Serf-Dom What is it?

Let me start with the fact that there are two types of republicans. There are Republican’s who are defiantly old school republican. President Lincoln old school. They believe what you get in life depends on how much work and effort you put into achieving it. A lot of them have changed their name to Conservative.
Then there are crazy republicans, who seem to believe ‘if you were a good person would have been born rich. So if you are poor than you must be bad, and if you are bad it is God’s will you that you must be punished. Who am they to go against the will of God?’
So with the crazy republican war on people stupid enough to be born poor, I have begun to wonder if slavery and serfdom are far away. After all in the incredibly poor countries it is quite common for parents to sell their children into slavery. Telling themselves it is better than watching them slowly starve to death and that their master will at least feed them. And With the money they get from selling their child, for a while they can feed their remaining children.
You know some republicans have been quoted saying that serfdom isn’t slavery and that all Lords of the Manor are good managers. That all Lords are Good honest caring people that look after their Serfs. After all that’s what TV says and TV is always right isn’t it?
Now, lets get to the main question, what is Serfdom? That crazy republicans want to reduce us to. A Serf is a tenant who lives on land owned by Landlord. As a Serf you work for the Landlord and you don’t get to quit. As a Serf you are bound for life to the service of your Landlord. So are your children and your spouse. This means your Landlord decides where you will live, who or if you will marry, and what career you will follow. If you want an education that’s up to your Landlord not you. If you decide you want to move or change careers sometime during your serfdom you will have to get your Landlord’s permission. If you have a nice Landlord 10% of any money you make after all expenses have been deducted will go into yours pocket. The rest will go into your Landlord’s coffers. That is if you are allowed to keep any of the money. It’s more common for your Landlord to keep a 100% of whatever you make ‘after expenses’.
Let’s say you Landlord storms into your house looking for a toilet takes an unwholesome fancy to your spouse or one of your children. Guess what, you do not get to say no or throw them out, all you get to do is to smile as your Landlord takes your loved one and or children away to be used as your landlord pleases for as long as they please. After your loved one is gone you don’t get to call the cops and file kidnaping charges all you get to do is pray to God that your loved is not to badly damage. If by some miracle they are returned to you all you can do is hope they can forgive you for not protecting them.
But hey, you a free-born, you are not Slave. After all you can’t be bought or sold. Well At least not to your face. You see your Landlord can sell your services to another Landlord. Which means you are moving whether or not you want to. If you have a spouse and or children it is up to the Landlord which bought you if they will go with you, but hey you aren’t a slave.

Veteran’s Opinion

Let’s start with the fact, I am a Veteran. I have been a patient of the Veteran’s medical system for the last 15 years after my legs went bad.

Okay this is where things can get a bit confusing. The 1st time I became a part of the Veteran’s Medical System was after an honorable discharge in 1985. I enlisted in the VA Medical System because was the only medical insurance I could afford while I tried to go to school. This lasted until I took a job at the VA Hospital and worked there for almost 6 years. During those 6 years I had ‘private’ medical insurance and as an employee I had to seek my care in the civilian world. Eventually I was medically laid off because of my legs going bad. Then my insurance began rejecting treatments and procedures. That is when I returned to the VA medical system.

So as you can see I am quite familiar with both VA medical system and ‘private medicine.’ as both patient and employee. So you see I can honestly compare the 2 system.

With that said and as Ed Shultz says ‘Let’s get to work.’

The years I worked at the Denver VA Hospital it taught me that the hospital was working at capacity. There was a time we had more patients then we had beds. Often this was the result of what we called ‘dumps’. A dump is when one of the for profit hospital discovers that one of their patients is indigent or if patients insurance had reached its capacity for the year and were not going to pay anything more. If the patient is a veteran they would move that patient to a local VA Hospital.

I remember when I was assigned to a surgical intensive care unit a veteran was rolled in attached to every portable life support there was. His paperwork showed he was a ‘dump’.

Then came the budget cuts. Thanks to the republican cuts we had to close 2 wards and a medical intensive care unit. Those now unused patient rooms were turned into offices no one use and a st0ore room with nothing in it.
Then came a rare moment of sanity in which congress recognized PTSD and Agent Orange as real medical conditions. Doubling the patient load.

