Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Monday morning, the eleventh day of April, 2011, a rather foggy morning here on the Cape and Islands, as we await the violent weather that struck the Midwest over the week end, proving once again, that GLOBAL WARMING, despite, James, “she’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes”, Inhofe (R-OK) says when remembering his famous quote, “global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American People”…tell that to the people who were hit by tornado after tornado, expected to continue today, devastating town after town, in a season that normally does not see anything like this volatile weather, not now, not ever, at least not at this magnitude. The government shutdown was averted, thank god, at that eleventh hour on Friday night, however, the battle for America’s Seniors in the way of Medicare is just beginning, as “Bronco”, as his friends like to call him, congressman Paul Ryan, is now demanding 6 trillion dollars in cuts “to balance the budget’, aimed directly at our nation’s seniors who make, on average 19,000 dollars a year. Shameful is a word that does not really cut it, does it? The other issue at hand is raising the debt ceiling, which stands, the national debt, at 14.2 trillion dollars, and if that debt ceiling is not raised, the whole of the world’s economy will be at risk, adding more fuel to an already out of control fire. Just for yukes, let us go back to the 2010 elections that launched the corporate manufactured ‘tea party’ into existence, when they all cried, in unison, like some out of key choir from hell, “Keep you damn, dirty hands of of my medicare!” Medicare that IS, after all, one of the most successful social programs, adopted in 1965, the United States has ever seen. Taking the notion and definition of hypocrisy to a whole new level. Now, flash forward to April of 2011 and the new “young gun” (issues?) approach to Republicorp’s newest strategy to effectively destroy the nation we all love and cherish so much. Paul Ryan’s proposal, a real hostage situation again (see definition of Stockholm Syndrome), akin to a really bad movie sequel, such as Transformers II, where his party and his masters in the big glass towers of Wall Street, now want to “trim” 6 trillion dollars from a debt that was created by the past administration, (as explained in detail in former blogs on seacapecod.net) by way of eliminating medicare for seniors by way of “vouchers” that they can take down to their friendly Cigna Insurance Company, who will be more than happy to give them a great deal that might pay for one aspirin, or perhaps even an I.V., with the caveat, of course, of getting the hell out of their hospital because they need the beds, to ring in even more PROFIT! Seniors, in this country, make, on average 19,000 dollars a year, with the average health insurance programs costing upwards of 10,000 dollars or more, annually, and that is being very conservative, many of which, do not even cover the basics of preventative care. Now, I am no math genius, but I would say I do know Shakespeare, and I believe what he said over 500 years ago still rings true today–“something stinks in Denmark!” The insurance industry, in this country, is as corrupt and greedy as the oil and ‘natural gas companies’, (not to mention the horrible coal industry) and is only interested in the business of “health care” for PROFIT, as opposed to actual health care, real health care, and with a ‘voucher’ that will not even pay for an aspirin, you might as well give them a gift certificate to McDonald’s and a free ‘happy meal’, for it may be the last meal they have on planet earth. This all on top of the fact that Ryan, and his handlers, want to eliminate medicaid, a program designed to help the poor, the ever increasing poor in this nation, with what they call “block grants”, that they will give to the states to divvy up in the manner in which they see fit...the states? Are you kidding me? (Please see seacapecod.net from a few days ago regarding the specifics on this whopper). The states are now as corrupt as Washington D.C., with the likes of Scott Walker, Rick Snyder and Rick Scott, of Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida respectively, stripping basic human rights, while giving away billions in tax breaks for corporations they ‘lure’ into their caves, I mean states. Millions of people in this country, due to the fact that our government gives tax BREAKS to corporations to ship jobs overseas, have no jobs, and thus, are falling, by the, again, millions, under the poverty line, and with food stamp funding drying up, we may see the same food lines we saw in the 1930’s during the GREAT DEPRESSION, where it took the leadership of one Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of our greatest Presidents, to stand up to these thieving banks and corporations to lend that gracious hand of HOPE to our PEOPLE, the people who do most of the living and dying in this great, fair