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Republican selfish cruelty

It takes ones breath away.  If what they did in the House ever becomes the law of the land, they will have much to reckon with.  The crowd outside the House had it right with its “Shame, shame shame!”   Democrats inside singing should also be shamed.  It was not a party victory or defeat.  It was a victory for the rich and infamous who have thoughts only for themselves and their wallets.  Amazing that some can still call themselves “Christians”.

Let’s face it, anything Barack Obama did as President is anathema to those now in power because he is black.  The hatred underpinning the latest Congressional and Presidential actions is barefaced and appalling.  It’s even likely to bring on a backlash that will change the make up of the House of Representatives if the Democrats don’t throw away their advantage in their glee at opponent’s seemingly fatal mistakes.  It’s much too soon to crow.  There is still real danger that this white-men-supremacist measure could become law.

If anyone out there still reads, check this article in today’s Washington Post, and then take a good long look at all of those smug, self-satisfied faces in the Rose Garden as they celebrate taking away health care from those in society who need it most.  This is America?  Isn’t it time for the USA to join the rest of the civilized world and provide basic government healthcare for everyone?

President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, after the House pushed through a health care bill. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. is at left, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas is at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Those guys turn my stomach.

How many people are aware that the Trump administration has been doing its best to pick apart the ACA even before the “replacement” by cutting funds for pass through payments to insurance companies and doctoring the healthcare.gov website just so they could say it was failing?  All that for white supremacy?

If Peter Suderman is correct that this is not a health care bill at all, but a bald effort to cut taxes for the wealthy, then the House Republicans may well have snookered the “Deal Maker” himself (as well as the rest of us) since Trump apparently has little knowledge of what is actually in the bill.

Trump’s continued ignorance about the policy details should worry House Republicans, who are being pressured by the president and his team to support deeply unpopular legislation that the president doesn’t himself understand. (That problem will be compounded and repeated if the bill eventually manages to clear the House, because the Senate is all but certain to significantly alter the legislation, and because those alterations are likely to shatter whatever fragile consensus may exist in the House.)

In a way, Trump’s inability to understand the bill means that he cannot really be said to support it, or at least that his support is far from stable. Privately, Trump has questioned whether or not the bill is worthwhile. During the initial push to pass the bill, Trump sometimes expressed his anxiety about the bill’s merits, according to The Washington Post. He did not possess sufficient understanding of its particular to judge its quality for himself, so he repeatedly asked his aides, “Is this really a good bill?” If you have to ask, the answer is probably no.

Thinking about women

Being a stay at home mom can be a matter of choice, but it can also be a matter of circumstances and not choice at all. Once upon a time in the dark ages of the 1950’s women were told to stay home by their husbands, the advertisers of household products touting their stuff on TV, and society in general. Even if you went to college the pressure was on, especially in junior and senior years, to find a man you could marry after graduation so you could stay home and raise his kids.

Earlier in our history women worked out of necessity, of financial need. Mostly, they stayed single, though not always. The opportunity to choose came with the 1960’s, the pill, and the rising prosperity of the time; all of which made choosing a career and marriage a real choice. Now, in many ways, the clock seems to be turning backward again. Some women are choosing to stay home because they can afford to through their husband’s job, and some are staying home because jobs are scarce, day care for young children is expensive, and they can manage on what their partners can bring home. Many of those forced out of their jobs by the recession will probably return to work when jobs are more plentiful. None of this means that women are unconcerned about the direction the economy is going. A person can be concerned regardless of circumstances of work and/or wealth.

There are still those women who work out of necessity to support themselves and their families; sometimes at 2 or 3 low-paying jobs when they can find them. For them, survival is all that matters. Sometimes a choice like that is painful. We love our children, and we sometimes have to leave them in the care of others who are not as reliable as they might be or as caring. I can remember shutting my eyes and trying hard not to think about the kids until I got home. We were lucky. We survived.

It seems to me that the entire media storm over Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney is silly. There’s truth on both sides. The Romney’s circumstances and their Mormon faith allowed Ann Romney the freedom to stay home, to not choose a career for herself. She did lots of other things in addition to raising her family, and should no be vilified for serving her community in whatever ways she could. Sometimes those ways can be just as satisfying as climbing whatever career path one chooses. Ms. Rosen made different choices, and the media made what she said seem a lot more snarky than was meant.

Are we ever going to quit pointing fingers at each other just for the sake of sensation? I just have to groan at the thought that the silly season of the presidential election year is far from over. What next?

What’s really concerning is the movement among Republicans to restrict the access of women to health care clinics like those of Planned Parenthood and prescription medicines particularly to those women unable to afford private care. Desperate women will get abortions, no matter what the laws are. Shouldn’t they be safe abortions and not done in the back alleys where disease and death often were the result? Does a state really save money by closing such clinics when its citizens end up paying for care anyway no matter where the people find it. We all pay in insurance and hospital bills what the poor don’t pay in the emergency room. Why not just pay for it up front with a system that is fair to all?