Because I’m sick of all the Tiger Woods hoopla (I mean, really! Who cares? It’s getting old!), let’s talk about something else. Like President Barack Obama and this Nobel Peace Prize debacle.
He received the award why? I still do not understand it. Meanwhile, he’s sending more troops overseas, a move he criticized former president George W. Bush for doing.
30,000 U.S. troops are being deployed to Afghanistan and our president is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Oh, the irony. I laugh at thee.
I can still remember all the anti-war rhetoric he spewed, and now suddenly he’s defending this war. Is it because he’s in the hot seat? Because he’s trying to play left and right field? Mr. President, I hope you have two well fitting gloves.
I do not support war unless it is absolutely necessary. My brother spent many long months in Kuwait two years ago and I humbly support our troops 100%. I understand that our troops are working to help the Afghan people and to bring order their country. However, I’m thinking you have to eat a lot of crow right now. You are “obligated to protect and defend the United States” and yet you attacked your predecessor for doing the same damn thing?
I have been trying, for weeks, to get out my thoughts on the Obama Healthcare Bill. I’ve rewritten my post several times. I never found the “right” words.
But OHMommy? OH how wonderful and right and true her post is. And the best part is she declares herself not a Republican or Democrat, not a conservative or liberal, but a concerned American. Just as I am concerned with the fate of this country, and it’s health care debacles, we need all Americans to be just as concerned.
In my own post, which I may or may not publish (still think it’s missing something) I wrote a sentence in which I say:
When thinking about all the people I’ve met and spoken with about why they voted for Obama, so many have said that they want better health care options, they want all people to be insured and to receive health care coverage.
My question is, do they want better health care coverage and access and choices? Or do they just want the government to foot the bill? Because really? Government footing the bill equals taxpayers footing the bill which then means the middle class is strapped with the bill. Don’t tell me that’s not true. You know it’s true. Are the rich really going to pay for the rest of America to have health coverage? We can’t ask the poor, or those who cannot afford coverage to pay for it, now can we?
And then another thought comes to mind. How many people will take advantage of this “free” government funded taxpayer funded health care package, causing more finacial strife in this already shitty economy? All for cheap, low-quality health care coverage? Seriously?
Why do some Americans believe they can have health care coverage and not have to pay for it? Remember, someone else is paying for it, and it sure ain’t Barack Obama or Congress or any other politician. It’s my dime, and your dime (if you pay taxes), that pays for this health care bill. And I’m sorry, but I’m not going to pay for shitty coverage. WHY? Because, I do that already.
This country needs to do something about health care, but socialized medicine is NOT the answer. There needs to be structure and competition and these multi-billion dollar insurance companies need regulation so that all Americans can be covered and eligible. They are making money hand over fist, and still people who need health care are not being covered for various “reasons” that I swear these insurance companies make up as they go along.
I’m so frustrated about the direction this country seems to be going in. This is the land of the free, yes, but that doesn’t mean we get whatever we want for free.
Whatever happened to working hard and paying our own way? My parents didn’t raise me to take advantage of the system. I’m not talking about those Americans who truly need those benefits and programs. I’m talking about those who abuse the system. (I know several. They openly admit to not working so they can reap the benefits of Medicaid and food stamps and low-income housing and only work for cash to avoid paying taxes. One of these people even gets a tax return, and she doesn’t pay taxes. How is that possible?)
Speaking of “the land of the free,” perhaps we should we change our motto to “the land of the government ruled?”
I agree with OHMommy when she says, “Hey, President Obama. I want the same health care plan that you and Congress are getting.”
I used to work for a company called Travel Guard International, based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It’s a travel insurance company that protects travelers from most of the things that go wrong on a trip. Cancellations due to illness or injury, trip interruptions due to inclement weather, baggage loss due to airline incompetence, etc. Many readers have probably purchased this insurance.
The job was wonderful for the first few years. But when AIG bought Travel Guard, things were quite different. Management was quite different.
The merger brought many changes and problems and ultimately I’d had enough. I was no longer an employee of a small town company with a national and international client base. I became an AIG employee and I hated it.
There are many other reasons why I quit, but some of them are too private to share and I really don’t want to rehash it three years later. Not only that, they do sell a great product. I use it whenever I fly. It’s just too bad that the management, well… sucks.
After AIG received bailout money from that fabulous government we have, Travel Guard dropped the AIG name. I’m think it was because Travel Guard CEO (and original owner of the company), John Noel, was embarrassed by the big corporation’s schemes and bad dealings. Of course I’m merely speculating because the local newspaper reported that PR exec Dan McGinnity stated the Travel Guard name sold more insurance than the AIG brand.
Go figure. AIG has a bad name? Insert sarcasm here.
[But] aviation liability insurance is different. It is activated by a finding of negligence on the part of an airline. If there is no negligence, then arguably there is no liability, and no obligation to pay claims.That poses a problem for the passengers of US Airways Flight 1549. They suffered real losses and injuries, but they are widely perceived as having been saved from sudden, violent death by their heroic and quick-thinking flight crew, led by Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger.
While I’m sure the passengers of the flight are grateful to Capt. Sullenberger for saving their lives, they still suffered many injuries and inconveniences. They lost luggage and laptops and other valuables that, yes, can be replaced, and should be replaced by the airline’s insurance company.
When I worked with claims at Travel Guard, the company insured some of these items at face value minus depreciation. I don’t think the passengers are asking for too much by requesting reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for lost or damaged luggage and electronic items.
AIG needs to belly up to the bar of responsibility and buy a damn drink. They’ve got government money they so desperately needed (again, sarcasm) to stay afloat and pay outstanding claims (or maybe it was to pay all those billionaire salaries?). Now they’re going to bulk and screw over the very people paying for that damn bailout?
I’m so mad I could spit nails. Thank God, I don’t work for that company any longer.
I’m in favor of funding birth control pills and other contraceptives, because I believe God would prefer BC over ending the lives of a millions of babies. I’m only bringing God into the equation because my opposition is constantly calling me a crazy, right-wing, religious nut.
If you search through my archives on abortion, I’ve never used religion or God in the abortion debate — mainly because religion is irrelevant. Whether or not you believe in God, abortion still ends lives.
I’m getting really sick and tired of the government funding of Planned Parenthood, meanwhile independent organizations like Birth Right are often left to raise money through private donations. At least birth right is independent, interdenominational, and not affiliated with any religious or political group or public agency.
Birthright isn’t in the business of promoting (re: making money from) abortion. I fully believe that Planned Parenthood needs restructuring. Too often their practices are found to be involved in scandal. It’s like PP is in cahoots with the pro-choice movement. When I saw the video below, I grew even angrier.
Dana began her Mom career in 2004 with the birth of her first son, Dawson, aka The Doodlebug, and little brother, Owen, was born in 2009. She spends her days putting out fires, climbing mountains and chasing monsters. More About Dana.
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