PRES. TRUMP’S FIRST YEAR, 2017

Hi All,  HAPPY 2018. I WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROFITABLE NEW YEAR.

I realized it’s been quite awhile since I have Blogged. Sorry, it’s been a busy year. I did tell you I would let you know all the good and successful things Pres. Trump has done this past year, and I have a considerable list. But, I came across this article in Newsmax and it was too good to pass up. I hope you see that Pres. Trump is on the right track, for what he promised us and what he hopes to accomplish for our Country. It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, what you should care about is if our Country is “For the People and By the People” as our Founders intended. Only then can we have a successful, and hospitable country for all who live here and come here.

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“CAN PRESIDENT TRUMP VANQUISH THE SWAMP?” (AND WHAT HAS HE ALREADY DONE?) Does the Swamp always win?……..Why has the swamp-the ruling class, comprised of elites on all sides of the political spectrum-always dominated, despite repeated attempts by noble patriots to chip away at its monstrous power?

The short answer is that the swamp controls all levers of power, with the capability-and will-to destroy anyone and anything that threatens its grip. It is a perfect embodiment of Lord Acton’s warning that power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.—————————————————The ruling class long dined out on its rotten status quo-until the election of a president who is not of, by, and for the swamp, who owed it nothing and did not fear it.

Donald Trump proved to be a potent crusher of political correctness and the elite vanguard, one who promised to smash their corrupt existing order. Upend the hierarchy. Overturn the money changer;s tables. Make the comfortable uncomfortable. Make representative government representative again. Make it earn the consent of the governed by earning back the trust of the people. And in so doing, he promised to RESTORE RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION, WITH GOVERNMENT IN ITS PROPER PLACE, AND MAKE AMERICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH REACH ITS FULL POTENTIAL. TO, YES, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. ……………………………………….Make no mistake: The ruling class doesn’t just want to undercut his policy agenda or even just remove him from office. They want the man in prison. Not the local clink, either. Federal prison.  Hence the appointment of an “independent counsel” ….They want to void his lawful election and ruin him, and his family, and top advisers.  And his supporters, his voters, everyone on Team Trump from the president on down must be discredited and yes, destroyed.

To the establishment this president as an alien organism, which has been injected into the body politic by the American people, and, like any alien organism, he has provoked the antibodies of the swamp enemy, which are furiously attacking him.

TO HIS GREAT CREDIT, Trump has, in his first year, won significant battles in this existential war:

