Wednesday, July 13, 2011

politics of caring

When did caring become labeled as ‘entitlement spending’? Safety nets for our own people are what we brawl over? 
"I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. This is not just a matter of Social Security checks. These are veterans' checks, these are folks on disability and their checks.” President Obama, July 12, 2011
That sure reads like taking political hostages of people who least deserve to be worried.

People who care for someone or need care themselves represent almost a third of all Americans, yet our unique challenges and situations divide us; some are young, some old, some physically challenged, some mentally, some need attended care, some do not. 
“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Politically we are no different than ‘normal’ Americans; some are Democrats, some Republicans, some Independents, some don’t give a damn, some blame military spending, some blame Bush tax cuts. The difference is that for more of us and those we care for; Reagan may be President, or be too overwhelmed with pain or just trying to get through the day with a chronic illness or disability to think bigger.

President Obama is right about one thing - this is not just a matter of Social Security checks. These are veterans, these are folks on disability.
If there is going to be a donnybrook over caring and safety nets for our own people – now is the time to be heard loud and clear.

Avoid the easy to send boilerplate ‘contact us’ forms. With just another click or two you can find their website with email, twitter, facebook, phone numbers and snail mail address.

Remember they have to know you are a constituent. You must include your name and address. Anonymous ranting accomplishes nothing.

Use your own words; it’s your point of view. Try to be courteous but more important specific and to the point. Above all, be heard - now!
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 
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  1. Peace Be With You Judy

    As if life with MS wasn't already hard enough, now this. I never imagined that my SS was ever in danger of not showing up.


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