by blondesense liz
I've been away from politics on the blogs for a few weeks. How have you all been? I've missed you. I'm so out of the loop. I apologize.
Interestingly, here in NY, I have yet to come across a single person who actually gives a shit whether or not a "mosque" or Muslim anything gets built near ground zero. It's not like it's being built on ground zero or anything. What's more offensive is that there is still a big crater in the ground 9 years later in lower Manhattan. Now that's insulting to the families of the the victims! They couldn't plant a lawn or something in the meantime? Sheesh. I would have helped. For free.
Have any of you met an actual straight person who is actively campaigning against gay rights? I haven't.
I'm finding it less infuriating to discuss the current state of affairs in the US with rich Republicans than Republican wannabe rednecks. While both groups of conservatives are seriously misinformed at the moment because they have fallen victim to the the corporate media spin on everything, at least the rich ones have somewhat of a reason to be Republican conservatives... and most of them are not heartless and angry like the redneck wannabe's. They just like being rich and getting richer. You just need to point out to them that they are in the upper 2% of the country and the rest of us are in deep shit. It's not easy, but with some serious pleading, you can get through to them to at least look at the whole picture.
It breaks my heart to hear middle and lower middle class folks who are just struggling along like the rest of us blab on and on about the immigrants, the poor, the infirm, union workers, the handicapped, et al, being such a drag on our society and sucking up all their tax money. They sound so mean... so cruel... so heartless. I know they don't mean to be mean and they are hurting too and wondering what tomorrow may bring... but honestly, it's the wars that need to be addressed as well as corporate welfare.
Hell, I'd be a tea-partier too if they'd address the real problems in the country and not let the politicians and media mouthpieces who are bought and paid for by the corporations frame the debate. The tea partiers are so stupid though. God help us. They get all this publicity and they're dumber than shit.
I'm angry that my tax money is making so many people rich in the banking and war industries. I'm not angry that Juan is taking a $7.25/hour job or working off the books for $2/hr. It's not his fault. Why not place the blame where it needs to be? On the businesses that exploit desperately needy people. If these businesses can't function without paying living wages to employees, then maybe they need to rethink their business plans.
If I were a CEO of a corporation that was keeping thousands of employees living at or below the poverty line, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.
America sucks. How many countries have "working poor"?
I applied for a few jobs recently and was offered minimum wage. I laughingly handed back the applications to the store managers. Seriously, I can just cut back on spending and be in the same economic situation as an unemployed person who gets to walk in the park everyday. $7.25/hour isn't going to give me any spending power to help the economy bounce back. I'll just cut down on my cable tv channels and eat out less often. I'm lucky that I can do that. I know it.
Actually, I am once again embarking on my own business utilizing my creative talents. More on that when I feel like writing about it. In addition, my son and I also hit thrift stores and garage sales then resell the stuff on ebay for sometimes five or ten times what we paid. Mostly we just triple the investment, which is cool. It's hard work, but it's kind of fun. I just bought something for $30 and got $250 for it on ebay. It's not always that lucrative.
My health care saga marches on. We pay almost $1000/month for family health care insurance. We have to battle with each and every claim. I'm still battling from 2 health care insurance plans ago and the recent one. Now we have to change plans once again because of the husband's job. Here we go again. I have over $150,000 in outstanding medical bills and I've been insured all along. I'm not sickly. I had a few illnesses that had to be taken care of of and are under control now ... god forbid I should ever become debilitated.
America sucks. How can a family or a person who is supposedly insured against health care catastrophes face bankruptcy because of an ulcer and a hernia? This person has owned a home for 30 years, paid the mortgage regularly, paid taxes, worked, went to college, put kids through college, broke no laws, mowed the lawn, joined a nice parish, voted in November each year and participated in community activities. Fuck doing the right thing. Maybe crime does pay?
My son graduated from college 3 years ago and has yet to find a decent job. He's back in school now for nursing. It will take another 2 years to complete and will wind up with a BS in nursing or BSN. I have urged him to make plans to find a nice (Socialist) country somewhere else to take residence in when his schooling is completed. If he stays in this area and can find a job, the positions start at $65,000/yr. Not bad. Right? Of course, that depends on whether or not he can actually find a job here.
Is there any way we can make it so that congress and senate critters only reap health bennies during their stay in DC? How can you possibly have a reasoned debate about health care when those who get to be on television talking about it are sucking the best health care plan from the government tit for the rest of their lives? This is just plain wrong. And they need term limits. This is not a democracy. We are not governed by "the people".
But believe it or not, I'm in a pretty darn good mood otherwise. I'd like to go to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity next month. Anyone going?
Do any of you live near New Orleans? I'll be vacationing there next week.