What if we redistributed the tax dollars we currently waste administering poverty programs into a basic universal income?

If you’re a writer – or spend much time with a writer – one thing you know about us is that we like to play a little game called, “What If.” It doesn’t matter what the topic is, we will find a different way to look at it and say, “Well, what if X happened?” It’s where our story ideas often come from, but it’s also a way that we poor, broke artists often get through life on a shoestring and a roll of duct tape. A writer is basically MacGyver minus the cool 1985 haircut.

Meme: The median adjusted family income for disabled workers is about half of the median for others aged 18-64 ($13,323 compared with $24,487). Source: ssa.gov
The median adjusted family income for disabled workers is about half of the median for others aged 18-64 ($13,323 compared with $24,487). Source: Social Security Administration via ssa.gov

I often find myself playing this game with politics and the multitude of social issues that plague our country. This morning, I had one of those curiosity moments where – seemingly out of the blue – a question reared its head in my head and demanded to be Googled. So, I went to Google and asked, “What’s the average annual income of a person on disability?”

Google’s answer didn’t shock me, but its accompanying information did. Did you know that the median adjusted family income for an American WORKER is $24,487? I was shocked while also somehow not surprised. I thought back to the days when I was supporting two small children on that amount of money and how hard it was. What a huge pain it was to constantly have to find time to make appointments with my local human services agency to apply for food stamps and child care assistance, along with the regular recertifications, blah, blah, blah, flashback after traumatic flashback.

Continue reading “What if we redistributed the tax dollars we currently waste administering poverty programs into a basic universal income?”
Politics, Social Media

Beware of trolls

I don’t normally comment on articles that show up in my social media feeds. It’s not because I don’t want to. I have an opinion on pretty much every subject under the sun. I just don’t appreciate being attacked by internet trolls who haven’t bothered to actually read the article in question or, for that matter, an entire sentence of whatever it is I have to say on the topic at hand. Unfortunately, no matter what you have to say on any given topic generated by the internet, someone is going to decide that you deserve to be attacked for your opinion.

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If you’re a Democrat, you will be attacked by Republicans. If you are a Republican, you will be attacked by Democrats. If you’re a moderate, the trolls will decide for you which party you should belong to and will then attack you accordingly. Continue reading “Beware of trolls”


If I ran for POTUSA: Immigration

Hello, everyone! In a recent post, I announced a plan to provide 2016 presidential election coverage by discussing many of the issues that we will need to consider when determining who to vote for next November. Since it is so much in the news right now (thanks to Donald “Hairpiece” Trump,) I have decided to kick things off by discussing the topic of immigration.

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We are a nation of immigrants. Few of us would be here in the United States today if it weren’t for our immigrant ancestors. Many of these early immigrants came here for the same reasons that immigrants from Central and South America want to come here today. They came here to escape poverty and/or persecution. As a nation, we are proud of this heritage. We are proud that the United States provided a safe haven for those ancestors where they could bring us up to be who we are today.   Continue reading “If I ran for POTUSA: Immigration”


It’s time for *****Drumroll, please!***** Presidential election coverage in the United States!

It’s that time of the decade again, folks… Time to start thinking about who we want for the next President of the United States of America (aka POTUSA). This time, we have an amazing cast of clowns to choose from! How will we even begin to determine who to vote for?

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It’s hard enough when you’re someone like me who doesn’t believe in voting according to party lines. If I were a Democrat, I would have only 2 candidates to choose from at this point. If I were a Republican, I would have to wade through a cesspool of 15 (I think) as of today. But I’m neither, so now I have a minimum of 17 presidential candidates to choose from. Or none, as the case may be.

How about a huge round of applause for our latest candidate – Wisconsin’s top clown – Mr. Scott Walker! (And here, I thought I was done seeing that — “DOH! — grin all over my television screen when I moved away from Wisconsin!) Continue reading “It’s time for *****Drumroll, please!***** Presidential election coverage in the United States!”


Can a bully be forgiven?

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Do we want a bully in the White House? | Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were all young once. I’m sure we all did things in high school that we aren’t particularly proud of. If you were a bully, you might even feel shame or horror for the pain that you caused. Or you would if you’ve grown up since and developed a sense of empathy for others.

If you were ever bullied, you may wonder if the bully remembers the things that he or she did to you. You probably hope that person is human enough that such horrors wouldn’t easily fade from his or her memory.

Mitt Romney was recently accused of bullying a gay student when he was in high school back in the 60’s. When I first heard the news, I was willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt. I mean, I wasn’t even born when this event took place, and I know I’ve changed a lot since I was in high school. Continue reading “Can a bully be forgiven?”

Politics, Religion

Separation of Church and State

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
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I have a confession to make. I have a 2-foot stack of back issues of National Geographic and Smithsonian magazine that I have never read. I am working my way through them slowly, but I finally let my subscriptions expire this year because I was feeling really guilty about just how large my stack had grown. Anyway, I just finished reading the October 2010 issue of Smithsonian in which I found a very timeless article that I would love to share with you now. The full story is available online for your perusal.  Continue reading “Separation of Church and State”

Politics, Random Rants

A house divided

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At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist

Do you ever wonder if the Democratic and Republican leaders are secretly working together to divide the country so they can push through some hidden agenda behind our backs while we’re all too busy arguing with each other to notice what’s going on? Continue reading “A house divided”