Skip to main content

This afternoon, I spoke with an old friend during a down moment.  Her mom, retired, was buying her dad's prescription drugs on a credit card.  The balance on the card was $8,000, all from prescription drug bills.  Sometimes, my friend picks up the tab for her mom's prescriptions.  If my friend did not pick up the tab, her mom would not get her prescriptions.   My friend and her husband have good jobs.  They work hard, and they save.  But, it is getting harder and harder for them and their family to make ends meet.  Bill Shuster and the rest of the Robber Baron ideologues just don't get it.  

My friend and her husband had saved up a nice little sum for their oldest son's college fund.  Then Enron and other companies tanked.  They lost over 75% of their savings.  The son still went to college but that meant loans.  So much for George W. Bush's "ownership society."  Thankfully, he graduated one step ahead of the current budget.  Bill Shuster and the rest of the Robber Barons while cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans also cut student loan funding thus tripling the cost of borrowing money for college.  Thanks guys.  Glad to see you working for regular people.  I don't have the heart to ask about their plans for their youngest son.  He'll graduate from high school next spring.
    Lately, my friend had their oil tank filled for winter heating.  The bill was over $800.  They've never spent over $500 for a tank before, and they will have to have the tank refilled at some point this winter.  There went the vacation fund.  Some people in this area are filling their tanks with 5 gallon buckets at a time because they can't afford to have the heating oil company to come out and fill their tank.  That Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the War on Iraq really made things better for us.  Didn't it?
    Seniors putting prescription drugs on credit cards.  Seniors paying for prescriptions rather than food.  Seniors taking in borders to make ends meet because some company sold their pension plans out from under them.  Is this America?  The Robber Baron ideology that is currently in political fashion wears no clothes.  It is time to get back to things that made this country great.  We can't be a great country if great numbers of us are barely surviving.  We need people that are going to fight for working people and retirees.  That is why I am running for Congress. Join me.  http://www.tonybarr2006.com

Originally posted to Tony Barr PA09 on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 12:08 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site