Wednesday, December 27, 2017

All the vulnerable people

I was hoping for some exchange opportunities on Boxing Day. No such luck. We are still stuck with the 2017 version of the Hatch Act (aka tax cut bill) and a continuing resolution that leaves behind so many.

Helaine Olen (Washington Post/Plum Line) IDs those who lost - or stand to lose - As lawmakers rush home, a lot of vulnerable people are in limbo.

President Trump just left Washington for Mar-a-Lago, and members of Congress are scattering around the country as they head home for the holiday break. But let’s not forget that there are a number of very big, unresolved issues they’ve left behind.

And those issues involve the lives of millions of very vulnerable people, whose fates are, right now, in limbo. Here’s a quick list:

  • As I write, the Trump administration is considering moving forward with an all-but-unthinkable-sounding plan to separate parents and kids if they are intercepted while entering the United States without legal permission.
  • Hundreds of thousands of “dreamers” don’t know whether they will receive legal protections before their protected status expires for good.
  • Long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program remains mostly unresolved; the program benefits 9 million children.
  • The repeal of the individual mandate as part of the tax overhaul could result in millions uninsured — and there’s no telling whether Republicans will agree to try to stabilize the insurance markets.

We’ve become inured to the cruelty of it all. There are so many things the Trump administration and congressional Republicans do that could or will result in unbelievable harm to many Americans that it sometimes seems impossible to keep up with it all.

To try to ward off your feelings of helplessness, here are some sources of (dark) humor to kick off 2018.

Commenter Liza on the AZBlueMeanie post at Blog for Arizona, Trump inspired Christmas tune parodies, provides links to two great videos from The Parody Project.

12 Months of Trump’s Mess (as in 12 Days of Christmas).

Age that will bury us (as in Age of Aquarius).

For a few more gems, check out the Blue Meanie’s post.

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