Now thanks to 2 useless manufactured wars the VA Patient load is quadrupling. These Veterans are seeking care with traumas and injuries that in World War II meant death.

Last year republicans cut another 29 billion from Veteran’s budget. The sequestration budget cut another 10% was cut from the VA Budget. During the Bush/Cheney years $60 billion was cut from the VA budget. Good old super smart Paul Ryan fixed it so veterans will not be getting a cost of living raise for 3 years. Hell, He has made it clear he wants to cut all disability payments to Vets and to everybody else getting help for that matter. As part of his war on wasteful social spending.

So what I don’t get is why republicans are uptight about doctor’s being forced to see 20 or more patients in day and not being able to give their patients the time they need. Plus patients waiting several months or more for visits to specialty doctors or their primary doctor.

Anyway it seems to me strange that republicans are upset because Vets are slipping through the cracks and dying.
Well that’s my rant.

Next week back to Bankruptcy

My Political Opinion

With all that is going on, I am going to take this week, and I am going to take this article to tell you my opinion on a few matters. One of the privileges of being a writer. Next I will be getting into Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

So here we go, I’ve got to wonder why Bloomberg is such an evil bad guy for giving $50 million to Mothers for gun control. I mean all they are doing with his money is using the money to lobby congressmen and promote their cause.
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The N.R.A. and crazy republicans are saying he is over reaching and abusing the system. Yet the Koch Brothers spend billions of dollars supporting the N.R.A. And they are claiming ‘they are such great Americans miss understood and abused.’ On 4/25/14 I watched part of the N.R.A. leader’s speech and I am really confused. He accused Democrats and Independents of passing bad laws without reading them and then going on T.V to defend them. Yet it has been republicans caught doing that for the least for the last 20 years. Regulating religion? Crazy republicans made it very clear that only a limited number Christian sects are acceptable. When did the collection of emails, cell phone records and personal data without cause or warrant is Obama’s fault? Didn’t Wayne La Pierre know that President G.W. Bush started it? Wayne La Pierre claims how news organizations are telling lies in support of certain political groups. As far as I know only Fox news and right-wing radio show have been caught in lie after lie. As far as I know CNN and MSNBC have made mistakes but they have always made prime time apologies and own up to it. Fox never has nor has Fox ever admitted their fact ‘mistakes’ and I have watched a few of their lame attempts to cover things up.

When did it become okay for someone who makes anywhere up to $100,000 a year and refuses pay one bills is a hero and someone who had been desperately searching for a job for the last three to four years loses and their unemployment insurance has to go to jail for feeding their kids. Shanesa Taylor of Arizona went to jail for trying to get a job to feed her kids. Just so you know debtor’s prisons in the United States is very real. Thousands of men and women have gone to jail for owing as little as $1000. Privatized juvenile jails are keeping their prisoners months past their release dates to fatten that prisons bills to the State.

Why do multi-billion dollar corporations deserve more in tax cuts and subsidies? To get paid just for existing in the States. And I have to pay more in taxes, and lose food stamps, A.C.A Medicare social security. To lose some of my tax deductions. To have A rich man’s son should go to college and while my nephews can’t. The Paul Ryan budget.
Why was it okay on that but unemployment insurance ‘sorry it’s just not that important.’?

You know I have even read an article about a private juvie prison in Florida being investigated for selling their male and female prisoners sexual services, like I said I am confused?

S.C.R.A III

Interesting, our House of Representatives has actually held a vote on 4/10/14. 219 crazy republicans have voted to cut and end food stamps, Medicare and Medaid, Unemployment insurance, welfare and other much needed social programs. For example, there would be cuts to the Pell grant making it 10 times harder for a poor kid to get education or training needed so they can climb out of being poor. Of course, let’s not forget Obama care this budget will be taking away medical insurance from 8 million working families. After all the poor and handicap are just lazy people bleeding this country dry.

All this so they can to give poor rich people a much needed tax cuts. Poor, Poor rich people. I swear Serf-Dom is on its way back. Once we have Serf-Dom slavery is not even a half-step away.

Oh well, Once again as Ed Shultz from the Ed Show says ‘Let’s go to work’. I am not a lawyer, I am a paralegal. So what follows is in no-way to be taken as, intended to be legal advice. This is legal information only. Let us not forget when a lawyer or paralegal becomes involved your problem becomes an Issue.

