The Slow Murdering of a 94 Year Old Lady

Sounds dramatic, and yet, to me, it is the truth of the matter.  It is exactly what our Government is doing to our Seniors, thanks to the Conservative mantra of ‘Business Can Do It Better Than Government’ can.

Personally, there is some ( note the word SOME ) truth in that saying, but in many instances it simply isn’t true. Least not when it comes to things like Health Care, or Education, or Social Services.  Those areas, can benefit from Business but ONLY (not that word – only ) if there is full and complete Government Oversight, with authority.

  1. Being Old, 94 years old, isn’t easy, is filled with a whole slew of complications, that can make life, at best, difficult to endure.

Unfortunately, instead of attempting to make those twilight years bearable, our society is moving towards simply abdicating its responsibility towards those who are aged.

Whether it is in Food Safety, transportation, or health care, our society no longer values the past contributions of our Seniors, but instead, is driven by the concept of  ‘what have you done for me today‘.

Truth is, being old is a burden on society, but it should be one we gladly accept, because you know, tomorrow we are the elderly of today.  So in a way, it is self-serving to put into place, systems to aid the transition from life to death, to make the twilight years bearable, because in time, we are ALL going to be in that same boat, as my 94-year-old Mother is today.

By allowing private agencies, such as Beacon Community Services to exist, to actually control the care of home support for the citizens of Vancouver Island, we are slowly murdering our elderly.

Oh it isn’t quick, by any means. No gun to the head and pulling of the trigger, no forcing a massive amount of pills down their throat, no turning on the gas, and leaving the room.  But just as deadly as those are, so too is the way we have allowed Home Support to exist today.

Sending unqualified personnel into the home, who haven’t a clue as to how to lift a patient up out of bed, how to engage them in conversation, or just how to simply maintain a simple and easy routine, is just as deadly to them.   Only worse, because unlike a gun to the head, this method makes their remaining years painful.

It puts stress on an already weakened vascular system, it puts added stress on an already fragile mind, that eventually puts them over the age. BUT, before they go over that edge, they suffer.

There are no Checks & Balances, because Business is better suited to handle them, than the Piper who is paying the shot.  VIHA will gladly take your complaint, but then passes it on for resolution, directly to the organization you are complaining about.

No different from CIFA, that knows food-producing plants are unclean, are not sanitary, but can only wait until that plant notifies them of an issue, before issuing a recall. It does nothing, because it isn’t allowed to do anything, to prevent and control the spread of disease, of bacteria, until AFTER it gets into the food chain.

One more example of how Government is joining with private enterprise, to MURDER our Seniors, and us too. You see, old people have a weakened immune system, and unlike days long gone, today you can buy expired food, at a discount.  Now when you are on a fixed income, have to pay for medications you shouldn’t have to pay for, you need to save wherever you can.

You are old, you may not realise that the discounted food is expired, or about to expire, because you grew up in a society that didn’t allow such things to happen. But, that was before Stephen Harper and his mantra of doing whatever business wants.  Today, even he, claims expired food is okay, has a longer shelf life and not a threat.

Tell that to the people who have died from Maple Leaf Foods.

It is a simple fact, that when you allow someone to do whatever they want, without any controls in place, you are simply putting a gun in their hands, to fire at will.

Oh we all hold up how much longer people are living today, thanks to our wonderful society, and all of the advances we have made.  But perhaps it is more of a testament to their strength, to their grit & determination than it is to Science and Society.

Old people need routine, need support. Instead of making them free of stress, we add more by sending in people who know nothing about caring for an old person. We acerbate their tenuous hold on reality, by altering schedules without notice, and worse, we force many of them to make choices, that no one should have to make.

Look around, at the wealth we have as a nation, at the natural resources we hold, and then look at how we make 94 year olds choose between institutional living, versus independent living, based solely on their income.

Someone said, well if they didn’t plan for it when they could, tough shit to them.

