A Shoutout! A White flag! A Coming To Jesus Meeting! A Personal Note From Me To You.
Here’s a little update on what’s going on this very moment with your children’s education and your family’s healthcare. I just thought you should know.
Trump put Betsy Devos in the extremely critical role of Secretary of Education. She has no experience in the field of education; NONE, ZERO, Nix-Nay Nothing. Not even so much as having taught in a classroom in her entire life or heaven forbid, entering a public school. Nope, nor did any of her entitled children. Betsy Devos was privileged enough to be sent only to private schools from the day she uttered her first sentence (which I assume was, ”Unless you’re rich, you don’t deserve an education, now scram!”
Right now, Betsy Devos is gutting public education funding and eliminating 100% funding for Special Olympics. I’ll start there.
First, I want to fill you in on who Betsy Devos is, and her background. I fact checked the following claim, and the only discrepancy is that she did not donate directly to the trump campaign, but to the Republican Party.
”Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, has no education degree or teaching experience, has never attended a public school or sent her children to one, and supports the funding of for-profit Christian schools over public ones; she got the job because she donated $9.5 million to Trump’s campaign.”
There is a laundry list of deplorable facts about Devos, but this should be enough to get us started. Trust me, she’s a dick.
GOOGLE: There is a great clip where you will see Devos being questioned by congress (while alarming, it’s also hilarious) and another good clip is MSNBC’s Ari Velshi laying out what the aforementioned Betsy Devos is attempting to do to our public education system. It is important, please watch it. (Congress questioning Devos, 3-26-19. Ari Veshi’s great description complete with the big board, 3-27-19)
Boy, I sure would like to meet Betsy Devos one day. Like if I ran into her in the produce department. We would have so much to chat about, I’m sure it would be genuinely satisfying.
So, I’ll skip to Healthcare; brace yourself! Yesterday Trump announced he was going to eliminate the Affordable Funding Act ENTIRELY (aka Obamacare).
Here’s the kicker. He has no replacement healthcare plan! Nope, he’s just going to cancel healthcare for over twenty-two million people and likely millions more that have ”pre-existing conditions” and will lose their insurance or can’t afford the much higher price of insurance. I shit you not.
This is important because that means people with “pre-existing conditions” can and will be refused healthcare insurance in the private sector. For instance, if you’ve ever taken an anti-depressant pill, medicine for ADD or ADHD, diabetes, had a childhood illness that you’ve since recovered from, or used an asthma inhaler, to name just a few, you my little darlings, are in deep shit!
This is a sticky wicket because that means pretty much every living being has a pre-existing condition in one way or another.
So, if insurance companies will even consider insuring you in the first place, they will charge a much higher rate. BOY, YA GOTTA LOVE FOR-PROFIT HEALTHCARE!
It is a shame that the enormous profit health insurance companies are basking in, isn’t going back into the government to help fund healthcare, but I’m getting ahead if myself.
Most families cannot afford premiums more than $1000 per month, so millions of families will be either not uninsurable, or it will be too expensive to afford. So where would you turn to protect yourself and your family? Medicare or Medicaid? Well wouldn’t you know it, Trump is gutting those programs and resources also! What a guy, am I right?
Now, while Obamacare is certainly not ideal, it is far better than getting cancer and dying, or watching one of your family members die from diabetes or an asthma attack because you couldn’t afford the prescription medicine before we have a chance to pass a new and far improved national healthcare initiative.
Then what, right? It feels like there’s no way out. Healthcare has been well and truly a clusterfuk! But do not give up grasshoppers, there is good news!
Right NOW the Democratic Congress has two NEW AND BOLD HEALTHCARE INITIATIVES in the House of Representatives. They go the exact opposite direction of Trumps zero health insurance plan, by making Healthcare available to EVERY person AND with better coverage and lower prescription costs, while expanding Medicare and Medicaid.
The Democrats are rolling hard to craft excellent, inclusive insurance that EVERY AMERICAN can afford. By my drawing these party divides on healthcare, I’m not being partisan, although we all know I am:). I am giving EVERYBODY a head’s up; red hat or not! It is the Democrats you need to back on this one; pick your pony wisely! One goes to the slaughter house, and one gets to live.
This isn’t propaganda people. This IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW; TODAY!!
THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. This IS A NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY THAT WILL EFFECT EVERYONE BUT THE WEALTHY.
So please, I’m begging you (or I would if I ever lowered myself to begging people to THINK) don’t fall for the Fox News and GOP spin this time. We need to think for ourselves. Shit just got real people!
You don’t have to believe me (but seriously, when have I ever been wrong?😜) Google-it yourself and read or watch clips from any and every news source in the nation other than Foxx. They will explain it better than I, and with precise details and numbers. I mean, do you honestly believe that every news organization in the country is making all this shit up?
Note: If you do, unfriend me. You are a part of the problem, and I have no time for the intentionally ill-informed; period.
One thing is for sure, this is happening regardless of party, ego or pride.
To have your voice heard, be counted, make a legitimate difference, save your healthcare, and protect your children’s education…
HERE IS WHAT YOU DO:
Call your local Senators and Congressmen. Just tell them which way you expect them to vote as one of their constituents aka, bitches.
You don’t have to get into a diatribe on the phone, explain why, or get upset and ruin dinner. This is how they figure out which way they should vote. This is what puts pressure on them to put you first, over politics. You are essentially putting a check in the box labeled ”Don’t even think about it!” Easy-Peasy-Japanesey! Then, back to peeling potatoes.
Their contact information will be easy to google, and most likely you’ll be leaving a message. Call and be counted by the representatives that will be asking for your vote again. You can also use your senator’s website contact form, or for a really good time, visit them in person. Even better, invite a ton of people and bring big signs and your favorite megaphone. Then start chanting, singing and beating on drums. They really like that!
If you are feeling young and hip, or if you actually are young and hip, start an online petition. I just thought of that, so I googled it. I am now revved up to give it a go! I landed on a site called the petitionsite.com. I am going to give it a spin. If you know of another avenue, please share with the rest of the class. Online petition? Oh my, the things I could do!
In closing my friends, A PHONE CALL DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE! AN EMAIL WILL HAVE INFLUENCE! AN ONLINE PETITION IS JUST COOL AS HELL, AND A RALLY WILL SURE AS HELL MAKE AN IMPACT! THE TIME IS NOW TO STAND UP AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND BE COUNTED. PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE TRUMP GUTS EDUCATION AND ELIMINATES THE ONLY HEALTHCARE PROGRAM WE HAVE Cuz, CRAPPY OR NOT, IT’S ALL WE GOT!
Why that dipshit didn’t ride the wave of his exoneration spin, I will never know. He’s a bright one, Mr. Grinch.
Cynthia Stetzer© 3.27.19