Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I am sick to death of the Tea Party and their hold on congress.

What does the Tea Party think it's doing shutting down the government?  Are they anarchists? 

Obviously they are.  They only care about their own agenda, and the Republicans who support them only care about the money they will be getting from the Tea Party organization.  It seems that Republicans in the House of Represenatives are only worried about their own rear ends.

Maybe we should give emotional IQ tests to those who attempt to run for congress?  Or should that be empathy IQ tests?  We have to do something to  make them understand that the Tea Party does not speak for everyone.  How?

How?  By voting AGAINST any one and every THING the Tea Party supports.

Let's not let a bunch of fanatics destroy our country.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I'm back after a long rest.

Expect an eclectic and sporatic contribution.  Policy, politics, family, serious fun comments.  And expect nothing to be sacred.

It's me.

I'm back.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

enlistment

Why is it that those who advocate keep our country safe, and increase spending for war have neither participated in a war or encouraged any of their male or female children to enlist?

Romney has only male children. Sure they go to foreign countries on the religious Mormon mission, but what do they do to support our country? Are any of them in the armed services? I don't think so, unless they've done so secretely.

Is war a good thing as long as our Republican candidates don't have to encourage their own sons and daughters to enlist to support it? Is war only theoretically good, as long as minorities do the fighting for "our" country, even if they are undocumented?

What do say to get those living below the poverty level to enlist? You offer them the opportunity, supposing they survive the war intact, to "save" for college.

Save for college. That's the new GI bill. Save.

My husband served in Viet Nam, 3 tours. His GI bill included free tuition for college or a trade school. FREE. He contributed nothing to get this benefit. But now, they have "improved" the benefit so that anyone who serves in the military can get "matching funds up to $20,000.00". Meaning, the soldier, sailor, marine, has to save the first $10,000.00 to be able to get another matching $10,000.

So, it's good for poor people to enlist so they can get a chance to get a college education. While Willard Romney's boys, who don't need that money because Daddy is rich enough to pay their tuition, don't have to even consider it.

How many other Republican politicians have children in the military? My guess is very few.



Monday, September 10, 2012

medicare/medicaid Ladies especially pay attention if you have parents in nursing homes.

This is a very specific reason why Obamacare is important to me.

My sister is now 58, and will be 59 in December.
She had a major stroke 2 years ago while working a job at Subway. Prior to that job she held 2 other low paying jobs, but prior to that she was a nurse for 18 years. She burned out. When she was nursing all of her medical problems were covered by insurance available at her workplace. But when you are working a minimum wage job there is no coverage.

So, my sister, who had several pre-existing conditions and was at a level below poverty level, got free medical check ups and medication at a reduced rate as long as she had an income below a cetrain level.

She got a raise at Subway. Which disqualified her for free medical check ups and medicine. Her barely above minimum wage job did not allow her to afford to go to a private doctor, paying full price, and buyng her blood pressure medications. Her blood pressure was always a problem - uncontrolled even with many, many medication changes.

She went to work one day in April 2010 and fell over. She was unresponsive, they called 911 and she was taken to the closest hospital.

She had been renting a room and living with a friend from her church , in Orlando, and I live in Miami. Our parents are dead, I am her only sibling.

I was called by her church members to be told she'd been taken to a certain hospital, and would probably need brain surgery because there seemed to be a clot in her brain.

I had to give doctors verbal permission by phone before I presented them with power of attorney which she had signed years before, to operate and put a shunt in her brain to drain blood which was accumulating and causing her to have trouble staying conscience and breathing.

Then my daugher and I drove to Orlando and spent time speaking to her doctors, nurses and social workers in the ICU.

Remember, my sister is totally uninsured.

So the good people at the hospital asked me to sign a paper for permission to treat her. Fortunately I had a councelor (a lawyer from work) who told me not to sign anything. Under the pretext of signing for permission to treat came an obligation - a financial obligation to pay her medical expenses as her next of kin. I refused. That didn't mean they wouldnt care for her, they had already spent 4 days treating her before I got there. The "government" was already paying for her care.

Why didn't I sign the paper? Because at the time her bill was already was over $90,000. To collect it the hospital, had I signed the paper for treatment, would have put a lein on my house and assets since my sister had none of her own.

After she was better, she was moved to a rehabilitation center where they worked on her to bring back some of her functions back. She regained speech, but she did not regain all of her memories. She also has lost the use of her left arm and hand, she can only use her left leg with a brace and she can walk using a hemi walker. She is incapable of taking care of her own needs.

After 6 weeks of rehabilitation she was sent to a nursing home where she has been for the last 18 months. She insists she will walk out of there and be capable of living on her own, in an independemn\nt living apartemnt, but after 2 years if she has not regained mobility by now it's unlikely. The best that may be for her woudl be assisted living, which she is resisting.

How does she live? She is living on the generosity of Social Security Disability and Medicaid.

Now, if Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan have their way my sister will probably not qualify for Medicaid and since they want to change Social Security and make it more difficult to collect disability, what will happen to my sister?

Will the new Republican government and the changes to the medical care she now has, throw her out of the home by removing her eligibility? Will she no longer get help from Social Security (which she paid into for many years before she had to apply for the help provided)? If she needs to insure herself how can she? She had a major stroke. What insurance company, with a voucher, will take her on? How will she afford her medicine and medical visits? Will pre-existing conditions be covered? What care will she receive? Will I be expected, as her only relative, to bring her to my house and be her sole caregiver and financial support?

