Corporate States of America

Is there somebody out there who can tell me when and why it has begun to be legal to deny a few the right to vote? I thought we took care of that during the historic marches of the civil rights of 1960’s?

A lot of pundits and educated people have been quoted saying that the United States is very much like ancient Rome. Just like during the fall of Rome, our civil rights are slowly being taken from us. Just like the ancient Romans. Just like as long as we have beer and reality TV we are perfectly happy to turn over our rights of the magic people, which promise us safety, toys and the right kind of entertainments. All this just for the price of freedom. After all we really don’t understand what freedom is or how to use freedom is, right? So how will we miss it? Isn’t that something the Devil says when he is trying to buy a soul?

I mean those corporations seem to know how to handle freedom better than we do, right?  I mean just look at the price gouging and toxic waste spills.  Corporations have agreed to clean these spills up. Right?  That is along as there is an EPA to pay for the clean-up and provide the personal to do the dangerous cleanings.  As for the price gouging oh well a few appeals and a few donations to the right campaign funds bring that down to something much more ‘agreeable’.

With Corporations totally in charge, these poor abused corporations wouldn’t have to worry this would they. I mean aren’t those poor corporations are so put upon,.  Just Never mind the sickness their chemical and toxic chemical drops will cause.  After all, if we spend our resources making a profit for a very few and already very wealthy citizens, will do this country so much good. Won’t It?

Let’s talk about how well corporations are taking care of right to voting rights shall we?   This last November a 93-year-old World War II veteran is denied his right to vote. The right, which he risked his life in World War II to protects, Rights he watched friends and fellow soldiers, die to protect. The reason William Parsely, the Vote Judge, gave the reason for his denial ‘was that according to current voting laws in Texas’ the fact he did not have a current drivers. Our Veteran had his expired driver’s license plus several other forms of picture ID, but this was not enough. He need’s that all important driver’s license

Voting Judge William Parsely said he had advised the 93-year old veteran to go over to the closest motor vehicle station and renew his license the comeback and cast his ballot. After all there was plenty of time before the polls close. So our veteran than has to go to the DMV. So after standing in line for anywhere up to five hours to get to a DMV desk. Our veteran must then explain to another ‘public servant’ that the medical reasons, he allowed his license expire some 20+ years ago, are no longer valid. Makes me wonder when the last time Judge Parsely’s was in a DMV?

Suing over Presidential Executive Order

 

It seems his highness King John Boehner is displeased. He claims his chief servant President Obama has overstepped the authority granted to him by the ruling caste. The Republican Party. He has committed this heinous crime by using powers granted to him under the Constitution of the United States commonly known as Presidential Executive order to create laws and policies republicans don’t like.

It also seems crazy republicans want you to believe President Obama either doesn’t have, or is abusing and or making more Executive Orders than any other president. That is very and I do mean very wrong.  At the date of this writing President Obama was yet to issue the same number of Executive orders issued by President Bush or Regan.

While executive orders are considered federal law valid around the nation, there are 3 ways to overturn an executive order. 1st if congress could ever get its act together it could veto the order, 2nd the Supreme Court can overturn an executive order, (I have included an example in this post) finally the next president can terminate or rewrite an executive order. There are some orders which do have a built in termination date. Originally executive orders were limited to the administration of different governmental departments and how that department would deal with a federal law directly effecting department operations. Now, thanks to President G.W. Bush’s National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20, the powers of the executive order has greatly expanded. You see, prior to this directive a president could respond to a threat or danger with military force but after a period time the president would have to go before congress and ask for a declaration of war, if refused the president would have to bring the troops home. (Just so you know the presidential directive is not an executive order.) Directives can also be challenged like an executive order and can be renewed like an executive order. A few in congressmen did try to challenge but were overruled by their fellow congressmen. That’s how we got into the 10 year Iraq war and the power to declare war now resides with the president.

 To make these changes permanent unchangeable law a senator or congressman must decide it is a good change and introduces a bill in support of the executive order or the president talks someone into introducing the bill. Than manages to get it through both houses so he can sign it the order will expire. Also the incoming president could renew or terminate an executive order if someone tells him about it or slips it in among a pile of other things requiring his signature. If none of this happens than the executive order will find its way into his or her ‘presidential library’. Where it will probably be forgotten.

