may tell me no, b/c now they can.

 

 

National Day of Patriotic Devotion

Trump can make a one time holiday via executive order but congress can approve to make it an annual one. So far I have not heard that proposed yet but we’ll see wont we? States can choose not to observe it. Just some added points   THat & only a true idiot declares a holiday after the fact. “I declare this a holiday..yesterday” But Trump being so out of touch & inexperienced likely doesnt even know this.Let him celebrate #PartyOfOne

Just the facts ma’am (Womens March)

I feel its important for people to be informed. I am quite aware of how conservative news outlets report the Women’s Marches as “anti abortion protests” “the election”or “women’s right.” Its easy enough to criticize & say “what rights have you lost?” Its not ab lost rights. Its about Trumps past rhetoric, campaign rhetoric & continued rhetoric…and giving the country a visual that that is not ok. The march encompassed many things including immigrant rights, the environment, healthcare, reproductive care access (hint that doesn’t mean “abortion” but includes birth control access, medical care access, and women’s health in the broad sense) > This was not funded by George Soros, PP, etc & no one was paid.

If people choose to not inform themselves, thats their choice but please be mindful of that & choose not to spread lies & misinformation b/c it was on meme or fox news, or Ted Nugent or whatever. I “liked” all the Trumps pages b/c I would rather get my info firsthand, wouldn’t you? I also subscribe to foreign news outlets to see how American events are viewed elsewhere, and also a lot of Congress people’s email newsletters. I encourage you all to do the same.While I realize Fox News gives ppl news they’re comfortable with, please realize news you’re comfortable with isn’t necessarily unbiased news. Or truthful news. Or accurate. Information shouldn’t just make you comfortable or only subscribe to your chosen views. The term is “ignorance is bliss” is an accurate one.
Being informed is important & takes effort and due diligence in our current times of “alternate facts” (which used to be called lies)