President Trump is on a roll this week and in that mode, he’s about to make 2.6 million grandparents very, very happy. All with the stroke of a pen. He’s on a roll this week with pardoning the Hammonds, putting NATO fiscally in their place and nominating Bret Kavanaugh to fill the void about to be left by Justice Kennedy at the Supreme Court. All promises kept and all fantastic news for Americans. Perhaps Americans will never tire of winning after all.
On Monday, July 9, President Trump signed into law The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, first introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) in May of 2017. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act has received support from 40 older adult and child advocacy groups including AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics and Generations United, which aims to improve the lives of kids and older adults.
The law signed by President Trump will provide resources to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act cleared the Senate unanimously in June. It creates a federal task force that will set up a one-stop shop of resources for millions of grandparents in the U.S. who are raising grandchildren. This has to do with the fight against opioid abuse and the resulting effect it has had on grandparents who wind up raising their displaced grandchildren. They are forced into providing caregiving and a family environment for these children while their children are treated for their addiction. Sometimes this even includes great grandparents these days.
“With so many parents struggling with addiction, grandparents are increasingly coming to the rescue and assuming this role,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who co-authored the bill. “It is essential that we do all that we can to help these families.” It also addresses the fact that many of these parents die and the grandparents become defacto parents to their poor grandchildren. This law and the resources it provides was desperately needed by affected grandparents. The resources the federal government will make available will include information about legal custody, social services and mental health counseling, according to AARP, which supported the bill.
“Approximately 2.6 million children are currently being raised in grandfamilies, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across the country. The legislation follows a March Aging Committee hearing where the members heard from grandparents who are raising grandchildren when parents are struggling with addiction or are no longer able to care for their children. During the hearing, experts and grandparents testified on the need for grandparents to have easy access to information about resources available to assist them.
““As the opioid epidemic expands, grandparents increasingly are being called on to become the primary caregivers of their grandchildren. Although this caretaker role can be beneficial for both the grandparents and the grandchildren, it also presents several challenges,” Sen. Collins said. “Our legislation would spur a federal effort to identify, promote, coordinate and disseminate information, resources and best practices that assist grandparents who are raising grandchildren.”
““The opioid crisis is not only straining families, communities, law enforcement and health care systems, but it is also presents new challenges for older Americans,” Sen. Casey said. “As older Americans respond by stepping in to care for their grandchildren, this legislation is designed to say that you are not alone and that we have your back, with a focused federal effort to providing the information and supports grandparents need.””
The law will establish a Federal Advisory Council to support grandparents and other relatives raising children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be the lead agency coordinating the work of the council. Its charge is to identify, promote, coordinate and disseminate information about resources and best practices to help relative caregivers meet the health, educational, nutritional and other needs of the children in their care, as well as maintain their own physical and mental health and emotional well-being. The council will also develop a process so the public can provide comments and recommendations to them.
Federal employees representing various agencies and departments whose work impacts grandfamilies will comprise the other members of the council. This includes agencies like the Administration for Community Living, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mental Health and Substance Use. To document the council’s progress, they will issue a report to Congress in the first six months and again in two years on best practices, resources and other information for grandfamilies — as well as gaps in services to meet the families’ needs.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is one of the sponsors of the bipartisan bill. I usually don’t agree with him on anything, but this time is different. Brown said his office has heard from a number of affected grandparents in Ohio and from other places. He points to the opioid epidemic as one of the contributing factors to the trend. “Experts report these numbers are growing as the epidemic gets worse,” he said. “Any parent of a young toddler can tell you caring for young children can be physically demanding,” he said. “For so many grandparents then, taking on that responsibility means the end of retirement for those who can go back to work or depletion of savings,” Brown said. It’s devastating many families out there.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), another co-author of the bill, said he was pleased the legislation was signed into law, saying that grandparents face “unique challenges such as delaying retirement, bridging the generational divide and working through the court system to secure custody.” This isn’t about parties or politics… it’s about a crisis that is ravaging this country over opioid abuse. While Congress continues to fight and tussle on most issues, legislators have come together a remarkable number of times this year in support of grandparents and other relatives raising children. President Trump deserves the credit for this. He has not forgotten about these grandparents, their children or grandchildren.
That being said, why didn’t Obama focus on families affected by the opioid crisis?
“Under President Obama, a small army of executive branch “slow-walkers” served as pallbearers, knowingly or not, to the grim march of overdose deaths from commonly prescribed opioids that was already underway in years before he took office. As the body count climbed, the Brownlee-led US Attorney settlement with Purdue, as well as West Virginia’s 2004 settlement against the same company, ought to have prompted scores of decisions to reign in opioid prescribing. Instead, the opposite happened: prescribing numbers continued to grow throughout Obama’s first term, reaching a peak in 2012. Despite subsequent reductions, they remain the highest in the world.
During Obama’s time in office, licit opioid prescribing increased not only in number but also in potency. Most notable was expanded use of the powerful synthetic known as fentanyl, a drug approved only for opioid-tolerant cancer patients suffering from pain beyond the reach of traditional opioids, but one that drug makers marketed in a manner of ways, including in advertisements that pictured construction workers and others employed in similar, physically demanding jobs. Although a reduction in opioid supply was desperately needed, and close scrutiny of opioid manufacturers more than warranted, the Obama administration declined to do either.
What most exacerbated the opioid crisis was the dramatic rise in overdose deaths from heroin and heroin adulterated with illicit synthetics (fentanyl and carfentanil). While Obama was president, illicit heroin underwent an industrial transformation: market expansion, innovation, and in many places, a reconfiguration of production and distribution. Yet the path of initiation to heroin via prescription pills that fueled its resurgence went substantially unchallenged by the president. In fact, it was strengthened and fortified.
Though Obama did not start the opioid crisis, it is a blunt and brutal fact that, under his administration, drug overdose became the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and the opioid crisis became the worst drug epidemic in American history. It is an irrevocable part of his legacy as president.”
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Jeff Rainforth contributed to this story.
Emmys Hosts Were Warned But Didn’t Listen, Now They’re Going To Pay BIG For Christian ’Crackhead’ Rant
There was a time when Hollywood actually produced material that promoted good morals and faith. Families in TV shows and movies actually prayed, went to church, believed in God, etc. That was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, as they would say.
Today’s Hollywood is basically anti-Christian. Not only in the entertainment industry’s productions, but in the lifestyles of those who make their livings starring on the big & small screens. That fact was on display at this year’s Emmys.
Fox News reported:
“The 70th Annual Emmy Awards kicked off with a slew of political jokes and jabs as expected. But one remark from co-host Michael Che left many viewers upset.
During Che’s opening monologue with his fellow “Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost, Che explained that his mother would not be watching the show on Monday night.
“My mother is not watching,” Che said. “She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.”
He continued, “That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”
The joke didn’t sit well with some viewers who took to Twitter to complain.
“Okay @DaytimeEmmys #MichaelChe I am not a Republican neither an ex- crack head do I get to thank #Jesus according to your standards? I’m a believer any and WILL thank JESUS! Really bad writing,” one user wrote.
“More Colin Just and Michael Che’s opening monologue bombed harder than I ever could have dreamed,” another tweeted.
“Michael Che – do not knock JC – Jesus is just all right with me.”
Michael Che – do not knock JC – Jesus is just all right with me. #emmys
— Mary Beth Coudal (@MaryBethC) September 18, 2018
“This has to be one of the dumbest remarks I’ve ever heard from some Hollywood actor. Absolutely outrageous!” another tweet read.
Before Che and Jost took the stage, the Emmys started with a song whose chorus was “We Solved It,” a comic ode to the diversity of nominees — and Hollywood self-satisfaction.
“Saturday Night Live” stars and Emmy nominees Monday night Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson started the song, pointing out that Sandra Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.
The comedians sang: “There were none, now there’s one, so we’re done.”
They were joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Ricky Martin, who declared the song “too white” and gave it a Latin turn.
Andy Samberg showed up to ask in song if there was a place for a straight white male in the song before being sent off. Martin and Samberg were met with loud cheers inside Microsoft Theater.”
Others also voiced their disappointment on social media.
#Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, ‘ex-crackheads’.
Keep it up. America is shifting further and further to the right.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 18, 2018
— Brian (@topgunn_99) September 18, 2018
Disgusting!!!! Shame on these celebs! Thankful I don’t watch these garbage award shows! #Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, 'ex-crackheads'https://t.co/0Wopnq2cTQ
— AJNY (@angelaj460) September 18, 2018
I thanked Jesus for not watching!!!!
— joe lacey (@Joe82464495) September 18, 2018
Early in the 20th century up until the 1950s, Hollywood was actually kept in check by state & local governments, and also by religious leaders.
According to FaithWire:
“Local governments essentially regulated films from 1915 until 1952.”
Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University, explained to author Billy Hallowell that:
“Movies [had] no First Amendment rights, which means state censorship boards, city censorship boards, a sheriff who didn’t like the film, could basically go in and shut down the movie.”
“Between the pressure from faith leaders and the government intrusion into the matter, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to opt for self-censorship, with the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, an organization that later became the Motion Picture Association of America, creating a moral code that Hollywood studios subscribed to when releasing films.
Industry insiders came together to form the organization, which was headed by former politician William H. Hays from 1922 to 1945, as an effort to stave off government censorship. The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, under Hays’s leadership, set up a series of control measures aimed at trying to keep Hollywood in check.”
Religious leaders concerned with what was coming out of Tinseltown also acted.
“Christian leaders actually played an in-depth role in shaping what was coming out of Hollywood at the time — something that would seem unimaginable today.
“Roman Catholics were upset about the moral and social content of Hollywood cinema in the 1920s, so in around 1930, a couple prominent Catholics — a guy named Martin Quigley, who edited Motion Picture Herald … and a devout Catholic, a big-time Catholic layman and a Jesuit priest, named Father Daniel A. Lord — got together and wrote a moral code for the movies,” Doherty explained. “It had a moral philosophy, and then a list of prescriptions, things you should do, things you couldn’t do.”
