The Idiots Have Won – Life in TrumpLand Begins Now and We’re Screwed

Trump is President and We’re Fucked

In my very first podcast, I explain why Donald J. Trump is a buffoon and an existential threat to Planet Earth.

I also address the enraging appeasement from the left and the media, Trump’s first tweet to the nation, his first rumored cabinet members, and finally, my personal story about Obamacare and my moron Uncle Jim.

My Brother Met the President Today

I’ve been unable to really share how much I miss my sister-in-law Wendy, who passed away from breast cancer on May 18th at the age of 32, and who is survived by my brother Chris and their children, Caroline and Jack, ages 6 and 4.

There is just nothing I can put into words that does justice to Wendy’s memory and conveys the sense of loss that Wendy’s family and my family feels every day. I plan to write a piece in her memory someday, but right now I still can’t do it.

Sooo, I will go back to my comfort zone and tell you about something really, really awesome that the Obama Administration and President Barack Obama did today!

A month or two ago, Chris wrote the President a letter, telling him about Wendy’s story and how she was his biggest supporter. (There were many political discussions at our dinner table over the years – my poor Republican Dad was outnumbered and Wendy was a spitfire).

Well, yesterday, one of the President’s speechwriters called my brother and told him that the President wanted him to be his guest at the speech he made today in Columbus. So my brother brought my Mom, his kids, and Wendy’s sister-in-law Becca and her son Colin down to the event this morning. They were all seated in the front row behind the President, in front of all the other special guests – they got complete VIP treatment.

So a staffer comes up to Chris and says, “the President would like to meet you and your children.”Wendy Ward at the Obama Rally 2008

They bring him and the kids back to a room with about 15 people in it, including the Mayor, the Fire Chief, the Police Chief, the head of Ohio Democratic party, etc. Chris said he heard the staffers whispering, “save Chris Ward and his kids for the end of the line…” So each special guest is brought over to the President, and he shakes their hands, says a few words, and shuffles them off. Chris, Caroline, and Jack are saved for last and are brought over.

Chris said that the President shook his hand, put his other hand on top of Chris’s, and said, “Hello Chris. I was very moved by the letter that you wrote me. I’m very sorry for your loss, and I know you are having a tough time, but her memory lives on in these two beautiful children.”

So Chris introduces Caroline and Jack. The President told Jack that he admired his Spider Man shoes (we all do). Chris was told by a staffer that unlike everyone else who met the President, a different photographer (probably the White House photographer) would be taking the photo. As they waited, the President said, “After I read your letter, I was going to write you back. Then I realized that I was coming to Columbus, so I wanted to meet you in person instead.” The kids were given the Presidential M&M boxes, and they took the photo. Chris and the kids were brought back to their seats and after he made his speech, the President walked over to my family and said hello to all of them.

So, I thought I would share that story (as told to me by my brother) with everyone. Even though Chris, Caroline and Jack are struggling each day to go on without Wendy, at least, for one day, they got to think about how Wendy has touched so many lives, even the President’s.

I love and miss you Wendy, and OBAMA 2012!!!

Thank You For Keeping Us Safe

For the last two and a half years, you have prevented acts of terror on American soil and I would like to thank you for that, Mr. President.  Not only that, you have also hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden, the terrorist responsible for 9/11, an act of war committed against us by religious fundamentalists across the globe.  You are a Pimp and Long-Legged Mack Daddy.

As @KeithOlbermann said in his special comment last night, it’s a cop-out for Republicans to suggest that you jumped into the marathon at mile 22 and are taking the credit for the work done by Bush.  I agree that Bush should be recognized as part of the fight to kill bin Laden – and so should Clinton, who attempted to kill or capture him in 1998.

We need to remember that this long fight, the one that ended with a bullet to bin Laden’s face, was started by a Democrat President and was finished by a Democrat President.  The Republican who presided in between allowed us to be attacked in a horrific way on 9/11, despite the memo he got from Condoleezza Rice warning him about it.

And he was a  failure at bringing Osama bin Laden to justice for the next 7 years.  Thank you for keeping us safe, President Barack Obama.  Thank you.

Let’s take a look at these two pics.  The first guy looks like a confused child as he learns of the 9/11 attacks.  In the second, Mr. President, you look like a Pimp and a Long-Legged Mack Daddy as you watch video of the Navy SEALs storming the compound.

