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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DONALD TRUMPS SOTUS- COMMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER. #6.

MEMBER OF CONGRESS DAVID CICILLINE.

Dear David,

Tonight, President Trump had the opportunity to bring our country together, but instead he chose to double down on his divisive and destructive agenda – comprised of little substance or facts – that has come to define his failing Administration.

Over the last year, President Trump’s policies have come at grave costs to the very people he pledged to protect. He said he would bring American jobs back, but has overseen jobs being shipped overseas at an alarming rate. He has led Republicans’ ideological crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act, driving up health care costs and taking away health coverage from millions of Americans. He has torn families apart and threatened to deport young people who are Americans in every sense of the word except for a sheet of paper. His only ‘legislative accomplishment’ is a tax scam that has sold the future of our workers, seniors, and the middle class to pad the pockets of big corporations, the wealthy, and the well-off. This is not what the American people signed up for.

While President Trump and Washington Republicans have caused confusion, crisis, and chaos, Democrats are focused on investing in hardworking families. We’re working to build an economy that puts Americans first. We’re fighting to create good-paying jobs, to ensure hard work is rewarded with good wages and to deliver workers the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century. A Better Deal – better jobs, better wages, and a better future – that is our collective vision for a stronger, more prosperous America, and we stand ready to work with any Republican willing to work in a bipartisan fashion to solve some of America’s biggest challenges.

Warm regards,
 
 
David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress
    

DONALD TRUMPS SOTUS- COMMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER. #5.

.ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, MARK HERRING. 
A year ago today.
David: One year ago today, I decided to take a stand against intolerance and discrimination, officially challenging the Trump administration's bigoted travel ban.
To me, the choice was clear: The ban was – and remains – unjust, unconstitutional and un-American. It was intended to stoke fear, division and distrust in our communities, trying to mask the worst kind of discrimination with mounds of legal jargon. But I saw the ban for exactly what it was, and so did the federal judge who heard our case and blocked the ban.
Looking back, I couldn’t be prouder of how Virginians acted that week. When I rushed to Dulles International Airport, I was met by dozens of Virginians who were protesting the ban and welcoming to our country the very people the Trump administration had tried to keep out.
All these months later, I want you to know that I’m going to keep fighting for these principles every day of this new term – and that I’ll never, ever shy away from speaking out for every person who calls our Commonwealth home, no matter where they’re from, how they pray or who they love.
Of course, the work isn’t over. There’ll be more challenges to come, but with you by my side, ready to fight for what’s right and what’s decent, I know that we’ll be more than ready to take on any of the challenges that this new year brings.
Thank you for all you’ve done this past year, David – now let’s get back to work!
Mark.

DONALD TRUMPS SOTUS- COMMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER. #4.

UNITED States of America.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOSH WELLE.



David,
Did you catch yesterday's State of the Union address?
President Trump opened his speech with an appeal for unity, but it devolved into pugnacious nationalism. For many of us, last night served as a reminder of how President Trump was elected -- and why I, and so many others like me, answered a call to run for office. I hope to UNITE our community and move us forward.
The Trump administration and some GOP leaders take us backward. Most of his speech pits one part of our society against another. He has no ability to transform our country towards a better future because he only sees things as win or lose, us versus them.
On domestic policy, he is nearsighted. He lauds tax cuts for the 1% and big business CEOs over working families. He repeals the health care individual mandate that keeps people healthy and saves the government money. He alienates Dreamers who are integral to our thriving society. He turns a blind eye towards climate change and looks for quick wins in lieu of visionary solutions.
On foreign policy, he is bombastic. He envisions a world where we can win only if others lose. He thinks that “America First” is “Everyone Else Last.” Building walls, abandoning NAFTA, and breaking alliances makes us less safe against terrorism. More weapons won’t keep us safe, but good leadership will.
The fundamental challenge our country faces is the vast inequalities in access to building blocks for a high standard of living -- quality education, affordable healthcare, and stable employment opportunities. Tackling this challenge requires equal parts creativity and commitment -- and our president has shown little capacity for either. Trump continues to choose short-term fixes now at the expense long-term rewards.
We, you, and I must reaffirm one fundamental truth about this great American story: We are a UNITED people and have a shared future. November 6th will be our first opportunity to reassert our shared values at the ballot box -

