Well it’s been a whole week now and the world has not ended. Nor the USA went belly up. This is precisely opposite of what I have heard would happen if Obama was reelected. Once again, we do not vote for the best candidate but instead for the lesser of two evils. I wish we had a political party that cared about the bottom half of society. With ideals of compassion for all citizens, who still had down-to-earth morals. The ones who would believe in individuality and the right to bear arms and still had Godly morals. My daughter tells me that anyone who votes Republican and is not a rich white man is stupid. If you really take a look at it she is probably right. When Obama was first elected I was excited for the new changes that would come in. Now I see it’s just business as usual when I is an army called this situation SNAFU. It stands for, situation normal all, f*****d up. I will leave it to your imagination for what the “F” stands for. It is a shame that our country does so little for its unfortunate lower-class. Other countries, even those we consider third world gives healthcare to its citizens and other basic needs. I am extremely proud that I am an American but at times. I feel totally ashamed of how our country treats its citizens, unless you are rich.
Well here we are. Today is the big day for the candidates and the nation. Today we decide who will run the country for the next four years. They say it’s a tossup and all the polls are showing a tie up. I haven’t gotten dressed yet to go out and vote, but expect that South Carolina will vote Republican. I’ve heard a lot of people claiming that Romney should win and they hate the idea of four more years under Barack Obama’s leadership. I disagree and get really ticked off with their rhetoric and they are not a registered voter. I feel that if you don’t vote you should keep your mouth shut when it comes to politics. I urge every American to get out and vote no matter who you vote for. This is all for now, and I will post more when I know more about the election.
Well, we are down to the final weeks until election Day November 6. I am still awaiting to hear Romney’s healthcare plan. From what I’ve read Romney’s medical plan would leave about 72 million Americans uninsured. So far, we read that the Romney plan would cost families, nearly double what Obama care would cost them. I am very concerned about health care. I am lucky that I am a veteran and through them I received free healthcare. However, my wife and children have no insurance, because we cannot afford it. I still feel that no one in this country should have to do with out basic health care, because they cannot afford it. Approximately 62% of all the bankruptcy filed each year are due to medical costs and approximately 72% of them did have healthcare. As far as I’m concerned, this is not acceptable.
Now, I do agree that the budget needs work on it and we cannot go on spending money like it’s water. Look at the mess we are in now and compare it to what it was like. When Obama was sworn in to office. Bush dug us into deep water and it’s going to take a while to get out of this hole we are in. I hear all these people say that we cannot survive four more years of Pres. Obama in office. Personally I doubt that statement even more so after looking at eight years we had with President Bush in office. In those eight years, we went from a budget surplus to the huge deficit we are in now. We need to quit pandering to insurance companies and other special interests and take care of the citizens in the United States. As far as I’m concerned, taking care of the citizens is the number one job we need by the president and our lawmakers.
I have been very lax about posting and posting something interesting lately. I’ve have had some very nasty days with my fibromyalgia. I have been reading up on the so-called Obama care. While I do see parts of a Obama Care that should be repaired. Overall it is better in the long run than anything I’ve heard out of the Republican camp. I do disagree with charging minimums that require you to purchase health care insurance. I would set a final price $100,000, and anyone making more than that would need to get their own insurance policy they could self pay or employer pay. However, if you make less a $100,000, (150,000 or more for married filing jointly) you would be eligible for Medicaid. Medicaid requirements should be paid by the federal government. Romney has already stated that he would drop Medicaid altogether. Back in the 60′sRepublicans fought tooth and nail attempting to block Medicaid and Medicare. If not for Pres. Johnson, we would not have Medicaid or Medicare. Well that and equal rights. Republicans, including our longtime senator Strom Thurmond were against equal rights. If I remember correctly, Thurmond, holds the record for longest filibuster of all time in the USA and that he was for speaking out against the Civil Rights Bill. That is the truth behind the Republicans legacy.
