JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11 am Wednesday Hate crimes and violent assembly should be punished by the Rule of Law! Remember Oklahoma, remember Charlottesville, These People are waiting for the next violent encounter and our death! 

 

 

Dear followers, two statements were made on Periscope on Monday that I’d like to address :

Huey stated that he went to  Charlottesville to protest with a white Jewish guy and an “off the rack white guy”, your average guy, well meaning, who likes and respects people. That’s as it should. be. There is no ” the other”, we are all ” the other”!  Except for the Native Americans, there are no indigenous Americans. We are all foreigners in our Land.

 

We’ve survived for 200 yrs as a Democracy.  We have fought for our civil liberties ,  though the pace of change has clearly not been fast enough for many and too fast for a few.  As a Democracy,  we live by the Rule of Law and  respect the progress we’ve made in civil rights , marriage equality for the  LGBTQ community, and accessibility for people with disabilities.  We’ve come a long way and have more to do!   We have  been guaranteed our right to protest, to peacefully assemble and to respect each other’s rights to free speech. But we must not take our inalienable rights for granted. Nor can we stand idly by as one group or another is oppressed.

 

I’ve spent several hours reading about racism in America today and watching the Vice Review of the tragic events in Charlottesville.  Besides the alt right protestors, I watched in amazement as the Charlottesville Police stood back from the crowd.  Like the rest of us, they watched the violence unfold.  More than that, I question why large public gatherings are not free from traffic?  And why were protestors  allowed to carry and/or conceal weapons in the Public Square?   It appears that home grown terrorists are adopting “ISIS-like”  tactics and using cars or trucks as weapons of destruction.

 

Unfortunately for America,  when white supremacists congregate in a Public Square, there is a potential, in fact a desire, for violence.  All access to “peaceful” assembly should be blocked to vehicles.  This should now be SOP (standard operating procedure).

 

Second, I think we as a nation must re-examine our First Amendment rights. Some of the neo-nazis present came from as far away as Canada to march with the white supremacists and vent their hatred of  Jews, African Americans, and other minorities. I think it is time to legislate against violent hate speech in this country and outlaw hate speech and death threats,  like they’ve done in Canada and Germany and other countries who have experienced the  violent aftermath of these marches and worse.

 

For many “loners,  ” White supremacist Marches makes them feel more powerful when they join these groups or act out in their name. I think Charlottesville has shown us that David Duke and his followers came looking for violence and promised the Vice reporter that more blood would be shed as they planned other marches. We have been forewarned, these groups intend to wait and then step up the violence they intend to perpetrate.   Stop David Duke and those like him from plotting larger more potentially violent events. They don’t see the dead and injured as people. They think of them as subhuman vermin.    Their behavior and their threat of more violence makes them undesirable in our Public Square.   Ultimately,  I do believe if you want change in this country,  you remove what is unacceptable through Legislation.

 

Lincoln delayed the ending of the Civil War, in order to codify the Emancipation Proclamation.  Our Civil Rights Laws were changed only after years of African American protests.  However, the March on Washington led by  Dr. Martin Luther King was different.  It was a meticulously planned event, taking  months to  plan.  It was   coordinated through major Legislators and in one technical  emergency, Bobby Kennedy intervened.   The event culminated with Dr Martin Luther King’s , ” I have a dream speech” !  Strategic, meticulous planning made the difference.  First there were the protests and then the demands for equal rights, codified into Law.   It takes many voices to go from protest to culture change to LAW.  This should be our model for change!

 

 

Now is the time to stop these hate groups before they grow strategically and more people are intentionally maimed or injured. I say take action now to change the culture of these United States.  Racism and bigotry may not totally disappear, but it can become punishable under the Law.   What do you think, dear reader?

 

  • Do you  want the right to assemble peaceably without fear for your lives?  Do you think that any group that violates your basic freedoms , should be legally barred from assembling and carrying weapons of destruction that they hope to use? 

 

In answer to Huey’s 2nd question,  “Do you think Donald Trump will unite America”?  I do!  I believe Trump’s  Presidency  forces ” We the People”  to  unite across our Country.    Our success will be measured when we make it a crime for any group to speak hatefully or act  as violently as the White supremacists.   Their proactive violent behavior must be stopped.    Nothing less than Legislation is acceptable.

