Key Word for 2011 – LESS

I sit here, on New Years Eve, reading all of the hype on the year, 2011.

They are all talking about how; “X” is better, “B” is worse, “C” is no longer important, and “D” is the new thing to watch.
You can fill in your own definitions for X, B, C, and D.

They may be a little different depending on your own personal lifestyle, but regardless, they are the hot topics.

Well, as a retiree, with, essentially, frozen assets and income, the big thing for me, is the word LESS!

Yeah, sure, I have a pension and SS checks, along a little savings in IRA’s, but they are not growing, like my assets did when I was working.

Now they are shrinking

Consider the following facts:
1- SS and Medicare got no increases for the last two years, regardless of the fact that EVERYHING went up in price during the same time, like, food, clothing, labor.

2- Congress tacked one of their “screw the retirees” acts to a budget bill, that increases the cost to the retiree for SS and Medicare for 2012 and 2013 that will be devastating for those of us that are just getting by.

3- We have an economy that, with 2012 being an election year, will be manipulated heavily by both political parties to either; look Good (democrats) or Bad (Republicans).  That will be their sole purpose in pretty much everything that they do; Win the Elections!

Meanwhile, we retirees are; eating cheaper, wearing our old clothes longer, cutting back on entertainment, and pulling more and more from our savings to get by.

On the news yesterday, they stated that the Poor and Low Income people of our country now account for over 40% of the population. while, of course, the Middle Class has shrunk, yet again.

Filter out the B.S. and what they told us that there are LESS people making as much as in the past. Which in turn, means that there are more people that are paying LESS or NO taxes, to support the Federal spending machine.

What is the Congressional reaction? Let’s cut benefits! That is B.S. plain and simple.

If you want to increase tax income, then you need more people making more money.

This is not rocket science, just simple economics.

If you raise my taxes, I will have less to spend, thus, I will have less to support other service industry workers,  thus reducing the work force even more.

Anyway, I will stop here with my Rant.

2011, it has been the year of LESS.

And if the idiots in Congress don’t get off their partisan Ass’ by the end of 2012, we, the people, and specifically the retirees, will have even LESS!

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Don Bobbitt

Dons Saturday Morning RANT – a political comment

My Rant about how Congress has attached so many riders onto the bill to extend the income tax break for Americans, that it has very little chance of being passed

Dons Saturday Morning RANT – a political comment

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Don Bobbitt

Congressional ZOMBIES

Finally, A new name for Congress that fits!

Congressional ZOMBIES, the Walking DEAD in DC! Oh My!

Yes, that’s right, the title fits them perfectly.
They may as well be labeled as some version of the popular movie genre.
They stumble randomly around Washington.
They make stupid and unintelligible sounds.
They cannot really communicate with each other or the public.
They have only one thing on their minds, their personal appetites, and they are single-minded in satiating their appetites..
They have no cares or concerns about those of us that they are trying to destroy.
Once fed what they want, they just move on to the next political catastrophe to initiate.
So,that must be where that awful smell in DC is coming from? Their rotting ideas?
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Don Bobbitt

The Congressional Super Committee – What a Joke!

Super Committee pic by DonkeyHotey via Flikr

Yes, What a Joke.
When cowards get together and need a way to cover their A**, especially political cowards, they form a Committee.

Then the Committee can meet, behind closed door of course, and just DO NOTHING.

Well, it looks like the fools in Washington have done it again.

They are already admitting that they have no agreement and expect none on the Budget fiasco, so “don’t blame them!”

Don’t blame them for what, you might say?

Well,don’t blame them for the automatic changes that will devastate our Social Security and Medicare systems in America, and go into effect, in 2013.

THEY didn’t do it to all of us!

Nope it was done by Congress a few months ago when they passed their TEMPORARY bailout.
Get ready people, Here it comes!

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Don Bobbitt

Thanks for all the Fish!

A Sunset on the planet called Earth before it was destroyed.

I don’t know if you are my age or not, but back in the Sixties, there was a great, camp, book that everyone, who considered themselves Cool, had to read. It was originally a radio show, but quickly turned into a book called “The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy”.

Even though it was a purely comedic work, I, along with so many others my age, read it, related to so much from it, and had many discussions on it’s “hidden” meanings, how it applied to our world then, and even more. It was a Camp hit of that time.

And, if you haven’t read it, it is still entertaining, even today.

Because I had read it so many times, and it was so entrenched into my mind, throughout my adult life, I would, occasionally, throw out one of the many ambiguous quotes from the book, in meetings, and such, just to see how many people caught what I had said.

Often, my comments would be met with laughs or at least a smile, and a few times, even a few responding comments, that only a fellow 60’s “Hippie” type person would understand.

Of course, over time, as we aged, and our working peers became younger, the responses and finally even the smiles disappeared, all to be replaced with questioning looks.

