… do the rich need more big tax breaks? Don’t they have enough already? Isn’t the definition of “rich” already having significantly more than average wealth? Haven’t we trickled down this road before?
… is Trump/Ryancare really an improvement to Obamacare if 24 million of our fellow Americans will lose their insurance because their premiums will increase beyond affordability? Is the purpose of the Trump/Ryan “American” Health Care Act (notice no longer “Affordable”) to provide or to remove affordable health care insurance for Americans? Is this how one fixes a problem? If Ryan was a car mechanic, when fixing your flat tire he’d also disconnect your brakes.
… is Lecherous & Lying Donald removing nearly all programs that support the impoverished and jobless Americans who elected him, while at the same time increasing their numbers?
… does the president’s budget proposal give the Pentagon an extra $54 billion that even the Generals and Admirals (who are, by the way, the worst shoppers in the world) didn’t even ask for? How can we trust the Pentagon to spend anytaxpayer dollars wisely?
… were many hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars spent by these protectors of our freedom on overinflated supply contracts with a world class briber? [Likely Fat Leonard is not the only briber living large on taxpayer millions.]
… did these Navy and Marine Corps officers not realize, or choose not to care, why Fat Leonard regularly provided them with lavish gifts and $50,000 parties, complete with expensive hookers? (Hey Captain. New in town?) They knew full well what they and he were doing. Who wouldn’t spend a million dollars on entertainment in order to pocket an extra unearned hundred million out of the Pentagon’s coffers? [Might this be a much better place than Planned Parenthood to cut back funds and begin to reduce the deficit?]
… are widespread betrayals of our country like this not considered a financial form of treason? Does not the siphoning off of defense funds impair our national security?
… in a civilized and mature nation, would greedy L&L Donald and his cabal of advisors try to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Television, and many other scientific, educational, cultural and social support programs? Are we a nation of Neanderthals?
… in a natural environment recklessly abused by greed, does L&L Donald want to disassemble nearly all efforts of the Environment Protection Agency? Are so many of the industrial rich so self-centered that they don’t care whether life on earth survives after they themselves are dead and gone?
… does a lunatic fringe of our citizenry, unfortunately including key members of our lunatic administration, deny the plentiful and dramatic evidence of Global Warming and the nearly unanimous concerns expressed in the scientific community. The hubris of the fools on the hill in denying proven facts could very well doom our species to early extinction.
… does L&L Donald continually make completely unsubstantiated (e.g., blatantly false) accusations in speeches and on Twitter, whenever the mood hits him? And why does he get away with it? Is this paranoia or is it just that L&L Donald doesn’t fully grasp that he is no longer a candidate, but is expected to live to a higher standard of truth and reliability as president?
… does Kellyanne Conway never give straight-forward answers to interviewers’ straight-forward questions?
… don’t interviewers either ignore her altogether or doggedly continue to reiterate their questions until she answers them?
… did it take so long for L&L Donald’s accountants to find the only two pages of his past 20 or more tax returns that indicate he may have actually paid some taxes more than ten years ago?
… are the Russian connections of L&L Donald, his campaign staff and his current Administration not being aggressively pursued and updated in the public domain?
… does it turn my stomach to see the President of the United States acting like a petulant and spoiled 7-year old, blatantly ignoring and insulting Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, when she was America’s guest at the White House. What, does he really think he can treat every woman the way he treats his wife?
… does it not surprise me that L&L Donald was not only inexcusably rude to the leader of one of our greatest allies, he was at the same time woefully ignorant about how NATO is funded and operates. His continual bouts of Ready, Fire, Aim are much more than just embarrassing, they are dangerous to all citizens he swore to protect.
… are most, if not all, of these issues in L&L Donald’s campaign and first hundred days as president, unprecedented? Could it be that the previous 44 Presidents were intelligent?
Is he draining the swamp or filling it with champagne?
Baby Boomer, Born in 1951 in Stamford, CT (Had no choice)
Public Schools: Springdale Elementary, Dolan Jr. High, Stamford High - Class of 1969 (Solid public school education)
Parents: James Frederick Ash (1921-1965) and Dorothy Johnson Ash (1923 - 2011) (Dad died too soon, Mom suffered too long without him)
Attended Virginia Polytechnic Institution - 1969-70 (A big mistake)
Graduated Central Connecticut State College (now University) 1970-73 B.S. English Secondary Education and Philosophy (double major) cum laude ('cum laude' sounds like something with high decibel sexual overtones)
Fairfield University 1977-80 M.A. Corporate and Political Communications (This program was subsequently closed down at Fairfield U. I may have been the cause)
Married 1974 to Doris Mae Plourde, Brunswick, ME (Still married. Who knows, might last after all)
English Teacher at Stamford High 1974-79 (In the days of Welcome Back Kotter - my students actually called themselves "sweathogs")
Changed Careers and Became a Father in the Same Week, September 1979, Daughter Lauren Diane (Couldn't afford to own a home and have a family while teaching back then. Lauren's always been beautiful - her mother's genes, for sure.)
Father again, February 1983 Son Thomas Carl (Great guy, funny as can be, dry humor. People say he is a tall thin version of me. Kinda like saying a Ferrari is a fast sleek version of a Ford Fiesta)
Client Communications Specialist, Marsh & McLennan, Incorporated, New York 1979-96, left as Managing Director (The Master's Degree Paid Off!)
Managing Director Communications - Strategic Account Management (SAM) Aon Risk Services, New York 1996-2005 (Recruited from Marsh)
Director Client Communications, Integro Insurance Brokers, New York, 2005-07 (Recruited to help launch start up brokerage company - Fun!)
Semi-retired to Orrs Island, Harpswell, ME 2007-15 (My "hermit" period)
Grandfather as of December 2014 (The hands-down best job I've ever had!)
Co-owner with Doris of the world's most spectacular dog, Charley 2010 (He's the absolute best)
Retired, Westport, CT 2015 to date (Just stopped saying I was semi-retired, no difference really)
Survivor, (so far)
Hit by car 1956
Coronary Angioplasty 1998
World Trade Center Disaster 2001
Prostate Cancer 2005
Double By-pass Surgery 2015
Lifelong Liberal Democrat (One of two in all of Marsh. Fortunately the other one was Chairman)
Married over 41 years, so far (Reduntant but worth repeating)
Decent sense of humor (Would be better without the puns I'm told)
Blogger (e.g., a writer without any other outlet)
Friend of many (sooooooooo lucky)
Enemy of few (I hope)
Seeking contentment and purpose (Whatever that is)
Much less boring than this summary might indicate