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Once again the people we sent to Washington, D. C., are engaged in a staring match. They think the first one to blink loses the 2014 mid-term election.

The future of our country boils down to a game of chicken between a bunch of rich people that won’t have trouble finding a job if the economy goes back into the toilet.

Most of them will keep their high-paying jobs in the House, the Senate, and the White House. Those that don’t get re-elected will be replaced by more people that haven’t worried about having enough money to buy gas to go to work in many years…if ever.

I fell down when I got home from my day job Tuesday. I slipped on the ice in my driveway and landed shin-first on a pile of ice chunks that had fallen off of my roof. It hurt pretty badly, but the initial pain subsided.

I went to my part-time job. Twenty minutes after getting there, I couldn’t put any weight on my leg. I had a baseball-sized lump about four inches below my knee, and the pain actually burned. I couldn’t stand to have my pant leg touch my skin.

First, I tried to do my job. I needed the money to buy gas to go to my day job. Two weeks earlier, I’d missed both my part-time shifts because I was flat on my back with a terrible cold. I had already missed one whole paycheck (a whopping $56.00 after taxes), and I didn’t want to go home early…I’d be giving up nearly half of another weekly paycheck.

I got to the point where I had to go home because I couldn’t do anything but say, “Ouch,” and curse. I could barely work the gas and brake pedals.

I was convinced that I’d broken my leg, but I kept thinking how much it would cost (even with insurance) to go to the emergency room. I lay on the couch and iced the shin. I took some ibuprofen and hoped it would get better…it did. By bedtime, I could put weight on it. By morning I was still sore, but I could walk.

I’ve still got a golf-ball sized lump and my entire right shin is a giant bruise, but I didn’t go to the doctor or the emergency room. I worked my whole part-time shift Thursday night. I was slow, but I got the job done.

I’m not telling this story to get pity. I don’t think I bravely faced adversity. I imagine that 95 percent of you have a similar story. You’ve gone to work sick or hurt. You’ve foregone medical care, and you’ve done these things because you couldn’t afford to lose time or pay another medical bill.

Back to the arrogant sons-of-bitches in Washington, D. C. When was the last time one of them worked sick or hurt because they needed every hour they could scrounge? When was the last time one of them got injured and didn’t go to the doctor because they were scared of the bill?

The answer, of course, is, it was a very long time ago…if ever.

Now, these bastards are playing chicken with our future. If they run this economy into the ground to prove who has the biggest wang, they won’t have to choose between work and medical care.

They are playing poker with our money. They are wagering our health and welfare just so they can say, “The other guy blinked. Ha-ha-ha.” They should be ashamed, but they have been whores for so long that they have no shame.

Neither the right nor the left in Washington, D. C., have a clue what a tightrope most Americans walk every day. The drop ceiling in our tiny bathroom rusted out and the ceiling fell in. It took less than $75.00 to replace, but that $75.00 was supposed to be for food and gas.

The sons-of-bitches in Washington, D. C., don’t understand that my example is typical of life in America today, and I have two jobs. We don’t drink or do drugs or have expensive hobbies. Life is our only hobby, and Washington, D. C., doesn’t understand or apparently care how hard it can be.

I’m not looking for pity or a handout…I could use a hand. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. The CEOs of companies that make nothing get bonus checks in the 8-figure range and beyond while their corporation pay no income taxes.

Just remember this when some politician asks you to send them back to Washington, D. C.

Republicans and Democrats are screwing the pooch when it comes to taking care of average Americans. They are doing a marvelous job of bending over for Wall Street and the rest of the upper 1 percent, but, those guys pay better than we do.

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  •  Republicans cause this. (2+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, edrie

    When you say this:

    Republicans and Democrats are screwing the pooch when it comes to taking care of average Americans. They are doing a marvelous job of bending over for Wall Street and the rest of the upper 1 percent, but, those guys pay better than we do.
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    you're not much different from David Brooks' and his blame them both false equivalencies.  That, in turns, aids the Rs and the very 1% you profess to oppose.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:31:25 AM PST

    •  For the sequester, both parties are to blame, (4+ / 0-)

      and it's no good pretending otherwise.  Saying this is not giving comfort to the enemy.  Democrats controlled the Senate; this law could not have passed without their complicity.  Didn't McConnell say he got 98% of what he wanted?

