While I can appreciate your desire to network away from DC or Pennsylvania (Ed: The fucker was with the Koch Bros), now is not the time to do it. Your staff is overwhelmed, no one answers phones or emails or anything else – and it is NOT the fault of your constituents. The Powers That Be know that there will be so many things to have to pay attention to, and they are not just doing it to the taxpayers of this country, of Pennsylvania. They are doing it to YOU, sir, and you are not standing up for us in return.
We all know that what has been going on the last 10 days are NOT how government is supposed to work. 30 Executive orders in 10 days? You know it, and so do we. You have left us, however, to fend for ourselves, and it does not seem that you are on our side as much as you might think you are.
Parents notice when our children’s medical insurance is threatened. We notice when our children with disabilities are threatened with becoming “pre-existing conditions” – and please don’t say, HE didn’t want that. Yes, he did. We notice when people with absolutely not one lick of public school experience are being shoved down our throats to become “education secretary”. Taxpayers notice when lawmakers compare people pre-existing conditions (which Includes people with disabilities) to "burned-down houses."
That, by the way, was about as undignified a comparison as I have ever heard coming from a lawmaker. I am ashamed to say I live in Pennsylvania, and that you are our Senator. And I do think that you owe the disability community an apology.
I have an adult son with autism. He gets No services whatsoever. However, he is good at learning - he is a graduate of XXX University, was an intern at the Smithsonian this past fall, and is now a grad student at XOXO University of PA. But he Needs Supports in order to live independently. And yes, he votes. With block grants, the likelihood of his being able to ever get services is close to nil, and there will always be people who appear to need them more (invisible disabilities are like that). We parents are not getting any younger; my husband has been retired for 14 years.
In addition, when the Medicaid block grants come through, and children with multiple disabilities who cost twice what the cap is end up becoming adults who cost twice what the cap is, those “burning down houses” will be smack on your doorstep. And their voting parents will not be happy.
Taxpayers notice when the people they hire do not do their jobs. You were hired to represent US. You were hired to do a job for US. Pennsylvanians. It does not matter the party, whether rich or poor. If you do not want to do that job, then please relinquish your seat and allow us to elect to someone who does.
Please, Senator &^($_^%@. WORK FOR US. Vote NO on DeVos. Vote NO on Sessions, too - he did, after all, call our disabled children “IRRITATING.” How worthy, how dignified, how considerate.