You can never go wrong learning something new, and I can definitely say that the information I took from the Academy at https://wproadmaps.com/ was worth the time spent. And – I got this cool badge to prove it!
I find it interesting that the nation I live in has been overwhelmed with people “crying out for a change.” Yet, just a few short months ago; we all had the opportunity to help change gain a foot hold. We all had the opportunity, even with the barriers placed on some members of the population, to go out and vote for that change. And it seems that we did…sort of. The day after the election, we all woke up to what had been considered to be unthinkable. Some rejoiced, others wept; I think that most were truly shocked. Change was definitely coming.
But what I find most unique about all of this is that, with the exception of a few states, the majority of us chose to send the same people back to support our new administration. After “crying out for change” we chose to maintain the status quo? Now I realize that there were some shady back deals and a long history of gerrymandering that helped these individuals to gain such a large foothold in Washington. But, all of this aside, these individuals still had to win the majority of the votes. And win they did. Enough to hold a majority say in the government.
Which brings me to my point. After examining the event that led us to this place, I have only one question: WHY is anyone at all surprised that they are all doing EXACTLY what they said they would do? They all ran on the promise that they would repeal the ACA (or Obamacare). And I, for one, do not remember any candidate outlining any program, act or idea to replace it. So this should be no surprise, they have spent most of the 44th President’s time in office trying to repeal it. It should come as no surprise to anyone that, as soon as the majority of the votes belonged to the repeal camp, they would fulfill the promises they made. And without any real plan, which also should not be a surprise, as no one was able to articulate any form of replacement plan. The only concrete “detail” Joe Q. Public got was that it would be “a great plan,” to “make America great again.” Which doesn’t exactly tell us anything, other than that million of Americans will, most likely, be on the loosing end. I guess at this point, only time will tell. This new administration has made it very clear in the five days that they are going to do what they want, regardless of the will of the American people.
So I ask you again: Why is everyone so surprised?
Finally, the semester is OVER!!! Time has really flown this semester, I can’t believe that my first MLA semester is really over. Nothing to do now but wait and see what grade I come out with. Then one week off before I begin the summer semester. Wow, I bet that one really flies. Anyway, here’s to a successful semester!
I was very excited last night to learn that the NIU (Northern Illinois University) Huskies made it into the top 16 football teams. Even more exciting was the fact that this made them bowl eligible and would, in fact, be playing against FSU (Florida State University) in the Orange Bowl. Now, aside from the fact that this match up will cause friction in the Wiegman house, as I am an NIU alum and my husband is a big FSU fan, I was and still remain overjoyed that NIU earned the right to play.
However, as the “BCS Bowl Selection Show (as presented by Discover Card)” continued, I was subjected to the nonsensical ramblings of “sports professionals” who were incensed that NIU was given the bid. On and on they rambled about more “deserving teams” and the rules that excluded the powerhouse teams that have to settle for a “lesser” bowl because NIU had the gall to win the MAC championship and gain a spot in the Orange Bowl. “Nothing against NIU” I heard over and over and over again; as the “professionals” railed against the system that finally allowed a non-SEC/BIG10/BIG12 team into the upper echelons of “Bowl-dome.”
Was it really necessary for the ENTIRE show to revolve around the NIU/FSU match-up?? No. Perhaps it would be more beneficial to wait and PLAY THE GAME to see how it turns out. I would really love to see NIU win the game and silence all of the talk-boxes who say that they don’t belong in an FCS bowl game. But, the realistic side of me knows that this will be a rough game for them. Either way, I am looking forward to being able to watch a good game and to cheer on my Huskies (and let’s face it…for the ‘Knoles too…) on game day.