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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POTUS 45 Prison Diet and Exercise Plan

Donald Trump believes the human body is like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted.

You may have been raised on the belief that exercise keeps you young and fit, and eating a diet of high fat foods and sugar is unwise… science may have misled you… as it has with climate change. 

**You want to look like this? Read my new book. 

Scheduled for release sometime in 2018—

“POTUS 45 Prison Diet and Exercise Plan”


This book and exercise video will do for health and fitness the same thing the GOP hopes to do to Obamacare…the same thing Russia is doing to democracy…the same thing Jeff Sessions is doing to racial equality…the same thing Pence is doing to LGBT rights, and what Trump himself has done to the women’s movement. 

This book spells out a diet and excercise plan using the most monosyllabic text available in the English language. 

The diet:

Steak with ketchup, beautiful chocolate cake, two scoops of ice-cream must be consumed daily.

The workout:
It is my bigly belief that exercise is hard so, if you have to move for any reason, use a golf cart.

**Moneyback guarantee- if your head doesn’t look considerably smaller in 6 weeks you may file a lawsuit for a full refund.

*Masters Degree in Diet & Nutrition ~ Trump University.  

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If I Were A Secret Memo

Another uneventful day in the life and times of Donald Trump. Not much to say other than:

Congressman Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Wednesday. 

It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come, yes it will…

It is much too soon to flush, but good to know someone finally got off the proverbial pot.

There was something else…

Comey’s—Secret—Memos—muahaha

If this were a movie, we’d be at the point when it finally looks like the good guys outsmarted the villain, and the villain cannot recover. If I were a secret memo what would I say?… 

  • “Today he told me to drop the Flynn investigation.” 
  • “Today he wanted me to pledge loyalty.” 
  • “Today he asked me to speak to him only in Russian.” 

When I want to feel hopeful I turn to Twitter 

As an investigative reporter with reliable sources Louise Mensch offers up Trump tidbits that very often prove correct. Today her word is Comey knew he was on his way out and prepared not only by leaving a paper trail of secret memos, but he also left a digital trail on his primary work computers. 

Comey’s computers were fitted with software which allowed the Justice Department to see if, how, and when they were illegally accessed…which they were almost immediately after he was dismissed. Comey’s data was copied onto removable media and given to Russian Diplomats…like the ones who met in the Oval Office the following day…when trump divulged highly classified information…to Russian Diplomats. I guess this has proven true, since a copy of Comey’s entire file was recovered. 

One last item before I rest my thumbs:

**Note the Apple Watch on his wrist. 

House oversight panel chairman Jason give up your iPhone if you want health insurance Chaffetz is resigning from Congress due to an Ethics Complaint. Estimated departure date – June 30. 

Buh bye Jason

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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

Political Potpourri

Picture if you will a pot simmering on a cast iron stove, filled with various fragrant blossoms each of which is a political occurrence. They’re all different, but they all smell…nice? That’s what I’ve made for breakfast, ingredients via mainstream news (aka fake news), and predictions on Twitter by those who seem to be in the know. This fog of pollen in the Washington air seems to have blown in as a result of Donald Trump’s unpopular decision to fire FBI director James Comey. He kicked the beehive with that clumsy move.
Today’s blooms:

  • A frenzy of activity in Virginia: FBI agents obtaining dozens of warrants, multiple US Marshals and their vans frantically doing official looking things. (I’m not a reporter.)
  • FBI and NYPD Joint Organized Crime Task Force arrested ten men in New York City, charging each with running a racketeering conspiracy as part of an organized crime effort. These men and their crime family have alleged ties to the Russian mafia and to…Donald Trump.
  • Word is that proof is coming regarding Detroit Michigan’s voting machines. The allegation is that they had been tampered with during the presidential election, affecting tens of thousands of votes in that heavily Democratic city, more than enough to votes alter the results for the state.
  • A top cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin met privately with Vice President Mike Pence Thursday morning and urged the U.S. to cooperate with Russia to combat terrorism in the Middle East. (Yea, I’m sure that’s what they discussed.)
  • The FBI Raided the Office of a Republican Consulting Firm, or “GOP fundraising firm” in Maryland. 

  • Mitch McConnell’s wife may have ties to Russia, which would explain his refusal to authorize an independent counsel to investigate Trump/Russia.
  • A top politician’s relative was caught with 40 lbs of cocaine, but no charges were filed.

  • Trump was interviewed on NBC by Lester holt and offered up a plethora of impeachable sound bites. Trump said: “When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.” Hmm— obstruction of justice, and speaking of himself in third person again—both wrong. Trump also said —Comey told him 3X he wasn’t under investigation. Hmm… an attempt at intimidation? 
  • Sources close to Comey revealed— seven days after Trump’s inauguration, Comey was summoned to the White House for a private dinner with Trump and was repeatedly asked to pledge his loyalty to him. Comey declined, but offered honesty instead. (Seriously, what would Trump do with honesty?) They also discussed crowd size…really. (I’m not sure if they had chocolate cake, but if they had it would not have been as beautiful as the cake Trump would have in coming weeks with China’s leader.)

  • Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe (kind of very handsome), contradicted every claim Trump has made in attempts to justify the termination of James Comey: In response to claims that Comey was disliked by FBI members, and that “moral was low”, McCabe testified before a Senate committee Thursday: “I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.” In response to Trump’s claim that the Russia investigation was a low priority for the FBI, McCabe said the investigation was “highly significant.”
  • Page, Manafort and Epshteyn, possibly also with Trump, are on tape discussing a plan for Page to carry a recording of Donald Trump to Moscow, offering his favors in exchange for Russia’s help hacking the election. That tape of Trump was played by Page to Russian intelligence, possibly including Mr. Diveykin, the Russian official in charge of hacking the election; and multiple foreign intelligence services, (among them the UK, Germany and Ukraine), have a copy of this tape of; and finally, in October, the FBI was able to listen to that tape. (Yes, that is before the election.)

  • Season Spicer is hiding in the hedgerows. 
  • Donald Trump is imagining, or making up stories in order to divert attention—again. This time American fighter jets are secretly flying over Japan.

  • Trump threatens a witness (Comey) on Twitter.
  • Russian fighter jets are still playing chicken with U.S. fighter jets, “coming within 20 feet” of each other.
  • And last but not least, according to Louise Mensch on Twitter, something big is about to happen with little Jeffrey Sessions. 

Speculation has it that dozens of arrests are being made among the worker ants in hopes that one or two will offer up information confirming collusion and racketeering on the part of the giant orange ant. 

While I am thankful to have a vast selection of political prompts of which to scribe, I wouldn’t mind a day with no political news…you know, I could talk about me again. How much longer can this potpourri simmer before it permanently damages the pot?
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