Wealth Gap Spreads with Cuts to Education

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamine Franklin

Most countries in the civilized world see education as a necessary investment in their future, crucial for financial success and competitiveness. Most countries do, but not all. What kind of a country doesn’t value education, making it a luxury affordable only to an elite group of children born to the wealthy? The answer: the richest and the most unequal nation in the world— the U.S.A. 

Rather than attempt to reverse this situation, Donald Trump and his secretary of education Betsy Devos (who never attended public school) have something else in mind for our children. Details have emerged of an $11 billion proposed cut to education:

  • After school programs— eliminated
  • The Arts— lost
  • Foreign language— disappears
  • Physical education— a thing of the past 
  • Class sizes—increase
  • Teacher training— what teacher training? 
  • Special Olympics— the stuff of legends 
  • Work study programs— halved
  • Pell grants—cut by 4 billion, 
  • Public service loan forgiveness— gone

And for those whose only option for an education is through student loans, federal loan subsidies take a hit as well. The first action Trump took as president was to eliminate banking regulations. 

Private equity firms, Wall Street banks, and the federal government are already profiting large from the student loan industry. 42 million Americans currently hold student loans totaling $1.3 trillion dollars. We have been in desperate need of reform as tuition rates far exceed the rate of inflation, but Trump has tossed a boulder into the arms of a drowning man. Students seeking loans will be chum in the water for predatory loan sharks. 

Like healthcare, education will be an entitlement for the wealthy. 10% of Americans have 76% of the money. Incomes of the wealthy steadily increase while incomes of the rest of the population remain stagnant. Donald Trump’s mission seems to be to increase the wealth gap. Why is he doing it? The only answer— a bigger tax cut for the chosen few. 

Auto loans and mortgage rates are far lower than interest rates offered for student loans. The message hidden in that fact seems to be that the government doesn’t want you to educate yourself. Consider this: a $10,000 loan offered at a rate of 8.9% will cost the student $25,000 over the course of fifteen years. That is a rate offered to parents with good credit today. The rate after Trump’s changes will be substantially higher. 
Once junior moves back home, into what is now the workout room, he/she will have to make a lot of mocha soy lattes at their post-grad job in order to make those monthly student loan payments… and they will make those payments.

 

There is no way out of this debt. These lenders will take your disability checks, and your pension, they have secured that right. Although Donald Trump has filed bankruptcy six times, doing so will not help those with student loans. They can not be discharged in bankruptcy. 

Banking will essentially be organized crime run by white collar criminals engaged in activity sanctioned by Trump.

For future generations, Trump and Devos together are intent on destroying hope for all but the wealthiest Americans. Attending college in America is no longer a step on the road to success, but rather it has become a way to exchange good credit for insurmountable debt.

Get the impression Trump doesn’t care about “making America great again” for anyone but himself? I do.

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Name Calling a Suicide Bomber

70 year old Donald Trump is forever young. His four year old mind responded to the senseless suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Tuesday by name calling. Those responsible are “evil losers in life” who murdered “so many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives.” Trump said he would not call those responsible “monsters, because “they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name.”

“I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are,” Trump said. “They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.” 

You may want to write that down to help you remember…it might be on the test. Let’s review: “They’re losers.”

This is the complex thought process of the leader of the free world. What name can I call them? He puts more thought into selecting an insult than into healthcare for Americans. 

Donald Trump was in Jerusalem at the time of the bombing— you may have heard he had been in the Middle East prior that, but he left the Middle East and went to Israel. 

In Israel Trump said, “Our Secretary of State has done a great job. We just got back from the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and we were treated incredibly well.” 

He must have traveled in his imaginary airplane. Somebody tell the jackass Israel is part of the Middle East. 



There was no mention of chocolate cake on this visit to the Middle East. Perhaps they have cake in Israel.

While in the Middle East, Son in law Kushner (the guy we elected…never) negotiated a $109 billion arms deal with the Saudis. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that was just one component of $350 billion in economic and defense investments between the two countries over the next 10 years. 

This is a yuge improvement over Obama’s relationship with the Saudis which had been strained over Saudi bombings of hundreds of Yemeni civilians. We won’t call them losers though…because they have money and oil, and we want some.

Trump and his team have made it clear that human rights violations will not affect deals with other countries. 

As a show of gratitude, the Saudis donated $100 million to Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump’s brand new “women’s charity”… because the Trumps care about women’s issues as much as they care about human rights. If only women were human…life would be great in the Middle East and in Israel. Perhaps Ivanka’s new women’s charity will provide botox and breast implants for poor flat chested losers with frown lines. 

Let’s review this administrations priorities:

  1. Make personal profit.
  2. Make Russia great again.
  3. Eliminate healthcare.

Pop quiz—

  • Question: What do you call a suicide bomber? 
  • Answer: Evil losers
  • Question: Why?
  • Answer: “because that’s what they are.”

*Photo of an actual loser taken either in the Middle East or in Israel.

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Reading the News, So You Don’t Have To

Lately I’m torn between needing a day off from politics, and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next thing. The next thing is always only a few hours away, which adds a high level of anticipation to my news addiction. Donald Trump has turned me into a backseat political analyst. But I don’t do this for myself, I read the news so you don’t have to. This is a free service I offer to society…because I am a humanitarian.
Today I scan through the news and find Trump’s first trip outside his bubble: to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Vatican City, Brussels, and Sicily. That story is battling with impeachment speculation for top spot today. 


