Yes, married, still in the same house, kids getting ready for college and doing the college thing. Ten years ago, I was working towards staying married, working on the house and helping the kids in school so that they would go to college. So, in ten more years, hopefully I will still be married, my kids will be establishing themselves as adults and who knows I might be grandma.
Illegal immigrants have not been the problem for our jobs crisis. All the jobs that your average American has ever wanted has either been taken by automation, the internet or has been shipped overseas. If you have ever worked in a restaurant kitchen, you know that unless you are a chef, there are few people out of college who are clamoring for work as part of the staff. I don’t see many American workers vying for jobs as seamstresses either. Unfortunately illegal immigrants make low wages while working in conditions that are often very difficult, but are at least able to send money home to their families. The right has demonized the illegal worker for decades, they are not the root of the problem, they are alas just a symptom of a greater problem, how do producers keep prices down, if the price for legal workers must go up, in order for legal workers to be able to afford taking the job. How do we fix that?
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President Obama and the rest of the democrats need to redirect people’s attention to the republicans deliberate sabotage since 2008 of any potential plan to bring JOBS back to our economy. The democrats need to find a clear concise “bumper sticker” message that shows how the republican party had without fail voted against Main Street economic interests for at least two decades. They need to hammer home that instead of trying to help ease every family’s economic burden by getting employment back on track, focusing on job training, the republicans once back in office, bombarded the constituents with attacks on women’s health issues, rights to collective bargaining, medicaid and entitlement programs. President Obama also needs to remind voters that Mitt Romney, while his health care plan was the model for the Affordable Patient Act, as governor of MA, his track record for job creation was pretty dismal, MA ranked 47th in terms of job growth. This country can’t afford another republican in the White House. Democrats, get it together.
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I would be gardening, pruning, weeding and planting. If I had the whole week off, I would continue with the landscaping of my garden beds and buying new perennials. It would be fantastic.
Suicide is such a difficult subject. Answering a question like this is really all about judgement. Taking one’s life, is it a judgement call? In the circumstance that you wind up a vegetable for the rest of your life, is it fair to deny you the right to make the judgement call of whether you want to continue your existence or not? If you are in such pain, either physical or emotional, is it fair to judge, that someone should continue to suffer? Aren’t they allowed to pass judgement on themselves, that since their quality of life is in question, aren’t they the best ones to answer that call. However, if one is strung out on drugs or alcohol, are they still capable of judging their situation, or in this circumstance, is it really only a call for help for the real problem at hand, addiction? How does one judge which circumstance merits the person in question, the right to decide for themselves if they should end their life or not?
Being actively anorexic for 4 years and then drunkorexic for a further 10 years is a slow form of suicide. Was I planning to kill myself, no, not consciously. But on some subconscious level, I didn’t find value in my worth. I didn’t have the clarity of mind to see my failed judgement in properly living my life. In situations such as these, an intervention is called for, in my opinion. The illness is real, but in my judgement, doesn’t merit the right to commit suicide. I got help in the form of tough love from my mother, my childhood doctor told my mother after her evaluation, five more pounds lost and my heart would have given out. I would have kept losing weight. I had lost all judgement and thank goodness for my mother. It was brutal, the very act of eating several times a day was like being tortured psychologically. However, I gained weight and my health was no longer on the precipice.This is always difficult to talk about but it fits in with the subject at hand.
I firmly believe that when someone is faced with a terminal illness and the time left to them is filled with excruciating pain, it would heartless not to let the person decide for themselves how they want to exit this life. As I said before, when one is faced with being a vegetable, certain precautions need to be taken, such as setting up a living will. A living will allows you to have your wishes honored in times when you are incapacitated.
I know that this post is all over the place, the subject matter is difficult as I said before. It is hard to articulate clearly when there are so many variables that come into question as to the right and wrong of a person’s right to take their own life.