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This writer is eighty years old and has spent a half century working with handicapped and deprived people and advocating on their behalf while caring for her own workung-class family. She spends her "Sunset Years" in writing and struggling with The System.
VA Problems Far From New
I am neither shocked nor surprised that the present breaches in the VA system have occured. There is no basis for blaming Obama, or Shinseki, or any other individual who tries to step into the breach to "straighten things out" unless it involves delving into the total operations of the entire system regarding not ony an admissions rate but thoroughness and efficiency.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013(13 comments)
A Bloodless War...
A poem that sadly describes the response of the majority of the American people to the senseless slaughter over the past 12 years.
Thursday, June 20, 2013(17 comments)
The John McCain Fan Club
We raise our voices in opposition to John McCain's attempts to steer our beleaguered nation once more into a needless and unwinnable war. We have one last request for our aged and belligerent hero: Please, John, retire. Take your liberal pension. Go home, sit on the veranda of one of your multi-million dollar mansions, and SHUT THE HELL UP!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013(77 comments)
Sex-Ed For Graybeards
As we watch the all-male commentary on television news that comes to us from the campaign trail, from Congressional hearings on sexual violence, or Sunday sermons from the fundamentalist preachers, almost any woman is moved to ask -- "Whaaaat?"
Friday, May 31, 2013(9 comments)
In The Days Before...Part 4
Back then, the school systems were set up according to "townships." The State was divided by counties which were, in turn, divided into townships and each township maintained a school. These were simple one-room buildings containing desks, a wood-fired heating stove, and either a bell tower or a little hand bell, according to what the district could afford.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013(17 comments)
In The Days Before...Part 3
Today's people may read of the circumstances of "The Days Before," but they cannot be expected to truly understand them. It is possible to survive without welfare, Social Security, and Medicaid, but to those forced to live without them, there is a whole lot of miserable existence which only the heroic among us can survive.
Friday, May 3, 2013(2 comments)
In The Days Before...Part 2
This is the life that those who complain so loudly about "wasteful government spending" would impose on yet another generation of American citizens so that they can play the part of the fat man and make sure that nobody who suffers misfortune ever gets quite what they need.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013(7 comments)
In The Days Before...
I have reached that stage in life where I am ready and willing to accept the title of "Old Crone" and to try to educate our people of "the days before." In this case specifically, of the days before many of the political and social programs which affect our lives today.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013(2 comments)
Is Anybody Really Surprised?
Congress is aghast that our national deficit is so large! Their response has been a long, loud scream of "Stop spending!" Of course, that was after the banks had been bailed out, the stock market made well, and a couple of increases in their own paychecks. Their answer to the problem is to throw thousands of poor and elderly on the funeral pyre so the rich can keep their little hands warm.
Thursday, October 25, 2012(57 comments)
The Naked Truth About Rape
Our modern right-wing politicians rave about establishing "real freedom" for themselves and "smaller government" by "getting the government out of their pockets" while simultaneously trying to destroy the freedom of the female half of the population. No woman should vote for any of them or for those who support them. This is more important than politics.
Friday, July 13, 2012(16 comments)
Falling Through the Cracks
Is it the prevailing theory of the Republicans that this is the way our America should be run? Should we give tax breaks to the filthy rich and let the poor just die because they are not able to do sufficient work to maintain life?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012(5 comments)
The Triple-D Sisterhood
Never mind that most working women are working to support their families due to a disabled, unemployed, or absent husband. If only they could be forced to do what they are supposed to do, the menfolk could straighten things out and solve all the problems. Thus, not only abortion but all forms of birth control must be made unattainable to them.
Thursday, April 12, 2012(3 comments)
The Republicans and the Caterpillar Problem
When asked about the problem of women leaving the Republican Party in large numbers, Reinse Priebus, the executive director of the party, said that, given enough press, the Democrats could accuse them of having a "caterpillar problem," thus minimizing the idea that they even have a problem.
Friday, January 20, 2012(3 comments)
No Going Back...
Can one even imagine the disaster, not only to Kansas and Nebraska but to the world as a whole, should this precious water deposit become fouled by a massive leak of crude oil into its midst? There is nobody who can guarantee that such a leak would never happen and there is not enough money in the world to compensate humanity for its loss.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Newt?? You've Gotta Be Kidding
Newt Gingrich is the same man who suggested that the answer to the problems with finding welfare would be to put all the children into orphanages. "Those who cannot afford to support their children shouldn't be allowed to have them." Shocking and abhorrent? Stay tuned!
