The Undeniable Truth About the Crisis at the Border

One thing that has not been discussed enough is that the current immigration crisis was created by the United States. The United States has been taking actions that have destabilized Central America for the past 100 years.

In addition, the migrants have been mischaracterized by the Republican party as illegal immigrants. They are not. The asylum laws say you have to come here to the United States before you can ask for asylum. There is no possible way of asking for asylum while outside of the United States.

I know what some of you are no doubt saying right now; “you are supposed to seek asylum at a border crossing.” That is exactly what they are trying to do.

Asylum seekers are being turned away at the border, and have been all along. The actions of the Trump administration is in violation of international law.

These legal seekers of asylum are being forced to wait at the border for weeks or even months in a dangerous situation until they have no choice to cross the border without permission in the hopes that they can try to request asylum again once they have crossed the border.

So lets review.

  1. The United States has spent 100 years destabilizing Central America.
  2. Things have finally become so bad in Central America that people are fleeing to seek a better life elsewhere.
  3. You cannot request asylum until you are here in the United States.
  4. When the legal asylum seekers arrive at the border they are being turned away illegally.
  5. These legal asylum seekers are left with no choice but the cross the border without permission since they are being turned away illegally at border crossings so they can try to request asylum again once they are here.

If the Democrats want to force Trump out of office, they need to focus on making these truths known to all.


All hail Donald Trump; a.k.a. Donald Drumpf, a.k.a. Lord Dampnut, a.k.a. Dumbnut, a.k.a. Donnie Trumpelstiltskin, a.k.a. Donald tRUMP; our most, or perhaps least, honored (not my) POTUS and our great Bloviator in Chief!


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Donnie Trumplestiltskin Does Not Seem to Know Who Owns Forests in California

Donnie Trumplestiltskin Does Not Seem to Know Who Owns Forests in California

Ben Key

January 09, 2019

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Donnie Trumplestiltskin reportedly has said he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to withhold funding for California unless the state improves its forest management to prevent wildfires. For more on this see Trump tells FEMA not to send more money to California for forest fires.

I do not know, or care, if there is any truth to his claims that forest mismanagement is the cause of the forest fires.

For the sake of argument, lets assume that forest mismanagement is in fact the cause of the forest fires and consider who is to blame.

According to California Forests, the following individuals own the approximately 33 million acres of forest land in California.

Percentage Owner
57% Federal agencies (including the USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service).
40% Families, Native American tribes, or companies.
3% State and local agencies including CalFire, local open space, park and water districts and land trusts.

In other words, the Federal Government owns most of the forest land in California! Therefore, if the forest fires are the result of mismanagement, it is the Federal Government’s fault. So, Donnie Trumplestiltskin is threatening to punish a state for the actions of the Federal Government!

All hail Donald Trump; a.k.a. Donald Drumpf, a.k.a. Lord Dampnut, a.k.a. Dumbnut, a.k.a. Donnie Trumpelstiltskin, a.k.a. Donald tRUMP; our most, or perhaps least, honored (not my) POTUS and our great Bloviator in Chief!

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Our Moral Obligation to Grant Asylum to Refugees from Central America

Ben Key:

November 28, 2018

Recently, the Trump administration has done everything it could to make it more difficult to seek asylum in The United States of America.

These actions are morally reprehensible.

To begin with, these people are fleeing truly terrible conditions that include violence, organized crime, extremely low incomes, and truly unbearable living conditions. They did not decide to travel over 2,000 miles on a whim. They are fleeing clear and present danger.

These descriptions of what the refugees are fleeing should be enough to convince anyone with an ounce of compassion to welcome these refugees from Central America with open arms and grant them asylum in The United States of America, especially if they claim to be Christian.

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

Compassion, empathy, and common decency are not the only reasons why we should be welcoming these refugees instead of turning them away. There are numerous sources that provide overwhelming evidence that these refugees are fleeing conditions that were created by actions directly taken by the government of The United States of America over the past 100 years.

We helped create the issues that caused the refugee crisis. We have a moral obligation to provide those who are fleeing the conditions we created a place of safety where they can live in peace. We have a moral responsibility to make right our wrongs!

