Since President Trump took office, not a day has gone by where our news feeds aren’t full of another of his Twitter rants. Yet while we are all retweeting memes and favoriting Chrissy Teigen’s tweets about Trump blocking her, major changes are being made by Trump’s administration. It’s easy to get caught up in Trump’s “sad!” rants, but it’s time we really focus on his actions. Things are changing whether we like it or not, and it’s important to pay attention to how Trump’s decisions are changing our world. Beneath all the chaos we see highlighted on the news, here are five major topics to redirect your attention to.
Don’t worry about Scaramucci, worry about health care.
While every major news network was reporting on Anthony Scaramucci’s expletive-filled interview and subsequent firing, Republicans in Congress were continuing their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. On July 28, the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare failed, fuelling a flurry of heated tweets from President Trump. However, while initial attempts to kill Obamacare have failed, he is pushing for a different route to make changes to health care. One of the President’s suggestions is to reduce the threshold required to pass legislation in the Senate, from 60 to 51 votes. If this idea becomes a reality, we will see proposed changes passing more often. Furthermore, Trump is also threatening to end critical health insurance subsidies that enable low-income people to get coverage.
Don’t worry about Trump’s Boy Scout speech, worry about the Russia investigations.
Trump has made so many outrageous, dangerous and offensive comments that can’t be excused. Yet while we focus on another concerning speech or tweet from our president, other major news is taking place that gets lost in the fray. The latest news is that special counsel Robert Mueller has launched a grand jury investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. We’ve heard the rumblings for months about Russia and Trump’s involvement, starting with the rumors surrounding Russia’s influence on the 2016 election. But Mueller’s investigation takes one of the first real steps to bring any wrongful deeds to light. This isn’t just an investigation into the President but anyone in his family and his campaign.
Don’t worry about Trump’s expensive vacations, worry about climate change regulations.
We all saw how immediately upon Trump taking office, the words “climate change” disappeared from the White House website. With the dismissal of the concept of climate change has come major regulations that greatly impact the environment. In his first few weeks, Trump rolled back a couple of Obama-era regulations, including the Water of the U.S. rule and the Clean Power Plan. But this is only just the start. Trump also made the extremely bold and controversial move to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. The accord is intended to repair and counter humans’ impact on the planet, and Trump effectively removed the U.S. from the agreement despite our role as the “second largest polluter of climate change gases.” And speaking of environmental issues, Trump has insisted on building the wall between America and Mexico which will dramatically impact wildlife. Unfortunately, this is only just the beginning of Trump’s disregard for our environment.
Don’t worry about Trump and Melania’s chemistry, worry about Betsy DeVos and education.
While articles pop up on your Snapchat explore feed analyzing Trump and Melania’s interactions, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is making major moves in terms of education. From the beginning, DeVos has advocated for “school choice,” meaning she wants to expand charter schools, negatively affecting the public school system. DeVos has come under fire for this along with some of her other beliefs, but she recently hit a setback. DeVos originally planned to “overhaul the government’s system for collecting payments on $1.3 trillion in federal loans, canceling a contract procurement that would have handed management of nearly all aspects of the system over to a single vendor,” the New York Times reported. However, after hitting road blocks, DeVos decided to wait until 2019 to make the changes. These changes will ultimately affect the loans in ways such as payment periods and debt forgiveness for some qualifying students.
Don’t worry about Trump’s latest twitter rants, worry about the changes Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making.
Without his own Twitter account, we see less boastful posts from Attorney General Jeff Sessions than that of President Trump, but that doesn’t mean changes aren’t being made. Sessions has asked prosecutors to increase their strictness with charges of crimes, including drug charges. This goes directly against the work President Obama was doing at the end of his presidency to release people who were in prison on trumped-up drug charges. Sessions has also asked for sanctuary cities like Chicago to detain undocumented immigrants. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to this news on Sunday stating, “Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city.”
This is only the start of the changes being made under Trump’s administration, and they only scratch the surface of what’s to come. Trump’s most outrageous comments can be distracting, but they only serve as a ploy to distract you from what’s really going on. Instead of obsessing over Trump’s latest inappropriate tweet, close out of Twitter and start researching the issues that matter to you.