Congress that is nothing but Trouble

Posted on September 20, 2013. Filed under: Blogroll | Tags: , , , , |

    Well it is that time of the year again where the members of the Senate and House of the United States Congress refuse to work together and aim for a government shutdown because of Obamacare. The new health care law is for many appears to be an unpopular option and for members of the do nothing congress it is a perfect target to forward their agendas.

While I am too affected by the upcoming changes of Obamacare; I believe that it will help with the spiraling costs of healthcare and even the medications that we all use. Congress of course is facing the fact they would have to drop the free healthcare they get and they don’t like it. They are even trying to get themselves exempt along with their staff members. One dummy Republican Phil Gingrey of Georgia while involved with discussions over the healthcare law bitched about his salary being too low as a member of Congress. He makes $172,000 a year as my representative; however he now wants to be elected to the Senate. No cookie for you, my vote will go towards someone more worthy and perhaps more reliable. Anyone who thinks THAT is not enough money does not need to be in Congress either as a representative or even as a senator.

I have been looking towards a newcomer named Michelle Nunn, who perhaps has some better sense and who father served in the Senate, Senator Sam Nunn –D-Georgia, who as a Democrat served with distinction and gave the citizens of Georgia and the United States a great service. Should we as the American people start looking at the new comers to replace those that are now in Congress that refuses to give us a budget that will make the United States stable so that the rest of the world is comfortable? I believe that is the case and I would hope that those that have incumbents will consider their removal from office by the power of the vote.

We can send the emails or even better put pen to paper and start writing letters and mailing them in droves; since this would benefit the US Postal Service send a letter to the Do-Nothing Senator or Representatives office in your home state and then send another to their office in Washington too. Drive them crazy (and make their staff work) by sending the letters certified mail, return receipt requested. We of course should send some boxes of tissues to that cry baby representative from Ohio, John Boehner a Republican from Ohio who as Speaker of the Do-Nothing House while passing Senator Harry Reid –R-NV, publicly told Senator Reid to “Go F**K himself”, and continued on his way past the startled Reid. Frankly, seeing this kind of behavior makes me wonder if Boehner needs to have a psychological examination by a doctor. Saying that, I am sure Phil Gingrey who is a doctor but one who practices medicine and not psychology would have someone in mind who can give him one; of course at no charge. The bill would be footed onto the American people.

There are other problems too with the threat of a government shutdown. There is a grim possibility that the men and women of the United States Armed Forces will not have a paycheck when this shutdown takes place. I ponder if Congress would change their mind if some dependents show up at their offices with bills that are due and that cannot be paid because of their actions? Would they the Do-Nothings open their checkbooks and pay the bills? Probably not, and they would send them off to agencies that are shut down because of their stupidity and lack of proper leadership. I ask others facing the probability of a shutdown; should we continue to have these childish actions shape our daily lives or plan on looking forward to electing someone who will respect the office and the people who have sent them there and do a job that has to be done no matter what their party affiliation? I would hope that many will decide to remove the Do-Nothings and those who seem to think that their $172,000 yearly salary is a mere pittance and send one who will work.

Of course besides our own idiots from Georgia in Washington being dumb and crying about their salary we have our Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal-R, who decide not to help the citizens of Georgia in getting healthcare. Instead of setting up a Healthcare Exchange in Georgia; the snake-eye governor now looking for a second term refused President Obama’s Healthcare Law and with the head of Georgia’s Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens-R refused to put up any information on any Georgia website that can be easily found to help their citizens get the needed healthcare that many should get. Governor Deal who has faced a couple of ethics investigations and campaign violations by the skin of his teeth, is up for reelection in 2014 needs to be nudged none too gently out of office for his lack of leadership. I expect more ethics investigations to be carried out not by the appointed individuals but perhaps by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as there have been reports that some incriminating reports were ordered removed by a woman named Holley LaBerge who is head of the Georgia Ethics Commission, and as she once exclaimed “I own the Governor”, Ms. LaBerge that is one agency that you cannot “OWN”.

Everyone have a great weekend and of course stock up for the government shut down/lockdown again. I am sure the childishness will continue.

Stephen E Sauls

Chamblee, GA.

    

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The Back Check and Where’s that Murmur

Posted on February 13, 2013. Filed under: Blogroll, General | Tags: , , , , , |

Well as I look forward to finding out about how the problem with my lower back issues goes, I have an appointment for the heart murmur found during my yearly health exam back in November of 2012. The results for the back issues when it comes to being determined if they were service related all comes down to hoping the ship’s medic recorded the incident after I had fallen and made the report to him. The examining doctor stated it would be about six months before I might even hear anything. Mind you, I applied back in April of 2012. My exam was the first part of February, and I had even more X-Rays too.