-- JWW

DONALD TRUMPS SOTUS- COMMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER. #3.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE KEN HARBAUGH.
The State of OUR Union.
David --
Tonight, instead of focusing on the divisiveness in Washington, let’s assess the state of our union by looking around at our communities and ourselves.
The state of our union should include healthcare – can we take our family members to the doctor and afford to pay for that care?
It should include the state of our schools – are our kids challenged and cherished? Are our teachers valued and enriched?
The state of our union should include jobs – can those who work support their families and themselves on the wages they earn?
It should include the state of our neighborhoods – do we feel safe where we live? Are we able to give our kids more than we had?
The state of our union should include our defenders – what is our relationship to those who risk their lives to protect our freedom?
And, perhaps most important of all, the state of our union should include a call from each one of us to elect leaders of character who will listen to our voices and represent us with principles of courage and honor.
Only then will we see the union – and the nation – we truly deserve.
In service,
Ken.

DONALD TRUMPS SOTUS- COMMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER. #2.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JASON RITTEREISER.
What we won’t hear tonight.



David --
 
Trump and Republicans have been talking a lot about how strong our economy is these days. When we talk about economic benefits, let’s remember who is really benefiting: 
  • The top 1% grabbed 82% of the wealth created in 2017 -- another year when the investment accounts of the super-rich ballooned and the rest of us were left with scraps.
     
  • A Bankrate study gave us a look at the disturbing impact of this ever-growing inequality -- while Trump touts stock market gains, most Americans live in fear of being forced into debt by even a minor emergency because most have less than $1,000 in savings.
Those of us outside the top 1% are being left behind, and it’s only getting worse. 
 
In the State of the Union tonight, my hope is to hear a comprehensive plan to address income inequality, to help working people who are struggling to get by, and to create prosperity in America from the middle out. Instead, Trump will probably tout “huge” economic growth for his rich cronies and the massive tax cuts for big corporations that our children will pay for.
 
 
In Congress, I’ll do what I’ve done my entire career: stand up for working families. 
 
I’ll fight to make healthcare affordable for everyone, reform the tax system so that everyone pays their fair share, ensure that the minimum wage is a living wage, and give every child a fair shot at a great education.
 


Thank you,
Jason

DONALD TRUMPS SOTUS- COMMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER. #1.

 U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER.



 HERE WE GO. 
David,

Tonight, President Trump will come to the Capitol to deliver his first State of the Union address.

And while the conversation in the news and on social media will narrow to a laser-focus on President Trump's words, we must never lose sight of how President Trump's actions have eroded our union in the past year.

This president has relentlessly advanced an agenda that is at odds with our most fundamental American values—seeking to divide and separate us by race, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and more. Despite campaign promises to the contrary, President Trump has constantly and consistently rewarded the wealthiest and best-connected at the expense of everyday Americans.

Watching this speech, it'll be easy to get frustrated. Rather than bring us together, Trump will seek to drive us apart—attacking immigrants and promoting nationalistic policies designed to further isolate America from our friends and allies. For this, he will get applause in the chamber and praise from the pundits.

But I don't ever want this to be normalized in our country. We should be angered, and we should show it.

So let's put our frustration to good use.

Join me and help me show President Trump that there is more that unites us as Americans than there is that divides us...

Thanks for your support,

Cory.

   

Monday, January 29, 2018

BARACK OBAMA AND IMMIGRATION. PART 4.



Let us return to the Presidents Speech on Immigration.

Early on, he relates a Compromise Bill that Passed the Senate last Year:

"I WORKED WITH CONGRESS ON A COMPREHENSIVE FIX... 68 DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS...TO PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL IN THE SENATE...IT WAS A COMPROMISE."

The Bill, According to the President, Would have;  "Doubled the Number of Border Patrol Agents, while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes and went to the back of the line."

Obviously this didn't pass through the House of Representatives, because House Leadership refused to hold a Vote on the Bill.

The Question becomes simply one of WHY?  If an Elected Official truly believed the Bill was wrong and ineffective, what led to this conclusion?

WAS IT:

-  DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS.

-  ALLOWING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS A CHANCE TO EARN CITIZENSHIP BY:  PAYING A FINE, MAKING TAX PAYMENTS, AND WAITING THEIR TURN BEHIND OTHERS ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

-   A REASON  NOT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED BY THE BILL?  

Further, if the House Leadership was convinced that this was Irresponsible, and not supported by most Americans, a Vote would have made their position that much more Powerful.

