Bitchy Erin: On Politics

I thought people were over it, but since people are still talking about politics, I'll use this opportunity to defend my position.

Before I get into it, I'd like to point out that the Right Wing Propaganda Machine turned the word "entitlements" into a dirty dysphemism this election while trying to make Obama look like a socialist bent on creating a dependent society. Bullshit. Romney and his party wanted to make the rich people (like themselves) richer while disempowering poor and middle class Americans ("47%" of them...) by taking away their jobs (read: "outsourcing") and their opportunities for an education.

That's part of the reason why we're currently edging closer and closer to the fiscal cliff. Obama won't budge on fair taxes for the rich, and the rich, slimy Republicans in congress don't want themselves or their buddies to have to pay them.

Now, I disagree (to an extent) with Mr. President on "entitlements" and gun control.

Let me explain.

First of all, "entitlements" DO NOT equal "FREE STUFF for moochers." It's making things more affordable and fair. I am currently on one of those entitlements because we cannot afford to continue my work insurance through COBRA. Wanna know why? It would put us out another $700 per month. That, my friends, is robbery. The other thing is the huge and growing gap between rich and poor. It's appalling. The greedy billionaires backing Romney wanted to not only maintain that gap, they wanted to make it worse. They wanted to buy this election so they could make America a plutocracy - controlled by the uber rich who comprise less than 2% of the entire population. Romney was only too happy to help them (understandably because he's included in that 2%). Hence, his statement that he didn't care about the 47% who get "entitlements" (i.e. government student loans) was a true one. What they want to do to poor people in this country is barbaric. For example, in more civilized countries, healthcare is a right. Getting sick doesn't force people into bankruptcy. Yes, they pay higher income taxes but not even close to what we would pay if we went with COBRA (or other insurance policies other than medicaid). A friend of mine told me they pay around $1000 per year in higher taxes for healthcare in Canada. We would be paying over $700 per month. I'll take $1000 per year any day. Now, while I definitely do think there needs to be a way to protect the system from moochers, it is a compassionate and great program for people like me who are not abusing the system. (A lot of Romney supporters who believe in the Law of Consecration agreed that there needed to be HUGE cuts in this system...ahem...)

Gun control: first of all, Obama has done hardly anything about it. Republicans need to get their facts straight. Now, there does need to be some sort of happy medium here when and if Obama does do something about this. I would like to own a gun. Maybe. One that my son would never ever be able to find. Ever. I'd hope to never pull the trigger, but you better believe that if someone approached me while I was with my son with the intention to hurt either one of us, I wouldn't hesitate to pull it. I never would have said that until I had my son. With that said, gun control laws are fucking common sense. They aren't going to make getting a gun any harder than it already should be. What's wrong with background checks? Mental health checks? And, while I'm at it, reference checks? I've gotten multiple reference checks for every job I've ever had. Why not with guns? When people are dying everyday due to gun violence, it seems a small sacrifice to jump through a few more hoops to make it safer. 

With that being said, I don't know where in h-ay-ell the people who voted for Romney get their "facts." Obama hasn't done enough to address the incredibly easy access even mentally ill people have to guns. Especially weapons that can kill lots of people very quickly, say, in a crowded movie theater. If anything he's been a disappointment in this regard. Way too beholden to the NRA or something. In fact, Obama hasn't done a damn thing. And he should! Maybe Obama was just too busy dealing with other shit like an obstructionist Republican House to address the problem. I think the biggest legitimate disappointments with Obama have to do with his foreign policy - targeted killings of Americans overseas without due process of law, drones, military actions killing thousands of innocent civilians abroad, not to mention the Patriot Act right here at home. If the gun-loving rednecks were paying any attention to real facts instead of listening to the endless stream of Hannity bullshit, they would love Obama for his positions on foreign policy. I don't. I'm hoping for an improvement during the next 4 years. (In other news, a lot of Romney supporters believe in a passage of scripture about a tribe burying all of their weapons in an act of non-violence...)

