April 18, 2018

Meanwhile…

Trump sends off another ideological, low fact, executive order. “The Executive Order Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.”  Another in a long series of orders, directing other people and their agencies to figure out exactly what the hell it is that Donny wants.  Let’s be clear from the start, this order is not about reducing poverty through intelligent use of our welfare systems, it’s about reducing Fed payouts.  there are a few suggestions in this document on how to handle citizens in need of support, like:  “get married” and “empower churches to take care of poor people,” but mostly the thrust of this document is we should reduce and privatize where we can and simultaneously remove our government from these types of social activities where ever possible.

Paul Ryan is set to leave as the Speaker of the House but has made it clear he wants to try and take a couple more stabs at “Entitlements” before he leaves.  I mean come on, there’s no sense in handing out piles of cash to the already crazy rich and destroying any sense of fiscal responsibility in the latest budget, if he’s not also gonna try to take more from the poor and the elderly and destroy healthcare too.  Where some people benefit, surely there must be some people handy to pay.  Someone has to suffer, right?

Never mind that those “entitlements” are ours.  We paid for them, we continue to pay for them.  That 2.9 trillion dollar surplus sitting in Social Security is our money.  Ours.  That shouldn’t stop a balanced budget agreement from passing…but it did, because there are still enough people in Congress that are neither deranged ideologues nor incapable of understanding how a budget works.

“In order to balance the budget every year, Congress would be forced to make draconian cuts to Medicare Part B, Medicaid and other programs that seniors depend upon. Medicare and Medicaid cannot sustain cuts (other than common sense cost-saving measures) without hurting beneficiaries. Period. At a time when seniors’ out of pocket health care costs are rising, the BBA puts the health and financial security of Medicare’s 58.5 million beneficiaries and Medicaid’s 72.3 million at risk.

Equally serious is the BBA’s potential impact on Social Security. Under the BBA, if federal expenditures exceed revenues, the government would be forbidden from paying benefits from the Social Security trust fund reserves – even though the trust fund is self-financed by workers’ payroll contributions and unrelated to general revenues. Ditto for reserves in the Medicare Part A trust fund. Benefits would then have to be slashed in order to keep the federal budget in balance, something seniors on fixed incomes could ill afford.”

Meanwhile…

If the people like the Koch Brother have their way, we’ll just have ourselves a little Constitutional Convention, ostensibly to write a balanced budget framework into the constitution.  But, we know how Constitutional Conventions work because we had one, once before.  In 1787 when our delegates met to “fix up” the Articles of Confederation.   When that was over, they rewrote the rules of the Constitutional Convention, threw away the Articles of Confederation, and gave us something truly spectacular instead.  The US Constitution.

Those were some hardcore dudes.  Using every ounce of their formidable intellect to come up with the most important document in, well..probably the history of forever.  There was a lot of argument and consideration between the federalists and anti-federalists and they came up with some ideal compromises.  We have to think, when the compromises for slavery were considered, they had to know, in the back of their minds…we might be compromising here, but maybe we’re dead wrong altogether.  This might not go well.

The delegates that penned the Constitution, were dudes like this:

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Our current delegates, look like this:

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There’s nothing to stop a run-away convention once it has started.  You want to trust these clowns to have a stab at our Constitution and fix ‘er up real good?

There are currently 28 States who have sided for a Constitutional Convention.  Only six more total are needed.  There are four States set to vote on the issue now.   If it happens, there is no going back.  Maybe we could have some cool anti-immigration amendments or a removal of the separation of church and state or an amendment to make abortion illegal.  Anything could happen.

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/127299/texas-governor-greg-abbott-wants-constitutional-convention-give-states-power-nullify-supreme-court

Anything.

 

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