Life in the U.S. is a joke

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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 07:56 PM
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lets think about why the insurance company denied your claim. not saying this is true, just playin the devils advocate here.

lets say that since we are so free in this country, people will take advantage of everything. lets say that the insurance company was having lots of fraudulant claims that they were paying for. This company wants these claims to stop, so they put in stricter regulations, thus you no longer qualify for the coverage.

your work sees that you can no longer perform at the same rate as the next guy and decides to let you go so that they can maximize their dollar and get an efficient worker.

the government didnt want to give you assistance or benefits, or food stamps, because again, people abuse the system and will get whatever they can for free for as long as possible. so the govt had to change their rules and regulations to raise the requirements to receive such benefits.


again, keep in mind im just showing another perspective.

on a side note, you should have got with your employer and discussed FMLA (family and medical leave act), and possibly workers comp, although i dont know if you can get that for carpril tunnel. Insurance not covering your sickness is crap. was there nothing in your insurance policy that would have made you aware of a situation like that happening? how would they have even known it was a pre existing condition?




posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 07:57 PM
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To the OP:

I hear you. I grew up in a time where I had advantages you don't, and I don't mind at all admitting them. I'm 50 years old as of April this year, and I had more choices that I perceive of modern day. I chose to leave after high school, flee to L.A. and basically find out what I wanted to do, all the while earning minimum wage, but enjoying life. I later chose to go to school, and given that my SAT was dandy, but years had passed, I had to work while going through school. I chose to run alcohol from one state to another, made some good money, and worked in a pizza place to have a verifiable source of income. I transferred those 2-year credits to California, continued on and after 3 more years, got my degree. I then was very fortunate, and got on with several in-line government contracts, which lead to more, and good duckets for me, as well as having a sense of actually positively affecting things. That last bit has made all the difference.

You have a time and place here where many of those options are still there, but perhaps considerably more difficult to engage. You, like me, see the world economies going to crap, and things just seem worse every day. The "news" is a joke, just more spin churned out day after day, depending upon the direction we the people are supposed to be directed.

You live in a country that doesn't currently go out of its way to shoot your butt for exercising your freedom of speech. That's a big one. I personally hate being shot at, and I feel really fortunate that I landed in a place where that doesn't happen.

For what it's worth, I think you're doing the right thing...... speaking out about your impressions, what you see, where you think things are gravitating towards. You live, IMO, in the country with the most choices. You seem intelligent, and I think you've probably landed on your feet, but what of everyone else, that seems mired in the day-to-day consequences, with little regard for tomorrow? I think we all need to offer solutions, and offer them to others, and maybe, somehow, we'll find ideals outside our our paradigms that really make differences.

I'm not too old to help, but I'm too removed to influence. I will always help. It's who I am.

Good post. Don't ever think you have to defend speaking your observations. Keep in mind while you do, just how amazingly fortunate you are to live where you do. I'd guess that most of here own shoes. A simple thing we take for granted. Most of us probably don't have to concern themselves with water needs. I wish that were true for everyone.

Cheers



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 07:58 PM
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Believe me fully here, when i say I do enjoy america, its why i live here an havent tried to live anywhere else, but does that make me have to keep my mouth shut at the things Im not too happy about? when I see a problem Im not the kind to overlook it, I look for a solution, an writing congressmen an women isnt the answer not while Lobbists are around... We must unite an become One Loud Booming voice instead of many smaller inaudible Voices..

I love My country, thru an thru, an thats why I will speak out, Just becuz you are comfortable doesnt mean others are, or that things shouldnt be repaired....

If you ask me we could do alot better... Specially since you cant learn too much.....

We need our Issues to be met with swift an precise action the same a General would do when in a time of crisis or war.
But All I see is Focus on Everyone else but Americans.... Like the Schoolyard bully instead of finding something to better himself with or his fellow playmates we tend to metal in others affairs more so then our own.... Untill its become some HUGE deal an even then a little bit of focus is given just to shut the clamers up...

If Your a American an All you think is people are bashing america an not trying to live in it then you are sadly mistaken, This is truey a land of the free, but we also have some people an Companies that are making it harder an harder to exercise that ideal.

If we are not careful we will end up a divided country... Some would say thru Economic variables we already are an that could be alot of the problems, Congressmen an women are normaly not from the lower end of the economic totem pole, since the amount of money needed for schooling an the street credit can yeild some Money on its own in the form of favors an such, Most congressmen have forgotten where they came from by the time they are in congress,

So many are put into others pockets as safeguards for another day or voice, an this is driving America into a Hole of which even a stairway to heaven wont be able to reach. We need to focus More On Man An less on What we can do in another country or How we can Secure Big Oil.