But, I really didn’t care, and with my particular and often peculiar personality (or so I have been told), I continued, at the appropriate moment, of course, to sling one of my generational lines into conversations, Just for the Hell of it usually.
Anyway, one of my favorites was. “Good Bye and thanks for the Fish!”

I won’t go into a lot of details about it here.

Leave MY Fish Alone!

Suffice it to say that it was a critical line from one of the most important characters in the book, and from the story itself, it was an important statement to all of the people of Earth.

If you don’t understand, but I have piqued your interest, then read the book.

If you were able to pull the statement from the cobwebs of your mind, and are sitting there, smiling, then maybe there is hope for us Retirees, yet.

Hope that we can wake up and see the changes being wrought in our world, and try to stop or at least change it for the better and for us as Baby Boomers, before it is too late.

You, and I, need to recognize the two-faced guys for who they are and we need to burst from our lethargic positions, remove their crowns and reject the insanity that we have allowed them to spout.

And, if nothing else, we need to see that our own, personal, “Boomer” insanity is made a higher priority in the order of the cosmos that we presently live in.

We can find the great computer “Deep Thought” quite easily. I mean, it’s just sitting there, in plain sight, so that is no longer the problem.

With access and a little control over Deep Thought, we, the Seniors of the world, can band together and present a unified front to the wicked Mouse distorted chaos that reigns as truth, in government, and especially, in DC, today.

I have found MY Towel!

As long as we make sure that we have our towels with us, we can march together, even if only via email and phone calls, and scare the President of the Galaxy into a new consideration of the real “Question”.

That is, once we have explained to him and his fellow Mice in Washington that even though the answer is 42, he needs to understand the real question, and not some nonsensical financial suppositions that are touted by mere power hungry Congressmen.

So, Retirees, Seniors, Baby Boomers, old Hippies, and all of the concerned people of the world, lets unite, and pose the real and honest great question to the Cosmos.

We need to ask them; “Why are you eating All of Our Fish?”.

IF we can get them to leave out Fish alone, then maybe we can find a way to grow our Fish, and have not only, enough for ourselves, but maybe, if we use our towels of truth effectively, we can even generate more to share with others like the X-Gens, and Y-Gens, etc.

But, we do need to move now, and tell them; “You can Keep Your Thanks, and we will Keep our Fish!”
Along with; “And, if you don’t listen to us, we will have your own, personal little secret planet of corruption and self-involvement ……….. destroyed!” We know who to call, and the price is relatively cheap, considering all else in the Cosmos!

As an aged, silver haired Boomer, who has found his towel in my old attic chest that I call memories, I am now awake to these happenings, and you need to join me as I say;

I want my Fish left alone!?

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Don Bobbitt

Tea Party members of Congress and Repubs taking oaths?

Tea Party members of Congress and Repubs taking oaths?

Click the link above to rad my article on this ridiculous state of affairs when OUR Elected Officials in Congress decide to forego our reasons for electing them and decide to form into their own Gestapo!

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Don Bobbitt

STUPID IS as STUPID DOES – 1

Looks like our renowned leaders in Washington have given me a new category for some of my future Blogs.

The new category is STUPID IS as STUPID DOES.
OK, I stole it from Forrest Gump, but I expect he really won’t mind.

What brought me to this as the title for my Blog today, and for other future Blogs.

Well Have you read the paper or watched your TV in the last several days?

Our elected representatives have decided to play “Chicken” with the national Budget.

Yeah! Chicken. 

That’s when two CHILDREN stand in front of each other and get a red in the face and dare the other one blink frst.

Here we sit, the working people of America literally being embarassed by our government.

Have they forgotten?  We elected them to RUN the government, NOT shut it down.

But this gathering of idiots would rather make some vague point to each other on who had the longest (X-Rated) than the other one.

No matter that people will be out of work until this fiasco ends.

No matter that they are arguing over their own personal agendas, and not those of the majority of the population of the country.

We aren’t important to these imbeciles. You know, the tear jerking Conservative, and the hard core high spending Liberal.

When did getting elected to public office mean that you got to follow your heart, and not the hearts of your constituency?

Did I take a nap or something on the day that they changed the rules?

They are there because I (and you) put them there.

And we put them there to represent and WORK for us.

God knows we pay the slippery Pricks enough.

And we let them give themselves every premium benefit to cushion their work.

You know; the best Insurance in the world, essentially an unlimited staff of assistants, limitless budgets for research and data analysis by hired experts, and, of course, free travel around the world and even  mistesss’ if deisred.

Well, I guess some people just can’t be made happy.

We give them all of this, and they still want to screw us, the people of America.

Maybe it’s time that, we, the people, came up with a plan. 
A plan where they spend wisely and frugally, and, and I know this is scary, but a plan where they make long-term plans.
A plan to force Congress back to the basics, and away from their shared personal God complex’s.

SIGH!