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Posted by Josephine On Aug 18, 2010 - 12:01 PM

It is sickening to hear all the flack about ground zero, and that building a Muslim Center disrespects the lives lost on 9/11, 10 years ago. All distractions from the serious business of governing and who will continue to govern after November's election. The GOP has stirred up every kind of fear a political party can muster: fear of economic collapse, fear of saddling our children with debt,(this is a real concern but we can work out of it if we work TOGETHER) fear of another jihad attack, fear of immigrants, fear that our president is not a citizen, fear of socialism, communism and whatever else they can pull out of their ugly hat. I do believe we are in grave danger, danger to our way of life and our survival as a constitutional democracy. The danger we face comes from within. It is the very powerful corporate structure that rules this country! It is the soulless corporation that doesn't care about the middle class, about education, about the well being of our citizens. Many of the tea party folks who are sincere should be protesting this real enemy rather that fighting against their own self interest. Unless they are among the top 5 percent of this country's earners, they are screwing themselves.

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The economy, politics and social security

Posted by Josephine On Aug 11, 2010 - 05:06 PM

Isn't it curious that much is being made of the fact that this year, for the first time since 1983, SSA will be paying out more than it is collecting from paychecks. I don't remember any headlines when more was being collected than was distributed for senior citizens. Since this is a trust fund, the fat years were intended to pay for the lean years. But our politicians used SS surpluses as part of the governments general income and now we are once again accused of ruing the future of our country's youth because entitlements (a dirty word) are such a large part of our budget. I would like to remind our fellow citizens that those of us who are over 65 years of age have contributed mightily to our country. You can take it from fighting wars to working hard to establish community. We did this with our bodies and our money. (Are young people aware that we still have money taken out of our meager SS check for medicare? We have been given very little free of charge). Now, when the "haves" are having a little less, they want us to pick up the slack and make more sacrifices. If you were to ask most seniors, they would not mind raising the retirement age for healthy seniors but for God's sake, stop talking about senior citizens like they are greedy geezers looking for a handout. We've given our life for our families and by extension our country. I think we deserve to be protected so that we don't fall through the cracks.

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A Continuing Commentary on Aging

Posted by Josephine On Jun 11, 2010 - 01:19 PM

All too often we, human beings value things once they’re gone. That notion occurred to me when I retired in 1997 and it was for that reason, I embarked on a way of life that would not only value what I was walking into but would try to share that with others. After all, I was retiring from a job, not from life. That is the reason I set up a web site dedicated to showcasing all the good things present in an extended old age. The Bill of Rights posted on this site to the right of this blog is the doctrine I adopted, drafted in figurative language.

My reason for the figurative language is not only because I love poetry but so that each item could encompass more that it says. Poetic language doesn't tell us something, it points in the direction of meaning.  For example,

 

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We Need a Level Playing Field

Posted by Josephine On May 24, 2010 - 04:32 PM

When I think of what’s happening to our country, I could cry.  I dare not start for the sadness would be too intense.  How did we ever allow so few people to control the destiny and wellbeing of our country.  All the money that middle class people lost, is not evaporated into thin air, not burned to ashes.  Sure some of it is down the pleasure drain but a lot of it is piled high in the coffers of about 15 % of the people.  These are the same people who have no compassion or care for the well-being or health of the rest of us, despite the disingenuous protestations that we are saddling our grandchildren with great debt.  If they are so concerned why don’t they give the IRS a bonus of say 5% of whatever they earned over and above what they made 2 years ago. They would still have enough, not only to live on but to generate jobs that are so important to the health and well-being of our people.  That would get us out of hock pretty fast.

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Questioning the Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform

Posted by Josephine On Mar 26, 2010 - 02:02 PM

The following is a letter I sent the Chicago Tribune and it will be printed in the Tuesday,

March 30, 2010 issue.

 It is unreasonable to assume that one individual will never need health care services.  The Constitution does not protect the right of individuals to sponge off their fellow citizens. If an insurance pool is constituted for the benefit of  individuals and not for the benefit of stock holders and if it is to be financially viable, it must have everyone in the pool, rich, poor, healthy and sick, young and old.  Since individuals move freely from state to state, it is an interstate issue.  Republicans want tort reform of frivolous suits, let them consider this kind of threat as the most politically frivolous of claims.  They need to stop playing games and decide to participate in governing this great nation.

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