Those first moments after waking are easy; the edges of the room take shape, dog bodies are imposing on parts of my body or leaping ecstatically at the thought of breakfast. And then comes the realization, like a slap in the face, and it's Election Night all over again.
I am the biggest pessimist in the world, but the worst I anticipated was our losing the Senate. That we would lose everything didn't enter my mind. Here are the losses that could immediately impact the people in my little world:
- Money for environmental work in Afghanistan and Pakistan
- That coveted internship at the Department of Education
- Retirement investments and Social Security
- Affordable health care and decreased pharmaceutical costs
- Access to birth control and women's health care
- Some kind of a fair tax code
- Incentives for solar and geothermal energy
Not to mention international accords and, oh, the planet. And the work we've been doing around the state on developing a plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act seems to have been a genuine waste of everyone's time.
Sleep, wake, slap! Sleep, wake, slap! Day 2 of Life in Trump Nation.