And that is how Stephen Harper and our Society works today.  Thing is, back in the 60’s and even the 50’s, our society held that no matter your wealth, your income, old age would be looked after, thanks to a caring, compassionate Government and Society. They were fed a line, that their old age would be secured, through Government support, and until the advent of the New Conservatism, it was basically true.

Now suddenly, they are being penalized because they believed in their Government.

Be honest too, how can you afford to put aside sufficient money, if all you are earning is $10 an hour, and your partner is earning the same?

Can you manage to feed your family, to house them, and sustain them at today’s minimum wage level, and at today’s high cost of living?

Business can do what it wishes, can show high profits, and yet gets even bigger tax benefits than the average persons does, but puts back PITTENCE as compared to the average wage earner.

Now perhaps being in your 20’s or 30’s it doesn’t seem so important. You dream that one day you will be the CEO of that company you work for, even though more high paying jobs are being sent overseas. How you can realistically expect to advance your income, under those conditions, is truly the real dream.

Instead of how it was, where business used to put aside a large percentage of its profits, into infrastructure, into replacing old equipment, today that percentage goes toward new chalets on the coast of France, to new corporate jets.

Employee loyalty is a thing of the past, because our Government sides with Big Business, gives them our tax dollars, in return for cutting jobs and moving plants overseas.  Somehow, the concept of “BUYING LOCAL” is swearing, and unacceptable.

And who winds up paying for this change in direction?

Why the older members of our society. They are the ones who are given the burden of choosing between food, or medicine. We no longer cover this medicine, this medical procedure, because it isn’t cost-effective.

When did human life become so cheap, so unimportant?

The values that my Mother grew up with, instilled in me, are gone. Today it is no longer about doing what is right, but what is more profitable. Today we let the Oil Industry set how fast our economy can grow, or rush headlong into a depression.

We see how Stephen Harper’s continue to rule, not because they are the best for the job, but because they made more people afraid of the other guy, than of them.  Neat trick, that is only now starting to further destroy what few values, principles, were left from a dying generation.

Instead of nurturing those people, their standards, we systematically work to make their lives unbearable, stressful, and complicated. We make them weaker, rob them of their dignity, and eventually, we kill them off because we need to own a new car every two or three years.

We do it, because it is more important to have an iPhone, iPad, and 300 cable channels in high-definition, than it is to have a Senior live in moderate comfort.  Much more important that we have food producers who can hire untrained staff to clean their equipment, than we can put inspectors into the plants, to makes ure our food supply is free of bacteria, of disease.

This is the new society, given us by the New Conservatism, that our Country, and others, have embraced. We’d rather be scared into voting for someone, than in actually voting for someone who will do something we need. 

This is the New Conservatism of Stephen Harper, and it is slowly killing our Seniors.  This is what happens, when one votes out of fear, instead out of reason.

And it will be people like my 94-year-old Mother, who will pay for all this, with her life.

When Will It All End?

History repeats itself, so they (whoever the fuck they is) tell us, until we learn the lessons History is supposed to teach us.  Guess we are still learning, when it comes to regulating the GREED of Big Business, like the Oil Industry.

Stephen Harper gives them tax cuts, when they are responsible for the last depresseion. Course can’t call it that, have to be politically correct and call it a ‘market correction’ or for those who look at the dark side of it,  a recession.

High rampant gas prices, rocked the entire World, causing unprecedented stimulus packages, that involved TRILLIONS WORLD WIDE.   Up here, our Stevie Boy threw away Sixty Billion of our hard earned money.  Course, we won’t ever know just how much, until we rid ourselves of that Corporate Puppy Dog.

During the Election, gas prices remained stable, now in just a week plus since the election, we have had TWO JUMPS in the Price.   Gee, coincidence?

Just how much can the low income & middle class take, before we simply disappear into the depths of total despair?

