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The “Obamaphone” Nonsense

The “Obamaphone” Nonsense

So recently, I retracted a prior criticism of former POTUS Barack Obama – the whole “food stamp president” nonsense. While this post isn’t a retraction, I want to share my thoughts on another erroneous label affixed to him – the infamous “Obamaphone”. The ironic thing about this, is that it’s origins are rooted back to 1984 when some Americans were still in “Will we ever see a black president?” mode. A “Barack Obama” if you will, was still a dream. 1984? Yep. When Ronald Reagan was president. Some even argue that it goes back as far as Roosevelt, but I digress. That year, the FCC created the Lifeline Assistance program. That’s the actual name of the “Obamaphone” program, technically. 

Obviously, cellular phones weren’t ubiquitous as they are now, in 1984, which is why the program provided free landline phone service, mainly to senior citizens. Interestingly enough, after eight years of the Obamaphone misnomer, so many remain ignorant of its history.  Am I the only one who’s never heard of an “Reaganphone”? What about a “Bushphone”? “Clintonphone” perhaps? What about a “Trumpphone”? (that sounds like the world’s worst megaphone ever). You haven’t because they were never labeled as such, even though the program existed in every presidency since Reagan. In fact, Safelink Wireless offered the first such cellular (keyword alert!) phone service in Tennessee in 2008, near the end of Bush’s second term. Barack Obama wasn’t elected until November of 2008. The program started three months earlier. 

There are some very, obvious motives and suspicious undertones, if I’m polite, associated with slapping this erroneous, derogatory misnomer onto the first black president, and literally none of his predecessors, but for now I’m not gonna go there (Hmm, no pun intended, but, did I just do that?). Now to be fair, the number of participants in the program, did increase significantly under the Obama administration, but that’s to be expected, with the expansion of any government program to assist the destitute in a recession. It’s a domino effect. If you had no problem with the program under Reagan, both Bush’s or Clinton, it’s simply hypocritical to have whined about it for the last eight years under Obama. I’ll be discussing three more things, I, and/or my political “macro tribe” got wrong, or, that were generally misunderstood or wrong when it comes to Obama. Then I’ll balance it by discussing the same number of things I stand by firmly, as far as my criticism of his presidency goes. Stay with me folks, this is about to get really interesting…

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Politics, Society, Uncategorized

 

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I Was Wrong about Obama

Greetings friends!

I’m back with my latest musing, on why I was wrong about a prior criticism of former president Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package. As a Republican and Conservative libertarian, I have to work harder at objectivity when assessing his successes and failures. My missive here is to share one of his successes, which I erroneously deemed a failure:

After researching certain aspects of Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, I now see the labeling of him as the “food stamp president” quite differently. I haven’t written about it in a while, but I think a prior criticism I hurled his way was wrong. I didn’t agree with people calling him the “FSP” – I stand by that, but I understood why many called him that. Some attributed it to racism, and I’m sure that’s true for some percentage of his opponents, but certainly not all. I refuse to entertain the notion that all, or most Republicans are racists. It’s a stereotype, and I don’t play those games. In his economic stimulus, he expunged the work requirements, making the SNAP/FS program more accessible to Americans in need. We were in a recession, people were out of work and losing their homes. Many who had never received any government aid, found themselves swallowing their pride to feed their children. Most had at least one job, but simply didn’t make enough to make ends meet. It’s still true today that most SNAP recipients are working.

Barack Obama helped millions defray their cost of living by putting food on their tables. In other words, the criticism was that under his presidency, the highest number of people were food stamp recipients, due to the economic crisis. While there’s some truth to that, it’s a bit misleading for me and others (like Newt Gingrich), to assert, that he was responsible for the economic crisis, therefore forcing people on the SNAP program. That’s a faulty cause and effect. No, he recognized the crisis we were in, cause notwithstanding, and deliberately (key word) expanded the program, so millions could eat. The trade off was that the number of recipients under his watch soared. He deliberately took that hit on his economic report card. You don’t have to be a member of MENSA to understand, that loosening rigid requirements means more qualified applicants. You may not agree with his solution, and that’s your prerogative, but it was his solution, in his best judgment. The ends justified the means to him. That’s the job America hired him to do. If you want me to believe, that a Harvard educated attorney and former Senator couldn’t foresee, that the number of recipients would increase after removing work requirements, you may as well be asking me to believe in five-legged unicorns. Believing that is also an attack on his intelligence, and mine. You’d also have to ignore the trillions in debt, created by Bush before him. 