President Obama goes on to say;  "... I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM... WORKING TOGETHER... TO PASS THAT KIND OF COMMON SENSE LAW."

In other Words, The President is saying; I WANT TO COMPROMISE, SO STOP TRYING TO ACT ALONE. REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE IS A STUMBLING BLOCK TOWARDS PROGRESS, AND FINDING LASTING SOLUTIONS TO THIS ISSUE.


With that being said, the Presidents Response to such Tactics is the Following Course of Action, stated in the Body of the Speech;

"BUT UNTIL THAT HAPPENS, THERE ARE ACTIONS I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO TAKE AS PRESIDENT, THE SAME KINDS OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS BEFORE ME, THAT WILL HELP MAKE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM MORE FAIR AND MORE JUST."
LOOK FOR PART 5.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

HUNDREDS OF SOLDIERS OWE THEIR LIVES TO ALI. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PAT RYAN.


David --
When I served in combat in Iraq, I wouldn’t have been able to do my job without my interpreter, Ali.
Pat and Ali in Iraq
I was the intelligence officer for a battalion of 1,000 soldiers and officers responsible for ground operations in Mosul. Ali was the lifeline that made it possible to communicate with Iraqi civilians, work with coalition troops, and carry out our mission.
He had a tough, dangerous job -- if something got lost in translation, lives could have been at risk. And he put his own life at risk countless times. One night, driving back to his home, he was shot seven times and was so badly wounded that he was taken for dead at an overwhelmed Iraqi emergency room.
But he survived. And after he recovered, he continued to put his life on the line serving with American soldiers. 
When Ali decided that he wanted to come to the United States, I knew his honorable service had more than proven that he deserved a shot at the American dream. But it wasn’t easy -- I had to fight for years to get Ali and his wife to the U.S.
Pat and Ali last week
Thousands of interpreters like him are still waiting for their chance to come here. Ali and his wife Layla are still fighting for visas for their children, delayed by a backlogged and broken immigration system.
When Donald Trump announced a year ago that he was barring citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries from the U.S., my first thought was of Ali, who put everything on the line to make our work possible -- and who would be left behind.
Trump’s Muslim ban was a despicable way to repay their sacrifice. It’s been amended to let Iraqis in, but that’s not enough. Shutting people out based on their religion or their country’s name runs contrary to the American values my fellow soldiers and I risked our lives to defend.
When these values are under attack, we all have to stand up, together. That’s why thousands of protesters took to the airports and the streets a year ago. And that’s why I’m running for Congress today.
-- Pat

BARACK OBAMA AND IMMIGRATION. PART 3.





Again, this is taken from the Transcript of PRESIDENT OBAMAS speech on Immigration.

"Today we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half."

What do we find if these Statements are checked?


Well, referring to the number of Border Patrol Agents, this is what we find:

YEAR                                      2013            2010            2005            2000

TOTAL # OF AGENTS             21,391.         20,558.        11,264.         9,212.
ON STAFF. (U.S.)

# ASSIGNED TO THE              18,611.         17,535.        9,891.           8,580.
SOUTHWEST BORDER
SECTOR. 

We see it is true that the Total # of Agents has increased, both Nationally and in the Southwestern Operations Area.

Here are the APPREHENSION NUMBERS FOR 2011- 2013, FOR THE U.S. BORDER PATROL, FOR INDIVIDUALS ILLEGALLY ENTERING U.S.           

YEAR                                    2013                      2012                    2011 

TOTAL # OF                        420,789.                 364,768.              340,252.
APPREHENSIONS.                                
U.S. (ALL SECTORS.)

# OF APPREHENSIONS      414,397.                 356,873.              327,577.
IN THE SOUTHWEST 
BORDER SECTOR.


We can see that in just 3 years, the TOTAL # OF APPREHENSIONS HAS INCREASED FROM 340,252 TO 420,789.  THE # FOR THE SOUTHWEST SECTOR HAS GONE UP FROM 327,577 TO  414,397.  

THE ABOVE NUMBERS INDICATE AN INCREASE IN TOTAL STAFF, AND IN THE NUMBER OF APPREHENSIONS.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE SOUTHWEST SECTOR.

(SOURCES-  THE U.S. BORDER PATROL, AND THE U.S. DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY.)
LOOK FOR PART 4.



IN FACT. GLOBAL WARNING.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Protect the special counsel's investigation. U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER.