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)

Why the Department of Health and Human Services New Definition of Gender is Foolish and Short-sighted

Introduction

The Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. They claim that the purpose of the effort is to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The problem is that they are rejecting established science that proves that gender often cannot be so clearly defined. The proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.

More information on this proposal can be found at the following locations.

The problem is that gender is not black or white. There are times in which the genitals that a person is born with are not reliable indicators of gender. Some examples of situations in which genitals that a person is born with are not reliable indicators of gender are as follows.

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome

Androgen insensitivity syndrome is a condition that affects sexual development before birth and during puberty. People with this condition are genetically male, with one X chromosome and one Y chromosome in each cell. Because their bodies are unable to respond to certain male sex hormones (called androgens), they may have mostly female external sex characteristics or signs of both male and female sexual development.

Source: Genetics Home Reference:Androgen insensitivity syndrome

Chimera

It’s possible for one person to have two different sets of DNA. In some cases a person may have both male and female DNA in their bodies. In other words, some cells are male and other cells are female.

For more information see the following.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a group of inherited genetic disorders that affect the adrenal glands, a pair of walnut-sized organs above your kidneys. A person with CAH lacks one of the enzymes the adrenal glands use to produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, the immune system, blood pressure and other essential functions.

Source: Mayo Clinic: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Intersex

There are various conditions that led to a child being born with both male and female characteristics. These children were once referred to as hermaphrodites. Currently they are often referred to as intersex.

For more information see the following.

Swyer Syndrome

Swyer syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by the failure of the sex glands (i.e., testicles or ovaries) to develop. For more information see National Organization for Rare Diseases: Swyer syndrome.

Conclusion

The proposed definition of gender is not based on science as the Department of Health and Human Services claims. It is in fact based on science denial and right-wing religious ideology.

In addition, there have been some studies that suggest that there are structural differences in the brains of transgendered individuals.

Face it. It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world where gender is concerned, except for Lola.

 

Are Entitlements Programs Responsible for Rising Deficits?

In the article McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits, it is revealed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently “blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

Does his claim hold water, or is he lying?

Evidence

I Googled for “do entitlements programs contribute to debt” and “money borrowed from social security.” The following is a summary of what I found.

 


  • Budget Deficit and Entitlements: The Grand Delusion

    A key quote from this article is as follows.

    What this means is that cutting entitlements will not be a major part of closing the nation’s very formidable looming budget deficits unless Americans are prepared to renege on the commitment to assure the elderly and disabled basic income and health coverage.


  • A debt crisis is coming. But don’t blame entitlements.

    Key quotes from this article are as follows.

    The deficit, of course, reflects the gap between spending and revenue. It is dishonest to single out entitlements for blame. The federal budget was in surplus from 1998 through 2001, but large tax cuts and unfunded wars have been huge contributors to our current deficit problem. The primary reason the deficit in coming years will now be higher than had been expected is the reduction in tax revenue from last year’s tax cuts, not an increase in spending. This year, revenue is expected to fall below 17 percent of gross domestic product — the lowest it has been in the past 50 years with the exception of the aftermath of the past two recessions.

    There is some room for additional spending reductions in these programs, but not to an extent large enough to solve the long-run debt problem. The Social Security program needs only modest reforms to restore its 75-year solvency, and these should include adjustments in both spending and revenue.”

    Medicare has been a leader in bending the health-care cost curve. Reforms to payments and reformed benefit structures in Medicare could do more to hold down its future costs.”

    This article mentions that “Medicare has been a leader in bending the health-care cost curve.” The article What does it mean to “bend the health-care cost curve?” explains that without Medicare things would be far worse because health care costs would be even higher than they are now.

     

  • National debt: Why entitlement spending must be reined in
    This article seems to support the claim made by Mitch McConnell. But it primarily focuses on Medicade as an expensive program. Here are two quotes that support the claim made by the aforementioned Washington Post article that Social Security is not the problem.

    Social Security is another story. It has not contributed to the accrual of the country’s current debt load.

