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PRESIDENT TRUMP REACHES DEAL WITH DEMS; HURRICANE IRMA THREATENS FLORIDA; DREAMERS DO A LOT MORE THAN DREAM; NORTH KOREA ACTIVE AGAIN; STATES APPEAL TO FEDS TO SAVE ACA; OROVILLE WATER MESS PREVENTABLE;  MORE..

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 189

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review:

As this edition goes to press, so to speak, Hurricane Irma is less than 24 hours from Florida.  At this point one can only hope for the best.

PRESIDENT Trump reaches deal with Democrats on 3 month extension of government spending, raising the debt ceiling and providing ($15 B), in aid to Harvey victims is reached.  (Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2017.)

Republicans were blindsided at this Trump-Democrat alliance.  After the non-stop attacks on McConnell, this agreement shows the possibility Trump will use his flexibility to make agreements instead of total governmental gridlock.

Republicans wanted an 18 month agreement but Trump, apparently anxious for some major agreement, accepted the Democrats’ proposal, allegedly as proposed.

NORTH Korea again tests weapons materials as it falls of the media limelight.  Causation or correlation?  Unknown.

DREAMERS include people working in society at a greater rate than society as a whole (87% of dreamers who have permits work).  While immigration laws are enforced on the farms, fields crops go unpicked or even unplanted as it turns out Americans really won’t take some of the jobs these Mexicans will do.

These 800,000 dreamers have roots in the communities and think of themselves as Americans.  Many have joined the military.  Arguments that immigrants don’t pay taxes are wrong and many of their cultures encourage very strong family ties.  Loyal Americans in all but name, working in the military, going to school, these are not your father’s illegal immigrants.

Time for a shift in our vision.

Brought here without choice, adopting us without reservation, the Dreamers should be allowed to stay.  DACA should be continued to produce the people we need to move the country forward (83% of Dreamers work and go to college).

President Trump speaks of his “love for these people” (Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2017), and gives Congress 6 months to come up with a cure for a situation not properly addressed for at least 16 years.

PRESIDENT Trump allows South Korea and Japan to buy more powerful weapons in the context of the North Korean showdown.  (BBC, September 5, 2017.)

In other matters:

GLOBAL warming “deniers” are all wet this year as Hurricane Harvey blew in with rain and wind and an approximate $180 B repair bill, now followed by IRMA on Sunday, threatening to extend across the entire state and being the worst storm ever in Florida, according to Governor.  Maybe the damage here and on nearby islands will “only” be $100 B.  If these storms are intensified by global warming, one must fear increasingly stronger storms in future.

VIET Nam war documentary series of 18 hours spread over 10 programs set to air on PBS later this month.

DEMOCRATIC and Republican insurance regulators and other elected officials urge Congress to fund a system that subsidizes poor customers’ deductibles and co-pays, even as President Trump allegedly considers cutting subsidies off altoghether.  (Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2017.)

LABOR Day marchers – including fast food workers and Uber drivers – marched to acknowledge Labor Day, partly to protect and increase minimum wages.  (Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2017.)

WORKER cannot show his disability was a motivating factor in his termination when employer unaware of the disability when decision to terminate was made.  (L.A. County Bar EBriefs, citing Alamillo v. BNSF Railway Co., filed August 25, 2017, 2017 S.O.S.15-56091.)

WHETHER items are “common necessaries of life” depends on the couple’s “station in life” prior to separation.  Purchase of a computer system used by attorney-spouse is a necessary of life when the practice of law provides community property income.  (L.A. County Bar EBriefs, Direct Capital Corp. v. Brooks, filed August 30, 2017, Third District, 2017 S.O.S. 4390.)

DOLE cutting back on strawberry production, eliminating 402 jobs in the Watsonville area, as result of reduced work force demanding higher wages.  (Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2017.)

MEDI-CAL seeks permission not to have to mail out directories of providers, which are thick and filled with providers who often leave the program.  (Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2017.)

Possible solution: mail directory to new members, provide easy computer access to directory for ongoing members, perhaps even by mobile phone.  Medi-Cal recipients often have computers, computer outreach is worth a try.

The last blog (No. 188), noted the city of St. Louis, in the state of Missouri, was forced to lower the minimum wage from $10 and hour to $7.70 to comply with the state’s minimum wage.

HEALTH Services Research paper shows doctors who see higher percentage of patients on Medicaid (Medi-Cal), “provide the same rate of low and high-value services for all their patients as other providers do.”  (New York Times, August 28, 2017.)  The study raised other questions and does not represent as the final word but the findings nevertheless interesting.

WELLS Fargo Bank troubles expand to include charging improper fees and charging higher fees on accounts of deceased or disabled people, for example.  (Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2017.)

FAILURE to investigate construction plans as time passed and requirements increased, partly to blame for failure of dam spillway near Oroville.  (Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2017.)

CALIFORNIA State Supreme Court mainly upholds Proposition 66, which seeks speedier executions, but threw out provision limiting appeals to 5 years.  (Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2017.)

ANGELS Flight on the tarmac again for unstated period of time.  (Reminding me of a quip:  “The happiest day in a man’s life is when he buys a yacht (Angels Flight) and next happiest is the day he sells it.”

LA Tuna fire destroys 5,800 acres, but only 3 homes, after homeowners complied with rules to remove any brush.  (Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2017.)

Concurrently, there are at least 10 major fires burning in the Western states as this blog is written.

PLAN to reduce federal lands would also reduce park size of the San Gabriel Mountains Monument.  (Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2017.)

BOOK: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande discusses how patients can have a good life until their death, not just a good death.

 

The times are so newsworthy it has become impossible, due to limitations of space, time, energy and ability to cite all matters worthy of mention.  I apologize in advance for any oversights, grammatical or other errors.  According to some readers, I make more than my share of them.

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