No more quarters, dimes, Nickels or Pennies, just Good Honest Change.

[edit on 25-6-2008 by Trance Optic]

[edit on 25-6-2008 by Trance Optic]



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 07:58 PM
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I wonder what a President Obama will do with a "Patriot Act"?

I would imagine a thread like this one would come under scrutiny and my friend slackerwire would be no more..

I have never been worried about Bush and the Pat.Act but it's the next guy that bothers me.

Can't you see Nancy P. going to Pres. Obama and complaining about ATS?

They need to be shut down she'll say.

I can just see the IRS agents now, wearing ninja suits and carrying MP5's, you will donate to the cause!

Sorry for the random thoughts.

Roper



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:03 PM
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I would worry about you if you all werent mad and somewhat disturbed by your surroundings. This is a good sign.

As for the apologists that continue to spout the same programming of Love it or Leave it,,,we the best in the entire world, go live in Croatia or Mogadishu, Traitor, Liberal, etc.

I'm afraid most of you are somewhat in this majority and this arrogant sink or swim , i got mine get yours attitude is what will probably get America and most of the world destroyed in good time


Poor dumb America.. Poor Dumb world

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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:03 PM
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I agree completely.

Americans are dumb, dumb, DUMB!

The sad part is that they're getting dumber by the day.

More movies, more videogames, more television, more pleasure.

More, more, more. It doesn't stop.

People don't even read anymore.

Go to the mall on Saturday, and then go to the library. Where are the most people?

...We're headed for trouble, but the absolute worst part is that there is nothing we can do about it.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:09 PM
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If I might make a small suggestion, you use the word "They" a lot.

If you work toward defining "Them" a little more, your writing style and your thinking style would become more focused.

The issues would be more complex, however without an understanding that "We" are "Them", you will never come to the conclusion that only through personal responsibility, can positive change occur. You cannot change others. You cannot control "Them". Attempting to do so, only enflames and outrages "You", "Them".

You can however demonstrate a more enlightened approach, which inspires emulation. This takes generations to work, but you will realize it is the only way. You will not be the beneficiary, but what a glorious legacy you will leave the world.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:12 PM
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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:20 PM
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Agree with what you said, except the last part, about being helpless to affect change. I don't live in the U.S. anymore, but still through the wonder of communications technology, can interact with others globally. America's problems don't belong to Her anymore, IMO. I think the U.S. has become such a global influence that a whole myriad of global economies are tied to it. I think people need to talk, to decide what's best, and then hope like hell we can find legislators that are trustworthy to enact those changes. No, I've not been a supporter of Senator Obama, but perhaps he represents at least a departure of the olde, toward a somewhat interactive future. I don't mind saying that I'm glad to not be voting in this upcoming election, as I'm dissatisfied with both front-running choices.

Is this off-topic? I plead middle-aged angst.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:27 PM
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I made a thread near this thread, but it got no response. It was called "the conspiracy against the new race". It reveals the kind of ppl out here.

What I'd like to see is every one seperate, and go to their own world where they may give their world a preference type destiny. It'll happen.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:30 PM
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Originally posted by slackerwire

Originally posted by vance
This great country is what you make of it my friend. If you want change make change. Get an education and a job and that will change your circumstances - I've seen it. Don't like the politics? Get out and vote.
This is the freedom land. If you aren't lazy, you truly have the opportunity too prosper. Higher education and a good honest job, that's the ticket to freedom.
Thanks,
Vance


Money isn't a problem for me, nor is getting a job. I own my own business.

There are more important things than employment and cash however, freedom being one of them.


Dude... Look at the UK. Spend a week over there with all the cameras and then come back. You will feel much better.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:32 PM
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I don't think American's are dumb, we are just well fed and comfortable but it looks like that is about to change.

Roper



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:34 PM
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America has turned stupid. Maybe it's was the shots, the fluoride in the water, all the chemtrails, the pollution in the air, I dunno. You can't fix stupid. This country has two prospects for the future. Slim and none. And slim left the country. If you think it stinks now, you better hold on to your hat. This place hasn't hit bottom yet.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:37 PM
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Originally posted by JediK
I agree completely.

Americans are dumb, dumb, DUMB!

The sad part is that they're getting dumber by the day.

More movies, more videogames, more television, more pleasure.

More, more, more. It doesn't stop.

People don't even read anymore.

Go to the mall on Saturday, and then go to the library. Where are the most people?