Up next on the list is the murmur, and that is for February 14th, of 2013 kind of ironic it being Valentine’s Day and what not. My own mother who is 82, she too has a heart murmur the cause of which is a heart valve closing too fast. As for mine, the Doc was not sure which part of the heart it was coming from and had ordered an ultrasound shortly after the discovery it was at that point I was given an appointment to see the cardiologist. Unlike those who have great health insurance or members of Congress who if they get the sniffles; which all the stops are pulled out to make sure they don’t keel over and croak while besmirching us lowly folks in their chambers, we have to take a number.

If you got great health insurance, very low deductibles you will get the great service and you can even set the day and time for your treatment date etc. all the while we lesser folk wait for our turn patiently. Veterans have to be patient, there are a lot of us out there and with the drawdown that Congress seems to be howling about there will be even more since a lot those troops who are likely not needed will be getting out of service to find jobs and will fall under the care of the Veterans Administration which is already overloaded. Congress wants to spend, spend and spend without raising taxes all because they want to have shiny toys made in their districts.

The drone program which has been successful is itself facing cuts, since it costs a lot to keep those things flying. Maybe we can repurpose those machines and turn them into air traffic control aircraft for cities, perhaps putting some over Washington D.C. so when a member of Congress gets the sniffles; we can have it help cover the breaking news of the sniffle outbreak. Even better, give that money to the Veterans Administration so they can treat more Veterans. You have to spend a day at the local Veterans Hospital in Atlanta to understand why there is such a backlog. There is not enough staff, equipment, and space to fit the current number of Veterans who need treatment on a daily basis.

One thing the Veterans Administration is doing and that is embracing technology. I use the MYHEALTH feature on their website; the link https://www.myhealth.va.gov will take you there where if you are a Veteran you can register for the site and once verified you can access your treatment records, prescription information, and upcoming appointments and even test results too. We take the appointments given when available; generally the folks are kind enough to note which days are the best for us so we don’t have to miss any work and get us into the system somehow. You got to respect the work that those men and women do, given what they have to work with. It would be nice if that wonky no action Congress would get off their ass’s and send more money to the Veterans Administration. Maybe if they had to take a number to get their sniffles looked at, say the second Tuesday in May of 2014 and their sniffles were found in February 13, 2013 they might do something. But then again Forty-Seven percent of Congress are multimillionaires, so taking away their quick service healthcare likely would not be a bother.

Another thought at helping the Veterans Administration would be to have civilian healthcare facilities help take up the slack when processing treatment needs for the Veterans. There are those that are already howling at that idea, but remember we have hospitals in many states that are several underused and who do need patients. X-Ray’s, CT SCAN’s, MRI’s could all be carried out at facilities that have the abilities to serve and yes help create jobs. Wonder how many Congresspersons would salivate over the word jobs? But then if you mention Veteran’s that drooling would stop pretty darn quick and they would walk away mumbling, “Maybe later.”

Veteran’s served the country, with no expectations of becoming famous. When you serve, you take the risks. Putting on the uniform, you expect that you can be on the receiving end of some lunatic who thinks they will get ninety-nine virgins for killing you. In reality, I think the lunatic gets one butt-ugly looking hag with the clap for his trouble. We take the bumps, bruises, scraps, broken bones, bullet wounds and concussions, and everything else that can happen with the military career and grin and bear it without thinking about a medal to show for it. One weird accident that happened to me while serving on a Navy Guided Missile Destroyer, the USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) was while we were transferring ammunition from the aft magazine to the forward magazine.

I was carrying a 75 pound five inch shell, High Explosive, when I approached the ladder well to go below deck. Mind you that the ship IS underway and we are going through some troughs when I set foot on the top step. When I woke up, I was at the bottom still clutching the shell while fighting some guy who wanted to take it. The Weapons Officer, found me out cold and ripping the shell from my arms raced back up topside and chucked the shell overboard. My brand spanking new boondockers had “lost” their heels while I was standing on the top step and to say the least the rest was history. Embarrassing to say the least and that added to my back woes. I suspect that was the final culprit that eventually did my back in years later. It was a great ship to serve on, but damn falling down hatchways was not my favorite method of getting around ships. Shipmates on later ships wondered why I had a healthy aversion to certain types of ladders and ladder wells, and guy’s is why I hated certain ladders designs.

