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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New York State Financial Issues

Now I will admit, I am an avowed liberal. I'm Pro-Choice (but not pro-abortion), I believe that health insurance should be available to everyone, I believe in most of the socialistic practices we have in this country. But, as with anything, they cost money. There is a big debate in New York State Government about the budget, they say there is a 10 billion dollar deficit and they need to come up with it somewhere, such as Medicaid. Now I will be the first to say that if there are abuses, we should be able to track them down. But I read an article (http://www.crainsnewyork.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?Dato=20110123&Kategori=SUB&Lopenr=301239977&Ref=AR&Show=0&template=printart ) Cuomo Faces Medicaid Hurdles
By Erik Engquist and Jeremy Smerd
Crain's Health Pulse January 23, 2011

Which actually says that though medicaid costs, in New York, 54 Billion, we only pay for 14 Billion of that, the rest comes from Washington and other localities. So what does that mean to me? It's kind of like this statistics class I'm taking, if the government officials can dupe the general public into rejecting a group of the population that they already feel as a drain, even if they aren't, then they can cut Medicaid without getting voted out of office. But what if they are lieing about Medicaid being the problem? We all joke about how lawyers and politicians lie, so let's think about this for a minute.

  If you have a budget, and you spend a little here and a little there, and a little more over there, eventually you run out of money. This is a given no matter what, my lovely hubby does that on a regular basis with his smoking habit. But every once in a while we hear about "pork barrell" funding by the individual politicians, has anyone actually added up the cost of all of that money? Wouldn't it be amazing if it was more then the deficit? I would like to see every penny and every dollar of those pork barrel fundings added up so that we could see what exactly the total is, as well as how much the politicians get paid.

  Did you know that when this country was first created and our government had to make a decision, the representative's would call the session to halt, return to their consituents, hold a town meeting, and discuss how they were going to vote. Can you imagine that? Now, we never know what they are working on, the bill's are all hidden in code numbers and do you think you could actually get through to get a hold of your state senator, it's possible but not like it used to be. How far have we come?

  This is definitely a little off from my usual rants, but there it is. Hopefully some common sense in all the lies, not that anyone will read it haha.