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I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!







Saturday, October 12, 2013

Government Shutdown

We are now about 2 weeks into the shutdown of the U.S. Government and there appears to be no end in sight.  The morons in Washington continue to meet day and night but have not come up with a mutual resolution that both Democrats and Republicans can stomach.  So, who is actually to blame for this mess.  Some will say the Democrats, Some say Republicans and even some blame the Tea Party.  The Democrats and President Obama are holding fast on their stance especially when it comes to Obama Care.  The Republicans don't like Obama Care and refuse to increased the debt ceiling to fund it.  As for the Tea Party, these pin heads seem happy that the government is closed and basking in the thought that they are ruling the Republican Party.  Are any one of these entities to blame?  I think not!  They are all to blame for this embarrassment we call a government in Washington.

I am a Democrat.  However, the more I look at Obama Care the more I don't like it.  I hate the fact that this is being forced onto the people of this country really bothers me.  It bugs me that if you don't have health insurance you get fined.  I always thought this was a free country and I could choose what I want to do.  (More on my thoughts on Obama Care coming in the near future).  The Obama led Democrats are not budging on this during their talks which has forced and impasse.  They claim that they have made numerous concessions over the past few months but refuse to give anymore.  The Demo's also want to raise the debt ceiling yet again which means we will be spending money that we actually don't have.  Right now the federal government is close to $15 trillion dollars in debt.  There must be an end to the national debt and that is what the Republicans are looking at.

On the other side, the Repo's led by House Speaker John "Boner" Bohener are looking to flat out kill Obama Care.  They don't think it makes fiscal sense and it should not be forced on the people.  They also don't believe that the penalties will make up for the cost to the feds bottom line.  According to the website Obama Care Facts, the cost of Obama Care will be $1.1 trillion over 10 years while saving over $200 billion and up to $1.1 trillion over the next 20 years.  The Republicans argue that the math just does not add up.  They also argue that there must be a stop to the national debt ceiling and government spending.  Their stance is that we should not raise the debt ceiling, but instead cut spending which includes programs that effect the American people in a negative way.  Speaker Boner like Obama is holding fast to his side and does not seem too willing to compromise either.

On the third side of this triangle of idiocraty are the members of the Tea Party.  This somewhat radical wing of the Republican Party are the loudest minority that we have had in Congress in quite some time.  These pin heads led by Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Michele Bachman have taken over the reigns of the Republican Party away from their traditional leaders.  While the major players stand by, the Tea Party people are making a joke of the Republican Party.  They have single handedly closed down the federal government and are proud of it.  These morons have now furloughed over 800,000 federal employees and have possibly put dozens of vendors out of business.  Boy, that is great for an already dying economy!  These nimrods get their ugly faces on CNN all the time so they can spew their nonsensical policies out of their flapping pie holes.  Frankly I am sick of them.  They need to go away and fast.  The Republican leadership needs to pack these jokers away in the back of the closet before they destroy the entire party.  If there was an election today, the Democrats would win in a landslide.

The bottom line here is our federal government is a mess.  All the parties involved should be fired by "We The People".  We should also band together and march on Washington to protest this mess.  I say storm the Congress and take over the government.  Let's throw these bums right out onto the street where they belong.  It's time for common sense government.  Let's stop sending billions of dollars over to countries like Egypt who hate out guts.  Hell, this shutdown is no skin off their backs since they are still getting paid.  This really sticks in my craw.  These lunk heads are also exempt from Obama Care which to me speaks volumes.  Why force it on the people if they don't want it?  To sum it all up, this entire thing is a mess.             

Raises All Around

I was going to write about the government shutdown today, but I just went out to my front porch to pick up my Times Leader and immediately saw this front page story, "No Tax Increases in Leighton's 2014 Budget.  WOW, what could I Gripe about here?  The line below this says, "City Workers and mayor will receive raises".  WHAT!  WHAT!  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  I thought because of all the whining about no money that the city of Wilkes-Barre was just about broke.  In addition the mayor will hire 10 new police officers at a total cost of $1 million dollars.  I am OK with the hiring of 10 new officers considering Wilkes-Barre has become a drug infested cesspool of crime.  I am not OK with each officer making $100,000 per year.  How many murders have we had so far this year, 6,7 or maybe 8 no 9.  My question is where in the hell is he getting all of this money?

