Also, please note I generally don’t discuss politics and most certainly not economics. Ever. Anywhere. Aside from the general, “I’m voting for so an so” with maybe a brief semi-informed answer as to why. I don’t read/watch the news. I’m not the most informed person in general when it comes to anything. So discussing something I really don’t know about gives way too much opportunity for me to show my stupid. I don’t need the help in that. No, really. I went to American schools, I’m stupid enough as it is.
Finally, while the following is technically addressed to both Obama and Boehner, Obama is, to my knowledge, at least working on my side so that is appreciated. But I’m not playing favorites here. Otherwise I’m a hypocrite and leaving myself open to “well if so and so can do it then why can’t so and so version 2.douche-canoe.” (Oh apparently I’m using the phrase douche-canoe too, not just fuck. But douche-canoe is a beautiful phrase and I don’t apologize for using it. Ever.)
Alright, shall we continue?
Dear Obama and Boehner,
Really? You really, both of you within a week of each other and within just a few weeks of this country going into crisis, threw a fucking hissy fit worthy of my 3-year-old and walked out of meetings being held to prevent said crisis? Did you stomp up the stairs and slam your bedroom (or office) door too? No? Well, you might as well. My 8-year-old can teach you a beautiful technique as to how to do this effectively. But then, that does give the rest of us adults the authority to yell after you, “Unslam that door!” If we’re really pissed over it, and I assure you we are, we might also force you to practice walking up and down the stairs “nicely”. Kinda like unslamming the door, but involves more energy and encourages a lot more grumbling. Though, from what I gather, you are both REALLY FUCKING GOOD at the grumbling by now.
So lets look at the bottom line, because you (collective you to all of congress who might as well read this over your shoulders, not just you two asshats with the temper tantrum that is now on record in history) made me Google this shit so that I would have a better understanding as to why exactly my family stands to be royally fucked over here in about a week. (More on that later. And oh trust me, it’s coming.)
Ok, so the debt-ceiling is in effect, the limit on what the government is allowed to borrow from China? No? It’s what we are allowed to borrow from our own country? Wow. Ok. So we aren’t allowed to owe ourselves any more money. Good to know. (Please note, maybe this does include what we are allowed to borrow from other countries, but the examples I’ve seen only list things within this country, so that’s what I know of for sure.) Well then, it must never get raised since this is such a huge deal right now. I mean, wow. I can see why doing something for the first time might make you nervous. I remember, not so fondly actually, the first time I had sex… Wait, we’ve raised this 10 times in the past 10 years alone (and 76 times in the history of it’s existence) and all it usually takes is you guys agreeing on a vote for a spending hike or tax cut? Which you do, well, a lot? Wow. Mind. Blown.
Well then, here is a suggestion, (and I don’t exactly have many helpful ones other than the general DO YOUR FUCKING JOB THAT WE VOTED YOU INTO OFFICE TO FUCKING DO) why don’t you vote on a tax hike for the wealthy that you refuse to properly tax on the grounds that it will help the economy, even though it really doesn’t seem to be helping the economy all that much, if at all. Granted, I don’t have facts and figures here, but the economy still seems to suck right now, so I am making a few assumptions. And since many of you are campaigning on the grounds of the economy suckage, you seem to agree with me. Anyway, to my, admittedly limited understanding, taxing the rich, would actually increase the government’s revenue making it so we don’t have quite as much debt to begin with, and would be that much closer to affording the monthly bills. Plus, the rich, unlike a lot of the rest of the tax payers you happily tax right now, can afford the tax hike. So while they might grumble, and I’m sure they will, it won’t actually hurt them. Though the concept of hurting the American people financially, seems to be beyond your grasp of sight and reason. Also, if you can cut spending here and there in reasonable places, then by all means go for it. We’ll start with at least half of the things listed here. Though, maybe those things are more important than I’m giving them credit for. I just would think we’d have a few higher priorities right now. I dunno. Toys or means for our government and it’s people to survive basic function? Kinda like using the rent money and food budget to buy a new computer. (Which, btw, that’s MY rent money and food budget you are spending. But again, more on that later.)
Now, according to CNN, the whole reason to have a debit ceiling is to force you guys to take a look, every so often, at the “fiscal direction this country is headed”, and is meant to be raised as needed. Which, btw, shocked me because I thought it was to give you douche-canoes (again all of congress, not just the two people this is addressed to) something to fight about. So again… MIND.FUCKING.BLOWN. Then I learned that it doesn’t actually do anything to force you guys to “pull in the purse strings” as CNN put it. So it’s there, you’re fighting about it, but you aren’t even using it for it’s real intended purpose. Noting that it was established in 1917 and was set at $11.5 billion, I can see why it needs to be able to be raised. I mean, with inflation over time and all, that $11.5 billion is spent in about a single day, these days. So again, it would stand to reason, just fucking raise it already! And when we aren’t so crunched for time, also iron out what gets cut, where taxes get increased, and all that jazz. That, or you can just get rid of the debt ceiling, since it’s not actually doing what it’s suppose to be doing and is really, just one more thing for you to fight over. Kinda like my kids, you have plenty to fight over without this issue.
Hey, quick question, just off the top of my head… when you guys are forced to stop social security, government based insurance like medicare and medicaid, food stamps, government funded programs, and such, will you guys still be getting your pay checks? What about the military? (I’m ok with the military getting paid. They are actually doing their jobs. Ahem.) I guess I could look it up, but I figured asking you would force you guys to go “Oh wait”. Because if you WILL still get paid, we’re pissed. If you won’t still get paid, then you guys might want to figure something out fast.
