Thursday, March 10, 2005

Quick Look at Current Issues

OK - two quick things:

1. Make sure, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you or a loved one never ever gets a debilitating illness that requires an extensive hospital stay or surgeries; don't ever go through a long period of job loss or lose your insurance; and don't ever get divorced and get behind the 8-ball. The government has decided that the credit card companies are far more important than the American public, especially those on the lower tiers of the economic scale. They are ready to take away your right to bankruptcy protection. No one likes bankruptcy, but it's been there to help those in need if they must go down that road. Just say B'Bye, now...and make sure you never end up in a position where it may have helped you keep from having to decide between whether to have food, shelter, or meds.

2. Why is it the government doesn't understand the lack of interest in joining the service? Now, before you bust me for busting on this, know that I am a vet of not just one branch of the service, but two, and I would go back in right now if I could. But here's the deal: no support, no equipment, poor pay, cuts to the VA and military retirement benefits, an unjust war with no end in sight and over 1500 dead so far... need I go on? How long before you think the "read my lips, no new draft" is going to go the way of "read my lips, no new taxes?" The little acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

Ahhh, I've just got my knickers in a twist. Some of this stuff just seems so elemental. What's to figure out??

Friday, March 04, 2005

Martha is Back on the Streets

So...Martha has done her time.

I usually don't talk about these kinds of current events issues, but this one just seemed to be worth mentioning. I have to wonder if she really learned anything while she was in there about "real people?" Women who don't have huge bank accounts to tap into at any time; no portfolio to diversify; probably no job to go back to, kids to feed, health issues, family members with problems, poor living conditions... What is the domestic diva's advice to someone who is not planning a themed dinner party - just trying to make ends meet? Is she now going to produce an episode on how to entertain with food stamps and government cheese? That's what I want to know?
Did Martha learn anything?

Now, I realize she wasn't exactly doing her time at Riker's, but I think it's a good thing that she had to spend some quality time with people a bit different than her whom she could, presumably, not control. Maybe she'll start advocating projects that real people can actually pull off themselves.

Time will tell.