David,

Late Thursday night, news broke that back in June, President Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller but was stopped when the White House Counsel threatened to resign.

This is an alarming revelation that fits into a months-long pattern of behavior from President Trump, his surrogates, and his allies in Congress, who have been relentlessly working to discredit and undermine the credibility of the special counsel and his investigation.

Last August, I introduced bipartisan legislation—the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act—to check and balance the president’s ability to order the firing of a special counsel for anything but legitimate reasons.

The legislation was urgently needed then, and clearly it’s even more urgently needed now.

But despite bipartisan support for our effort, Republican leaders in Congress are refusing to allow our bill to move forward to the floor for a vote.

Clearly, it would be wrong of President Trump to order the firing of Special Counsel Mueller. To do so would shatter norms — and trigger a constitutional crisis.

No one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States.

A special counsel should follow the facts wherever they might lead, free from prejudice, and free from political interference.

That’s why we need the basic checks and balances outlined in the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act.

Help send a message that we will not tolerate President Trump’s attempts to undermine this investigation—become a citizen co-sponsor of the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act.

Thanks,

Cory

NEW SELECTION OF POSTS TAKEN FROM THE WEBSITE. 1/27/2018.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

BARACK OBAMA AND IMMIGRATION. PART 2.

WITH THE CONTROVERSY OVER IMMIGRATION LAW REACHING NEW LEVELS OF
 IRRATIONALITY AND PREJUDICE, I BELIEVE THAT THE FOLLOWING REPRINTED 
ARTICLE WILL GIVE US SOME NSIGHT  INTO HOW THEN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 
ATTEMPTED TO DEAL WITH THIS SAME ISSUE.

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(PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, AND THOSE SEEKING REFUGEE STATUS. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, IT'S TWO DIFFERENT ISSUES.)


Lets continue with the analysis of the Presidents speech.

"...and undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart."

This is a Moral Judgment on the choices given to Undocumented Immigrants. That if they reveal Themselves, it would result in their being forced out of the Country. This could mean Physical Separation from their Minor Children.  The President is implying that if there was an alternative solution, that keeps families together, it would be welcomed by those who want to stay in the U.S.,
and live up to all the responsibilities of residing in this Country.

Moving on:  "It's been this way for decades.  And for decades we haven't done much about it.  When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system, And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders."

The President has acknowledged the problem, but reminds us that he didn't create it.  He is also accusing former administrations of doing little to address the Issue.  However, he committed to solving the problem while in office, and reaffirms it.  

"Today we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half."
LOOK FOR PART 3.

PROTECTING DREAMers. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES JASON RITTEREISER AND PAT RYAN.

 
David --
 
While deployed in Iraq, I served alongside DREAMers who came to the United States as children. As a business owner, I’ve seen firsthand how they strengthen our economy.
 
But today, they live in fear of having their lives upended and the only home they’ve ever known torn away from them -- all because Congress has failed to do their job and find a solution after Trump cruelly terminated DACA.
 
Now, a bipartisan solution is on the table -- Congress must act.

These young people are our neighbors, our employees, our students, our future Across much of this district, they power our farms and small businesses. Many volunteered to put their lives on the line for this country in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
 
The idea of repaying these patriots by forcing them back into the shadows is outrageous.
 
Time is running out for Congress to make this right -- but if enough Americans stand up and speak out, they’ll have no choice but to act. Will you join me, David?
 
 
-- Pat






 
David --

What were you dreaming about when you were 17? I was playing baseball and saving up for college. I was able to pursue my dreams at the University of Washington and go on to law school, where I knew I wanted to dedicate my career to standing up for people.
 
Today, there are 800,000 DREAMers who are at risk of losing their future because Donald Trump abruptly ended The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Their lives have been thrown into constant fear of being deported to countries they have never known. 
 
The clock is running out to come up with a legislative solution. Starting in March, 1,400 young people will lose their DACA protections per day
 
There is a bipartisan solution on the table in the Senate, but it’s dead in the water due to House Republicans and Trump’s inability to make up his mind. His flip-flopping on the bill even led us into a costly government shutdown.
 
 
DACA recipients are our neighbors, students, and friends -- they are American in every way. This program gives them a chance to pursue their American Dreams, just like I did.

My dream was to become someone who fights for people who need a voice. Every child in America has a fundamental right to an education so they can pursue their dream and succeed.