Thursday, September 15, 2011(9 comments)
HOW MANY POOR PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW?
We live in a settled land where everything belongs to somebody else; there is no virgin land here for the taking. There are no more frontiers to settle and there is no choice but for those of us to learn to live with one another. We are all in the same boat. The problem is that too many want to stand in the bow and captain the journey while those who man the oars are taken for granted.
Friday, July 29, 2011(15 comments)
The Great American Guilt Trip
It is simply unconscionable to force us to continue to live in suffering and debilitation while refusing us the pittances that allow us to keep body and soul together so that the wealthy can "maintain their lifestyle."
Friday, July 15, 2011(51 comments)
Revolt of the Grannies!
The President tells us that we may not get our Social Security checks if Congress doesn't act. Obviously, he wasn't nurtured by the grannies who will revolt if they find that they must live on the streets and eat from other people's garbage cans because a flock of grown men haven't learned to act like adults.
Monday, February 28, 2011
There is a real life on the other side of the boundary between the haves and the have-nots. The truly privileged may be forgiven for their ignorance but not one who presumes to speak for all the people. Your ignorance is willful and a symbol of your uncaring. It's easy to forget your history when breathing the heady air from the Potomac, but there is a real world out here. And that real world is your responsibility.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011(7 comments)
This Ain't Ike's Grand Old Party
Eisenhower realized that a prosperous America depended on a happy and healthy populace who would be ready and able to mobilize in support of whatever national emergency should arise. Today's Republicans operate on the Golden Rule: He who has the gold -- rules.
Thursday, December 2, 2010(3 comments)
Tell Alan Simpson To Just Shut Up
Those of us with intact memories will recall that Senator Simpson has, from the beginning, been at the forefront of the Republican campaign to repeal every one of the humanitarian measures that have been passed over the years to fight poverty by maintenance of the poor.
Monday, November 29, 2010(6 comments)
HERE'S YOUR HAT -- WHAT'S YOUR HURRY?
We seem to be on the slippery slope that leads to the miseries of the Great Depression and, if the American voters do not wake up to the fact that politics is no longer a game, but a very real war, it will not take long.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
SMALL BUSINESS FOR DUMMIES
As Congress ponders the end of the tax cuts that President Bush initiated early in his tenure, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction in the arguments for and against that are being presented, particularly in the area of "small business" vs. "corporations."
Friday, November 12, 2010(20 comments)
DEBT COMMISSION: A PREDICTABLE OUTCOME
We have reached the end of the road. Bush's bar tab must be paid. The bouncers are ready to break a few kneecaps, and we have no choice but to pay. The leaders of the United States have been on a 10-year power binge but now the bar is closed. While the leaders of the nation want to penny-pinch their way out of the situation, cutting off the flow of food to the kids and the elders will not do it.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010(24 comments)
TO HELL WITH COMPROMISE: THIS IS WAR!
This is no time for diplomatic playing nice. Anything that might have been accomplished in the next Congressional session will be less than satisfactory due to the increased strength of the opposition. It will take a strong stand by both the Senate and the President in order to make any progress. If that does not happen, we need a Plan B.
Sunday, October 24, 2010(15 comments)
IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT?
If the Republicans take the majority in Congress this year, we can't expect anything at all to be accomplished during the next two years. We will be in a state of doldrums so that economic conditions will, at the end of those two years, be as bad as they were at the end of Hoover's term.
Sunday, September 19, 2010(24 comments)
TEAR DOWN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
If we allow this union between the religious right and the extremely wealthy to succeed in taking over our country, none of our sacred documents will mean a thing. In that case, we may as well tear down the Statue of Liberty, burn the Constitution, and stack the Declaration with the other books of fairy tales.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010(41 comments)
With Friends Like These
It's time to put on our Big Boy pants, roll up our sleeves and get out the vote for Our Side. Just remember that it took eight years for George Bush to tear down the nation we knew and loved, and it was silly of us to expect Barack Obama to re-assemble it in less than two years.
Friday, August 6, 2010(4 comments)
THE WHITE HOT URGENCY OF NOW
We, as progressive Americans, must not allow the dream to die. We must ever be conscious that there are no time outs when our children are hungry. Our elected officials must know there is no campaign season trip home when the nation is bleeding.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010(15 comments)
SO YOU WANT TO CUT SPENDING?
Taxes are the only option for increased income but the Republicans do not choose to offend the wealthy by allowing the overly-generous tax cut which President Bush allowed them to die a natural death as it was intended to do.
