I don’t even know where to start. I’m so tired of all of this. Some of you know about our financial problems. Some more than others. I’m tired of trying to stay positive. I’m tired of working and jumping through hoops and seeing no results. It seems like it’s one bad thing after another and just when I think it can’t get worse, it does. I’m tired of having the same complaints, prayer requests, and needs. I feel like a broken record. I feel ashamed. I feel angry. If we get to do anything fun I feel like I have to justify/explain it. The tickets were a gift, someone else paid for it, christmas present…We don’t pay for cable, we don’t have a gym membership, we don’t go out to eat, we don’t go to movies, we by cheaper food, we stay in, we have one old falling apart car, we don’t buy fancy clothes, I haven’t gone to the salon even though my hair needs a trim….the list could go on and yet I feel like it isn’t enough. I’m running out of things to cut or go without. I’m tired of living this way. I’m tired of needing help. I feel like a mooch. I am so thankful to anyone who has helped us and feel bad that our situation hasn’t improved. I’m tired of people who have no idea what it’s like to be in our shoes offering up platitudes and cliches or getting on my case for my attitude. I’m just tired. We didn’t get paid as much on our last paycheck so rent was already going to be a struggle. Today our tire went out. We’ll be about $50 dollars short on rent and have nothing left for food or gas until the 15th but of course the middle of the month brings a new set of bills. If Dustin doesn’t get a teaching job this season I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do. I’m drowning.
"You know when you talk to older couples who, you know, have been in love for thirty or forty or fifty years, right? It’s always the guy who says ‘I knew.’
I knew. Right from the beginning.”
ObamaCare in a sentence: To insure the uninsured, we first make the insured uninsured and then make
them pay more to be insured again, so the original uninsured can be insured for free.
According to Democrats,hardworking Middle-class Americans are knuckleheads and liars.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, it seems that Democrats at this point are simply struggling so much to make the “Affordable” Healthcare Act seem like a success that their only resort is to diminish those who haven’t bought it yet and call those who complain about its horrors liars. I can hardly think of a more disgraceful act from a politician. Perhaps we need to write them to remember that they are our representative leadership. They do not get to tell us what we can and can’t afford, nor do they get to criticize us for the economic hardships they have sent us into. I would encourage everyone, whether or not you have healthcare / whether or not you agree with the Healthcare Act, write to Madame President and Mr. Senate Majority Leader to remind them that this is still considered a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. If the people are unhappy, their job is to meet our needs, not criticize us in our sufferings.
First, to Mrs. Obama, I agree that many young people can act like knuckleheads at times. However, I also believe that most of these college-aged knuckleheads as you called them are between the ages of 18 and 22. Therefore, they are still on their parents’ insurance as you pointed out for us on the Tonight Show. So, the young people who do not have insurance are those over the age of 26. Now, I will be 32 this summer and I think teaching ages me almost as much as it keeps me young, but I think I’m still a young person. I went to college. I got a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate (in two separate subjects). The economy wasn’t paying out good jobs, so I got my master’s degree (with a 3.91 GPA - while working two part time jobs by the way). The economy continued to be bad. So, I broadened my job search and we moved. I worked one year, but the bad economy struck again and that went away. So, I got certified to teach in a second state (still in two subjects). I currently work two part-time teaching jobs with tutoring jobs on the side. Our finances are so tight that I’m looking to pick up an evening job at McDonald’s. This is just to keep us out of the gaping financial hole over which we are dangling. So, despite the extra work I’ve been taking on we cannot afford healthcare. You may ask yourself why this is. The best explanation is that the financial aid is based on last years taxes. The problem is that last year, I still had a full-time job making $40K per year. Now, I’m working several part time jobs and the combined income is less than half of that. On top of that, the plans that cost less than $5o per month (BTW It doesn’t matter if that’s less than the cost of gym shoes - as I try to spend closer to $20 and make them last as many years as I can - duct taping them if needed) - but these cheap plans are not direct discounted, they are tax credits. In other words, you had better be ready to pay upwards of $500 per month out of pocket for the better part of the year before the tax credits come back. On top of that, the majority of these plans have $12,000 deductibles - - WAIT, WHAT??? You mean I have to pay $12K out of pocket before the insurance covers anything? What’s the point? I’d be bankrupt and homeless before I am able to pay that much in ten years’ time, let alone one. So, I’m sorry some people strike you as immature knuckleheads, Madame President. I assure you that we desperately wish we could have health care coverage. We simply don’t have the room in the budget for it. I’m not a knucklehead, I just can’t afford the newly affordable health care.
Next, to Congressman Reid, I can hardly believe what I am hearing. I’m really rather sick of hearing about the Koch brothers. I don’t deny that they may have some hidden agenda, as the majority of rich people in this country do. However, you all in Congress need to accept that the facts are in. The “Affordable” Healthcare Act has NOT made healthcare more affordable, just as you were warned it wouldn’t. Deductibles have skyrocketed, just as you were told they were. Premiums have stayed steady or gone up (I don’t count tax credits as a deduction / lowering) just as you were warned they would. Finally, despite being promised not just once, but countless times, by everyone from the President himself to the Democratic leadership that those who liked their coverage could keep it, millions of Americans have lost their plans and been forced to find Obama-care plans - - just as you all were warned would happen. What is the end result of all this?? As many economists, advisors, and generally rational human beings told you several times, all of the above-mentioned issues affect the other areas of health care provision that are outside of insurance. Pharmaceutical costs are going up, doctors and hospitals are opting to not accept ObamaCare plans, and people are facing higher out of pocket costs. Those who are fortunate enough to have coverage are facing drastic decreases in quality of care. The poor who cannot afford coverage are being placed on Medicare / Medicaid type plans that are even worse. Those of us in the Middle Class are once again left in the dust. We cannot budget the expenses of coverage, but our starting incomes are high enough to be denied help (for your income checkers do not account for the years of struggling, mountains of debt, or hardships of taxes).
Specifically to Mr. Majority Leader, the least you can do is apologize to that poor woman whom you called a liar and spokesperson, despite the fact that news media fact checkers were able to quickly verify her story in minutes. However, perhaps we shouldn’t blame you directly. Perhaps you simply used the same fact-checkers that told you ObamaCare would succeed. To everyone else in Congress, Republican and Democrat alike, you are our representatives. You listen to our voices and serve our needs, not the other way around.
Finally to the American voters, election time draws near. It is time we woke up and realized that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have fixed the problems this country has faced in the last 30-40 years. Don’t be fooled by their lies, their money, their fancy ads, or their eloquent platitudes. AMERICA IS NOT A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM. IT’S NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION, THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, OR EVEN THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION.
In fact, George Washington said “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” (In other words, politics dominated by part dissension and revenge will amount to nothing more than despotism).
Also, John Adams had this to say “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
So, get out there this year and express your right to vote, but don’t feel forced to be stuck with either Reps or Dems.
My 2 cents: If you’re a libtard, you need to get your head out of your ass and start using your brain. We need to get these morons out of Washington ASAP and start trying to undo the damage they have done and are continuing to do to our country. They are an insult to this nation and its people
3x01 / 8x01
Get your bazingas out.
“THE HUMANS DO IT ALL THE TIME, IT MEANS YOU’RE A GOOD BOY.”