Identity: Kayla Swenson|
Solar Cycles: 19
Specializes: Cosmetics knowledge/application, eletronicals, video games, writing, political study, psychological studies
Status: Long-term relationship
Other Notes: Extremely irritable
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I am very aware that I accidentally mixed up some important facts, mixing up McCain and Palin's positions in the presidential race of 2008. As it's 4:00 am, I don't have the energy to go and fix this, so please, just play the role reversal and I'll do some edits when I come around to consciousness in the morning. Or afternoon.
After having hunted down for threads on Facebook to keep abreast of people's arguments against my own, or just people's comments in general, in the ongoing discussion of the new healthcare bill, I decided to open up one of my old blogs, and dust it off with a shiny new post, and a shiny new comment box. The links have been updated, as well as my personal info.
A quick note, by the way. My thoughts on this, and the opinions stated in here, are not just based on a few Facebook threads. These are also based on long talks with those around me, listening to conversation, and something I sometimes excell at: Observation. These are my experiences.
Onto the topic at hand, is healthcare. To start off, and invoke righteous anger in readers, I am not a fan of the bill that was passed. Now why would I think such a thing? Is it because I'm a cruel, stingy person who believes in natural selection and believes that only the worthy should get healthcare? No, I'm for the idea of providing healthcare to those that need it. Is it because I'm a penny-pinching bitch who isn't happy with the idea of paying for two health care systems now, one optional, one enforced? Partially, yes. Is it because Obama and the left-wings used underhanded tactics to get the bill past? Yes. For sure.
I'll start off with my last, since that one was a direct attack. Yes, I really did stoop that low to fire a blog-driven missile. And I'm firing it right at the bulls-eye that they painted on themselves. Under normal circumstances, the House plans out a bill, votes on it, then passes it to the Senate. The Senate can choose to pass it, or shoot it down and send it back to be amended. It bounces back and forth until both houses agree on the same plan. Then, it is sent to the President to be passed or veto'd. But what happened was this. The House and Senate went through their usual motions, tossing a basic plan back and forth before tossing it to the President. What people didn't know was that they were also tossing another bill around, one that they're still tossing around that will 'fix' the first and make it 'perfect'. It's like going into a restaurant, ordering a salad, then sending it back when the wrong dressing is on it, and paying before you get the fixed salad back. You don't know what you're getting, and for all you know, you may get nothing. Right now, we have a healthcare bill that we actually don't know anything about, because not even the Senate or House know what the end result of the second hot potato is.
That, above anything else, has me more then a little annoyed. Next on the list is having to be forced to pay outrageous dues for something I already have and don't really use. I'm the first to agree that everyone needs some form of healthcare, or at least something to call on. After all, if I hadn't had insurance, my ankle surgery would have put me further in debt then can be healthy. But I do not agree that everyone has to be forced into health insurance and forced into dues. I'm going to alienate quite a few people when I say this, but there are some people who had their sicknesses coming and shouldn't be given a free ride. I don't see why I have to pay for a drug addict's rehabilitation when it becomes covered by healthcare. I don't see why I have to pay for the abortions for young teenagers who obviously didn't get a proper birds' and bees' talk from mom and dad. (Note: Do not assume I am against abortions for that statement. I'm against careless sex. That is a rant I'll save for another time.) I don't see why my pocket has to be deep for the hydochondia's constant and needless exams? Why do I have to pay for the abuse that people will wreck upon this system?
Let me backtrack. "Wait Kayla, now why do you think that? What on earth gave you the notion that you'd be paying for these?" Easy, my dear Watson: Taxes, plain and simple. The money for the people abusing this system isn't going to come from nowhere.
"But Kayla, the government will pay for it!" Did the government grow a money tree when I wasn't looking for it? The government does not have limitless money, and I will personally slap anyone who thinks running the money presses double time will fix this. (See, inflation) Point blank and simple, the governmetn runs on taxes. And who pays the taxes? I do. You do. The mother supporting three kids does. Grandma down the street does. Now if my taxes were only going to help the people who needed it, like big brother who got in a car accident when a drunk hit him, or Grandma after she fell and broke her hip, I wouldn't mind. But my tax money will also go to cover the drunk, and every drunk who decided to drive and hit someone. And soon, there won't be any money for Granny's hip replacement unless the government... raises taxes. Oh hey. The Jefferson's just got evicted and had their property posessed by the I.R.S. to pay for the taxes that they couldn't afford. What a strange coinkydink.
By the way, I will say this about drunk drivers: If you choose to drive while intoxicated or under any influence that impairs your judgement, then I have one thing to say. If you're so willing to take the lives of those around you, then yours is forfeit as well. You are not Superman, you are not a Hero, you are not immortal. You are an idiot, a danger to society, and someone who should be made to paid. And if it costs you your life, then hopefully you will know better in the next life. If you throw your gauntlet, then you better be prepared for the sword fight that follows, with the Grim Reaper sipping on coffee and waiting on the sidelines for the loser. I have no tolerance or respect for you.
