Writing Update

Just wanted to pass on that I finished Lepidoptera and added it to Mystics and Misfits.  The final word count was 7,427, which is about 263 more words than I estimated.  Also, I finally wrote my introduction to Mystics and Misfits that with Lepidoptera brings the book word count up to 20,864 or 38 pages.   So far this comprises a total of seven stories.  Thanks for all of your encouragement and I hope to continue giving you many positive updates throughout the rest of this year.

Just a Thought About Free Education

Most Americans freak at the mention of free education and healthcare.  There is always one thing on their mind, why should I have to pay for someone else’s stuff if I do not use it.  This is especially true with free education because if you have already paid for your education, you will not feel very inclined to help pay for someone else’s education.  You get nothing out of it and it is draining your money.

Here are two thoughts that address this issue.  First, if you are still raising kids or have grandchildren, this will directly affect their well-being through a less stressful transition into the working life.  Just look at the stress of finding finances to cover college and the debt that nowadays is burying our young people.  As good parents and grandparents we should be happy to make this happen.  Not only does it take stress off of the children, it takes stress off of the parents.  Now, if you have no kids, another thing to think about is the fact that your funding of someone else’s education may create a doctor, nurse, or researcher that saves your life.  In addition, if the doctors you see are less strapped down with debt they will be less strung out and give you better care and may also be able to charge less.


P.S. An additional thought, if people are not having to shell out for healthcare and education, they would not have to ask for as big salaries, which in turn will reduce business’s costs.

Progress Report

Lepidoptera has now reached 6,664 words with maybe another 500 to finish connecting the pieces of three separate but related stories together.  So hopefully soon I will be able to share it with my neighbor, whom will help to tidy it up before I place it in my book and move on to the next story.  This should put the book around almost 20,000 words with plenty of stories to go.  A soft goal at this point is 60,000 words for the book.

We Need Insurance for our Insurance

This one is for all those people who want to blame Obamacare for all the problems in health insurance today.  Here is a simple truth, insurance companies are businesses that are run by overpaid CEO’s who like to keep their wealth coming in.  What this means is that they are not here for you, they are here for them.  If it is a question of your health and profit, they will choose profit (and their own wealth) almost every time.

Why do I believe this?  History.  When I was younger, I remember watching the news about a hurricane that hit Florida causing millions if not billions in damages for which people had insurance.  Unfortunately, many of the insurance companies had not planned for such a widespread loss of so many customers and did not charge the appropriate rates to build up funds to cover the losses.  What do you think they did?  Yep, they declared bankruptcy.  They collected all those premiums and walked away probably paying only a small portion of what they owed.  Also, do you remember 2008?  Wasn’t there another insurance company that said they could insure banks against failures of their loans?  Oh yes, it was AIG, which had to be bailed out by us, the taxpayer.  Do you know they are still in business under a new name?

So, although Obamacare is not as good as we hoped for and many people’s insurance is more expensive, maybe it is not the fault of Obamacare.  Is it possible that insurances have a vested interest in making Obamacare look bad and making profit at the same time?  Is it possible that they took advantage of the controversial law to boost their profits at the cost of consumers?  Do you not find it interesting that insurance companies immediately raised rates and deductibles before Obamacare even began to affect the industry?  I wonder how much profit these companies are making now?  Again, look at the history of insurance, including the great depression and 2008.  Also, think back to all the times you had to fight with one insurance company or another to get them to pay a legitimate claim.  Look at all the news about companies systematically denying legitimate claims and being taken to court.  Think about this before you bash Obamacare.  Is it Obamacare or the insurance companies?

Burning Down the House to Fix it Up

I spent time with my father last night , who is a staunch Trump supporter.  What is so funny is that when he was a working person, he was a staunch Democrat because they were about the working man, but as soon as Obama got into office he became a Republican.  Of course he says it is because of Obama’s policies and his handling of the government.  For the record, he voted for the kind of Republicans that run the House and Senate now; however, the continuing problems of our government are all Obama’s fault and not theirs.  He watches Fox News and thinks they are more about the truth than the other news networks (IMHO they are the worst of the lot of the corporately owned and controlled news outlets).

When talking about supporting Trump he says that our government needs shaking up.  Actually, on that point we can agree, but I feel it is not just the government that needs shaking up but our nation as a whole.  However, I don’t see electing Drumpf as a good way to shake this government and country up.  For me it would be like burning the house down so you can remodel the kitchen on the recommendation of a home builder.  We already have a badly run institution controlled by the very people who benefit the most from it.  It is called the Federal Reserve, you know, the one that is tasked with running our banking system and is staffed almost exclusively with ex-bankers.  The very bankers who tanked our economy in 2008 and held us hostage until we paid their bill.  Why would turning over our systematically abused government to a man who has admittedly abused said government through our bankruptcy laws lead to a better result?

As I have stated before, all the things that Republicans are hollering about when denouncing Trump are the things they have been putting into law for decades now.  Basically, Trump is the poster child for the Republican policies of taking credit for others work and denying responsibility for the mistakes of their own.  Here is a man that inherited his wealth and has squandered it several times and gone bankrupt at least twice to save himself at the cost of the people who worked for or supplied him.  A man who has cheated on his wife in a very public way.  He has shown that his image is more important than those around him and that he is willing to sell it to anyone who will give him money for it, as shown in the John Oliver video I posted here Here is the truth, ‘nough said. even if it turns out to be a questionable scheme that rips off customers.  His ego is enormous.

With all of these facets to Trump’s nature how can anyone believe that his presidency will be anything other that a big self-serving ego boost?  How can they believe that he will represent the 99% and not the 1%?  He plans to deport all illegal immigrants to save American jobs but says nothing of how much this will cost to enforce or the increase in food and labor costs created by companies having to pay American workers more to get them to do the jobs the immigrants were doing.  How can people believe that his government will be more than short term news buzz actions to incite anger or feed his ego over sound and rational policies?  Hell, all they have to do is look at his campaign and the actions, condoned by him, of his followers.  I love how deluded his followers are when they think he will take care of them when he is more likely to sell them down the river if it is in his own interest.  Seriously, what are these people thinking?