Sunday, October 10, 2010

Burn, Baby, Burn

This is just one of the reasons I am not voting. With a majority and a Democratic President, we can't even give a cost of living increase for Social Security recipients (second year in a row - on Obama's watch), but we can bail out bankers, big oil, Wall Street, or anyone else with money.

As if voters don't have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

Government, under Obama, fucking with the seniors who barely get enough to pay rent, their meds, and eat, but he cozies up with the rich. And I used to get upset when the rethugs called him elitist. Now, mind you, the rethugs don't want an increase either. In fact, they want to either eliminate Social Security altogether, or privatize it.

We know how well the privatizing worked when we remember the Cranicks' home burning down while firefighters just watched.

A small town fire company in Tennessee that responded to a house fire was ordered to let the structure burn down because the owner had not paid the $75 subscription fee. Fire fighters across East Tennessee expressed their anger over the fire department’s decision to let the double wide trailer burn down because dues had not been paid. Three dogs died in the fire.
And, of course, the teabaggers, and right wing nutjobs, all thought this was par for the course ... didn't pay your "dues" so fuck your entire house, and your pets. Look how proud all of them were all week tweeting, posting, giving interviews, etc. on how this was "proper" and all other kinds of garbage.

At least many other firefighters in Tennessee did not share the opinion of the South Fulton fire chief, or his employees.

Doug McClanahan said “Truly, a firefighter cannot stand by and watch something burn to the ground.” McClanahan, chief of the Blount County ire Department, said a fire fighter is trained to take care of and rescue people, and “He can’t stand by and not try to react to a fire or a rescue.” Steve Wheeler, chief of Vonore, Tennessee Fire Department, said “We don’t particularly care who’s paid his dues. If somebody needs help, we help and worry about everything else later.”

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