 Now the Supreme Court can override and or nullify of an executive order. Let’s look at executive order 10340 created by Harry Truman. This order expropriated and federalized the steel industry. Executive order 10340 was canceled by the Supreme Court in 1959.

 Now there are federal laws that do have a time limit. President Obama created Protecting Tenants during Foreclose Act (P.T.F.A.) during his 1st term in office. The difference between an Act and an executive order is there was at least some congressional support. The P.T.F.A. dealt with a landlord tenant issue.

 More Next Week

 

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl Sgt.

Are republicans so damn desperate, they have to destroy a young man’s life? Republicans are demonstrating that a soldier is a valueless expendable commodity. Unless he has achieved a rank of Colonel or higher and is preferable male. If you are thinking about joining, I would think about it very carefully. With an all-volunteer armed services republicans have made a recruiters job a hell of a lot more difficult.

Now these idiots claim Sgt. Bergdahl is a jihadist that he has converted it Islam. After this treatment he just might be. Think about this Sgt. Bergdahl has been a captive for five years. Five years of being tortured denied food, possibly spending several months at a time in a four by four cell so black you cannot see your own hand as you touch your own nose. You’ve spent all those months in that tiny cell without human contact.

Ghee, doesn’t that sound a lot like what P.O.W’s went through in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. I an old enough to remember how activists like Jane Fonda and journalist got played. They were allowed to ‘interview’ detainees. Detainees are prisoners programmed through torture and mind games to ‘honestly’ and ‘without fear of punishment’ tell the world how neat and wonderful their prisons and guards are. Plus how rotten America is.

You know as a Veteran I’ve heard 100’s of stories about soldiers leaving their post to ‘relieve’ themselves. Then While ‘reaching for toilet paper only to be captured. So with all these rumors flying about concerning Sgt. Bergdahl.

Here is mine:

He found out he wasn’t there to fight terrorists, to rescue any hostages or to protect his country. That he was there to create a higher demand for the military-industrial complex. In addition to giving certain ‘unnamed’ corporations access to Iraq oil fields. Discovering this, he picked a bad way to protest.

Maybe the Taliban tempted him away from his post by offering him the ‘personal services’ of 72 virgins?

Who knows? Again everything I’ve heard and read about Sgt. Bergdahl has been rumors and speculation. Nothing even the dumbest lawyer in the whole world would take to court. Of course with the Fox news their claims have been outright lies. Something like 20 soldiers losing their lives looking for Him. Get real, our military would not have sent out 20 soldiers to rescue 1 Sergeant. There have been rumors of maybe 2 soldiers were sent. A number of other deaths credited to Sgt. Bergdahl were combat deaths but had nothing to do with looking for him. Some of the deaths occurred before he was captured.

JUST SO YOU KNOW: The MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX are the corporations that make their billions selling our military all those guns, tanks, bombs and aircraft carriers. Unfortunately Without a war going on our military doesn’t seem to want to buy all their toys.

This brings me to a point I want to make. Our combat soldiers are being sent into combat without any idea of what to expect. I understand ‘combat training’ has become nothing more than a joke. In my day ‘combat training’ is referred to as an Exercise. Exercise’s that are supposed to simulate doing your job, with people trying to kill you. In my day you would be issued an m-16 and have to stand watch with an enemy trying to invade your camp. Sometimes there would be gun fire and explosions, or sometimes an enemy would sneak into your camp and shoot you in your sleep. Now these Exercises have become a camping trip.

I will try to get back to Bankruptcy next week.

Bill, S. 1982 VET HEALTH

Interesting, did you know there was a bill presented to the senate this last February. February 2014. This bill would have built 27 new veteran hospitals. It would have purchased much-needed new equipment and replaced equipment to antiquated to handle patient needs. It would have created educational programs for doctors and nurses to better equip them to handle changing patient needs resulting from daring to survive the USLESS IRAQ and the Afghan wars.

It would also allow Veteran Hospitals to accept and treat Vets with medical conditions resulting from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars not yet listed as service connected disabilities. These medical problems would be treated but the Vet would not get disability pay. At least not until the disability is approved by the VA system. This Bill would have allowed Vets get the specialized care needed without going millions of dollars into debt.

