You’re a Mean One, Grinch Trump

You’re a mean one, Mr. Trump,
You really are quite rude,
You’ll pick a fight with anyone,
Your language is quite crude, Mr. Trump,
When you open your mouth to speak
You prove you are quite unglued.

You are a loser, Mr. Trump,
Your words contain nothing but lies,
You sit atop Trump Tower,
Plotting against those you despise, Mr. Trump,
Your need for adoration and revenge,
Will surely lead to your demise.

You are a liar, Mr. Trump,
You blame your staff, the Congress, fake news,
You speak nonsensical sentences
With the intent to abuse and accuse, Mr. Trump,
But thanks to the REAL news,
You have educated and informed voters you cannot confuse.

You are a Douchebag, Mr. Trump,
Seeing and hearing you makes us gag,
You bullied your way to the White House,
Made promises that were vague, Mr. Trump,
The 3 words that best describe you are,
Using your own words: disappointing, terrible, and sad.

(Excerpt from Chapter 10, Grinch Trump, Douchebag Wisdom: Dealing with Donald Trump)

Here we are, the week before Christmas, and I’ve all but given up hope on Trump and the GOP. Trump says he’s giving Americans a “giant tax cut for Christmas.” In reality, this #GOPTaxScam gives tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations AT THE EXPENSE of middle-class Americans. Trump, himself, will make out like a Russian authoritarian dictator. We don’t know for sure how much he and the Trump kids will make because Trump still refuses to release his taxes. He knows he can’t. They will prove he’s bought and paid-for by his BFF, Putin. Do you suppose our tax-payer dollars will also make their way into Putin’s pocket?

Perhaps Grinch Trump can still have a heart-opening moment. We can all hope and pray…but it doesn’t look good. Trump and his capitalist cronies are screwing over working-class Americans, the very ones he vowed to help. Tax breaks to corporations DO NOT and HAVE NOT ever trickled down to the working class. Merry friggin’ Christmas, Trump is not just handing out coal, Grinch Trump, the con-man, is SELLING us all “clean coal.” This tax cut—and his environmental policies–will cost us all dearly.

But there is something we can do. We can have our own heart-opening moment!

We can take care of each other and the people Trump’s policies are hurting. We can reach out to our family members who are hurting, our neighbors who are struggling, and the strangers we pass on the street who have real problems they are hiding. We can reach out, offer a comforting word, and share. Yes, share what we have; spare a dollar when we can. And always, an encouraging word.

We can #resist. We can call out the douchebaggery when we see it. We can fight this #GOPTaxScam. We can call our congressmen and women and demand they not siphon money from middle-class and poor pockets. We can relentlessly sign petitions and demand that Trump release his taxes.

And we can assemble and PEACEFULLY protest. We can call on every Who down in Whoville to stand up and be counted. We can rise. AND WE CAN VOTE!!

Gobble Gobble; Merry Merry; Happy Happy!

Lima Bravo
#loquaciouslima

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Butter…butt…BUT… #GOPTaxScam…Not So Fast!

There will be times when talking about Donald Trump is not appropriate—Thanksgiving Dinner—BUT, saying “please pass the butter” as a diversion from talking about the issues is only a temporary fix. We have huge issues that need to be discussed. We must speak to each other, and make a concerted effort to do so. Yes, “Please pass the butter” and keep the tone civil, but it’s also important to keep the dialog going. All you need is an issue.

And here’s a doozy: Scrooge Trump and the #goptaxscam will take money from the pockets of college students.

Money.com says, “The House bill eliminates several tax deductions and credits to pay for tax cuts and to simplify the tax code. It eliminates the student loan interest deduction as well as the tax exclusion for tuition reimbursement received from an employer.”

Millionaires and billionaires get tax breaks, and our college kids pay the price. One grad student, a Ph.D. student studying engineering at the University of California, said his tax liability will increase from $14,600 to $44,800, meaning, he’ll owe an additional $3600 in taxes.

Our future is at stake!

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities said, “The current tax code,” meaning what has been in place prior to Trump, “helps reduce the cost of college for good reason — not just because a college education benefits individuals, but because it benefits society at large.” It is in the nation’s best interest to help students get an education. But Nooooo….

…instead Trump and the Republicans are ramming a TERRIBLE #goptaxbill down our throats and it is TERRIBLE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS!

Call your Senator and tell them to vote NO! 202 224-3121

#limabravo #douchebagwisdom #douchebagdonaldtrump

How to Talk Turkey and Trump over Thanksgiving Dinner

DIN-NER! Time to eat!

It’s time for holiday dinner and your family is gathered ‘round. Blessings have been said acknowledging everyone’s safe travel and arrival; the Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey and all the trimmings cover the table, and then 8-yr-old Pat utters one fateful phrase, “This sweet potato pie is the color of Donald Trump’s hair.”

Everyone hold’s their breath; horror clearly on their stricken faces. Dinner time is no time to talk politics! Nor the place!

But then Grandma to the rescue. In a calm, pleasant voice she chimes in, “Please pass the butter.” Sweetly, kindly, before another phrase is uttered, she repeats, “Please pass the butter.”

Then with a smile on her face, Grandma redirects the conversation, “Now, who can pass around those rolls?”

A collective sigh of relief is heard when no one takes the “elephant-in-the-room” bait, and a potential political calamity is avoided.

Now THAT’s how you talk politics over Thanksgiving dinner. You put it off for another time. And, here are 4 ways to casually side-step  that awkward political talk:

1. Politics should be a one-to-one conversation

Resist the urge to talk politics in a group. Conversation around the table can quickly get out-of-mouth-and-hand. Even “safe” topics, i.e. saving the endangered African Elephant, will spark relatives ready to argue the other side. Save that conversation for a time when you’re NOT ready to enjoy a holiday meal. Simply say to that person, “I so enjoy political discussions when there’s just the two of us. Why don’t we save that talk for after dinner?”

2. You can always reschedule a discussion

There’s always someone who wants to talk politics over turkey but no rule that says you have to. Kick that conversation down the road, after pie and coffee, and the football game, and the movie, or whenever appropriate. Say this, “I’d love to hear what you have to say but don’t have time now to listen. How about we pick-up this discussion when everyone else has gone? Or perhaps tomorrow?”

3. Politics is a “To Be Continued…” topic

When the conversation “goes there,” meaning it turns to Donald Trump, allow everyone to express their beliefs. Trump-lovers and Trump-haters will both need to vent! And they won’t see eye-to-eye on many issues. Seek dialog and common ground, not solutions necessarily. Nothing has to be resolved now, no one has to be persuaded, no actions have to be taken in this moment. This dialog can be interrupted, rescheduled, and revisited many times down the road. Life goes on; don’t let politics ruin the day.

4. Expect it to get LOUD

People passionately love or hate the President, the parties, and the issues. And “passion” equals volume. Each one of us believes what we do based on our education, our experience, and our intellect. When people feel safe to express their views, and they passionately agree or disagree with a topic, voices and volumes will rise. It’s going to get loud! Volume is a sign of intensity; rate of speech is an indicator of intensity. Bulging veins in red faces are a dead give-away that the conversation is intense!!

Just remember, when the conversation gets too heated, you can always redirect. Put a smile on your face, turn to the person next to you, and with a pleasant tone of voice at a reasonable level of volume say, “Please pass the butter.”

 

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