Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I've been watching as little as possible about the Debt ceiling and tax issues lately. I'm tired of being scared of tomorrow. Life is being quite difficult these days for a great majority of us and yet we have elected officials sitting in DC debating over the issues and spending too much time pontificating for the media instead of doing their jobs. I wonder what would happen if all the camers disappeared and all the microphones turned off and all the media "talent" were recalled to do something else besides waste money standing on street corners waiting for their chance to ram a hot mic into someone's face. They are so rude in their haste to get a scoop and make it big. But then we all want to make it big in reaching our goals.
But the big queastion I have, and no one else has seemed to bring out is; "What are the greedy politicians, who are fighting over issues that are directly effecting us, going to give up if the rest of us have to give up our "entitlements"? Are they going to give up their no-ductable insurance policies? Are they going to take a cut in retirement benes? Will they still be paid their salaries if they are elected out of the officies they hold or retired? Have you checked the insurance policy on your state senators and state reps? Do you have anything remotely like they have not only for themselves but for their entire families.
I'm not saying we shouldn't have health insurance, but I don't like the idea of some politicians trying to make it mandatory for everyone in the US to have to buy insurance, regardless of if they can afford it or not, or if they don't buy insurance, they are to be arrested and thrown in jail. Hello? There isn't enough jail space in all the US to hold all the people that would not be able to buy health insurance.
Right now there are many of us taking the most inexpensive, correction - cheapest health insurance we can get. $10,000.00 deductable - some wanting to pay more for less deductable but being told their health was of a nature that they would not be insured regardless of how much the policy holder wanted to pay, so take the huge out-of-pocket policy or don't get insured. Even the health insurance companies will not insure all the people. So then what happens - opps! Haul them off to jail!
$10,000.00 deductable. That means that unless you walk or drive out in front of oncoming traffic, end up alive but in pain in the hospital, you will never see the end of the deductable and get the health insurance you are paying for. I don't know how the insurance company CEOs and underwriters can get up every morning and look at themselves in the face. Then we have politicians trying to make us buy it or go to jail. Can we get real. The homeless alone would fill up the jails, never mind going after senior citizens that can't afford the insurance they might have now, or the unemployed that are scraping enough money together to buy food for their family. The foodbank in Manatee County, where I live, is empty. They are despirate for food. I was goig to go there and volunteer so I could feel good about asking for free food. I'm nearly homeless myself. The money we make goes for housing and meds, gas for one of two cars (one is now the Hurricane Evacuation Van) and what's left goes for food.
A buck only stretches so far, then it's gone. I am not alone in my lifestyle right now. I am not alone in my fears. I am not alone in my anger of politicians going out of their way to scare us, and do nothing but point the finger at someone else to get the blame off themselves. We elected them to fix the mess they allowed us to get into in the first place! Now they can't do the job they promised us they would do if we did elect them.
We need to find a way to eliminate the Greed, Graft, Theft, and Over indulgent attitudes of the rich and famous in power today. Stop talking to the media, sit down and get busy on a solution. Stop pointing fingures and clinging like a drowning person to your own personal agendas, which is to accumulate all the wealth possibile in the short time you have in office at our expense.
Where do you think all that wealth will come from when we are suddenly a 3rd world country, nearly as destitute as Somalia, with no food, jobs, or health insurance available to anyone. I think I am going to just move to the desert and live in the pueblos. Whoever survives can lead the nation when it's over. Either that or we'll probably all be dead due to our politians trying to use the last of the our nuke stockpile destroying each other.
I think we should impeach them all and start over. Any politician that allows CEOs to take a loan to bail out their failing company (which is due in direct fact of misMANAGEMENT) and then takes a huge portion of that loan for a BONUS because they are doing such a good job should be removed immediately from office.
How did this happen? We let it by our inability to suffer through the crap that is put out on a daily basis by the politicians. Who wants to listen to that stuff. They don't even listen to it all. They sit in their offices, or plush club rooms eating and drinking to their hearts content at our expense, then send some paige in with their vote. Because they don't want to sit there and do their job, but they are quick to siddle up to a microphone in front of camera, regardless of who is holding it and preach against the other guys.
Let's balance the budget but keep spending money. Let's raise the debt ceiling - we have to - but keep spending. Let's raise the taxes and promise NO NEW TAXES! A buck can only stretch so far and then it's gone! How come I know that and these educated politicians don't know that? Why did we vote them in? Oh yeah! Because they promised us a better life. Now they are laughing all the way to the bank on our buck. Who is stupid now?
I now turn over the soapbox to the next person in line. Enjoy your time.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today, I woke up knowing it was a new day and I would start all over again. Everyday for me is a new beginning. I've wiped the slate clean and I'm starting all over. You coudl say my SparkStreak chart is just a new beginning every day.
I like it that way. There's no mistakes or failures on my new slate. Just empty places to write things and work out frustrations and misunderstandings and make new plans. One of these days I will find the plan that actually works for me and so I'll keep writing on that new slate, everyday.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I belong to a small team called, QOTD! (Question of the day!) It was started, as I understand, by a great lady in my old stomping grounds, of Washington State! She just wanted to get to know more about her friends and started a team where she starts a new thread everyday asking a simple question. Everyone chimes in and gives the answer. We are long past the favorite color, zodiac signs, eye color, hair color and some likes and dislikes, but we are still having fun. I was my usual crazy self one morning when I started the morning huddle. I put something about coffee being on and breakfast ready and all to join, or some sort of thing and some of the others came in behind me and said they would have coffee, tea, something and it took off. We've become pretty good cyber friends and while I am planning a trip back to WA in 2013, if Jenn is still there, I want to meet her, give her a hug, and thank her for making the team. There are some really great ladies on the team and I'd like to meet them all.
Today, Jenn is a little later than I and a couple others, so we did our huddle with coffee and now we are sitting around the team locker room (which is quite unique in my fairytale mind - knotty pine walls and ceiling, a picnic table with attached benches down the middle and the corner pot-bellied stove holds the huge cast iron frying pan for making everything. A huge spoon hangs beside the stove. The rock fireplace along the wall nearby has the huge coffee pot hanging from a chain to the side of the flames. It's heavy, but if you swing it outwards on the chain, you can tip it so it pours into your cup. Use a pot holder because that pot is Hot!)
So we're kicking around waiting for Jenn, drinking coffee and chattering about past questions, dreaming up new questions and just having fun in general. Great bunch of ladies and I'm wondering, "Why can't we do this on all the teams?"
I guess we could, but a lot of the team locker rooms are going to have to be a lot bigger, designed by someone else. And would it be as inviting as the QOTD team room? Probably not, but then, it doesn't have to be. Well, I'mgoing to sit here a while and continue to wait for Jen. Have a Sparkling day, my friends.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Well the doctor's report has arrived and I am doing well, could be better, but not bad for all my frustration. New instructions on meds and diet. Exercise is grand so he has no comment on that - TG!
So now I eat more and maybe that will help me. Why he didn't listen when I told him what I was doing and what SparkPeople says to do. He wanted me at 30 carbs a meal, or no more than 130 a day. Now he says to balance it. That means I eat more to balance out correctly. Yea! My frustration level should lower a lot now.
Have a sparkling day!
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