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Kevin Gaither
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It's all about the economy and most definitely about the jobs. As with most issues, verification is more important than trust. Remember that (in)famous Carrier deal that Trump and Pence cooked up to save 1,400 jobs? It required $2 million in tax breaks (you know who actually pays for those).

Now, Carrier has announced they are eliminating 632 jobs (moving these to Mexico). This is far below the bad deal Trump-Pence made with taxpayer money.

They don't care about jobs, raising wages, and making your families' lives safer, more rewarding of your hard work, and worthy of your vote.

Let's challenge ourselves and all incumbents in the coming year and a half. We have to do better because we deserve so much better from our elected officials.

https://www.ibj.com/articles/63909-carrier-releases-official-indianapolis-layoff-numbers 
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So, knowing the bad bill of goods they are trying to force down the throats of average Americans, the GOP seem poised to sneak through their American Health Care Act, which guts coverage for preexisting conditions coverage, creates an elder tax, and increases the costs for anyone that's a hardworking average American.

Rep. Shimkus has a voicemail box that is full. I'm gathering that most of the GOP congressional reps are similarly indisposed and out of contact. Why? They don't care about your voice.

So, use this site to easily and freely FAX them right now.

https://faxzero.com/fax_congress/S000364

That's for Shimkus.

This is for anyone else.

https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php

My FAX already was confirmed as being sent successfully in less than 5 minutes. Here is the text of my letter.
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Rep. Shimkus,

Despite numerous attempts by thousands of your constituents to educate you and your staff on healthcare reform, it seems you are poised to vote for the American Health Care Act. This would be devastating to average people of the 15th District. It would result in extreme hardship for the elderly, the chronically ill, and for those who have no access to cheap healthcare coverage.

You have more opportunities to learn about the real impacts of the AHCA on your constituents this Friday at your office’s Traveling Help Desks in Charleston and Arthur. I urge you to attend or to set up a video conference call so that you can view the discussions about the issues that matter to your constituents instead of writing letters that don’t address any of the concerns raised.

The least you can do is to not vote for this bill now. There is no reason to potentially end the lives of citizens in your district because you don’t know enough about the impacts of this bad bill.

When now Vice President Mike Pence became Governor of Indiana, he gutted comprehensive healthcare for the chronically ill. People I know died as a direct result of his decisions. Don’t make the same horrific choices that he made. People’s lives are on the line.
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Well, the GOP has targeted hard working Americans once again. This time, they’ve quickly passed an overhaul of our nation’s overtime rules. You have to work for an employer for 12 continuous months and at least 1,000 hours for these rules to apply to you. Also, you can only receive no more than 80 hours of your paid time off through this new system in a 30 day period, even though you can accrue up to 160 hours.

If the employer or the employee doesn’t keep strict records as to the amount of overtime hours worked/accrued, or the employer alters the records after an employee is fired, laid off, or becomes disabled or ill, then the employee may lose those accrued time-off hours or be forced to fight the employer in court.

Besides those rather obvious drawbacks to HR 1180, there are more concerning issues under the surface. An employer may prefer to allow employees who opt into this new system to work overtime over those employees who wish to be paid overtime instead of accrue time off pay. There is a specific clause that would allow any employer to force an employee to work even when time off was requested, thus forfeiting their pay from overtime work.

This should concern most hard working Americans. It should concern the GOP, but it does not. My own representative, Rep. Shimkus, voted for this bill. He has stopped co-sponsoring really nasty bills like this, but he still votes for them, especially when there is no chance for the public to weigh in before a vote on the floor.

The GOP needs to allow the public to learn about what it’s pushing through in Washington, D.C. Their constituents deserve to know what they are doing to screw them out of pay for the work they’re doing to pay their bills.

https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1180/BILLS-115hr1180rh.pdf
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Amazingly enough, the second 100 days will be an assault on equality, equity, and actual freedom.

The separation of church and state is an ideal that is under direct threat. The reality that some within our government and country wish to scapegoat their religion to discriminate and alienate others should be concerning to us all. However, many people are being misled by their church and political leadership that their religious freedom is somehow being infringed upon, despite the reality that they exercise that religious freedom on a daily basis if they so choose.

What they wish to do is to expand our country’s religious holidays, federally mandated I might add, and expand our country’s present tax exempt status to churches to include political contributions, which they can donate to any political campaign or PAC of their choice.

