VENGEFUL VALUES: THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN POLITICS

NICOLE KALI

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VENGEFUL VALUES: THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN POLITICS


FAKE FAITH

Zero empathy emanates from the GOP in 2017. President Trump, VP Pence, Secretary of Education DeVos and others masquerade as religious allies or heroes. They're really Christian tyrants in office.

Mike Pence is the "inside man" for White House's religious connection. Trump relies on him to do the job.

"My Christian faith is at the very heart of who I am," he clarified in last year's vice presidential debate (ABC). Uh-oh.


Mike Pence at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, June 6th 2017. The U.S. and Vatican flags join together.

A week before, Trump met Pope Francis.

Trouble brews when a political figure says "the Catholic Church and its millions of parishioners have been a force for good in our communities large and small throughout our land, throughout our history" (C-SPAN).

As if Father Serra and Spanish missions didn't create generational Native genocide!

America's Vice President speaks at pro-life events, guest-stars on Dobson's Family Radio and more.

James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Ralph Reed sit on Trump's evangelical advisory board. Franklin Graham's a trusted ally. He pretends to be a good guy. Truthfully, Graham is an anti-LGBT and Islamophobic evangelical leader.

The Oval Office has rallied with Christian lawmakers and organizations across the country. Where's the line between church and state?


Alfeyev, Graham and Pence at Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.

 Belief's rationale for attacks like the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the transgender bathroom bill or Muslim ban. Hatred hates behind religion.

"Jesus wasn’t real loving sometimes", says Franklin Graham. Evil as it sounds.

Some supporters would say Christianity hasn't negatively impacted the United States' government or society.

Then why do these politicians use the faith to oppress? Why is that a centuries-old trend? American politics use white religious patriarchy's logic.

We're seeing the head-on collision. The truth comes even from conservative Christians, awakened by Kali.

Now a critical eye's on incompetent prudes at the top.

History is made every minute as the "pious" right bring their doom with economic, religious hypocrisy. Want to see the worst offenses?

DEFENSE SPENDING

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has released a statement (in a GOP-closed door conference) that 12 appropriation bills will be finished by next week (Politico).

U.S. House of Representatives passed a $696 billion defense policy bill. What if it doesn't die on the Floor?

The House measure H.R. 2810 (115)'s called the National Defense Authorization Act. 117 Democrats rallied in approval. Only eight Republicans said no. You can track its progress here.

H.R. 2810 (115) exceeds Trump's prior $603 billion defense request for fiscal year 2018, not to mention the Budget Control Act's $549 billion cap.

Neither the Senate Armed Services Committee or House Appropriations Committee care. And why would they? Defense contracts rise every day. War's business, just like U.S. history shows.


2% boost after the May Syria missile strike. Raytheon also declared deals with Saudi Arabian government after Yemen's crimes (CNN).

Wall Street chaos got involved. Ironically they hire veterans to help in "facilitating career and business opportunities" (VOWS).

Military officials lead financial operations at BoA or JPMorgan (link). The big banks lure them in after war desensitization.

 Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have stock to gain from H.R. 2810 (The Street).

What's going on? $621.5 billion is set for national defense, and an additional $75 billion for war funding (x). Troops get a 2.4% raise. Is that "Christian" when social services and veterans at home already need the assistance?


Trump on USS Gerald Ford in Newport News, VA.

$10 billion simultaneously disappears from foreign aid. The latest budget gives $47.4 billion to U.S. foreign affairs spending in 2018 (Devex). Thank Paul Ryan for that.

Leadership has time to reassess the 12 spending bills before August's recess. The GOP lead a disastrous fight against their own voting base.

BAD EDUCATION

Cut the bullshit and be honest that Secretary Betsy DeVos thinks she is "advancing God's kingdom" in her reform. Christian influence in schools was never this sinister.

She scammed into the political world through Dick DeVos' Amway fraud and super-wealthy family. DeVos advertises her strange ideas nationally, after building up crooked religious right funds (Mother Jones).

She grew up in Holland, Michigan: a city stuck on 1850's Protestant Dutch laws where you can't yell from 11 A.M to 7 A.M and alcohol just became legal on Sunday!

Christianity reigns supreme in this small rural town, and it could be anywhere. Holland Christian Schools are the eerie blueprint for Secretary DeVos' "God" education plan. Evolution wasn't on the curriculum there till 1991. Tax money already allows alternatives (creationism) in public school.


Go to 26:15 for comments on public funds for Christian education.

HEALTH PLANS FOR FAILURE

President Donald Trump acts like a tyrannical child on a better budget. Senate's health bill continues to fall facedown.

"I don't even want to talk about it because I think it would be very bad." Surreality hits its peak in this Pat Robertson CBN interview.


Pat Robertson seems to get the picture, Christian values need some correction.

So a national leader threatens elected officials with a mafia ultimatum...on a religious network. Wow.

