Sunday, December 24, 2017

The War on Christmas

Thank goodness President Trump is working on that. Now I can say, "Merry Christmas," instead of "Happy Holidays." And if you don't celebrate Christmas we'll deport your ass back to where you came from. In fact, if you do celebrate it we'll deport you back anyway, because that's how we Make America Great Again.

And while you're fixated on which greeting we use, we'll pass a law to deduct private jets instead of local taxes. We'll then go after Social Security, into which you've paid all your life, and Medicare. Let's face it, none of the people Trump represents are going to need Medicare anyway. If you lose your home and everything you've ever worked for because of a catastrophic medical emergency, it will have no bearing on GOP Senators who somehow make millions during their tenure.

But hey, we win the war on Christmas. Screw everyone who isn't a Christian, and if we screw the Christians too, well, at least the screwed ones aren't rich. Who wants Big Government dispensing welfare to poor people, like the 10% of NYC students who are literally homeless, when there are huge corporations who need their taxes cut by half?

It's funny to hear all the talk about making America great again. A lot of people see that phrase as moving back toward even more overt racism, and of course that's what it means. But back in the 50s, there was really more opportunity in certain ways. Jobs came with pensions. Unions were more popular. People could get factory jobs, have spouses who were homemakers, and buy homes instead of living in trees.

None of that is included in MAGA. People who want those things are ridiculed as far left. I guess I'm far left, because I think Americans ought to make a living wage. I don't think anyone with a full time job, or two full time jobs, ought to need food stamps or welfare. I've known people who've died because they had to decide between costly visits to the ER and chest pains and guessed incorrectly. I deem that an atrocity.

I've known people who served their country in the military, who've worked all their lives, just to end up on Medicaid because they couldn't pay for the final care they needed. And make no mistake, that could happen to any of us too. Our insurance doesn't cover that. The catastrophic insurance NYSUT offers, which I bought, doesn't remotely cover it either.

Why should American families have to take out second mortgages just to put their children through college? The answer, as far as I can tell, is that rich people are very sensitive. If anyone or anything touches them, they are so brittle they may shatter in a million pieces. That's why they need to have all the money, and all the privilege, and that's why we all need to give up whatever little we now have.

I can hardly think of anything more obscene than the current administration, and the nonsense spouted on Fox News. It boggles my mind that they snow so much of the American public. Sooner or later, someone will get around to blaming the teachers for that. After all, we're responsible for just about everything else.

On that note, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and if you don't celebrate, have a great week anyway. Let's all pray and work to Make America Sane, Again or Otherwise.
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