Archive | October 2017

Frosty the Wall Patch

 

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Waiting in a parking garage, enjoying the weird.

 

Pareidolia

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Pregnant with Possibilities

When we lie down on the ground and look at the clouds, we let our imagination wander.  Some days we can just enjoy the endless variety of weather, but on others there as flocks of sheep, horses, faces, etc.   People who study how the brain works call this phenomena pareidolia, the brains ability to perceive things in objects that have nothing what so ever to do with the things themselves.  Pareidolia may be a form of something called apophenia which is a term for seeing unwarranted connections.

I like to think of it as just enjoying the weird.  It reminds me that we are all one big gestalt.

 

 

 

Health Care

 

The never ending struggle of the “Haves” vs. “Have-nots” goes on.  Unfortunately the “Haves” are in the governing position, so they have the ability to make the laws that govern us all.  All I can do right now is be a squeaking wheel and hope that I get greased or drive them insane so they make a mistake.  I sent the following e-mail to my state representatives a month or so ago.

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Sept. 18, 2018

I just want to be sure that my representatives for Idaho know that I consider anyone who votes for the repeal and replacement of the ACA to be in criminal collusion with an attack by the Russian Federation on our country. Those who are not actively responding to this attack and are attempting to push a divisive agenda should be brought up on criminal charges. This is not government as usual.

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This is the response from one of my representatives:

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This is my response to that letter from Simpson:

In 2010 it was a compromise with factions in the GOP which allowed the ACA to pass. It was these compromises that were installed by the GOP to help it fail. They could have spent the time fixing the problems in the ACA. Instead they obstructed any attempt to make health care better. Once the GOP controlled Congress they encouraged that decline. They allowed it to rise in cost and insurance companies to limit choices. Most likely it is a result of the for-profit medical system and the lobby monies going into political pockets to get more money out of consumers. The GOP sabotaged the program without any bipartisan attempt to make a single payer program.

Trump has done his part by sabotaging with executive order. He says it is the first step in reversing the course of failure. The first step is having a single payer system in bill form with a budget to cover it. They need to figure that “budget constraint” first before going off half-cocked.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) did not find lower costs, it found higher and fewer people covered. The 130 billion to state funds has not been addressed by “budget reconciliation” and when the GOP finds it would increase the deficit, they would sabotage the new system in the name of fiscal responsibility. They would leave the states to fend for themselves. There is a lot of faith that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will work on a state level, but states have budget constraints that do not exist on a federal level.  States will cut services that a federal mandate legally would not allow, especially in the poorer states.

He is correct that our health care is at a crossroads. But he shies away from a responsible single payer system because he and the GOP are not willing to work for it. They are in the pay of for-profit-medicine contributors. He talks about Veterans Health and the problems in care, but he and Congress have done nothing to fix Veteran health care and they have known about it for years. He and Congress are responsible for their own failures.

Increased competion is right up there with supply side economics. It is built on a corporate fantasy that has no relevance to the general population. The trickle down theory only works with garbage.

The McCarran-Ferguson Act is there for a reason. Corporate monopoly is part of the wealth inequality in the world. By supporting its removal, the GOP supports Kleptocracy and keeping wealth in the hands of the few, like repealing the inheritance tax.

The Small Business Health Fairness Act (SBHTA) would help with health insurance and might save 50 billion dollars that the Congressional Budget Office  (CBO) mentions. But the rider of capping 250,000 dollars in tort liability and percentage of contingency fees for lawyers is just protection for big business and should have nothing to do with the SBHFA.

In his attempt to sound like this is government as usual, he is ignoring the Russian attack to spread chaos in the nation. He is willing to sit idly by in the investigation into the Russian attack to pass legislation benefiting the people the attack supported, the GOP and the wealthy, while fermenting derision in the less fortunate in America.

This letter is basically an “I know what I am doing and it is for your own good” response. I fully intend to stay engaged with this problem until he and his ilk are out of office and the world is getting better.

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So the fight goes on, Donald Trump rode into the executive office of President on the backs of these people who continue to use the less fortunate to support their lavish lifestyles generation after generation.  We have about thirteen months until we can kick the Congressional support mechanism out from under the Republican party to slow the process, but the battle between the “Haves” and the “Have-nots” will go on as long as the human species exists.

A Personification of Death

 

 

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We are now into the tenth month of the Donald Trump Cabal (not that he has the brains to conceive or run a cabal): strange times, watching for signs and portents. I ran into Death back stage a few months back.  We did not have much to say to each other, which is odd considering the first book of poetry I ever put together was titled “For the Love of Death: the early years”.  I guess it is true what they say “familiarity does breed contempt”.

October Protest

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No charges, no warrants, no  arrests, and no trials yet in the U.S.  This is the most severe test of our supposed checks and balances and almost nine full months into an illegal government, they have not stopped what is happening.  This is my next grain of sand trying to change the angle of repose.  Just forwarded the following to my state representatives.

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“Anybody denying evidence of a Russian Federation intrusion into our electoral process is guilty of either hide-bound stupidity, or aiding and abetting after the fact. The GOP has added to their coffers from foreign sources and this is not open to interpretation, it is being investigated by the Special Council, and I am sure the FEC. I do not even know why I am writing this as I consider my state representatives in the pay of a foreign government.

We need a single payer health insurance in this country. Revising the tax codes under the current plan is graft in the highest form. The estate tax does not need to be removed. The LLC needs to be banned as it has been used by Trump to commit tax fraud since the eighties. Puerto Rico is screaming for relief and statehood. Trump has not instituted the new Russian sanctions as of Oct. 1st.

I am waiting for charges to be filed and warrants issued to all those responsible for this attack on US democracy. Thirteen months until people get a chance to strip the GOP from Congress. People are not going to put up with this, and starting a war with N. Korea or anywhere in the world is not going to make us forget. Vote for Impeachment of Trump/Pence if you have any decency left. Russia and those who helped this attack will be brought to justice.”