Some will argue that his motive was to increase government dependency – one rung on the ladder of socialism. The problem lies in the fact that it never happened. We aren’t a socialist nation. If I’m wrong and that was his goal, he failed utterly, so it doesn’t matter anyway. There will be criticisms of him that I’ll stand by, but this isn’t one of them. I’m humble enough to retract this view. Of course, there’s a valid counter argument to this reassessment that isn’t lost on me. Once the economy improved and the recession ended (2012), the number of SNAP recipients should have done down. That didn’t happen. The question is why, but that’s a lateral issue, one that’s unrelated to the “food stamp president” label. That’s also another musing.  I’m reassessing my view of his presidency, before writing a critical essay on his legacy. In order to fairly assess his presidency, you have to look beyond the numbers. There’s a lot of gray area. You have to dig deeper. Fair is fair, and this is one view that I’m totally comfortable with amending.

Until next musing,

Talitha K. McEachin

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Tomorrow…

Greeting friends!

Happy Independance day to you all. As you celebrate with family, friends, fireworks & barbecue, here are my thoughts & memories of what this day means to me:

Yesterday was the anniversary of my Dad’s passing and I was totally fine. He’s been gone several years now. Today I remembered us rushing to the hospital, and the coroner literally waiting right near the front door to take his body. The nurse who called us kept her word, that they’d wait until we got there to see him, before letting them take his body. I remember being hit with the reality of his death when I kissed his forehead. It had already grown cold. I knew then – he’s really gone. This is just a shell before me. I smiled and cried at the same time. My sister’s wedding was in two weeks and she had to face the reality, that he wouldn’t be there to walk her down the aisle. She wasn’t going to have the father/daughter dance she had planned. My brother was the last one to see him alive. “Lance, I’m going for a walk. I won’t be long. I’ll see you when I get back,” he said. Those were his last words, except whatever sweet utterances he whispered in the ears of Christ, with his arms outstretched, upward bound. Though they’d been divorced, and amicably so, for several years, I saw my Mom cry for the first time in my life. As the eldest child, I knew that I had to be there for my family, and we had to plan a funeral. My grief would have to wait. I held it in so tightly that my pain manifested physically in the place of its emotional twin. A sudden, severe toothache sent me to the dentist the next morning. My blood pressure was sky high. My pain was going to be released one way or another…

We got in the car to leave and the phone started ringing. His corneas were to be donated to a recipient in need. He had agreed to this on his license and they were the only thing they could take from a 61 year old man with heart disease. Informing us was just a formality. Then we had the heart-wrenching task of informing family and friends. He wasn’t ill, his death was sudden. But what I remember most and first, is going to his home, looking in the refrigerator and seeing chicken already seasoned, ready for the grill – it was for tomorrow. Tomorrow. It’s not promised to any of us. We make plans, but God is in control. The next day was the 4th of July. He was a veteran (USAF) and very patriotic. This makes me a bit sad, until I remember his destination. He was a Christian and very keenly understood what that meant. He made sure my siblings and I understood it too. Often he would pray and ask God to spare him the pain of ever having to bury a child. God granted him that. Knowing he’d transition first, he spoke of wanting to see his three children again in Heaven. That’s up to us. He and my mother have done their part. Ironically, it was he who told me that I should become a writer, or a lawyer. At the time I scoffed at the idea that I should write, or argue for a living. I wanted to become a research scientist. Hmm. Now I’m a writer and I argue all the time. I’m thankful to God for you Daddy. We miss and love you. There has never been a day that has passed by when you weren’t in my thoughts. In a world in which so many don’t know, or don’t have their fathers in their lives, I’m so happy and blessed to not know what that feels like.