 

Trump is a symptom of our division not the cause of it. With social media and more investigative reporting , we can see ourselves and reflect upon what “We the People” need to become fair and just Americans?

 

When our right to that fair and just way of life is threatened, there is only one response.  Craft the legislation that will allow all Americans to be safe in the Public Square!  We can’t afford to counter violence with just words.  Anti-social actions must be stopped by the Rule of Law!

See you Wednesday and let’s chat!

 

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”

Joyce America Speaks Periscope @11am Monday :Trump, Russia, ACA debate, Debt Ceiling & Tax Cuts ! Issues to solve in a bipartisan Congress! 

 

 

 

We.are.in.crisis.mode.  If Trump and Congress fail to act in August, the ACA and 13 million people may suffer immediately. As the August deadline approaches, Congress should immediately reinstate the following ACA POLICES to maintain competitiveness in the insurance marketplace.

  1. The Individual Mandate:  All consumers, including young healthy people, should enroll and pay it forward. You never know when you will require medical care or medical care for a loved one.  Wouldn’t you want to know that you had helped to deliver less expensive health care to your family through your generosity?  Wouldn’t you want your kids to do the same for you when you’re older?  Pay it forward.  It will make you feel better!   More importantly, studies have shown that we must start preventive health care early in our lives.  Parents should take their child in for annual pediatric and young child checkups through the teen years.  Unlike other countries that practice preventive care, we generally do not and as a consequence our health outcomes have been considerably lower.  And an additional bonus, when you have healthcare coverage under the ACA, preventive care is free!
    • Pay it forward…I did that yesterday. Standing outside a NYC theater with no cabs in sight, I was approached by a woman requesting to share a ride. Sure I said, though she went to Chelsea and I went to Lincoln Center. She paid the cost of her round trip and I made a new friend! It was a win-win for both of us.
  2. The Insurance Subsidies:  Insurance Companies are paid through July ONLY. They must be renegotiated this August. Congress should use this time wisely to add multiple carriers to every State.
  3. Advertising for the new member enrollment in November should be occurring now to assure ease of enrollment through a greater understanding of exchange availability in all States.  As we speak, the Dept of HHS has taken down all advertising sites for the ACA.  Why should  such mean-spiritedness be occurring.  88% of Americans want the ACA.  Make it accessible for sign up and participation in healthcare benefits.

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If Congress can resurrect a bipartisan bill to sanction Russia, Iran and North Korea, they can cross the aisle once again to benefit the American people.  Congress knows Americans value healthcare, why not come together and agree to work within the existing framework and make a high quality, less costly system for all Americans. This could be a win-win that unites our Country! “We the People” would be proud and happy to know that we do have taxation with representation. The House Bill is far too “mean”, as described by the President himself.  The Senate bill and its revisions do not have enough votes, in addition to the fact that it throws millions off healthcare and has been rejected by a majority of Americans.  Repealing without replacement is also a loser and does not have enough Republican support.

Besides healthcare, Congress is now faced with raising the debt ceiling and creating a budget. They can’t afford to be looking at tax cuts for the wealthy. “We the People” are watching and waiting for pragmatic legislation to emerge.  I hope they don’t let this opportunity pass.  Americans need education, good paying jobs and Infrastructure NOW.  I recognize this is a difficult era for Congress.  However, Americans want to see bipartisan bills helping the poor, the working poor and the middle class.  And it is time this Congress puts their heads together and does the work of bipartisanship!

I don’t believe the Country can afford more entitlements for big business and the wealthy.  Welfare for the wealthy has destroyed our country over the last thirty years. We have developed an indolent class, and I’m not referring to the poor!  The wealthy have ceased being creative and have blocked the creation of new industries.  They’ve become content to take their cash and do nothing.  That’s not good enough for “We the people”, not when the need is so great: jobs, healthcare, housing, and national infrastructure investment.

