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Save Mississippi’s Medicaid

19 June 2013 Leave a comment

During the regular legislative session, lawmakers did not reauthorize Medicaid funding. Thus, on July 1, Mississippi’s Medicaid program will no longer be funded. This will not only affect individuals covered by Medicaid, but all who are employed in jobs that are funded in full or in part by Medicaid dollars. The defunding of Medicaid will result in thousands of layoffs and firings in the health care field.

 

That’s why I started a petition to Governor Phil Bryant, which says:

 

As July 1, 2013 ticks ever closer, we understand the tremendous impact not funding Medicaid will have on our state. Not only will thousands of children, pregnant women, and the disabled not have the health care they desperately need, but money for sliding fee scale clinics, STD testing, pregnancy prevention, and mental health services will be cut off from the community. This lack of funding will lead to massive layoffs and firings within the Mississippi health care and social services sector.

The health and well-being of Mississippi is not a partisan issue. Call the special session immediately!

 

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

 

Thanks!

 

–Laurie Roberts

 

Time to step up and help the people of Mississippi….we have had enough vague promises and political games……time to get serious about the state’s residents……

 

Things Can Only Get Better

18 June 2013 Leave a comment

That statement has been passed around elections in Mississippi for decades….the candidates are all about jobs and education and well pick a subject….we voters have been promised so much and so little has been delivered……

Most recently the Wall Street has conducted a survey of states and gave them a ranking……

24/7 Wall St. considered data from a number of sources, including Standard & Poor’s, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Tax Foundation, RealtyTrac, The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Conference of State Legislators.

Unemployment data was taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Credit ratings were from ratings agencies S&P and Moody’s. We relied on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for violent crime rate by state and large metropolitan areas. RealtyTrac provided foreclosure rates.

A significant amount of the data we used came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data from ACS included percentage of residents below the poverty line, high school completion for those 25 and older, median household income, percentage of the population without health insurance and the change in median home values from 2006 to 2011. These are the values we used in our ranking.

Once we reviewed the sources and compiled the final metrics, we ranked each state based on its performance in all the categories. All data are for the full year 2011, with the exception of debt per capita, obtained from the Tax Foundation, and state budgetary data, which came from the U.S. Census Bureau, and is for fiscal year 2010. New to this year’s study was our more detailed review of state industry for 2011, from the the Bureau of Economic Analysis, exports per capita for 2011, from the Census Bureau, and the 2010 tax burden and the current tax business climate, from the Tax Foundation.

And now….may I have a drum roll please…..hoiw did the great state of Mississippi do on the rankings?

40. Mississippi
> Debt per capita: $2,182 (11th lowest)
> Budget deficit: 15.9% (tied-22nd largest)
> Unemployment: 10.7% (4th highest)
> Median household income: $36,919 (the lowest)
> Pct. below poverty line: 22.6% (the highest)

Last year, Mississippi had the nation’s lowest median income. At just under $37,000, it was more than $13,500 below the national median income. Along with that distinction, no state had a higher poverty rate than Mississippi’s 22.6%, which was double the rate of six states. Mississippi has also fallen behind the rest of the nation in recovering from the financial crisis. The state’s GDP shrank by 0.8% in 2011, the second largest decline in the country, and 10.7% of the state’s workforce was unemployed, the fourth-highest figure in the U.S. According to The Commercial Appeal, there are currently as many residents employed as in the mid-1990s, though the state’s population has risen from 2.7 million to nearly 3 million.

Th3e ONLY good news in this survey is….there are 10 states below us….which is a pretty good standing for the state….we are usually at the bottom of every good list and the top of every bad list……

When will the people of Mississippi demand their elected clowns actually do something for the people of the state and stop playing their political games?

The best answer is….I will be dead and gone before that happens!

What Is Proper Justice?

13 June 2013 2 comments

I was reading my local paper and ran across this piece…….

A 30-year-old man has been arrested after a Vancleave resident told police her 16-year-old daughter came home and told her the man had allegedly touched her inappropriately.

