Friday, February 14, 2014

A Place For All Lovers

For a nice Valentines Day present, a federal court overturned the ban on gay marriages in Virginia, which apparently truly is a place for lovers!  We're almost there, folks!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bang your head!!!  The Tea Party will drive you mad!

John Boehner got the "debt ceiling" out of the way today, for a little while. (The debt ceiling seemed like such a good idea back when.  Just imagine a universe where people can arbitrarily set their own spending limits lower than what they already owe!  What a cool universe!  Unfortunately, that universe does not exist.)

For the Tea Party, Far Right, Christian Conservative crowd, this is heresy.  In their universe the American government can pay it's bills whenever they please  - and not when they don't.  With the mid-terms on the way, Boehner chose to get this issue off the table, at least for a while, so his party can get through the primary season without being dragged to the far right or forcing erstwhile safe candidates to take far right positions, damaging them for general elections.

I expect the Tea Party crowd to be screaming bloody murder, and so far I'm not surprised by the vitriol.  If they learn a little from this they'll learn to shut the fuck up.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CBO Proves Toilets Not Fit For Bedrooms

(Obamacare did not put the toilet in this bedroom) 

It occurred to me recently that I had no way to move my bowels  in my bedroom. I mean, I could just pop a squat right on the floor, but then I'd have to clean it up. What I needed was a toilet in my bedroom. Of course, now I have a little less space in there, but at least now I can lower the boom in my bedroom.

But then another problem came to mind...  What if I want to unwrap a sausage in the dining room?

According to a Reuters report, "the nonpartisan CBO said the health law would lead some workers, particularly those with lower incomes, to limit their hours to avoid losing federal subsidies that Obamacare provides to help pay for health insurance and other healthcare costs." And "Work hours would be reduced by the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs in 2024, said the agency, which earlier predicted 800,000 fewer fulltime jobs by 2021."  This on top of the "millions of people who saw their health plans cancelled as a result of its implementation."

Now, some people will say, "See?! I told ya' so! Obamacare is killing American jobs!" To which I ask, why the hell is anyone's healthcare dependent on their job in the first place?

In the typical American home there are different rooms for different activities.  A bedroom to rest, a kitchen to cook, a living room for family time, and a bathroom for squeezing out the intestinal tubes.  The American healthcare system is dispersed throughout other economic sectors; the welfare state (in several different systems), the military, the workplace, and depending on your age and what you do for a living, if you do. It's like having a bathroom in every room of the house.

In our new mostly service sector economy, with it's tiny margins, we are told employers can not afford to provide quality health insurance, and that was true before Obamacare, and remains true today.  Whether you believe employers should provide health insurance, or bathrooms should be in every room of the house, the fact clearly seems to be that it is not a realistic want.

So now the question seems more pertinent than ever - why do we have to get our healthcare through our employers - or, why do we have to have a toilet in the bedroom?