  1. Justice Neil Gorsuch now sits on the Supreme Court. Further, as Kimberly Strassel in The Wall Street Journal has pointed out, the president is also quietly transforming the federal judiciary, “stocking the courts with a class of brilliant young textualists.”
  2. Thanks to Trump’s rollback of well over 800 suffocating Obama-era regulations on everything from healthcare to coal to DODD-FRANK, the stock market has reached all-time highs, and consumer confidence hit the highest peak since 2000. Mortgage applications have reached a seven year high, unemployment hit a 16 year low, and American manufacturing is rebounding due to major investments from companies such as Ford, Foxconn, Intel and Toyota.
  3. Illegal border crossings fell by nearly 70 percent as his administration began to move on border wall construction and against unlawful sanctuary cities.
  4. By granting the U.S. military a freer hand in the fight against the Islamic State, Trump oversaw its dramatic rout in Syria and Iraq in just eight months-something Obama could not or would not do over several years.
  5. Trump instituted new restrictions on lobbying.
  6. He initiated the renegotiation of NAFTA and withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement to protect U.S. jobs and sovereignty, and he authorized construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines.
  7. His administration began putting education policy back where it belongs: in the hands of the states.
  8. In his first six months alone, Trump’s growth friendly policies created well over a million jobs, and over his first year, he repealed on the average 16 regulations for every new on put in place.————————–
  9. Republican leadership in Congress failed twice to deliver on the party’s long-standing promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which is predictably collapsing under its own weight, leaving millions more Americans without affordable, accessible coverage. Given the legislative failures of his own party, Trump began to dismantle aspects of the disaster using his pen and phone
  10. Not bad for a president who has never served in government before and who accomplished much of this without the help of a Congress controlled by his own party (many of whom, as card-carrying members of the swamp, are gleefully working against him).—————————————————————————
  11. This war against the swamp is bigger than Trump. It’s  a once-in a lifetime shot at neutralizing the ruling class long enough to bring America back to its foundational principles of individual liberty, free market capitalism, and the rule of law. It’s about freeing the country from the stranglehold of elites and putting the real power back where the founders intended: with the people. In his first year, Trump has experienced the unprecedented wrath of the ruling class, whose power has been imperiled like never before. This is why in year two, he must redouble his efforts to protect and advance the movement he’s spearheading.
  12. BUT JUST AS HE MUST DO HIS PART, WE MUST DO OURS.  The swamp is a powerful thing, but it’s not the most powerful thing. It can only really be disarmed by “we the people.” By the choices we make, the leaders we support, and the things for which we fight.
  13. …………..Trump may not be perfect, but in the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, you go to war with the army and the leader, that you have. Trump has made mistakes as all presidents do, but he remains dauntless in the face of the barrage, and for that, he deserves tremendous gratitude and support. As the president has discovered, you’re only taking flak if you’re over the target. Trump is over the target.
  14. This is the moment that will determine if there will truly be an American Reformation. If the swamp succeeds in destroying this president’s agenda, we may never get another opportunity to change the nation’s trajectory But if he succeeds, we could experience a “MORNING IN AMERICA” that will make Reagan’s legendary era of reform and optimism pale in comparison.                                                                  By:  Monica Crowley. (you can read the whole article on line under http://www.newsmax.com.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-OK FOLKS: you decide what kind of America do you want? I have many more accomplishments by Trump for this past year, a good many for the VA and our Veterans which I will list next time. As far as I can see everything Pres. Trump has accomplished is good for this country and it’s people. If you agree, support him and what he is trying to do, and ignore the swamp and its news media. Unless you are part of the swamp or consider yourself and ELITE?  It doesn’t mater what you are: Republican, Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, what maters is what kind of America do you want?  And will you give Pres Trump the chance to give us the America our Founders envisioned: For the People and By the People.
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BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Did you know Friday, Sept 8, was Mary’s birthday?  Pope Benedict XVI said: “Her soul was the space from which God was able to gain access into humanity.” “Today God welcomes on earth the holy throne which he had prepared for himself. He who established the heavens in wisdom has fashioned a living heaven.” (Byzantine liturgy).

The Jews kept records of births, we know Mary was born on Sept. 8. The Catholic Church celebrates her birthday.   Isaiah 11:1-3-A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding. A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.  Joseph was from the line of Jesse who was the father of David the king.

THE BIRTH OF IMMACULATE HUMILITY (MEDITATION OF THE DAY)

The devil really likes…pride…because it is the principle and source of all sin. On the other hand, it displeases God just as much as it pleases the devil. God is displeased by pride, and pleased by humility. God was so pleased with Mary’s humility that his goodness compelled him to give her the WORD, his Only Begotten Son–and she was the wonderful Mother who gave (that Word) to us. You know well that God’s Son did not take flesh within Mary until she had clearly expressed both her will and her humility by saying. Ecce ancilla Domini. Let it be done to me according to your Word. But as soon as she had said this, she conceived within her the dear spotless Lamb. By this, gentle First Truth was showing us how excellent this little virtue is, and how much those receive who in humility give their will as an offering to their Creator…………………….(Saint Catherine of Siena)

Prayer: Oh God, you gave life to the world through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of the Blessed Virgin for whose birth we give thanks this day. Grant us, we beseech you, the grace to honor with our lives the Savior whom she bore, Christ our Lord. Amen

A TEACHING MOMENT-OFFER IT UP

This was not the Blog I had planned for this AM but our Deacon Dave wrote in the church bulletin about a subject I have been talking about ever since I had breast cancer in 2001 or 2001.  My mother used to say this to me, it may be a Catholic way of praying that goes back hundreds of years, but it makes sense. OFFER IT UP…offer your suffering up for another, here it is:

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“I remember when I was much younger when I would stub my toe, get a cut on my finger, had a stomach ache, or just plain felt ill, my mother said I should, ‘offer it up.’ I often wondered just what that meant. Through the years, I would use those those words often, but her meaning never really sunk in deeply until I had encountered other types of sufferings later on in life.