How many in Congress are ready to tax the wealthy and create a Society that is fair and equitable?  It’s time to dedicate all our efforts toward those in our country who are less well off, the poor, the working poor, and the middle class.  Why not? We have a voice and we’re ready to make choices on our behalf. We now recognize that Politics affects us!
See you at 11 am and we’ll chat!

“The heart and pulse of the Middle Class”

 

JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am Trump’s relentless pursuit of bad policy hurts the middle & lower classes

 

 

 

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I get it. I certainly made every effort during my professional career to provide adequate healthcare benefits and vacation time for my employees.  I was the CEO; it was my job to provide work for my mechanics. When work was scarce, we worked part time, keeping folks employed at less pay.
When I predicted in 2010 that the economy would not improve , I closed my business with my employees knowledge and encouragement.
That’s life in a small business: persevering against the odds, trying to maintain stability in a chaotic business climate, and surviving as long as possible to maintain our niche.

 

Contrast my perseverance in small business with the Federal Government’s perseverance on bad health care policy under President Trump.
Mitch McConnell lost support for the Republican health care policy. Fortunately, three women GOP Senators stopped him.  (Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito)   The vote was 48 to 4.  Now McConnell intends to repeal the bill next week, though he doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/politics/republicans-
obamacare-repeal-now-replace-later.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

The seven-year Republican quest to repeal the Affordable Care
 Act seemed to reach a dead end Tuesday, but President Trump 
vowed to “let Obamacare fail.”

 

Trump, whose job approval rating is at 36%, is now so angry that he has no victory on healthcare, he is blaming Democrats for this loss , when Democrats were not even involved in creating the Senate bill, nor were they being counted in the vote!   He intends to “let Obamacare fail” as he stated on all the cable networks yesterday.

 

The ACA is still intact and only in trouble, if Congress fails to reinstate the individual mandate and the Insurance Subsidies guaranteed under the ACA.  Open enrollment on the exchanges, restarts in November!   New York State is open for business with many insurance companies participating.  However, I’ve just heard from NPR that insurance subsidies are continuing through July, August is up to the Senate to fund?  The uncertainty continues.

 

If the Senate bill had not been blocked, many Americans would be anticipating increased insurance premiums. Mitch McConnell doesn’t seem to understand what Repeal means for millions: no medical care for serious medical conditions, loss of insurance, cuts to Medicaid, rural hospital closures, and increased emergency room visits. No one is prepared for the ensuing chaos that will unfold. Make no mistake,  millions would be immediately impacted by this thoughtless political move.  Instead,  why not improve the ACA  by initiating minor negotiations with the insurance companies and pharmaceuticals?  The Democrats are eager to offer assistance.

 

If McConnell were a CEO , he would most likely have been removed for non performance. However, we’re stuck. Not only does he and his coterie of followers intend to Repeal the ACA at some point in time, they are unveiling their Federal Budget next. Get ready as they pursue with vigilance draconian Tax Cuts for the wealthy, increases for Defense and you guessed it, decreases to entitlements;  Social Security and Medicare, disabilities and unemployment insurance.

 

 

They are persevering. The same unpopular issues keep coming back to cripple the poor, the working poor, and the middle class.  Let’s not make it easy for those espousing such bad policy. We must advocate for new revenue generation. Tax cuts for the wealthy and big business don’t help us. We know.  We’ve seen that policy play out over the last lost decade of the American worker. Add these bad policies to the authorized influx of 15,000 skilled foreign labor under the H2-b visa and we have a concerted effort to further undermine the American worker.

 

 

First, they take away our good paying jobs and send them off shore.  Now,  they are putting our healthcare in jeopardy, and may do the same with our Social Security and Medicare.  And finally, while claiming Americans first, they plan to bring 45% more skilled foreign labor to America to compete with Americans.

 
Too bad Trump and his administration forgot their business credentials.   Keep your workforce well paid and employed and they’ll perform for you and gladly increase production.   Why increase foreign participation in our workforce, when Americans are unemployed and underemployed?  At record profits, why aren’t American businesses, doing business with the government, tasked with training the American workforce?   In Government, it’s not worthwhile to pursue bad policy, not when you won the election on , America and Americans first!

 

See you at 11 am and we’ll chat!