Until next musing,

Talitha K. McEachin

 

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Law of the Land, Blame the Victim & Just Print More Money

Greetings Friends,

It is my hope & prayer that each of you are well & prosperous. As promised, each week I’ll share my popular posts from social media. This will give me more time to devote to creative writing. Here are this week’s musings:

Law of the Land

People who want universal healthcare, or to keep Obamacare, without amending the constitution are interesting, if I’m polite. The federal government doesn’t have the constitutional authority to regulate healthcare – it just isn’t in the supreme law of the land. That’s the basis for the 2012 SCOTUS ruling, which declared Obamacare a tax, instead of a mandate. Like it or not, this is the same reason that DOMA had to be expunged. Once again, the federal government has no constitutional authority to define marriage. Obamacare rests on the shoulders of the commerce clause now. The ruling also paved the way for the crowning of the IRS as healthcare king, and is a convenient subterfuge, to protect the ACA against potential, future charges of unconstitutionality. It’s one of the most egregious instances of federal government legerdemain and intrusion. If as a nation, we have to continuously create ways to circumvent the law to appease societal whims, its nothing more than a symbolic combination of dead trees, ink & binding of the past. Some of you should stop clapping. You’re confused. That’s not a cause for celebration.

Blame the Victim

Those who are demonizing Timothy Caughman, the 66 year old black man murdered by James Jackson, a staunch racist, have little to no humanity in them. Folks are bringing up past, negative things about the victim, as if that justifies his murder in any way. They’re also ignoring his positive contributions to his community, but I digress a little. Y’all are sick. Some of the same folks, who are against abortion, because it’s “murder” (and I agree, its legal infanticide), think this man’s life was worth taking, or better stated, it’s worthless.  It’s ridiculous! Besides that, this murder was premeditated, though not specified. The victim was in the wrong place, at the wrong time unfortunately. The racist thug, who knew nothing of Caughman’s past, drove to New York to kill a random black man to send the message of white superiority, and some of y’all are throwing the victim, who had done nothing to this thug, under the bus? Huh? Who does that? #AllLivesMatter crew, where ya’ll at?

Just Print More Money

Excuse my candor, but if your solution to our collective, fiscal woes involves “just printing more money”, you should not participate in discussions of the economy with anyone, other than to listen only. Just sit there and soak it in, and take notes. Those who present & ask me to accept the “print more money” argument, are ya’ll OK? You’re asking me to buy a cup that has the bottom removed, and believe it won’t leak. I don’t mean to be harsh, but this is very, basic, high school level economics. Printing more money & putting it in circulation, without removing an equal amount of old bills devalues the dollar. Folks, this ain’t quantum physics. Even if you don’t understand your error, please don’t say that aloud. I’m embarrassed for you. No, no, no, no, no, no, no! We can’t just print more money people. Stop saying that, it’s ignant’.
Until next musing,

Talitha K. McEachin

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Day 2: Obama’s Successes & Failures 

Greetings Friends! Here is Barack Obama’s Successes & Failures:

Day 2:

Success: His diplomacy with Cuba. His efforts there ended the American embargo that was imposed many decades ago. This is historically significant. One of the ways Castro held onto the reins of power so long, is by blaming the suffering of Cubans on the American embargo. This is probably the longest running shift the blame game in modern history. The Cuban people suffered from being repeatedly smitten by Castro’s’ iron fist – that’s not on us. The increase in tourism will also help the Cuban #economy, but more importantly, our proximity to Cuba is reason enough for both countries to play nice. Obama led this charge – one of his finer moments as commander in chief. I don’t even smoke, but I just might buy one of those cigars Cuba is so well known for just for the heck of it.

Failure: He was unable to keep his promise to close Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. I know most Republicans are opposed to this, with exceptions including John McCain, but I’m not jumping on that right-wing bandwagon. 

From CNN:

“The reasons that Congress is wrong on this issue are well-known: From a security perspective, it is a rallying cry for our enemies, a recruitment tool for terrorists and an embarrassment of our ideals. From a fiscal perspective it makes no sense — it is egregiously expensive,” 

My only addition to this, is that imprisoning detainees indefinitely without a trial, or irrefutable proof of guilt, is a human rights issue for me. To be fair, he has decreased the number of detainees, but that’s not what he promised us. This is a failure of epic proportions. It’s also unAmerican. 

