- Written by Michael Z Williamson
Harsh language all around below. My comments are in bold.
Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history--Who really gives a fuck what their orientation is? How about appointing competent people, regardless of their orientation, which is no one's fucking business?
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic stimulus plan--which our children will have to pay for, if there's an economy left.
Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers--so, he signed something Congress passed, which is something that should have been in effect all along, and has been argued before, but THIS TIME it will reeeaaallly happen! Trust us.
Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse--"Transparency." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans--they must be enjoying that at their cocktail parties, because I and other local vets sure as hell aren't getting anything from it.
Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids -- 4 million of whom were previously uninsured--so, now I have to pay for someone else's kids as well as my own? Thanks, cockbag.
Repealed Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research--okay, that's fine. Are you going to credit Bush with starting more lines of research than his predecessors? Because he did.
Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis--by "help" you mean "More of my money," right? You statists just LOVE my money, don't you? Meaning "CONGRESS," who passed this law, and 0bama, the weasel who endorsed it.
Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for nondefense scientific research and development--no previous president spent money on non-defense R&D. Oh, wait. They did.
Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay--BWUAHAHAHAHAHA when you remove your lips from his organ, you'll find out it's STILL OPEN! And that he's released less prisoners than Bush did:
On January 22, 2009 the White House announced that President Barack Obama had signed an order to suspend the proceedings of the Guantanamo military commission for 120 days and that the detention facility would be shut down within the year.
On May 20, 2009, the United States Senate passed an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 2346) by a 90-6 vote to block funds needed for the transfer or release of prisoners held at the Guant├ínamo Bay detention camp. As of November 2010, 174 detainees remain at Guantanamo.
Wait, wasn't it supposed to be closed before then?
President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum dated December 15, 2009 ordering the preparation of the Thomson Correctional Center, Thomson, Illinois so as to enable the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners there.
Oh, yeah, bring them to IL. Perfect place for them. From a tropical paradise in the Caribbean, to a police state in the wasteland within America, where any escapees might actually make it into America. Bravo.
Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act--so, violence against other men is still okay?
Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals--that's a lot of mental health professionals. Seriously. At $100K a year, plus operating costs of about the same, that's...a lot. Even at a million a year, that's....A LOT. Meanwhile, I'd like my LUNGS FIXED, TYVM.
Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island--so, the federal law against business in Cuba only applies to certain groups of Americans now. That sounds unfair and unconstitutional.
Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers--so they're now out of work, and a whole new LEGION of inexperienced, lazy federal workers are taking over. What could possibly go wrong?
Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%--good. The homeless will have more campsites.
Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act--because hate crimes are worse than love crimes, and thoughtcrime is worst of all.
Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college--rather than make colleges more competitive, so they'd have to LOWER prices, instead of giving them more tax dollars?
Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen soldiers to Dover Air Force Base--because no one should be allowed to grieve in private when liberal cockbags want to have a mutual suckfest and fuck the corpses of heroes for headlines.
Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs--which come with more regulations attached. That'll help.
Appointed nation's first Chief Technology Officer--well, I'll just go jerk off to that right now. More officials! That's what we need. Oh, baby.
Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans--which stripped of the bullshit, means another cocksucker to tell us how to run our lives, and presumes we're too stupid to do so ourselves. But wait!
Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit history, income, and employment status--Dat's racis! Didn't we stop that a few years ago, over the protests of "Racist" Republicans? Why is it suddenly a good idea?
Increased minority access to capital--isn't that kinda at odds with the above? I mean, banks can't discriminate based on race, gender, religion, whatever, and since most of them manage things by phone or internet these days, how do they know who's asking? So what you're saying is, people who are "minority and worthless deadbeats." The kind of person the above law is designed to avoid wasting money on (deadbeats).
Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers' interests)--he signed a law, passed by Congress, which supersedes a law which, IIRC, was put into place by the Jimmy Fucking Carter administration.
Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay--shareholders will be "allowed" to vote on company matters? So fucking gracious of you.
Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%--which means everyone who's not a worthless leech will have to pay the difference. Thanks, assfuck.
Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Act--to do what, exactly? Thought so.
Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers--so, no "arbitrary" increases. Just ones they've voted on in board meetings. Glad that's fixed.
Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying insurance because of a pre-existing condition--funny thing. The VA (A GOVERNMENT health care plan) has told me and a friend that our conditions are "pre-existing" and not their problem. Ponder that.
Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system--which will be as effective as every previous law that was supposed to do that. How original.
Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their parents' insurance until the age of 26--so, we're defining people as children to age 26? The repercussions of THAT are going to go over well.
Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage--"See, how this works is, we reduce the money we take from you, so you can give us more money."
Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health insurance--"See, how this works is, we reduce the money we take from you, so you can give some corporate cockbag more money."
Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level--"See, how this works is, we increase the money we take from everyone else, and take the money."
Require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care--which was already a law. All you have to do is ASK.
Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees--okay, I'll give you that one. But, don't you mean CONGRESS did that and he just signed the paper?
Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB--I'll give you that one, too.
Ended Bush administration's CIA program of 'enhanced interrogation methods' by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations--A mixed bag. Good, if they actually do it. IF. Bad, for telling the terrorists we actually care.
So, not a lot, really. It's nice that you're happy. You're in the minority, of course, according to every poll out there. The above might be why.
Run up more debt than the previous 5 presidents combined.
Disgraced America in front of the PM and Queen of the UK.
Divided America by insulting everyone who disagreed with him.
Played the race card until it's burned out (okay, that was probably good).
Assuaged liberal guilt on racism. They've voted for a black man. Next time they might consider voting for a smart man.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
While serving in Germany, Jack took ill with recurring, debilitating headaches. Bad enough he'll wind up on the floor in convulsions for hours at a time. Bright light (daylight) and chemicals can trigger this.
The Army and the Germans were unable to identify a cause.
Do to a misunderstanding of this, his command decided it was a "personality disorder," and that he was malingering, and processed him for discharge.
After several months, VA initially decided to award disability.
He's stayed at my house at times, and I've seen him on the floor, incoherent and twitching. Anything brighter than a night light can do it. He wears welding goggles to go outside in daylight.
For some reason, the VA never actually assigned him a primary care physician.
Recently, some administrative assbag did the same thing the Army did, and with no medical exam or credentials, ruled it to be a "personality disorder." His benefits are gone.
Because his brain doesn't work right, Jack had no savings.
On appeal (they sent the paperwork to an old address, and he never saw it in time to argue at the time), they scheduled a medical appt.
Because his brain doesn't work right, he missed the appt.
They have now ruled that he's not only not disabled, but not entitled to ANY VA care at all, unless he can "prove" he has headaches by coming to their hospital, which he can't do since he's not authorized VA medical care, and because when a headache hits he can't make a phone call.
DAV has been unable to assist.
He's agreeable to a durable POA so I can access the ER records from the places he's been taken when he's been found on the street during an attack.
What agencies and what strategy do we use to get him covered?
What non-VA options does he have, such as social security, etc?
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
Oct 21, 2010 6:37:16 PM
I totally disagree with allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the
military. There are many assignments in all of the branches that would
not see much of an impact if the gays were able to serve openly. But,
on the other hand, so many of our positions and assignments would make
it a very uncomfortable and possibly unsafe for all concerned. For
example, as a new private out of boot camp you arrive at your first
duty assignment and your roommate is openly gay. I personally would
have a very difficult time sleeping at night or sharing the latrine
with this individual. Another example with the same private; the
openly gay individual brings his gay lover to his room for a visit...I
could not handle this, because now I'm being teased by others unit
members that I must be gay also. As I mentioned before there are
situations where there wouldn't be much of an impact, but a lot of the
military is not your typical 9-5 job at Wal-Mart. We have to work,
eat, sleep, shower and live together 24-7.
"Oh, god, they might TEASE me!!!!"
I mean, really. "My roommate is a repressed and hated minority, very visible and taking all kinds of flak, but FUCK HIM! People might tease ME!!!!!"
This clown claims to be a retired E8. Possible, I suppose. Douchebags do get promoted on occasion.
But he should also be aware that they try to place like roommates together, and allow swapping of rooms--people who like loud heavy metal tend not to room with those who like country or rap. Smokers and non-smokers try not to room together. Ditto with straights and gays.
I assume he had a very nice, pleasant, desk-bound career where he never had to share a tent, fighting position or bus with females. After all, it would have made him uncomfortable.
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