Froma Bird's Eye View

By Raven West

The Government Made Us Jobless, Now They’re Going to Make Us Homeless Too!

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Photo Courtesy Nam Y. Huh/AP

NEVER before in the history of our country, no matter diseases or wars has our government forced businesses to close and put so many people out of work.

Never has it EVER been a choice between earning a pay check, paying for rent and food, or taking a chance you’ll catch a deadly disease and pass it on to others. What do they expect people to do when the choice is money, or life?

Republicans seem to think the unemployed are being “rewarded” for not going back to work because the extra $600 is more then they’re usual paycheck. In some cases, that may be true, in many others it is not. Even if that were the case, with the extra $600, families can not only cover one month expenses, but can also save more for when the unemployment ends, as it eventually will.

What do they expect people to do when they’re not allowed to open a business, earn a living, pay their bills, because it’s NOW AGAINST THE LAW to earn a living?

The cry when this pandemic started back in March to  “Stay at home” is now a cry of desperation “we may have no home to stay in” IF the Senate Republicans do NOT extend the $600 unemployment past the due date of July 25th.

We can all agree that “Enough is Enough” – when it comes to all the restrictions, the stay-at-home mandates, mandatory masks, the cancellation of all social, family, sports, entertainment events you can be damn sure that we’re all screaming “Enough is Enough” – but we have very little choice until there is a vaccine to help fight this insidious virus.

Frankly, I’m sick and tired of all these celebrities and advertisers on television that extol “we’re all in this together” when they’re receiving a hefty paycheck and the rest of us are worried about how we’re going to pay the rent on August 1st.

New Homeless due to CoVid 19

Photo courtesy of Allison Lee Isley/Lee Newspapers

“We’re all in this together” is probably the same line the Captain told the passengers and crew of the Titanic. It was probably what those in first class who managed to get into the lifeboats screamed to everyone else as the ship sank.

In this together? The annual salary Member of Congress is $174,000! You can be sure that all these elected Republicans and governors are still getting paid, BY US, the taxpayers, and they’re sitting in their comfortable homes and offices telling US that “enough is enough?”

Wonder what their cry would be if we all decided NOT to pay our taxes, NOT to pay their salary, because they decided we could not earn a living?

Then, we will be “in this together” Come November when they’re all voted out of office, and they’re all out of work and need to go on unemployment, they may feel a bit of what it’s like for the rest of us.

Until this DO NOT WORK order is lifted there ARE NO jobs to go back to, even if we wanted to, and most of us do.

The government cannot, on one hand, order business to close, then do nothing to help us financially. IT IS THEIR job to help those who elected you to office in the first place! Even those businesses that are allowed to remain open will have very few customers when no one has any money to buy anything!

Enough is NOT enough when YOU were the ones who forced us out of work in the first place, and if you don’t extend the extra unemployment, forced out into the streets as well.

If you think the riots and looting were bad during the “Black Lives Matter” protests, wait till you see what happens when you put American citizens of every skin color out into the streets with no food or shelter because you closed the businesses and did NOTHING to help the business owners.

Rioting, looting will escalate and there will be NO POLICE to stop them! What happened in June in a few cities will look like a tiny firecracker compared to the explosions which will occur all across the country.

The big difference is that YOU have the power to prevent this from happening. TODAY, NOW, IMMEDIATELY!!

The Democratic want this, now it’s up to the Republicans to get on board.

And don’t you DARE tell us that “Enough is Enough!”

 

 

 

 

 

The Perks of the Covid-19 Pandemic

It’s been two about ten weeks since the world went a bit off its access and while there are many things to complain about, there are a lot more to enjoy!

Prior to the eviction of all road shows and product demonstrators, I was working four days a week at Costco. The company wouldn’t allow us to wear any colored nail polish or jewelry – so for the past 3 years I’ve had to leave my engagement ring at home and my nails were awful – breaking and chipping all the time… BUT now that I’m on “leave” LOOK AT THESE GREAT NAILS!! Did them myself yesterday since all the salons are closed.

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Financial Perks:

Not bothering to blow dry my hair, not that fond of the curly look, but my husband likes it and it also covers any gray ones… so saving $ not going to a hair salon.