land–The Land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE. We have seen, in the past thirty years, the average wage for the top two percent, never mind, the top one tenth of the top one percent, rise by 278 percent, while the average worker, those lucky enough to have a job, wages remain stagnant, not even being able to keep pace with ever growing food prices, gas prices, and other goods and services--does that sound like a democracy to you or something out of Bahrain? You can almost hear the voices of of our FOREFATHER’S as they whisper, “foul ball!” The transparency of the GOP, and their handlers, the multinationals, is painfully clear for all to see as the push for a true PLUTOCRACY looms ever greater in this land where our children all sing, “Our country ’tis of thee, sweet land of LIBERTY, of the I sing, land where my father’s died, land of the pilgrims pride, from every mountain side, LET FREEDOM RING!” Come on folks, we can do better than this! Stand up and be counted, for this is your future and your children’s future, as well as the generations to come after we are gone. Stand up to the criminal polluters like the brother’s KOCH, Halliburton, bp, and the all of the subsidies they receive from YOUR tax dollars that go, not into the betterment of our nation as a whole, but to the coffers of people like a “Donald Duck Trump”, who embodies the narcissistic nature of our nation as a whole. When we cut education, we cut our future, for countries like China are number one in test scores in both math and reading, while we are slipping, by the hour, from 25 and 19 respectively, and, as any credible economist will tell you, education is the key to a successful nation. No, our nation’s “leaders”, coming in the form of a perverted Muppet show of puppets who bend to the will of anything their masters, the “man behind the curtain” order them to do, are only interested in the continued raping and pillaging of MOTHER EARTH, taking all they can from it, putting it in a bank they own, well protected by the likes of private contractors like Blackwater, sorry, the softer side of that mercenary army of thugs, Xe, while they talk out of the other side of their mouths about our poor children’s and grand children’s futures. Whose kids and grand kids are we speaking of Donald? Oh, and by the way, “YOUR FIRED!” Let us be clear about these multinationals, they are sociopaths and madmen who will stop at nothing to discredit a very good and honorable President, Barack Obama, who is doing the very best he can with the cards he was dealt. This is a big, diverse nation, and the old guard, praying at the alter of the lore and myth of Ronald Reagan, will, if I could borrow a lyric from the great band of the 1970’s, “Kansas”, sooner than later, be just be “Dust in the wind”. The tax code is so corrupt and the lobbyists in Washington are so powerful, that as this debt ceiling fight looms, paramount to the global economy, we must take our collective heads out of the sand, (no offense to Ostriches anywhere in the world) and reject Paul Ryan’s wish to throw our senior citizens, our grandmother’s, our grandfather’s, our great Aunts, and our great Uncles, under the proverbial bus, while they snicker, “good luck with buying insurance from an industry that is in bed with the devil himself.” The rich must pay their fair share or find another word for calling themselves Americans, for they are not patriots, they are VULTURES who prey on the weak and sick, the poor and the disenfranchised, the down and the out. Mostly invisible to the major corporate owned networks whose main stories these days are about “snooky’ and her new book, along with all of the shenanigans going on over at the “Jersey Shore”. Politicians like Boehner, Cantor, Pence, McConnell and the rest of the lunatics that were recently sworn in, all 87 of them, the freshman puppets who serve that “man behind the curtain”, have lost their privilege to speak about and for “the American People”, for they have thrown them under that bus and run them over, leaving them in a pool of blood, with no one coming to save them, care for them or mourn them, as they were, after all just COLLATERAL DAMAGE in this horrible hijacking of the United States of America. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me again, well, you just can’t get fooled again.” I thank you for those wise words, George W. Bush, for, as you may, or may not know, words have a way of coming back to haunt you. VOUCHERS for Senior citizens? Go F%^k yourself you rotten sell outs to the real American people! “You are nothing more than tiny minded wipers of other people’s bottoms, now go away or I will taunt you for a second time!” (credit John Cleese and the film “The Holy Grail”, a Monty Python production). GOD’S continued speed to the good people of Japan and may their healing begin in earnest soon! Have a nice week folks! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
April 11, 2011
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