Trump’s Tar Baby

The bumper sticker read, “elect a clown, expect a circus.” It is hard for this writer to refer to #45 as President, but it is what it is. After having eight years of a “mountain top experience” with President Obama, we the people, at least 65% or more, now find ourselves experiencing” views from the valley”. This is not to say that it was all peaches and cream with President Barack Obama, as I disagreed with a lot of his policies. The election of President Obama was America at its best. The election of Trump is well on its way of going down the annals of time as being America at its worse. There exist so much material on #45 that editorials, “breaking news events,” and any other imaginal form of print or video could be done on the hour every day. Trump, like the “baby” in the White House now finds himself following after all the “President’s Men” who once occupied this most sacred ground before him.

From day one in the White House, #45 have made every attempt to “undo” anything that former President Obama did in office. “Tar baby” my wife and a political junkie yells out every time #45 finds himself in a “sticky situations. Remember repeal and replace Obamacare on day one. The more #45 tries to dismantle this legislation the more he becomes more entangled and entrapped in his failing efforts. The same could be said for his executives orders dealing with the “Muslim Ban” or “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Like a dark shadow, everywhere #45 goes, everything he attempts to do, the former first African American President’s shadow hoovers over his strange, straight blond hair. The more Trump wiggles, the deeper he sinks in his own political quagmire that he has set in motion. Now the term “tar baby” does have a derogatory sting to Afro Americans as I reviewed the TIME article of August 01, 2006 by Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates, titled, Why “Tar Baby” is Such a Sticky Phrase. One may agree or disagree on the phrase “tar baby” as  being insensitive, controversial or racist in nature but most people will agree that #45 have found himself going from “one sticky situation to another.” Less than one year in the White House it is,Obama 6, Trump,0 ) as Trump continue to counter punch to his and our own hurt.

In a prior post entitled, A Tiger Named Trump, date Aug.31, 2016, I quoted JFK, “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. “President Donald Trump (yes I said it) is neither a Democrat, nor a Republican. He is a Trump and his party is “Trumpism.” As Americans and the world watches as #45 fumble in his effort to meet the needs of over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico the President tweets about the NFL and make reference to “those people” as SOB’s who need to be fired. In his shadow is President Obama and how he handle Hurricane Sandy compared to #45’s handling of Hurricane Maria. Welcome to the real, live, “Apprentice” show featuring $45 as he attempts to free himself from the sticky situation of Russia as Putin’s engineered election of Trump comes more into focus. President Trump is indeed the “First Baby” in the White House who is both the commander and the tweeter in chief.

Special Note. I introduce to you, Mr. Larry Spencer, the graphic artist of the above cartoon and will be sharing his work with you as time permits. Together again Larry !!!

 

Hurricane Obama To Hit Healthcare, USA

The forecast calls for cooler nights and warmer days for the early spring. The residents of the Jersey Shores are still suffering from the affects of Hurricane Sandy as Governor Chris Christi hunkers down to address some of the political spill overs from “BridgeGate” and “Oil-Gate” not to mention those iconic photos of this darling upcoming Republican conservative embraced with President Barack Obama. We remember Governor Christi and President Obama as they met to discuss federal help for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the “photo ops” many felt cost Candidate Mitt Romney the presidential election of 2012.

We also remember the political fall out from the roll out of “Obamacare” also know as the Affordable Care Act, the President’s signature legislation and the center piece of his legacy. We remember “repeal”, then “repeal and replace” and the more than forty different efforts by our highly paid congressional leaders to overturn “Obamacare”. So were the clouds of doubt back then and so continue the clouds of doubt now as Hurricane Obama meet the Supreme Court, Congress, and the President for the final showdown. Four little words, “established by the state” and what these words mean,  will either make or break what has become known as “Obamacare.”

The AP storyline by Kelli Kennedy, dated 03/05/2015 reads,” States on edge about the future of health insurance markets”. Old habits die hard as I read the story but immediately went to the photo to see the AP Photo credit. It was Seth Perlman, whom I know and had worked with “years ago” back in my roll as a “photo-stringer” for AP. Perlman coverers the Springfield-Decatur area of Illinois, The photo shows a man named John Phillips at work at his auto repair shop that he owns in Decatur. Phillips, according to the story reveals that he is no fan on President Barack Obama’s health care law but says “he is worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court Decision”. You see, Phillips and his wife, like many other Americans receives a subsidy that enables them to “afford “( like in the “Affordable Care Act”) healthcare. The case, King v. Burell  will be ruled upon probably sometime this summer. In a nut shell it is about the “state exchanges and the federal exchanges and the tax credits and subsidies associated with the Affordable Care Act. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia created state health exchanges while 34 states refused to establish state exchange, hence the federal exchanges, ie, www Healthcare.Gov. Enrollees  in the state and federal exchanges both qualify for the tax credit and hence subsidies for health care. The plaintiff has alleged only enrollees of exchanges established by the states can receive the credit and not all fifty states as the administration and the Affordable Care Act allegedly calls for. Millions of Americans could lose their health care if the Supreme Court ruled against the tax credit going to enrollees in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Changing gears, let’s down shift to paying as little as $10 and as high as $10,169 for the same blood test known as a lipid panel test. If your doctor wants a medical assessment regarding the possibility of you having high or low cholesterol levels, the lipid panel test is frequently ordered. The headline by Vox Media ,reads,”A $10,169 blood test is everything wrong with America health care”, as written by Sarah Kliff on March 10, 2015. The story is based upon the work of Renee Hsia, an associate professor at University of California, San Francisco who published the data in her study. Hsia and her associates compiled data from more than 100 hospitals in California. According to the article they compared the cost of a basic blood test, hence the variations in prices for the lipid panel as low as $10 and as high as $10,169. It should be noted that the nation’s hospitals and medical insurance industries have a lot to gain if “all” Americans, the well, the sick, the young and the old, have health care.

