Food Stamps

In early 2009 (around the time Obama took office but before any of his policies were put in place), I applied to for food stamps. I was denied.

I was literally starving- and I do mean literally in the proper sense of the word. I had almost no food in my house, my car was getting repossessed, I had no car insurance and certainly no health insurance. Here’s the thing though: I was working two jobs at the time. The economy was really bad in early 2009, I had just gone through a divorce, and was reentering the workforce after being a stay-at-home Mom for five years. Things weren’t easy for me. I could have really benefited from ACA, SNAP, and a few other assistance programs because I really was in need.

Republicans love to say that people on welfare are lazy, that they’re drug users and they love to mooch. That simply just isn’t true. Are there people who buck the system? Well of course. But the fact is, as of 2015 the vast majority of people on some form of government assistance were employed. The problem is they were employed in low-paying jobs like fast food or child care (see a study here). Also, most of the assistance goes to children.*

It seems that a lot of people who have it easy or who managed to pull themselves out of poverty love to judge. By stating that “people on welfare are lazy” they’re automatically and apathetically passing judgment on others who are struggling to make ends meet. So what if a portion of those people are bucking the system? That is their own karma to bear. There are plenty others who don’t have it as good as you do. And if you’re in a position where your tax dollars are going to help someone else, you really don’t have it that bad, and you should be glad.

*This is one of the reasons Planned Parenthood is so important, you conservative Republican Christians: if you don’t want to feed all these extra children, then how about we help people not have so many kids in the first place? Did that ever occur to you??

Wise Woman

This morning I went to the vet’s office to pick up flea meds for my pets. There was an old black woman waiting in the lobby with her little dog on her lap. She was wearing a turban around her head. I looked back and smiled at her. Something about her called out to speak with her. I said  good morning , and she replied good morning in a very sweet Jamaican singsong voice.

She explained her little dog was a Chinese Crested. She told me she took it from a lady who said she could not keep her any longer because she didn’t want to keep beating the dog. The old woman said, “how can you possibly look at this little dog and beat it? Some people should  not have children, much less animals. And if they don’t love themselves they cannot love anyone else“.

I liked her a lot.

Inauguration

Here is the transcript to donald’s inauguration speech.

It sounds just like something Hitler would say, healing up its wounded Germany. The scarier part? All the people treating him like the Furer. Seriously, they’re thanking God for sending him.

This is why history is important. There is nothing worse than ignorance Ignorance and close mindedness are very, extremely dangerous.

The reason we’re in this situation is because of lack of education. Ignorance is always the enemy.

If more people were aware of what fascism looks like and how it starts; if more people had read Orwell’s 1984, I think they’d be more aware of the danger that is in front of us.

The gist of it

Today, an unqualified narcissist is taking office at the highest seat in the United States, making him one of the most powerful people in the world.

I’ve been told by a lot of well-meaning people to give him a chance. This is coming from people I love and trust.

And that’s where it gets really weird for me.

Throughout this campaign/election fiasco, I watched that man. I wanted to see what it is that his supporters saw. I went in with an open mind, because that’s what I do- I hear both sides. I am a Libra, after all. That’s what we do. And the things I heard coming from this man’s mouth and the way he delivered his words made some things very clear to me.

This man expressed disrespect for women on more than one occasion. He obviously does not like Mexicans, and I know from experience that “Mexicans” means all Latinos to most white Americans. He does not think highly of Latinos.

I happen to be a woman, and a Latina.

If you know me, and you think a sexist and racist is the greatest thing that’s happened to this country…. I can’t help but feel a bit of a disconnect. Like you’re not completely, really on my side. You can acknowledge that this person looks down on certain kind of people, and know that your spouse is one of those people, and still think he’s great… it’s a very weird thing for me to process (alternatively, if the case is you don’t believe he really feels this way… I really would just scratch my head, because you either didn’t really educate yourself or you have a very particular sense of perception).

Also, since I am not a Republican, I care about the wellbeing of others around me who are even more marginalized, and I cannot help but cringe at the way I’ve seen this man treat and talk to others. There are many, and I do mean MANY other reasons I think he’s unfit for the job, but we’ll leave it right here.

The people who have followed this man have watched him conduct himself in a way befitting a high school jerk, and they still think he’s just the bestest. I am going to leave my husband out of this group, but to the rest of his staunch supporters: if you can watch him make fun of people’s disabilities, disrespect POWs, threaten free press, constantly whine on Twitter, treat women -including his own daughter- like meat, and still think he’s awesome…. I really, honestly, wonder what is going on with your morals, and I don’t care to know you at all.

The best-case scenario is that Trump won’t do any of the things he said he would.

Worst-case scenario is that he gets us in WWIII.

Another odd scenario is that Trump’s fascist agenda lasts for the next 4-8 years (though I think he will get himself impeached before then). The rich get richer and the poor get poorer until they’re about to break. The youth of today listen to Senator Sander’s message of social justice, and his benevolent revolution falls into the hands of disgruntled youth who overtake the government in a military coup, establishing socialism as the New Normal.

What I really think will be interesting is the overall reaction of middle America in a few years, when they finally open their eyes after they realize they’ve lost their medicare benefits, social security is gone, interest rates, inflation, and gas prices go through the roof, coastal cities begin to flood, and they are taxed through the nose to pay for that stupid wall. Not to mention when they realize that all those supposed tax breaks really only benefit a select few- namely corporations, the rich, and wealthy married people. Never mind if/when we find ourselves in an all-out war.

From the Department of NOT NORMAL

This is not a normal president-elect, vice president-elect, nor leadership. #notnormal
Written by Jennifer Hofmann

It is NOT NORMAL for a president elect to choose a cabinet member by sending his business partner (who is also his son). A normal president use his own judgment in choosing his cabinet.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2016/12/ryan-zinke-interior-secretary-trump-232680

It is NOT NORMAL for a president elect to threaten electors if they don’t vote for you. A normal president trusts the electoral process and believes in Amercans’ democratic right to vote.
http://www.salon.com/2016/12/13/report-donald-trumps-campaign-is-threatening-political-reprisal-for-defecting-republican-electors/

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to use Twitter to communicate about his presidential actions and go without a press conference. A normal president would use the press to communicate and hold a press conference on average 3 days after an election.

http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=a5dfd1b1fb

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect’s public criticism of a company to cause their stocks to tank. A normal president is diplomatic in critiquing businesses publically because he or she values the people and jobs that company represents.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-12/lockheed-drops-as-trump-tweets-f-35-costs-are-out-of-control

NOT NORMAL:

This tweet from DJT: Just watched @NBCNightlyNews – So biased, inaccurate and bad, point after point. Just can’t get much worse, although @CNN is right up there!

Compated to this tweet from Dan Diamond‏ @ddiamond:
Weirdest thing: I just watched Obama meet journalists who have criticized him — and he simply shook hands and thanked them for their work.

It is NOT NORMAL for a president elect to promise a press-covered event regarding his business conflicts of interests, then postpone via Twitter the night before because he’s is “busy.” A normal president would have already dealt with any business conflicts and kept his or her promise to the American people.

http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=a5dfd1b1fb

It is NOT NORMAL for scientists who study the einvironment to be afraid. It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to request the names of people who do this work. A normal president values experts who can inform policy with solid scientific data.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/12/13/energy-dept-rejects-trumps-request-to-name-climate-change-workers-who-remain-worried/?utm_term=.3a266742e122&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

It is NOT NORMAL for the adult child (and business partner) of a president to move in to the White House. A normal president keeps business connections at an approproate distance and avoids conflicts of interest.

https://twitter.com/politico_45/status/809427187447320576