The Working Man and Woman Blues

 

The circumstances today for the working man are not good. The financial crisis has caused 401k plans to dwindle and that’s only if you are fortunate to have an employer that set them up.

Health care is and has been a much debated subject. Remember when Hillary Clinton wanted universal health care. The big Insurance lobby made a stand second to none and made everyone think this was a bad idea. What has happened since is a crime. Health care for the indigent and the working man and woman of America have been taking it on the chin ever since.
The health care insurance costs have risen
enough that average people cannot afford the basics of health care coverage.

Retirement incomes are reduced significantly for those who have the luxury of health insurance with retirement. The incomes in some cases have been reduced by 25%; and that’s a conservative estimate. The insurance provided for most retirees is only a supplemental policy while Medicare picks up the lion’s share of the costs. Guess who ends up paying that bill? We do!

Emergency rooms are filled with people who need care but cannot get it anywhere else. This costs the tax payer through deferred payments to hospitals and through more expensive sites for care. The bottom line is that insurance companies make big profits while we go without health care. If McCain gets elected, we heard in the debate, he will give a tax break of Five Thousand dollars to purchase health care. This is wrong because most insurance companies won’t cover pre-existing conditions; so the tax credit won’t help if you are already being treated for something.

What we need is access to care at all levels without restrictions. Employers and Small Business need a way to contribute to insurance that is not cost prohibitive. I am tired, as are all working people, of the lies and the spin put on the real issues affecting our lives daily. It’s time for “Truth or Consequences”.

We are being warned almost daily about the fiscal mess the nation is in. David Walker, former comptroller in our US General Accounting Office, has been warning us for years about the future and gives facts and figures to back it up. Mr. Walker was the Comptroller in the GAO for 15 years. One of his warnings to Congress and George Bush was the April 2001 Testimony to the Congress about the 1.6 Trillion tax cut for the rich one percent of our nation. Mr. Walker said, “It can swamp our future fiscal picture and return us to the days of growing deficits if we are not prudent about our actions today.” At that time the Republicans controlled the US House and Senate and did until 2007.The working American does not have time or the education, in many cases, to find out the truth and contact their Congressman. These people in office (Republicans) know this and spin their web information accordingly.

We see a dictator like administration taking over some of our nations’ banks and we see stocks going down and our pension portfolios shrinking; that is if you’re lucky enough to have one. The credit crunch has left many on the street with no home and many others unable to purchase a home. It’s no wonder we have the blues.
The health care costs, jobs going to other countries, devalued currency, bailouts of the people who ripped us off and the cost of groceries and necessities going out of sight. 
“I’ve got the blues.”

Young people don’t know what happened in the 1930’s. I don’t remember either, but greed and avarice played just as much a part in the Great Depression as now. They have listened to the rhetoric without question; no wonder we have had this Missouri and Washington fiasco. We have been deceived wholesale. “I’ve got the blues.” What is it about the GOP that they think the only people to represent are their friends? One of the factors is they use tax rhetoric and other emotional issues to distract us from the real issues. They know government only runs on tax dollars.
Working men and women should have the blues because they are paying the big end of the taxes and to take care of their families they must work two and in some cases three jobs.
“We’ve got the blues.”
We want our share of the pie for a change.  We are tired of empty promises and double speak. “We’re mad as Hell and we will not take it anymore”. We’re tired of the division in our country brought on by Republicans and the so-called Moral Majority. It’s time we started responding to the bigots, hypocrites’, untruths
and those using various excuses for prejudice.
The voters need to take a hard look at how Congressman Jo Ann Emerson’s votes in Congress. You are likely to be surprised. Also Peter Kinder needs to be scrutinized with a magnifier. Is he in the closet? Kinder’s negative ads make me sick. I know him from previous service. Kinder’s opponent, Sam Page is a decent and honorable man.

 

 

 

back it up. Mr. Walker was the Comptroller in the GAO for 15 years. One of his warnings to Congress and George Bush was the April 2001 Testimony to the Congress about the 1.6 Trillion tax cut for the rich one percent of our nation. Mr. Walker said, “It can swamp our future fiscal picture and return us to the days of growing deficits if we are not prudent about our actions today.” At that time the Republicans controlled the US House and Senate and did until 2007.The working American does not have time or the education, in many cases, to find out the truth and contact their Congressman. These people in office (Republicans) know this and spin their web information accordingly.

We see a dictator like administration taking over some of our nations’ banks and we see stocks
going down and our pension portfolios shrinking;
that is if you’re lucky enough to have one. The credit crunch has left many on the street with no home and many others unable to purchase a home. It’s no wonder we have the blues.
The health care costs, jobs going to other countries, devalued currency, bailouts of the people who ripped us off and the cost of groceries and necessities going out of sight.  “I’ve got the blues.”

Young people don’t know what happened in the 1930’s. I don’t remember either, but greed and avarice played just as much a part in the Great Depression as now. They have listened to the rhetoric without question; no wonder we have had this Missouri and Washington fiasco. We have been deceived wholesale. “I’ve got the blues.” What is it about the GOP that they think the only people to represent are their friends? One of the factors is they use tax rhetoric and other emotional issues to distract us from the real issues. They know government only runs on tax dollars.

Working men and women should have the blues because they are paying the big end of the taxes and to take care of their families they must work two and in some cases three jobs. “We’ve got the blues.”
We want our share of the pie for a change.  We are tired of empty promises and double speak. “We’re mad as Hell and we will not take it anymore”. We’re tired of the division in our country brought on by Republicans and the so-called Moral Majority. It’s time we started

Gandhi replied, 'Oh, I don't reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.'


'Be the change you want to see in the world,' Mahatma Gandhi

 

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        JERRY T. HOWARD