I took a page out of the Dave Matthews book with the title of this post. If your a fan of the band, you’ll get it. If not, sometimes when they can’t come up with a good title they just call it the number song they wrote.
Since I last posted some brain dribble our government passed some fairly historical legislation. I have to say I’m happy our country has decided to take a step in the right direction to provide a basic need for all Americans and not just those who can afford it. Sadly though, I feel it’s a baby step. I have no party affiliations, and I’m registered to one but I am of a full independent mindset. My problem with the current bill, is that it’s not good enough. It’s not good enough because the silly children who operate in the US government all have different agendas. Sadly, those agendas don’t put the best interests of the majority of heir constituents first. In my honest, struggling middle class opinion, our elected officials only have themselves and their retirement pensions first.
I do not think the new health care bill covers enough or provides enough or does enough. I think we need to look at what our friends in England and Canada and use what they have as a blueprint. Spare me your scare tactic crap about quality of care. The people in those nations are doing fine. We are America and we are the richest nation in the world and we need to put our money where our mouths are. We can do better, if there is a better. We can spend a few less dollars invading other countries and put that money into the people that live here. Money seems to flow to the major corporations that pay for campaigns and then to the “retired” politicians after their “service” is done.
Funny how that service never gets done. Why do multi-millionaire and even billionaire’s ever get into politics. They have power already. The answer seems simple. These super rich and elite are protecting their interests. Some ideas to return the government to the people are as follows:
- Term limits (3 of any kind in any order but includes senate, congress, potus so do 1 of each to reach your 3)
- No tenures or pensions (unless they participate in a 401k like the rest of us). Although they do protect those that steal from 401k’s. Let them buy the same retirement plans as the rest of us.
- Participate in Social Security. Maybe if they’re non-pension asses paid in like the rest of us, they might do a better job of protecting it.
- No more pay raises unless the will of the people says so. I tried voting my own raise at work at I was not obliged. Matter of fact, I took a pay cut 18 months ago and still haven’t gotten it back.
- No more “socialized” free health care for legislators. They can buy their own just like the rest of us.
- Abide by the same laws as the rest of us. Think if one of us yelled “baby killer” in a courtroom or house floor we would have been able to walk out without a free pair of bracelets and an escort?
These are just a few ideas. Really the goal is to stop the money trails of lobbyists and indirect or direct pay offs.
Alright, there’s my political rant for a while. Just my opinions here. I don;t think we need big government or full on true capitalism. I think we need a balanced mixture of both where everyone has the best interests of the country and people they serve. Stop buying bombs and whatever else your biggest contributors are selling and start simple. Like say, books. Pump up our education system and you’ll see the economy get better. It all starts there.
Soon my site will be getting a badly needed makeover, I look forward to unveiling it. I also look forward to a week off work ad seeing many friends and family along the way. So if you live in Birmingham or Atlanta, we’ll be in your neck of the woods.
Until then, and in the spirit of my post, here is a fitting song by Mr. Folds. I promise I listen to other performers. This song just fits.