Month: May 2017

OP-Ed Tim Tebow Isn’t Very Good at Baseball

OP-Ed Tim Tebow Isn’t Very Good at Baseball

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Zero for six with five strikeouts during two shortened games of a doubleheader is not good. Even less so when the stadium you are visiting is filled with people cheering for you. That was Tim Tebow‘s line Sunday during a double-billing while visiting the Lexington Legends. I went to

Tebow batting in 2017 Spring Training

the game out of idle curiosity. I left feeling like baseball was some sort of ugly back-up date for Mr. I Don’t Have a NFL Delivery. His fundamentals are better suited for beer league softball, which he could afford to play I’m sure, with his SEC network gig. He faced both left and right-handed pitching in the double-header, and made contact just one time, a fly out to centerfield. Thrice he went down looking at a fastball at the bottom of the zone. Of his six at bats, he had one ‘quality’ at bat, where he battled to what wound up being a 10 pitch strikeout.

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CBO analysis of Trumpcare

CBO analysis of Trumpcare

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House Republicans showed themselves to be heartless men who celebrated passing tax cuts to the top 1% of the population disguised as Health Care reform. Also, classless as they drank cheap beer in the halls of the Capital. I expect robber barons to drink scotch and smoke cigars, not do keg-stands on Keystone Lite. The rest of this article will feature mathematics, but please read on.

CBO Report

The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation finally released the score for the sweeping legislation. The House Republicans probably should have waited to see what the accountants said before rushing this monstrous deal to the table. First and foremost, the CBO and JCT report states that the net savings are thirty-two billion dollars less than estimated by the legislature upon voting. The bill will save $119 billion dollars of deficit spending over the ten year period of 2017-2026.

Further, by 2026, an additional 23 Million Americans are estimated to be uninsured. These estimates do not count the “mini-med” plans, “dread disease” plans, supplemental, or fix-dollar indemnity plans. The CBO and JCT do not include these because people with only those types of plans are not protected from extreme financial loss due to major medical risks. These 23 million Americans will only come from those born after 1961, so Generation X and Millennials will be overwhelming the victims of this policy.

Per Person Analysis

In order to truly understand the depravity of the House Republicans for passing these tax cuts to the super rich, we much analyze these numbers on a per individual per year level. The CBO states that the bill will knock 119B from the deficit over the next 10 years at the cost of 23M additional uninsured Americans.

Over the decade from 2017 to 2026, it is a per person who will lose their insurance deduction in the deficit of $5,173.92 over 10 years, or $517.40 per year, simplified further as $43.12 per month.


The evil gets even worse when we divide that amount to a per person rating. According to US Census the current population of the United States is 325.1 Million people as of today’s date. So we change our equation over 10 years based on today’s population, and we have a total tax break per citizen over 10 years of:

That’s $366.04 for 10 years, or basically $36.60 per year for every man, woman, and child who lives in America. That is a paltry sum per person to prevent 23 Million people from losing their insurance. And prevent lifetime maximums for people to not be forced into bankruptcy by medical conditions.

We as a society have to take a stand. Congress knows that we will not be sold out for literally a dime a day for their “win”. Call your Congressmen and Senators. Campaign against them. Vote them out. But the time for being silent is over. Let them know the math just doesn’t add up.

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Dear McCain: Put up or shut up

Dear McCain: Put up or shut up

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Dear Sen. McCain,

I count amongst my prize possessions a letter I received from you when I got my Eagle Scout. You signed it “Your Friend in DC, John.” To me it was the signal that an American hero can take a moment out of his day, and send congratulations to a child who did a big thing. Congratulations are words, and as I’ve aged, I’ve become disillusioned with words. Part of the reason is because of you, Senator. As I’ve mentioned, I loved you in 2000. I supported you against Bush, and even after you named Palin as your running mate, I supported you for president in 2008. Your op-ed in the Times contained scathing words, but again, no actions. I fear that your statement regarding the President’s alleged, and possibly admitted, disclosure of intelligence with the Russians is more of that. Just words. And frankly, dear Senator, it’s time to either put up or shut up.

