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Thursday, October 30, 2014

beware privatization

BEWARE PRIVATIZATION

that word
privatization of social security
has been gingerly thrown around this year in the preelection campaigns
they have to be careful those politicians
dont make the gray hairs mad at you

whenever i hear the politicians use the word
privatization
two things come to mind
one
their friends ie their big donors are going to get richer
two
you the taxpayer are going to get screwed


george bush pushed this once but luckily it was defeated
but its out their brewing still

you know if it happens
i can just see bad things happening to our money
you and i and your kids and parents and grandparents

think mortgage debacle
think the financial crisis of the last part of the last decade
who won out in the end
yep the ones that screwed us
the banks and the financial folks
and
the politicians
and
yep you got it we all lost
just look at your paycheck

social security is the safety net that folks have when they
get old to get them out of absolute poverty
although try to live off just social security and see how far
you can make it

now congress has to do something
proposals such as

increasing the percentage from the 6.2% we
pay now
ok we all have to pay our share
no problem there

maybe increasing the max income taxed to a higher limit
say $200,000
no problem there
nay that aint going to happen those income levels have too much
influence

changing the cola
no not the brand you drink
the percentage increase the social security is changed each year
no problem there

taxing social security more
now im sorry i never really liked this proposal much
unless you raise the threshold for taxing it to an amount
way above the poverty threshold
this year since i was paid 4 years of social security for my
disability i will have to pay close to $8000 in taxes for it
all the social security checks went to my long term disability
company but i got the tax bill


eg warren buffet should be taxed on his social security
surely he doesnt accept his anyway
while my parents if they were alive today should not
be taxed since that was their main source of income

so something has to be done for social security to survive
without social security the elderly will be poverty stricken

i propose the above changes
then if they want to
privatize something else

eg make a mandatory 1% contribution to a long term ira product
like the federal employees are able to do
do not allow the government to touch that money
no paper shuffling tricks
at retirement the taxpayer can start drawing off the money
at an annuitized rate
seem fair to me

so privatization of social security
means to me
the same as always

the rich get richer the poor get poorer
and
nothing ever changes

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

colt

COLT
now if you dont live in texas
or
if you are not a sports fan
or
if you like alcohol

or
if you are a gun person


then colt may mean something else to you
but here in texas if you say the word
colt

it has only one meaning

thats colt mccoy
the opie of college football and now professional football

a feel good story
like watching the show where opie taylor is walking down to
the pond with his dad to go fishing
just makes you feel good it does

colt comes from a small school here in texas a 2a school
thats a small school
there are hundreds of these schools in texas
producing a lot of good students and athletes
but most dont make it to the big schools

but colt did
he got a scholarship to ut and few believed he would make it

because of injury and persistence
hey hes a coaches son
he became the quarterback for the longhorns
running off the most wins ever by a quarterback in ncaa history

then he got drafted to the meat market of quarterbacks at the
cleveland browns

most of us remember a few years ago when he was leveled
in a game and lay motionless for awhile
he was put back in the game despite not remembering
playing the game
thats when the nfl put spotters in the booth for evidence of
undetected injuries like this so the players would be removed
from playing
protecting the player from the system

as we know now these head injuries especially repeated ones
can lead to mental decline and depression and maybe als and
in some cases suicide

he really hasnt played much as a backup in the last 3 years
he left cleveland lucky guy just ask johnny football how much fun
it is to be there
then on to san francisco as a back up there
then
on to washington as the third string quarterback

rg3 was injured this year

the back up played poorly
so
in comes colt at half time
firing on all cylinders to bring the team back to victory

then
next week its
mnf
monday night football against the dallas cowboys
at jerrys world
just 2 hours from the 700 people town he played for in high school
and
the big rivalry for the washington team

you couldnt ask for a better script for colt mccoy

now i am a long time cowboy fan through ups and downs
a lot of downs recently

i never ever root against the cowboys
but
this one  time i did
i wanted romo and group to play well but i didnt want them
to win or get hurt
oops sorry tony

i wanted colts comeback story to be a good one
and
he didnt disappoint us
30-35 passing
a touchdown run
a clutch schoolyard pass to set up the winning field goal
a 20-17 victory

thanks opie for the thrills again

wishing you the best for the future
there needs to be more nfl players like you

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

leaves for grass



LEAVES FOR GRASS
by william nash

i am told by several folks that i am a writer
which by the way i dont feel like i am
i just think stuff up like this blog and put what
is in my brain into my fingers and tap it on my
computer

i do a free flow of thoughts
then go back and do corrections
sometimes i follow those autocorrect recommendations
but
they dont quite understand how i like to write

now today i am going to write this blog
will some hesitation
well a lot of hesitation

what i am going to tell you to do
at your house may greatly affect
my ability to garden as i like to garden
and
probably cost me money as i will have to
buy more of this stuff
compost

first i have a confession to make
i have 15 trees on the one acre that is fenced in around
our house
plus even more in my pastures

each year in the fall after the weather turns cold
the leaves all turn brown
then slowly they all are let loose to fall gently
to the ground
so for that many trees thats a lot of leaves

now confession time
i dont ever rake those leaves
i just let nature blow them around all winter long
looks good in my landscape
not really sure where they all go
but i dont see much evidence of them in the spring

                                                        thisoldhouse.com

yesterday in my barn i found my old leaf rake that
is covered with layers and layers of dust
forgotten and shoved into a far corner of our barn

now there are several of you and your friends
who painfully rake your leaves
bag them up
sometimes paying your kids or
sometimes forcing them to do the work for you

then thank goodness
you call me the ogd to come get your bagged up leaves
if im lucky they are in those paper bags
i just chuck them over the fence into my big chicken
run compost pile
nature breaks down the bag
the country n chickens then act as my shredder
and fine shreds them to smithereens
then they dig out the seeds
poop all over it
then
after months of waiting i have the best compost you can use
the one that you make your self
or should i say
the country n hens make themselves
jerry the rooster just seems to stand around
and supervises
like
i guess you do when your kids rake the leaves in the yard


now for the part im hesitant to tell you
you dont have to rake those leaves and bag them
just as you dont have to bag your grass clippings
just mow over the leaves several times
they get shredded to smithereens like the country n chickens
do
and
you now have mulch and eventually compost in your yard

its almost free to do it this way
they tend to be acid which around here is needed in our soil
since its so alkaline
plus
that composted lawnmowered leaves add nitrogen to your
soil
so you almost dont need to add fertilizer each year
especially
if you leave those grass clippings on your yard

now
if you dont want to do all this
its ok with me
cause ill still continue to take your leaves

what nature giveth
dont giveth away
unless
they are headed my way

the end

the organicgreen doctor