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  1. minnymi

    Opinions on Obamacare from healthcare workers?

    there is no need for assumptions here. when an illegal immigrant woman gives birth on US soil they get benefits! of course, the benefits are "for the child only" but obviously the mother of the child is the one living in the free housing or spending the food stamps or withdrawing the welfare funds. that is a fact. a 40 year old man who has worked and contributed taxes for 25 years isn't eligible to see a doctor if he can't afford it, but someone who pushes out a baby over the border gets hundreds of dollars in benefits per month (housing, food, healthcare) when they haven't contributed a single red cent and probably never will. that is SICKENING in my opinion and i'm not sure why anyone wouldn't agree, but you have that right. howeve, i won't change my mind.
  2. minnymi

    Opinions on Obamacare from healthcare workers?

    don't take my comments out of context. people who get food stamps don't bother me. i support social programs. people who have payed taxes or will pay taxes should be able to use the programs in place to help them when they need it. however, ILLEGAL immigrants who are sucking everything they can from the government and don't pay taxes are a problem when we have people who DO pay taxes that can't even go to the doctor. see, my view hasn't changed at all. go ahead and pick a little piece of this statement...isolate it...and ask a bunch of silly questions to make it fit whatever you want to get off your chest.
  3. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    receiving gratitude and expecting it are totally different. as i mentioned in my first post, the conversation that brought this to mind was a man venting about how "nobody appreciates what they've done." then, ironically...on the "hero" thread...people were flat out insulted at the idea that ANYONE wouldn't think they are heroes. if someone is grateful for something i do then great. however, i don't expect to be applauded by the public for doing my job and get insulted if i'm not.
  4. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    "thank you for doing your job." :rolleyes:
  5. minnymi

    Opinions on Obamacare from healthcare workers?

    um...yeeeeeah....how inexpensive something like amoxicillin is was kind of the whole point. :rolleyes: someone who doesn't have insurance can't just walk in and buy it with $13-20. you do know this, right? therefore, if they don't have insurance, and don't have the money to go to a clinic....what else can they do? they do what people ARE doing every day....they go to the emergency room and get stuck with a bill for HUNDREDS of dollars all because they needed something as simple and inexpensive as amoxicillin. the likelihood of someone who couldn't afford to go into a clinic and couldn't afford insurance being able to afford that ER bill are about slim to none.
  6. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    doesn't most every job require that you risk liberties and comforts? not all require that you risk "life," but many do. in my opinion, they are compensated accordingly. you might say, "no amount of money is worth a life," but people willingly take the jobs, knowing the risks, and benefit from the pay whether they lose "life or limb" or not. this explains why 18 year old coal miners are able to live just as well if not better than many of us who have worked all our lives and are educated. they are able to skip the years of hard work and education in order to get a big paycheck NOW. in return, they know they could die in the mines at any time. very few of them do...most of them don't. they get compensated because of the "risk." i did google pat tillman. yes, he gave up his job to join the military, but i disagree that it was to fight for our freedom. the most recent war was not a fight for our freedom at all.
  7. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    i don't know of anyone who would walk up to another and say that. in order to make the connection, you would have had to click on the link. you obviously didn't do that.
  8. minnymi

    Opinions on Obamacare from healthcare workers?

