On the way home from work on Tuesday, the NPR station out of Tallahassee was being flaky, so I was flipping through the dial looking for some Christmas music and came across some Talk Radio program that I had never heard. The host was a guest host or something, and the discussion was on this newly proposed Constitutional Amendment where the states could vote to overthrow the Federal government. What? That isn’t what is being proposed? Maybe not, but it sure seems like the states want the right to tell Washington to “Go to Hell!” Or at least be able to say, “We don’t have to have health care if we don’t want it.” Which, of course, is where the idea of and the push for this Amendment started.
But I digress.
The host went off on what he called “the allegedly fiscally responsible Republican party” and lambasted my beloved state for the monstrosity it just spent millions on for the Florida Supreme Court. He said he didn’t want to allow Florida (he was in Tampa) to spend his tax dollars if they couldn’t do better than that and he wanted callers to tell him why their state was better.
Of course no one could.
But the next caller didn’t even try. He just said Hi and started being critical of the new law passed to allow more inspections of food. Apparently this new law is going to cost the taxpayers over a billion dollars a year. Wow.
But I don’t mind an extra billion being spent to ensure my food is safe, even as I plan to try to grow more of it at home myself. (TRY being the operative word here) I don’t mind an extra billion being spent to ensure equality. I don’t mind an extra billion being spent on AIDS research.
I do mind when extra billions are put into the hands of those who already have more money than they or their descendants will ever need, but the long term unemployed can go EFF themselves. I do mind when extra billions are spent propping up wobbly dictators, but our military with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) cannot get the best cognitive care available because it will run over $50,000 per soldier/sailor/airman. And then many trillions are spent sending in the troops to take out those dictators once we no longer find him (or her!) useful, but still no money for TBI rehabilitation.
Still, it is the holiday season, whether your holidays include Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Winter Solstice Celebrations, or just a couple of extra days off work and I would like to think that I can count my blessings.
1. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is now just a fading nightmare for many. It is not yet perfect, and it will take months to allow gay service members to live their lives openly and honestly, but it will happen now. I hope this is a sign of the equality to come.
2. My taxes are not going up. With DSD still out of work (he has completed 2 years of unemployment) things are getting a little tighter and I don’t think we could afford a tax hike right now.
3. My step daughter and I have patched up our relationship and I am enjoying this grandparent thing. And my growing friendship with her.
4. I can see the end in sight for my Bachelor’s Degree. About 18 more months and I can make the walk. It is going to be work for those 18 months, but I will have that degree.
5. The Republicans didn’t win the House.
6. W is still no longer President.
7. Health. Mine. DSD’s. My in-laws who are in their 70s. My parents who are in their 60s. The children. A friend’s mother lost her battle with cancer last night. My heart breaks for the family even while I rejoice in the health that we have.
8. All of you in blog land who stick by me even when I have no time for you. Who post the things I wish I had written. Who make me laugh and cry and so thankful.
Happy Holidays from me to you. I hope yours are the best ever.