Saturday, April 30
Okay tell me if I’m missing something here
That the poorest amongst us will reap the benefits but middle class folks will lose big time..
It pretty much goes back to what I’ve said for a long time, that more and more this country is turning into a country that supports its poor (somewhat) and rewards its rich but ignores its middle class.
As a middle class babe from a middle class background, I resent working my ass off my whole life to have the baby bush cut my benefits..
The poor in this country deserve all the help they can get don’t get me wrong, but don’t take away the incentive of the middle class while you’re at it.
So now, under the baby bush’s “progressive indexation” the low-income worker will be getting benefits up to almost half their wages, but folks who make $36,500 will only get about 26 percent.
Honey first of all, here in NYC anyone who makes $36,500 is practically homeless, not middle class.
Folks who managed to break 90k will only get 12 percent.
I get that the baby bush the champion of the rich is now trying to anoint himself as the robin hood for the poor but honey…he’s taking away a key motivation for the average joe to work hard all his or her life and then think that come retirement time, his or her hard work is gonna pay off in some liveable social security income.
I do think this pretty much 86’s the whole original idea of social security. This was after all, not supposed to be another version or welfare but a payback for what you work hard your whole life to put into it.
I know, on my end, more and more, I’m realizing that all that money that’s’ come out of my checks will NOT be finding its way back to me.
How bout an alternative here?
Raise taxes if you have to but leave our retirement plans alone.
That’s where I’m at
Go ahead educate me..
Wednesday, April 27
ill be back soon in nyc manyana
Saturday, April 23
had a long chat with a pal of mine about the new pope
well i guess my feeling on this is
so picking a pope with a lil itty bit of a nazi past
my other feeling is
i dunno but it seems like a sore point rubbed raw to me
if you feel otherwise
Friday, April 22
had something of an odd experience recently
it made me feel weird
so why did it make me feel un-comfortable
and why doesn't it bother me when its in print in my creative life?
i had to think about it for a spell
what i came up with is this..
i like that people wonder what my story is
it even happened here on my site
but in my catering life
was any of the reason that this bothered me so much
i don't think so...but who knows how much of that religious judaism
today...with the Christian right
i've got pride
so i guess
what do you think of
Wednesday, April 20
i shall venture out to provincetown this sunday
on other news
why is it that everytime something that is supposed to be a great health
now we know these things can cause cancer and artery blockage
woulda been a hell of a lot better off
maybe the idea
its soooo confusing!
i was over-dosing on tofu
now im hearing soy
and honey i love my female organs
oy friggen vey
so what's a girl to eat?
Saturday, April 16
read this on matrixland
"Isn't anyone old enough to remember?
In school, I remember them telling us that those who didn't study history were doomed to repeat it. This was in the middle of the Vietnam War, and I thought, we'll never forget this. This will never happen again.
Too bad there's no North Iraq to surrender to, so we can just airlift out. How did we forget?
Kids were suspended from school then for wearing anti-war shirts or black armbands in protest of the war. Now they're being suspended for wearing gay-positive T-shirts. And, OK, gay-negative T-shirts. The courts ruled in the 1960s that students had the right to freedom of expression, and they may have to rule the same thing again.
"Activist judges" overturned racist laws because majority votes and majority opinions would not. Now they're defending gay rights because few others do. That's what it's about: checks and balances, remember?
Funny how history and government were my least favorite subjects. I'm glad I had one ear open. "
on other news
toodles to yer noodles
Friday, April 15
watched the last part of "Super Size Me" last night
fast food is a large part of whats wrong with this country
it has also seemed apparent to me
but really its
i've learned a lot about food in the last few years
i suffered from allergies
there's one kid on my block
i don't know what the answer is
Wednesday, April 13
Lordy things have been feeling heavy, heavy heavy of late..
For me, it felt really and truly odd to see the body of the pope in full color being saluted by cell phones taking pictures of him…I don’t think I ever really got how far we’ve gone into the age of high tech and multi media until I saw the dead pope’s cell phone salute.
And speaking of funerals, Arianna (see linkie love list) brought up a rathing staggering point on the subject which was that our own dear and “folksy” president the baby bush has yet to go to a single funeral of any of the fallen soldiers killed in Iraq.
Honey…that’s just gross.
He can send them over there, but not stand at their coffins,. Not even a symbolic few…
But oh, I am available on Saturday night…wink..
On other news..
I invite you to do so again should you want to..but play nice..
Does no one any good..