But with the current bureaucracy unless a tank roles over your leg and at least 8 people are standing there and taking pictures. It can take anywhere up to 6 years to get a service connected classification for your medical problem. Just ask Vietnam vets how long it took them to get the VA Systems to recognize the very long list of medical problems created by Agent Orange.

But Of course cost conscious Senators like Marco Rubio Jeff Sessions and a number of other republicans have decided that this would cost just too much. So they saw fit to filibustered The Bill until it was dead.

This after forcing our military to keep open, and to train and staff 3 installations. Plus update the same Installations. Installations our military has decided serve no valuable or needed function in protecting this country and wanted to close them. Then there was an officer pay raise. Our military decided a 1% would be more than enough, but our wonderful congress decided that Officers needed a 2% cost of living raise. The same ones who decided a pay raise for us vets would cost too much.

Now let’s get into how The VA medical system operates. It works a lot like medical insurance. Although instead being based on your income the VA system is based on your medical conditions. For example, if you enter the VA Medical System without a service connected medical need you will have a $15 co-pay to see your primary care doctor. $65 if you need to see a specialist and $8 for whatever medication you might need.

Wow, ghee that is a whole money isn’t?

Now let’s say you enter VA system with a 10% service connected disability for a gunshot wound. Now let’s say 10 months after you get your 10% rating, your primary care doctor discovers a bone infection were you got shot and the infection is spreading. Because of your 10% rating, all and I do mean all treatments, tests, medications and or hospitalization your doctor’s order are covered at no charge. No treatment or medication prescribed by a doctor can be denied. Unless a board of doctors disagree with the prescribing Doctor. That’s doctors not accountants. If you get a 50% disability rating you medical bills disappear.

So you see the higher your disability rating smaller your medical bill. The February Vet bill would have allowed freshly discharged vets with little or no income seek care without going into debt.

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

Debtors Prison An American Carol

All right, five months ago it is Christmas time. As usual, there was a Christmas Carol movie is playing on a number of different cable stations. I think my three favorite are Bill Murray’s Scrooge, Vanessa Williams’ a Diva’s Christmas Carol and Patrick Steward`s, A Christmas Carol. I think Mr. Steward’s came closest to what Charles Dickens wanted to say. In each movie the main plot was pretty much the same, old greedy Ebenezer Scrooge or a Scrooge type character who refuses to part with a single coin and was out to squeeze every last possible coin from poor souls no matter how or why they got into debt. It did not matter what damage or suffering his greed caused. All that mattered was putting that shiny coin into his pocket.
With that in mind, one of his favorite things to do in getting that coin, in the book, was to buy the debt of others have the unfortunate debtor arrested and jailed as a debt dodge. It didn’t matter if they were employed trying to pay or not. Debt was an actual crime in the 18th and 19th centuries. With his victim in jail, in jail without a trail or due process, Ebenezer would seize and sell their homes, furniture anything with the remotest monetary value, turning the debtors ill parents, wives and children out to suffer in the streets. You know in the real world of the 19th century single and or widowed women with children just as often wound up in debtor’s prison as men did. Debtor’s children and wives were often sent to workhouses and orphanages. Places that were too often a half a step from hell. That is if they weren’t just dumped on the streets after their house was seized.
That would be a scary world to live in wouldn’t it. Thank the Lord we don’t live in such times, right? After all it only happens in fiction and history books, right? I mean such a thing could happen not in today’s America, right?
Wrong Virginia! It is very real! And it could very well happen to you!
Just ask the Minnesota woman, who went to jail over a $250 owed for a credit card she didn’t know she had. Or The Illinois breast cancer survivor who was jailed over a $280 medical bill the hospital told her she didn’t owe. There was a woman sent to jail over a $60 phone bill owed by her husband dead 10 years. Let’s not forget the Kansas City guy who went to jail for $1000 he owed a furniture store after making payment arrangements. This last January a judge sentenced a man in Kenny Illinois to an ‘indefinite jail term’ over $300 he owed a lumber yard.
This doesn’t include to poor souls sent to jail because they didn’t have the money or a job to pay a fine. Only to discover that their $60 fine after 90 days spent in jail is now $6000. After all someone has to pay for the prison, prison guards’, food and uniforms.
After all didn’t one bund ant say “If you were a good person and a favorite of God you would have been born rich?”

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?