Archives for the year of: 2012

Yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, but today is cold hard cash meant to be spent.

Just read a great article about what the real problems are as we discuss the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Here’s a quote: “There are legitimate reasons to be worried about entitlement spending.  But the fundamental question is not how much longer the Social Security and Medicare trust funds are going to be solvent.  The question is how much we’re willing to spend to insure that the elderly have affordable access to health care and some financial security.” 

James Surowiecki at the New Yorker says raising the Medicare eligibility age is not the answer:  “…you could extend the life of Medicare indefinitely if you restricted it to people over eighty-five, but that doesn’t mean it’s smart to do so.”  LOL!  And the beat goes on with the dummies in Washington…

In the 1980s, I had a friend who made fun of her younger brother by saying his bad attitude could be summarized by: “I want what I want, and I want it NOW!” 

The other day, while observing the behavior of some Christmas shoppers around town, it suddenly struck me exactly how human this attitude is.  In fact, this is the best summary of why the human race will eventually destroy the one and only planet they can survive on.

Even though most of the people in the world now know about climate change, and can observe already the first signs that our activities on this planet have damaged the systems that regulate the temperature of earth, we can find no agreement among nations to change this destructive behavior.

The human race historically seems well defined by:    “I want what I want, and I want it NOW!”  We have always been searching for more for ourselves and our families.  This attitude seems natural and yet is heading us towards a collision course with our future environment.

So glad I chose not to have children.  They are the ones who will suffer as the earth’s climate changes dramatically in the next century.

Would it be too much for Congress to actually do something now, after doing absolutely NOTHING for the past four years?

It seems the Republicans, who said their only purpose was to dump Obama, have failed miserably.  That is why they have stood in the way of ever attempt at progress on improving our economy, stabilizing the jobless rate, or lowering the deficit for the past four years.

And it is only because they cannot put off doing their job any longer, that they are now squawking about how hard it is.

My response?  Yes, your job is difficult.  That’s why you get all that great free health care and get paid the BIG BUCKS!  Now get your shit together and DO SOMETHING!

Quit giving the richest Americans the best tax breaks, while trying to figure out how to make the poorest among us pay more.

News Flash: Those living on very little or social security will not be your best source for building up revenue.  You have bled them dry now.

I know you and your rich friends sure hate to pay taxes, but hey, it is for a good cause… the future of your own country.  Time to find a little Christmas generosity and patriotism inside!

This is not brain surgery, which is a good thing because Congress has certainly proven that they are not the sharpest pencils in the box.

Unfortunately, Congress does not understand or represent the circumstances of most Americans today.  Most in Congress are millionaires, but they have also proven, again and again, they are not particularly good at understanding basic math.

I’m 57 and somehow I have made it through my entire life without an app.  In fact, I have never even owned a cellphone as far as that goes…

The other day I overheard a young woman putting down her friend for having a two year old phone.  “I can’t believe you still have that old phone..”  EXCUSE ME???

Am I the only sane one left on this planet who thinks a cellphone is a complete waste of time and money?  PROBABLY!

Every time I check into the possibility of getting one the contract prices and monthly charges have doubled AGAIN.  Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) shows that cell phone expenditures increased rapidly from 2001 through 2007, with the total cost of owning a cell phone surpassing the cost of residential landline phone services beginning in 2007.

Cell phone providers must be working under the assumption that they will just continue raising prices until the consumer stops paying… but they never do!  Talk about a dysfunctional addiction!

I must say, I appreciate everyday the fact that I never jumped on that gravy train for cell phone service providers!  That is one seriously expensive technology addiction that just about everyone has swallowed hook, line and sinker.

Next time you use your cell phone, think about what else you could do with those thousands of dollars per year you spend on just having a phone.

I decided to try and stir up a little controversy today over on my writing blog.

Here’s a little economics lesson on why professional writers are on their way out!

In case you missed it, billionaires worldwide put all of their money behind buying the presidency this week, and were angry and truly astounded to find that it did not work.  How could they have God and billions on their side and still lose?

Just to be clear about what really happened here, Obama won a larger margin of the U.S. popular vote than JFK, or Nixon, or Carter, or George Bush in either of his elections.

If Florida finally goes democratic, Obama will have won 332 electoral votes, and over 3 million more votes than Romney in the popular vote.

It is quite fun to watch the “conservative” pundits grovel around now, trying over and over again to make the point that this is no mandate from the people.  However, when you have spent millions upon millions to buy the vote, and you still lose by this much, I say there is some important message here.

John Nichols, a writer for Nation magazine, sees this election as a referendum on austerity and reform, and hopes that the president understands that the people fully understood the choices before them. This was a conscious choice to push back against right wing economics, and various other limitations on our freedom.

The progressive agenda is to pass legislation that benefits ALL of the people, not just the richest or most powerful among us.  We demand that secret sources of corporate and big money get out of politics, and let the people decide their own fate.

The American people are smart enough to control our own government and do not need those richer than us to tell us what we want.

As many of you may not know, we are dealing with the medical use of marijuana issue up here in northern Colorado, and the legalization issue state-wide this Tuesday.

You didn’t think you could get away without me adding my two cents on that one, did you?

Lately I have been noticing everywhere in the American mainstream media how common it is for us to make light about drinking too much in our society.  It seems everyone likes a good joke about getting tipsy and doing stupid things.

Everyone except those who have lost loved ones to this terrible addiction.  Let’s ask the “Mothers Against Drunks Drivers” how they feel about losing their sons and daughters.

Here’s the MADD facts on death from alcohol abuse:

Alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S.   On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes, and in 2007, nearly 13,000 people were killed in drunk driving related crashes.

Each year, approximately half a million people are injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present—an average of one person injured approximately every minute.  An estimated three of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash at some time in their lives. (NHTSA, 2001)

Now add on to these numbers the millions of families and lives ruined or destroyed by alcohol addiction.

Sure glad alcohol is legal!  I haven’t heard of many medical uses for alcohol, but researchers worldwide are daily finding new medical uses for cannabis (THC.)    In addition, I so rarely hear of deaths from marijuana use, especially compared to alcohol…

According to new studies, unemployment is more of a “gateway” drug to serious addiction than cannabis.  New research suggests that there is far greater danger of addiction to hard drugs like heroin, from overuse of prescription painkillers, not from occasional marijuana use.

P.S. Nov. 7th: What do you know, both measures passed yesterday!  Now we will see how the federal government reacts…

It seems there’s nothing quite like a gigantic natural disaster to get just about everyone behind the idea of government!  Check out Romney’s most recent about face. 

I know we learned the hard way here in Colorado this past summer when we lost over 500 homes in gigantic unpredictable wildfires!

Funny how most of us don’t have access to wildfire fighting helicopters, properly trained personnel or, say, the Coast Guard when hurricanes hit.  But we sure are glad when the unexpected happens!

That’s what government and being prepared is all about.  But then we cannot expect someone running for the presidency to understand that!  Especially someone who instead expects the Mormon Church to assist in disasters.

LOVED this video, which offers definitions of what liberal and conservative really mean.

Here you will learn the conflict in our country is not between liberals and conservatives.  See it and you will probably find, much like me, you agree with just about everything both of them have to say.

I also love diversity and fear big government, especially one so big that it might try to tell me what religion I can be, or that I do not have control over what happens in my own uterus.

America is great because of individual freedom.  Let’s keep it that way!

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