Visualize a child-hostage situation in which the hostage-taker says, “Give me a  billion dollars, or I will begin to kill one child every hour.”

How does that make you feel about the hostage-taker?

Visualize that the hostage-taker is the President of the United States, and the hostages are foreign children at our southern border.

How does that make you feel about America?

White House Threatens To Veto Aid Bill For Migrant Families
BY ALAN FRAM – ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a $4.5 billion House bill aimed at improving the treatment of migrant families detained after crossing the U.S. southern border, saying the measure would hamstring the administration’s border security efforts and raising fresh questions about the legislation’s fate.

The warning came as Hispanic and liberal Democrats press House leaders to add provisions to the legislation strengthening protections for migrant children, changes that might make the measure even less palatable to President Donald Trump.

Is America in such imminent danger from these families that killing children is an appropriate measure?

Many children detained entering the U.S. from Mexico have been held under harsh conditions, and Customs and Border Protection Chief Operating Officer John Sanders told The Associated Press last week that children have died after being in the agency’s care.

He said Border Patrol stations are holding 15,000 people — more than triple their maximum capacity of 4,000.

“Right now, the goal is really to stop — one death is just too much,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., as he left that meeting.

“We’ve got lives at stake,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.

Federal officials say their agencies have been overwhelmed by the influx of migrants and are running out of funds.

The back-and-forth on the spending measure came as Congress’ top Democrats criticized Trump for threatening coast-to-coast deportations of migrants.

The hostage-taker-in-chief doesn’t only threaten children and families at the border. He also threatens the children and families who, for many years, have lived peaceful, productive lives here in America.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that he would give Congress two weeks to solve “the Asylum and Loopholes problems” along the border with Mexico. “If not, Deportations start!” he tweeted.

The president had earlier warned that there would soon be a nationwide sweep aimed at “millions” of people living illegally in the U.S., including families. The sweeps were supposed to begin Sunday, but Trump said he postponed them.

They sent us away. They told us America is”full.” (AP Photo/Julia Le Duc)

Wait a minute. Do those millions constitute such a grave and imminent danger that mass, Gestapo-like roundups are warranted?

If the danger is so grave and imminent, why does the President now decide it’s OK to postpone the deportations?

Could it be there is no danger, but rather an invented, political talking point to appeal to Trump’s xenophobic base?

Does Trump believe the immigrants are not really people, but rather are non-human political pawns, whose lives don’t matter to us white American citizens?

Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the threatened raids were “appalling.”

“It is outside the circle of civilized human behavior, just kicking down doors, splitting up families and the rest of that in addition to the injustices that are happening at the border,” she said.

On the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., described Trump’s “chilling, nasty, obnoxious threats” and said the president “seems far more comfortable terrorizing immigrant families” than addressing immigration problems.

“I mean, my God, to threaten separating children from their parents as a bargaining chip? That’s the very definition of callousness,” Schumer said.

Trump, the GOP, and their followers have a long history of mean-spirited cruelty. The attempts to take health care from the poor, by eliminating ACA (“Obamacare”) failed only because one decent Republican (John McCain) objected.

Trump, being indecent himself, still hates McCain for that act of decency.

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And then there are the states that deny health care to their own poorer citizens by refusing to expand Obamacare, even though the expansion would bring billions of federal dollars into the states.

More Trump, GOP cruelty.

And not to forget the gay hatred and Muslim hatred that courses through right-wing veins.

Finally, let us remember the “DREAMers.”

They are the young undocumented immigrants —who often arrived at a very young age in circumstances beyond their control.

They have grown up as Americans, identify themselves as Americans, and many speak only English and have no memory of or connection with the country where they were born.

Under current immigration law, most of these young people had no way to gain legal residency even though they have lived in the U.S. most of their lives.

Many DREAMers say they didn’t know they were unauthorized immigrants until they were teenagers—often when they discovered they couldn’t join their peers in getting a driver’s license or filling out financial aid forms for college because they didn’t have Social Security numbers.

The children live each day, knowing they are subject to deportation. Trump and the GOP could solve their plight in an instant. Cruelly, the right wing invents excuses to continue the torture. 

Trump is a bully and a coward, as his “Cadet Bone Spurs,” draft-dodging persona demonstrates.

He has the shocking temerity to claim that bullying helpless men, women, and children somehow will “make America great again.”

And ironically, his “religious, patriotic, law-and-order” followers believe him.

The world looks on in astonishment as Reagan’s (and others’), “Shining City upon a hill” sinks into depravity, led down by an egomaniacal psychopath.

MAGA, indeed. That slogan will live in infamy.

One only can hope that when the Trump Gestapo begins to kick down doors and starts herding unfortunate families into boxcars for travel to nowhere,  thousands of good Americans, true Americans will surround the jackals and chase them off, never to disgrace America, again.

Only then will America recover from traitorous Trumpism, and prove to ourselves and to the world, that we indeed are the world’s Shining City, deserving of worldwide admiration.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

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