I am already 64, nearly ready to retire myself. My husband is a Vietnam Vet, who is suffering from PTSD. He is 100% disabled himself. My 40 year old daughter lives with us, because she fell on hard financial times and is just now pulling herself out of a hole. We are at an ok point here now, not great, we make ends meet but there is no big savings account to fall back on, and there are no "extra funds" to help support another person. There are some bad days. My husband couldn't tolerate another person in our home, I couldn't either. I had already had to go to a psychologist to deal with the many stresses in my life, I cannot mentally or monitarily afford to keep her.

With Obama care my sister will be cared for for the rest of her life, either under SS disability and medicaid, or under her social security retirement when she reaches retirement age, and medicare can be replacing medicaid.

So what do Romeny and Ryan offer instead? Have they been specific enough in their rhetoric?

I don't think so.

And that's why I will enourage anyone I know to vote against Romney. Because Obama care will continue my sister's care, but I have no idea if Romney will or not, and he isn't being very forthcoming in what he has to offer. One day he's for it, one day he's totaly against it. There is no rhyme or reason to his speeches, and no consistancy.

Right now it looks like under a Republican administration my sister, and many of the people now living in the nursing home with her, will be left with no support.


So what happens now?

What happens is I not only vote for Mr. Obama. I work to make sure he is reelected.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bravo Sister Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell rocks. She tells it like it is and she quite succently put it out there and brought out the moral incongruity of the Republican party.

Bravo sister, Bravo.

Support President Obama for re-election.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Something the Republicans should read (ro have read and memorized)

I think it's kind of strange that the Republicans appeal to the Christian right wingers. They must only use parts of the bible that make what they say sound really "right'.

Today in one of the readings at Mass (for non-Catholics who don't know, at every mass there are three readings from the Bible, both the old and new testament - so much for those who say Catholics don't "know" anything about the Bible)

Today's first reading was from Deuteronomy Chapter 4:1-2, This is only part of the entire reading.

"And now, O Israel, listen carefully to these laws I teach you, and obey them if you want to live and enter into and possess the land given you by the Lord God of your ancestors. Do not add other laws or subtract from these; just obey them for they are from the Lord your God."

The secord reading is from the New Testament, James chapter 1: 27 I think Paul Ryan should read this part before gutting Social Security and Medicare.

'The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father's point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and windows, and who ramains true to the Lord -- not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world"

The third reading is New Testament, Mark: 14-15 and 21-23. I think Mr. Romney should pay attention to the last part.

"And then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. "All of you listen", he said," and try to understand. Your souls aren't harmed by what you eat, but by what you think and say."

"For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery, wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride and all other folly. All these vile things come from within they are what pollute you and make you unfit for God."

In case these quotes don't fit your bible word for word, I took mine from my personal bible The Catholic Living Bible published in 1971, Imprimatur 1976. The wording in your bible may differ, but the sentiment is the same.

Basically all three readings concern being worldly and lying and being deceitful and wanting what others have. So how can someone in the business of destroying companies for a living say he's living by the bible? I can't reconcile his actions and his supposed beleif. Sorry, maybe it's jsut me. Maybe someone can tell me about the plank in my eye while I point out the splinter in his (another bible reference) but I doubt it.







Saturday, September 01, 2012

business = government

OK so if you own a business what is the purpose of your business? You want to make a profit, right? What do you do with your profit? Do you share it and help others? Do you improve conditions for others who don't work for you? Do you provide health care and elder care and chaild care and medical care for those who don't own your business? No, you keep your profit.

And if you are a manager of a corporation you try to make a profit for your shareholders, right? Do you help other businesses with those profits? Do you share profits with your workers? Do you provide for their "general welfare" as our Preamble to the US Constitution says our government is supposed to or do you make sure you make money for only the people who have "invested" in your company?

Well, what's the answer?

If the answer is no, then why are we considering a background in business a recommendation for becoming president of the United States?

Does Romney have a background in law? Does he know the limits of government? Does he know that being President is only 1/3 of the government? Does he realize it's not like being a CEO and it certainaly not like being the spiritual leader of a religious organization.

So maybe that's what's wrong with Romney. He doesn't know how to run a government, he expects to make a profit. My question is at whose expense will that profit be made?

a distraction? Really Clint?

As much as people roll their eyes and say what a farce Clint Eastwoods performance at the RNC was I don't for a minute it was unscripted.

I think it was a calculated set piece to take everyone's mind off the fact that the Republicans have said "NOTHING" about their plans to fix our economy and our government.

As Romney and his pals all claim it was unscripted you see that much of the talk post convention was about Clint Eastwood's stunt, and there was nothing of substance said about the man who would be president.

No plans were laid out, no carefully spelled out legislation, no policy initiatives, no comments about actually politics came out of that convention. It was a "here I am, and he's what a nice guy I am, now you can feel comfortable voting for me".

Sorry Williard, it's not going to happen.

I want facts - not spin doctored rhetoric chosen to fit your agenda of discrediting President Obama.

What Mr. Romney fails to tell people is that he's a BISHOP in his Mormon Faith. Now, I don't know what the duties of a Bishop might be, but I do know that the title means he is a man of power and influence in his church.

I wonder if he will resign from his "ministry" if he takes office, or will he split his duties with his elected ones? I also wonder if a Bishop being president doesn't violate the separation of church and state rules of our constitution.

I hope we never have to find out, but personally, if he is elected I may join a law suit challenging him on that.





find and read

It's too long to post here:

Rolling Stone
Sept 13, 2012

Mike Tiabi "Greed & Debt: The true story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital".

He's running on the basis of his "business background" Before you vote for him find out what kind of "business" experience it is and ask yourself if that translates to good government?

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