A Waste Of MY Money?????

Grrrrrrrrr …. If I choose to ‘waste’ my money on such frivolities as making the air breathable and the water drinkable for those who come after me,  is not it my right to do so???  Not according to John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney, who said “we consider that to be a waste of your money.” Hey Mick!  The keyword here is ‘your’ … it is MY money and personally I think that leaving the world a place where people are able to breathe is a fairly worthy cause!!!  Actually, I think it is a much more worthy cause than your paycheck! I think it is a much more worthy cause than buying more fighter jets to use in killing people.  I think it is more worthy than giving those people who already have millions … nay, billions … of dollars a means for evading their civic responsibility of helping the poor! And I damn sure think it is more worthy than supporting your air-headed boss as he flits down to his ‘estate’ in Florida every weekend.

This, folks, is where we need to step in and write to our senators and representatives in Congress and tell them that no, we do not see science research and controlling our environment as a ‘waste’ of money.  I tried to be generous and give da trumpeter and his minions a chance.  Okay, so I didn’t try all that hard, but still, I tried.  This, however, is the final straw.  When one man comes out and says that he and his ugly, ugly boss have decided how MY money should be spent, we have a problem.

As far as I am concerned, there is not a single Republican in Congress who deserves to be re-elected next year.  They have supported terrible choices for Secretary of Education, EPA Director, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Attorney General, to name just a few.  They are seriously considering passing a healthcare bill that will ensure that most of us who do not have sizable bank accounts will die within the next five years.  They have not stood up to a single issue that Donald Trump wants, and not a single one has stood up to Trump and told him that his way is the wrong way.

Now this … this abomination he is calling a budget, would ensure that a decade from now, our children and grandchildren will be walking around with oxygen tanks, as they will not be able to breathe the air in the atmosphere, and this sorry excuse for a Budget Director has the unmitigated gall to tell me it is a waste of MY money to try to head off such an eventuality???  What you need to understand, Mr. Mulvaney, is that we are not all a bunch of bumbling dolts who do not know what is best for us.  At least half of the citizens of this country are rational, thinking beings who have the ability to understand the difference between helping and hurting, who understand what actually makes America great vs. what makes Donald Trump richer!  Do you want to know what would really make America great again?

For starters, doing our part to help combat the threats of our planet becoming unlivable in the future is something that would make America great.  Providing quality education at little or no cost to the next generation and the ones after that would help make America great again.  Taking care of our land and the flora and fauna that inhabit it would help make America great again.  Giving a helping hand to the people who, through no fault of their own, have less than most of us would make America great again.  Keeping our population healthy would help make America great again.  And welcoming to our shores those who are fleeing persecution in their native lands helps make America great again.

Thus far, Mr. Mulvaney, your boss has done nothing … not one single thing … that contributes toward making America great again.  He has attempted to destroy the very things that once DID make this nation great.  Not one thing.

In the past, Mr. Mulvaney, your boss has referred to climate change as a ‘hoax’.  Just last week, Scott Pruitt said he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. Guess what???  It does not matter what Scott Pruitt says he believes … scientists have proof that contradicts Mr. Pruitt’s beliefs. This is redolent of Benoit Loueillet, the French official who was suspended just this week for saying of the Holocaust, “there was no mass murder as has been said.” At least France had the good sense to discipline their idiot … we just keep cheering ours on!

I understand, Mr. Mulvaney, that you espouse Trumpetcare, that you eschew all gun regulations.  A regular bloke ye are, Mr. M … everyone should wear a pistol on their hip, nobody should be able to afford their life-saving medications, and what the heck … because in ten years or less, we won’t be able to breathe the air or drink the water anyway, right?  Might as well have some fun while we can, rather than try to spend a few bucks to try to preserve the planet for our children and their children.  Speaking of which, I understand you have triplets, Mick … so I guess you don’t like your kids very much, if you are willing to doom them to an unlivable, uninhabitable planet, eh Mick?

“We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. $20 trillion in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that show they deliver the promises we made to people.”

“They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what — when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.”

In closing, let me just say this, Mr. Mulvaney.  Nether you nor your boss have the first clue what the U.S. taxpayer/citizen/voter wants our government to spend OUR hard-earned money on.  So let me tell you … we want to help people, plain and simple.  We do not want to have the most sophisticated weapons and be prepared to go to war at the drop of a hat.  We want our elderly, our sick, and our disabled to be taken care of.  We want to welcome people of different cultures into our country to enrich our lives and show us how to be a more diverse nation.  And we want you, your boss, and all your co-minions to go back into the rabbit holes from whence you emerged and let us hire some employees who will work hard to really and truly make America even greater than it already was prior to January 20th!

14 thoughts on “A Waste Of MY Money?????

  1. Hi jill,
    I just wanted to correct an oversight on who needs to have money spent on them. To say people of colour would come close, but really I am thinking about people with Red skin, the ones who were here before the whites. and hopefully the ones will be here when all the whites are gone. I really don’t know how things are for aboriginal people in the States, but reading about Wounded Knee tells me they aren’t much better off than most of the aboriginal people in Canada. (Can you believe some were actually given valuable tracts of land that was supposed to kill them, but turned them into Beverly Hillbillies’ blood brothers, except they aren’t allowed to move to Beverly Hills no matter how much money they have, because if they leave the land they live on, the Canadian government will confiscate it and keep all the future billions of dollars for themselves, so it’s kind of a Catch-22 situation, but that is just an interesting sleight of hand as I prepare you for the big one.) Most aboriginal people in Canada live in houses without windows because their drugged up children don’t like glass for some reason, maybe because teepees never had windows, I don’t know. We also have some of the cleanest running water in the world, but it doesn’t seem to run on aboriginal reserves. The water they do have is undrinkable already, while Canada sells our beautiful water to the States so that it can get polluted down there instead of up here. Does that make any cents. cause it sure makes scents to someone.