The new revisions include Sen. Cruz's awful 'Consumer Choice': barer, cheaper policies in available insurance plans.


Texas Senator Cruz

Ted Cruz talks about strong faith all the time. Guess it might be broken.

Customers can also feel free to use health services accounts (HSA's) for premium payments. The medical industry does not agree (CNN), and neither does Nicole Kali.

Taxpayers can only fund a HSA if their health plan has a yearly deductible of $1,700 for individual coverage, or $2,600 for family coverage (American Progress).

Rich families (earning $500,000 or more) can save five times more than a family with $100,000. Senate's health bill is a nasty snub to the have-nots.

This is a struggle to survive. Who exactly does the GOP support?

Scott Serota is Association of Independent Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans CEO.

Their 38 locally operated, non-profit companies help 100 million Americans and their families (Medical Billing and Coding) be able to afford health insurance.

"I'm writing to make clear my view on how the 'Consumer Freedom Option' is unworkable as it would undermine pre-existing condition protections, increase premiums and destabilize the market."

The proposed $200 billion fund offsets sick employee costs. But it opens up a high-risk pool where everyone gets the shorter end of the stick (Vox).

Older, sick consumers pay for decent coverage since they can't afford more than bare-bones. Healthier and/or younger buyers are incentivized to do something anti-health.

They would pay higher premiums on the decent plans (high as $25,700 per year) (AARP), and wait up to a year for insurance to start. So Cruz's amendment prompts them to take non-compliant insurance.

 Deregulation's pushed without second thought. (Vox) It definitely affects the quality of health and insurance for all Americans.

ORGANIZED FRAUD AND WAR ON WOMEN

During BCRA's debacle, there is the DOJ-dubbed "largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history". 120 doctors broke the law by prescribing and distributing dangerous narcotics. Drug dealers aren't who we thought.

412 people were involved in a $1.3 billion health fraud and opioid scam. The Department of Justice busted them on July 14th. TRICARE and other 114 health care providers got caught (Justice).


Jeff Sessions and Tom Price (left)

Almost 300 health care professionals have received suspensions from this. Yet the GOP keeps lying. Head of Health and Human Services Tom Price lies in almost every appearance.

"What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks." (CNN)


"Just follow the script."

Tom Price voted out Title X: a crucial contraception subsidiary for women with less income too (x). Don't trust him.

"Bring me one woman who has been left behind. There's not one woman who doesn't have access to birth control." Sounds like a lie he told in 2012.

And such a devout believer too. VP Mike Pence and director Price specifically don't want women to have contraceptive access, because "Christian family values" demand it.


Vice President visiting Focus on the Family. James Dobson owns it, Betsy Devos' foundation donated $232,000 or more. Want to know more about the organization?

Pence said in a 2011 March for Life rally that Roe v. Wade "should be reduced to ash". That same year, "he was willing to shut down the federal government" to defund Planned Parenthood. He got his wish. Biblical values, family values and respect for women don't mix.

"A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord." [Ecclesiastes (26:14-15)]

DESTRUCTIVE SEX EDUCATION AND TEEN PREGNANCY

Let's talk about the Trump administration killing $213.6 million in youth pregnancy prevention and research programs (RevealNews).

80 institutions have lost them. Is this the Twilight Zone?

Trump has green-lit removal of funding for five-year grants plus projects which help teenagers make safe sexual decisions. Quite an ignorant, invasive and stupid maneuver (x).

Native American teen pregnancy efforts suffer alongside the Apache Nation-Johns Hopkins youth work in Arizona, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s counseling, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and other projects.

"We are just reeling. We’re not sure how we’ll adapt," Jennifer Hettema is an associate research professor at the University of Mexico.

She develops ways for doctors to help Native American and Latino teenagers with avoiding pregnancy (RevealNews). Teaching is integral to their sexual decisions.

"There are thousands of health care providers in this country who are winging it in terms of how to talk to teens about unintended pregnancies."

That explains why over 25% of U.S. girls get pregnant by 20 (x). These are hard facts to accept. Thirty percent of teenage girls dropping out? They weren't given support and had to leave school (NCSL).


Thirty years later, has this issue gotten better? Not with cuts!

40% of adolescent moms graduate at most. Two-thirds of their families will be generationally poor. 25% need state assistance.

Teens' past, present and future rely on what Trump's administration decimates in this latest budget (x). Many young parents have no one else, no support. This is a bad investment no matter how it is shown.

How can we turn our backs on the next generation of girls and children? The Bible Belt has historically paid for religious influence on law. Its children have to fight every step.

Teenage pregnancy and sexual disease epidemic rates are high in states with Christian leadership. It's not about prevention. This is about punishment and sexual perversion.

HIGH-COST INSURANCE

One-in-eight nonelderly residents in North Dakota, Ohio and Nevada would say goodbye to insurance with Senate's bill (CNN). 22 million will be uninsured from it alone.

