Phil-osophy February 10th, 2020

US CITIZENSHIP.  After living in the US for more than three decades, why would a person finally decide to become a US citizen?  Here is one person’s story and I think you will enjoy reading it.

VOTING IN MARCH.  Some groups and individuals have stated they are not voting in the Democratic Presidential Primary on March 3.  They give various reasons, all of which seem shallow.

I say DON’T DO THAT!

Instead of grumbling (it accomplishes nothing), learn about the candidates to make an informed decision and vote.  To help you out, here is a sample ballot.  You can print this off for your own personal use.  If you print it for distribution to others, make sure you heed the box at the bottom and make the mandatory changes to it.  Encourage everyone you know, no matter where they live, to vote if they are properly registered.

To help you a little further, click on a candidate’s name, listed in ballot order, to learn more about them.  This will take you to their web site:

Yes, a few withdrew from the race after the ballots were printed and more may before the March 3 election.  Each polling place will post an up-to-date list of those who have withdrawn.  If you are not sure where to vote, check out these precinct maps for the city and the county.  You can also check at this Virginia-wide site to see where you vote, check or update your registration status, register to vote, or apply for absentee voting.

RESPECT.  Quote: You have to stand, proudly, for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. ~ Donald trump.

Really?  I would like to agree with you, but not by your own example.  During the singing of the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl, you did anything but stand proudly and show respect.  This article tells all and shows the video.

CAMPAIGN SPEECH.  I tried to listen to trump’s State of the Union address, but it was so sickening of a campaign speech that I turned it off.  Where was it that he added a trillion dollars a year to the federal debt?  Where was it that he gave the farmers, who are facing a 20% increase in bankruptcies this year, only half of what he promised to offset his trade deal with China?  Why didn’t he acknowledge that he is the biggest threat to election security?  Read about more in this CNN article.  This CNN article fact checks the speech.  As you would guess, little is as he says.

AWARD.  Rush Limbaugh gets a Presidential Medal of Freedom?  Ugh!  What a way to make the medal seem meaningless.

QUOTE:  From a friend (who shall remain anonymous) commenting on trump’s recent State of The Union speech – It was like watching him defecate on the nation’s doorstep.

FRANKLIN’S FOLLY.  Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, planned a 7-city tour of England.  The venues in all 7 cities cancelled the events because of his homophobic and Islamophobic comments.  Good call by those who are not so prejudiced!

JOBS?  As if we could avoid hearing it, trump claims to have created a record number of jobs.  Really?  Let’s look at the real numbers.  First, trump’s claim is that he created 6.69 million jobs in his first 35 months in office, more than ever in our country’s history.  The number, not the comparison, is true.  How does that compare to others?

In the last 35 months of Barack Obama’s tenure, employers added 7.96 million jobs, 19% more than trump’s first 35 months.  The claim is for the first 35 months in office, so let’s compare just that.  Obama’s record isn’t as good as trump’s, but recognize that Obama took over in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression whereas trump took over with the very good economic conditions left by Obama.  Because it took better than a year to get his economic policies in place, millions of jobs were lost in Obama’s first year in office, but the tick up was strong after that.

Still, let’s compare with the first 35 months of other presidents’ tenures.  Jimmy Carter had a gain of about 10 million jobs.  Bill Clinton enjoyed adding 8.5 million jobs.  Lyndon Johnson, who had a labor force only half of what it is today, added 7.6 million jobs.

There is more.  In the 80 years that the Labor Department has counted jobs, a gain of 6.7 million jobs during a 35-month period has been very common.  In fact, it shows up in hundreds of overlapping 35-month periods.  So, trump is simply riding along with what others have built and producing, at best, only average results.  Tell that to your misled republican friends.

If you would like to know more on the subject, read this CNN article.

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