If we can retain”Obama Care”starting January 1, 2014, medicaid expansion will now have a new limit. Anyone making 113% of poverty the level will be eligible for Medicaid. This is a step in the right direction. That part is good. The bad part is that it will impose a filing minimum of $95 or a 1% of the filing income minimum, depending upon which one of the two is the highest This is where I think there are problems. By 2016, they are starting to create tax credits or charges or not having insurance. More on that later.
This past week has been rather hectic. We are getting prepared for our son to come home. He has been in New Jersey for several years now. We’ve only been able see him for short periods when he was able to come visit. He is the one who built my current theme. I don’t know if I’m going to get him to do more with that. I am though going see if he can help set up my selling domain as it is the same name that I use for our eBay store. Our eBay business has slowed down. So now we are beginning to add different categories and have been listing a bunch of nice used clothing. I haven’t had time to pay too much attention to what’s going on around us now but have noticed that Obama is supposed to be ahead of Romney. I have been wondering lately with the rising prices of gasoline. If Republican backers, have a hand in artificially raising gasoline prices. I am curious to find out if they think that high gas prices mean that it will be harder Obama to get elected it wouldn’t surprise me it is so. If that was the truth of the matter. I do not know of anything that’s behind the increase in fuel prices. Everything we buy is much higher than they were a ago. I know that rising fuel prices, relate directly to commerce. Anything we buy was brought there by a truck. I am not very excited at the prospects of a Republican victory this fall. One the first things they promised to do is gut Obama care as they call it. While I am not pleased with the healthcare plan they worked out. I think it is a step in the right direction. If the big insurance companies didn’t have our Representatives and Senate members in their pocket. Then maybe we would not have so much opposition to comprehensive health plan like Medicare or Medicaid. If you read history, you will see that Republicans fought tooth and nail against Medicare and Medicaid. It took a strong president to keep forcing this legislation back in the 60s. It was terrible Pres. Kennedy was killed, but Pres. Johnson really fought for civil rights and medical care. For those who least can afford medical care, the easy way to help them. Would be to simply expand Medicaid and Medicare. If you’re not happy with healthcare provided by these two health plans. Buy a healthcare plan from any insurance company of your choice. Simple as that.
Once again I have procrastinated about this blog. I have been rather busy with a new product line in our eBay store. As sales of Game Boys have dropped we are expanding into clothing. Mostly womens clothing and trying to list more plus size clothing. My wife is very good at locating good used clothing. She knows how hard it is for plus size women to find nice-looking clothing. That and I am good at picking out pretty clothing especially dresses for women. This is more a labor intensive as you cannot list more than one lot at a time. It’s not actually labor as no physical labor is involved. It’s just that you can’t create variations like other clothing can be listed. I got lucky recently and was given an older version of Dragon Speak. It’s not the latest and greatest but hopefully will enable me to get more done. Hopefully I will be able to keep up better, much better than I have been lately. I’ve been reading where military contractors have basically been using almost slave labor and Iraq and Afghanistan. I am going to look into these activities by companies like Halliburton and KBR and report that back to you.
I have discovered how to receive free health care for all of us. There is one hitch though. We need to move to a third world country that has a deep water port. Our Navy, (the best in the world) will provide health care for the needy in these foreign ports. I know it is a good thing to help these people who might otherwise suffer or worse, die in their humanitarian and friend building efforts. However I feel if they can do this for non citizens of our country why can’t they do the same for us? As I have stated before I am a vet so I am eligible for some of the best health care anywhere in the world. I can not say that for the rest of my family though. Our easiest way to provide basic health care for all of our citizens is to expand the medicare and medicaid roles. I know this does not fix everything and that they will have to limit some procedures but it would be a huge step in the right direction. I also know that there would be a huge outcry against the government controlling what could and could not be done for us. However those same healthcare insurance companies who would fight a move like that tooth and nail would still be able to offer health care to anyone who wanted more coverage for themselves and their family. I know that this is not the complete fix for our healthcare but we need more than is going to be supplied by “ObamaCare” as they call it but we need more not less as the Republicans are poised to do if they win the elections this year. It was them who fought so hard against Medicare and Medicaid during President Johnson reign. Now it is so basic and important we wonder how we made it before it was instated.
