To begin with, I am not a Democrat or Republican. I don’t believe in those two words because they divide people.

I cannot believe the way some people are degrading the president of the U.S. What kind of a message are we sending to other countries? I cannot believe what they say on TV. I refuse to watch it. CNN is the worst.

What has happened to some of the people? If you lose an election, that was the people’s choice.

I saw in the paper where the Democrats want Trump to pass a bill for $4.6 billion to care for migrant refugees. Where is the money coming from? I hope it is not Social Security. The government was not supposed to touch that money. It belongs to the people that pay it in.

What are the Democrats trying to buy — the Mexican vote? I hope the American people can see what they’re trying to do.

May God help us all because we’re going to need it.

(23) comments

Concerned & Proactive American

Thank you , Lois. My thoughts exactly.

Kate70

Concerned and Proactive: thank you for writing and for response. I am with you on this. And I do think none of the rest of the responses have answered or addressed Lois's concerns except to criticize and deride and bring up something new that wasn't in the conversation at all. Sad. No answers, maybe.

Kate70

Thank you, MS. Harris. Well said.

Kate70

Thank you, MS. Harris. Well said.

Justthinking

Which God? There’s about 4000. What happened to Jesus Teaching? To care for meek and poor?

antiteaparty

"I'm not a Democrat or Republican, so I am unbiased. OMG look at what Faux News is saying about the Democrats! They want to destroy our country! Only the white christian god can save us!"

GBR SD

I think your big question should be "What kind of question is Trump sending to other countries?" We have never been so divided as a country, or so alienated from the rest of the world and it is all because of one egotistical con man!

Iman

That was Barry. You are confused.

dmilroy

"I cannot believe the way some people are degrading the president of the U.S." No one has degraded the Presidency of the United States more than Donald Trump. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/from-birtherism-to-racist-tweets-trumps-history-of-inflaming-racial-tensions/

Kate70

Your article came from CBS news. What else could be expected??? Day after day I watch them report "news" that leaves out half the story so that it fits with their rhetoric. Once more I would like to challenge people to use your own brain, your own thoughts........ not echo the slanted media. Watch CSpan. It shows the news and speeches without commentary, without opinion. Lets you see everything that was said, taking nothing out of context or leaving out key parts of the story. Again, thank you, Lois, and I am sorry none of the left will even attempt to answer you without condemnation and harsh criticism or sarcasm.

Concerned & Proactive American

Just thinking = how many meek & poor are you supporting? How many are living in your house or are invited to do so. ? You people are hypocrites. This is not about religion, this about AMERICA surviving the flood of GIVE IT ALL AWAY FOR FREE ideation. I worked 16 hour shifts for many years and gave my contribution to the System. I want a future for my grandchildren We have never had a President in the past that was not constrained by pleasing the PUBLIC. Now we do and everybody is crying like babies !

Justthinking

Dear Concerned. I worked more hours per day first in the USAF as we changed the troops in Berlin. Then during Mans First Moon Walk. Finally in The FAA training people and working to cover the jobs lost by Reagan. If you’re concerned about our Social Security and Medicare. I don’t see you yelling for Reagan to return the 2.7 Trillion he stole for his star wars, to cut corporate taxes from 70 to 20% and started taxing our Social Security. Or, the 1.3 Trillion Bush stole for his wars to kill the innocents. How about Trump taking our National Parks funds for his Dictator Style Military Power Parade.

dmilroy

Lois Harris is concerned because she is afraid the funding for people seeking asylum may effect her check from the government. "Where is the money coming from? I hope it is not Social Security." It does not. Jesus’ story is the story of welcome, of inclusion, of service both to citizens and to the strangers in their midst, particularly those who were considered outsiders. Jesus told his followers that when they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and those in prison, they were doing it to him. When they failed to do those things, they failed to serve him (Matthew 25:31-45). America is a nation of immigrants. Our greatness is only because of hard work by immigrants. Only the United States takes special pride in describing American nationality as, by definition, independent of race and blood—as something that is acquired by residence and allegiance regardless of birthplace or ancestry. Lois Harris has not been hurt by other's "GIVE IT ALL AWAY FOR FREE ideation" but is fearful because of her false belief that her government entitlement program (SSN) maybe hurt if we treat the people in cages at the border like human beings.

Kate70

We have welcomed and continue to welcome immigrants to our country.... as long as they come legally. No one has suggested we block immigration of those who legally enter and become citizens of the US if they choose. All of the top Congressional members at some time in the past two years and more have stated that " NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW." I could not agree more. However, DMilroy and the left have decided that that statement should not include ILLEGAL immigrants. (any discussion of not wanting the US to accept immigrants by Democrats fails to say at ANY time that it is ILLEGAL immigrants the right is demanding not be allowed into the country.) Apparently illegal immigrants ARE above the law in the eyes of those who fully support unlimited acceptance of all peoples coming across our borders. I do not believe that Jesus ever promoted illegal actions. The interpretation of His word is being skewed to fit the situation. Funding to improve border holding conditions and increase assistance to those being held has been asked for and overwhelmingly denied by the Democratic party. They are not interested in legislating.. they are interested only in seeing that this President is demonized. I still have yet to hear any progressive admit and recognize one single good thing this President has done in 2.5 yrs for our country. To do so would apparently weaken their resolve to do nothing but defame his Presidency and his person.

