Please Meet ….

March 01, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Texas State Senator Don Huffines (whose name SpellCheck ironically keeps insisting is Huffiness).

Huffines represents the Dallas area.  Some Texas high school students from his district came to visit him at the capitol.  They were rightly concerned about “school choice” that Huffines supports like it was his own idea.

They asked how it could be fair when it wasn’t enough money for low income families to pay for private school? Huffines huffed up and lectured them thusly:

“Do you want me to give them $15,000? Is that what you want? So they can all go to Hockaday, so they can all go to St. Mark’s?” Huffines asked, referring to two expensive private schools in Dallas. “You want to give them a full tuition? That is the most selfish thing I’ve ever heard.”

Them?  We can’t let all of “them” go to Hockaday or St. Mark’s.  “Them” can’t have full tuition because that would be selfish of “them.”  But, by gawd, it is not selfish of the fine upstanding rich kids at St. Mark’s or Hockaday to exercise their right to be rich. After all, they earned that by choosing to be born in the right family. If you wanted to go to St. Marks, you should have picked better parents, but you didn’t. Shame on you for being selfish like that.

When the students suggested that the money to fund school choice come from the citizenry, Huffines corrected them.  Nope, he says, “62% of all property taxes come from businesses.”  Well, there you go – a justification for business to make a profit off of school children.

You don’t believe me about all this, do ya?  Well, here’s the best two minutes you’ll spend today watch raw unadulterated Republican greed.

 

There is, however, an upside to all this – it seems his district is raining some informed voters and – ta da! – His district was carried by Hillary Clinton last November.  He knows his days are numbered.

He later apologized for the tone of his remarks but not the facts.

Hey Huffines – those kids and their public school educations are coming after you and you ain’t got a chance.

Thanks to everybody for the heads up.

Celebrating the End of Black History Month

February 28, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Cluck Cluck Cluck

February 28, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

For the first two months of the new Congress, the 292 Republicans have scheduled just 88 in-person town hall events — and 35 of those sessions are for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, according to a tabulation conducted by Legistorm. In the first two months of the previous Congress in 2015, by contrast, Republicans held 222 in-person town hall events.

Legistorm counted them.

 

A Standing Ovation, Please. UPDATED

February 28, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

I am a huge fan of Awesomely Luvvie.

I was going to write about Kellyanne Conway spreading her (ahem, ahem) legs on the Oval Office couch but Luvvie owns that. It’s totally hers.

Check it out here.

Enjoy!

UPDATED with a graphic from AlanInAustin.

 

 

Get Your Stories Straight

February 28, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

You know, it is difficult for me to accept that Donald Trump can get away with calling the New York Times fake news when crapola like this happens.

Sean Spicer says that Trump did not know about him excluding reporters from a gaggle or about him checking the personal phones of his staff to see if they were leaking stuff.

Now we find out that Trump not only knew about both things, but that he gave it his blessings.

Look Spicer, behaving like a little nazi is one thing, but damn, Spicer, own up that you ain’t the daddy of it.

Okay, one question: who among us has the courage to watch Trump’s speech tonight?  No, make that two questions: what should the Democrats yell when they decide to return the favor of the YOU LIE outburst?

 

Brimming With Diversity

February 28, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Remember yesterday when I said that the Trump meeting with the CEOs of the major insurance companies would be the largest collection of old white guys in a room since Trump’s last meeting at the White House.

Shucks, I missed by one.

 

But, I am right about this — they do not provide great healthcare.  They provide the least possible healthcare they can get away with. At the highest cost.