It was this production code that offered up strict guidance for what would absolutely not be tolerated in Hollywood productions. Sex, crime, offensive language, nudity, illegal drug use, the ridicule of religion, and certain other behaviors were cracked down on.”
Hollywood took note of the pressure coming from government & people of faith.
“This pushback created problems for movie moguls, which led to the creation of the Production Code Administration to ensure that the movie industry’s moral code that had been ignored since 1930 would finally be upheld; that move was more successful.
So, aside from the censorship concerns, why did Hollywood create and finally come to comply with the code? Much of the motivation boiled down to money, according to PBS. Hays was reportedly able to convince studios that abiding by the Production Code was the most prudent path forward. After all, if they didn’t, they would end up doling out more money to change films once government censorship boards got a hold of them.”
Perhaps it’s time for religious leaders to begin urging their flocks to shun Hollywood again until it gets its act together. Maybe all of the different denominations – Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, etc., working together, can make a difference.
.@kayleighmcenany: Emmys speakers fired shots at Jesus and Christians and made comparisons between Republicans and crackheads – it’s no surprise it’s the lowest-rated award show pic.twitter.com/r89WaJKLMU
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 18, 2018
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Congrats! Sarah Just Hit Huge Accomplishment Defying All Odds And EVERYONE Missed It!
In Washington, D.C. where careers can be as notoriously short-lived as the memories of some of the American people, or as long as those beltway lifers you are willing to climb into bed with, certain milestones stand out. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reached a milestone few thought she would reach, and ironically enough was acknowledged by none other than a single lone reporter from the press pool themselves.
With the usual standing room only in the White House Briefing Room, the 36-year-old mother of three presided as unruffled as always, over her 100th formal session before the shark-infested waters of the mainstream media propaganda mouthpieces and a handful of legitimate reporters.
Jake Turx said, the senior White House correspondent for Ami Magazine, stated – “Thank you, Sarah. I’d like to congratulate you. This is your 100th briefing, and there’s no way what you do every day is easy.”
Sanders gave a gracious smile and then offered a small thank you to the reporter before allowing him to continue with a question.
She began with a few announcements, telling reporters that President Trump had been briefed earlier in the day by Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen on the looming threat to Hawaii of Hurricane Lane, now a Category 4 storm.
It was her first briefing in a week and came a day after the convictions of former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the subject that dominated questions from reporters.
She was prepared, and responded by saying again and again that “the president has done nothing wrong and there are no charges against him.” Other questions on the subject that she was not prepared to answer, and she referred reporters to the president’s outside counsel.
It was the usual level of toughness as her briefings go, not that any of her briefings are tiptoes through the tulips.
“It depends on the day,” she said in an interview Tuesday when asked if she has come to view her press briefings as an unpleasant chore or with dread. Her answer is the same when asked if the press briefing is the best or worst part of her day.
But there are clear indications she prefers fewer and shorter briefings since conducting her
At first, Sanders held 2-4 briefings a week, averaging 24 minutes in length. In recent weeks, the frequency has diminished to 1 or 2 a week, averaging 19 minutes in duration. Her 99th White House briefing was Wednesday of last week.
conducted 58 formal White House Briefings during his six months as press secretary. They averaged 41 minutes in length.
“We get information out in a number of different ways,” says Sanders, defending the diminished frequency of her briefings. She cites social media, which includes frequent avalanches of tweets by President Trump. “We also have a president who’s extremely accessible and engages with the press a lot more.”
He’s certainly accessible to Fox News, who Wednesday has its 30th interview with Mr. Trump since he took office, many times more than any other news organization.
Of the adversarial and sometimes combative tone of some exchanges at her briefings, Sanders says “it certainly has its moments.”
“My job is to answer whatever the questions are,” though reporters are often dissatisfied with her responses. It is balanced out by her dissatisfaction with the “gotcha” and occasionally accusatory questions she faces.
“My goal is to go out there and do the best I can to represent the president and to communicate his message and his policies,” she says about her objective in the briefing room.
She says some reporters “are doing more to perform and get a clip for a news segment than they are to actually get information.” She mentions no names.
“I think if we could focus on pushing out information, versus just trying to have either a ‘gotcha’ moment or a heated exchange they could play on their nightly news, I think everybody would be better served.”
At the same time, Sanders says her criticism does not apply to all reporters at her briefings. She volunteers that some “are working hard to just get information so that they can report on it.” But she’s quick to add, that “there are certainly some I think are a little too focused on the wrong things.”
She says Mr. Trump sometimes watches her briefings, ‘if he has a chance…but does not watch every time.'”
Sanders has certainly proven herself an asset to the Trump administration and to President Trump himself, stating in a recent interview of her position as press secretary – “I certainly hope that as long as I can continue to be productive and helpful to the president, he’ll keep me around. I consider every single day that I’m here to be a privilege and I’ll keep showing up every day and work hard.”
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