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News Update – Red Cross, Harvey, Kushner’s finances

Red Cross

I know that there are literally hundreds of charities to give to. You can choose whichever one that you want.  Pro football player JJ Watt has a charity. Comedian Kevin Hart has started a challenge to raise money. If you are going to give money, please do not flush your donations down the drain by giving money to some fly-by-night charity. Whenever there’s a tragedy, there’s always someone who tries to exploit the generosity of Americans. Be careful! Take your time and investigate the charity thoroughly. For my money, I would like to give to a charity that I know does incredible works on the front lines. I gave to the Red Cross.

Unclear exactly what’s going on with a chemical plant explosion. You can follow that story here.

The aftermath and the cleanup of hurricane Harvey can be found here, here and here. Harvey continues to be a problem in the Tennessee/Ohio Valley.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s top adviser and son-in-law, appears to have a little bit of financial trouble. It appears that he’s been looking for financing for a while but has been unable to find any. The debts appear to be mounting.

There now seems to be a widespread gasoline shortage secondary to a panic. Huge lines were seen throughout Texas as everyone rushed to the pumps to make sure that they were able to “fill up.” That doesn’t appear to be an actual shortage. Gas prices are expected to go up because of decreased production in the Gulf region. I suspect, by this time next week, gas production should be back online. If not, the US government can temporarily tap its oil reserves.

Too Damn Much Money

When you decide that you need to take your children on a tour of the slums of New Delhi to see how the other half lives, there is something wrong in your world. You make too damn much money. If you have to see how the other half lives by touring their neighborhood, there is something really, really wrong in your world. How about we take a bunch of poor people to tour your neighborhood? They can come by and peek in your windows. What ever happened to serious, real charity work? This is where you learn about those who are less fortunate. You volunteer at your local church or the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity. You give your time and money and help someone. This is how you really, truly learn about poverty. A couple of hours on some tour bus may make you feel better about your life and your world. If that’s the purpose, then that’s fine. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that we have really done something. Now, if we volunteer and actually help some people that need help, well, now we are on to something.

House Republican Leader Gives Terms For Missouri Tornado Help

Republican U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia says that any federal assistance for the Joplin, Missouri tornadoes will have to be offset by others cuts in the federal budget.

(Above—Picture of Joplin damage as taken by macahanC6R.)

From the Washington Times

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri’s tornado victims, the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere else. If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental,” Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. The term “pay-fors” is used by lawmakers to signal cuts or tax increases used to pay for new spending.”

The death toll from the Joplin tornadoes is currently listed at 122.

President Obama has promised the full help of the federal government.

Do you think that Mr. Cantor and the current hard-right Republican Party would help hard-working Americans when times are rough?

Are these the people you want in power when you need the Medicare and the Social Security that you have worked to earn?

Mr. Cantor and his fellow Republicans in Congress blocked the end of the Bush Tax Cuts on people earning more than $250,000.

In the end, people are just going to have to decide what kind of country we are going to have.

You can assist tornado victims by donating to the Red Cross.