John McCain’s Statement re leak

 

 

Faith lost in the system

I do not have much faith in the system anymore. I can only assume that party over country is the way of the world in 2017. You went on record prior to the Gorsuch’s confirmation vote that anyone that supported the nuclear option was and I quote, “a stupid idiot.” However, you voted for the nuclear option. Does not your vote show you support it? And that you think it’s a good idea? I’ll let your words speak for themselves here.

I’m hoping beyond hope that Trump endangering the lives of American and foreign intelligence assets by leaking information to a foreign body is the last straw for you. I pray that you will let the Maverick run again. I hope that you, your colleagues in the Senate, and those members of the House see that Donald J. Trump is a dangerous individual to Americans home and abroad. In short, Senator, the time for verba, non facta is over. Stand up. Stand up against those that would crucify our country on gilded cross under a Russian dome. In short, let the Maverick run.

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Op-Ed Response by Senator McCain

Op-Ed Response by Senator McCain

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Dear Senator McCain,
 
I supported you in two primaries, I voted for you as opposed to President Obama in the general election. I did so because I believed in “Maverick McCain.” The war hero who spent time in the Hanoi Hilton. The Republican who gave us a common sense approach and was not afraid to buck the party if the best interest of the nation called for it. However, today I wish to share my op-ed response to your op-ed in May 7, 2017‘s New York Times.
 
Your op-ed leads to an interesting dichotomy. I see the maverick trying to come out of hiding, and defend the United States’ position in the world against the Trump administration. You frame a wonderful history of our foreign policy. Your words, ” [w]e are distinguished from other countries because we are not made from a land or tribe or particular race or creed, but from an ideal that liberty is the inalienable right of mankind and in accord with nature and nature’s Creator,” ring true.

Op-Ed Response

Your words appear comforting, Senator. However, I too am a realist, grounded in the real world. And in this real world, Senator, you voted to confirm Secretary Rex Tillerson. The entire world saw that the President’s nominees would toe his vocal line of “America First.” Secretary Tillerson is no exception, and I find your shock in Tillerson’s attitude surprising. President Trump claims to be a businessman, and has shown himself to be ruthless in those ventures. The Art of the Deal, Trump shows that he values closing deals to be most important. And in those deals, it’s what is best for himself and the Trump Company.
 
Donald Trump showed his true colors well before the primary. Even still he showed them in his touted book from 1987. We as a nation we not hoodwinked by Mr. Trump, but rather, he followed his own strategy verbatim. And as you had been on the receiving end of his strategy. When he commented that he preferred his heroes to be “uncaptured,” that was a shot not only at you, but the other brave men and women who have been subject to that hell. Yet, you supported his presidential bid, and you voted to confirm Secretary Tillerson. In short, Senator, to use a phrase I am sure we are both familiar with, don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

 Conclusion

As I mentioned earlier, Senator, I too am a realist. And I hold people accountable not for their words, but moreover their actions. Either stand up to the President and his cronies, including Leader McConnell, or pipe down. If you opt to be Verba Non Facta, then you show yourself to be a political shill. Your op-ed was a good step and it gives us words, but now is the time for deeds. Stand up for the right and the good Senator. And help us defeat those who would reduce America’s values for a plug nickel. I am sure that my op-ed response will be ignored, but the words had to be said. 
 
Sincerely,
Dave Mitchner

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Open Letter to the GOP “Christian” Congressmen

Open Letter to the GOP “Christian” Congressmen

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Dear GOP Congressman,

 
I write you today, not as an American citizen, though I am. Instead, I write as a Christian. You know, that religion out of Israel some 2,000 years ago, that most of you claim to follow. The one with the guy who was like “give away your belongs, pick up your cross, and follow me.” Yeah, that religion. Your behavior recently has really pulled my inner William Jennings Bryant out. Basically, “You will not Crucify Us Upon a Cross of Gold.” You will not drown us in a river of disease. And you will not win.

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