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Americans And Their Fear Of Socialized Medicine

Why is that?  What are they so afraid of?  Socialized medicine.  That’s a bad thing? 

There has been this ongoing brainwashing of the American mind, and Canadian also but not to that extent.  Fear of Socialism.  Not sure why but it probably has something to do with Russia and their revolution. 

Stepping back in time, all countries ruled by royalty treated their people like so much dirt under their feet.  All that class system like one was better than another.  Blue blood.  Where did that come from?  Prick Prince William with a needle and show me where you see blue.  And don’t talk to me about it’s a metaphore.  It’s bullshit, that’s what it is.

Industrial revolution and it’s OK to have children work in factories beside the adults.  They’re nothing special.  They’re commoners, not worthy of any respect.  They’re like cattle or oxen.  Livestock and born to toil for their masters.

But I digress.

I hope ordinary Americans have the good sense to see past the fear-mongering Republicans and see where it would benefit them, their children and generations to come.  Even if they have to pay a little more income tax.  So what?  It’s a damn sight cheaper than facing over-the-top medical bills that could ruin them financially.  Personally, I prefer an across-the-board government run program.  It simplifies things.  Hey, but anything is better than what they’ve got now.

So, do my views make me a Socialist?  Maybe they do.  Yeah, I guess they do and I’m proud of it.

Go, Barak.  I’m proud of you.  Well, I’d be more proud if you brought your troops home.

January 27th, 2010 Posted by | politics, Socialized Medicine | no comments

Socialized Medicine In The Trent Hills

We’d heard so many horror stories about the lack of doctors in the country.  I don’t know where the stories originated.  There was even a Canadian woman on an American commercial that the Republicans ran over and over.  She claimed she had to go to the US to get medical treatment for something.  I can’t remember what.  Maybe her heart?  She claimed her doctor said there was a two year waiting list for the treatment she needed.  I wonder how much she was paid for that commercial?  She’s a liar of the first order. Read more…

January 25th, 2010 Posted by | Life In Small Town Ontario, Socialized Medicine | no comments

Announcing My New Blog

Let’s face it, Can We Talk, is a general blog about so many things.  It was the first one I ever had and I really needed to focus but I didn’t.  Now, looking back and reading some of the entries, I see where posts were all over the map.  I’m trying to change that so, I have begun a new blog .  It is primarily a gardening blog.  After all, that’s where my focus will be during the warm months.  Well, gardening and taking pictures of my garden.

I hope you’ll visit and add to the conversation.  I’m hoping it will be a site for gardeners who want to exchange ideas.  For a greenhorn like me, any input is good input.  All input is appreciated. 

Wish me luck as we sit here in sub zero temperatures, dreaming of wildly wonderful gardens, admired by all. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

One thing I’d like to mention before I go, I will still keep this blog up but I’m going back to my ranting days when I let off steam about anything that bugged me.  After all, it’s a good, safe venue for this sort of thing.

January 19th, 2010 Posted by | Life In Small Town Ontario | no comments

Christmas 2009

Both Christmas and New Years are over now.  I have to say, it was the best Christmas I’ve had in years. My son and daughter-in-law spent five days with us.  We planned for weeks ahead.  Menus and shopping lists, Christmas tree and decorations.  Well, you know the drill.  My son gave me a new camera (Canon Rebel T1i)and new cordless phones.  Oh, it was all so exciting.  We ate and drank, spent evenings in front of the fire.  Bliss.

On Boxing Day, we had a “Nog ‘n Nosh”, invited about 20 neighbours to join us and meet my son and daughter-in-law.  We had a great time.  The next day, we took them to our new favourite restaurant, namely Elmirst’s Resort.  Food was great.

We took them around the area to Peterborough, Warkworth and Campbellford and stopped at Indian Trading Post where they shopped for dream catchers and a lot of other stuff to take back as presents.  Next, we stopped at the “Red Barn”, also run by aboriginals. (This is a great reserve).  The owner is a great guy, so cheerful and hospitable.  Charlie can never pass the place without stopping for their cherry pie.  Arnold bought subs for all of us.  Gee, that was the best sub I ever had.  (Note to myself: when wanting a snack while in the area, stop for a sub).

Before we knew it, it was over.  They headed out back to Toronto, then to visit Mother in the nursing home, then on to Miami and eventually back to Jamaica.  The time sure flew.  I try not to be sad but I am. 🙁

January 4th, 2010 Posted by | Life In Small Town Ontario | no comments