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Wearing a mask and sunglasses when I’m at the store… no need to spend any $$ on makeup or sunscreen. The last time I put gas in my car was March 31 – it’s still nearly full – nowhere to go!

Watching some really great TV from the UK – creative talent all over YouTube – Voyager video reunion – special Broadway shows/concerts all w/out having to get dressed!

No traffic on the freeway, air is so clear I could smell grass being cut across the street! People in the stores – when I go out for groceries – are actually FRIENDLY.

When I go outside for a short walk around the block listening to Pandora – I can sing (off key) at the top of my lungs and there’s NO ONE w/in earshot to hear me!

With all this spare time, I joined Ancestry.com to see if I could find any information on my paternal grandmother. Although I was very disappointed in my search, as all of my relatives on that side of the tree are either dead, or dead to me, I did discover one really great second cousin living in NY I hadn’t seen since we were kids. We talked on the phone for over an hour – it was really great!

For a person who enjoys always doing something, this doing nothing was difficult at first, but after about the eighth week, I kinda got used to it. Procrastination has become my favorite past time!

I’ll honestly be a bit sorry when the doctors find a vaccine and life once again returns to “normal”.

Normal rush hour traffic, normal smog in the air, normal crowds pushing and shoving in the stores, normal stress of not having enough free time.

It will happen, this too shall pass, but for today, I’m going back to bed.

Political Math: Biden + Sanders – Sanders = Trump 2020

And then there was one.

Democratic debate July 2019: 3 winners and 4 losers - Vox

Back in 2019, there were 20, count ‘em, 20 Democratic candidates for President. There were so many the initial candidate debates in June and July had to be divided into two teams of ten.  By September, the field had been cut in half, with only 12 candidates invited to participate in a one-night event in October.

Gone and easily forgotten were: Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Jay Inslee, John Delaney, Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet and Eric Swalwel. By November, Castro and O’Rourke were history. Then they started dropping like flies.

By December, the Democrats lost Booker and two of the four remaining women; Gabbard and Harris. Steyer, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar all dropped out after poor showings in the South Carolina primary in February. Warren and Bloomberg (remember Mike?) also quit the race after Super Tuesday on March 3rd. With Sanders dropping out today, the Democrats have achieved what they wanted all along;

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Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. for President 2020.

There never really was any doubt from the very start of the primary season that the DNC wanted Biden. Why else would he have agreed to run in the first place without their full support?  In spite of what the polls showed, in spite of what the early primary returns were indicating and most important, what the media was reporting about “front runners” Sanders and Warren and just about everyone else in the Democratic field and in spite of the fact, at 77 years old, Biden is the oldest candidate to run for President!

It was obvious it was always Biden the Democratic Party establishment wanted as their nominee.

Since Trump won the election in 2016, the Democrats have pulled every trick they could think of to remove him from office. Instead of finding and grooming a qualified candidate to run against him in 2020, they wasted the past four years with unsubstantiated Russian conspiracy theories and unsuccessful impeachment hearings.

As a result; when the Democratic Presidential primary smoke  cleared, Joe Biden was the last man standing, (or sitting as the case may be).

The Republicans and Trump couldn’t be happier.

But they shouldn’t start the celebration yet. With the right Vice President running mate on the ticket, there might be a chance, however slight, that Trump could lose in November. With a woman on the ticket, Biden might just be able to make history and win.

While the tactic didn’t work for John McCain’s presidential bid in 2008 when he picked Sarah Palin, Biden would have to choose a competent, experience running mate. Biden has an excellent choice between two dynamic former Presidential candidates; Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris.

A Biden-Harris or Biden-Klobuchar ticket would almost guarantee the Democrats will have a formidable woman presidential candidate in 2024 and, without an incumbent to run against, SHE WILL GET ELECTED. Glass ceiling shattered, balloons dropping, and VICTORY parades in the streets of America!

So, the new math could look like this:

Biden + Harris –Trump = President Kamala Harris!
Or
Biden + Klobuchar -Trump = President Amy Klobuchar!

More than likely, Trump will be re-elected in November and the Democratic Party will  have to wait another four years to celebrate a woman’s presidential win.

Either way, no matter who is on the Democratic ticket in November, I’m voting Libertarian!

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