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Cotton is a plant

11 Feb

There is a senate race in Arkansas in November. No surprise there. In early polling incumbent senator Mark Pryor is running neck and neck with his opponent, Representative Tom Cotton. Cotton is one of those freshmen reps responsible for shutting down the government last year. I’m sure there are dozens of justifications for the Republicans in the house to tie up the government, perhaps even a few good ones, but then there are a number of petulant children who can justify bad behavior a dozen ways.

Cotton’s campaign, as far as I can tell, is relying solely on his abhorrence of Obamacare and Pryor’s support of it as the basis for his being the better candidate. I don’t actually know what he stands for…but I’m pretty sure I know what he is against.

Cotton is supported by groups like the Club for Growth, and therefore the Koch brothers, who have done a pretty damn good job of buying Arkansas politicians one way or another. They’ve recently acquired a manufacturing company in Maumelle, a part of central Arkansas. Yes, Arkansas is getting all Koched up. And Cotton is their next plant in the senate. A man’s ambition can be such a boon to a puppet-master’s agenda.

This is a Cotton quote from a recent news release:

Anybody who is paying attention can see that Obamacare is not working,” said Cotton. “Yet Senator Mark Pryor said just last week that he would still vote for Obamacare again today, even with everything that has gone wrong.”

Yes Mr. Cotton, the website got off to a bad start. It was embarrassing, sure, but not an error of apocalyptic proportions. It is now up and running..although we know that must chap your ass.

Yes, we know how much you and your Koch friends hate taking care of the poor and sick. We’ve watched you vote. I’ve seen your request for contributions where you solicit donations based on the repealing of the law. Damn Mr. Cotton, why don’t you ask for Medicare and Social Security to be repealed too? Don’t you just hate these social programs?

And now the Arkansas legislature is trying to find enough votes to renew the Private Option, the expansion of health insurance through private vendors using federal Medicaid dollars. I’m sure Mr. Cotton hopes they don’t come up with the votes to do so. That would certainly be further proof that Obamacare isn’t working.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services recently found that almost 100,000 Arkansans now have health insurance or Medicaid. People, Mr. Cotton. Living, breathing,people now have the security and peace of mind that access to a doctor provides.

I would ask this:

Mr. Cotton, would you be willing to tell those 100,000 Arkansans, face to face, that you are more than willing to repeal the law that made this access possible? That’s what you are advocating, isn’t it. Put an end to a program that isn’t working? Isn’t that what you keep telling us? It’s not working?  So, yeah, Mr. Cotton, you and the Misters Koch need to go on a car trip around the state and let each and every one of those Arkansans know exactly where you stand. And perhaps those Arkansas legislators who vote against continuing the private option or morphing into a better program should accompany you.

Let those people know. Oh, and all of you considering a vote for Cotton…you need to ride along. Do any of you have the balls to do it? Do any of you religious types have the compassion and understanding to stand up and take care of even the least among you?

It isn’t perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. No one becomes wealthy or independent alone. It requires the labor of many, the contributions of many.

And by the way, social consciousness is not a disease.

Daily Update, Rude, Wealth, and the 3 Billion

11 Apr

This has been an emotional week. Grappling with one thing or another over the past months has left me with a mind muddled and a debilitating inertia. Sherri says my energy and desire to create will return. I hope so. I’m behind on my reading again. My apologies to all of you in my follow list. I will try to do better.

Speaking of Sherri, she’s a funny lady. Last week she performed at a comedy club in the Charlotte area and made me privy to the video. You can find it here. Please take a peak. Mexican Barbie appears with her.  A sound chuckle is good for the soul.

Falon and I discussed rude and unkind behavior last night. She’s constantly confronted with it in her practice with elementary kids. The behavioral issues are sometimes baffling. And yesterday as I was driving home from Tractor Supply with dog food and a lot on my mind, a truck cut me off in traffic. It was an older truck. I honked at the guy as he very nearly ran me off the road. He actually put his window down and flipped me off. I reacted as a real adult and did the same. He screamed at me, calling me a bitch, burned rubber, and eventually pulled over and waited by his mailbox to continue screaming at me. Again, I was most mature in my reaction.

He cut me off and endangered 3 vehicles including his own. Somehow I was in the wrong?

Falon said she was beginning to really appreciate the small kindnesses.  I find myself trying harder to be cheerful and kind when I shop or eat out or roam about.

Since she travels more, I asked her if she encountered this rude behavior elsewhere in the world. It would seem so.

My first inclination was to blame the political/social/economic climate in this country. It has become toxic in so many ways. But then if people everywhere exhibit bad behavior it must be an epidemic. Historically I imagine humans have always been self-centered, manipulative, and rude. Too bad isn’t it?

Just trying to find a way to protect ourselves from the hurt and disappointment I suppose. Maybe that’s why religion is so popular. Maybe it’s just a way to ease the pain of living. Too bad those who seek that path are so inclined to share it with the rest of us.

I’m sounding rather fatalistic today.

I just watched this informative video for the 3rd or 4th time,  http://www.upworthy.com/theres-around-223-trillion-in-the-world-heres-who-owns-most-of-it. The most astonishing and attention grabbing revelation was that the richest 300 people in the world hold more wealth than the bottom rung 3 Billion people. Right now the odds are stacked rather substantially against your being comfortably housed, clothed, and fed, let alone having accessible and reliable health care.

I still want to know how those 300 people are going to take their wealth into death. No one gets out of this alive. You would think we would all pitch in and try to make it a little easier on each other.

I can only hope to live to see it, a phenomenal transformation in humanity.

 

Low Carb Daily Update #4
My stress level is impacting my blood glucose levels, but they are still much better sans carbs.
My belly isn’t as distended as usual. I’ve been more comfortable in my skin. Need to go to the grocer for a few things…sugar free jello cups would help. More of the Atkins frozen dinners as well. And I need some sort of cracker. I’ve allowed myself a single serving of Kashi pita crisps with my cheese. It’s about half my carb limit.  I really enjoy a cracker with cheese. Research is required. Perhaps this chronicle will keep me honest.
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