The Mississippi Press reports Richard Leon Fairley was arrested by Jackson County investigators Tuesday and charged with molestation/touching of a child for lustful purposes.

Investigators say Fairley is a friend of the 16-year-old’s family and that Fairley allegedly exposed himself to the teenager.

Fairley made an initial appearance in Jackson County Court, where Judge T. Larry Wilson set bail at $25,000.

If convicted, Fairley faces up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

I am an uber-liberal, actually I am more radical than that but I will accept that title, I am against the death penalty as we have it today…..not against it totally just this mamby pamby lethal injection BS….if you are going to take a life then make it count….not just letting the person go to sleep…….

Sorry I digress…………the story above made me think of how to handle people like this…….castration will not work!  Why?  The equipment made be useless but the desire is still there and if the desire is there…they will find a way to act on that desire.  The first offense, when convicted, lock them in with the biggest rapist in the yard and let them have their way…..if that does not slow the offense then start with the little finger on the left hand and cut off a joint for each offense…..they will stop or soon will have no hands to work with anymore…….

This person is sick!  He needs to be removed for ALL human contact……….

This is the face of a child molester!

Fairley

Typical GOP Male

4 June 2013 2 comments

There have been a wealth of idiots speaking on women and most of them are members of the GOP……we had the all male panel on FUX that blames the decline of the American family on more women are becoming the family bread winner……even the GOP women are just as out of touch…..a GOP congresswoman stated that women do not want equal pay……even the governor of Mississippi is in the dumbass camp……

At a Washington Post Live event on child literacy, the host asked Bryant, “How did America get to be so mediocre?”

“I’m going to get in trouble — do you want me to tell the truth?” Bryant replied. “I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the workplace.”

“It’s not a bad thing, I’m going to get in trouble,” he added. “I can see the emails tomorrow. But now both parents are working, they’re assuming their careers. That’s a great American story now that women are certainly in the workplace.”

“So, it’s the mother’s place to teach them to read?” the host wondered.

“No, no, but I think there was that loving, nurturing opportunity that both parents had a little bit of time,” the governor explained. “My dad was a reader, he was a mechanic. So, he didn’t go to college, but he was a reader. But he had a little bit more time with me, and today’s society, parents are so challenged. Not just the mom, but the mom and the dad. They’re working overtime, they’re trying to balance both of them in the workplace.”

So America is becoming more mediocre because women are working….seriously?  It is all the women’s fault….has nothing to do with draconian measures that Repubs promise will save the country from itself……

Bryant is your typical GOP politician…good hair, old, and very misogynist…….they need to just keep talking their silly antiquated issues….they are insuring that they never win another national election……..without change they are dooming the party to the fecal pile of history…..

Open Letter

This is a letter I sent to the city council awhile back….of curse there was no reply…I did not expect one….this is a valid proposal and would do alot to raise the much needed funds of which the city is in desperate need……..

Open Letter To The City Council Of Gulfport, Mississippi

The city has been having its problems with the generation of much needed funds for programs that will benefit its citizens. There is a way to generate these funds and that course is called Land Value Tax. For years I have been advocating this form of taxation to no avail, but with the economic situation getting worse by the day, I believe this idea can save the city from massive cuts in services.

According to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, any tax reform should conform to a 3 principle outline.  These are:  1—Be balanced and make work pay, 2—should create opportunity for economic growth and 3—be accountable to the taxpayer.  The Land Value Tax (LVT) addresses all three of the concerns put forth by the MEPC.

Land rent means taxing land. Not buildings, not work, not commerce, just bare land. Or if land has buildings (as most land has) then the equivalent value of the land if it had no buildings.

Land gets its value its improvements (buildings etc) and from its location. The improvements were made by the hard work of the owners. But the location has value because of what society does, because of roads and schools and good neighbors.

If society taxes buildings and improvements, it steals people’s hard work, their time and energy, their life. Most taxation is therefore theft. But if society taxes the location, then it simply claims back the value it creates. Land rent distinguishes between the individual’s property and society’s property.