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”

 

Joyce AmericaSpeaks Periscope@11am Does Fox News give you the News? Entertainment?

 

 

 

Joyce America Speaks Periscope @11am Does the Fox News Channel dispense News? Change the Channel and hear something different!

Why do some people watch and believe Fox News?   I question whether it is a powerful media tool used to propagandize the right’s message, our President’s message  and not daily news and analysis?   Much of the news is not even presented.  Where is world news and their thoughts on foreign and/or domestic policy? Where are the facts?
How do I know those listening to Fox are not getting all the news and/or facts? I read the news all over the globe. I’m skeptical of the truth and concerned as a journalist that I provide my followers with accurate factual news. The facts are important to me. I’ll spend hours tracking news stories to confirm their veracity.
That is who I am and who my followers are. We value the truth, not fake news or fake facts. We don’t want to live in a state of denial. Look what happens when you deny the facts.

Several weeks ago, London experienced their worst fire in a high-rise residential apartment house because landlords and the government ignored vital facts about aluminum clad buildings. At last count, 76-80 people died. Why didn’t anyone review the facts? Why was this cheaper, dangerous method used when this product was banned in other nations? We will learn the facts though many more may be hurt and injured while we learn.
You’re probably thinking, what does this have to do with Fox News? Who’s going to suffer? Are the stakes equally high? Life and death? The short answer is Yes. Why?

 

I listened to a Fox News disclaimer on the Russian interference in our elections. Despite all of our intelligence evidence of Russia’s hacking into the 2016 elections, Fox is pushing its version of false news pretty hard. I keep wondering why? What do they gain by misleading people? What do they gain by supporting Trump no matter what the personal cost to Fox watchers and believers? They create an atmosphere of us v. them.
That’s simply not true. Whether you are white, black, yellow or brown, whether you live in rural or urban America, if you’re poor, working poor or part of the dwindling middle class, we’re all suffering together. We’re all underemployed; we’re all concerned about healthcare, education, infrastructure, and good paying jobs.

 

Don’t just listen to Fox News. If you do and you’re not like the rest of us grazing the news, you’ll never know when you should be concerned about current events. Whether you stay in your media silo or not, crisis and politics will affect you! It affects all of us.
Fox is very clever in their denial of the facts. Read my Twitter Posts of the news from around the World. Then you’ll be informed and understand that your increased knowledge is pro America and Pro Democracy . Why accept anything less? You have the power to turn the channel and participate in the Democratic process, why be a bystander, when you can write your own story?  Try PBS. it’s unbiased.  Or read the Financial Times or the Washington Post.

I’m not an ideologue. I try to seek out the truth and provide unbiased facts.
Have a great day. See you at 11 am Monday.
“The heart and pulse of the Middle Class”

Joyce AmericaSpeaksPeriscope@11am Trump’s Agenda Stagnation & Low Wages

 

 

Dear followers:  Our Agenda for this morning!  Plus a few surprises on the Mid East and Fox News.   I’ll log on @10:58 as usual.  See you later!   JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am Trump’s Agenda brings stagnation and low wages to “We the People”

As Trump’s approval ratings slip in the polls, we Americans are left to ponder this administration’s lack of accomplishments .
Healthcare’s “Better Care”, as envisioned by Senator McConnell , is delayed at least one week, giving time for John McCain to recover from surgery. The CBO score should be announced sometime this week giving credence to this newest Healthcare abomination. Hopefully, this bill will die quietly leaving the GOP no option except the original pragmatic one, necessitating collaborative work with Democrats to stabilize the ACA while lowering insurance and drug costs.

 

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Perhaps we’ll get a Congress willing to address the needs of “we the People”. I’m hoping but not hopeful. We still need good paying jobs at all levels of income to reverse job growth underemployment and wage stagnation.

 

If policy doesn’t change soon, Recession is predicted:  too many bubbles forming, again.   We are in a time of crisis. We can improve our State of Inequality,  if we had the will of the People advocating constantly for a non privatized major national infrastructure and transportation program.

 

While dreaming, I’d wish for more money to the States and Federal Government for Opioid addiction and improved education of our kids. I’d support a universal Apprentice program for high school students as well. Why not train kids for future Technology jobs?

