Mary Beth Writes

Len and I watched a lot of the impeachment hearings this week. George Kent, William Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch showed us the worthy, smart, and patriotic Americans still serving our nation. Or at least trying to do so behind the chaos and greed, the ineptitude and apparent bribery of the people in this administration. 

 I’m sure other governments departments are staffed by many who are equally experienced, educated, professional and unflappable as Kent, Taylor, and the incredible Madam Ambassador. We don’t get to see them often enough to know what’s going on, so this is a strange opportunity to observe our tax dollars at work. I am grateful.  

 I was also so, so angry at Devin Nunes and some of the others.  In case you don’t know it, Nunes is a representative from California’s San Joaquin’s Valley. He says he is a dairy farmer, but an investigative report discovered the amazing truth that the dairy farm owned by his family for three generations is actually in Sibley, Iowa and is mostly staffed by undocumented workers. Read more about Nunes. 

 The hypocrisy is flamboyant and ugly.

 This is what Len wrote to friends:

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 “I think that there are a lot of people who are used to enjoying the advantages of being white males in America, and they are at a loss to explain why it isn't working any longer. They followed the rules, such as they were. They played the game, and now the factories have gone to China, or robots, and they are not on top of the world.

 It's easy to see them blame imports, immigrants, welfare mothers and the Deep State.

 I think that they are also blaming the smart kids, and the anger they show at education is just as strong as it is toward the other groups.  And, it's sort of justified.  When they were in school, society said being tough, playing sports and going after the quick buck was going to be rewarded in a better way than learning stochastic processes.  (I don't exactly know what stochastic processes are, but my daughter does, and that's cool).  

 So now they think Trump gave them a tax break (spoiler alert: he didn't), and that the budget would be balanced if only we would stop giving money to the poor.  And the government doesn't make it any better by making tax returns weird, along with health insurance and college tuition. I just heard that the FAFSA is easier to fill out now; I'm skeptical.   

 The US still leads the world in technology and the arts, and I think that will continue to be the case.  But even though American is changing along with the world, many Americans are not, and they are really, really mad about it.”

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We have a long way to go in this saga.

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Thank you. I am so angry at the hypocrisy..

I too, listened to some of the hearings. Had to turn it off when my blood pressure started to rise at the hypocrisy. I mean, I was a bit confused. Aren't the republican representatives Americans? How much integrity and character are we willing to give up to him? Patricia/Fl
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Right?! I wonder if the Republican losses in Kentucky last week and Louisiana last night will urge some Repubs to rethink their blind loyalty.

I hope! Please! Patricia

Thanks for sharing your and Len's insights and comments. The link to the Esquire article is incredible. How do these hypocrites sleep at night?
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And these are the men, this is the party that say they are about Family Values. The duplicity is beyond my pay grade. Judith Viorst "No matter how cynical I get, I can't keep up."

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Happy Birthday to Len

11/30/2022 

Today is Len’s birthday. I told him this morning I might write about him but I would let him read whatever I said first. He said not to run it past him, he’d like the surprise of reading it when you all do. Let’s see what I come up with.

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Professional reporters and pundits are talking a lot about “what just happened”, but heck, we are noticing interesting things, too.  Let’s talk about what We The People saw and heard and are watching now.

Here are some things catching my attention.

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