Thursday, February 17, 2011

I need to stop watching the news.

This has no real direction for a post. This is just a series of crazy ramblings that went through my head over the course of today.

I think that I could be a very dangerous person if I were someone who was say... unemployed or a stay at home mom and watched news all day. Seriously- I would be an enraged vigilante all of the time. I watched the news for about 30 minutes at my mom's house today and by the time I left there I felt like brandishing a weapon and joining a protest.

I don't know if you have noticed but the majority of Wisconsin had their heads lodged all the way up their asses in November when they elected Scott Walker as Governor. Now, I know that voting is part of democracy. I get it. But there should be some baseline qualifications for a person before they can vote. Reading and reading comprehension should be minimum. Common sense, money management skills, logic and theory, etc. All of these things should be skills a person has before they can even register to vote. OK. Because without these skills...

... you vote in someone like... oh let's just use Scott Walker.

If you have seen the news you will notice that Wisconsin is on the brink of turning into Egypt. Seriously. We have picketers with signs such as "Walk Like An Egyptian" and they are not talking about one of those surprise dance mobs. It's really a bad situation up in here. Basically, the quick and dirty is that Walker, along with other Republican state legislators are proposing budget stuff that basically would eliminate all bargaining leverage for state employees. So in dumb speak- unions would be shit out of luck.

Now, I'm not a big union supporter. Not because I don't think police departments, fire departments, nurses, teachers, etc are not worth their salaries. Quite the contrary- most of them aren't being paid enough. But what I DO have a problem with are trades workers who are demanding HIGH salaries for little work. I'm sorry- but try hiring a plumber... and compare union versus non union. Holy fucking hell. Huge difference there. And I don't think it's right that, depending on what trade you are in, you could be making $40/hour. Seriously?? Is that necessary? Um, no. I understand inflation and all that shit but HELLO- look at the rest of Middle America. We're making much less than that and we can pay our bills.

OK, some can't but that's not the point.

So while I'm not pro-Union... I'm against these budget cutting measures. They are so radical that for this to pass would be such a dramatic domino effect not just for Wisconsin, but for the Country. There are already several states watching us closely because if this goes into effect, you bet others will follow. I can't think of one state that isn't facing some kind of budget shortfall so this could be a problem for everyone. And it's not just unions. Oh no. You better bet if this passes with unions, us folk not in a union are going to feel the pinch next.

But it's not just Wisconsin who is having budget problems. I saw today that a legislator from Minnesota proposed that the Pentagon stop advertising on NASCAR cars/billboards/etc because it's a waste of tax payer money. And while EVERYONE is bitching about the deficit and how nobody wants more taxes etc... people are UP IN ARMS that this woman had the balls to say, "hey- let's stop advertising the military on cars". Um, makes perfect fucking sense, people.

Honestly. How many of you who are in the military joined because you saw a National Guard ad on the side of a race car? Anyone?

*crickets*

That's what I thought. I get that we need men and women to serve the country. I GET IT. But send a recruiter to colleges, do your tv campaigns, etc. But let's be realistic- advertising should be done when it's effective. Surely somewhere there is some office in our government who's job it is to track this shit. If you haven't recruited a shit ton of people from race cars, let's stop plugging money (that we surely don't have) into something so stupid. And sorry for the redneck nation of NASCAR lovers, I'm sure Budweiser would love more ad space.

And can I just say... that I think we should stop welfare? Like all of it? I know. It's drastic and awful to think about the people who would legitimately be hit hard with that. But just today, I stopped at the grocery store for a few things, hoping that it doesn't go over $20, and the lady in front of me with a bazillion kids, all decked out in the latest stuff and she's carrying a $500 Prada bag, has her nails done, and Gucci sunglasses whips out her food stamp card.

MAKES MY BLOOD FUCKING BOIL.

People like that should not be on food stamps. Hi. Sell your fucking purse. Stop getting your nails done. Get knock off glasses. Something so you aren't such a boil on society. Then I bag my stuff and I'm walking out behind her and here comes the ride- a fucking H2 Hummer with rims and a sound system I can hear from the next town over. Are you serious right now?

I don't think the welfare system (food stamps, heat assistance, daycare assistance, all of it) can be reformed. The loop holes are all over the place, nobody is accountable to check up on people, nobody really cares, and it's a mess. So I say scrap it. I always look at charity (because essentially- this is charity we are all paying for) as something you give when you have it. Our country doesn't have it.

Oh- and I'm so EFFING TIRED of listening to rich people say "Wah- I don't want higher taxes". Aw.. poor baby. I'm sure you're not at the brink of starvation. Sell a condo. Sell a summer house. A boat. Tell your mistress you can't do a date every weekend. Cut back like the rest of us. The problem with the really rich people in this country is that they don't really know what it's like to have to cut coupons. Or turn their heat down so they can feed their kids. Or not pay the phone bill so they can get their daughter new shoes because she grew. Or sell their possessions to fix a window vandals broke for no reason. They don't know that and it's unfortunate. It's unfortunate because until they really understand what that's like the rest of Middle America will just keep taking the hits. And people like Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans don't have a real grip of what the economy is really like for the rest of us.

