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Come on Girl, You Got to Get Back Up

Today, I got some unexpected good news on the job front. My days of living under tyranny and oppression have finally come to an end. I almost ran down the sidewalk in Pittsburgh, splashing through puddles and into a strong gust that blew my wrap dress open and my umbrella inside out.

Everything else suddenly seemed surmountable and easily dismissed. I celebrated by spending money to amply make my bed. I have a hard time sleeping in my bedroom, for whatever reason. Maybe the new quilt will make me want to give it another try before I have to bust out another can of paint and sell the sleigh bed.

So, I worked myself into a tizzy yesterday over nothing.

Now, I feel able to focus my attention on what has happened in the last 2.5 months.

When we last tuned in back in November, the most qualified woman was beaten by the least qualified man. They say it’s not sexism. Yeah, right. Anyway, the day fast approacheth when Creamsicle takes the oath, unless we can indict him before the inauguration. But then we would be stuck with Pence and that might be worse because he actually understands government and how to undermine it. It is hard to believe that a nation would voluntarily do this to itself but there you are, we are that nation.

But there are ways to resist. Our own Lady V is chewing off a large bite of activism. Expect her site to go active any day now.

tdraicer, one of our more eloquent commenters has started his own blog called The Journal of Schadenfreude.  Check him out.

And a bunch of congressional staffers have put together a site called Indivisible- A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.

I still think we should copy the Christian Coalition model shamelessly. We need to get serious about organized activism.

So, game on, people. It’s time, passed time, to get serious about what we are facing. If today’s repeal of CHIP is any indication of how heartless and cruel the next four (hopefully only two) years are going to be, we have our work cut out for us.

We’ve got to find that reservoir of resilience and hold on. In the near future, we may have lots of chances of turning back, but we’re not going to. We’re going to keep on going because we are holding on to something.

 

Britney Howard: Great blues guitarist or THE greatest blues guitarist?

I’m just finishing up a bottle of Chez Etters Coastal Red from York County, PA, our friendly neighbors in central PA that gave us Trump. Rico the bartender is on tonight, you can order anything you want. It’s on the house.

 

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O-care

Paul Krugman’s latest column is about the mess of our national health care system.  He makes a good point about how social insurance programs make us freer people, allowing us to change jobs and start new enterprises without the fear of economic catastrophe.  But I’m not sure the so-called “jahb creators” care about economic catastrophes that happen to ordinary people.  To them, the only thing that counts is success.

I’ve got to admire Paul’s sunny optimism about Obamacare but, frankly, I think it’s a pretty fricking bad piece of legislation that didn’t rein in health care costs, locked us into a decidedly UN-free marketplace  with zero competition, and was only achieved by throwing women’s right to an abortion under a bus.  So, you know, there’s that.  I don’t particularly like Obama’s method of getting universal healthcare.

It beats me why he didn’t take his own state of Hawaii as a model for healthcare where employers can choose from several tiers of coverage for their employees, from basic coverage to more swank.  Oh, wait, that sounds more like what Hillary proposed during the 90s.  You know, the system that everyone whined was too complicated?

At this point, I would take even a basic plan.  My COBRA coverage runs out at the end of this month. I can’t complain about my insurance provider, except for the outrageous premium, even with group rates.  The coverage was superb. That’s what my French company negotiated for us. But getting insurance on the open market is fairly terrifying.  I will be looking into CHIP programs for the kid.  It’s going to be an adventure.  Spending hours and days trying to justify my need after the decades I spent as a hard-working taxpayer is not how I want to spend my time.