Alright, those are my words. They didn’t say “sucks” but trust me and my personal experience working with survivors of hate-based discrimination and violence and how tracking these personal and vicious crimes go: It Sucks. My mother always hated it … Continue reading
I’ve got some points to make for all of those out there who are anti-universal health care.
If you are against universal health care,
you are pro-DEATH.
Point Number One:
Hate Homos? Go to Sochi.
Hate Dogs? Go to Sochi.
Hate People Generally? Go to Sochi.
Could the Russian government give us more reasons to boycott the Russian-based Olympics? I’ve never been more certain on not having any interest in watching the Olympics or avoiding companies supporting the Sochi-based events as I am right now. Continue reading
The other night I dreamt repeatedly (or ongoing – in various states of consciousness) about Anne Frank and her family. I know why she was on my mind. I have been thinking about her and what it must have been … Continue reading
Reality Check, America.
I’ve found myself pointing all of this out for days and I’m saddened by the low or complete lack of understanding that most people have about what the “government shut down” is spurred by; what it affects; what it actually meant, means, and will mean; and how absolutely unnecessary it all was and is.
I’ve got some things to say. I always do. If you knew, dear reader, just how many draft posts I have not put out there on my website you would see JUST HOW MUCH I have to say. But, I tend to write and then read it later and decide not to go there. I’ll be going there with this one.
And I’ll also be going there with this one.
On September 30th the White House sent this out:
If the United States government shuts down tonight and our economy takes a hit, it will be because House Republicans let it happen.
Right now, there’s a bill sitting in the House that funds the government for a few more weeks. It doesn’t demand the repeal or delay of the health care law, or deny women access to birth control, or include any other failed, partisan proposals. It funds the government. That’s it. And if Republican leadership allowed a simple yes or no vote on this bill — like the Senate has — it would get enough support from members of both parties to pass.
Instead, the government that these Republicans were elected to fund will close down and that will hurt our economy. Americans across the country won’t be allowed to show up for work. Paychecks could be delayed, meaning some folks will have to cut back on groceries or maybe even not pay a few bills. Businesses will have fewer customers. Veterans won’t get services they rely on — and it will put benefits for seniors at risk.
Even though they’ve already voted over 40 times to defund or delay the health care law, this group of Republicans in Congress is so obsessed with the idea of sabotaging Obamacare that they’re willing to take the economy hostage to do it.
President Obama has said time and time again that he’s willing to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to grow our economy and even improve the health care law. But using the threat of government shutdown or defaulting on the bills our country owes is reckless and irresponsible.
In fact, shutting down the government won’t stop Obamacare. The Health Insurance Marketplace will still open for business starting tomorrow, without delay.
Washington needs to stop manufacturing crises and focus on the issues that matter: creating jobs and building a strong middle class. Taking our economy over the cliff just to score political points isn’t fair to the millions of Americans who show up every day to work and do their jobs. It’s time for Congress to do its job.
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
P.S. — You’ll still be able to sign up for affordable health insurance on HealthCare.gov starting tomorrow, shutdown or no shutdown.
Hey U.S. Government!
Look what happens when you deny rights and then actually slam someone who has been holding YOU accountable. Now you get to pay for the medical treatment that you are trying to squirm out of. Shame on the U.S. Military for this one.
Get it right. Stand behind Chelsea and be the “bigger man.” ha. Guess you’re hiding behind fear again. Let’s see …
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?
Big Fat Zero = Failed.
Please rework your policies and bring them by my office in the next few days. Thanks.
- “I Am Chelsea Manning”: On The Epidemic of Anti-Trans* Violence (bluestockingsmag.com)
- ‘Illegal’ for U.S. military to deny Manning sex change (mobile.wnd.com)
- Who is Chelsea Manning? (tylervilekutner.wordpress.com)
Yes, I had some things to say about Russia’s leadership. OutJustice is my outlet for that type of commentary.
Russia has a law criminalizing “propaganda” that shows LGBTQIA persons in a positive light. Anyone who participates in “gayness,” or says it’s pretty OK in some way (so to speak) is to be shut down. Violence? Sure, why not. Go ahead.
Two women holding hands = crime.
Waiving a rainbow flag = crime.
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“No, we can’t call it a civil union.” Amen, Jessica!