Monday, June 21, 2010(30 comments)
PROGRESSIVES: WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?
If we do not get behind the President whom, by our super-human efforts, we were able to elect, then we wasted our time and his, and can look forward to another administration even worse than the last.
Saturday, May 1, 2010(14 comments)
WHERE IS THE PATRIOTISM?
Are we still "supporting our troops"? Hardly! The only thing the protesters have to offer is to "cut spending," "cut taxes," and to question President Obama's birth certificate! Where is all that patriotism? What happened to supporting the Commander-in-Chief in time of war, regardless?
Sunday, March 21, 2010(23 comments)
THE REAL LEGACY OF GEORGE W. BUSH
Together we can banish that Ogre of the Bush Legacy, shine the brave light of day on our fears and realize that we have been left with the greatest gift of the Bush Legacy -- "Thank God it's over!"
Monday, March 15, 2010(2 comments)
A Gathering of Vultures
As the Liberals in Congress struggle against the Party-of-No Republicans and the Blue Dog DINOs, the people in the lower economic level are being picked of the last flesh on their living bones by the circling vultures.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010(6 comments)
THE REAL AMERICAN EMERGENCY
Keeping the current system to protect the private insurance industry can only duplicate the results of the "too big to fail" bank bailouts. If they have become so greedy that they must continue to fatten their pockets with the life-blood of the people of America, perhaps their "failure" would benefit the future of America.
Sunday, February 28, 2010(8 comments)
TP THE REPUBLICANS
While we can't afford to show up at demonstrations at the Capitol or even a Tea Party on a court house lawn, most of us can afford one small sheet off the roll to make our wishes known.
Sunday, February 14, 2010(15 comments)
WHO ARE THE "PROGRESSIVES"?
We will go on doing what we do, trying to scratch out a living from our poor endeavors, living as long as whatever god we believe in decrees for us, allowing you to demean us at every opportunity as the "lower class" and a "drag on society" while giving you our offspring for cannon fodder in your wars of acquisition.
Sunday, October 25, 2009(9 comments)
LET THEM FILIBUSTER!
Those bills should be brought to the floor in the state prepared by the respective committees and then allow the floor debates to be aired on C-Span. The benefits for the American people will be enormous.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009(2 comments)
VISITING GRANNY GRUNDY
The beauty of my beloved prairie was blinding, reminding me of my continuing fight to save my vision. What if I could never again see the clusters of golden flowers blooming beside the road?
Friday, September 18, 2009(5 comments)
Now I Know Why Mama Cried
I stood at the curb and watched the vehicle carrying my last connection with my family away down the street and perhaps never to be seen again -- and I know why Mama cried.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009(2 comments)
OF ELEPHANTS AND BLUE DOGS
With more layoffs, more foreclosures, and more hungry and homeless, there truly is a "national emergency" and, as such, it justifies a presidential declaration to that effect and Executive Orders to personnel in Health and Welfare. This could include loosening the eligibility standards on income for food stamps and Medicaid to reflect the true cost of living for the disabled, the unemployed, and uninsured.
Friday, July 17, 2009(4 comments)
Living Rich And Crying Poor
the productive people of our society, found the money to "bail out" the bankers and were repaid by having their loans denied as all the money found its way into those same offshore banks and foreign corporations.
Saturday, July 4, 2009(3 comments)
What's in YOUR Wallet?
With the news of the banking bailout fresh in my mind, I was not shocked when I was notified by my credit card company that my interest rate was going to go up. Thinking ahead, I was prepared to obtain the money elsewhere and to pay it off when the change was made. Now it seems not to be quite so simple.
Saturday, June 27, 2009(7 comments)
DIGITIZED MEDICAL RECORDS WOULD SAVE LIVES
I would prefer that my medical identification number be available right alongside my other identification so that one trip to the computer would allow any medical facility or physician immediate access to my medical history, in full, and thus be better equipped to provide the needed care while also "doing no harm," which could lead to my unnecessary demise.
Saturday, June 13, 2009(23 comments)
Don't Look Now, Mr. President
Those of us who still cling to the hope with which we sent you to that Oval Office want to see you taking an active part in the off-year elections of 2010. Forget the old Party war-horses who have grown into a sense of entitlement -- help us to get a few more of them replaced with fresh minds and fresh ideas to match your own.
Saturday, June 6, 2009(27 comments)
LISTEN UP, BUSTER
We, the people, are sick and tired of hearing that "single payer is off the table" in the same breath with "health care reform." Attempting to "repair" a broken-down old vehicle without considering the possibility of a replacement as an alternative simply makes no financial sense. The same is true with trying to repair our broken health system.
