My Brother Has Cancer

My brother has cancer. And he is a prime example of why health care reform is important. Universal Healthcare is not some sort of socialist conspiracy. It is a solution to a problem.  Our government used to see something that needed to happen and then fixed it. Whether it was a transcontinental railroad, interstates, or segregation. Now we are a nation and government of squabbling.  We blame the politicians, but they respond to us.

My brother does not have healthcare because he did not work for a place that helped him get it. On his own, it was too expensive. Conservatives, I suppose, think that’s his problem. Well, it is a problem you could just have easily been in. So he could not go to the doctor. In the same situation, I would have done the same thing.

He is receiving care. That’s not the point. The point is, he would have been better off and healthcare would be cheaper if people like him had access to regular checkup and the ability to go in and catch the cancer early.

In the end, only the government can help.  That is the role of government. To step in. I do not see any religious organizations stepping up to take the burden from government (Many, many, religious organizations though do wonderful things).

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Poor is Okay

Poor is okay as long as everybody is okay. However, today we have a big gap between the haves and haves not. We must challenge the idea that those that are rich are only to be envied and emulated.

 

We should validate the believe that struggling and taking care of yourself makes you into a better person. However, welfare and assistance does not make life easier. Welfare should not be our primary concern.

 

It is that widening gap between the rich and the working class. What we are seeing is organization and wealth taking control of our government and they are doing it by preaching about strong american values.

 

We are slowly creating the same divinity in our rich that kept people suffering for centuries under monarchies. Donald Trump as president is culmination of that and our warning sign.

 

I am not suggesting that we take away the motivation of wealth. WEe do, however, have to acknowledge that money is power and people are using it to consolidate power. The rich are .right now making our government into Corporatocracy.  They have gerrymandered the voting districts, rolling back regulations put into place to stop corrupt business practices, making their voices the only ones heard in Washington, and destroying the unions.

 

I do struggle with progressive taxing- taking a larger percentage of income because someone has more. This negates the hard work that many people do to have security and wealth. However, successful people must also acknowledge that it is not just their hard work. Things would be different if not for our country and our security. Our infrastructure and our freedoms.

 

Their opportunities was created by a environment and that was influenced by our government. Now that they have theirs, they want it to stop before it helps others.pretty good book.jpg

Chat Her Up

Last weekend, after dealing with a talkative best buy employee, my daughter talked about how women had to deal with attention. Men finding reasons to engage with a female and chat her up based on their looks and that they are female.  She stated just as a fact of life.

I think I have always been sensitive to this. I always thought that that woman (girl depending on my age) was getting enough attention.  She didn’t need another guy giving her attention just because she has nice looks.

To be honest, the reason I most likely did that because I did the attention math.  With so many men vying for her attention, a better looking guy was going to win out so why bother.

Is it another truth that the pretty woman ended up with an uggo? Perhaps, but I also could not display the confidence that might attract a woman either.

In my book The Tao of Apathy, I even addressed this with a character who had a name, but was often called “The pretty housekeeper.”  Don’t worry, I did make her a three dimensional, powerful woman. However, she represents the way a pretty woman gets attention at work.

I remember working at a place and a guy telling me of this hot college girl that worked at a factory of the summer.  When it came time for her to go back to school, she got a party and a cake.  At the same time was a guy that retired.  He didn’t get any of that.

I think my daughter is reporting accurately about this. This is where things start and it leads to sexual harassment.