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Yes indeed, more free stuff would be greatly appreciated. I'm 65, retired, and living on social security, which really isn't enough and certainly doesn't keep up with inflation. But I'm not greedy. The free stuff that I want would be good for every one else also.

The good news is that I'm in pretty good health, and I'd like to stay that way as long as possible. So first on my list of free stuff is single payer health insurance. That there are 5 different parts to health insurance A B C D E is ridiculous. And that insurance companies suck off 20% in profit is stupid and wasteful. Other free stuff that I want is described below the squiggle.

* Build a community health center within 30 miles of my home, actually every home. That's a lotta construction jobs across the country and even more jobs for health professionals to staff thereafter. Plus a healthy population is cheaper to maintain.

* A farmers market in every county across America to be administered by local people. This provides construction jobs and a market where local home-grown, non-GMO food is available. And a some extra income for family farms and organic gardeners.

* Raise the SSI payouts. It really doesn't keep up with inflation.

* Widen the food stamp program

* Legalize marijuana. We can no longer afford to incarcerate people for smoking pot. Not to mention ruining lives.

What free stuff would you like?

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  •  I like your free stuff. (5+ / 0-)

    If my husband could access a pair of knee replacements and a shoulder rebuild, he could go back to work. And we could pay taxes.

    If I had better access to healthcare and were just on my meds and recieving therapy, I too could work at my profession and..... pay taxes!  That's without the pain relief and greater mobility I'd get with the five surgeries I'm going to need below the knee.

    I guarantee we still have enough working life left to make this worthwhile; as it is, we can't. Hell, I am thinking I have to start using a cane so that I don't fall over while walking. Silly at forty, but there it is.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:47:47 AM PST

  •  I like your 'free stuff' as well. (1+ / 0-)
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    corvaire

    If I didn't have to be poor to get health insurance I could maybe find something part time or something I could do from home and be working and paying more taxes. Right now any increase in income also increases my medical buy in for medicaid. And that's with only my other half's SS and my son's child support as income. My son's child support will be stopping next year when he hits 18, even though he's got another year of high school yet (he started late due to HIS disability). If the governor here would even expand medicaid like the ACA says he should (not must now, thanks a lot Supremes), I wouldn't have to worry so much. Maybe in 2014 when we vote him out.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:10:26 AM PST

  •  I can't wait for Obama to take... (1+ / 0-)
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    corvaire

    a billion dollars from Sheldon What's-his-name and give it to me! Oh boy, I'm in the clover now...

    Not. There is still much work to be done before we can make the Sheldon Adelsons of the country to "pay" for their perversions by paying fair taxes. The Republicans are still the most dishonorable collection of humans on the planet, and they won't give up until they are scattered to the winds. In two years we have to retake the House of Representatives. Permanently.

    Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved - Aristotle

    by PhotogHog on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:04:05 AM PST

  •  I want a lot of free stuff (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, corvaire

    To be free to marry who you want.

    To be free to smoke pot if you want.

    To be free to get birth control devices on your health care plan if you want.

    To be free to stay legally in this country if you were born here.

    To be free to be in the military even if you're openly gay.

    And a few other free things.

  •  YES to all of your suggestions (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, corvaire

    I just emailed the White House with my suggestions along similar lines....

  •  Libraries open on Sunday, please. (1+ / 0-)
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    corvaire

    Oh and while I'm dreaming, a cap on college tuition and college text books while evaluating how to more effectively educate ourselves and our children.
    Free lunches and breakfast programs for all schoolchildren.

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