-- Jason
 
 
 







 
 
 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BARACK OBAMA AND IMMIGRATION. PART 1.

WITH THE CONTROVERSY OVER IMMIGRATION LAW REACHING NEW LEVELS OF
 IRRATIONALITY AND PREJUDICE, I BELIEVE THAT THE FOLLOWING REPRINTED 
ARTICLE WILL GIVE US SOME NSIGHT  INTO HOW THEN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 
ATTEMPTED TO DEAL WITH THIS SAME ISSUE.
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Lets try a Novel Approach, Ignoring what the Political Pundits on Television and the Radio Have to 
say, and actually READ THE TRANSCRIPT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMAS IMMIGRATION SPEECH.
It is available on line.  So, if you are interested, why not Download it, before passing Judgment.

The following Posts on this Topic, are my Thoughts and Opinions taken directly from the Transcript.

Lets get started.

He opens by praising the Two- Hundred Year+ History of the U.S. welcoming Immigrants from around the World, and the Advantages it has given the Country over other Nations.

However, he goes on to say:

"...Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.  Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules.  Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them less."

From this passage we can take the following;

-  The President is acknowledging the State of the Immigration System, AND THE NEED FOR IT TO BE FIXED.

-  That the way the system is currently operated victimizes;  Legal Immigrants who follow the Law, and Honest Business Owners who offer good wages and benefits, who see competitors using undocumented workers to save money.

The President goes on to say;

 "All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America."

-  In other words, the Advantages and Responsibilities go hand and hand.  With one comes the other.

LOOK FOR PART 2.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Shutdown Update. CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE.


January 22, 2018  

Dear David,

The past year has shown that Republicans are incapable of governing. Nothing demonstrates this fact more than the federal government shutdown. Operating a $4 trillion federal government without an annual budget, limping along month-to-month, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, and hurting our military, is no way to lead.

Over the last four months, President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress created this crisis. It’s been four months since Republicans allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program to expire. It’s been four months since the President unilaterally ended protections for the Dreamers. It’s been four months since the last appropriations act expired. In those four months, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have failed to provide solutions for children’s health care, Dreamers, veterans, the opiate crisis, and relief for Americans impacted by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires in their communities.

Today’s vote does nothing to change that. We should be staying here and working around the clock to get this work done, rather than kicking the can down the road again. I could not support a short-term bill that leaves so many critical priorities for Rhode Island unaddressed and just creates another crisis three weeks from now.

The American people are sick of Washington’s dysfunction. You deserve better than a government that lurches from crisis to crisis every few weeks.

Rest assured, I will continue fighting to address the issues important to Rhode Island, and to ensure that Washington’s dysfunction does not hurt our state.

Warm regards,


David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress      

Victims of slavery deserve support. FREEDOM UNITED.


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Dear David,

Maya’s survivor story, having endured years of trafficking for sexual exploitation in England, shows the importance of adequate support to ensure effective rehabilitation. Maya’s experience was not easy, but if guaranteed long-term support was set out in law in England and Wales, then recovery would not be the lottery it is today.


... back the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill.[1]

Lord McColl has introduced a Bill in the House of Lords which would ensure that victims like Maya will receive a support worker and a care plan for 12 months immediately following their formal recognition as a victim. This would help them make that journey to survivor and a life that is free for good.

The Bill will shortly be moving through the parliamentary system from the House of Lords to the House of Commons and there is a risk to the Bill if it does not have the support of government and MPs. That’s why we are working with the Free For Good coalition to show that this legislation is crucial if the UK is to be a leader in fighting modern slavery.

...the campaign for guaranteed victim care in the UK.

Maya says "nobody should ever become a victim of trafficking, I should never have been trafficked for those many years undetected. I was not only a child but I was a child in a school. A child with a GP, a child with foster parents and social workers, all which failed throughout seven years to identify that I was being tricked, controlled, tortured and sold every day."

"I spent years accepting that what my life had become couldn't and wouldn't ever change. It was impossible for me to speak out and nobody around me took any notice of the signs right in front of them."

Maya was fortunate to find The Snowdrop Project, who helped change her life drastically. This shouldn’t be about fortune. Victims should not be facing homelessness or destitution and risk being re-trafficked because of their experience of modern slavery.

...long-term support is crucial to prevent re-trafficking.

In solidarity,

Joanna, Miriam and all at Freedom United