So yeah, Veterans no matter what branch they had served in could and did get banged up and years later we are paying for it as we age; but then there are moments that make all those things that happened to us worthwhile. A video taken at the Whitehouse before the Medal of Honor ceremony to award Clinton Romesha, a US ARMY Veteran the Medal of Honor showed his young son playing around the presidential podium. If you find it, you will understand my feelings and those of other Veterans when it comes to moments like that. Veterans have given their all, many made it back and many did not. We are still glad to have served, missing friends and family birthday’s, Christmas’s, weddings all because we chose to don the uniform knowing the dangers that are inherent with it.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Stephen E Sauls

Chamblee, Georgia USA


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The Aftermath and Moving Forward

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Blogroll | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It is Friday afternoon, and I am enjoying my one of two days off before I head back to work on Sunday. I work a swing shift so my last shift is an overnight and when I get off in the morning; other people are headed to work. I get home, have breakfast and read the Atlanta Journal Constitution while watching the locale news. Heading to bed, I usually sleep around 6 hours then I get up and peruse the Internet news reports and make some coffee using the Keurig coffee maker. I like the Green Mountain coffee not only for its price but its flavor and when I buy it at Costco for example in the 80 count box it works out to about 34 cents per cup so and being that it is Fair Trade; Green Mountain it in turns benefits the folks in South America where the beans are obtained.

Of course the election cycle being over with, I watched the aftermath of those upset that President Barack Obama had won. Emory University Professor Drew Linzer had run a modeling program and had as early as July 2012 determined the President Barack Obama would win with 332 Electoral votes to Governor Mitt Romney’s 206. Professor Linzer results which he had posted to http://votamatic.org stood up to his forecasts and predictions remarkably well considering that Florida was still counting the votes after Romney’s concession speech. President Obama dismayed at what still is happening in Florida said “We really need to fix that!” and Mr. President, I whole heartedly agree. Here in Georgia, Fulton County which has had a history of screwing up elections did it again and looks like it is too trying to mimic Florida; leaving the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, to send investigators find out what is wrong and fix it before the Georgia Legislator gets sick of the mess and ends up allowing the creation of 160 counties which would allow for the establishment of Milton County which was at one time part of the Atlanta area from 1857 to 1933. Milton was eventually absorbed and became what is now part of Fulton County. It was ironically for financial reasons this occurred and in recent years because of an unwieldy government (in other words rather bloated) calls for the recreation of Milton County has come forth. For those of you wanting more information about the weirdness can go to this link where there is much more detailed information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_County,_Georgia

Of course one could not avoid Donald Trump and his obnoxious behavior. His cry “Charge Forward!” was clearly from a man unable to deal with the defeat of Governor Mitt Romney; and some reporters at NBC were frankly tired of his ranting and there was for a brief while a “Twitter” war at least until Trumpinator deleted some of the Twittered Twits he had made; but it was too late and they are out on the web so have some fun and spend the afternoon or weekend catching up on the nonsense that spewed forth. It is no secret that Donald Trump is the unofficial head of the so called Birther Movement which for the past four years waged various court battles over the legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s citizenship. Yes he was born in Hawaii and as far as I am concerned the president is a United States Citizen; which leads to why Mitt Romney’s citizenship was never challenged. Romney has some Mexican cousins, several of which lamented over his election loss. In my personal view, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian background and the other melting pots of cultures that makes up America if there is irrefutable proof that you were born in the United States or in a medical facility such as a United States Military Hospital then you have the right to choose your life’s goals and no one blinded by a color barrier should ever stand in the way of that goal.

Continuing into the next four years with a divided Congress will be challenging for the president. I got a good chuckle out of watching House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio preening himself during election day confident that Governor Mitt Romney would win the election and they would proudly march forward and “fix” things that he and fellow Republican’s had seen President Obama supposedly screw up. Then there was Wednesday morning, and Boehner who is a rather emotional guy; I expect he kept the guy or gal with the mop bucket busy swabbing up the flood in his room. Boehner, since the election results has been busy holding news conferences which are covering numerous issues including the debt ceiling limit or fiscal cliff. He has little choice and so do the Democrats who are in my view just as guilty of not working together to come to a mutual conclusion. (Personally, if I had my druthers I would lock the lot of them up in one big room and keep them there until an agreement was reached.)

Congress, with the Senate expecting a record number of women this year to take seats twenty in all might prove useful in smacking some common sense into their male counterparts when it comes to reaching agreements. There is nothing easy about the decisions to be made, and it will be a matter of damned if you do and damned if you don’t; because either way some will have to give and something will have to take. It is a matter of perspective. The issues range from the budget, the pork barrels are sure to be loaded with a side helping of fat to immigration, jobs, military veterans seeking jobs, civilians seeking jobs, domestic and foreign policy issues to dealing with Taliban, Al Qaida, and Iran among others. The President and Congress both will have to deal with the ongoing issues involving both China and Japan with hopes of opening inroads into Vietnam to help take pressure off of Okinawa which is in an uproar over attacks by US Military Personnel on the citizens and to perhaps relocate troops (screened of course) to get China’s attention as this would put us on a different approach and view forcing their military to reallocate forces and rethink tactics too.

Well, have a great day and enjoy what you are drinking whether it is your favorite coffee brew or that cup of tea with a dash of honey you can go wrong. (I enjoy Earl Grey Tea in cup form by the way.)

Stephen E Sauls

Chamblee, Georgia USA

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