Land rent creates fairness in the most basic of all issues: who controls the ground beneath our feet.

Land rent is the only rational tax, because it is based on a sound theory of property (you create it, you own it).

Land rent means an end to every other tax. So it becomes much cheaper to create additional jobs and manufacture goods. So wealth increases.

If you tax work, the amount of work goes down, because some work becomes less profitable. But if you tax land, the amount of land remains the same. So if you want to encourage work, you should tax land, not work.

Land rent is the only guarantee of fair property rights. If people can charge rent but they pay no rent themselves, eventually one person or one elite will own everything and nobody else can have any property unless it suits the elite. To see why, play the game Monopoly. Monopoly is based on “The Landlord’s Game,” invented by Lizzie Magie as a way to show why we need land rent.

Land rent is the most efficient way of creating wealth because it gives resources to those who can use them best (that is, those who can generate the most wealth from the land).

Land rent creates economic justice, by ensuring that everyone keeps the wealth they create, and any extra is given back to society. So nobody has unfair privileges, and everyone has an equal chance to succeed.

Land rent provides a fair system for all, because it generates wealth for society, yet it is so simple that corruption and inefficiency have nowhere to hide.

It is as simple as that….it would not take a massive bureaucracy to change the taxation of the city…

If further information is needed I may be contacted at:

CG Streuly

2605 Demaret Drive

Gulfport, MS 39507

Email: chuqalam@gmail.com

Could Religion Explain It All?

25 January 2010 Leave a comment

No I am not talking about the meaning of life….Or existence of God…..or how old the earth is…..or any of that mind numbing stuff….what I am talking about is the relation of religion to other issues in the South….

A new Gallup Poll shows that Mississippi is the most religious state in the Union…….

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia State is the one where the most people — 85% — say yes when asked “Is religion an important part of your daily life?”

Joining Mississippi in the top “most religious” states are other notches in the Bible Belt: Alabama (82%), South Carolina (80%), Tennessee (79%), Louisiana (78%), and Arkansas (78%).

The top ten are as follows:

Mississippi: 85%
Alabama: 82%
South Carolina: 80%
Tennessee: 79%
Louisiana: 78%
Arkansas: 78%
Georgia: 76%
North Carolina: 76%
Oklahoma: 75%
Kentucky: 74%

With all that said I decided to do a little research into other issues and situations that may have a correlation in this story.

For instance the ten most religious states, 9 are in the South…….in the same list all 10 of the states are some of the poorest in the nation….the ten states in the religious list…all of which are on the bottom of the “smartest” state list….and now for the biggie, at least for me….the 10 most religious states are the dumbest and the poorest and in the same vain the most Republican….that is right…these 10 states voted overwhelmingly for John McCain in the last presidential election…..

Makes me think of a quote from John Stuart Mill, “I am not saying conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservative”…….

First let me say that in my opinion these stats are contradictory and fly in the face of logic…….

What conclusion can one draw from these stats?

I can understand the correlation between poverty and religion….when you have nothing religion is a comfortable place to hide….and I can understand the lack of education would make religion attractive as an answer to your problems….this is where I have a hard time understanding……I cannot understand why a state that is so poor would be so republican….my only thought on that is that the state GOP plays the religion card more readily than the Dems and the lack of education would make it easy to fool the people into believing anything they wish to paint for them……..

The conclusion that I can draw is that the lack of education and poverty make religion a comfortable place for the people to hide…because of this comfort politicians can use these things as a way to mold the people of the state into citizen that the politicians want……

Better Education Means Better Jobs

22 January 2010 Leave a comment

Recently at an economic forum some interesting points were made:

The governor also talked about the state’s graduation rates and the need for more work-force training. High school graduation rates, Barbour said, might improve if students were directed to career paths early in high school.More education, generally, translates into people with better paying jobs with more disposable income that would translate into increased tax collections.

You would think that if that was the attitude that the governor and the legislature would be gung-ho on educational bills, right?