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Well, right about now what really keeps me up at night is the thought that Mitt Romney may win this election.  I don't believe it will happen, I'm not whinging about it, but it does keep me up sometimes at night, until my l-trytophan/melatonin sleep aid kicks in.

But what doesn't ever keep me up at night, is worrying about the deficit and debt.
But what doesn't ever keep me up at night, is worrying about Iran and nuclear weapons.

These are the two big things I've been told I should worry about.  I actually don't.  Tell me I don't understand how horrible and scary those things are.  I don't worry about those things, I just don't.

What does actually keep me up at night?  What do I think is a real scary thing?  Well, first time diaries for one, and orange squiggly things that must? be given fun names?

What I worry about the most is women's rights.  Abortion, contraception, Planned Parenthood.  All under attack for no reason that I can even begin to understand.  But I reject the idea that we even say "rape, incest, or health of the mother".  What about decision of me?

I also worry about losing Social Security under current social and political memes.  It absolutely should and could be solvent forever it there was a honest will.

Same with Medicare.  Thing that kills me is that Medicare reimbursement is a prime driver for keeping free market medical providers honest, has been for years.  You miss a marker, you don't get your Medicare reimbursement (I work for Kaiser). If there was a will and belief that health care is a right it could be done.  I reject that health care isn't a right.

I really worry about the denigration of unions in our country.  Labor is under attack, unions are our lobby.  CNA is a powerful union, so far we aren't under legislative attack, but the meme that unions are bad is false.  I reject it.

Lastly, tonight, I worry that the gas pipes that run under my neighborhood aren't going to explode in the middle of the night.  I live in the Bay Area...a San Bruno neighborhood had a PG&E pipe explode last year, some ? 12 homes destroyed and 5 people died as they slept in their homes.  Old pipes.  They may be beneath my house, how would I know? Or there may be some old highway overpass that someone is driving over that just collapses. Infrastructure at home.

Ooh, I said lastly, but the final worry for me tonight is the fact that CA is looking to lose 100 dairies this year due to the loss of corn in this year's drought.  Weather at work.

Thanks for reading if you did...I have many more worries. The biggest ATM is that Romney wins this election, which he won't!

Go President Obama!

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  •  Even 'IF' Romney won i doubt much would change (1+ / 0-)
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    the supremes don't want to touch abortion with a 10 foot pole. Most the attacks on abortion are coming at the state level.. also if senate democrats have any balls they would wield the filibuster as effectively as republicans have for the last four years. It's sometimes hard to forget on a site like this that things are hyper politicized and that four years with a moron captaining the ship likely isn't going to sink us.

  •  I appreciate and applaud your priorities. (2+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, nomandates

    And I share them with you, and the majority of our fellow Kossaks.  But, wouldn't we be more effective in fighting for reason and enacting positively if we weren't "up at night?" worrying about this stuff?  Wouldn't we we more useful for liberal causes with good nights' sleep?

    Go to bed!  Go to sleep!  Awaken well-rested, ready to challenge rightwing nightmares.

    btw, a fine first diary!

  •  If it helps... (4+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, Smoh, nomandates, quill

    Similar worries keep me up at night in the Michigan.  I especially worry about losing decades of progress in women's equality.  DECADES.  I look at my 17-year-old niece and want her to have the same chances and choices I had (if not better).  

    The sun shines on a dog's ass every once in a while, so I guess it's my turn. --Capt. Phil Harris (The Deadliest Catch)

    by Laiane on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:41:13 AM PDT

  •  I'd be lying if I said I weren't pretty concerned (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    about the deficit.

    It is a very large problem and it needs to be dealt with exactly right. Tackle it too soon, and we end up with the Austerity Crisis Europe is dealing with. We face that if the fiscal cliff comes.

    Leave it too long and inflation will price everything out of reach for all but the rich.

    Anyone who isn't worried about how we tackle this has not been paying attention.

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 04:25:08 AM PDT

    •  Actually, the deficit is only a problem because (2+ / 0-)
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      Smoh, katiec

      it is a gigantic hoax perpetrated on the American people by a Congress that doesn't want to acknowledge its responsibility to manage the currency. Instead, our petty potentates on Capitol Hill pretend they are in the clutches of lobbyists, or foreign powers or gremlins so they can continue to hand out goodies surreptitiously to their cronies and stick it to an electorate that actually believes that the people are to govern.
      Of course, until the advent of universal suffrage and the end of our currency being held hostage to gold, it wasn't possible for the people to govern in their own right. They were per force and by tradition subservient to the lawmakers' rule under sovereign immunity. That didn't begin to change until after World War II and until the passage of FOIA, as well as various open government requirements. Universal suffrage and the end of the military draft set the stage for respect for human rights. But such struggles are never finally done. DADT was a step back and so was DOMA -- segregating legislation on another basis.
      Similarly, the liberation of the dollar from the bonds of gold did not go unchallenged. First we had wage and price controls. Then it seemed more practical to get everyone hooked on using money to mediate even the most intimate transactions and then restrict who could have access and under what conditions. (Getting everyone used to driving cars for transport and then banning foot traffic from the streets and highways is a similar strategy for asserting control). Not only that, but independent householders and farmers were enticed to convert their assets into money loans and then fees and interest charges stripped their ownership gradually. The loss was hardly noticed until the money and the real estate was all gone into the gargantuan maw of the one percent.
      And the Congress helped. Because the advent of government by the people is not welcome news to the unjust stewards who had, by tradition, ruled in their stead. So, they recruited Wall Street to help keep the rabble in their place, subservient to their rulers on Capitol Hill. The President, btw, is another decoy. The President can only spend what the Congress appropriates.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 05:15:29 AM PDT

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    •  Deficits.... Might want to google: (1+ / 0-)
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      New Economic Perspectives, there's a new post on just what the deficit IS.  It's important to understand what the deficit IS before we can judge whether it's good, bad or in between.

      And understanding what the deficit IS requires having some understanding of our  national accounting system given that the US is a monetary sovereign of fiat currency with a floating exchange rate, ie, we can't go broke.

      The real deficit is a democracy deficit.

  •  I think you're worried that the gas pipes (2+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, quill

    Are going to explode, not that they aren't.  Good first diary.  Congratulate yourself!

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:58:09 AM PDT

  •  Thanks to all (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for responding to my first diary all!  Regarding the deficit in particular, I don't deny it's a thing.  I just refuse to think it's THE thing that I should worry about.  I think it's used as a boogeyman, has been for years, and I'm not scared of it.  I worry more about the people I know, and the people I don't know who struggle.  The deficit is abstract to me is all.

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