I’ve joined the ranks of Independent journalists, like those working for the MacArthur Foundation, doing what I love, educating the Public, on topics that effect the well being and the Pursuit of Happiness of “we the People”. Perhaps, you’ll continue reading my columns and you to , dear followers, will become as outraged as I am. After all , it’s our money, yours and mine, that Congress and various Institutions are stealing.
Not only are they curtailing our rights, they’ve made a pact with Corporations to steal from “ the Public Purse”. That’s us!
The Tax Reform Act Of 2017 is being rushed Thru the reconciliation process with 2 Senators not Seated; John McCain and Doug Jones. Everyone, noted economists, foreign Analysts , have stated this bill is a gift to Corporations by the Congress on our behalf. Did you want to give Multinational Corporations a 14% Tax Cut for Christmas with no guarantee you’ll get a gift in return? I didn’t think so! I’d rather give what little money I have left to friends and family this Christmas. Not huge Multinationals or the 1%. They’re already evading taxes equivalent to the National Debt. No siree, I sure didn’t intend to give a total stranger a tax cut when I can’t even see the Matisse’s he or she owns, or be invited to their homes for drinks. No, I sure don’t want to give them a gift. I’d rather give my neighbors a present, at least I might get a dinner in return?
No way do I want to hurt my neighbors while lavishing gifts on jet setters and Big Corporations. I’d rather see who gets my hard earned money. What about you?
Another thing that irks me is the cost of generic medication. I take a generic anti hypertension medication . I never looked closely at it’s cost, since I’ve been paying almost nothing for the drug for years. Anywhere from $2-16.00 every 6 months. The medication should be dirt cheap. It’s one of the first drugs and oldest one, used in medical testing for effectiveness in lowering blood pressure. Imagine my surprise, when I looked carefully at the package and found to my chagrin that Oxford Healthcare is paying $341.00 for this generic medication? Why is the price so high to the insurance Company.? That means , collectively, “we the People” , are choosing to pay a high price for a generic that should be dirt cheap. Looks like all drug pricing should be scrutinized. If Ramiprill is expensive, I can’t imagine what other drugs, more complicated must cost. Someone should be renegotiating drug pricing. What happened to the promise of Quality low cost insurance and drugs ? Once again , “We the People “ are paying too much money to fill the Corporate Purse.
Next, we can fume over the FCC’s non compliance with a majority of our Countrymen, including 19 AG’s who requested , that the FCC delay ruling against Net Neutrality.
I’m adding two articles from a renown technical publication, citing the ruling and Eric Schneiderman’s request for documentation on 2,000,000 fraudulent comments, recognized by the FCC as testimony to the People’s objection to NET NEUTRALITY. Did you know that the FCC prefers the comments of identity theft persons to the comments of 83% of this country’s People? They are also deferring to Congressional legislation, knowing that Congress received $100 Million from lobbyists on behalf of SERVICE PROVIDERS.
The public will pay for this repeal as the Commissioner stated, no one has been hurt yet. That’s true. He hadn’t overturned the law till this afternoon , Disregarding our very Public Outcry for Net Neutrality and disregarding the demands of 19 State Attorneys General? This is the third time this week I’ve been outraged over the Chutzpah of Congress and their buddies, Big Corporations , as they continue to take money from us without even saying “Thank you “, for the privilege!?
When do “we the People” get a Voice. One way is lawsuits and they’re coming. Another is to hear it from me, The Voice of Joyce, and demand your rights or at the very least the ability to bargain for the money spent on your behalf?
There’s a fourth item that bothered me this week, too, Gerrymandering! You know that case , too complicated for Chief Justice Roberts, that allowed the State of Wisconsin to engineer through the use of Algorithms, political districts in the State of Wisconsin, completely hiding the Democratic votes. It turns out, Michigan had the same problem in the 2016 election and the People of Michigan are rebelling , just like California did in 2008. They’re placing a ballot initiative on the 2018 ballot , calling for an Amendment to the State Constitution allowing a group of non partisan citizens to draw the next political maps. Pretty amazing , by following procedures, the citizens of Michigan are taking matters into their own hands. They’re actively giving themselves the power to determine their own destiny. Their ballot initiative is added for your review and copying!
We the People have a Voice , we have to choose to exercise it or like everything else in our bodies, if you don’t use it, you lose it!
I don’t intend to lose mine. What about you? Learn, question and act! That’s what I say!
Democracy is work, Let’s reap our justly deserved rewards. No way do I want to continue giving my money to ungrateful Congressmen and women , their cronies in Multinationals and their lobbyists, when I can’t live on the money I make!
See you Monday , dear followers, and we’ll chat.
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