Monday, March 14

Happy Monday

No really, I mean that.  In the most sarcastic way possible.

And yet, as I sit about to type my rant, I can't help thinking how minor my ire is, when compared things going on the rest of the world, some of the huge, some of them not so huge. 

There's Japan, certainly, on my mind.  I can't begin to imagine how awful things are for the people whose lives were deveistated by the tsunami.  Lost loved ones, injuries, property damages... it's really, scary, and makes me grateful to have the roof over my head that I've got (as much as I gripe about it from time to time--but at least I've got a roof over my head to gripe about.) 

On the home front, there seems to be a grab for power by radical Republicans in congress, where they are pushing through ultra-conservative agendas with regard to marriage equality and reproductive rights, and in state governments, where unions are being busted in Wisconsin and here in Michigan, where Gov. Snyder is trying to fashion himself into what looks, to all appearances, like some sort of dictator.  No, really.  Some new bill (which has apparently passed through at least part, if not all, of the process to become a law) would give the Governor the power to decide when a city is so broke it can't function and go in take over.  So.  The Governor decides "Little Town, you're broke" and he gets to take over.  He or his appointees get to dismiss city officials and unincorporate the whole city.  He or his appointees can merge school districts, void city contracts... basically do whatever they want. Of course that's a worse case scenario I'm hoping never comes to pass, but the point is:  the Governor SHOULDN'T have that kind of power!  Seems like a "duh", doesn't it?  Oh, and the Governor's new budget may well drive some cities into bankruptcy; there are, from what I have read, new taxes on the poor and elderly, and blue collar folks just struggling to survive and tax *breaks* to big corporations.  Now, believe it or not, I can see the logic.  Give tax breaks to big business, and businesses grow and new jobs are created..  Sounds great on paper.  But I think we all know how that works out in real life:  Give tax breaks to big business and business men give themselves an early Christmas bonus.  Yes, I'm cynical. 

So there you have it.  Welcome the new dictatorship of Michigan.   Or maybe just the corporation of Michigan with our new CEO.

And no, for the record, I didn't vote for the guy, though if you want to know the truth, most days I feel like it's picking the lesser of the evils on the ballot.

And yet, when I went to call my daughter into school and found that I had no dial tone, I became very unhappy.  Well, who wouldn't right?  Imagine my escalating ire when I called the company on my mobile to find out what was up and am told that I don't have phone services.  Excuse me?  I had phone service yesterday.  I've still got cable and Internet.  Well... ok, a little digging later the guy can tell me that yes, I did have phone service, but I don't now.  He has no idea why.  I know it's not his fault, he's just reading what he's got on his computer screen in front of him (and he was quite nice, really.)  So there's another number I can call to, perhaps, get some answers.  The truth is that I think it has to do with the fact that we are changing providers to get a better rate, but the phone service should not have been cancelled until the new line was hooked up. 

But in light of everything else going on in the world, do I really have a right to even care?   Should it matter at all that I'm out a land line for six or eight hours?   I'm always complaining that all I do all day is listen to the phone ring (and it's always a telemarketer).   Maybe I should just enjoy the silence and light a candle for the people of Japan--and pray that someone, somewhere, sees reason, because it almost feels like Republicans (some, not all) are trying to grab up power because there's a Democrat in the White House (and I'm not even saying I agree with everything he's done, but he's one man, he can't make *everybody* happy)... but what's really happening is that ordinary working class people are getting hurt.  My own family included.  Probably yours, too.

What do we do to change that, I don't know.  Maybe light more candles and write more letters.  Put pressure on our elected officals to remind them that they work for us, not the other way around.

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