Monday, June 1, 2009(10 comments)
The Political Future
With each election, as more young people are inspired to public service and more war veterans return home with the determination that nothing like the George Bush administration ever happens again, we will become "a more perfect union." Then and only then will we be able to proudly boast of the government which was visualized by the Founders in forming our precious Constitution.
Monday, March 2, 2009(2 comments)
Don't Sell Kathleen Short
Go with our love, Kathleen! And in the words of the late, great Tip O'Neill, "Never forget where you came from and who sent you here." In addition, if they don't treat you right, come on back home! We love you.
Sunday, February 15, 2009(18 comments)
They Still Don't Get It
The point that the complainers still just don't get is that Barack Obama was not elected to the presidency simply because we wanted to get rid of the Bushes by changing the person in the White House. The "revolution" was not only against George Bush; it was against the "business as usual" of the Washington culture.
Sunday, February 8, 2009(10 comments)
The Truth about Your Income Tax
Do not listen to those calamity-riers who are bellowing for a "fair tax" which will further shift the "burden" from the backs of the wealthy, or even to those who tout a "value-added tax" which will radically increase the price of everything that we buy. They tell us, "This would be so easy that you won't even realize that you are being taxed," but what they mean is that THEY won't be paying their fair share.
Sunday, January 18, 2009(9 comments)
WHADDAYA GONNA DO?
Whaddya gonna do when you've gone about as far as you can go? You want to open a window and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!" -- but, where you live there is nobody to hear you. Go ahead, yell your fool head off but there are none to hear and, if anybody does, they don't care.
Thursday, January 15, 2009(2 comments)
THE VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM
Our new President may understand us due to his own childhood poverty but, mostly, due to his work with poor communities in Chicago. However, it remains to be seen whether he can infuse all the congress and the bureaucrats with this understanding so that they can work effectively at solving some of the problems with which we are beset.
Friday, January 9, 2009(4 comments)
The Necessary Remedy
The one thing that has been destroyed by the foolhardy folks who have been running our lives is the faith that Americans used to have. Faith that candidates would at long last keep their promises. Faith that they really care how painfully hard the national serfs must work and how their concerns about personal security weigh upon their minds.
Sunday, December 21, 2008(2 comments)
A NEW WIND BLOWING
US citizens need universal health care and they need it now. What they do NOT need is yet another "commission" of very important people who will sit around for a year or two listening to lectures and instruction by a crew of insurance company officials and announce at last another plan to lubricate those same insurance companies with more of the taxpayers' money.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008(11 comments)
FEARING THE FRIGHTFUL FILIBUSTER
During the last Congressional session, all the Republicans had to do was to threaten to filibuster and Speaker Pelosi would not even allow a vote in the House because the Senate could not muster the required 60-vote majority for cloture. She would announce that, "We just don't have the votes in the Senate," then roll over like a spanked puppy, and pee on the floor!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Worm's-Eye View of the Debate
If Warren Buffet sees fit to complain that his tax rate is too low for the privileges he has enjoyed and the prosperity he has had the opportunity to earn, surely old Joe the Plumber would be able to do the same. We can only hope that he will then be prepared to pay the proper homage to the nation that provided him with the chance to become truly wealthy and that his mindset can mature to the point that he will do it proudly.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Debate From the Great Fly-Over
During the entire debate, the whole performance of McCain was a bit off and off-putting. He behaved like nothing but a churlish old man, insisting that his way is the only way and you young whipper-snappers had better accept his wisdom, based on his vast experiences from 50 years ago.
Friday, October 3, 2008(6 comments)
Where is Justice?
As a small voice from the back of the room, I have one question regarding the discovery of the illiquidity of all the huge corporate conglomerates who have taken over the finances of this ostensibly democratic nation -- When is somebody going to jail?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
There is not one candidate in the major parties who has any real empathy for the "lower-class" of American workers or those retirees who have to live on their Social Security stipend. When their zillionaire buddies screw up their businesses and are in danger of going broke, there is all sorts of sympathy and we are told that we should pay still more taxes to bail them out. Why should we?
Saturday, September 13, 2008(3 comments)
Sarah Palin Simply Does Not Matter
Governor Palin should realize that she is trying to play in the Big Leagues now and being named as the vice-Presidential candidate is not on the same level as winning Miss America. In the grand presidential scheme of things, Palin simply does not matter. She is as much "a decorator accent" as Britney Spear's dog.