Picking up on the S.C.R.A. I am constructing a second page dedicated to listing phone numbers, addresses and websites of military legal assistance organizations. I found this listing on the Department of Justice website. Theses organizations’ should and will be able to help you if you decide to pursue an S.C.R.A/Serviceman’s Civil Relief Act type of bankruptcy. If you live near a military base you can also start with local military base’s legal offices.

If you are a service member and or the service member’s spouse starting an S.C.R.A you will need to have this the information you need to have on hand when you make your 1st call:

Service member’s full and complete name, rank and current posting or where they are currently stationed. Of course don’t forget your soldier’s social security number.

Next gather together all information you can about the money matter you need help with. This includes all bills, demand letters, contracts, deeds and bills of sales. This also includes any legal documents, like Reposition demands, notices of evictions, and foreclosures’ notices. Make sure you have all this information organized in such a way you can easily find what information you need while are talking with your lawyer.

It will help to write down a list of your questions and concerns before making your 1st call and have it on top of your paperwork.

Once you have gotten all your information put together, you can make your 1st call.

SIDENOTE: Do not be surprised or appalled if after the intake operator takes your phone number and some information about your issue they tell you someone will be calling you back. This is a legal and governmental office you are dealing with after all. It could be 2 or 3 days before someone call you back but I guarantee someone will call. However if someone is pounding at your door about the debt make sure the intake operator is aware! Someone will call you back a lot sooner.
If someone from that office doesn’t call in that time frame or the collection agent starts getting scary you can call the intake operator again ask them to hurry it along.

More about the S.C.R.A next week. Then there should be a couple more S.C.R.A postings and then I will be moving on to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Living Wills

Here we are yet again. I am a paralegal not a lawyer so this is in no way to be taken as legal advice this is meant to be legal information only. Just so you know when a lawyer or a paralegal becomes involved your problem become an Issue.

Next on my list is Living Wills which is also called an advanced medical directive.  You see a Living Will is all about what you want to happen while you are still alive and can’t speak for yourself.  You see a Living Will deals with what happens to your money, your kids, to your house and most importantly how you want to be taken care of while you are mentally out of the game.  Let’s not kid around you are going to be very busy fighting for your life to take care of small things. Like what bills get paid and who is feeding your dog.

Let’s start with you are on life supports, a Living Will lets your loved ones know how your doctors can keep you attached to those god awful machines before they have let you go.  If you have advanced cancer you can limit how much your family can do to keep you alive if you have a heart attack

Or say you find certain medical treatments go against your religious beliefs, with a Living Will, on file you can prevent your doctor or some well-meaning loved one from letting those treatments being done, if you are out of it.

A Living will also get covers who you have assigned a Health Care power of attorney or more importantly a Durable power of attorney too. Power of attorney Covering who you want making medical decisions while you are out of it. Including who you want to take care of your assets and more importantly who is taking care your children.

To repeat myself, the more you have in ASSETS, CHILDREN CONCERNS AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS THE MORE YOU NEED A LAWYER.

SIDE-NOT: If you have underage children and the other parent is unable or to be polite unqualified to take them. I can’t say this loud enough you need to set up an assigned guardianship for you children set up. Otherwise your Kids could be given to the 1st blood relative to claim them or the state will get them. If the state gets them it could cost your blood relative a small fortune to get them back.

SIDE-NOTE; An Asset in the legal world is anything such as a house, car, jewelry, bank accounts or stocks and bonds. Say you have written a book and it sells fairly well. It can be anything as long as it has a money value attached to it.

Just so you know a Living Will must be witnessed by your current primary doctor and if you are fighting a possibly terminal illness it has to be co-signed by the doctor in charge   of helping you fight your illness.

Unfortunately the rules and regulations for validating Living Will can and do differ from state to state.

Affordable Care Act or Obama Care

I am going off topic this week.  I did some checking and this is what I found out about the Obama Care that has got the Tea Party republicans so upset.  I got this information from the US.Gov website.

After listening to the replicons. I would like to know the difference between an IRS agent making decisions about my health care versus a Corporation Accountant. The only difference I can think of is the IRS agent will decided if I live or die based on if I got the paperwork right. The corporate account will decide based on how much saving my life will cost the stock holders.

