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Read the following and tell me if you agree with it.. or don’t agree with it.. and why.

I’m just curious what your thoughts are:

The United States is still a capitalist society, but capitalism in the Real America will be an enlightened way to wealth. Sure, some people will always try to make a buck by squeezing the little people, but in the Real America, I’ll be able to make more money .. I’ll be able to make more of a profit.. by treating employees with dignity and giving them access to non-governmental health care and paying them what they deserve. In the Real America, the employee will be a partner and we’ll all enrich one another.

In the Real America our current plastic politicians will be replaced by the more genuine, lifelike and human robots in Disney’s Hall of Presidents. Actually, partisan politics is a tough topic to tackle, but we will, shortly.

Basically, Real Politics in this better America will be based on principle not policy: Real Ethics, Real Values, Real Integrity. As Real Americans, we will not expect to agree with everything a certain politicians says, but we will be able to demand that politicians always say what they mean and mean what they say. The Real American Politician will look us in the eyes and say, “Look, Jack, you may completely disagree with me on this one issue, but here are these eight other issues on which we do agree. And more important, we agree on principles. And that’s just the way it is. If you can vote for me, great. If not, I understand ’cause I don’t need this job badly enough to lie to you or myself.”

Martin Luther King’s dream will come true in Real America: a colorblind society.. but without political correctness. Unfortunately, King’s dream has been perverted and twisted by so many, white and black alike, that it is barely recognizable today. In Real America, we will know that white men aren’t racist; one man can be racist. Black men aren’t lazy; one man can be lazy and racism is not an American problem, it’s a human problem.

The Real America is the America we all saw on the evening of September 11 and in the days and weeks that followed, but without violence, without sorrow, without mourning. It is an America where the question “How are you?” is sincerely asked, and the answer is heard with real concern.

The Real America is a place in our hearts. It’s authentic. It’s a place we remember. And it’s a place we can live in today.

But there are forces keeping us from being the Real Americans and living in the Real America: Now, I’m not one of those people pointing a finger at Hollywood or pointing the finger at television or blaming music, because it’s not just that.

But it is just that. It’s all of that.. and one more thing.

The most insidious force keeping us from being the Real Americans is ourselves.

So what do y’all think? Let me know.. and once you do, I’ll fill you in on the rest.

Tom Corbett: Bozo or John Wayne Gacy? You decide..

Tom Corbett: Bozo or John Wayne Gacy? You decide..

To borrow a phrase from my girl DatGirl.. this FREAKIN’ BOBBLE HEAD Tom Corbett, a republican politician from Pennsylvania went on record and said that :: I’ll paraphrase here :: that the unemployed people in Pennsylvania are lazy and don’t want to work.. we’re just sitting on our asses waiting until unemployment runs out before we go looking for a job.

Yea.. you read that right.

Actually, I’m going to rethink this. He’s NOT a Bobble Head.. he’s a fucking douche bag!

I am one of those Pennsylvania’s that are out of a job.. and believe me.. I am NOT sitting on my ass waiting for unemployment benefits to run out.. I, like many other people I know, are trying to find a job that isn’t going to leave me and my family living in a box in the park.

So here’s a snap shot into my life:

Because my salary was what it was in with “working world”, my unemployment rate was at the max rate. Which, if you do the math, is less then half of what I was making monthly.

Ok. Fine.

So I did what every financially responsible person does in these situations and scaled back on everything that wasn’t a necessity. Got rid of all the extra stuff on cable.. did away with the home phone.. lowered all the perks on the cell phone.. dropped the insurance on the broken down van that we don’t drive.. and we don’t drive the other car as much if we don’t absolutely need to. Basically, I made it work.

Barely.

We’re even busting our asses trying to find another house to rent because this one is sapping way more then half my monthly income. But the problem is, because I’m on unemployment and the store hasn’t been open long enough to trend it’s profits.. no one is willing to take a risk and rent to us. Understandable. I don’t hold it against potential landlords.. they have to look out and provide for theirs too.. it’s just the way it is.

I’ve been combing the paper and the internet.. sending out my resumes.. joining the likes of Monster.Com .. the same thing that everybody else is doing and either I don’t get a call back.. or I’m “over qualified” :: read that as them not wanting to pay me what I’m worth :: .. or I just simply silence.

My own mother.. God Bless her simple ass soul .. has been needling me about this since I got laid off. She doesn’t think you “work” unless you “work” for someone else.. she doesn’t consider my store a “job” .. it doesn’t matter to her that I would have to PAY someone to do what I do daily if I wasn’t there to do it daily .. her thinking capacity only goes so far.

So the other day when she called me to tell me that her cousin works in a kid’s clothing store and would GLADLY hire me, I asked her what the salary was.

Her response? “.. what does it matter. It’s a job.”

I calmly .. yes, calmly .. explained to her that while I could make up a few hundred dollars a month from the store, I can’t cut my nose off to spite my face, yknow? I mean.. a 7.00 an hour job just isn’t going to cut it financially.

And she WENT OFF.. omg.. did she GO OFF..

And yknow.. like.. there are certain ways that I don’t talk to my mom. Even when she’s being a complete fool, I show her a respect that mother’s deserve.. but she crossed the line and I had to set her straight..

I’M 45 YEARS OLD.. DON’T LIVE UNDER YOUR ROOF.. AND DON’T HIT YOU UP FOR MONEY SO IT’S REALLY NONE OF YOUR SIMPLE ASS BUSINESS WHAT I DO OR DON’T DO.

I wasn’t proud of myself but you know what? I’m just sick of hearing it and sick of her comparing me to my IRS big-wig brother that lives in a half million dollar house and is married to a research physician who travels the globe routinely testing new drugs that the FDA won’t allow here.