just the thoughts of the ringleader
Once again it seems that I have been dragging my heels in posting my feelings about the soldier who massacred sixteen innocent Afghan civilians. I have thought long and hard about this and feel that the US was wrong in spiriting him away in the “dead of night” so to speak. I feel like this was the exact wrong thing to do. He killed Afghans and should be dealt with harshly if we want to maintain healthy relationships with Afghanistan and its people. Instead it looks like we are going to shield him from the wrath that Afghanistan people demand. That he being returned to the US makes it look to them that we are not going to punish him as they feel he needs. If we intend to maintain relationships between our two countries we can not allow him to get out of this if he is found guilty. Whatever the out come we need to think of the ramifications in our response to this situations in that part of the world.
I am going to make this one fast and directly. During the previous presidential administration we heard from several fronts that “Dick Cheney has no heart”. Well to all those doubters I only have to point out that Mr Cheney received a heart yesterday. That kills that thinking. I give out a sincere, get well soon. One reason for this, is that we honestly want to see him get better and for a questionable rumination, who paid for the heart transplant? While we know he can afford it we still wonder if he still receives medical care from the government as part of your severance from being such a high ranked official in our country. I believe that it is part of the great medical care that we give our government officials. The ones that can afford it the most get it for free and the ones that ones who need it the most can not get it.
Once again Limbaugh has created a row on his syndicated radio show. This time it appears like it may hurt him where it hurts the most, his pocketbook. His anal views and spiel has reached out and bit him. Recently a Georgetown law student spoke in front of Congress testifying that “birth control is essential to women’s health”. A view that he against the Federal Government providing birth control. After this woman’s brave testimony, he spent the next three days calling her a slut and asking her to give him pornographic videos of herself having sex. Not only was he way out of line with his jargon, he was also showing that he is a pervert for asking a woman only old enough to be his daughter (if not his granddaughter) for anything sexual from this young lady. Our women in congress stood up immediately to Limbaugh’s rhetoric and so far have succeeded in getting 20 key sponsors to drop all their adds from his show. Without add revenues some local stations are dropping his show. This could not happen to a nicer guy. Now I am not against his being able to espouse his views to whomever he pleases. I am also all for people to take action against anyone via boycotts or other peaceful avenues. Now maybe they will silence or at least cut back his hateful and extreme views against anything that helps the general populace and does not help the wealthy.
Here it is February all ready. I can come up with several reasons for not posting sooner and being in the hospital was one of them. No need to say there was no partying for the new year while you are on your back in the hospital. Though I could have borrowed my wife’s laptop while mine was in the shop. There is a plethora of items that should have been exposed to y’all. They are going whole hog after the wolves in the west again. I know twenty eight does not sound like many but when you count them against the total number the percentage of living wolves decreases.
On another front our internet is facing an attack from our congress and supposedly our president will sign the bill into law. This one would forbid search engines from displaying any sites that are accused of copyright laws. This especially attacks foreign web sites. Right now the pirates are not a significant percentage of over all users and a lot of these pirates would not mind paying for digital content if it was packaged with a reasonable price and the ability to use the content you just bought and paid for but you could not watch or listen to the dvd or cd you legally bought. You buy it, then if you want to watch it on your laptop you are in violation of their law. To me there is something inheritability wrong with this scenario. There is a huge number of people that use Apple’s iTunes service and it would make a great model to other digital content providers. Plus we can not forget that this will affect some of our favorite sites, like facebook, twitter and lest we forget google who is going to be under a law suit brought out by ViaCom to the tune of a few billion dollars.
More to come soon.