Her explanation still rings in my ears. “Offer up your pain and suffering to God as a sacrifice.” My reply was often, ‘to what? For what?’ The teachings of the Church had not been firmly embedded in me at the time. I had no heard of ‘REDEMPTIVE SUFFERING’and if I had, I probably wouldn’t have understood it fully.

In short, redemptive suffering is attaching whatever pain, suffering, or discomfort you may have to Christ’s suffering on the cross for relief for the souls in Purgatory, for the specific relief of someone else’s pain and suffering, or given to God to be used as He sees fit.

It isn’t that Christ did not suffer enough, so that he needs our miseries to be added to his: it is just that he allows us to be part of the healing out of pure love.  The simplest and clearest analogy I’ve heard is that of a mother, baking a chocolate cake in the kitchen. She has everything she needs and doesn’t need anything or anyone else to help. In comes her little three year old daughter who says, ‘Mumma, can I help?’ And love receives. Love doesn’t say, ‘No thanks, I have enough, goodbye.’ So mother says, ‘Sure, honey.’ and the little girl throws in her attempt with a half beaten egg and mess of flower.

Shift gears. God doesn’t NEED our help. But if we offer our painful feet, our pesky cold, our cancer , our heart problems, our annoyance with the person who just cut us off in traffic to God and say, ‘GOD, PLEASE TAKE THIS___________as a gift and unite it to your suffering on the cross. Use it for.._____________or whatever way you wish.’  That is making the best possible use of suffering. WHY WASTE IT?”

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And there you have it.  WHY WASTE IT? Don’t think this is easy. Sometime the pain and suffering is so much you can’t think…teach others in your family to help you think about “Offering it up” when you are in extreme suffering that never seems to end. This is what is so wrong and so hard about assisted suicide, which is so wrong, and devastating, but sometime may seem the only answer for you or those who love you. Remember GOD HAS A PLAN, so offer up your suffering for someone who is worse off than you. Teach your family to do the same things.  It does mater, God does listen, He does have a plan for you and He is in control. (Suffering on this earth may get you straight to heaven, we won’t know until we get there)

PRAYER;  Heavenly Father, you cannot be outdone in generosity, for you have given us the gift of life in the Spirit. Give us the grace to be open to this gift, that we may serve you and our brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW…

ANOTHER GOOD THING PRES. TRUMP HAS DONE:

WE HAVE AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC.. I EXPECT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT BY NOW?

HOW ARE OFFICIALS RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS? According to an article by AARP Mag. The Dept of Health and Human Services is administering nearly a billion dollars in grants over the next two years to states and territories for prevention programs, treatment and training for health professionals. Meanwhile, 46 states now have caps on the quantity of opioid drugs that a Medicaid patient can receive, and 42 states have established medical criteria that a person must meet before getting a prescription through Medicaid. (Hopefully some of these grants will be used to help working and retired persons that make and pay the taxes in the country(my thought). PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CREATED A COMMISSION ON DRUG ADDICTION, HEADED BY NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, TO STUDY THE ISSUE. AND CONGRESS PASSED LEGISLATION IN 2016 TO AID THOSE STRUGGLING WITH PAIN AND ADDICTION.

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS? Opioids are powerful drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. Traditionally these drugs have been used by people who are recovering from surgery or coping with highly painful diseases or injuries. Opioids are narcotics, meaning they affect your mood or behavior and can cause drowsiness.  They work by attaching to receptors in the brain and other areas of the body, inhibiting the transmission of pain signals. Opioids can also create a sense of euphoria, and they are highly addictive.  Opioids are related to opium, Modern factory produced opioids are only slightly different in chemical makeup from the opiates derived from opium poppy flowers. The mood-altering effects of opium have been know for centuries.

WHY IS THIS AN EPIDEMIC?

Prescription opioids were initially administered primarily for short term bouts of pain. But starting in the 1990’s doctors began to prescribe them more to treat chronic pain. Long-term use led to higher levels of addiction and overdoses among wide swaths of the population. Since 1999 the number of overdose deaths that were attributed to opioid misuse has quadrupled. About half of those deaths in 2015 were from prescription opioid drugs.

