Friday, May 22, 2009

Seeing Cheney on TV Daily Constitutes Torture

What happened to make Dick Cheney think that he needed to appear on TV every frigging day? I have to admit, having him out and around the pundit circus has its advantages. He is not in Wyoming polluting the air with his ridiculous lies, but his face is everywhere. I could have gone to my grave a happy woman if I had never seen his face, or heard his voice again. Instead, it's as if the old neocon bastard is a fly on a cow pattie, thriving on the smell that his administration has left on our country. He has no shame.
Basically, I think he should be barred from ever appearing in public again. Having his sneering lopsided face popping up all over the place is surely a form of torture. There would be at least one time that I would gladly tune in to watch him; if he was being dragged away in chains to pay for the crimes he committed in the name of and against the American people. I'd even pay the cable premium pay-to -view for that! Until that happens (and I hope it does) shut off the TV, call the networks to complain about the ongoing torture of having his face and voice in the public domain, and call everyone you know to boycott any news program who invites him to appear. While you're at it, why not start a petition to prevent him from returning to Wyoming? Let's give him to Texas, that's more his style anyway. I'd be thrilled to sign it! Hell, if I see his bilious face one more time, I may even start the petition myself. No more torture by Dick, Dick go away!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oxymoronic Social Security

When Social Security was instituted in America, it was supposed to provide a safety net for older people, so they wouldn't starve to death in old age. Then, it was expanded to cover people with disabilities for many of the same reasons. Let me make this perfectly clear! No person draws Social Security or Disability/Social security without having PAID into the trust fund. Even the children who are due payments from the trust fund are qualified by having a dead parent who paid into the trust fund when they were alive. At the present time, there are about 50 million recipients of the Social Security Trust Fund. That is approximately 17 percent of the total population of the United States.
When the people who are supposed to be representing us in Washington, D.C. start to talk about Social Security and Medicare as entitlement programs that need to be "reformed" they piss me off. Of course, they are entitlement programs, we have paid into them for all our lives while working, and now that we are retired (or disabled) we are entitled to these payments. If you pay an insurance premium for your automobile policy or on a life insurance policy and you get killed in an automobile accident, both policies entitle you or your survivors to payment.
The only reason that they want to "reform" Social Security and Medicare is that they have been using the trust fund assets for years and replacing real cash with I.O.U's and they don't want us to find out about it! Do we look stupid to you? Any member of the Senate or House of Representatives who serves out their term of office receives a much larger pension payment than any Social Security recipient does. If they want to reform something, why not start with that? Plus, they have full medical coverage that is paid for by taxpayers. How about they start paying for their own coverage? Out of their own well padded pockets. And quit picking our pockets!

The next time you hear a politician talk about how Social Security and Medicare need to be "reformed" you or I could write them a letter offering to trade our meager Social Security benefit check for their more well endowed pension check and see if they'll trade. A special tip to those in Washington, D.C., who think that the Social Security beneficiaries are just a bunch of old (or disabled) dummies you can mess with. We have been paying our taxes for years (along with your wages and benefits), so think twice before you screw with 50 million of us. 50 million people pissed off at greedy and self-serving politicians is not a pretty sight!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The 60 Minutes Blues

I started to watch 60 Minutes on CBS a few minutes ago and watched a portion where they were exploring the program instituted by the Saudi Arabian government where "enemy combatants" captured by the U.S. and held at Guantanamo are reintegrated into society when released by the U.S. They have an intensive program based on anger management, art therapy, health treatment, financial help and a residential program to help these men, many of whom have been tortured by the U.S. while incarcerated. Apparently they have been very successful with this program and many are returned to society. Those who are not rehabilitated are kept in Saudi prisons. I was impressed with the presentation of information by various Saudi officials who work with these men. What I was not impressed by (actually pissed off by) was the way the 60 Minutes reporter posed his questions and observations. I was so distracted by his superior attitude toward those he was questioning, I didn't catch his name. Have you ever noticed how those people who think that they're better than everybody else, talk to someone to whom they feel superior? This reporter just reeked of the Exceptional American attitude. Each person he spoke to as if they were either stupid or beneath his obviously American contempt. Except when he spoke to another American who was on the program. Only then did he speak normally. As I watched, I couldn't believe the unmitigated gall this reporter showed in his questioning of a Saudi. Not just one, but every Saudi he spoke to. It's no mystery to me that Americans are thought of as arrogant by the rest of the world. All you have to see to understand this is an interview by a 60 minutes reporter making an ass of himself by disrespecting his interviewee and his national and international audience, who he obviously looked down on. It's no wonder that TV viewership is down, if this is what even 60 minutes has come down to. We need to treat everyone with respect if we want to be respected ourselves. There was a total lack of respect shown by this reporter, both to his subjects and his viewers. I will not watch 60 Minutes again. Well, maybe Andy Rooney, but not the rest of it. What an ass.