As far as said trip, the most prevalent theme is “don’t do anything stupid.” Everyone is offering up their own version of the same advise: Don’t talk about crowd size, don’t talk about the Koran, don’t grab any female genitalia, in fact don’t go. If you must go, don’t open your mouth, and don’t move your arms. Ugh- this is our representation. No wonder the world hates America. Thanks Vlad, nice choice. 
Trump has extricated Melania from her New York Tower for this trip. The Jared the Ivanka are also along to distract from the oaf. Maybe Ivanka will offer sales contracts on Ivanka Hijabs (made by children in China) to be sold with a copy of her new book “How to Be Like I Want You to Believe I Am”…or something like that. 
By the way neither Trump woman covered their head in Saudi Arabia. More hypocrisy from the man who criticized Michelle Obama for the same offense. “Many people are saying” f*ck you Donald Trump. —they are.

On a side note, NPR has interesting results from their latest poll. It shows how devided we are as a country in what we believe our priorities should be with our foreign policies: selfless humanitarianism, or materialistic greed. Don’t let my granola breath influence you, but come on Republicans!

There is also speculation in the news today, or hope, that Trump will seek political asylum somewhere and never return the U.S., in order to avoid his imminent impeachment and prison time. We won’t be so lucky. 
Meanwhile back on the ranch, Mike Pence is scrambling to appear as if he had nothing to do with the Russia scandal. He was kept in the dark about Flynn, and in spite of the fact that half the country knew what was happening, he did not…no, really. He is also raising money for a 2020 presidential run. So in other words, he is too stupid to have seen the writing on the wall, but he’s presidential material? Me thinks you can’t have it both ways. Pence is on the list of likely impeachables. (new word) 

Okay, that’s it for me…I can’t stand any more. There is a day to have. Happy Saturday! 
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Fealty to Laird McDonaldTrump

Last week we learned something telling about Donald Trump. Like an orange unkilted (thank God), Scottish Warlord demanding fealty from his clansmen, Trump demands a pledge of loyalty from those surrounding him. He only retains yes-men who fit into his orange tinted bubble. 

 https://youtu.be/E5BUUrps_2E

Providing loyalty yesterday in response to Trump’s latest fiasco was US National Security Advisor H.R McMaster. He provided a carefully worded denial to the story that Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State to the Russian foreign minister.

“The story that came out tonight as reported, is false, the president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

“Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record account should outweigh those of anonymous sources.”

“And I was in the room, it didn’t happen,” he concluded. “Thanks everybody.”

A problem with surrounding yourself with yes-men and Russophiles is—when one provides an alibi it doesn’t wash down. This one is stuck in my throat. Rex Tillerson is Putin’s Oil bitch, and he isn’t in the photos that were taken during the meeting in question. Unless he is employed with Russia in a second capacity, as official Kremlin photographer for White House Meetings, and took the pictures, I don’t believe he was in the room…Mr McMaster isn’t photographed either.


But, for as much as Trump lies, and asks others to lie, he isn’t good at it. You have to stick with the story Donald. 

Shaking my head. What will be the fallout? It would seem the entire GOP has pledged their fealty to Laird McTrump. They have no qualms in looking the other way. They’ll all hide in the hydrangeas until the next typhoon. It is sure to blow in soon, they always do—then this will be just one of the many events that led to the end of Clan McTrump.

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Trump Collaborating to Make Russia Great Again

“I could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” ~ Donald Trump, January 2016

I believe Donald Trump thinks he can do anything and will not lose the support of the GOP either. He can talk his way out of anything—that has been the case so far. Will there be any consequences for this latest Trump stunt? 

The Washington Post revealed tonight—during last week’s meeting in the Oval Office, with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, (the meeting banned to the American press but photographed by Russian press), Donald Trump disclosed classified information to the Russians. Classified ISIS code-word intelligence—was shared. 

Trump is astounding. His level of stupidity, his narcissistic belief that he can be so blatantly treasonous in plain sight, that no rules apply to him—amazing. 

Because Donald Trump won’t stop until he is stopped—he must be stopped. If not this, then what is it going to take GOP?

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U With the Uterus 

Hey! You with the uterus! 

Stop right there!

Drop that insurance card!

Hands in the air!

You suspected pregnancy 

And bought a urine test

Don’t try to pass it off as new— 

The condition pre-exists!

Mammograms and Pap smears

All your women’s needs

You expect them to be covered 

In your health plan? That’s just greed.

Rich old white male politicians 

Won’t vote to subsidize the cost

Of care to keep you healthy here

In America— democracy is lost

Though they all had mothers 

Who birthed them at one time

Do their moms see what happened 

To their Repugnant offspring? It’s a crime.

A tax cut has priority 

Over compassion and ethics

Viagra however— treats a condition 

Which never pre-exists

So, you with the uterus, 

Happy Mothers Day!

Of that uterus, what happens to it— 

By the way, you have no say

Though the senate won’t approve this bill, 

Their version keeps women under attack

Because it’s not orange, no it’s Women 

Women are the GOP’s new black