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Since the Graham-Cassidy bill would kill many more people than

either massive hurricanes or a foreign terrorist attack, why aren't we seeing the MSM spending 99.9% of their time warning the American people? Why aren't newspapers covering this on the front page? Where are the visuals on all TV channels showing the additional costs that will go to those with preexisting conditions?
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Wed Sep 20, 2017, 04:57 PM (2 replies)

Read this reply from the Dishonorable Senator Tom Cotton about DACA.

Dear Sinkingfeeling,

Thank you for sharing your concerns with me about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It's good to hear from you, as always.

I strongly oppose former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which defers immigration action against illegal immigrants who claim to have entered the country as minors. I urge the Trump administration to work with legislators to end the failed policies encouraging young individuals to enter the United States illegally. We must reform our current system to secure our border and end this unsustainable course.

I therefore don’t support Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy Act (BRIDGE) Act of 2017, though I do share Senator Graham’s concerns about fixing the immigration system. I am committed to an immigration policy that will protect our borders, stop illegal immigration, and maintain a strong legal immigration process that serves U.S. interests. However, our federal government is failing at a core constitutional duty: securing our borders and enforcing immigration laws. I will work during my time in the Senate to fix these failures. Should any relevant legislation come before the Senate regarding visas, permits, or an entry-exit system, you can be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind.

You can help me as I aim to represent Arkansans—please continue to keep me informed of your opinion. A well-functioning representative democracy relies on active, engaged citizens like you to inform and hold their elected leaders accountable. I always find input from my constituents on matters of public policy to be both insightful and useful as I work to represent your interests.

I am truly honored to serve as your Senator—please know that your interests and affairs have my unceasing attention. Always feel free to call my office at (202) 224-2353 or visit www.cotton.senate.gov.


Tom Cotton
United States Senator

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Sep 5, 2017, 12:24 PM (5 replies)

Here's my 2017 fair cake. Won best decorated item.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Sun Sep 3, 2017, 08:13 PM (90 replies)

Somebody talk me down! Just got into a shouting match with an

aide to Rep. Womack in Rogers, Arkansas over DACA.
First time I've ever lost it on a call. The guy tried to tell me that there wouldn't be any deportations unless 'they do something wrong. I said, "Bullshit!".

I'm still shaking with anger.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Thu Aug 31, 2017, 05:50 PM (13 replies)

This is a test of putting pictures into a post. Fair cake 2017

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Wed Aug 30, 2017, 09:51 AM (15 replies)

Is there a replacement for Photobucket that has all of same features?

I downloaded Imgur to my phone and couldn't see anywhere to upload pictures. After I agreed to terms and conditions, it just showed a couple of gifs over and over. No site map nor homepage with instructions.

What is everybody using since Photobucket went nuts and wants like $40 a month?
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Aug 29, 2017, 09:13 PM (9 replies)

"We Just Feel Like We Don't Belong Here Anymore


Since Trump’s election, there has been ample coverage of white people—the rise of white nationalism, the white working class that makes up Trump’s core constituency, the 53 percent of white women who voted him into office. Much less has been written about the people of color who live and work amid the rising tide of white nationalism in rural red states.

It can be a lovely place to live, but in counties like Crockett, it’s hard to be anything other than white. So I decided to go back home and talk to the people I should have been talking to all along—people of color who live and work and go to school with white Trump supporters. They told me how it feels to live among neighbors who voted against their best interests and—worst case—their basic existence.

This is the piece Pierce wrote about today.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Thu Aug 17, 2017, 10:31 PM (7 replies)

The House Budget Resolution for 2018 includes Premium Support (PS), which will destroy Medicare.

From the National Retirees Legislative Network


5,400 NRLN advocates have signed the NRLN petition to President Trump. This is your last reminder, the deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 16. Click here to sign the petition to protect Medicare and Social Security.

The House Budget Resolution for 2018 includes “Premium Support (PS)”, if the Budget becomes law PS will:

Cut $487 billion from Medicare by shifting the cost to current and future beneficiaries - likely increase the costs for Medigap supplemental policies – eliminate Medicare Advantage Plans in 5 years - raise the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67 - expand income means testing until 25% of beneficiaries pay higher premiums for Medicare Part B and D – privatize Medicare and leave Medicare A & B to die quickly – be more costly than Medicare and would create more chaos than the ACA, only HMO’s would survive, and - expose the big secret that “Premium Support” will only work if billions in federal subsidies are paid to insurance companies.

In order to get the “Premium Support” pending disaster off the table (before the Budget vote) and in order to protect Social Security we proposed the President negotiate a Grand Bargain that takes “Premium Support”, Medicare and Social Security off the table by asking both political parties, unions and employees to help:

That a portion (2%) of company tax reform gains be used to increase company payroll tax.

That a portion (0.5%) of individual tax reform gains be used to increase individual payroll tax.

That Maximum Taxable Payroll Tax Earnings be increased from $127,000 to a Minimum of $300,000.

That the President and Congress Declare war on health care costs.

The Medicare and Social Security Trust Fund Trustees say that a 3.47% Payroll Tax funding increase beginning in 2017 would actuarially preserve Medicare and Social Security for the next 75 years (2092). The NRLN realizes “Grand Bargain” negotiating may result in a shift of the % increases among the two categories or lower or higher earnings being taxed. As long as everybody has some skin in the game and the resulting net effect gains 3.47%, our country wins.

COLA, eligibility age, new benefits and other disputed subjects are out, bargain a deal those affected will see as fair. NRLN members write us about extending the eligibility age, saying… a company won’t keep me on roll 2-3 more years, my boss won’t pay me until I’m eligible, people over age 65 have up to 50% more chronic diseases and can’t work, savings will be gone if I have a 3-4 year earnings gap, who will hire me?…

Please use the opportunity of the NRLN’s petition to have your voice presented to President Trump. Either click on the link in the first paragraph or go to http://nrln.org/congress.html#/59 to sign the NRLN’s petition to President Trump. Thank you if you are one of the 5,400 who has signed the petition.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retirees Legislative Network
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 10:43 AM (1 replies)

Trump Administration pulled grant from group combating Neo-Nazis


The Trump Administration Is Pulling a Grant From a Group That Combats Neo-Nazis
An Obama-era program will shift its focus and dollars to groups combating Al Qaeda and ISIS.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Sat Aug 12, 2017, 05:25 PM (0 replies)

Unlearning the Myth of American Innocence by Suzy Hansen.


Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Aug 8, 2017, 12:54 PM (4 replies)
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