Over the last few weeks we have been bombarded with crazy presidential tweets and social media rebuttals. We have been inundated with media retorts to ridiculous Trumpitutes. In this clutter of conspiracy theories and misdirection, we have lost sight of the horrifying legislative proposals that are being carried out by the Donald's minion. We've even lost sight of the possibility that his minion may actually be more heinous than he is. ,
Public Education: Betsy DeVos has started to shed her sheep's clothing, as she made it clear that her agenda involves defunding the public education system in order to funnel money to private & religious schools. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610) This not only seeks undermine our right to a free public education, it also declares war on the working class. Education is one of the largest determining factors regarding an individual's earning potential. The more privatized education becomes, the less accessible free education becomes. This also ensures that quality standards become lower for public schools. This means that anyone economically challenged will have access to a failing education system that will eventually be non-existent. The plan is to do away with the education department by 2018.
The Environment: The administration has made no bones about its lack of concern for the environment but it takes an act of complete disregard for human life to believe that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expendable. After all, protecting basic needs like clean public drinking water, and breathable air, clearly are a must, right? Well our current elected president and his minions disagree. They plan to end the department by 2018,(https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861) afterall they can afford to buy bottled water and install private water filtration systems in their home. Public drinking water is a poor man's problem.
Healthcare: Ryan has made multiple statements indicating that he views healthcare as a privilege not a basic human right. The republican party has been very careful to answer questions regarding who will lose healthcare with the phrase, "We want everyone to have access to healthcare." The word "access" is the camouflage they hide behind. We all have "access" to a Bugatti, or Aston Martin, or even a gold plated iPhone, if we can afford it. The reality is that most us will have to settle for a run of the mill , free with 2yr contract iPhone, and that's if we are lucky. Access is directly relative to what's in your wallet. In fairness, even with the ACA (Affordable Care Act), many of us paid car payment sized bills to cover our families with substandard policies, so it would stand to reason that so many of us are seeking change. Let us not forget that the ACA was dismantled and compromised by this party before it was ever enacted. Through endless stonewalling, and forced compromise, the republican party reduced the ACA into a barely functional plan. They took a hammer to the plan and then pointed at the democrats across the aisle and said "see how broken this is!" Never fear, "The World's Greatest Healthcare Plan" is here! Yes, the minions are nothing if not modest! They really named the bill "H.R.1275 - World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017." The summary of this bill has yet to be posted as they have taken great care to hide its content until they can drum up enough propaganda.
Additional items on the chopping block:
H.R.354 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017
H.R. 147 The criminalization of abortion: "This bill imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly, or knowingly attempts to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.
Violations or attempted violations shall result in fines and/or imprisonment for up to five years." --https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/147?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr147%22%5D%7D&r=1 , 3/7/2017,19:47.
This list is endless and horrifying. We as citizens, must be vigilant, and challenge the actions of our elected officials! We must protect the founding principles of this country and the civil rights of our citizens and immigrants.We must hold the government accountable for how they spend our tax dollars. Incidentally, tax dollars being collected by the middle class and working poor, so that it can be handed to the rich in the form of tax credits, funding for private schools, and high cost health care plans. As Trump and his minions wag the dog, we must beware of the freedoms that are being stolen right from under our noses.They are counting on our distraction as they take our money and our liberties in return for NOTHING!