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Sick of the Republicans

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Many of you are going to already feel exactly as I do. I am SICK of Republicans….very sick. The current issue I have with Republicans involves John Boehner who is the  Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. The economy has been shit ever since good ol Bush drove the United States like he stole it right into the damn ground. Then he left office smiling like an idiot boarding the helicopter on his way to whatever he was going to screw up next. He left us with the unemployment rate way up along with a pile of other shit he half fixed , broke or just fucked up.

To help deal with high unemployment the feds extended the number of weeks people could get unemployment Insurance benefits. At one point it was at 99 weeks. Then it dropped to 73 and then 63. There was never much debate about extending the benefits, it was needed,  until John Boehner came along.

The Senate passed the latest extension for unemployment insurance in April. It is now sitting waiting for the House to take a vote on it . John Boehner won’t allow it to  be voted on because it doesn’t include anything to create jobs as he has demanded from the White House. Where john gets off demanding anything from the White House I’m not sure. It seems like he screwed us enough with the whole debt ceiling bullshit he felt he needed to pull in 2013. For some reason John likes being a dick I guess.  I know there is blame to be put on the Democrats  it isn’t all John “bonehead” Boehner’s doing, there could be more done on all sides. At this point in time though it is his fault nothing is being done.

As Speaker,  John Boehner is a leader in the House, not a ruler of the House of Representatives. He is supposed to lead, not act like a king or a spoiled child who wants things his way. 3 million people are without unemployment benefits because John Boehner won’t allow the extension to be voted on. 70,000 additional people are running out of benefits each week. John Boehners district has a population of 724,285. How the fuck did those people get the honor of electing the guy who gets to pretend he is king? Who told John Boehner he speaks for the american people? Everytime he says that I cringe.

It is a fact i would vote for a piece of chewed gum with some dirt and hair suck in it before I would vote for John Boehner to speak on my behalf or even decide what random item I was going to pee on. He is inept.

If you search “unemployment insurance extension” on the web and read the comments after almost any article that turns up in the search results you will see some sad stories about how this lapse has effected people and you will see some seriously pissed off people. I can’t remember ever seeing so much anger and talk of revolt against the government. Not just voter revolt but physically acting out against our leaders. One guy from Indiana even threatened to kill Boehner in messages left for him and his wife. What the guy did was clearly wrong but not many people are surprised by it.

We are giving away billions of dollars every year to other countries while people who live here can’t live here. People who want to work but can’t find jobs are losing their savings, homes, cars, and the ability to provide basic needs while John Boehner sits on his hands and pouts. The money to help is being sent to other countries because it is in our best interest to do so. Isn’t it in our best interest to provide for people who live in our own country? Why don’t we act like it ?

The Senate and the House are likely to approve a corporate tax cut that is going to add to the deficit. It faces no major opposition…..unless the unemployment insurance extension is added to it, then there will be some trouble. The media has been covering the issue very little if at all. If this were 3 million people who had been burned out of their homes by fire or any other disaster we would be hearing nothing but that story for weeks on end. Since it is the leadership of the country screwing people instead of mother nature I guess it isn’t newsworthy.

I seriously hope people are mad about this bullshit actually I wish more people were mad but just like always, if it doesn’t effect them directly they could give a shit. What is going on is just wrong and every single one of us should be pissed. Even if you don’t agree with extending unemployment benefits you should be pissed that John Boehner has the nerve to abuse his position the way he is doing now. John has shown he is willing to allow 3 million people to suffer in order to get his way.  The next time this happens what will the issue be about? Will it effect you? Think about that.

Contact your representatives, they are easy to find on twitter and you can find their website contact info there most times. Send a tweet and voice your opinion. I send a tweet to john Boehner once a day explaining to him how his behavior makes him look like a dick. I doubt he ever actually reads them and if he did the point would  probably would fly right over his head but I do it anyways because if enough of us do he will have no choice but to read it.