NOTE: according to this article, BECAUSE people over 50 tend to have more pain, they seem to be more susceptible to opioid drug overdoses.  In 2015, 22,598 Americans dies from prescription opioid overdoses, according to data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Maine rated 6th in the list of states that had the highest rates of death per 100,000 residents with 16.3%.  1. W. VA 28.9; 2 New Hamp. 28.0; 3 Rhode Isl. 19.8; 4.Mass. 17.0; 5 Ohio 16.4;  6 Maine 16.3; 7 Kentucky 15.3; 8 Utah 15.1; 9. Tenn. 13.1; 10. Maryland 12.2.

In my opinion it is high time doctors fine non-addictive drugs to alleviate pain. Also, the doctors and the adds need to stop telling us we can live pain free. The fact is pain is part of life.  We can offer pain up to God for other suffering people or for people in Purgatory When I was growing up adults used to tell us when we complained about minor things, “offer it up”. Perhaps we should get back to that?

 

 

GOOD THINGS PRES. TRUMP DOES FOR US

PRESIDENT TRUMP DID;;;; I am so tired of reading all the stuff Pres. Trump doesn’t do or things that don’t please certain individuals or the liberal press that when i get a chance, from now on, I am posting things that he does that are good for everyone, even those that criticize constantly. so today;

VIETNAM WAR VETS HAVE THEIR DAY. President Trump signed a proclamation into law that officially designates March 29 an annual national day of recognition for veterans of the Vietnam War. It recognizes the day in 1973 when the bulk of U.S. troops left South Vietnam, and Hanoi released the remaining U.S.POWs.

“This makes it official, which pleases VFW,” said Carlos Fuentes, director of VFW’s National Legislative Service. “Vietnam War veterans deserve to be recognized with their own official day.” Public Law 115-15, The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. encourages citizens, businesses and other institutions to display the U.S. flag on March 29. Sen Joe Donnelly (D-Ind) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R.Pa.)authorized the legislation.
According to statistics compiled by VFW magazine:
3,403,100 million personnel (including 514,300 off shore) served in the South China Sea waters. 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam from Jan. 1 1965 to March 28, 1973. 303,704 personnel were wounded. 47,418 personnel died of hostile causes, 10,811 personnel died of non-hostile causes. (as a reference 50,000 personnel died in WWII) According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, as of March 29 a total of 1,580 U.S. military personnel and 31 civilians are still unaccounted for from the war.Please pass this along.

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PENTECOST SUNDAY- the explanation

by Bishop Robert Barron

From all eternity, the Father looks at the Son and the Son looks at the Father. What each sees is utter perfection and beauty. And so each, as Venerable Fulton Sheen said, sighs his love for the other. This shared breath is what our tradition calls the Spiritus Sanctus, the love breathed back and forth between the Father and the Son.

This is the same Holy Spirit that hovered over the chaotic waters at creation, that spoke through the prophets and patriarchs, that overshadowed the Virgin at the Annunciation, that drove Jesus into the desert, and that the Lord breathed (appropriately enough) on his disciples the night of Easter. How marvelous that this sacred breath is associated with the forgiveness of sins: Receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.  

In an acrobatic act of love, the Father sent the Son all the way to the limits of godforsakenness, all the way to the furthest end of our rebellion and isolation. This is the central drama of the cross. Then, in the Holy Spirit, he drew the whole fallen world, which the Son had embraced, back to himself. And this is precisely why the Spirit is the great principle of mercy. In the words of absolution, the priest prays, “God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.”

On the feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the fact that this breath, this wind, this hurricane of mercy has been loosed upon the world.

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Jesus told us: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray to the Father and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”(Jn 14:15-17)

Jesus knew the difficulties we would face in life. He knew the help and the strength and the wisdom and courage that would be needed so as to not fall into severe discouragement or even despair. When you were baptized, the Holy Spirit was given you to lead you into the fullness of Truth itself. He was given you to accompany you through the struggles and the joys that life on this earth would bring.  It is not a pious idea; it is not a metaphor. God chose to share with you, His very own Spirit.  When you became his sons and daughters in baptism, you genuinely were brought into the family of God. He desires to accompany you through all your daily activities and relationships. He wants to impart his priorities, equip you with all you need to live his will which is guaranteed to bring you to eternal life.

So often, I think we heard these truths when we were young and then discarded them as we grew older. We never really understood that God so loved us that he would not only never abandon us, but he would walk with us through every moment of life. The catch? There is no catch. We just have to invite him in to our everyday life–every day–and watch how he will guide us, if we ask for his help. Jesus wants to share his very own Spirit-that is, the love between the Father and the Son-a love so great that it is the third person of the Trinity.  The Holy Spirit dwelling in you longs to care for you, guide you and lead you home to union with the Father and the Son for all eternity.