      You might say, the alternative was worse.  But it wasn't.  Clinton knew what he was doing when he stood up to the Republicans and their ridiculous threat of shutting down the federal government.

      •  um, you're wrong here. (0+ / 0-)

        the democrats PREVENTED a total meltdown of not only our own economy, but the world economy, as well.

        the republicans have been obstructing and damaging us in every way possible - and you are falling into the trap by blaming the democrats.

        that was the plan - and it appears to have worked when other democrats and progressives deflect the blame onto democrats instead of where it actually belongs:  tea party republicans, republicans, koch brothers, money brokers, etc.

        don't fall for it.  if you and others do, the republicans will have succeeded in destroying this nation and any others they can take with us.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:35:34 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, yeah I've fallen into the Trap. (0+ / 0-)

          When you have an example of the world economy "melting down" because a government chose to bail out people not banks, maybe I'll listen to you.

          •  who, exactly, do you think would pay the price (0+ / 0-)

            if the banks failed?

            [hint: little people whose money is IN those banks - think '20s]

            EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

            by edrie on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:52:47 PM PST

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            •  That's what FDIC was meant to be for. To protect (0+ / 0-)

              the "little people" (to use your condescending phrase).  Not bloated executive bonuses.

              To add, the sequester isn't a (direct) consequence of the bailout.  It came about because of the deficit. Republicans wanted to turn the screws on the poor a full turn, and Democrats only wanted to turn them half a turn.  So they agreed on 98% of a turn (as estimated by McConnell), followed by more pain a few months down the line.  

              •  fer chrissakes! if you don't get "little people" (0+ / 0-)

                in friggin' quotes as it was meant and you see it as "condescending", then i've nothing more to say here.

                EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

                by edrie on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:13:31 PM PST

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                •  I didn't see any quotes, frigging (0+ / 0-)

                  or otherwise, in your comment. Still don't.
                  It was I who used the quotes to indicate that I was, well, quoting.

                  I'm happy to believe that you did not intend condescension in talking of "little people". Note, however, that telling me I'm "falling into the trap"  can scarcely be construed as anything but...

            •  Um, I don't know any (0+ / 0-)

              "little people" who have more than $250,000 in any one bank account. That means their money is covered by FDIC, even if it's just bits and bytes in somebody's computer.

    •  Republicans and Democrats both... (0+ / 0-)

      ...put their re-elections above anything else. I agree that Republicans want to see the whole thing crumble while hoping the President gets the blame, but I'd prefer that more Democrats started acting like the loyal opposition...loyal to the people that voted for them.

  •  yessss (1+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM

    preach it brother! my family lives just like yours

  •  Didn't miss work, but didn't go to the dr. (1+ / 0-)
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    codairem

    Just last week when I slid down the steps and twisted my ankle as well as bent my toes backwards. One toe is still swollen and purple around the knuckles, the ankle I'm keeping wrapped and hoping it's only sprained.

    They killed my medicaid when Dad's SS shifted to a different type and went up by $400 per month. Ad in that we just moved and I didn't have the money for cab fair home from the hospital due to utility deposits (it's technically in walking distance, but not with a sprained or broken ankle). We were worried about groceries for next week because Caedy had a week between jobs, due to the distance of the move and the move itself (her first day was today in the new store). But, miracle of miracles March's child support came through early. I'm thinking maybe because I called my ex and gave him the new address, his mother insisted he pay it early so we had money for food after the utility deposits (because he wouldn't have thought of that on his own).

    And yes, it would be nice if there were people in congress and the senate who understood what it was like to be in our shoes. Someone who wouldn't give helping the poor and those living on the edge of poverty lip service.

    I won't hold my breath though.

    "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 Feb 22, 2013 at 11:22:15 AM PST

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