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Saturday, June 10, 2017

In the Eye of the Whirlwind in Washington, DC

I haven't felt compelled to post for a while until now when  a  political storm created  by a President who, addicted  to  expresssinng his  basic unrestrained fury in public through his Twitter acccount(s) when things don't meet his real or imagined expectations, acts like a dictator of a banana republic, enriching further his global business empire to the detriment of others affected by his capricious and impulsive decisions that hew to a Republican big business and anti-climate change agenda championed by the secretive and influential Koch brothers. Such a mindset, clothed in the mantle of free enterprise and competitive bidding practices, ultimately presents a real threat to the well-being not just of the American citizenry, as the polarized debate over the poorly developed American Health Care Act  but also more crucially the fundamental infrastructure which enable a key segment of that population, persons with disabilities to  lead fully independent, productive lives as contributing members of their  communities. The imperiled support system is a mosaic  of interlocking elements such as securing qualified personal  assistants to aid in daily living activities as compensating for  one's limitations whose hourly rates are below parity  levels, lack of  access to securing customized wheelchairs to meet individualized mobility needs based on the specific type and degree  of impairment involved,  funded by  Medicare and Medicaid under aegis  of the Centers  for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) helmed by the agency Secretary Tom Price, a physician appointed by President Trump. Price pledged that he would dismantle the very same federal institution he was chosen to oversee. We're living in an Orwellian society full of doublespeak where nothing appears as they seem to appear, ruled by an entrenched plutocracy at the expense of a highly vulnerable populace who rightly feel exploited by the ever--widening income disparities. Resistance to Trump means leveling the playing field for all people!