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    • I certainly cannot argue against you on this one! Our treatment of Native Americans has been horrible for 5+ centuries, and continues to be today, if one looks at the controversy around the Dakota Access Pipeline project and the damage it is likely to do to land owned by the Standing Rock Sioux. Admittedly, other than that, I have never really addressed this issue, and perhaps I need to. Frankly, there are so many groups in the U.S. that have been mistreated in one way or another in the U.S. Basically, white Christians seem to have a huge sense of entitlement, and the government panders to them at the expense of all others. I was not aware that Canada also mistreated their native population, aboriginal people … I really do need to learn more about this. You always give me new things to think about! 🙂


      • If I can give you something new to think about, it is only because you made me think of it. I have so much stuff lost inside this brain of mine since my concussion and following post-concussion-syndrome that I’ve lost a lot of my memories. But then you (and certain other bloggers) say something that breaks down a wall and my thoughts just jump out at me, inundating me, as if they had been in jail and were now given back their freedom. So, in the end, it’s you giving yourself something to think about.
        Now, what do you think of that?
        I know I appreciate it.

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        • I like that! We give each other new ideas to think about … and new ways of thinking about old ideas. I was not aware of your concussion and resulting issues, but am glad to know that I have helped you remember something that once was buried! I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog … you have many interesting ideas … some I agree with, while others perhaps not as much. But that, I find, is what keeps it interesting … exchange of ideas and civil discourse!


  2. This a splendid polemic, well worth its weight.
    Nerd warning:
    This climate change/environment issue
    55 Million years ago (or thereabouts) there was a sudden rise in global temperatures (The current scientific term is The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum). Causes are not yet 100% identifiable but one of the culprits was possibly methane which is more Greenhouse than carbon dioxide.
    Now, it is a known fact that as part of the digestive processes, cows (and other herbivores) produce a noticeable amount of methane. Logically it must assumed if cows do then so do bulls.
    Thus it can be argued that when spokespersons of the current administration are making ill-founded comments on the environment they are not just endangering it by their actions (or lack of) but also by the very act of speaking….

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  3. Dear Jill,

    I just love this rant. At my next protest, I am going to have a sign saying something like, “You are spending my taxpayer monies, and no, you do not get the right to arbitrarily decide what is a waste of our monies.

    We want government to work for “we the people, not for those in Congress who love spending our monies.

    Hugs, Gronda


  4. I would also enjoy a planet where the air is breathable and which has drinkable water but I would also like is to have a leader who can allow the simplification of the United States tax code so that it doesn’t take specialists to help the average person pay the taxes that the government requires to function. I would also like a leader who can implement a healthcare plan where insurance can be purchased across state lines which would be more competitive, a plan that addresses the astronomical cost of hospital stays and drugs but which also takes care of the most vulnerable among us. I know that it can be done. By the way, if you’ve been in the hospital recently, or if you can, get access to an itemized bill of when you were in the hospital and look at every charge. You’ll be amazed at the costs.

    I want a government that is going to look into the prospects of renewable energy in a responsible way, look at salindra as an example of the way not to do it.

    I would like a government that doesn’t play favorites and that doesn’t engage in the corrupt practice of crony capitalism, giving contracts to favored individuals based on politics rather than results. I’m sure you’d like this as well.

    Oh, and I would like the choice to be able to send my children to whichever school that I feel would be best for them, and though this can happen if I put my children in private school, which I can afford, how about the people who don’t have that luxury, don’t they deserve to allow their children to go to the school of their choosing rather than some arbitrary school that just happens to be built in a specific zone planned by the city? Why should the government care where a child goes to school just as long as they get the education that is so vitally important for them to be a productive citizen of society.

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    • I am in complete agreement with you on all but the last one. And though I (thankfully) have not been in the hospital for about ten years (knocking on wood as I speak), I recently helped a friend decipher an itemized hospital bill, and yes, it is nuts! As are the costs of prescription medications in the U.S. I buy my insulin from Canada where, first off, no prescription is required, and secondly the price is less than a third what it would cost me in the U.S.!

      As to the education issue: the entire raison d’être for the public school system is to provide an equal opportunity for an education to every child. If we support a voucher system such as that proposed by Betsy DeVos, a small percentage will have an opportunity to attend private or religious schools, but that dilutes the funding available for the majority who will still be attending public schools, only with less resources because money was filtered away from the public schools. I see the voucher system and charter schools as creating greater opportunity for a few at the expense of the majority. Just my opinion, of course.


  5. Jill, I had a similar reaction. Let’s see, The World Economic Forum says the two greatest risks to the planet over the next ten years are 1) the global water crisis and 2) failing to more aggressively address climate change. Our President says nothing at all about the first issue. Nada. And, Congress is silent as well. On the second issue, he does speak about it, but he naysays it and wants to defund doing things about it. NASA does some of the best science in the world on this topic, but he wants them to stop.

    So, here we have the two greatest threats in the world over the next ten years and our President is unaware of one and denies the other. Fortunately, we are passed the tipping on point on renewable energy and battery storage is taking shaper with leaders like Elon Musk, who is helping Australia solve an energy outage problem. It should be noted renewable energy will aid with the water crisis as it need not expend water to make power.

    I have also observed the President does not care about the polls. If he does not like them, he just discounts them as the “enemy media” or some other nefarious plot. From where I sit, the most significant nefarious things are being done within the walls of the White House. Keith

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