Back on track. In case people have forgotten, we're recovering from an economic crisis. (By the way, Obama did not single-handedly bring us back from the dead. Bush and his advisors also had set plans in motion as the economy receded, some of which actually worked. I'm extremely sick of hearing people say that the economy is getting better because of Obama alone. And yes, I have heard people say that.) The last thing we need to do right now is to raise taxes and force us all to pay for something that we don't need. Another person on Facebook brought up a very good point that I have heard circulating: That this will turn us into Canada, where the government has healthcare for everyone. I have spoken with Canadians who admitted to travelling halfway across their country because the waiting lines in another province were weeks instead of months or years. Yes, people die everywhere, and not everyone can be saved. But right now, our rate of survival and our ability to get people treatment has to be better then waiting in a region where you're number 942 in a line that's growing every day. Not to mention, because health care isn't government regulated, we have the ability to turn to charities. Instead of taxing everyone, including those who absolutely can not afford it, charities rely on those who have an extra buck or two to toss some into the pot, including celebrities who often toss more then I make in one year in one check. Charities and foundations actuallly have set purposes, and have the ability to find an available doctor, instead of making a muck of it like the government is attempting to do so. Now, some people will respond with "Well my dear old granny tried to get into a charity and couldn't get in! She died! What do you say to that?!" Well, this is what I have to say: Your grandmother lived a long life and no one can save everyone. People will die. It is a fact of life, and, perhaps this is cruel of me, but necessary. If people do not die, then we will become overpopulated. I'm not going near natural selection, the survival of the fittest. I'm merely speaking about something that should be logical: The more people we save, the longer we extend lifelines, the harder we make it for anyone to live in the future. (Good example of overpopulation is Tokyo.) If we are made to live, then we are made to die, and we must accept that instead of always looking for a way out. There is no Fountain of Youth, because everlasting life would destroy everything worth living for.
All right, now I'm being downright creepy. How I got from Taxes to the Cycle of Life and Death is a mystery even to me, but fitting. Now, I'm going to touch another touchy subject that I have heard heated arguments over lately. Obama. Obama, Obama, Obama. When it comes to voting for a political official, I don't base everything on speeches. I also base my vote on nuances in behavior, and patterns I observe. What I say now, I have tried my hardest to refrain from voicing out loud, as I live in a very Democratic-heavy region. I did not vote for Obama, and I was against his rise into office.
Now. I like to believe I'm not racist or sexist. There are always stereotypes that linger in people's minds. For example, people automatically turn to the man in red and khaki nearest to me instead of taking my word back in Electronics, as men must know more then women. I have seen men who will seek out women to ask questions about vacuum cleaners, when the man behind him happens to know more about them then she does. Another example are Arabians. For the most part, the people of Arabic persuasion that I meet are kind, courteous, and extremely polite. But there have been some who glare at me for being a woman working, men who believe that I know nothing because I look like a child and seem confused when I know the answer to questions, and women who look at me like I'm trash because I'm wearing pants and doing a man's work. I have had African-American people get angry because I didn't know where the African-American hair products were, as well as the same people constantly challenging me and giving me a superior attitude. I'm trained to read body language, and theirs reads "Are you going to tell me no because I'm black? Well? You better treat me nice or I'm going to accuse YOU of racism." On the flip side, I have had many wonderful African-Americans chat with me and thank me for assisting them by finding products, directing them, or even just answering questions about products, who flash me a smile as they walk away. I have had Asians bow to me, smile at me, ask me careful questions, even just stand there chuckling about something or another, either in accented English or perfectly clear English. I've also had Asians smile at me, then turn to the nearest man and ask a question, or get fustrated because I can't understand them. (Even though I have a minor hearing disability) I have helped Mexicans and Hispanics who spent the entire time leering at my chest or giving me those really creepy "Hey I'm undressing you with my eyes" half nods with that disgusting smirk, who also talk about me behind my back in Spanish. (Despite the fact that I know a smattering of Spanish and can read body language.) I've also helped Mexicans and Hispanics who tried their damnest to communicate with me, or could speak perfect English and laughed at jokes and were grateful beyond belief for the help I've given them. I have had Russians who glare coldly at me or ignore me completely despite my attempts to help them, then grow angry when they cannot find it. And I've had Russians who are polite, exquisite, and thank me for my help.
A bit more then I intended to go into, but you get the picture. Every person on this planet is racist in some way or another. You just have to remember that every coin has a flipside. And those are not the only coins I've come across. Working in retail really brings you right down to the mainstream of people, the real people, and some are rude, some are kind, some are sexist beyond all belief, some don't give a damn what my equipment is as long as I can help them. With that said, I return to Obama. I did not oppose him because he was black. I opposed him because everyone else was for him because he was black. "Wait, what? That sounds pretty racist, Kayla!" It does, doesn't it? Let me rephrase that. Most of America claimed to have voted for Obama for his policies. In actuality, they voted for him under a fear of racism. They feared that not voting for him would make them racist and outcasts in society. "Well if that's true, then why didn't more people vote for Sarah Palin? After all, that would be sexist!" But people can learn to deal with sexism a bit easier. Racism is in your face, and reminds everyone of things we'd rather forget, but cannot. Because of this, We the People have begun a Witch Hunt for those who would be Racist. And this isn't just my opinion. As sad as it is, I literally came across people, in real life and on the internet, who declared themselves for Obama because he's black.
