Cheering for an uninsured man’s death is as disturbing as when the audience cheered Governor Perry’s track record on executions during the first debate. Morality aside, the difference in people’s vision of how our government should best serve society is what is at the heart of our stalemate in our ongoing healthcare insurance debate. I see it as having everyone insured by a single payer, the federal government, would best serve our society by decreasing the long term costs for everyone first of all by guaranteeing access to health care, prevention is always cheaper than treating the malady after the fact, second with millions of patients, the government can negotiate better prices for both care and medications. Once we realize that profits have no place in placing a bet on our health which is what health insurance companies essentially do, we will have eliminated a large chunk of future long term deficits and then Wall Street and the super rich have less to complain about and they can take their shared sacrifice homilies and stuff them in their hats.
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Hopefully, this ban on jobless discrimination alongside with tax credits for employing the long-term unemployed will help break the cycle of becoming jobless and losing your desirability as a candidate for future employment. Perhaps refunding the jobs training programs that have been cut would be helpful as well. I really believe that our country is on the wrong path and that President Obama’s job plan is one step in the right direction. The Stimulus program that has been winding down all summer is showing how beneficial it was because we are seeing a void thus the slowing economy. The majority of our nation is still reeling from losing employment or being re-hired at lower salaries, losing retirement funds, supporting more family members, we need something other than austerity. The super rich are calling for those measures because long term deficits are bad for them, as well for all of us, but they don’t care about the present day because they are doing fine. Their vision extends to the limits of their class and that’s it, we are the bottom don’t matter. We need to remind our lawmakers that “au contraire, mon frere” we matter a lot, your jobs are on the line.
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I don’t really have a go to process for making decisions. I’m trying to think back to a decision that I made recently and the really big decisions are always made in tandem with my husband. Those decisions always entail money so that is why we are both involved. With monetary decisions, it tends to be straight forward, can we afford the monthly commitment, do we really need it, is there anything else that takes precedent? Other types of decision-making that concern only my input are the mundane things in life. What do I make for dinner, do I get up early to walk 50 minutes? Speaking of walking, I confess that I haven’t done it in two weeks. The first week was because I felt seriously under the weather and very emotional and the second week I thought that the sky would never stop unleashing its millions of tears on our little mountain. So now, tomorrow I will make my early morning decision, do I walk or not. I’m not feeling up to snuff, really and truly. Perhaps a good walk would do me good, I’ll see tomorrow when I wake up to wake my daughter up for school. I will not feel guilt however, those days of tormenting myself because I didn’t adhere to a strict regimen of exercise are gone (more or less). It is not good for me or my mental health to be so severe with myself. So, again, tomorrow I will see how I feel.