Just plain wrong
It's clear who will benefit from the new tax plan in Washington: the rich. What we are hearing less about is who will pay the consequences -- and that's hardworking, low-income Americans.
This year we've already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps). So after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to millionaires, those same critical programs would likely wind up back on the chopping block. Meanwhile, the new tax reform bill would unravel our health care system by repealing the individual mandate.
With one in eight Americans below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong. I hope we can count on our U.S. senators to stand up against this plan.
Kudos to Andrew DeBerry of DeBerry Funeral Directors for spending a lot of time and money to have a proper burial for the Army veteran whose body went unclaimed for at least a month. I saw the story last night on the local news and went to the funeral at the DFW National Cemetery.
The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders were there, as well as 50 to 100 people. The veteran was a combat medic in Vietnam, was wounded and received the Purple Heart as well as other decorations for his selfless service to our country.
This hero may have died alone but his brothers and sisters in arms were there at his final resting place.
As the drums of war get louder with each passing day, I want to pass along some words of wisdom from a few clear thinking elders:
Albert Einstein once wrote, "Older men start wars but younger men fight them."
Herbert Hoover wrote, "Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die."
And especially for our president and his hawkish supporters, the words of George McGovern ring true. "I am fed up to my ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die."
It is important to remember that in earlier arms races, we along with Russia and China tested many atomic weapons and fired many test missiles. Does it really make sense in this king-of-the-hill time of conflict to threaten military force because another country wants to join the club?