I usually try not to be political (and not all of what I'm mentioning today, is political) but there are a few things I'm bringing up today that affect us all. Even though two are specifically Michigan and Kansas, they could affect you too.
So, in watching the news, I have a few things to say…
1. In local news, Michigan’s governor is planning, in bare terms, to take money from school, impose new taxes on retirees, and put more taxes on the poor.
I’ll save the foul language I have for this. My words for Governor Schneider… Take a step outside your mansion for a few weeks and get a whiff of real life. Michigan is a dying state (barely inches from death in fact) and you’re penalizing the people who can least afford it.
Furthermore, with people so poor, more souls than ever are purchasing lottery tickets. If that money is going to fund schools, why are you taking money away? Why are more programs than ever cut? Why can a kid have no hope of classes like shop, mechanical drawing, art and, in some cases, music? Why do kids have to pay to play sports—sports which are known to be factors in students having a well-rounded foundation and learning how to function well in grown-up life (as well as getting them out and away from video games and TV for a bit)???? So where is that money going?
2. Newt Gingrich… He bought $500,000 in jewels from Tiffany’s. As do many places, they gave him interest free financing.
He could afford it. He paid off his bills. News media, why are we making a state case over this?
If he can manage his money to be able to do that and still live in his budget, maybe he can do something about that revenue gobbling monster we call the deficit. Maybe you should stop attacking every viable presidential candidate that comes down the pike. Pretty soon, all we’ll have left is Cletus that Slack-jawed yokel—the only one who won’t care that you rake over his whole life.
Frankly, I’d be terrified to run for president. The Today Show would be airing my secret love letters to Joe C from 7th grade. Horrors! (NOTE: This isn’t a political endorsement)
3. Elizabeth Smart: You go girl!!! I'm so glad to see how she's healing and moving past this.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger: The man had an affair. If my husband had an affair, it wouldn’t be newsworthy. It wouldn’t be fodder for the news for weeks. The world wouldn’t get every detail of three people’s very personal lives. And the world shouldn't be privy to it in nauseating minutia, no matter who the persons involved are. And today, though I was already disgusted, News Media, you've crossed the line. Harassing the teenage daughter of the mistress. Untenable.
Note: okay, it might be newsworthy if my husband had an affair, but not because of the affair if you get my meaning.
5. Attention ladies!!! Start carrying around your spare vaginas!!! You should be prepared for being raped.
The Kansas state legislature has voted to ban insurance companies from paying for abortions. Rep. Peter DeGraaf wants to ban it even those for pregnancies resulting from rape. Rep. Barbara Bollier called him on the issue. Shouldn’t women who’ve been raped have this option.
Rep. DeGraaf told her, “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life.” Bollier replied, ““And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?” To which DeGraaf responded, “I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”
WTF. I. Have. No. Words.
Well, not any I can post here.
And I’ll leave you with that horrific view.