Medicaid will be defunded $772 billion if the BCRA has enough votes. Get any greedier? WWJD?

Someone needs to kick these grubby assholes a lesson. Two taxes on the wealthy don't equal coverage.

Those were from Obamacare times anyway, and only included to woo moderate senators. The tax resurrection saves U.S. government $230 billion over ten years (CNN).

DOUBLE DIPPING IN SENATE'S HEALTH BILL

A lower-income "innovation fund" will increase $70 billion to $132 million (TheHill). Maine Senator Susan Collins had a hunch.

"It seems to me you're using that money over and over again." (Talking Points Memo)  

"It's supposed to relieve the cost of high premiums. It's supposed to solve the problem with deductibles being unaffordable. It's supposed to be available for high-risk or reinsurance pool."

Double-dipping? With crooks like Ted Cruz, Tom Price and company? It's true, financial experts confirm.

"The Cruz amendment then redirects that same money to make payments to insurers designed to mitigate the problems that the Cruz amendment would create in the ACA-compliant market." (x)

So this may create deficit, not options and surplus. The GOP will invent money to taunt the poor.

DRUG EPIDEMIC AND TREATMENT

Senate's new bill does afford $45 billion up from a $2 billion opioid fund (CNN). As previously documented, the epidemic needs $190 billion for real results.

The fiscal budget plus Senate's BCRA strip those down significantly. 

America's spiral into opioid addiction should be a government fix. Where does 90% of heroin grow? Afghanistan.

Who patrols it overseas? $45 billion couldn't address such an entrenched issue and is "a tiny fraction of what Medicaid is already providing millions of people" (NBC).

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Capito met with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday, July 14 (x). She discussed her state's connection to addiction, disabilities, poverty and rural health care access.


Might've mentioned West Virginians are largely Christian, and expect Trumpcare to have their back.

"There's a lot of unanswered questions particularly coming from a state that has a high percent of people with pre-existing conditions," Sen. Capito said Thursday.


Boone Memorial Hospital's empty beds, West Virginia. Credit: Kara Lofton and WV Public Broadcasting

Joshua Sharfstein is a Bloomberg School of Public Health Professor with the right idea.

"The bill would be a disaster if it passed." (x)

Addicted Americans "need comprehensive health care which addresses many of the contributing causes of the addiction," says Sharfstein. "And what Medicaid brings to people is actual medical care."

States receive funding for many health-related services through CDC programs AND Medicaid. Public readiness plummets, as risk for disease and chronic illness goes up.

"To cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions over the next 10 years will make the comparatively small amount specifically dedicated to the opioid crisis less effective, rather than more effective," Dr. Matthew Davis warns (NBC).

"To address the nation's opioid epidemic will require additional funding."

FURTHER OPPOSITION

Sen. Susan Collins opposed again (CNN).

"The only thing that can change that is if the CBO announcement, which come out on Monday, indicates that there would be far fewer [cuts] in Medicaid."

"We should not be making fundamental changes in a vital safety net program that’s been on the books for 50 years, the Medicaid program, without having a single hearing." (CNN)

Mila Kofman reminded that 96% of all D.C. residents have health insurance (Afro). That's an amazing number. D.C.'s maintained among the highest national rates if you consider the city's state-level jurisdiction.

"Even before Obamacare, the District has had a relatively low uninsured rate historically. That is because we have one of the most expansive Medicaid plans in the country and many small businesses have affordable health care plans."


A patient receiving care at the University of Vermont

"There is also coverage for veterans and for federal government and District government employees. Many large companies in the city offer their employees’ health care, also." (Afro)

Our capital stands to lose that 96%, and so much more.

"A lot of people will lose coverage, premiums will skyrocket, and the emergency room visits will increase.”

Religious groups themselves have lost patience.

"The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urges you to oppose any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that protects poor and vulnerable people.

Before any legislation had been proposed, the bishops were clear that a repeal ought not be undertaken. To end coverage for those who struggle every day without an adequate alternative in place would be devastating." (USCCB)

CURRENT REALITY

A nightmare is growing closer. Nicole Kali is protector from evil, taking on a role from ancient times. So we have to tell the truth.

Christian hypocrisy is on its way out. You can feel it in the air.

President Trump isn't well enough to remember his word. He said in May "preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it." (CNN)

Republican bill drafters do not "actually have a clause that guarantee coverage" for anyone.

"We've set up a pool for the pre-existing conditions so that the premiums can be allowed to fall." (CNN)

Cutting services for children, young adults and elderly citizens is no economic boost. This cruelty is a premeditated murder by the higher classes. Once again, corporate America uses religion to "win".

Get real. Republicans think life means death, and there's proof. Nicole Kali wasn't aware needing help was criminal.

The GOP need a reminder.

In my storm, we will have regeneration. But chaos is inevitable.


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