Saturday, February 17, 2018

I agree with Bill and Melinda Gates, O. T.

Grandma listens

          Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter and it contains a huge slam at President Trump and his policies. Here are some excerpts:
"For decades the United States has been a leader in the fight against disease and poverty abroad. These efforts save lives. They also create U.S. jobs. And they make Americans more secure by making poor countries more stable and stopping disease outbreaks before they become pandemics. The world is not a safer place when more people are sick or hungry [but] President Trump proposed severe cuts to foreign aid."

 "The America First worldview concerns me. It's not that the United States shouldn't look out for its people. The question is how best to do that. My view is that engaging with the world has proven over time to benefit everyone, including Americans, more than withdrawing does. Even if we measured everything the government did only by how much it helped American citizens, global engagement would still be a smart investment."

"The duties of the president of the United States is to role model American values in the world. I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets. Equality is an important national principle. The sanctity of each individual, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender, is part of our country's spirit. The president has a responsibility to set a good example and empower all Americans through his statements and his policies."

          I am an optimist.  Bill and Melinda Gates are optimists.

          Please click on "their annual letter" above to remind yourself that the World can be a better place.  And that America is already a great country.

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