Why Am I Not Surprised?

We all have heard the horror stories of our vets and their ordeal to get into the program to get treatment for the diseases they encountered while in service to the country….or the needed rehab work to learn to use artificial limbs…..we know the Congress is a do nothing pack of whores that work the hardest for those with the most cash……

But there is another group that Congress is turning its back on….yet again……the 9/11 first responders…….

A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expired at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act. For now, first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 2001 terrorist attacks, worked for weeks, and now suffer from illnesses like pulmonary disease and cancers will still be able to get their health care. But in a letter to the Senate, CDC Director Tom Frieden said if the law isn’t extended, the WTC Health Program “will begin to face significant operational challenges” by February. By next summer, the program’s 72,000 enrolled beneficiaries will have to be notified that they may not receive health care beyond September 2016 and the program will have to start to shut down, a process Frieden says could cause patients additional stress.

The Zadroga Act, named for a responder who died after working at Ground Zero, first became law in 2010 after a debate over the cost. Proponents seek the law’s permanent extension in part because some illnesses may not manifest until years later, after the statute of limitations for worker’s comp or certain state laws may have run out. House Republicans have been supportive of the program but oppose its permanent extension because they want to be able to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly; the Senate hasn’t moved a bill. Letting the program expire creates “enormous anxieties and fears in the minds of very sick people,” says Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, who’s been lobbying to make the program permanent and recently was joined by comedian Jon Stewart. “People are dying and suffering, and Congress can easily close this wound,” says one leading advocate. “But they continue to add salt to it.”

Why am I surprised that the pigs in DC let this benefit expire?

They use these people as political props but refuse to do anything that would compensate them for the work they did on that faithful day…..these people did their part now it is time for Congress to do theirs……

It does not surprise me that the American people turn their back on these brave souls…..if they would do it to our valiant vets…..these guys/gals were not safe.

Without Government Safety Net Programs, Millions More Would Be in Poverty | Economic Policy Institute

Every election time we will hear all about those damn people that get government benefits…..you know the ones that get “free stuff”…..

I am one who does not buy into the hate speech of people in poverty that may need assistance……but every election someone on the Right, mostly TPers or GOPers, will set off trying to demonize those people that need help……

Sorry but the rich people are the ones raping the country not the poor……

But read this research piece on those damn entitlements that you hate so much……

In 2014, 48.4 million people (or 15.3 percent of the US population) were in poverty, as measured by the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)—a more sophisticated approach for measuring economic well-being than the official federal poverty line. However, that number would have been significantly higher were it not for government safety-net programs.

Source: Without Government Safety Net Programs, Millions More Would Be in Poverty | Economic Policy Institute

Obama’s Russian Roulette

Russia is once again that looming threat that it was during the Cold War……we hear almost daily about some new antic of Putin to get the world to notice him.

With all the problems in the Middle east why would Russia be a priority right now?

Simple answer….the budget debate.

You see we have allocated the funds for our battle with ISIS in Syria and Iraq,,,,that will not be a point of contention.  But there are still some cuts to military spending pending……and there we have the rub!

We need a good reason to expand the contracts and the spending…….and since we probably could use the Middle east because of the failures that few will openly admit to…..we need a threat to justify lots more money……and what better threat than an ascending Russia?

The case is being made as I type……we will be hearing a lot more about the pending threat from Russia.

Read On………

Source: Obama’s Russian Roulette by Kenneth G. Eade — Antiwar.com

Shortchanging National Security | Center for American Progress

Soon the budgetary debate will begin and as usual domestic programs will take it in the ass and more money will be sought to fund the US and its constant interventions….

Of course a selling point for all covert funding will be the usual culprit…National Security.

Source: Shortchanging National Security | Center for American Progress

What will be on the menu for the sloths in Congress?  ISIS?  Russia?  Iraq?  Syria?  What will be the winner….we know that domestic programs will be the loser…..now we need to work on the big winner.

We need those big guns and airplanes that are nothing but an expensive paper weight…….we don’t need to feed children or educate them and we damn sure do not need to protect the environment (all sarcasm, in case you were unsure)…..

The Human Capital Contract

One of the hot button issues in the 2016 election will be education and student loan debt……everyone will have an idea and all will fall short of preparing the student to function in the 21st century world…..