EVERYTHING is dependent on gas, which in turn means that as it goes up, so does everything else go up. People seemed to have ignored that, during our last Federal Election, and instead of defeating a puppett for that Industry, many voted to not only return him to power, but to give him his majority.

We lost our edge, our ability to insure we had some say, in our own lives.  Stephen Harper will now be unchecked, and the result, I think is starting to show, by the brazen increases in gas prices.  They know he will do nothing, but maybe increase the tax cuts for them, while they bleed us dry.

Maybe I am too pessimistic, but you know, given his past, I think we are in for a very rough few years. The question is going to be, will these prices keep going on, or will they settle, drop a bit, or not? IF they do keep rising, what relief will come from the Federal Government? 

Anything?   I THINK NOT!

Thi

An Honest Auditor General

Sheila Fraser broke the Sponsorship Scandal which brought about Stephen Harper & his Honest Government campaign.   Now we have the G8/G20 Scandal, to add to her list of honest reports.

As much as the Conservatives can say that the draft is just a draft, that the FINAL version is much different, it means squat, unless they RELEASE THE FINAL VERSION.

Just like they won’t release the details of the F35 Jets, it seems unbelievable to me, that they hope to get votes, but hiding the final documents.

Is this report the Gun? 

The Conservatives seem to think it is just smoke, but if that is true, then RELEASE THE REPORT NOW.  Show us it is just smoke, than the actual Gun that could derail Stephen Harper’s plan to ruin this Country further.

RELEASE THE AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT NOW

Okay, I like this one. Elizabeth May says her party would eliminate the income tax for those who earn less than $20,000.00

Did you know, that a person earning $10 an hour, would make $20,800 a year, assuming they worked 40 hours, 52 weeks a year?

Considering that minimum wage here is $8 an hour, and hardly anyone works a 40 hour work week anymore, or works every week of the year, that is a pretty good concept.

It would mean, that as of now, those who earn $10 an hour, would save $3,100.00 in taxes.  Okay not quite, as their is a minimum tax credit.  Man what I could do with that amount of extra money. I’d actually be able to pay my Hydro each month, without needed to make payment plans.

I could actually afford to eat out once or twice a month, and still pay my hydro on time.

Too bad Stephen Harper doesn’t live on minimum wage or even $10 an hour.  He’d never survive having to pay for gas at over $1.28 a litre, or Hydro at $300 a month. Never mind buying new sweaters.

Anyone But ” Give Me Your Money ” Conservatives

Is just more utter Bullshit !

I don’t care if the Bloc hired the guy who hired Bruce Carson or if it was Mickey Mouse who hired Carson. Thing is, someone hired this guy, who had a record of FIVE convictions. He wasn’t being hired to work in the mailroom, but in the PMOs office as a Security Advisor.

The real issue is that Stephen Harper keeps ducking this mistake. I mean come on Stephen, you Aren’t God, you are supposed to be Human ( though judging by your policies, that is questionable ) so you are going to make goofs.  Least all of us simple folk, sure as hell do.

What makes you any different?

What is with all these politicians, who think they are either Goof Proof or just plain God?

You hired a guy with a conviction on five counts of fraud, to be your Security Advisor, He’s gone, because the story broke. So own up to the mistake, and let us move on.

I mean now we got people bitching that it was Elliot who hired him, who was hired by Paul Martin, like that makes any difference?

We have people bitching that Harper may have influenced Elliot into giving Carson the green light for a security clearance.  That is interesting, but unless Elliot says that is what happened, and can prove it, it too is a non issue.

The real core of the problem is that Stephen Harper refuses to simply accept he made a mistake, is trying to lay the blame on others, instead of being a Man.

Like what Prime Minister doesn’t know those who will work with him closely, and their records?  I guess it is like Hitler’s pal Goebbells said, Tell A Lie Loud & Often Enough, and people will believe it.

Sorry Stevie Boy, I don’t buy it.

ANYONE BUT CONSERVATIVE BUCK PASSERS