Letter for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The chaos is not improving

So, here are a few observations on what’s been happening since May 5 while we’ve been focused on separating families at the US-Mexico border:

• the US withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council

• close to $93 billion added to the national public debt

• We taxpayers are reportedly paying private detention facilities $775 per child per night to keep the newly separated children of families who cross the U.S. border illegally in “tent cities.”

• 41 Republicans joined Democrats in defeating US Rep. Goodlatte’s immigration bill — which included $25 billion to build a border wall

• House Republicans passed their farm bill 213-211 which would result in approximately 400,000 households losing SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Thousands of children would also risk losing their enrollment in free and reduced-price school meal programs

w United Way released their ALICE study in May revealing that 43 percent of US households cannot afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone; the percentage in Hawaii is 49 percent. Nationally, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of enrollees in America’s major public support programs are members of working families

w More chaos as “Deconstruction of the Administrative State” continues with plans for the Department of Education to be combined with the Department of Labor

Whac-A-Mole diversions. Heather Heyer’s final Facebook post before she was killed last year when a car plowed into the crowd of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

Susan Oakley, Kapaa

  1. gordon oswald June 27, 2018 7:12 am Reply

    Outraged? Thank you President Trump for putting an end to all the madness and beginning to put our Country in a position to start erasing the 20 Trillion Dollars in debt Obama piled on our children’s backs out of sheer stupidity! We’re behind you 100%!

    1. Susan Oakley June 27, 2018 1:57 pm Reply

      Aloha Gordon .. US Treasury figures show Pres Bush added $4,899,100,310,608.36 to the public debt during his tenure. Pres Obama added $9,320,427,506,299.40 during his presidency; much of that was to cover the unfunded wars from 2003-2017, tax cuts under Pres Bush for the uber-wealthy, and those revenue shortfalls continue.


      I agree that our children and children’s children are unfortunately being saddled by government debt, but that started happening much sooner. The “trickle-down” under Pres Reagan — where tax cuts were supposed to result in more investment in businesses and increased employment — went instead to shareholders. The $700billion bailout in Sept 2008 and TARP in 2009 — which were supposed to help underwater homeowners — went instead to banksters, and over 10 million Americans lost their homes. Per Forbes, “…the bailout is still ongoing. The Special Inspector General for TARP summary of the bailout says that the total commitment of government is $16.8 trillion dollars with the $4.6 trillion already paid out. Yes, it was trillions not billions and the banks are now larger and still too big to fail.”


    2. Just Saying June 27, 2018 2:09 pm Reply

      trump increased President Obama’s budget deficit from $587 billion to $666 billion. Because of trump’s tax bill give away to the rich and corporate, it will reach $i trillion in his second year. In Gordon’s world cats are called dogs and up is considered down!

      BTW, one week later only six kids out of their cages and reunited by the vile, babysnatching, orange, fat boy!

  2. I saw a Vampire once June 27, 2018 7:56 am Reply

    Donald Trump has been a out spoken person against nuclear war. North Korea has agreed to terms with USA. Donald Trump is once again pulling strings. I’m not losing any assets over this fiasco. I’ve got more basketballs on my side, in case they want to keep playing. They’ve stole the ball in the arena of mayhem and misuse of USA land laws or immigration laws. So what? my rules. I’ve got a lot more basketballs to play with. In a nutshell of who Donald Trump is and what he thinks.

  3. George June 27, 2018 11:20 am Reply

    Trump adds a trillion dollars a year to our debt with his “tax cuts.” Now Paul Ryan wants to cut SS benefits and Medicare to get us out of debt.

    Bush was the one who ran us into the ground with his war based on a false premise. Obama was left with that mess. But it is so easy to blame him for everything.

    Meanwhile the guy in NK continues with his nuclear program. Recent satellite images show he is enhancing the capability of his nuclear facilities.
    We are not 100% behind him.

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