In Missouri, people with Medicare saved nearly $142 million on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act.  In 2012 alone, 75,201 individuals in Missouri saved over $49 million, or an average of $650 per beneficiary.  In 2012, people with Medicare in the “donut hole” received a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and 14 percent discount on generic drugs.  And thanks to the health care law, coverage for both brand name and generic drugs will continue to increase over time until the coverage gap is closed.  Nationally, over 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved over $7 billion on drugs since the law’s enactment.

The health care law extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by ten years.  From 2010 to 2012, Medicare spending per beneficiary grew at 1.7 percent annually, substantially more slowly than the per capita rate of growth in the economy.  And the health care law helps stop fraud with tougher screening procedures, stronger penalties, and new technology. Over the last four years, the administration’s fraud enforcement efforts have recovered $14.9 billion from fraudsters.  For every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse activities in the last three years the administration has returned $7.90.

The health care law increases the funding available to community health centers nationwide. In Montana, 17 health centers operate 89 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 101,406 people.  Health Center grantees in Montana have received $36,081,463 under the health care law to support ongoing health center operations and to establish new health center sites, expand services, and/or support major capital improvement projects.

Community Health Centers in all 50 states have also received a total of $150 million in federal grants to help enroll uninsured Americans in the Health Insurance Marketplace, including $1,477,139 awarded to Montana health centers.   With these funds, Montana health centers expect to hire 27 additional workers, who will assist 14,341 Montanans with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.

By the Numbers: Uninsured Montanans who are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace.

•185,904 (22%) are uninsured and eligible

•150,978 (81%) have a full-time worker in the family

•69,786 (38%) are 19-34 years old

•138,248 (74%) are White

•1,546 (1%) are African American

•7,439 (4%) are Latino/Hispanic

•1,673 (1%) are Asian American or Pacific Islander

•101,567 (55%) are male

Nest week I will talk about court costs and Probate

Affordable Care Act or Obama Care

I am going off topic this week. I did some checking and this is what I found out about the Obama Care that has got the Tea Party republicans so upset. I got this information from the US.Gov website.

After listening to the republicans. I have a question, I would like to know the difference between an IRS agent making decisions about my health care versus a Corporation Accountant. The only difference I can think of is the IRS agent will decided if I live or die based on if I got the paperwork right. The corporate account will decide based on how much saving my life will cost the stock holders.
In Missouri, people with Medicare saved nearly $142 million on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act. In 2012 alone, 75,201 individuals in Missouri saved over $49 million, or an average of $650 per beneficiary. In 2012, people with Medicare in the “donut hole” received a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and 14 percent discount on generic drugs. And thanks to the health care law, coverage for both brand name and generic drugs will continue to increase over time until the coverage gap is closed. Nationally, over 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved over $7 billion on drugs since the law’s enactment.

The health care law extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by ten years. From 2010 to 2012, Medicare spending per beneficiary grew at 1.7 percent annually, substantially more slowly than the per capita rate of growth in the economy. And the health care law helps stop fraud with tougher screening procedures, stronger penalties, and new technology. Over the last four years, the administration’s fraud enforcement efforts have recovered $14.9 billion from fraudsters. For every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse activities in the last three years the administration has returned $7.90.
The health care law increases the funding available to community health centers nationwide. In Montana, 17 health centers operate 89 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 101,406 people. Health Center grantees in Montana have received $36,081,463 under the health care law to support ongoing health center operations and to establish new health center sites, expand services, and/or support major capital improvement projects.

Community Health Centers in all 50 states have also received a total of $150 million in federal grants to help enroll uninsured Americans in the Health Insurance Marketplace, including $1,477,139 awarded to Montana health centers. With these funds, Montana health centers expect to hire 27 additional workers, who will assist 14,341 Montanans with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.
By the Numbers: Uninsured Montanans who are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace.

•185,904 (22%) are uninsured and eligible
•150,978 (81%) have a full-time worker in the family
•69,786 (38%) are 19-34 years old
•138,248 (74%) are White
•1,546 (1%) are African American
•7,439 (4%) are Latino/Hispanic
•1,673 (1%) are Asian American or Pacific Islander
•101,567 (55%) are male

Nest week I will talk about court costs and Probate