Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Seeds are Growing Again

It is spring. A time for nature’s rebirth. All the plants are growing from their silence in winter. The weeds grow sometimes larger and wider than the flowering plants we really want.  So the process of making room for the growth of the beautiful flowers begins. Efforts will be taken so that the beauty will be able to flourish no matter how small they are now. America is now going through a re-birth too. All winter our dreams and aspirations were being stifled through many executive orders threatening to take away the meager funds that support our environment through the Environmental Protection Administration, the Arts through programs like The Endowment of the Arts and Health Care. People woke up and protested and attended town hall meetings and wrote to their Congressmen that we   didn’t want our good seeds bulldozed over; our wonderful programs to die that help us all to flourish as a people.
Politicians want to be well liked. They count on loyal followers to vote for them so they can flourish politically. So, when angry mobs of people protest their every word at town halls. When their mail is full of messages from disgruntled voters, when a Congressman’s reelection is in jeopardy. They listen. In the past 100 days Trump had his way and set the mood for what he thought was important. The American people are angry and do not agree with his policies. We have found out that he cheated and bribed the Russians into helping him get elected. The FBI Director admitted that his actions to do further investigations into Hillary’s e-mails just 12 days before the election cost her votes. Why didn’t he reveal the Russian intervention he knew about before the election too? If Americans knew how close Trump was to the Russians then, would we have elected Trump?
Congress just approved a Spending Bill to keep the Federal Government funded for about 6 months. Yes, America is not a wealthy country anymore. We owe trillions of dollars to China. Trump’s focus in his proposal was to fund heavily more money to the military and more money for his personal security. Thankfully Congress approved some of the small things like perennial flowers that Americans always flourished with. Are the Politicians finally listening to the wants and needs of the American people?
Good things in the Spending Bill include funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting was saved.
The Environmental Protection Agency budget is mostly still intact.
This temporary Budget does not defund Planned Parenthood.
It does not defund sanctuary cities
It does not fund a border wall.

So we have a small victory here but yet it is still a victory for many of the issues Americans have been fighting for. This is what Congress passed as a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown.  This deal will keep the government open through September.  Ironically with a Republican President, House and Senate majority, the Democrats got everything they wanted. Somehow the small flowers were able to be seen through the large crop of stink weeds dominating our government. 

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