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Dollars and (No?) Sense
By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! Life continually amazes me. And people really amaze me. I've heard people say we need a war to get our economy back to a desired place. Of course, these people only have girls..and there's no draft. During our election for Trump, I heard people agree that we need to stop aliens (legal and illegal, visas were not going to be issued) from coming to our country....and the "Travel Ban" is born. I heard people agree that Trump's plan to discontinue trade and commerce with all other countries was good thing. People said yes to building a wall between the US and Mexico...and demanding that Mexico pay for it.

The following is purely my speculation of the above-mentioned. Are we even equipped to fight a war...monetarily, physically, etc? Are we equipped or prepared to give up anything for our soldiers to fight a war....coffee, sugar, pop, the possibility of limited tv/computer access, maybe food/gas rations?? Seriously - this possibility exists.

Under the Obama Administration - we... the US...sold China 200 of our Boeings, our Waldorf-Astoria, the GM Moraine Auto Plant was sold to China (I take it GM owned it)...and that's just around us. This means China has a home at the Waldorf. We can't tell them that they can't come home - can we?? They have their own airplanes and another 200 Boeings. If they own a private airstrip here - how do we put a "travel ban" on that??

Trump wants to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it? How?? The US would have to have Mexico's permission to build it on Mexico's land - wouldn't we?? If we build the wall on our property..then we own it - right? Why would someone else pay for what they would not own? It would not be legal for me to build a fence on your property - without your permission.. and demand you pay for it - would it?? Which brings me to:

The Travel Ban: Maybe it's just me but, the states I've heard protest the travel ban are coastal states. And Hawaii protesting the travel ban did not shock me. They depend largely on the tourist trade - don't they?? They have their own time zone. How much of their Gross National Product (if you will) is directly due to tourist activity?? They have the Hula Bowl and school kiddies that go to that event pay to go there...pay to participate at the Bowl...pay to be on the televised shows, etc. There are chain hotels "on the beach", naval associated activity...family coming to visit, guided tours of the US Naval Base, tours of Pearl Harbor, etc. Commercial flights from around the world make pit-stops in Hawaii before continuing on to the continental US or a return trip overseas.

The US is supposed to have withdrawn from the North Atlantic Treaty and the European Alliance. Trump said they were passe...outdated. Trump said Syria needed some of our Tomahawks lobbed at them. And we did. If we get into real trouble over this...who will back us?? We withdrew from the pacts other countries signed with us...to help us...and we help them. The next thing I read after the Tomahawks landed in Syrian was that Russia is calling that an "illegal move"...Syria is fighting a civil war. Along comes the price tag for the Tomahawks and words and accusations fly anew. People are surprised that Russia "tabled" the scheduled talks between Putin and Trump?? What way do people want this? How is this all Trump's fault when there are advisors, channels through which to go to do any of this, etc??

My only thought was and still is: "What did people think would happen?" Did anyone really think that Mexico would say, "Yea, sure..build the wall. Send us a bill when you get it done.??" Did anyone really think that Hawaii would say, "Cool, a travel ban! There goes a good third of our income but...ok.??" Did anyone believe Russia would be happy about our Tomahawks...they have troops in Syria?? Wouldn't Russia have some sort of control over that situation?? Knowing that I am not a fan of war...two things come to my mind here: From the movie "The Legend of Billy Jack"..the theme song is "One Tin Soldier." In the song, the Valley People hear that the Mountain People have treasure buried "up there." They fought and killed their way up the mountain, found the treasure and turned the stone. "Peace on earth" was all it said.

Secondly, from the movie "Cool Hand Luke," Luke refuses to conform to prison life. He breaks out, gets captured, thrown in the "hot box" and is released from the box. Everyone knows that Luke will escape, get captured and "round it will go." The Captain says: "What we have here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it...well he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men."   Thanks for reading.

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles!! MONA


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