How the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Is Bad for People with Disabilities

Alana Theriault from DREDF on Vimeo.

How the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Is Bad for People with Disabilities

Alana Theriault, a friend of mine, explains how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is bad for people with disabilities and how it endangers our right to live independently in the community.

AHCA poses a huge threat to those of us who are disabled living independently within the community, as is our right. It will either alter or cut valuable funding that we disabled people depend on for our survival. Among the items that will be affected is valuable funding that comes from the federal government to support home care services that we depend on to be able to live independently.

These funds are not only important for our independence, but for our basic survival. Forcing us into institutions will be the only alternative for many people with disabilities. It is a well-known fact that these type of skilled nursing facilities are far more expensive than providing disabled people with the necessary funding to live in the community.

Community-based services are always less expensive for the taxpayers than institutional care. That fact has been proven many times. The AHCA will gut those community-based services to the point of nonexistence. AHCA will force many disabled people, now living independently with the help of community-based services, no other choice than to give up their independent lives and be imprisoned in nursing homes.

The AHCA is the biggest threat to the independent living movement to ever come along. Hopefully, it will not pass through Congress. If it does, we disabled people are doomed.

 

 

 

Trumps Great Distraction: The Trump Tower Bugging

Since the FBI announced that it is investigating Donald Trump and his campaign for possible irregularities, he has doubled down on his ridiculous claim of the Trump Tower being bugged.


Trumps Great Distraction: The Trump Tower Bugging

 

Since the FBI announced that it is investigating The president and his campaign for possible irregularities, he has doubled down on his ridiculous claim of The Trump Tower being bugged.  Hopefully, most people realize that this allegation is entirely groundless and just another distraction thrown up by Donald Trump to distract away from the real issue; did his campaign work with Russia to fix the 2016 election for Trump?

Just to bring anyone up to speed that may be so put off by this entire thing, The president is claiming that President Barack Obama wiretapped The Trump Tower.  As ridiculous and paranoid as that may sound, Trump is arguing that it happened.  FBI Director, James Comey says that his agency has no evidence that The Trump Tower was ever under electronic surveillance of any type.

However, Trump is sticking by his claim, because as most of us who have watched him for a while, know that Donald Trump always thinks the is the smartest guy in the room, no matter how stupid he is in life.  These days, our “president” has taken paranoia to a new level that would make even Richard Nixon wince in fear.  Trump’s paranoia is making me wonder if he truly is as paranoid as he seems, or is he just pretending?  Could this high level of arrogance and fear just be another one of his dog and pony shows, for which he is famous?

No matter how hard he may try, I sincerely hope that the American people don’t believe Trump any further that they can throw a bus because he is as guilty as shit of colluding with Russia to fix the election.  Hopefully, the FBI investigation of his campaign will show what a bastard Donald Trump is.

 

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Why Isn’t Scott Pruitt Fighting EPA Budget Cuts?

One question that has crossed my mind is, “why isn’t Scott Pruitt fighting the federal budget cuts to the EPA?”


Why Isn’t Scott Pruitt Fighting EPA Budget Cuts?

One question that has crossed my mind is, “why isn’t Scott Pruitt fighting the federal budget cuts to the EPA?”  It would seem natural that the director of any agency would be fighting to save his agency from massive federal budget cuts.  After all, I always thought that one of the major functions of any director worth his salt is to protect his agency from these types of things.  Why is Scott Pruitt any different?

I pretty much have the answer to my question already in mind.  The reason why Donald Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, isn’t fighting against these massive federal budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump is that he is just one of Trump’s “boys.”  In other words, Scott Pruitt is just playing ball, just the way Trump wants him.  In my mind, this is just more evidence that Donald Trump intends to abolish the EPA, and Scott Pruitt is working in collusion with his boss.

Scott Pruitt is just another one of Donald Trump’s saboteurs.  In a previous article I wrote, I told about the idea that many people have that Trump’s appointees to various cabinet positions were planted there for a particular reason. Scott Pruitt’s lack of even a token defense of his agency from these federal budget cuts, makes one wonder if he cares about the EPA at all.

It is a common belief of many of Donald Trump’s appointees to cabinet level positions have been put there to sabotage the respective agencies so that the president will say they are a waste of time and money, and should be eliminated. What other excuse is there for an agency head to be so neglectful as failed to defend that body against federal budget cuts.  Scott Pruitt doesn’t even try to put on an act of caring about the well-being of the EPA.

The EPA, because of this regulatory power to control the pollution created by large companies is a direct threat to everything people like Donald Trump stand for: making a profit, no matter who is hurt.  In this respect, Scott Pruitt is just another corporate shill who is unwilling to rock the boat of bank capital.  Even though he is the director of the EPA, he has shown no willingness even to attempt to fight the federal budget cuts to his agency.  To the contrary, he perceives his job as being a contributor to its demise, as Donald Trump intends him to be.

 

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  Scott Pruitt Shows Himself To Be Even More of a Hypocrite Scott Pruitt, the new director of the EPA, shows himself to be even more of a hypocrite at the CPAC convention. He seems to be very pleased, even though the EPA is targeted for a 25% budget cut. Even though this …

 

The Investors in the Dakota Access Pipeline

In August 2016, EEP announced that it had formed a joint venture with MPC in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Source: Must-Know: Which Companies Own the Dakota Access Pipeline? – Market Realist

This infographic shows who the investors in the Dakota Access Pipeline are, and what companies are involved in this environmental tragedy.  The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the safety and tribal sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux, and these companies should be considered to be enemies of not only the Sioux Nation but all of us.