Also, to my understanding, this seems to be a Democrat verses Republican issue. Fine. You guys don’t get along. Never have, really, so I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. But let’s look at what you do have in common, besides hopefully the goal of taking care of your nation’s people and bettering the country, when you aren’t fighting that is. All of you were elected into the job you currently hold, and you better believe we won’t hesitate to elect you right out of it. And with a MAJOR election coming up in just a few months over a year from now, I assure you, this whole bullshit situation will be fresh on many minds. Even more so, if suddenly millions lose the means to support and take care of themselves because you guys fucked up. Even if that lasts for only a month. We’re taking names. You better FUCKING believe we’re taking names. And those of you who storm out of meetings for not getting you’re way, are on the top of the list. Obama, dude, I like you and all. I voted for you. And unless Gary Johnson gets the Republican nomination, I’ll be voting for you again. Unless you fuck this all up. Storming out, btw, does count as fucking this all up. Just saying. So maybe you should all reach some sort of agreement, if not for your people and government you are sworn in to run, but so that you can keep the jobs you so desperately want. I’ll settle for selfish reasons if it gets the job done.
So now, let’s look at why I actually care when I’m normally clueless as to what’s going on around me. Bottom line: with my husband permanently legally disabled, and me temporarily disabled, we are very highly dependent on you guys right now. Aside from the very small check I receive from work because I paid into short term disability which will stop coming before I go back to work, you guys are all we have until at least October. My husband’s SSI goes to paying our rent. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, we are homeless. For now, at least, 95% of our food comes from food stamps, since I’m not working. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, my household goes hungry. And currently, what I actually care about more than any of this, is that our insurance, for ALL of us in my household, for better or worse, is though you. If you don’t raise the debt ceiling, we lose it in August. At 34 weeks pregnant, due about a month after your deadline, this scares me. To the point that yesterday when I thought I was going into labor prematurely, I actually vocalized out loud that, “Well, at least we’ll for sure have insurance for this delivery.” And instead of looks of “Wow, you be crazy” I got nods of “Yeah, you make a good point.” I mean, birth is expensive. And if we had some sort of warning, we would have figured something else out, or most likely just done everything possible to NOT get pregnant ever again. But this snuck up when it was WAY to late to change our minds. Thanks? And then postpartum, I immediately start back up on 4 different major meds for a very delicate mental health situation. My monthly Geodon bill alone is over 1000$. I make about that in a month of actual work, not short term disability. Granted, I won’t be able to see my psychiatrist that I can’t afford without my insurance, to even get the script in the first place, so I guess I won’t have to worry about affording the meds she prescribes me. (I could get insurance privately or through work, but even if I could afford it, this is a pre-existing condition so it won’t be covered. Btw, how is Obamacare going, since that is suppose to fix such bullshit? Not that it matters if you guys don’t raise the debt ceiling to afford that either.) So what I’m saying is, even after I have this baby that maybe starting August 2nd, I can no longer afford, I won’t be able to do anything about what is considered severe mental health. Ok. Well, my meds prevent me from killing myself and others. So if I do indeed kill myself, I’ll let you cover my funeral costs and take over supporting my family. And if I go on a killing spree, I’ll let you cover the costs of my attorney. I do realize this will have to come out of your personal pockets, since the government won’t have the funds to cover it. Wait, if the government can’t cut checks, how will prisons remain running? Wow. Maybe I had less to worry about than I thought since you won’t be able to send me to prison. Though I’d be pleading insanity, and would be sent to a mental hospital, not prison, but I think you guys fund those too, so once again, same boat. For you. (Are public attorneys, prison and mental hospital funded at a federal or state level? I assume the federal government helps at least a little. But I don’t honestly know. But we’ll pretend federal to help with my point. This is America, I don’t need to be accurate.)
Here’s a thought. Why don’t we let some people out of prison. Money saved. We’ll start with the people who are in there for smoking pot. I mean, since those crimes aren’t actually a danger to ANYONE and are redonkulous and all. While we’re on the subject of pot, you know, if you legalized it, and then taxed the shit out of it, not only would you be able to actually pay off some of the nation’s debt (it would be nice to be owned by us, not China) BUT you might not have to tax the rich after all. Granted, I know the sales tax goes to the state level (it does, right?) but the income tax from the jobs it would create does go straight to you. Oh yeah, this pot idea also creates jobs, which is another problem we seem to be having as a nation lately.
I’d also like to briefly mention that this whole debit ceiling crisis, while it most obviously affects this nation, it also affects EVERY OTHER NATION ON THIS PLANET. You are making us look bad. We don’t need help with this. Really. Our education level, cheezeburger network, and overall existence does a good enough job of that as it is. We embarrass ourselves. But can we at least try to keep our vast level of stupidity within our borders? Do we need to screw everyone else over as well?
In closing, here is an offer: If you guys can’t fucking manage to do your fucking jobs, I’d be happy to step in and do it for you. Dibs on your insurance, btw. So much better than me own. I realize I might be only semi-informed, but unlike you douche-canoes, I’d be happy to take a shot at common fucking sense. Which starts at ignoring the political party of the person suggesting the idea, and actually looking at if the idea makes sense and solves the problem. I never said this would be easy, but pick something. You’re running out of time! We can tweak it later when it isn’t damn near, and in some cases literally, life and death for MILLIONS for a decision to be made. (With as many meds as seniors are on that keep them alive, that the government pays for, it really is life and death for some. Not just people like me who stand a decent chance of killing ourselves over this bullshit.)
This site gave me most if not all of my facts and figures and in a couple cases (maybe 3) I directly cut and pasted there exact wording for a phrase. Though the bulk of this came from me, and I’m not making any profit off of it. So please don’t sue me. Because when the government stops cutting checks in a week, I won’t have access to a public defender, I don’t think. And then I’ll be really screwed.