GOP presidential candidate hopeful Marco Rubio has a big idea for getting a college education……

In the speech, Rubio also called for a “revolutionized” higher education system. If elected president, he promised to “bust…the cartel of existing colleges and universities” by loosening the rules for accreditation so that “innovative, low-cost competitors” can court students. But critics say the government accreditation process is already far too loose, allowing predatory for-profit chains like Corinthian Colleges to win federal approval and funding even as they mislead students into paying for essentially worthless degrees.

He expanded on this idea in a speech last year:

Let’s say you are a student who needs $10,000 to pay for your last year of school. Instead of taking this money out in the form of a loan, you could apply for a “Student Investment Plan” from an approved and certified private investment group. In short, these investors would pay your $10,000 tuition in return for a percentage of your income for a set period of time after graduation – let’s say, for example, 4% a year for 10 years.

This group would look at factors such as your major, the institution you’re attending, your record in school – and use this to make a determination about the likelihood of you finding a good job and paying them back.

Unlike with loans, you would be under no legal obligation to pay back that entire $10,000. Your only obligation would be to pay that 4% of your income per year for 10 years, regardless of whether that ends up amounting to more or less than $10,000.

But these “Student Investment Plans,” which also have the Orwellian name “human capital contracts,” raise many serious concerns. For one, investors may refuse to cover entire fields of students not likely to bring in the big bucks after graduation, or would charge them a staggeringly high percentage of their income. For those backing this plan, such as the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), this poses no problem.

I agree that education ans student debt is a growing problem…..but I do not see the advantage to Rubio’s proposal……..

Sorry people but his idea sounds a lot like a form of slavery……..kinda like debt labor………Describes slavery in which an individual is compelled to work in order to repay a debt. It differs from other forms in that, often times the laborer and the employer initially enter into a mutual agreement. However, contract conditions may be illegal and/or vastly more beneficial to the employer than the laborer. These workers become slaves when they continue working, but cannot pay off their initial debt because of exploitative contract terms and, thus, cannot leave.

Sorry, Mr. Rubio but your proposal smells like slavery……..

Use Iceland As An Example

Surely everybody remembers the economic crisis of 2008………can you remember all the debate of whether to let the thieving banks to go bust of not?  There was also a debate on whether the CEOs of said banks should be held responsible…….how about the term “too big too fail”?

I have written about what Iceland decided to do in the past……and today it looks like their plan was far superior to any plan we had here in the states……

Maybe we should take a good long look at what Iceland did…….and learn from their example…..


Three charts that show Iceland’s economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust – instead of bailing them out – Business News – Business – The Independent.

Is This Fiscal Responsibility?

Every time a Repub gets in front of a microphone we hear just how bad our national debt is……or just how bad our out of control spending is getting…….or how we must spend our way to victory over ISIS…….all of which is a bit confusing.

Do we control our spending…..unless we are invading some country or another?  Where is the line of spending constraints?

For instance……just what are we spending fighting ISIS?

Glad you asked!

The US has spent more than $2.7 billion on the war against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria since bombings began last August, and the average daily cost is now more than $9 million, the Pentagon said yesterday. Releasing a detailed breakdown of the costs for the first time, the Defense Department showed that the Air Force has borne two-thirds of the total spending, or more than $1.8 billion. The daily combat, reconnaissance, and other flights eat up more than $5 million a day. The data also provided a rare look into the often secret special operations costs, which totaled more than $200 million since August.

Other total costs include $438 million for the Navy, including fighters and other ship support; $274 million for the Army, which has trainers and special forces troops on the ground; $16 million for military pay; $646 million for munitions; and $21 million for intelligence and surveillance operations. The release of the spending totals came as Congress debated and rejected legislation yesterday that would have banned spending on the combat operations until lawmakers passed a new war powers resolution.

The US has spent  $2.7 billion fighting ISIS……..and just what has the money accomplished?  No, really, what?

Has it stopped the spread of radical Islam?  Is ISIS near defeat?  Is Iraq a better place?  Is Syria moving in the right direction?

Someone, anyone……please let me know just what you think we have accomplished for the money spent……..ANYONE?

Here is a thought………..in case you were wondering…….

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Can you think of better uses for a trillion dollars?  I can think of several and war is NOT one of them…….but please you tell me……