Three months into the new administration, and I still see nothing good coming out of Washington. In fact, what I see is a nightmare for the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Currently, programs meant to safeguard America’s future, her vulnerable, and her natural beauty ans resources are under attack. The proposed budget includes massive cuts or complete defunding for Meals on Wheels, Planned Parenthood, Public Education, PBS, the EPA and National Parks… and the entire repeal/replacement of the ACA is a bloody mess.
In return, we the taxpayers are footing the bill for two presidential residences, Mar-Largo trips nearly every weekend (I think he’s missed two since the start of the year? Maybe three.) He plans to use our tax money to pay for his joke of a wall. Big Business, the oil industry, over-sized banking concerns…. all getting preferential treatment. More tax breaks are being formulated for the rich… who don’t damn well need them. We get to listen to a raving lunatic complaining about something THAT NEVER HAPPENED, while evidence is mounting he had foreign aid… from a country at odds to our very way of life… in getting in where he’s at. But he categorically denies that, of course.
I am not a political analyst. I don’t hold a PhD in anything, just an Associates in Applied Science. Sometimes, I have trouble making ends meet. But I know enough to know what we are seeing now means BIG TROUBLE, and not just for the US.
What we need is smarter spending, not throwing more money into pits that show no signs of changing for the better. Instead of continually upping the salaries of life-long politicians, CAP THEM. Cut out the salaries-and-benefits-for-life deals. That money is better spent on our children, our vets, our elders, our land. Stop taking private lands for projects no one actually needs. Stop breaking treaties, opening parklands to be raped, and ignoring both the lessons of the past and the scientific data that shows us where we should be looking and heading for.
Invest in our future: education, innovation, alternative energy sources (RENEWABLE energy sources). Because once something is gone, it’s gone, and there is no bringing it back. Especially in an environment that sees science as a boogyman, to be derided and mocked and treated without regard, since it counters everything the current administration is spewing.