Saturday, January 21, 2017

President Trump's Controversial Inauguration

SNL’s ridiculous attack on young Barron Trump was uncalled for. I now understand the reason my friends would say the had to get high before they watched the show back during my teen years. Odd that they would feel the need to smoke marijuana in order to make SNL funny? Not really, but we won’t give that anymore attention.

Barron was adorable throughout the day, but the most adorable and heart-filling moment was when he played peek-a-boo with his nephew. It makes him all the more human to those of us who might otherwise think he would probably be a spoiled little brat. Didn’t appear to be that at all. Other moments included his humble smile and wave as he walked in front of his parents during the procession. I think he may just be warming up to his role as part of the first family.

Let’s talk Melania’s dress for the inaugural. She looked amazing. If you deny that, then you are simply looking fruitlessly for ways to stomp on her. She evoked a sense of style, grace, and beauty, even to those who didn’t necessarily like Trump. She trended on Facebook, in the number one spot, all day and night, and the trend was all about her classy style.

As the new First Lady, she looked on at her husband as adoringly as any woman can for the man she loves. There was no pretense in her eyes, it was pure love, respect and adoration. Not every man can say that their wives look at them so sincerely as she did with President Trump. Say what you will, she loves this man whether you approve of it or not.

Melania’s ball gown was beautiful, but according to CNN, it wasn’t up to their liking. Newsflash, she was gorgeous and you all know it. You don’t have to like her in order to give her credit for having fabulous taste in clothing.

The long day of events must have been so tiring for Barron and Donald Trump’s grandchildren. You wouldn’t have known it to watch them though. His grandchildren standing next to him while he signed papers, as they played with the pens was to die for. He didn’t miss a beat as he talked to them while signing. It was an interesting and lovable exchange that shows the softer side of our new President.

The entire family looked amazing, but more than that, they truly had a good time enjoying the festivities of the day. They all stood watching the parade and clapping along with the music. There were genuine smiles on their faces and even though the men were in suits and the women in high heels, there were no “stuffed suits” there. The best part is no one missed the likes of naked Beyonce because the entertainment was fabulous.

At the ball, the first dance was a little awkward feeling there for a minute. For those taking points off for the President because he wasn’t an elegant dancer, he has never had time to take ballroom dance lessons. He is a very serious businessman, and that should be a good sign to us. That means he works harder than he plays and that’s something the country needs. Give back those points and add some though. The way he looked at his wife and she to him was priceless. These two people love each other, no doubt, unless you are looking for something to criticize.

We have to comment on Ivanka’s ball gown. It was gorgeous. She looked as a princess who has already found her Prince Charming. That is her style and she does it well. What a beautiful woman. All of the Trump ladies looked stupendous in their gowns as well.

There were two big controversies of the day. The first was the inaugural speech. President Trump first thanked the Obama’s for their service and he gave them wonderful compliments. After he did that, he talked about putting Americans in charge of the government instead of the other way around. He, in effect, took a sledgehammer to the system and soundly put them in their place. He talked about Americans, jobs, God, police officers and the armed services. Many of which have taken a back seat for many years, not just in the Obama years. He spoke from his heart, though many would prefer a prepared speech. He could have been more diplomatic, that is certain, but he is not jumping on the diplomatic train. He is speaking the truth about how far downhill this country has gone and how we are going to fix it. He spoke confidence, such as, “Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done”.  Much of the speech was motivational rather than prim and proper and that is refreshing.

The second point of contention was the signing of his first executive order. It came immediately following the ceremony and regarded relief of burden from the ACA. People were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. “He shouldn’t do something like that until he tells us what it means”. Blah, blah, blah. In reality, it turns out to be very good news for people who have been forced to take healthcare who couldn’t afford it, but subsequently were forced to pay a penalty, some of which went up to $1500 for a couple.

How does that affect people on Medicaid? It doesn’t. Medicaid recipients are still getting their healthcare. What it does do is relieve hard workers of the odd punishment that they have been burdened with since ACA went into effect. You can’t take away from one group of people to give to another and make it work.

The wording of the executive order to relieve the burden:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the "Act"). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.
Sec. 2. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.
Sec. 3. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authorities and responsibilities under the Act, shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.
Sec. 4. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the head of each department or agency with responsibilities relating to healthcare or health insurance shall encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.
Sec. 5. To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions.
Sec. 6. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
January 20, 2017.

To all you angry people with hate-filled hearts that want to see this country fail, or who have not paid attention to what Trump actually said during his campaign trails, or didn’t take the time to watch his interviews throughout the years that shows his stick-to-it-ness, or want to get back at those who “did this to Obama” for 8 years, and to all those who would prefer that the Trump family remain in their sights as the “evil” leader, go for it. It won’t stop the rest of the country from living their lives with happiness and hope that things will get better. I just hope you are happy that you tore up yet another city by smashing windows out of businesses, burning trashcans and setting cars on fire. This doesn’t even mention those people who were physically aggressive to other human beings.

While "Protesters" do this, Trump is over there like...

There is one thing that I can say with certainty (for me anyway). Everything will be alright. That means something different for those who don’t believe in God. In my case, it means that everything that is happening is meant to happen. It means that we don’t have to fear anything because in the end, everything truly will be alright. It doesn’t mean there won’t be strife, it simply means that we have a peace about us because we know what is waiting on the other side for us. With that said, God bless all of you, God bless President Trump, his family and the Vice-President and his family as they begin to lead the country, God bless our country, and thank you for doing all of the above. 

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