Remember this little power trip John has been on when it comes time to vote, don’t forget or allow yourself to be distracted by the newest shiny political object. This is a time when our leaders should be stepping up and doing whatever is needed to help the american people get through tough times. It is getting better but some places are doing better than others and we all live in this country together. When everyone can provide for their families and live happily then it is a benefit to all of us. We will be better off and then we can be proud of how we govern ourselves because right now we look pathetic and it is our own fault. If we don’t do something to change it then we deserve what we get for allowing people like Boehner to act like a king without calling him on it

Harassment?

copswatch   First, I’d like to acknowledge there have been some poor choices made. This post is more about the response to those choices and whether it is a policy people are comfortable with.

In 2010

A friend of mine was having trouble with one of their children. He was cutting school. Attempts to make sure he attended were made but being a teenager, it was difficult to force him to do anything. My friend eventually received a notice to attend truancy  court.

I have had to attend this court because of problems with my daughter attending school. The court listened to the type of living environment my daughter had and decided that there was no good reason she couldn’t attend school. There were no issues at home that would be a cause for her not to attend. They then informed her of the repercussions should she continue to skip school, and assigned her a probation officer. I was told to continue to monitor her as I had been and was not penalized for anything. My daughter understood the wake up call she had been given and had no further issues. My friend’s son was about the same age as my daughter had been and his behavior echoed hers. I assume this behavior is not unheard of when it comes to teens who are having some type of trouble with school. I am also glad they did not have this system in place when I was a teen because it would not have been fun to accompany my dad to a hearing about my school attendance.

My friend missed the  hearing.  There was no follow-up on that  part but she did manage to get her son back on track and he just received an award for his performance in his classes.  Problem solved, right? Not quite.She wasn’t even aware that it had gone to the level of a warrant being issued. Last week my friend received the following message –

In 2014

Hi _____, My name is Matt, and I’m a Deputy with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. I’ll speak slowly because I know this is a Google number and it’s gonna be translated to a text message. I was at your family’s house yesterday in San Jose and you missed a court date. You need to take care of this, okay. You need to call me back (408) ***-****, Your family doesn’t  need to continue to have cops come to their house looking for you. I spoke with one of your daughters. I spoke with your mother. I spoke with your sister. They all seem very nice but they are going to be continued to be harassed  as cops keep coming to your house looking for you to handle  your court date call me back. Bye.

First of all it wasn’t her house, it was her parents house and the guy who left the message should have been aware of that since he had spoken to her family members. She hadn’t lived there in years.  Next, there is something that strikes me as wrong about admittedly continuing to  harass people because of something a family member has done. The people who own the house have done nothing wrong yet they are being harassed.  My friend has informed me the police also pressured her daughters to call her and “set up” a meeting so they could arrest her. The daughters refused to do it.

I’m not saying that the cops shouldn’t be looking for people who have arrest warrants out on them but for truancy? Even the cops who arrested her (in another county) had never heard of someone being arrested over a truancy case.  But police are programmed to follow the law so they went looking for her. To go to her parents house makes sense, it would be the obvious place to start. Once they realized she didn’t live there then that’s where it should have stopped unless they had some reason to believe she was there but to harass people as a tool? Over an issue like this? The neighbors don’t know what it’s about they just know those people across the street have the cops at their house often, they must be troublemakers.

I can hear some of you saying ” She should have gone to her court date” I agree but there is something about the message that bothers me. It just doesn’t seem like it is a professional way of achieving your desired result.  “Call me or we will continue to harass your family” Yea worse things have been done and the entire situation was created by one person’s lack of action but really, there are 7.44 million people who live in the bay area. Here is a  map that shows the crime in that part of San Jose over the last 7 days.

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Bay Area (San Jose) crime reports over last 7 days

crimemap2   Aren’t there better things to do than harass people in order to arrest a mother over a truancy issue from 4 years ago that has not been an issue since and  isn’t one now? If they must get this type of criminal off the streets due to the threat they present to the public couldn’t it be done with a bit less harassment?