I am always amazed and perplexed when reviewing the cost of medical services I have received when my health care plans kicks in. Frequently the items charges read something like this; Amount Billed $852.00; Discount $598.25; What your plan paid, $228.39; What I owe $25.36; You saved 97%. These are exact categories and figures but review your own itemized statements for medical services and you will get the drift. The “kicker” is if you have any kind of health care, prices are negotiated and you do not get completely fleeced by the health care system, but without healthcare, you are responsible for the entire amount.

Back to the political forcast. Remember all those red states” that refused to establish a state health care exchange. Health care enrollees had to go to the “federal healthcare exchanges’ to access health care under the Affordable Care Act to qualify for a tax credit and subsidy.  A “subsidy” so they now could afford to have health care like their congressional leaders and federal government workers receive, including the nine Supreme Court Justices wearing black robes who will make a decision in King v. Burwell. The Supreme Court will decide the fate of  consumers in no less than 30 states that uses the federal market-place or health exchange to see if it is constitutional for them to receives tax credits that helps pay for the coverage. I could go on but by now you may be hearing that roaring sound of a train running through your house, the walls are shaking and it seems like your are experiencing a tornado, a hurricane and a “Barack-Attack”  all at the same time. The lighting is flashing and the thunder is roaring. The economic system, this time not the Dred Scott Decision, but the “dreded” health care system where one out of ever six dollars spent in the economy is on health care related issues is in front of the highest court in the land. Just one man or one woman can and will make a decision that will be felt economically around the world, not just in America. Millions of American some with pre-existing conditions may have to return back to the ranks of the un-insured as Obamacare could finally be repeal, or, repeal and replaced. After the storm, if the Supreme Court rule the tax credits are unconstitutional ,healthcare will be “Un-Affordable” again as the poor pay $10,169 for a blood test and the rich pays $10. Hmmm…

 

The White House With A Black Man

Shut down! Shut out! And shut in! Why does White Americans hate our first black president, President Barack Obama? It is easy to point to racism as the root cause, so why does this hatred exist for the black man in the white house.  What is it that continues to fuel this raging fire of racism? Why have this president been served a constant diet of political obstruction, personal obsessions, and out right public disdain and disrespect for the man, and the office? This ongoing diet of destruction and division has rendered President Obama unable to govern, even after being elected president for his second term. The recent shutdown (one of many examples) and threat of national default on our debt has been averted for ninety days as the “kick the can down the road” approach takes center stage once again. If President Obama “walked on water”, the power brokers would complain that the Obama “can not swim.” Being born black we learned early in life we have to run faster, hit harder, jump higher, fly better, and in every way perform twice as good as our white counter parts. History underscores this as Jessie Owens, Jackie Robinson, Shirley Chism, Mohammed Ali, the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, and many others can attest.

 

I remember being the only black student in class during my junior and senior high schools years. We were “bused” to the white community before “busing” became an issue. I recall feeling the eyes of my fellow white students upon me whenever we read about slavery, little black sambo, and Nigger Jim. However I soon learn a coping mechanism and quickly earned even more “stares” when it was revealed that there was only two “A’s” on the exam and I got one of them, hence setting the curb. This practice of being an over achiever educationally, was also displayed in college, even if I had not been prepared to go to college. We were “groomed” for trade school and not college. Our grandparents always stressed higher education stating “learn all you can, they can’t take it away from you.”  Later I learn this was not totally true as the politics of higher learning often resulted in the GPA game.  Your attitude and many times your color could make a difference between making the dean list or not.

 

Institutional racism “is” the root cause of President Obama’s problem, but it is being fueled and fed by people who have a vested interest in “unpresidenting” the president. Although the race card has been used effectively by the Tom Cruzes, Ben Carlsons, Sarah Palins, Rush Limbaughs and Allan Wests, and other right and left wingers as well, their exist other cards that needs closer scrutiny. Black people did not elect the first black president of America. Neither did our Hispanic brothers or sisters or Asian Americans. “White” people elected the President Obama. Sure the minority vote put President Obama in the white house. But it was the white voters that sealed the deal and represent the balance of power. Black people represent 3% of the population in the State of Iowa, yet not once but “twice” citizens of Iowa voted for Barack Obama to go to the white house. White Americans (especially Independent label males) voted in numbers that shocked the country by choosing character over color, voting for the one who could best represent America’s hope, dreams and aspirations and not the one who played to the many American fears…fears of declining white electoral power and fear of losing financial control in this great country.

 

Lorraine Haneberry’s, Raisin In The Sun, depict this diabolic desire to have both political and financial control by any means necessary. “Son, how come you talk so much ‘bout money’?’  cried out the black mother (Ruby Dee) to her son (Sidney Poitier). Art often times imitate life as black people have always struggle for the freedom to learn and to earn. The son responds to his mother’s inquiry saying “Because it is life, Mama!”  The struggling mother reminds her son that “once upon a time freedom was life… now its money. I guess the world really do change.” Being black in a white world, the son respond, “No it was always money, Mama. We just didn’t know about it.”

 

The night of the vote to open back up the government Paul Broun (R-GA) continued to denounce health care reform, President Obama’s crowning jewel to date. “If Obamacare passes, that free insurance card that’s in people’s pockets is gonna be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the War Between the States, the Great War of Yankee Aggression” said Broun who is flirting for running for senator in Georgia. Yes racism is alive and well, one hundred and fifty years after the Civil War. Shut down! Shut out! And Shut in! What’s next, succession? Hummm…