Now is the time. It was a phrase President Obama used frequently that inspired me, gave me hope.
If you google “Obama now is the time” you will find:
and this speech truly inspired me:
Today I must wonder-was it just a speech? Smoke and mirrors? I am beginning to question the man I voted for. A man who I believed wanted to unite Americans, end the war, fix the economy, create a transparent government and on and on. Now, believe me, I know that our current President has one hell of a mess to clean up. I wouldn’t want his job in a million years but…
Right now this is what I’m seeing: questionable cabinet appointments like Tim Geithner. Focusing on a war in Afghanistan when we need to focus on our country and get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama is a man who once said, “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Well, during these incredibly tough economic times I do not see how moving troops (slowly) out of Iraq and sending them to Afghanistan is smart. I personally feel it is dumb. Our troops are exhausted. They need to come home. We are not going to end the “war on terrorism” by moving into another country-those that do hate our country and want to attack us will just move somewhere else. We can’t hunt them down in this manner. It is absolutely absurd. No wonder we are hated by so many countries-we keep attacking them! The fact of the matter is: war is a money-making business and it seems our President is going back on his word. sad. And then there was the 62% federal cigarette tax increase effective on, of all days, April Fool’s Day. This is what his administration had to say:
“Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is a contributing factor to scores of diseases and conditions inflicting misery upon millions of our citizens,” the administration statement said. “Further, tobacco use is a major factor driving the increasing costs of health care in the U.S. and accounts for over a hundred billion dollars annually in financial costs to the economy.”
So, I have to ask-how is taxing the poor going to help this economy? Lets be honest here, the majority of smokers are poor. The very people Obama promised to protect. I know people that smoke (myself included) because it’s the only thing (at times) saving them from a complete breakdown. I should also note that it is estimated that only 20% of Americans smoke. Smokers have become lepers in our country and others. We can no longer smoke in public places and even our rental homes in some cases. Look, I don’t smoke around children, I’m not going to light up in a hospital but it’s my right to smoke and it’s slowly being taken away from me. If the president really wants to do something drastic, try increasing the tax on alcohol. Um, more people drink than smoke. period. People from all backgrounds, rich and poor.
Alcohol is blamed for 100,000 deaths each year:
* 5% of all deaths from diseases of the circulatory system are attributed to alcohol.
* 15% of all deaths from diseases of the respiratory system are attributed to alcohol.
* 30% of all deaths from accidents caused by fire and flames are attributed to alcohol.
* 30% of all accidental drownings are attributed to alcohol.
* 30% of all suicides are attributed to alcohol.
* 40% of all deaths due to accidental falls are attributed to alcohol.
* 45% of all deaths in automobile accidents are attributed to alcohol.
* 60% of all homicides are attributed to alcohol
With the already dwindling amount of smokers in America-these are not the people who need to be taxed right now. I find it simply cruel and would even if I didn’t smoke.
Or even better. Legalize and tax marijuana-no, I don’t smoke it but plenty of Americans do and they would gladly pay taxes on it. Trust me, I wish I could smoke it but it makes me sleepy. Marijuana has been known to help a number of illnesses. It has been shown to be effective in reducing the nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. There is also appreciable evidence that marijuana reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. Oh, but wait…tens of thousands of people are now in prison or have marijuana offenses because they got caught with it. Yet another money-making war, on drugs that is.
I’m getting somewhere with this, I promise I am. So, it’s okay that Big Pharma (with the help of greedy doctors, lobbyists and some government officials) can pump millions of nasty drugs into our bodies? That is okay? Bullshit. It’s not okay. We have no idea what the damage from these newer psychiatric meds will be for another 5-15 years. We’re already seeing deaths, diabetes, etc. How is that okay???
I subscribe to pharmagossip at Twitter. Today they posted a letter FDA staffers wrote to our President. Click here to download the letter in a pdf file. It’s an interesting letter and I encourage you to download it and read it. Obama clearly stated this election belongs to us, the American people. And I believe, NOW IS THE TIME for the American people to email our President and let our voices be heard. If some brave FDA staffers are doing it, there is no excuse why we shouldn’t.