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[Mitt Romney] said in the debate, the last debate, that he wanted everyone to be rich. That seems to be the line from the Republican Party, which, of course, is just a complete fantasy. Herman Cain, of course, famously said recently that “If you`re not rich, blame yourself.” This is what really bothers me, this idea that somehow we can all be rich…that is one of the stupidest things I`ve ever heard any politician say. I want everybody to be rich. First of all, if everybody was rich, who would do the things that rich people hire people to do for them? Rich people need poor people to work for them.
And this idea that Herman Cain said “If you`re not rich, blame yourself” — this is what bothers me about rich people. They don`t, first of all, as Elizabeth Warren said, they don`t cotton to the idea they wouldn`t be rich if they didn`t have this great country that provides the roads and the schools and all the other things that allow them to be rich. But also this idea, they never understand - it`s a FLUKE mostly, that what you do is something that made you rich. Yes, if you throw a baseball 100 miles an hour or even what I do — I mean, I`m not humble about some things. But I`m very humble about the fact that telling jokes is something that gets you a lot of money. That is a complete fluke — and so is owning pizza parlors.
Yes, Herman Cain was good at business. Great. He became very rich from it. But what about teachers and cops and firemen? You know those people we always say are our “heroes”. They`re such heroes that we pay them like crap. Well, they do what they do very well. It just doesn`t happen to be something that is ever going to make you rich. So, this idea that if you`re not rich, blame yourself — oh, it really bugs me.
On HR 358
I haven’t posted anything about HR 358 for several reasons:
1) Probably because I’m in denial that such ridiculous legislation is being considered, let alone passed by the House. It’s like the House Republicans got together and were like, “Dudes, we’ve got to enact some jobs legislation but it can’t be Obama’s jobs bill because then we’ll lose all of the financial support from the top 1% that we’re getting. I know! If there are less people in this country, we’ll be freeing up jobs for people to take…I’ve got it! Let’s kill women (because we’re cissexist and don’t realize that gender is a spectrum and not a binary). More importantly pregnant women because then they won’t need maternity leave. I’VE SOLVED THE JOBS CRISIS GUISE!”
2) I know that this won’t pass and be enacted into law because my country is currently run by a President who cares about reproductive rights and the freedom of choice and he will veto it.
3) As someone who identifies as a woman and who also wants to work in medicine, I find it disgusting that legislation is being enacted to protect health care providers from allowing someone to die when they could save that person’s life. My less cynical side wants to believe that doctors, specifically, would be more educated on abortion procedures and have their critical thinking skills honed throughout their education so that a person would never be allowed to die by a doctor while they bleed to death during a miscarriage. But my more cynical side knows that there are people who have gotten into the health care field specifically to manipulate pregnant people and who would watch someone die and then mourn over the fetus that was lost. I know that they are out there and I find it abhorrent and a disgrace that these people work in the medical profession; one that is supposed to treat human life with dignity and respect.
I just…I don’t know what to say. It’s clear that the millions of people who can’t find work and are protesting all over the world in solidarity right now because the top earners are sucking this country dry aren’t as important as things that could really and truly be put on the back burner right now.
And I’m not trying to wipe abortion rights off the table or derail this conversation; by all means, the pro-lifers can bring this fight any time they fucking want (because abortion rights will remain intact with even the most conservative of Supreme Courts) but there comes a time when you really are just wasting money and time for people who are trying their damndest to keep their heads above water. That situation isn’t going to get better if a family is suddenly forced to provide for another child when they’re just barely making their mortgage payments. That situation isn’t going to get better if a recent college grad gets pregnant when they are already struggling to make their loan re-payments.
Passing “symbolic” legislation like this does nothing but waste time and money and it also tells people who can get pregnant that republicans would rather they be treated as brood mares or that they just fucking die.
I’m so disgusted. Write letters to your representatives. Call their office. Mail them letters, E-mail them, leave voicemails. Make sure they hear you. The last thing we need right now are symbolic legislative actions that are a complete waste of time and accomplish nothing productive. We need jobs. We need health care premiums to stop rising by double digit spikes. We need corporations to pay the taxes they should that loopholes allow them to get out of. We need the top earners to pay the same tax rates as the rest of us. We need congress to do their goddman job and help their constituents.
I’m reminded of this comic:
I really just don’t know what to say anymore. People are protesting in the streets because finding a job is goddamn impossible but NO. We need to make sure doctors will be protected if they let a pregnant person die on the floor of their hospital because GOD FUCKING FORBID a fetus could die (even though it will anyway).
Well said, ma’am. Well said.