Tommy "Bag of Toe Nails" Leighton unveiled his $42.7 million budget yesterday which includes a 3% raise for all unionized employees which make up most of the city's workforce.  This raise was negotiated by the city and the parasite unions.  This really ticks me off because in this time of financial hardships for most, these city employees are getting a raise.  How about we pave more roads and actually try to stop crime before it happens instead.  On top of this 3% raise for the city minions, the Mayor is also taking a nice chunk of change in the form of a raise.  Tommy "Bags" salary will jump from $79,911 a year to $82,309.  WHAT, the mayor makes $82,309 a year.  When asked why he took the raise he simply said that it was consistent with what all the city employees receive.  In addition, (and this sent me through the roof) the Mayors medical insurance costs will drop from $19,793 annually to $19,755.  How can this be?  All over the country people's health care costs are rising. 

To sum this up in two words, THIS STINKS!  I am all about no new taxes.  I am all about hiring 10 new cops as long as they are actually patrolling the streets and not waiting for hot coffee and donuts.  I am not in favor of raises or reductions in health care costs.  You may think that I am crazy, but I remember the layoff of 11 firefighters last year.  I remember the downgrading of the city's credit rating due to no cash.  I remember the workers taking a voluntary furlough.  Also, lets not forget that if our jug-heads in Washington don't come to a compromise, all of this goes right out the door.  I am guessing that about 4 to 6 months into 2014, the city will be crying poverty while "Tommy Bags" and his minions are laughing all the way to easy street.   



  

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Government Shutdown

If you have noticed, I have not weighed in on the federal government shutdown.  It would have been very easy for me to just hammer out some off the cuff comments on how crazy the Tea Party is or how stupid the Republican Party is or how stubborn President Obama is.  No, I have sat back for the past week and remained silent.  I have watched debate after debate on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS and even the EIEIO.  I have taken my time because I wanted to make sure that I could consciously point my finger at the right party and say, "STOP, you are a bunch of idiots".  Well, I have been silent long enough.  I have seen it all and heard it all and let me tell you I have had enough.  I have had enough of them all!

Speaker John "Boner" Boehner
We are now in day eight of the government shutdown and there seems to be no real hope on the horizon for a compromise.  The President will not budge and neither will House Republicans under the leadership of their top moron Speaker John "Boner" Boehner.  Instead of sitting down to hash out a compromise for "We The People", these pinheads in Washington have actually shut down the Federal Government which has resulted in about 800,000 people being out of work for over a week now.  Along with these 800,000 federal people being out of a paycheck, countless other vendors and private companies are being hit right in the pocketbook because of all this insanity.  So, who's to blame for this disgrace?  Who's to blame for what is maybe the dumbest thing our government has ever perpetrated onto its people?

I have digested all of the data and most of the blame needs to be thrust the way of the Tea Party Republicans.  These radical idiots have driven a wedge into the Republican Party that is quickly destroying the credibility of America's oldest political party.  This small but puzzlingly powerful minority in the House along with Speaker "Boner" have now sent this country on a very dangerous path.  The main sticking point is of course Obama Care.  The Democrats back the Prez on this while the Republicans claim it is going to sink the nation even further in debt.  In April of this year, the U.S. national debt was approximately $11.959 trillion.  I don't know about you, but I can't even get my head around a number this large.  Pluto is only 3.78 billion miles away from Earth.  The national debt number changed to miles would take us out of the solar system.  Both parties are standing fast on possible compromises on Obama Care.

President Obama
The second hot issue is the debt ceiling.  In order to actually fund Obama Care and pay our bills, President Obama is asking for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.  Raising this limit actually happens almost every year, but now Republicans are holding the position that enough is enough and we cannot go any further in debt.  On October 17th the federal government will default on many of it's loans.  This would be a catastrophic blow to the financial integrity of our nation if it actually happens.  Economists warn of dire fiscal impacts from failing to raise what is called the debt ceiling, such as a reduced U.S. credit rating that would spike borrowing costs. The economic blow and questions about America's fiscal fidelity could bring a global slowdown, Obama has warned.

So, who is to blame?  I will tell you who is to blame over the next several days with my multi-part series, Government Shutdown.