Until next musing,

Talitha McEachin

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Barack Obama’s Legacy, Successes & Failures

Greetings friends,

Each week I’ll be listing one success and one failure of former president Barack Obama. It’s part of a series of blogs in which I’ll examine his legacy, so here goes:

Obama-Winking-300x200Success: He repealed DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which was signed into law by former president Bill Clinton (D) with nearly unanimous, bipartisan support. It defined marriage as being between one man and one woman – the basis for the nuclear family. He was absolutely justified in doing so, because DOMA was inherently unconstitutional. It’s the one time he put on his constitutionalist hat, no matter his motive. This one’s not debatable folks, so I’ll stop there.

 

 

SCOTUS picFailure: He made history, when in 2012, the SCOTUS upheld the ACA as a tax instead of the mandate it really is. However, it was a slick way of evading the defined role of the federal government in the constitution, which doesn’t include the authority to meddle in healthcare. It doesn’t matter how you align politically, or how you feel about the ACA, we have a civil duty to raise Hell over this. We have a responsibility to engage in constitutional apologetics. We can amend it legally, the framers spelled out this process for us, but we can’t trample over it. He took ten steps forward in dismantling DOMA, then ironically, took 20 steps back by throwing the very same constitution under the bus with Obamacare. Epic failure.

Until next musing,

Talitha “TK” McEachin

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in In The News, Politics, Society, Uncategorized

 

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Obamacare, Ad Hominems & Karma

Greetings friends! Here are this week’s musings. Enjoy, share & feel free to respond here, or on social media:

 

SCOTUS picPeople who want universal healthcare, or to keep Obamacare, without amending the constitution are interesting, if I’m polite.The federal government does not  have the constitutional authority to regulate healthcare – it just isn’t in the supreme law of the land. That’s the basis for the 2012 SCOTUS ruling, which declared Obamacare as a TAX, instead of a mandate. It rests on the shoulders of the commerce clause. The ruling also paved the way for the crowning of the IRS as healthcare king, and a convenient subterfuge to evade charges of unconstitutionality. It’s one of the most egregious instances of federal government legerdemain and intrusion. If as a nation, we have to continuously find ways of getting around the law to appease societal whims, its nothing more than a symbolic combination of dead trees, ink & binding of the past. Some of you should stop clapping. That’s not a cause for celebration.

 

Ad Hominems

Personal attacks are not arguments folks. If a person you’re debating disagrees with _77163555_023625299-1you, and presents a cogent argument to counter yours, responding with things like, “WWJD?” or “You don’t care about the poor/those in need,” is a sign that you don’t comprehend your own position enough to present it intelligently. Those are emotional responses, nothing more or less. It’s so annoying, when people assume that if you don’t agree with a policy they favor, it must follow, that you don’t have the best interests of those whose lives will be affected in mind. Nothing could be further from the truth.There’s always more than one way to skin a cat. If I don’t think a particular legislation is the best means for achieving a goal, that doesn’t mean I don’t care. You’re mind reading, and quite unsuccessfully. It’s better to just ask me how I think “issue X” can best be resolved, than telling me what I think, and arrogantly spewing your amateur, junk science psychoanalysis, about how I feel, or who I care about. Stop that. It’s dumb.

And last…

Christians & Karma

fede0bda2376efc4b310fe45dfa78087Christians who assess, that negative events in a person’s life are due to “karma”puzzle me. I don’t know of any scriptures which support this tenet of Hinduism, Buddhism, and several other lesser known religions. What Bible are such persons reading from? Mine doesn’t teach this. Karma is the summation of one’s good and bad acts from their previous and current life, which determinss who and what they’ll be in a future life. In essence, its a cycle of reincarnation. This is heretic for Christians. It amazes me how so many argue that the notion of “reaping what one sows” is & karma are one and the same thing. They’re sadly un or misinformed. Yes, we do reep what we sow, in the sense that God will not allow us to keep being disobedient, but that doesn’t infer punishment, or the reward of existing physically in a future life, as something or someone better or worse. The argument, that the intent of Christians who use the term do so innocently doesn’t fly with me. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions as the saying goes. As Christians, we are charged with evangelism, and in order to be effective, Godly vessels of Jesus Christ, using the proper language among non-believers, and one another is paramount. Our lights should shine, and I don’t think they can when we don’t even bother to use discernment before speaking.

Until next musing,

Talitha “TK” McEachin

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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