Where is my debt ceiling? REDUX

Another oldie but goodie for you folks.  This one is from last summer.  Funny how things circle around again.  This was written when the “fiscal cliff” was imminent and we put it off again.  And here we go again!

Well at the last minute possible we averted financial disaster.  Whew!  That was a close call.  Kept our triple A rating tho, and that’s the bottom line, right?  No?  You mean there’s more to it than that?  Far reaching repercussions of a lame duck congress?  Well, at least Obama was able to make it to Chicago to celebrate his birthday on time.  Oh, and a fund raiser.  A very expensive fun raiser.  And I’m sure the congress members scattered like leaves in the wind as soon as the vote was over.  After all, they have worked HARD this summer!  So they left a few issues on the table that will end up costing the government millions/billions.  Whatever.  They will get to it all in due time.  I mean, come on, they were forced to work over a holiday this year!  What sacrifices they make for us.  Us people with no jobs, no insurance, no government pension, no light at the end of OUR tunnels!  Where’s OUR bailout?  How high does OUR debt ceiling go before we self implode?

Maybe our government should be more concerned with taking care of the AMERICAN people before they care of every other stinking person on this planet.  Maybe our fingers are in too many pies, or trying to hold too many dikes back.  We are always the first ones to come to the rescue, and stick our noses in other countries business.  When will WE come first?  There are sick and starving and homeless people in THIS fine country of ours.  There are home grown terrorists here.  There are natural catastrophes here.  There is civil unrest here.  When will we solve our OWN problems, and quit trying to solve the problems of the world first?

It’s just too easy to point the finger and blame somebody else.  It’s the President’s fault.  It’s the Republican’s fault.  It’s the Tea Party’s fault.  It’s the Union’s fault.  It’s never MY fault, or OUR fault.

Maybe we all need to get back to a simpler life, where we are responsible for our own actions, our own debt, our own country.  Live and let live.  Help out when you can.  Share what you can.  Make the world a better place, by starting at home.

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Death surrounds us

It was not the best of days today.  Yesterday my BIL died of a heart attack.  In the midst of trying to make death arrangements, our country once again was placed in the hands of a madman who decided to murder children.

I am mad.  I am angry.  I am frightened.

It is bad enough that we have to witness the death of our loved ones from “natural causes” like heart disease.  It is yet a whole different ballgame when we have to watch our children be slaughtered by some sick asshole with a gun.

When will it stop?  How do we stop it?  Why does it happen?  Where do they get the guns?  Should they have guns?  Do we need to ban guns?

So many questions, that will never be answered.  The answer died with a mentally ill gunman who had an obvious distaste for his mother.  Just wish he had kept his family dysfunction at home, and not taken it to the public sector.  Another infamous gunman.  Such a waste.

Instead of being able to concentrate on my family and make arrangements to lay a good man to rest, I gotta listen to death and destruction laid upon poor innocent people’s doorstep.

Everyone is shocked and appalled.  Even our President, apparently.  I can’t believe all the bashing I am seeing of him because he spoke as a parent to other parents and shed a few tears.  Jeez people, take your misguided anger and frustration out on the fuckers shooting up America.  You want the gun laws changed?  Overnight?  Good luck with that.  Doesn’t matter who is President.  The debate will be/has been argued on both sides for decades.

An awful thing.  My BIL died.  And so did so many more people.  They will all be mourned.

The most wonderful time of the year

It’s here again.  Christmas.  My favorite season.

This year I have so many things to be grateful for.  I have been through hell and back and now I can see the light, in so many ways.

It is so liberating to feel free and in charge of my own destiny now.  I have the time and finances now to fix myself, physically and mentally. The scars, both figuratively and literally, will always be there, and they were hard-won.  My emotions have finally settled, just in time for my fav season.

It’s the little things that make me happy now.  I don’t need big shiny expensive things.  I have lived frugally so well for the past few years, I find that SAVING money gives me more pleasure than spending money.  Money is the root of so many problems anyway.  I am more happy being frugal.  My biggest enjoyment in life is the afternoon matinée movie for six bucks.  I find joy in fixing up my house the most economical route, and feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Today I received notice today that I have been accepted in the Illinois Pre-existing Insurance Plan.  For that I thank President Obama.  All you haters out there, be grateful that you do not have a chronic, incurable disease like I do, because you too would be uninsurable.  Thanks to Obama, I now have affordable insurance coverage.  I haven’t been to my Crohn’s doctor is over 3 years now, and I REALLY NEED TO GO.  Now I can.  And I can get all my female tests I haven’t had in 3 years either.  When I went to the mailbox today, I ripped the envelope open, and started screaming in my street.  (Hope I didn’t scare the neighbors too much, but I think they are used to me, ha!).  This is HUGE for me.  Please Republicans, do not take away the health care I need.  It’s NOT free, far from it.  It is 125% more than a normal person’s premiums and I have a $5,000 deductible to pay before anything is covered.  But it is something, and I want it, and I need it.  So thank you to the powers that be, here on Earth and in Heaven.

More and more things are falling into place.  Every Sunday when I go to church, I like to sit back and thank God for all the blessings that have come my way, and pray for good things to come to other people.  I treasure my holy water I have received from dear friends who have traveled to Lourdes, and use it when I feel the need.  I used it when I went to court, and God stood up for me, and I will use it for my back surgery.  I used it on my BIL for his heart surgery, and he pulled through like a champ.  Miracles do indeed happen.

As Christmas approaches, I feel the spirit everywhere.  I love the cold, crisp air, and the beautiful twinkling lights everywhere.  I love all the parties and get togethers with family and friends.  I love seeing the delight on children’s faces when they open their gifts.  I love making my great niece’s FIRST hot chocolate.

Christmas gives me feelings of hope and peace deep within my soul.  I hope you all can feel it too, and have a very blessed holiday season.  Don’t forget to keep the “Christ” in Christmas!