SNAP Changes, SNAP Charity

The president wants to choose for recipients what foods they get and how much of each. I’m livid. Not just because this takes away from a small freedom that people on public assistance have, but also because this does not take into account so many things. Allergies Chronic diseases that limit certain food intake Likes…

My Ancestors Came from Shitholes

Whether or not the president said shitholes isn’t on the agenda here today. My ancestors came from shitholes. They were escaping the terrible conditions they faced. They wanted a better life. There’s no difference between my ancestors escaping from the pogroms of Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the Latin Americans…

We’ve Forgotten

I remember sitting and watching the movie on TV. The great Danny Kaye holding forth as  the fictional Max Feldman, a holocaust survivor. I remember thinking “didn’t we defeat the Nazis in World War 2? Why are they still around?” They are still around. And we’ve forgotten that they should have no voice here. The…

When a Plan Comes Together

  Plans can come together in so many ways, but mostly they work when people actively labor towards goals. In this case, the Koch Brothers have gotten parts of their long standing goal – to get a federal government in place that will downsize, downsize, downsize. More legroom for business to grow, more wiggle room for…

Stately Hodgepodge?

Someone once asked me if I thought the United States should be 50 individual countries. It took me awhile, but ultimately I said no. We are better off as a single country, with some flexible local ordinances to find tune local problems. As a single country we have more to offer on the world stage.…

HR 610

This is HR 610. This bill, introduced back in January this year, would start to defund public education in the United States. It would do away with the Elementary and Education Act of 1965 (ESSA). It abolishes the No Hungry Kids Act of 2012, which helps set nutritional standards for school meals. It does other…