 

If we’d stop denying climate change and embraced mitigation we could be building the infrastructure for coping with the demands of our altered climate. That would produce innovation and new industries too! We can accomplish much,  if there is a will to envision a prosperous America.
While we remain stuck in the past, only the wealthy prosper while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet. This doesn’t have to be our story. We have the power to rewrite our stories, stop electing representatives to Congress , who prefer our deaths rather then propose bipartisan programs that would help us emerge from a lost unprofitable decade. If not now, when ?

 

We’ve seen the real reason Trump was elected. Big business and the Banks back him to assure that their Party was sustained. Helping the People, sounded nice, but like most campaign promises, it was hot air! It fooled many of “we the People”. We’ve waited and we see no good programs to improve our sorry state of Inequality. Time to wake up and advocate for money on our behalf, too!
Why should  big business , defense , and the banks be entitled to Federal Subsidies?  In addition,  why do the upper classes benefit from massive tax cuts?    It’s time to put the needs of “we the people” first by insisting on a fair and equitable budget.  The  lower and middle class has suffered enough!

 

 

See you at 11 am and we’ll chat!
“The heart and pulse of the Middle Class” 

JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am Democracy at work. Trump’s agenda stalls! What’s next! 

What have we learned from Trump’s election? 

  • Democracy works, so far Trump’s Draconian healthcare plan and budget are blocked.
  • Divisions exist within the two Party system.
  • If you give tax breaks to the wealthy , the States and Federal Government don’t collect revenue and can’t service the needs of “we the People”.
  • If you allow big business to go offshore or pay no taxes at home and  allow Big Businesses to switch states to achieve maximum tax breaks, “we the People ” lose our jobs and more.
  • When most jobs are  low  paying and our wages stagnate the  Middle Class has no revenue to sustain them.   Our families, our Communities and the Country suffers!

 

President’s who envision a better society for Americans can change our World for the better. It won’t happen under Trump, unless those in government recognize, that the needs of “We the People ” come first.

 
President’s do matter. They shape America’s destiny .   Politics Affects US!
See you at 11 am and let’s chat

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JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am Trump’s Conflicts of interest affects Government policies!

 

Conflicts of interest affect Trump administration’s policies directly. 

Conflicts of Interest affect our Foreign Policy:

  • The Trump organization’s ties to Putin have prevented new sanctions from being imposed on Russia for violations of election tampering.  Russian design has now been implicated in North Korea’s ICBM missile arsenal. We are considering sanctions on China, why not Russia too!
  • Russia is not our friend.  Foreign powers have no right to interfere in our elections.  Macron of France was properly outraged by Russian interference in the French election.  Trump may want to forget “his Russian Connections” when he travels to France.  However, the investigations into Trump’s Russian connections  continue to move forward.
  • Tampering with our voting systems and hacking of the Democratic opposition by a Foreign power is an actionable offense.   Voting machines should now be reclassified  as “critical infrastructure” in the United States to safeguard our Democracy!
  • What will happen to Trump, his family, his associates, and his administration depend upon Robert Mueller’s investigation and the ongoing Congressional investigations.   What happens to our relations with Russia depends upon Congress.

 

Conflicts of interest affect our Domestic Policies:

  • Our energy policy is now heavily influenced by Big Business and lobbyists.  The Energy Department favors fossil fuel and aging nuclear fuel over the use of renewables.
  • Deregulation of the finance industry is occurring with the help of lobbyists and Banks who want Trump to prove his pro business Policy.
  • Subject: The Business Links of Those Leading Trump’s Rollbacks – The New York Times https://nyti.ms/2u3o9ga
  • The “puzzler” is why push the unpopular replacement of the ACA when 88% of the Country requests fixing the ACA by renegotiating the insurance exchanges and Medicaid Expansion, and by negotiating lower pricing with pharmaceuticals ?
  • Forget the needs of “We the People”. Some may have thought Trump  worked for them. Like so many in Congress Trump works for Big Business and himself.

We can do better!

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See you at 11am and we’ll chat.

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”