This is all predicated on the so-called War on Christianity and Christmas perpetrated by fake news sites like angrypatriot and Russian propaganda artists. There is no such war.

Simply because someone happens to greet you with “Happy Holidays” is not an assault on your religious freedom or your religion’s holidays. It’s that person’s choice. You can accept it or not. That is your choice.

The fact that the religious majority in this country with churches of every flavor and stripe on nearly every corner and certainly in every county, town, and city in America believe their religious freedom and liberty needs to be forced down every person that walks into their businesses, every employee they hire, is not just ridiculous, it’s unAmerican. It goes against the very founding of our country.

Just because you disagree with someone based on your religion, doesn’t mean you get to force your religious ideology on them, their families, and their lives. That’s how they do things in Iran, in Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the world. We are not Iran. We are not Saudi Arabia.

This is America, where our rights are actually protected by the First Amendment. Not the right to discriminate, but to avoid being discriminated against.

The real war here is the War on common decency and respect.

https://www.thenation.com/article/leaked-draft-of-trumps-religious-freedom-order-reveals-sweeping-plans-to-legalize-discrimination/

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First there was Killing the Rising Sun, then Killing Patton, you knew Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln couldn’t be far behind. Killing Jesus and Killing Reagan were unexpected.

But, now that Bill O’Reilly has a lot of time on his hands, he’s actually not using a ghost writer to do all the work.

To finish out this esteemed work, he’s set out on the final volume, “Killing My Career.”
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We're going to build that wall! And, no one is gonna pay for that wall except for our great great grandchildren . . . and, if we don't get our way, we'll shut it all down! Hooo Rah!

Oh, yeah, and net immigration across the southern border has been negative for the last 7 years. Who's the sucker now?

http://dailylivingexplorer.blogspot.com/2017/04/americas-suckers-first.html

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We're going to build that wall! And, no one is gonna pay for that wall except for our great great grandchildren . . . and, if we don't get our way, we'll shut it all down! Hooo Rah!

Oh, yeah, and net immigration across the southern border has been negative for the last 7 years. Who's the sucker now?

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I'd say the lessons of 2016 are still ambiguous at best. Everyone is clamoring to have been right in 2016 and to be certain that others acknowledge that distorted reality.

Many competing manipulations and bad strategies were at play, including Bernie Sanders' failure to ever change his message or campaign, which led to his loss. He continues to speak about the same issues in the same way as if it would make any more difference now than it did then. That reminds me of a saying, doesn’t it to you?

That being said, Sanders does evoke emotion and camaraderie in many of today’s youth and young adult populations, not to mention the far left’s embrace of him seems to know no bounds. This too often comes at the cost of allies and respectful dialogue.

Unfortunately, some of Sanders supporters allowed themselves to become Russian agents in 2016, using manipulated leaks and fabricated innuendo to support their continued hatred and anxiety about Hillary Clinton. Ultimately, these divisions and derisive atmosphere wrapped in a fear-based, xenophobic, anxiety-provoking campaign led to the election of Trump.

Hillary did the minimal to resolve these issues in any concerted and effective way. Her campaign became an anti-Trump campaign as much as the core of Sanders support became anti-Hillary and anti-Trump. Anti-individual campaigns aren’t beneficial for an honest discussion, nor for moving the country or a vision forward. They also have a long history of not being successful in America.

It makes little sense for a non-Democrat to rebuild the Democratic Party. He wanted to blow up the Democratic Party. Sanders was at least successful in that much.

It's no mistake that at Bernie's rally where the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez, was in attendance, that Bernie's faithful booed the DNC's new leadership. That's not a welcoming sign for the future of the party, now is it?

http://riseofthemiddle.blogspot.com/2017/04/bernie-sanders-to-rebuild-democratic.html

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I'd say the lessons of 2016 are still ambiguous at best. Everyone is clamoring to have been right in 2016 and to be certain that others acknowledge that distorted reality.

Many competing manipulations and bad strategies were at play, including Bernie Sanders' failure to ever change his message or campaign, which led to his loss. He continues to speak about the same issues in the same way as if it would make any more difference now than it did then. That reminds me of a saying, doesn’t it to you?

That being said, Sanders does evoke emotion and camaraderie in many of today’s youth and young adult populations, not to mention the far left’s embrace of him seems to know no bounds. This too often comes at the cost of allies and respectful dialogue.

