a photo essay
yesterday the senate held confirmation hearings with Betsy DeVos who has been nominated to be in charge of Education
she doesnt know anything about Financial Aid, student loans, the ongoing debate about whats the best way to teach kids, her family has donated millions to an organization that electrocutes gay kids in order to try to make them straight.
she thinks guns in schools are ok. she doesnt support the law that would make colleges less rapey – instead she thinks the victims and potential victims should do more themselves not to get raped.
i could go on, but while i watched a lot of this (it’s compelling to watch an extremely rich woman who inherited her fortune and then married a rich man tell Bernie Sanders, who asked her what she thought of his goal to make public colleges tuition free, “nothing in life is free”) i thought about the GOP members who told her and us that she would make a great Secretary of Education.
why? because she gave the GOP $20 million over the years? is that all it takes?
do some people really care about money so much that they are willing to put not just their children’s education at risk, but all the kids in America? ok maybe not all, the rich kids will be fine, but everyone else?
even Senators must realize that if a kid gets a bad education, and say, drops out, they are more likely to turn to crime and victimize others – even the rich. so it’s in everyone’s best interest to have smart kids in every neighborhood. they do realize this right? or are they paranoid that if brown kids get book learnin they’ll start calling bullshit on american bullshit, starting with the ruling class?
these are just some of the things i wonder about when during an oral exam the person is failing and yet half of the bystanders are all good job good job lets give her the power to rule over a trillion dollar loan program. even though she wants to pretend that shes not a VP in her mothers foundation.
the one that gives money to electrocuting gay kids.
and lies in the senate and says “it was a clerical error” that she was listed as a VP, for years
and anti semites and homophobes and liars and haters and nogoodnicks
and an attorney general who hates weed
and has a VP who thinks you can electrocute the gay outta people
and kids who think they belong in meetings with japanese political leaders
and omg the head of breitbart “news”?
no. i dont care.
the bible says, clearly, and repeatedly,
“doth not give two shits about thou earth. only care about Paradise.”
because the Lord saw the future, and it involved a selfie stick, a whole bunch of people who look like they were at the same family reunion, all pretending that theyre representing the most diverse country in the world
while pretending global warming doesnt exist
while pretending that weed kills
while pretending that their odd ways of no taxes and heavy spending on the military
wont sink this economy like it did with bush, bush, and reagan.
let the meek inherit the earth, homeboy.
who are the meek?
youre looking at em.
a: no. his whole damn speech was about Freedom and looking good in the eyes of your daughter who wont kiss you
and they applauded like monkeys
until they realized the whole thing was a sneaky little set up.
for him to say, we all just agreed that freedom was kewl
now im free to take a shit in your punch bowl.
god bless me and god bless america.
before he was Lyin Ted
he was Douchebag Ted
which is the Ted he’s always been
and only a great negotiator like trump
would invite him to his super sweet 16 without
50 years from now when theyre teaching kids about the election of the first female president
i hope they leave out the part where the GOP couldnt stop shooting themselves.
Sen. Thom Tillis, (R-NC) – seen here with the blue tie with Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa) – is one of the GOP lawmakers who have seemingly agreed to stop any Obama nominated judge from being confirmed until the president is out of office.
A year ago today Tillis, who was then a Freshman senator, was exposed as someone who thought it might be a good idea to let restaurants “opt out” of the requirement that its employees wash their hands after using the restroom.
“I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as the post a sign that says ‘We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restrooms.’ The market will take care of that,” Tillis said. There’s even video of him saying it clearly on C-SPAN.
“That’s probably one where every business that did that would go out of business,” he added. “But I think it’s good to illustrate the point that that’s the sort of mentality that we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on this country.”
That’s correct, the senator thinks that the law requiring one to washing ones hands after taking a dump is a burden.
Just a few months ago the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed the Republican from Huntersville is involved with the KKK. Tillis was among a list of political figures that the group claimed had ties with the hate group.
While the allegation has yet to be proven, Tillis is in favor of strict North Carolina voter ID laws that have been proven to keep minorities from voting. Tillis argues that such voting laws curb “widespread” voting fraud, but the enemy of many Republicans, science, has shown that of 1 billion votes cast since 2000 just 31 cases have been proven to be fraudulent.
Regardless, Tillis is one of the GOP lawmakers who voted against the confirmation of Wilhelmina Wright, an African-American judge who was successfully confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; which many in the GOP says will be one of the last of the Obama-appointed judges to be confirmed this year.
“There is a point at which, traditionally, no additional judicial nominees are considered until the election,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), said referring to the election in November.
In 2015, the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed a mere 173 total civilian nominees, according to the Congressional Research Service, about 100 fewer than were confirmed in 2007 when a Democratic Senate took over during the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency.