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!