Going to be a rough year ahead. How can one be governor of the state with the second-highest percentage of hungry babies and never mention it? What does it take to be deemed important? James's blog Comments Broccoli James Protzman Don't worry about the broccoli business I'm just experimenting with a few things in my "spare time." And if you happen to think it's ridiculous, well that's the point. Peace. James Protzman Broccoli Cubby! ------------------------------------------------------- "I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014 As my Representative.... ...Mike Hager likes to say...."Conservative policies are working." Immoral Tax cuts to Art Pope and other ultra-rich while 1.7 million people live in poverty and kids and babies go hungry. And then wen they get sick, they're denied health insurance. When poverty is this bad, our state is a failure. Moral elected officials would make it job #1 to fix this. Our immoral right-wing extremist elected officials ignore it and crow about tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for corporations and "paychecks instead of government checks". Immoral ------------------------------------------------------- "I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014 My take on tax caps I wonder why it is that there are ANY caps on ANY sales taxes in ANY state. Many republicans want to have a "flat" income tax that will make everyone pay the same percentage of taxes on their income regardless of what they earn yet they want to cap taxes for high-priced goods for those that can afford that. Is there anyone out there that doesn't just want to shake their heads at this? On another note, I am not sure Posmo if there is anyone today in our state that is "denied health insurance", as you've posted. I am pretty sure because of the ACA, that isn't true today. But, if you know of some instances or situations where that's true, it would be interesting to hear about it. Maybe you are talking about undocumented people. Thanks. A hole in the ACA Had our "elected" leaders expanded Medicaid and built a state exchange there probably wouldn't be anyone in this state unable to qualify for some sort of health insurance, but since they refused to do the right thing we now have a population of working poor who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and earn too little to qualify for subsidies to help them buy insurance. Refusal to expand Medicaid locked them out of reforms intended to help them because Pope, McCrory, Tillis, Berger, et. al. refused to put common decency before ideological hubris. This is what Moral Monday was and still is all about. _______________________________________________ "...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be." Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail That sounds just wrong I think you meant that people earn "too much" to qualify for subsidies, but maybe I do not understand what you're saying. But in any case, this hole you are talking about is just wrong. I haven't seen anything about this anywhere. It needs to be reported on and revealed. I am like so many now that believe that because of the ACA, regardless what the state does with Medicaid, no one is unable to get health care. Thanks. The hole The hole to which i refer, and I haven't looked at this in a while, applies to North Carolinians (and those in other states that refused to create exchanges/expand Medicaid, who earn less than 100% of the poverty level and would have qualified for expanded Medicaid benefits. The way the law was written it was anticipated that these folks would qualify for the expanded Medicaid coverage, thus no provision was made for subsidies below a certain percentage of federal poverty level (again, I haven't looked at the figure in a few months, but I'm pretty sure it was 100%). Since the GOPhuckyourself team running our legislature and Art Pope's puppet in the Mansion refused to help make the new law work for the least among us, those people are locked out and left in the cold. _______________________________________________ "...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be." Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail This is crazy So, if I get it right, there will be a certain number of people in our state who absolutely cannot afford health insurance and they will have no way of getting any kind of "provided" health insurance or any kind of subsidy to help them obtain insurance. But, these people WILL be required under the provision of the ACA to have health insurance or be fined. Is that what I'm hearing? If this is so, we all should be screaming bloody murder at the top of our lungs to everyone that will listen and we should pressure our news services to get this out to the public. This is just crazy!!! I admit to not being on top of this as I should be and I believe a lot of people in our state from all political persuasions are like me in that respect. That's my understanding Pretty much. My mother-in-law, a Walmart employee, is paying upward of $700/month for her insurance, with pre-existing conditions (no longer an issue, as far as I know). She does not qualify for subsidies for the reasons stated above, yet her husband, legally disabled, is on Medicaid and continues to vote strict GOP. Her income is too low to qualify for subsidies, but would have qualified her for expanded Medicaid had our legislators and governor done the right thing. Pretty sad state of affairs. To paraphrase Churchill, we must never, never, never shut up about this. _______________________________________________ "...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be." Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail Our state is upside down. Taxes when buying modest mobile homes are tripling and quadrupling, while caps on taxes when purchasing yachts are being capped. Something is very wrong. sales tax, tax rates Save all your sales receipts for 2014. All of them. The only way to compare an increased sales tax to a lower tax rate is to have the info you need at hand. We need people from all income groups to do this to create a basis of comparison. Put a big envelope, like an 8 X 10, in your kitchen, stick all receipts in it. At the end of each month, add them up and put that month's receipts together with a monthly amount total and set them aside. Then start on the next month.