...We're headed for trouble, but the absolute worst part is that there is nothing we can do about it.


and here is yet another post i could agree w/ (for the most part) whether said by an american or not.

i called a girlfriend last night to talk about something that disturbed me and i would think would disturb any human being walking on the earth today. it was something that really upset me for human kind as a whole and found myself 10 minutes into the conversation having to listen to her story about her weekend which included a lot of drinking, some fighting w/ her boyfriend, and how someone spilled a drink on her dress.


i wanted to scream "who the *snip* cares about your dress being ruined when your flippin' life's worth is being called into question; when here i am a single mom, willing to work my arse off and do what it takes to support these kids and am constantly being pressured to go on food stamps so i don't have to work as hard (which i REFUSE TO succumb to), but not being on them is making it harder and harder to feed my kids; and on and on"

just saying, something is wrong w/ this picture and i am telling ya, it has nothing to do w/ a drink being spilled on a dress, or britany spears showing her crotch, or any of these other pointless obsessions most americans seem to have these days.

i am amazed by the # of ppl that have "mocked" and disagreed w/ the OP and even more amazed that most of the ppl are being starred while others w/ valid important points aren't being touched. you have the right to post opposing views and you have the right to star those who mock the vents of the OP, but in the end, when things go to *snip* (bc they will.... it is the path we are on and there is a destination), remember what he said. that is all i am saying....... i think lol

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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:38 PM
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My friend, I feel ya. My solution?...

Become a superhero. Your life would be much more.... interesting.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:40 PM
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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:53 PM
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Hello, welcome to old age...
I saw the damnest thing recently:
A really old man was sitting next to me on a park bench and some boys (6-7) were messing around nearby and he said the strangest thing to me in a very sad way, " I'd hate to be a kid nowadays" .
My wife came along and I didn't get to ask what he meant.
I remember old timers saying things like, " you kids got it so damn easy"- and stuff like that.
Don't know why I would mention it in reply to your thread.
Anyway, about America being awful; the awfulness of America is profound and deep and a monstrous story, but I don't think you're talking about that... I think you're talking about habeus corpus and such.
I lived in Mexico for some time. I was amazed at all the millions of Indians there who hate Indians. A bizzarre racist delusion. I had people who looked like a Maya relief carving telling me how 'Castillan' they are. They're as European as Don King. Very strange.
Some Indians are darker than others, and so the Chaos of Mexico.
Isat in a cafeteria in the PRC with many hundreds of people in it ( common in China). My friend was eating ( left-handed) with chopsticks. I noticed lots and lots of people were staring. Most seemed to have a very menacing attitude in contrast to the indifferent or humerous attitudes of most Chinese.
In China, individuality is often horribly crushed... not on some idealogical level, but at the personal level.
If you don't fit in there within your 'station'- you die. Think I'm kidding?
Won't boor you with anymore war stories, but take note of this:
1. U.S. is held to a pretty high standard. Most people have no idea of the blood-soaked cultists that really run this place; they think we are some sort of normal nation, like in the history books or something. And they believe the crap that we do around bombing everybody to make things better.
Maybe you believed this until recentl.
2.There are great oppurtunities here in America. You can usually find love and happiness if you want to and can.It's not easy; truly sick people want to destroy your chance at happiness ( I stopped watching TV, for example-when I was 22- but, I'm still programmed pretty good...
If you want to you will find your way.
Above all,
The grass is always greener on the other side of puberty.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 08:53 PM
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America has been 'Dumbed Down" in a very insidious way. Our schools no longer demand anything approaching excelence. They have no way to measuer accomplishment. Its all personal, and self awareness, non-competitive, self esteem. If you don't know how hard life realy is growing up, you have no idea how to fix whats wrong in your own life later on. You become a victim. The perfect victim to be used by TPTB.

Zindo



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 09:18 PM
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Originally posted by RRconservative
So I guess your looking for a country where it is perfectly legal to run around naked, abuse drugs, get housing for free, and never have to worry about people disagreeing with you?


This is a republic not a democracy. Laws should be laws of trespass only. We should NOT have to pay property tax they tax us enough at the paycheck end and the million other taxes. If we were not using our tax dollars on third world nations and going on the offense with our military for corporations interest and NOT the American people we wouldn't be getting taxed to death!

The government needs to stay OUT of peoples lives in telling us what we can do with our own bodies and most of all needs to not mess with our privacy.

I don't care if ALL other countries were tyrannical we cannot let America slip from its foundations one bit. If you don't care you are not a true American. You are just a capitalist.



posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 09:23 PM
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"Well if you don’t like America, why don’t you move out?"

I would, but this country keeps me broke and becasue I am broke I am stuck here, I couldn't leave even if I wanted to...





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