This was the day after you killed onstage at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.  Originally the raid on bin Laden was supposed to take place Saturday, but because of weather conditions in Pakistan it was delayed.  I like to think how cool it would have been if you went down in history delivering a great stand-up set at the precise moment that you got bin Laden.

Ahh, but I guess I shouldn’t pile it on too thick, because I could be accused of gloating.  But what can you expect, especially since your detractors have resorted to calling you a Kenyan Manchurian Candidate, when in fact they are simply furious that you received 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173, and your popular vote was 69,456,897 to McCain’s 59,934,814?

Don’t worry, Mr. President.  These people are in the minority.  They are still mad that they lost the election and guess what….they are going to lose the election again in 2012.

We win.  You lose, losers.

ObamaCare: The Boogeyman Is Coming!

People are totally freaking the frack out about the health insurance reform plan.

My kind and friendly neighbors here in Columbus Ohio are among the worst of them.

People are acting as if black helicopters are about to land in our lawns to take us to see the Death Panel. Or as if poor people are now high-fiveing each other and scheduling junkets to the Bahamas to celebrate their big scam on the American public.

In a March 17 Gallup survey of 1,009 U.S. adults, 37 percent said the healthcare reform plan could make things worse for themselves and 44 percent said the plan could make things worse for the United States and middle-income families.

Yeah, I appreciate your fears, but here’s the reality.  Health care costs have grown 2.4 percentage points faster than the GDP since 1970 and are predicted to be 19.5 percent of our GDP by 2017.  That’s not very far away and time flies, people.  I’ve owned pairs of socks for longer than that.  The status quo WILL make our lives worse very quickly and that is called reality.  And it’s something to be afraid of.

So, what is it exactly that you are afraid of?

I mean, my teeth aren’t exactly chattering with terror about improving the quality and the affordability of health care for all Americans and increasing aid to the states for people making under $14K.

I am not fearful of the improvements to Medicare’s efficiency or of the benefits it delivers, or the fact that it will change from being fee-for-service based to outcome based, or of the elimination of waste, fraud, and abuse.  I am not wringing my hands about the bill keeping Medicare solvent for the next 9 years either, since my parents are entering the system.

I don’t lie awake at night thinking about the cost savings to our country that will come from better prevention of chronic diseases and an emphasis on healthy living.  After all, chronic diseases, AKA fat and stressed people, are bankrupting us.

Now, as a Type I Diabetic who was stricken with a disease as a child, I am truly not that terrified of the immediate creation of a high-risk insurance pool into which I can enroll if I lose my job.  I also don’t urinate into my trousers at the thought of caps on premiums and out-of-pocket expenses or of significant regulations being imposed on the insurance industry.

Finally I am unafraid of Virginia Woolf, as well as the fact that the bill is fully paid for (unlike the Medicare Part D bill or the Bush tax cuts) and that it reduces the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years.

So if you fear that ARMAGEDDON IS COMING WITH OBAMACARE, I don’t foresee that this bill will negatively impact your lives or wallets in any tangible way.  Unless you count watching cable news or reading provocative headlines and becoming angry as a negative impact on your life.

So here’s my proposition:  I propose that each of you out there let me know, now and forever, whenever this bill impacts your lives in a negative way.  Rail about it on my Comments page and tell me that I was a naive idiot in 2010.

If you are fined because you don’t want to buy health insurance, let me know.

If you attempt to buy your own insurance through the individual market and you actually pay 15% of your income to get it or face a fine, let me know.

If you make $200K as an individual or $250K as a family and are upset that your taxes pay for this bill, let me know.

If your employer fires you or freezes your wages because of the mandate, or forces you into an exchange in which you are unhappy, let me know.

In the meantime, it’s all conjecture.  It’s all a big “what if?”, and it’s all based on fear.  So I say get over it and be quiet, just like you told me in 2003 when I was afraid that a non-budgeted trillion dollar war in Iraq might be a mistake.

Browsing Wikipedia

Hey everybody!  I found a couple neat entries in this cool online encyclopedia called Wik-o-pedia or something like that today.  Here’s one I liked.

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is a program of the United States government to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector…

…The first $350 billion was released on October 3, 2008

Here’s another:

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) was the 43rd President of the Unites States from 2001 to 2009

Those two entries seem to be related somehow, yes?  Here’s a quick video to put it all into perspective for you.

The Fire Brigade