As I See It

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Is the USA a ‘democracy’ or not?

One definition reads “A true ‘democracy’ is government by-the-people. But the United States is a ‘Representative’ democracy. The citizens elect representatives such as the president, members of congress, and senators. As I see it, neither system works for long. Government ‘by-the-people’ deteriorates into ‘mob rule’, because, in practice, there is no government.

For example, the ‘free’ countries of the ‘civilized’ world, removed Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. ‘The People’ were then free to choose their own, new leadership. The result? – Uncontrolled chaos! Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

AS I SEE IT by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Who loves President Donald Trump? – TV Host Don Lemon describes ‘The Donald’ as a ‘crazy, basket case and a sociopath’

TV Talkers Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski shrieking that ‘madman’ Trump would get us into a ‘nuclear showdown.’ On another channel, TV co-host Joy Behar want him ‘impeached’ before he got us all nuked.

Even though his daughter and son-in-law are Jews, Trump is ‘anti-Semitic”and ‘America’s first neo-Nazi president’ according to TV Talkers, Terry Moran and Bob Moser. Then Brian Stelter and Carl Bernstein say that the Trump administration is becoming one of the worst dictatorships in the world. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Christmas is a good time to take a break from all the BAD NEWS.

Here’s few Christmas facts I didn’t know about.

Ancient Christian tradition puts Jesus’ birth on December 25th in the year 1 of our calendar, but the New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth.

The earliest gospel (St. Mark) begins with Jesus’ baptism and was probably written about 65 AD, so even the earliest Christians didn’t know for sure.

Luke 3:1,23 says that Jesus turned 30 years old in the 15th year of Roman Emperor Tiberius’ reign the year 754. But also Luke 1:5 puts Jesus’ birth in the reign of Herod who died in the year 750, about four years earlier. Continue reading

AS I SEE IT

by A.J. (Tony) Powell

Why Immigration?

Published reports say that 75% of the most wanted criminals out west are illegal aliens.  More than half of the burglaries in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens. Thanks to the incompetence of the Government in Washington DC, Republican and Democrat alike, foreigners have gone up from about 8% to over 13% of the US population.

And ‘illegals’ more than tripled from 3.5 million to over 11 million over the past 20 years. Now even the Republicans are planning to offer ‘amnesty’ to over 3 million of them. Apparently House, Speaker Paul Ryan has said that he will ‘slip an amnesty’ into a spending bill later this year. This, of course, ignores President Trump’s campaign promise to protect America from this ongoing ‘invasion’. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

First Amendment – Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But attacks on religious freedom have more than doubled in the last few years. Last year there were thousands of hostile attacks in the USA.

These days we are not safe even in public places, schools, churches or even the military.

Not all hostility is physical. People have been fired, refused employment, or fined for speaking out about their beliefs.

Even State Legislatures have been sued for starting their day with a prayer. A high school coach was fired for praying after a football game. He lost his lawsuit  trying to get his job back. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell
Tom Price, was chosen by ‘The Donald’ to head up ‘Health and Human Services’. Talking about addicts, recently he claimed that, “Folks need to be cured so they can be productive members of society.”
He continued, “If we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much.”
Seems like he should know that there is currently no cure for addiction.
Even his own government colleagues agree that “Addiction is manageable, but can’t be cured.” Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Here’s a recent headline “Republicans moved forward on health care reform”.

True or false?

The fact is that the Republicans are working overtime to ‘repeal’ ObamaCare.

Another fact is that there is nothing in process which will ‘replace’ ObamaCare.

President Donald Trump promised ‘affordable’ health care insurance for all Americans.

The Republican-dominated Senate failed to get their ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act’ started. The vote failed, thus putting an end to any ‘replacement’.

Apparently the Republicans intend to leave Americans who have an ‘existing condition’ out of their ‘Better Care’ plan.

Protesters chanted, “Kill the bill; Don’t kill us.” Continue reading

By A.J.(Tony) Powell.

 

Are you tired of all the ranting broadcasters, TV personalities and ‘reader letters’ which are dominated by a lot of heat but very little light?

The Democrats, under President Obama, tried and failed to come up with a workable Health Care Plan.

Now, Trump admits that he can’t do as he promised – Lower premiums and Full Coverage for all.

Why do working tax-payers have to subsidize politicians and government workers? Why do we need Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, and so many other Government run fiascoes?

Why are our veterans pushed off into over-crowded, second-rate facilities often many miles from where they live? Our military should have a ‘Front-Door-Pass’ to the best medical facility they can find.

Trumps Republican opponents in the House & Senate have failed to pass their ‘Robbing Hoods’ plan. Continue reading

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Make American (Industry) Great Again!

President Trump said he had visited laid-off factory workers and “communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals.”

Trump blamed ‘regulations and taxes’.

He promised that he’d get Americans back to work, building highways, bridges, airports and railways.

Well – we’re still waiting.

It’s a fact that American industry has all but closed down. Ford factories, the National Gypsum Plant, Johnson metals, assembly plants, shipyards, agriculture, farming – all gone. Continue reading

Dear editor:

The top of my head is exploded as I write this letter. Why???

There are tons and tons of ads for hearing aids everywhere, in the newspapers, in the mail, on TV. They are so prolific, you cannot miss them.

While visiting a friend in rehab, the subject of hearing aids came up. She said her hearing aids cost $6500. That was  the first of the top blowing incidents. They were not working well, and she would probably have to buy new ones. That astounded me.

Decided to see what it cost to make hearing aids. Second top blowing. Went on the net to: http://www. cbc.ca/news/Canada/Manitoba/hearing-aid-prices-much-higher-than-their-actual-cost-1-1367189. Take a guess.

The median price is $150. RANGE $50 TO $200. Continue reading

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