Let's talk about intolerance, shall we? According to dictionary.com, intolerance is an "unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc." That pretty much describes people I know who are against marriage equality. Did you know a woman in Las Vegas is marrying a cardboard cutout of Robert Pattinson's Twilight character? Sure, it's for her thesis, but it's legal. I don't see how two women or two men getting married hurts my traditional marriage in any way. If you do believe it's hurting your traditional marriage, please explain in the comments. However, I can only imagine that the answer would be akin to the idea that god blesses rape victims with pregnancies. (I'm pretty sure some of the Romney supporters I know believe in agency as well...)

Green/clean/reusable energy: Global Warming is a real thing (read: More CO2 in earth's atmosphere). Whether you believe human beings contribute/d to the problem or not, it won't hurt for us to stop using things that add to the problem. Sorry to my republican friends, but this *will* increase the deficit. Investing in something like this will cost a lot of money - BUT it will be beneficial in the long run. This would create more jobs, make our country less dependent on foreign oil, clean up the air, etc. No complaints here. (Aaaand, I'm pretty sure god didn't just tell Adam and Eve to "multiply and replenish the earth." He also told them to take care of The Garden).

P.S. Romney claimed he wanted America to become energy independent to drive down gas prices. Bullshit. Republicans wanted to rape the land with more drilling while ignoring global warming. Oil is our biggest EXPORT because Romney's oil tycoon buddies, many of whom were funding his campaign, make a hell of a lot more money selling their oil overseas than at home. Second, Canada is energy independent. And guess what? Their gas prices are over $4 per gallon (or were, haven't checked recently). Why did Romney want to increase drilling in this country? To help the oily boys funding his campaign increase their already obscene profit margins. Energy independence? Pfft. Not only would he have sold this country to the highest bidder, he was already committed to it. Just check out the PUBLIC disclosures of the billionaires funding his campaign - in exchange for him making policies that would increase their profits substantially.

Raising taxes for the wealthy: Again, this is about fairness. The lower the burden on the rich, the higher the burden on the not-so-rich. However, if taxes are raised for both, this could significantly reduce the deficit. I don't know about you, but I'm willing to pay extra per year if that means a balanced deficit, clean energy, and fair health care (ahem...which is BASED OFF OF WHAT ROMNEY SET UP IN MASSACHUSETTS). (Again, read: Law of Consecration).

Rant over.

Here's to a (hopefully) positive next four years (oh yeah, while we're on the subject, IT'S ONLY FOUR MORE YEARS. Chill the f*ck out!) Let's hope congress let's Mr. President get something done this term, eh?

Because of its contents, this posts requires a little nudge to read the Comment Addendum.

(This post is dedicated to my wise, intelligent, beautiful mother)


Anonymous said...

Amen and amen. Love it.

Snarrs said...

Im not gonna comment on the things I disagree about but I to am on government help while my husband goes to school and its so nice and such a blessing to have! And obviously once he graduates we can afford things and will not longer be one it but I can see how it would be tempting not to work just so you can be helped by the government cause you can sure get alot of benefits and money for not working! Thats how people take advantage of it because they can and they can get more from the government than working themselves! Its great for people like you and me that are only using temporarily due to circumstances but there needs to be some kind of time limit else people will mooch til the day they die!

Erin said...

I agree. Something needs to be done to prevent people from taking advantage of the system.

Erin said...

Also, I know this is silly, but I think it's kind of awesome that the first comment came at 5:24 and the second came at 5:42. Weird. I know.

Amy Bigelow said...

Erin, first off, you're smart. I don't understand many words you used. :) I'll be looking those up...

Second, the government help stuff. When I got pregnant, my husband and I were both working full time. I planned to work for as long as I could and save up as much as I could. Husb got a second job and started putting in 20-30 hrs a week at that job, making it a total of 60-70 hrs he alone worked. He put all the $ from his 2nd job into savings, in order to prepare for our baby. We wanted a baby, we were working asses off for it. TWO different people came up to me saying, "AMY! You should BOTH quit your jobs and just get food stamps and government checks since you're having a baby!!" I just don't understand the mindset. I completely disagree with the way people are milking the system. Yes, I would go on foodstamps if I needed to, but what happened to people working for themselves? I would look into foodstamps when Drew goes to school, but so far we've been able to make ends meet while making an honest living. I'm not saying you're doing the wrong thing at all. If you have to get govt help, by all means, do it. It's the people that told me to be lazy and have fun and get paid for it that pissed me off. Ugh.

Thirdly, I don't even remember. :)