Sorry.. a little off topic but it just gets under my skin because Mr.  Corbett here.. why, he never had to go through what I and millions of other people around the country are going through.

There ARE jobs, Bozo? Then were are they? Ohhhh… you’re talking about UNION jobs!! You’re talking about the jobs created by the stimulus that went to replace perfectly good corners already wheel chair friendly with NEW corners that have a rubber mat insert that cost 10g’s a pop.

You read that right… my county is destroying perfectly good pavement corners with NEW pavement corners that is costing TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS a corner.. that’s 40 GRAND an intersection. Considering all the intersections in my little borough alone, that’s a whole shit load of money that COULD have been used to .. oh.. I don’t know.. promote small businesses? Provide start up money for someone who wants to start a small business?? Cause, OMG!!, that would provide that dirty word called JOBS.

But they wouldn’t be UNION jobs so .. you know.. never mind that..

Sorry.. off topic again!!

What I wanted to say in this post is that last Wednesday when I should have received my second unemployment check of the month.. guess what?

Didn’t get it.

Didn’t get it the next day either..

And this is like stressing me out because my landlord had the other half of the rent that he was going to deposit on Wednesday :: his office manager was fucking horrible when I had to tell her not to deposit :: .. I already had a cut off notice from the water department scheduled for the day after I was suppose to get my check .. the cable bill was due.. my cell phone was about to be cut off and we won’t even talk about the electric / gas company.

So I’m in such a fucking panic that I was literally throwing up my belly button..

I call the unemployment office and talk to Mike.

Mike explains to me that the reason why they didn’t release my benefits is because it was a way to get me to call them to tell me that I didn’t qualify for another claim.

Cause you couldn’t send me a letter after my last check, RIGHT MIKE?

So I tell him that I’ve been working for 30 some odd years and NEVER had to deal with unemployment before and so I didn’t know WHAT THE HELL HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.

He tells me that because I didn’t work and therefore didn’t earn 6Xs what my unemployment benefits are, I was entitled to open a new claim.

ME: So.. basically what you’re saying is I’m screwed??
MIKE: No.. no.. no.. you can’t open a new claim but you qualify for emergency benefits.
ME: So, I’m getting a check?
MIKE: Well, yea. I’m going to release it now since we talked.

And I was so relieved to hear it that Ms. BadAss me started to get all weepy and teary.

Poor Mike kept apologizing all over himself and I was like, Dude.. it isn’t your fault and I went on to explain to him how I was being responsible in every way but it’s illegal to duct tape kids to trees and leave them in the park these days and if I were allowed to do that, then I wouldn’t have their burden of food and cloths, yknow?

And then I got really, really pissed off and told him that why is it that people who have worked all their fucking lives are finding themselves in this position yet able bodies people who have been collecting welfare for GENERATIONS never miss a check?

Why is THAT, Mike??

WHY IS THAT, TOM CORBETT?

So before you open your well fed.. bills paid.. grossly over paid mouth, why don’t you try living in our shoes for a while?

<< end of rant >>

In 25 days a small community hospital that has been operated by a major health system for the past 10 years or so will close.

Supposedly it was a swift business decision deemed necessary to save the health system, which reportedly is 16 million over the budged loss for last fiscal year.

Or was it? I have my doubts. My gut tells me differently :: and as it’s ever expanding so is my ever expanding insight!! Ha! :: No. Seroiusly. The thing about the suits that sit on the top floors making these decisions is that they really, honestly and truly think that the people who work on the floors under them are stupid.

I’m not going to get into all the specifics because that’s not really what this post is about.. but for someone who spent many an hour putting 5000 piece puzzle pieces together I’m going to tell you that closing this hospital was in the works for a long time.

So 850 people are out of jobs come the end of the month. Alot of people. Alot of people that I know personally. Because that’s the kind of place this hospital was.

It was a “community” hospital in the truest sense of the word. Everyone in the neighborhood was either born there or worked there or wound up doing both. Generations of families were born there and died there.

Nothing was cold.. nothing sterile :: figuratively speaking you guys! Sheesh! :: Upper managment.. the CEO’s the CFO’s took the time to know you.. not just your name and / or position. Get to know YOU. We had a baseball team that was employee funded :: with help from managment :: .. we had a golf team that was employee funded :: with help from management ::. Everyone truly worked hard to make this hospital one where you and your family were cared from from the minute you walked in until the minute you left.

People went above and beyond because they WANTED to.. not because it was expected. There was constantly something being done for someone in the community.. bake sale.. 50/50 raffle.. it was endless.

But then the powers that be decided that there should be one corporate hub and my department was moved into the corporate office. The people were different.. their work ethics were different :: dare I say “non-existant” :: and as much as they wanted to convey the TEAM mentality, people from my hospital were segregated.. left out..

Our hospitals’ work :: which should have been even distributed and worked on by the entire staff :: collected dust because no one wanted to bother learning our system.

Consequently, the hospital started to lose the revenue much needed by the health system and therein laid the path to closing it’s doors.

The corporate office IS doing something.. they’re turning it into an outpatient care facility but they still deemed it necessary to give everyone a pink slip and offered to rehire anyone if they needed.

The neighborhood and local council tried saving it but to no avail. I’m not sure how much of this was known by people of some power before it actually happened since an internet search turned up an organization formed to save the hospital roughly a year before it acutally happened.

Even worse is that fact that about 6 years ago, the health system reached out to the community to help them fight a land development deal by WalMart for the property across the street from the hospital. The community acted and the deal fell through. This is how they repay them.

But all that really doesn’t matter because in 25 days, it’s doors will close.

I have really spent any quality time in there for about 2 years but I still keep in touch with the friends I made there :: thank God for Facebook! :: but let me tell you.. she was a grand old dame.

And it’s sad. It’s more then said.