Thursday, April 7, 2011

Government Shutdown, REALLY?

Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell & Geoff Davis:
Please tell me why you hate the working people of Kentucky?
Please tell me WHY those of us who are desperately treading water as middle class paying YOUR huge salaries and benefits and letting the government shut down because it doesn't mean jackshit to you. YOU still get a paycheck.
Tell me how the stimulus hasn't produced ANY jobs, even though my spouse got one of those stimulus jobs in October and spent this week restoring power for people in the Carolinas while I sat here on my eastern Kentucky farm all by myself dealing with storm damage.
Please tell me why you support defunding Planned Parenthood? I desperately needed PP in the 60s and 70s for basic women's healthcare because I did not have health insurance and was working as a waitress for 60 cents an hour plus tips. It was NOT free, I paid on a sliding scale. It might have been a few dollars per visit, but I PAID! And it saved my life. I eventually got a master's degree (which I paid for all by myself) and have been paying into the system ever since, which brings me to:
Raiding SS & Medicare? REALLY??? I saw what happened to my private retirement savings when Wall Street got bailed out. I certainly did NOT see a bailout for me! Privatizing SS is a no starter for me and vouchers for Medicare? Give me a freakin break!
Defund NPR? What is THAT about? What about the "Christian" Liberty University that got loads more federal money in Pell grants than NPR EVER got? Separation of church & state anyone? Oh, sorry, ABORTION is the budget buster.
Dismantle EPA? Please! I live near several coal fired plants on the Ohio River and near coal mining areas. We have been told since the 1960s that we can't eat fish we catch from the Ohio River! The coal companies are so non-regulated that crap spews out all the time destroying our rivers, streams and water table, and on top of THAT Rand Paul wants to get rid of all mining regulations (even for black lung victims!)
Stop listening to the retired Tea Party lunatics! LISTEN to the rest of us who are still working (hopefully) who are paying the benefits for the Tea Party (and for YOU who is getting the financial benefit of Big Government) and STOP listening to the Koch Brothers and Big Business.
There are a lot more of us who are paying YOUR salary and bills.
Actually, should the federal government shut down, I don't think I'll notice any difference since I don't see any federal government for me anymore other than collecting taxes to pay for stuff that other people get a benefit from (like Bush/Cheney buddy military contractors who have NO oversight and don't pay taxes).
Thank you so much, NOT.


  1. Good Post Sleuth!

  2. You are so right, Sleuth. By trying to dismantle everything worthwhile and reduce government spending, the Republicans are following the failed Herbert Hoover approach to ending an economic downturn. Caused a lot of pain, no results. Didn't work then, won't work now. That's why the country wanted and got 4 terms of Roosevelt.

  3. Excellent post Sleuth!

    The GOP "leadership" seems bound and determined to destroy the American Middle Class, and could care less if they destroy America in the process.

  4. thank you all!
    I am STILL all steamed up about this nonsense.
    After I wrote this post, I sent edited personalized version to McConnell, Paul and Davis.
    Might have been an exercise in futility, but I did what I could.