I have to pause from Healthcare to ponder this. When you get right down to it, racism basically means judging a person based upon their skin color. (Dictionary.com will disagree with me on this, but that was the meaning that I grew up to.) There are two ways I can take this. First off, isn't basing your opinion of someone's skills- even if you're judging them to be wonderful and perfect- on their skin color racist? The second way I can take this, is one that will definitely alienate people. If you assume that he has to be better because he's black, then you're being racist against caucasions. That's right, I said it. You're being racist against white people. (Those who remember my blog on Huckleberry Finn will know that this is a personal and touchy subject for me after an experience in my Junior Year of High School.)
I really don't want to hear people say that it's justified after decades/centuries of black enslavement. Remember what mommy told you, children? Two wrongs don't make a right. All it does it make another wrong. There is no racism description that says that it is a white person hating on an asian, a black person, an indian, etc. It is anyone making a judgement on someone of a differing culture or race/skin color. And I don't want to hear that white people have done a fine job of mucking up this country. Everyone has a hand in this country, and everyone has a vote. Everyone also has a brain, and many of the messes in history could have been avoided if one person stood up and said "On second thought..." Despite this, people don't use their brains. They see something shiny, some pretty words, and are smitten. Face it folks, the human race is no better then a flock of sheep.
And because so many people were voting for him because he was black, I was against him, because he and his marketting campaign were using it unscrupulously. Also, his speeches just pissed me the hell off. "Yes we can!" ...Yes we can what? And his dictation... Obama over-emphasizes, pausing too often, and constantly had the body language that read to me, after coupled with the way he had to [i]over-emphasize every fucking thing he said,[/i] of an over-inflated sense of importance. Sure, Sarah Palin was young, and many had problems with her. She also chose an older man for her running mate, someone who had experience and who was actually fairly liberal for a conservative. (I love contradicting statements.) Both of them had experience with politics, and both were the face of one cause or another. Yes, I am very aware that people voted for Sarah Palin because she was a woman, and for no other reason. I went with my gut, and my gut jabbed it's instinctive thumb to Palin after watching some of the speeches and my own observations.
Also, I'm surrounded by Democrats who constantly swear at Republicans, and start fights and act like immature children. Not like the Republicans are any better, but good gravy, I've seen more insult-flinging and slander on the news, on the internet, and just everywhere from Democrats then I really care to like. I'm trying to sit on my fence here with popcorn watching the fights, and instead I've got the Democrats throwing rocks at me and screaming at the Republicans, who are throwing sticks back. And let me tell you, those rocks [i]hurt.[/i] (So do the sticks, but rocks hurt more. If someone starts throwing scissors, glue and paper, I'm out of here. Yes. I just mixed like... two analogies and a children's hand game...)
Since my foot's well in my mouth as it is, I'll get back to Health Care before I forget what I'm trying to type about. That and I'm starving for some peanut butter toast and Bioshock.
Have I established that I'm a penny-pinching bitch who doesn't want more taxes? ...Yep, check. What about the underhanded tactic they used to slip this bill in and about how we don't know what it actually is because they're actually still bouncing part of it around, the important parts? ...Check. Obama being elected for a pigment in his skin tone instead of any actual skill? ...Yeeeup, check, and I foresee friends not inviting me to hang-out soon. What about establishing that I'm cold, callous, and without a heart? ...Yeeeah, got that one, since obviously I must be cruel not to want to extend Granny's life to two hundred years. Have I flailed my arms about not wanting to have to pay for abuse of the system? ...Oh yes, check.
In that case, I'm just going to sit back and wait for the scorching. And I'll just toss one last thing out. Remember, tolerance. I don't let my political beliefs get in the way of my friendships or family. Everyone should do the same.
Now about that toast..
Short Temper :: Neutral Political Stand Point Choosing the side of logic since 2006 :: WoW Addict since 2007 :: Video Games since a young age :: Aspires to be a writer One book in the works :: Web Designing and Graphic Designing since 2001 :: Loves her friends :: And some awesome guy down in Spanaway |
My name is Kayla, and this blog was last seen being used in 2007. Due to political controversies, I decided to return to the blogging world and put my word out there. This is an opinionated blog, and flaming will not be accepted. I like to think I have a good reign on my temper, but so help me if I find someone trashing another person...
First site Anime Glory, hosted at Geocities :: Closed |
First affiliate Catherine, on Geocities :: No longer in touch
First blogging buddy Nishi, on Pitas :: Occasionally drop in for a word or two
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