    if illegal immigrants are allowed to collect welfare, food stamps, and housing all because they accomplished popping out a baby across our border (and they are) then american citizens should be able to be treated at a reasonable cost AT LEAST when they are sick and require a doctor. i've known several people who don't have insurance. they typically don't go to the doctor unless they literally can't stand the pain/illness any longer. we're not talking about people (like we have right now) who have a medicaid card (and don't work AT ALL) and take their kid to the doctor for a runny nose just so they can get a work excuse or school excuse because they're on the truancy list. i'm sorry, but when i stand in line behind someone who is yelling at her 5 kids in spanish and wait for her to get her $500 in food stamps squared away...it sickens me that there are HARD WORKING american citizens who are waiting to see if they might be able to survive without going to the doctor because they don't have the money to pay and they don't want the huge ER bill they know they also won't be able to pay. i'm "pro social programs" if we have to put a label on everything, but there is something seriously screwed up with our system when people who don't even have jobs and/or aren't even citizens of this country are able to benefit from tax dollars while some of the very people who pay those taxes can't get amoxicillin without going into collections!
  9. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    my sister joined the military right out of high school. her bedroom was about five steps away from mine so we were very close. she joined because she wasn't sure what she wanted to do (as far as college) and didn't want to have all the debt from college since that was the case. she figured she could join the military and get her education paid for when she was ready. plus, she wanted to travel. those were her motives. she was successful in the military and she did get college paid for when she was ready. she got to travel to all the countries she wanted to go to (and a few that she didn't). she never saw combat. she didn't "fight for our freedom." and it's not as if i can't possibly understand the sacrifice because nobody close to me has been in the military. they have. i just see it as being a job like any other, and i'm pretty convinced that most people who join do so because of the benefits they get by doing so. now, if a war broke out and someone decided to leave their family and good paying job to go to combat for the sole purpose of "defending our freedom" then i might think differently of them. so far, i've never seen that be the case. therefore, i don't think there is anything heroic or worthy of anymore respect than anyone else who accepts a job and fulfills the job description.
  10. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    i couldn't help but be reminded of this thread when dealing with this one: Nurses are the real heroes ? not only do they want 'respect' but blow a gasket if they are told they are not heroes. so arrogant.
  11. minnymi

    Respect for the troops?

    you can feel sympathy for someone losing a loved one and still not feel the need to thank the soldiers for doing their job. those are two totally different and unrelated things. today's soldiers aren't fighting for our freedom. i'm not in iraq or syria and i really don't know why we're risking lives and breaking the bank when there are people right here who don't have healthcare. mention spending money for equal access to healthcare and everyone goes ape, yet it's okay to spend countless dollars and risk lives to fight for the freedom of people in a country who wants to blow us off the map....and tried to. but that's another topic.
  12. what on earth are you talking about? i'm talking about halfway houses in my community that are funded by united way and are specifically for criminals who have been released from jail. even people who have been in jail deserve a second chance, but if i have two buckets in front of me and one dollar bill to put in...i'm going to put it in the ronald mcdonald house bucket instead of the united way bucket. i don't even care if tax dollars go to help fund halfway houses (or prisons for that matter). the point we were discussing was CHOOSING who to give money to.
  13. that's how it should be with donations. fortunately, taxes are much different from donations. if people got to 'choose' how much they would put toward buildings, roads, or social programs or even only got to choose which programs got the funds....the roads and buildings on the "good side of town" would continue to get bigger and nicer, and the "bad side of town" would continue to get worse. i don't donate to united way either once i found out they pay for halfway houses. are halfway houses necessary? sure. we have criminals in our society. however, i'll let someone else pay for that. i'd rather my money that i DO get to choose how to spend go to house the families of sick children (ronald mcdonald house) instead of criminals. i didn't say i judged the shoppers. i was just giving an example. however, i'm pretty sure that most people who say "no" aren't doing so because they already donate so much from the privacy of their home. heck, even when i was dirt poor (and i'm still not rich) i figured if i could afford to be buying a big mac then i could at least throw fifty cents in the "feed a child" bucket. i would just be ashamed not to.
  14. if people were capable of sharing appropriately then it wouldn't have to be taken forcefully. ever been standing in line and listened to the cashier say, "would you like to donate a dollar to the children's miracle network, ronald mcdonald house, etc, etc?" and you hear, "no, no, no, not this time." i don't use the transit system or drive on many of the interstates my tax dollars are used for. i don't see anyone saying the people who drive on the interstates should be responsible for litter pick-up, or the people who use the transit system should wash the buses. once again, everyone claims that being homeless in america or having hungry children in america is "unacceptable," but then we put money toward programs to prevent homelessness and hunger and those very people who claim it's unacceptable shout, "no fair!!"
  15. It would be nice if we had people who had any idea what it's like to be poor having input on any of the "rules." Instead, we have rich politicians, many who didn't "work hard for everything they have," but rather inherited money from a family member who once worked hard and made enough money to pass along. If someone works at McDonald's 40 or 50 hours per week, but still can't afford insurance then it's, "oh, well, if they had any ambition or work ethic then they would be able to afford it." Of course, the guys preaching "ambition and work ethic" were often supported financially and otherwise when they went to college straight out of high school. I would love to see....just for fun....who would come out "on top" first if a person who grew up dirt poor and a person who grew up wealthy were kicked into the real world at 18 with no access to family or funds. Both parties on a level playing field. That would be an interesting study on "ambition and work ethic."
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