With all of the crap going on in Washington and trumps gang of thieves, I promised that I would keep track of other things that the Republicans are doing to you without you even knowing it.
The first thing they did today was to rollback an Obama Rule that said states could not keep money from groups that provided health care even if that group provided legal abortions. Today, they rolled that back so states can now defund Planned Parenthood just because they offer abortions to those who can afford it.
I say those that can afford it, because none of the federal funding they receive are used for abortions. That would be illegal. Either the woman pays for the abortion, or they use donations they receive from private people and/or organizations to fund abortions.
Now, several states are expected to ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funds. That means lots of poor women will lose their health care since Planned Parenthood is the only place they can go to. Especially in rural areas of many states. And most of these states are trump supporters. So, trump’s promise not to touch Medicaid is just as false as any other promise he has made. You know that trump will sign the bill because he sent Mike Pence down to Capital Hill to cast the tie-breaking vote.
This isn’t going to hurt anyone right away because once states pass their laws, you know there will be legal challenges that will drag out for probably years. But, the very idea that trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood shows he doesn’t give a shit about his own supporters. Many rural areas of the country, mostly trump strongholds, only have Planned Parenthood to do cancer screenings, issuing out birth control, and many other women’s health care. So women in these areas are the ones that will be hurt the most.
But if you really want to see the real heartless bastards that run the Republican party you need to look at the states. That is on full display in Iowa. There have been several counties and some local towns/cities that decided the poverty pay rate of $7.25 wasn’t enough for people to live on. So, they decided on their own to raise the minimum wages in their jurisdictions. Those raises were slated to go up incrementally from $7.25 to as much as $10.10.
Some of these jurisdictions had the pay raises already in effect. Others were to begin this year beginning in April. But, the Republicans who now control both houses of their legislature and the Governor’s office, said no more.
They passed a law that not only tells local jurisdictions that they do not have the right to raise the minimum wages for their citizens, they actually rolled back all of the pay raises immediately. Meaning if you live and work in one of these counties and had already seen raises, you would go back to $7.25.
As many as 85,000 Iowans will be denied the pay raises they were either expecting or already received. Eighty-four percent of these people are 20 years of age or older. Sixty percent work full-time. More than half are women. Thirty-one percent are trying to raise families. And, thirty-three percent are 40 years old or older.
Seeing the momentum going against keeping the minimum wage at $7.25, business lobbyists following the Koch Brothers American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) decided to go over the heads of local jurisdictions. They went to the Iowa State Legislature to get this heartless bill passed.
This is the first time in history that a state actually rolled back wages for those who already had received them. But, they won’t be the last. Missouri is looking to do the same thing. Other states have passed laws that stopped cities and counties from raising the minimum wage. They have passed laws that kept cities from passing laws that favor LGBT rights like here in the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina.
You have probably read that the state repealed HB2, the bathroom law. But, don’t believe it. Under the compromise bill that did pass, the state kept the right to pass LGBT rights laws to itself and is still keeping local jurisdictions from weighing in on their own. I am still calling for everyone to boycott the state from vacations, conventions, etc. I am still calling on the NCAA to see this as a simple trick to get them to keep NCAA basketball tournament games in the state and stay out of North Carolina. This bill is a trick, it does not totally repeal the sad bill our Politburo passed to begin with.
Don’t you find is funny that all of the states that are passing laws like these are all Republican controlled states? Isn’t it funny that when their hero trump kept telling their citizens he will make things great for them, the first thing they do is roll back minimum raises and hurt the very people trump claims he will help rise up?
I am not surprised. We are talking about trump and today’s Republican Party. These people do not care about the working people. They only care about the rich like the Koch Brothers. They only care about getting more money from people like Koch to stay in power.
The Republican Party is still telling the working people of America one thing. They are saying “fuck you we are in power, sorry you were so stupid to actually believe us! That’s your fault you lazy bunch of slackers”!
The Republican Party all across our land is showing that they are a bunch of heartless, mean-spirited, evil people who hate you and hate our country. If you keep swallowing their bullshit, then they are right. It is all your fault.
And, the shirts keep marching along.