Unfortunately, some of Sanders supporters allowed themselves to become Russian agents in 2016, using manipulated leaks and fabricated innuendo to support their continued hatred and anxiety about Hillary Clinton. Ultimately, these divisions and derisive atmosphere wrapped in a fear-based, xenophobic, anxiety-provoking campaign led to the election of Trump.

Hillary did the minimal to resolve these issues in any concerted and effective way. Her campaign became an anti-Trump campaign as much as the core of Sanders support became anti-Hillary and anti-Trump. Anti-individual campaigns aren’t beneficial for an honest discussion, nor for moving the country or a vision forward. They also have a long history of not being successful in America.

It makes little sense for a non-Democrat to rebuild the Democratic Party. He wanted to blow up the Democratic Party. Sanders was at least successful in that much.

It's no mistake that at Bernie's rally where the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez, was in attendance, that Bernie's faithful booed the DNC's new leadership. That's not a welcoming sign for the future of the party, now is it?

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We never actually know if we're being manipulated or made to feel pain and suffering by others. Mostly, people aren’t deliberately attempting to harm others; it’s only a byproduct of not being mindful or aware. That doesn't make it any easier though, does it?


The way we respond to these experiences is more important. An option is to understand that most people are simply coping. They are suffering, and they desperately need others to understand their pain directly. Or, they seek out the perceived origins, believing the source of pain and suffering is an external one.


Some people are deeply wounded: wounded by their misperceptions of others, wounded by their misperceptions of reality, wounded by their misperceptions of themselves. This is the human condition. We’re highly mistaken creatures, and we’re surrounded by others with the same mistaken condition. Mostly, we’re reacting to these conditions. We desperately don’t want to hurt.


We often actually believe our unhappiness and our suffering is being injected into us. I challenge that belief.

Feelings don’t come from outside of us; feelings are already within us. Feelings are like seeds. We water seeds within ourselves, we are watered by the people we surround ourselves with throughout each day, and our seeds are watered by our atmosphere.


We can't make another person happy, and they can never make us happy. We can't force someone to be angry, and they can never force us to be angry. However, our actions, our words, our thoughts, and our feelings impact others. We water seeds within others and within ourselves simultaneously. We cannot possibly control another person, but we can determine which seeds are watered within us.


When people upset us, or trigger our anger and frustration, we can do something different. We can have compassion for the person that is triggering us instead of reacting with anger.


It has to be excruciating to just damage people so carelessly. Imagine that you're not the only one that has a similar reaction to someone lashing out at others and their surroundings. We don't have to continue this cycle. And, only we can break these cycles for ourselves. We may be unable to control others, but we too often don’t want to control our own internal states either.

We don’t want to shut down; we need to open up instead.


This is a very narrow path, one in which we must with vigilance continuously check in as to where we are with both our thoughts and with our feelings as well. Our mistakenness can sneak back into controlling us again at any time. The only way we can counteract that mistakenness is to maintain our awareness with our presence.


We must do this without becoming the prison warden of our thoughts and feelings. We want to become the caretaker, the attentive gardener, instead. This is not about controlling ourselves. It’s about getting to know ourselves.

Why are we the way we are? By even attempting to answer this question, we discover so much about others. This path is directly linked to the well-being of others, and that pathway starts here and now.


We simply begin making attempts to recognize what's going on inside of us. When people are mad at us, we just go back to knowing that we have no ill intent. We don't intend harm to anyone. That does not mean we haven't done harm, but we absolutely know that we would not harm anyone with intention.


We only want the best for all people. We don’t want them to suffer. And, people are suffering greatly. They're in so much pain. And, the way they manage can end up damaging others, but more than that, it's most damaging to themselves.


Finding understanding for this doesn't take away the bad acts of others. It can, however, give us space: to own our own experiences, to see what they are doing for what it is, to not allow ourselves to once again revert into a mistaken way of thinking and feeling, to go back to the mistaken way we were before.


We are just like them, and they are just like us. If we keep coming back to that truth, we immediately cool down our reactivity, and we immediately begin taking care as opposed to continuing the cycle of pain and suffering, of mistakenness, and of ignorance.


Only we can break this cycle for ourselves. This begins to slowly decrease the damage we create for ourselves and for others. And, moment by mindful moment, we become a beacon in the darkness of ignorance. We can do this, we need only try.

http://ignoranceridding.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-attentive-gardner-breaking.html
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