Today is the feast of Pentecost. Pray for your family, for your pastor, your parish, your friends, yourself. Pray with faith. God knows even better than we the state of the world and the Church. He knows our needs as only a loving father can. He wants to supply what he knows we need. Let’s trust him and ask. (in part-from the “Catholic TV Monthly)

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PRAYER: Today, O Lord, through the mystery of Pentecost, you sanctify your Church in every place and nation. Pour out the gifts of the Spirit upon the whole world, and bring to completion in the hearts of your faithful the work of love which you began with your first proclamation of the kingdom, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (from the MAGNIFICAT)

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Remember, without the gifts of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost there would be no Christianity and no Church. The apostles and the disciples would never have had tht courage to leave that upper room and spread the word of Jesus Christ throughout the world. The Word would have died in that upper room. Ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit daily to help you do, go and say what Jesus wants. Ask for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in every word you speak.

GO WITH GOD…….AND HAVE A BLESSED LIFE. YOU CAN BE TREMENDOUS WITH HIS HELP!

THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE AC

OK, folks, you will see all kinds of scare tactics on this to force the Senate to vote down this new Healthcare Act.

Let’s face it, Obama Care (The Affordable Care Act) that is only affordable for those who don’t work and don’t pay taxes, or for those who qualify for help. The rest of the taxpayers in this country can’t afford the good coverage that they receive. Also, they are loosing Insurance Companies like flies. It is a failure, but Democrats refused to make the necessary changes or can’t. Also, the Govt. has gone into areas where they have no business going, “forcing employers and employees to pay for abortion which they believe is murder”. This bill changes the necessary ingredients and leave it open for more corrections in the future.  Here is some of the reliable information I thought you might be interested in. _______________________________________________________________________________

WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
HAVEN’T I HEARD THIS BEFORE?
Yes. About six weeks ago, Republicans came close to voting on the AHCA. Ultimately, the bill was pulled. So, moderate and conservative Republicans spent time working together to improve the legislation.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?
The updated AHCA is the same bill as before, but with three important changes.
Palmer/Schweikert Amendment: creates a new federal risk-sharing program, a high-risk pool that will lower costs for people with pre-existing conditions, and lower costs for everyone else.
The MacArthur Amendment: allows states to apply for waivers to three of Obamacare’s costliest mandates: essential health benefits; age rating; and community rating, but only if the state has a risk-sharing program to help individuals with pre-existing conditions afford coverage.This new flexibility will allow states to design insurance frameworks that are right for their unique populations, providing superior care and lowering costs for patients.
The Upton-Long Amendment: dedicates $8 billion solely to reducing premiums and other out-of-pocket costs for patients in the individual market with pre-existing conditions who do not maintain continuous coverage and who live in states that receive a waiver to redesign their insurance market.
SO… IS IT LAW?
Not quite. Next it goes to the Senate and then to the White House, where it is signed into law. Don’t worry. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way.

WAIT, IS CONGRESS EXEMPT?

No. Yesterday, Congress also voted on the McSally Bill, which ensures that Members of Congress and their staff live by the same health care rules as everyone else.
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NOW FROM THE HOUSE GOP
We did it!
Today, the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act, fulfilling the promises we made to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Today, we voted to offer relief to all Americans suffering under Obamacare’s burdensome weight.
Today, we made history.
Once signed into law, our country will have relief from soaring premiums, evaporating choices, and top-down government mandates. Through the AHCA, we are lowering costs, increasing choice, and returning power back to the people.
Together with President Trump, we’ve passed a bill that:
Dismantles Obamacare taxes
Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties
Protects those with pre-existing conditions
Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid
Empowers individuals and families through HSAs
Provides monthly tax credits for low- and middle-income families
While this is a monumental first step, it is only the first step. There is still work to be done.
Secretary Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services will take administrative actions to create a healthier insurance market and alleviate the burden the harmful health care mandates imposed on Americans.
Congress will also consider more smaller pieces of legislation to continually improve our health care system.
Thank you so much for your support. Now, let’s celebrate the passing of the AHCA!____