So yeah. No more CNN or MSNBC for me for awhile. Seriously. My blood pressure was just going through the roof over the span of 30 minutes it's a miracle I didn't have a coronary on my mom's couch. And I'm going to say- I'm not a strict Democrat or Republican. But I consider myself an adult with reasonable social skills and I can work through an issue with others I disagree on. It's called compromise. If you can't compromise like a reasonable adult, you should not be in an elected office. And I'm sick of hearing each party blame the other party as a whole when that's not working, clearly. It's just so depressing. And every time I think things can't possibly get worse, that the economy has to turn around again.... shit like this happens and I think, maybe I should just move to Canada or something. Dang.

13 comments:

Oilfield Trash said...

My problem is how the unions claim they don't have money and need more money from tax payers to fund their retirements. Yet if you google just a little bit you will see how unions spend hundreds of millions of dollars each election cycle to vote for democrats who will keep feeding the trough. Now if you say you don't have money spend on your own union employees, you should be spending such ass loads of money on elections. Smells a little like a lie to me.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Haha, I'm in social work and see the chick-from-the-grocery-store and her friends on a daily basis. Really? You need assistance with your bills? And you show up with designer EVERYTHING on? RAGE....

Maybe instead of news you should watch more porn. Your blog insights would take a much more interesting turn....

prettylittlereckless said...

God save the Queen. I'm gonna move to England.

I agree with all this-- ESPECIALLY the part about getting rid of assistance. I've never talked about it much, because I know people on assistance who really need it and I fully believe they use it for the right reasons- but I had an employee who got food stamps and was handing them out telling people she had freezers upon freezers at home full of food and if she didn't use the stamps, they'd be useless or something. Those are the things that piss me off. I hate when people cut corners and find the loop holes in the system. And fully agreed about the part saying assistance is like charity and you give when you can and the US doesn't have the money to give.

A-fucking-men sistah.

Rancher Mom said...

I agree with Lost.in.Idaho! Porn > News. Not that there's much more of a compromise in porn, but at least it isn't as infuriating!!

Anna @ The Owl and The Phoenix said...

Amen, Sister!

Anna @ The Owl and The Phoenix said...

Oh, and depending on who wins the next presidential election, I may be moving to Canada as well. We should buy a duplex.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

That's a good reason to not watch the news lol.

Everything is one big political kiss here and there. Just this week we had someone throwing a tantrum and our agency where I work bending over backwards for this guy who was *almost* breaking a law by doing something without a permit when someone said, hey I think you might need a permit for this. And he went ape shit and everyone is trying to play nicey nice because he's someone that might have some kind of political standing somewhere. Yet, he's getting financial aid from the government. Yeah makes a lot of sense.

Amber said...

If I could kiss you right now, I totally would and you know me....I ain't lezzie.

My 19 year old niece with the baby? Signed up for food stamps. welfare and WIC, in addition to AFDC and housing allowance. Right now....I think she probably brings in more money that I do and I own a fucking business! Hes fucking welfare got cutt off last week because she was supposed to attend some type of class and she just didn't. Then she was all over FacBook bitching about it and my mother fucking blasted her ass and told her she was basically worthless.

She is the unofficial representative for what is wrong with the system. I agree with you, get rid of it ALL. Give the money back to the middle class so we can get back on our feet.

FUCK.....now I am pissed off!!

*arg*

Jen @ Dear Mommy Brain said...

We live in a nation that was founded by a group of people that ran away from home so they could "do what they want." Not that I am not grateful for all of the liberties afforded to us by living in America, however, we are a society of greedy, ignorant people and until that changes... Mer. If only Canada wasn't so cold...

Annah said...

I know people who drive BMW's who are on food stamps. It's disgusting to me. Then the people who truly needed are denied.

Crock of shit.

Have a great weekend, babes.

sarah134 said...

I have to agree with you Sara - the welfare crap has got to go! A friend of mine has fallen on hard times and begrudgingly went to get assistance. The social worker was giving them tips on how to get more money! Also I am sooo sick and tired of the minimum wage workers at my work who pay no income tax all year long and get 5-10 grand back from the govt! Geeze why are these dumb politicians clueless as to why this country is broke! I live in California which is in serious trouble and the dang social workers are giving tips on how to doup the govt for more money? ICK disgusted!

Jenny said...

living in England wont change much! We have benefits here (equiv of welfare) and it is ABUSED. Basically the way it looks to young girls in schools, spend all kinds of money getting a degree (uni fees have just tripled) and then maybe possibly get a job OR get knocked up at 15 and every year until your ovaries give up and the government will give you money for not working. There are families here on £30,000 plus just for having kids. So many people not working just because its easier not to and the government still support them. Madness.

Erika said...

The protesting stuff is crazy! I live in Ohio and they are trying to pass the same kind of bill here. There were some small protesting last week but now they are organizing a larger protest starting on monday and going through the week.