Please use this information wisely and effectively.  One suggestion I might have is to stage a boycott against these companies.  Even though boycotts are a strategy that was used in the 60s and many people don’t seem to have the patience to go without a particular product, I believe that boycotts can be an effective tool to affect social change.  We must all do everything we can to curtail the profits from the Dakota Access Pipeline.  One strategy that seems to be having some effect is the movement towards pressuring various banks into divesting themselves of interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

After looking at this infographic, I can see that the Marathon oil company is one of the investors.  Marathon is a common brand of gasoline in various parts of the country.  Perhaps you could try boycotting Marathon and use another brand of gasoline for your car. Just an idea!

These investors in the Dakota Access Pipeline should be considered as enemies of the people.  They stand to profit, while the rest of us lose.

 

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Donald Trump’s Budget Will Cause Great Harm

Donald Trump’s Budget Will Cause Great Harm

This video by Dr. Robert Reich explains very clearly why Donald Trump’s budget is harmful and a threat to many Americans. This budget is unrealistic to the point of being scary. In fact, it is so scary that it reflects the personality of Donald Trump himself.

One thing this budget will do is to create even more of a bloated military that we have already. Military spending is at an all-time high, so why do we need a larger military force that we already have? This feature of the budget is reflective of Donald Trump’s paranoia and fear of other countries. He is putting the United States in a very dangerous position by adopting this hostile stance. Donald Trump’s budget sends the wrong message to a potential adversary; this country may have.

Donald Trump’s budget will pay for this exceedingly large military expenditure by cutting vital programs that we can better benefit from them by having a larger military force. The United States only has a finite amount of money to spend, so it is very obvious that to fund a more significant military means cutting money in other areas.

For example, Donald Trump’s budget calls for a massive reduction in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the most important federal agencies in existence today. The EPA is responsible for safeguarding this country’s air, water, and food supply from being harmful to consumers. The EPA also performs a very valuable regulatory process to control how and if a big industry is allowed to pollute our environment, and to what extent.  It is an indicator that he doesn’t consider this function necessary. It just shows his corporate mentality that all regulations that might curtail profits are evil, and need to be limited or abolished.

Donald Trump’s budget will also cause the average American worker an even more unfair tax burden than they already have. It does nothing to force wealthier people to pay more of their fair share of taxes. Of course, coming from a rich man like Donald Trump, I guess you can’t expect him to hurt his kind. That’s one thing that makes Donald Trump’s budget even more unrealistic and harmful for the United States.

 

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Scott Pruitt Shows Himself To Be Even More of a Hypocrite

 

Scott Pruitt Shows Himself To Be Even More of a Hypocrite

Scott Pruitt, the new director of the EPA, shows himself to be even more of a hypocrite at the CPAC convention.

He seems to be very pleased, even though the EPA is targeted for a 25% budget cut. Even though this speech was given more than a week before Donald Trump came out with this new budget, I would dare say that Scott Pruitt was well aware of these budget cuts at the time of his speech.

It is no secret that Scott Pruitt has long been an opponent of the EPA and its mission for quite a while. In fact, he has sued this agency four times while he was Attorney General of the state of Oklahoma. These lawsuits were against the EPA for trying to regulate the harmful practice of fracking; something which is commonplace in Oklahoma because of the significant amount of natural gas and oil that found there. He takes this position despite the fact that fracking causes an increased number of earthquakes, which have occurred in Oklahoma over the last several years.

It seems very ironic that Scott Pruitt gives a speech in which he says that his agency, the EPA, will no longer impose its environmental regulations on states that oppose them. In other words, Scott Pruitt is giving the green light to businesses to do whatever they want, no matter how harmful it may be to the environment.

It strikes me as the ultimate in hypocrisy for Scott Pruitt, the newly chosen director of the EPA to promise that his agency will not perform the job that it was designed for when it was created in the 70s. It is even more ironic that the EPA was formed during the time of Richard Nixon, a Republican.

 

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The Dakota Access Pipeline: Another Case of Environmental Racism

They aren’t done fighting.

Source: Thousands of Dakota Access Pipeline Activists Came to Washington | Mother Jones

The Dakota Access Pipeline: Another Case of Environmental Racism

There is another reason the Dakota Access Pipeline is going through the Standing Rock Reservation instead of going through another more densely populated area.  That reason is something called environmental racism.  It is very clear to me that if the Dakota Access Pipeline were going through a densely populated area occupied mostly by whites, there would be much more an outcry and there is already.

The Dakota Access Pipeline has received a significant amount of media coverage, although most of the best coverage has come from progressive or left-wing media via the Internet, instead of the mainstream media on TV or radio.  As usual, most of the coverage on mainstream media has lacked in the human interest aspect of this entire story and how this pipeline will significantly affect Native Americans.  Of course, ignoring key issues of Native Americans or any other people of power is the usual modus operandi of mainstream media.  It’s unfortunate that the first Americans are slighted this way.

They earned some credit for covering the Dakota Access Pipeline, although that coverage has been very useful for the pipeline.  They have failed to explain why the Dakota Access Pipeline is of such tremendous significance to the people who live there at Standing Rock.  They have also failed to deal with the issue of environmental racism, which I feel is the primary reason the Dakota Access Pipeline receives such lackluster coverage.

The issue of environmental racism is a subject that the mainstream media has always been uncomfortable with, much like every other type of racism.  It has gotten to the point where any talk of about racism of any kind is something mainstream media seems to avoid at any given turn.

I dare say if the Dakota Access Pipeline was going through Bismarck, North Dakota, as was originally intended, this entire story would be covered in a different way.

 

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