    In fact, Social Security has helped to keep federal deficits lower than they otherwise would have been because the federal government borrowed the surplus revenue paid into the program since the 1980s. And federal spending on the program is expected to grow much more slowly than on Medicare.

  • Key Drivers of the Debt
    This article mentions two key factors that contribute to dept; America’s demographics and rising healthcare costs. It makes only very brief mention of Social Security. It focuses primarily on Medicare, Medicaid, and health care costs in general.

    The following quote tells the truth about exactly why Medicare and Medicaid are problems.

    America has one of the most wasteful healthcare systems among advanced nations. Combined with the demographic realities of rapidly growing elderly population, America’s healthcare system leaves us with an unsustainable fiscal future.

 

From these articles we can conclude that Social Security is not a major contributing factor in rising deficits. Medicade apparently is a major contributing factor but it is not due to a flaw in Medicade itself. It is because the American healthcare system is broken!

The following articles discuss the reasons why the American healthcare system is so expensive.


  • 6 Reasons Healthcare Is So Expensive in the U.S.

    The following are two very important quotes from this article.

    In most countries the government negotiates drug prices with the drug makers, but when Congress created Medicare Part D, it specifically denied Medicare the right to use its power to negotiate drug prices. The Veteran’s Administration and Medicaid, which can negotiate drug prices, pay the lowest drug prices.

    Most other developed countries control costs, in part, by having the government play a stronger role in negotiating prices for healthcare. Their healthcare systems don’t require the high administrative costs that drive up pricing in the U.S. As the global overseers of their country’s systems, these governments have the ability to negotiate lower drug, medical equipment and hospital costs. They can influence the mix of treatments used and patients’ ability to go to specialists or seek more expensive treatments.


  • How Price Transparency Can Control the Cost of Health Care

The following is a meme this is often shared in response to discussions about Social Security being a major contributing factor in the deficit.

An often shared meme that makes the following claim. Next time a Republican tells you that ‘Social Security is broke,’ remind them that Pres. Bush ‘borrowed’ $1.37 trillion of Social Security surplus revenue to pay for his tax cuts for the rich and his war in Iraq and never paid it back.

The above meme makes the following claim. Next time a Republican tells you that ‘Social Security is broke,’ remind them that Pres. Bush ‘borrowed’ $1.37 trillion of Social Security surplus revenue to pay for his tax cuts for the rich and his war in Iraq and never paid it back.

The article Did George W. Bush ‘borrow’ from Social Security to fund the war in Iraq and tax cuts? ranks this claim as mostly false.

The following quotes are relevant.

For about 50 years, Social Security was a “pay-as-you-go” system, meaning annual payroll taxes pretty much covered that year’s benefits checks. Then in 1982, President Ronald Reagan enacted a payroll tax hike to prepare for the impending surge of retiring baby boomers, and a surplus began to build.

By law, the U.S. Treasury is required to take the surplus and, in exchange, issue interest-accruing bonds to the Social Security trust funds. The Treasury, meanwhile, uses the cash to fund government expenses, though it has to repay the bonds whenever the Social Security commissioner wants to redeem them.

Experts told us there’s no question that the Treasury will repay the Social Security surplus (including what was accumulated during the Bush years) when the trust fund starts redeeming the bonds in 2020.

Thus, this is not a contributing factor.

Final analysis

I rank the claim made by Mitch McConnell as liar, liar, pants vaporized.

While Medicare does contribute to the deficit, it is because of larger problems related to the cost of healthcare. Simply requiring greater healthcare price transparency and allowing the United States government greater control over the cost of drugs would deal with much of that.

As for Social Security, there are numerous less drastic options for addressing the long-range solvency problem that do not involve cutting benefits. Some of these options are as follows.

  • Increase the Payroll Tax Cap
  • Eliminate the Payroll Tax Cap
  • Reduce Benefits for Higher Earners
  • Increase the Payroll Tax Rate
  • Apply Payroll Tax to All Salary Reduction Plans

A more detailed discussion of suggested reforms to Social Security can be found in the following locations.