Iman

Lois Harris. You have it right. Don't let the lib/socialists/communists get to you. They are determined to ruin the country and the world for that matter. They simply do understand.

Kate70

Agreed , Iman. And Lois, you are right to be concerned about Social Security. It is not an entitlement. It is the money we paid into it for all of our working lives.

dmilroy

Lois and you don't understand the basics about Social Security. Social Security is a government program that guarantees certain benefits to a particular group or segment of the population. The most important examples of entitlement programs at the federal level in the United States would include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, most Veterans' Administration programs, federal employee and military retirement plans, unemployment compensation, food stamps, and agricultural price support programs. When conservatives talk about cutting entitlement programs, SSN is one of the programs their talking about. While helping people at the border has no impact on SSN, Trump's propose immigration policies have clearly negative impact on social security. . Economic estimates show that immigration would help save the Social Security system. Not just legal immigration — illegal immigration too. https://www.vox.com/2018/8/1/17561014/immigration-social-security

Justthinking

So, why not insist that Reagan return the 2.7 Trillion he stole from the fund. Or, the 1.3 Trillion Bush stole?

Justthinking

Iman ignores the fanatic fascists who would have mindless troops marching in the military parades.

Kate70

DMilroy, once again you use and quote and rely on the information given in a totally Democratic slanted source... Vox. If anyone questions the views and leanings of Vox, please go to the site and read the headlines (and stories) published therein. I challenge you to find a single report or writing that in any way gives any credibility to anything Republican at all. If you are going to use media solely based on Democratic viewpoint, it is useless.

dmilroy

Kate70, the definition of the phrase "entitlement program" is the same for Republicans, Democrats, and independents. There is no report by anyone that claims Social Security is not an entitlement. Rather than worrying about immigrants taking your SSN check, your should take heed of Mr. Trump's plans for Social Security. Over the next 10 years, Trump’s 2020 budget proposal aims to spend $1.5 trillion less on Medicaid — instead allocating $1.2 trillion in a block-grant program to states — $25 billion less on Social Security, and $845 billion less on Medicare (some of that is reclassified to a different department). https://www.focus-economics.com/blog/an-analysis-of-president-trumps-2020-budget

Kate70

DMilroy, for some reason I cannot get a reply option under you last post and that is mostly what I wanted to respond to.... you are right about SSN being named as an Entitlement Program. I was using it in another respect when I wrote since it is the only program the people who are recieving it actually paid for themselves. So, our semantics differed and I apologize for not being clearer. Other than that, I refer you again to my response on Illegal Immigrants in my July 24th post. There is no need to say more until the Democrats are willing to sign the proposed billion+ aide to upgrade the border facilities and make them safer and better for those who are there. The left is constantly vocal about how awful the conditions are and how Jesus wouldn't let that happen but they offer no solution but to break our laws and allow anyone to enter our country at will. I don't know how old you are but yes, most of us are descended from Immigrants. Were they just allowed to come in undocumented and freely ? Not at all. Many were required to stay in housing units/camps to be vetted, to be sure they had a sponsor in the US, to be sure they were not bringing disease into the country, to see if they had a place to stay documented and spoken for by relatives, and for many to see if they had job qualifications and were willing to work. There was no welfare system to bail them out. Once allowed in there was a timeframe for them to do whatever was needed to become citizens or to leave or be deported. Read the immigration information for the Irish, the Germans, the Japanese, the Asian countries besides Japan, and many other nations..............including the Hispanic nations. I open my arms, as do all people I know, to people who want to enter this country but they are NOT above the law and they need to do it legally. Democrats are stonewalling funding for the crisis at America’s southern border while ironically complaining about the conditions caused by lack of funding. It is absurd. First we heard that the crisis at the border was "manufactured" by the President. Now all we hear is that the Crisis is overwhelming (and it IS) and must be resolved. But thus far, the left will not propose any legal solution and will not fund the aid to improve the facilities /people that are indeed overcrowded and in need of help. The solution is to allow everyone in? Go look up the stats on the numbers and kinds of people who have been intercepted and sent back or imprisoned for crimes of human trafficking, drug trafficking, assaults, gang affiliation, and numerous other charges just in the month of July alone. And if there are no progressive sites out there, that is a deliberate refusal to report reality. We need to find a legal solution and the conservatives and progressives need to work together to do so. Simply waging a war of hate against the President is not going to do it. Oddly enough, it will likely get him reelected again in 2020.


Justthinking

It’s obvious that people don’t read the previous comments because they keep spouting the same Trumped up claims. Sooo for those people who still think the immigrants will take their SS. That’s nothing compared to what their idols have done, I don’t see you yelling for Reagan to return the 2.7 Trillion he stole for his star wars, to cut corporate taxes from 70 to 20% and started taxing our Social Security. Or, the 1.3 Trillion Bush stole for his wars to kill the innocents. How about Trump taking our National Parks funds for his Dictator Style Military Power Parade.

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