Wednesday, April 6
Okay..now I am not and will not pretend to be a major political brainiac.. like some of my readers…
So Bush lovers
So like I was saying, even a tough blonde chickita like myself can feel frightened at the prospect of any one political group taking on absolute power in this country…and honeys….that would mean democrats too..
Actually in today’s heated climate I think the only way to really know whether or not what you are ranting about is just is to put the shoe (or boot or pump..or umm sneaker) on the other foot…
I think the second any political power becomes THE political party…we lose what America is all about and start rapidly heading towards something that no longer feels like a democracy.
With this in mind…I feel scared out of my wazoo about what is going on in the Senate right now.
Republicans, not just satisfied with being a majority are trying to erode one of the most important powers left to the minority by silencing them on the floor, but stopping the filibuster, so they can push thru their own judicial nominees.
Once the pesky democrats are shut up, Bush’s nominees will have clear sailing to take on their lifetime posts on the bench.
By losing the filibuster, we as Americans lose the knowledge that the minority has a voice too.
Frist only needs 50 senate votes plus the tie-breaker from Cheney and he’s on his way to putting an end to a 200 year old tradition that was one of the great things about the Senate.
Basically in order to stop this, it’s not democrats in the senate that need to be targeted but at least six courageous Republicans; Republicans willing to stand against their own party, to risk possible career suicide to do what’s right.
Here’s hoping…there are at least 6 Republican senators who remember what it felt like to be a moderate Republican, surrounded by like-minded peers.
Here’s hoping there are at least 6 Republican senators…who love their country more then their party.
Sunday, April 3
I will not pretend to understand how it might feel to be a religious Catholic today…mourning the loss of Pope John Paul 11.
I did have something of an experience that may have given me some understanding when I lived amongst the Lubavitch Chasids and felt their adoration for their much beloved Rebbe; Rebbe Shneerson. Most of the Chasids I met, felt the Rebbe’s voice was an extension of the lord, that when he spoke he was being divinely inspired. When the Rebbe passed away, an entire slice of Judaism fell into complete despair, many are there still.
So yes, I have seen something like this before, but as a person who has never followed any one religious leader, I can only imagine what this loss might feel like.
I do feel sadness for the sadness of so many millions of people around the world right now.
It was certainly not a good time to lose someone who offered inspiration.
What I know about the pope was that he was a very different pope from the ones of the past, more of a walk amongst the people, not sit in his private chambers and await visitors kind of pope.
He was also known to reach out to Jews and to Muslims and to non Catholic Christians and I credit him for this effort, for his constant efforts to reach across the many lines drawn by culture and by religion.
He is also credited widely with aiding the collapse of communism and being a voice against war, both of which are legacies anyone would be proud of.
But for so many members of the gay community around the world he was anything but a friend. He seemed at times, to go out of his way to condemn homosexuality, calling gay marriage an integral part of “a new ideology of evil” plaguing our world today.
These views seemed out-dated and cruel especially in the midge of the fight for gay marriage in America.
To all the people around the world who were and are HIV positive or who fought to stop the spread of HIV, his refusal to approve the use of condoms seemed held back in the ice age and more so, a complete denial of the countless lives that might be spared by the use of condoms and all the ones that had been lost to AIDS.
How could a man who fought against war and the death penalty sentence so many to death by denying them condoms?
But he held to his religious commitments citing condoms as birth control and calling birth control immoral.
This is simply not based in today’s world; a world in which AIDS is decimating entire countries.
As a feminist I could not condone the popes refusal to see women as equal in terms of the service they were allowed to perform in church and yes, I do know, that few religions allow for this kind of equality, religious Judaism amongst them.
That’s the reason why I don’t go to an orthodox synagogue and why my brother and I argue.
What I hope is that the many good things this pope has done will be remembered and cherished, his fight for humanitarian issues will be upheld and his efforts to reach out to other religions will be continued ever after.
I hope too, that the new pope will look at the world today and try to bring the Vatican into this brave new frightening world, by understanding that condoms are not just birth control but are often the only barrier stopping a rampant and murderous disease.
I do not expect the new pope to condone or embrace homosexuality, I know full well that would be asking too much but I do hope he will be at least a little more tolerant.
I hope to that the new pope might find a way to elevate a woman’s position in the church, to understand that millions of women around the world might feel closer to the church if they were allowed to take a more active role in its services.
But today, today…is a time for mourning.
And even here, as far removed from the Vatican as a person can be…I do feel the sadness that so many are engulfed by.
Today, I say I am sorry for your loss.
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