Friday, February 27, 2015

Letter to Texas House Speaker Straus on behalf of Disabled Veterans

To the Honorable Speaker Joe Straus:

Several years ago the Texas Legislature approved a bill to permit Texas Disabled Veterans to drive toll roads for free,

HOWEVER, they did not provide money from the General Fund to do so.

Therefore, the CTRMA as per the General Meeting of the Board of Directors, crafted Resolution NO. 10-106 and have tossed the bill back to the Legislature for funding to cover Disabled Veterans driving free on Texas toll roads.

I am asking that you consider presenting a bill before the House to fund the previous bill approved by the Legislature and now finance the bill from the General Fund so that Disabled Veterans may indeed drive tolls roads in Texas for free.

It is one thing to provide Disabled Veterans with the “lip service” of a free ride and quite another to actually fund the bill so it is a reality.

Thank you for your prompt attention to my request on behalf of all Disabled Veterans in the State of Texas.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Who funds ISIS?

I’ve been interested in who is funding ISIS, so I’ve been trying to find info on it.
A Newsweek article had this to say...
However, I really believe that the US must be funding ISIS because there’s no reason we can’t obliterate the group if we really wanted to and that includes the financial ties to ISIS.
But ISIS seems to be a real force in the Middle East with methods of obtaining money, goods and power that are too intelligently administered.  There is a lot more behind ISIS than we are aware of.  It bothers me, but I think that ISIS will be with us for a long time and I think it’s because too many countries, maybe including the US, want it to.
It’s a catastrophe for the modern world that this is taking place and is being funded by many world nations and many local wealthy Arabs and companies.
It’s not going to stop any time soon.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

US Government misleads on unemployment rate and cost of living adjustment

The US Government has been doing it for generations.  It misleads the American people on many matters but perhaps the worst lies are that unemployment is at 5 percent and the Cost of Living Adjustment is at 1.5 percent.

Both of these government statements are outright lies!

Henry David Thoreau was correct when he stated that "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation."

Americans are hurting.  Approximately 70 percent carry some debt and are living precariously from month to month.
Of course the government rate of unemployment is nonsense.  The real number is up around 20 percent.
Most unemployed are not being calculated because they have been out of work for years.  Many have given up trying to find work.
Furthermore many of the jobs being counted by the government are for less money and/or for part time employees.  Many of those being counted have 2 or more part time jobs.  Many are without benefits.
But this is nothing new.  Government calculations have always been incorrect because they are based on faulty, antiquated and/or illogical formulas.
The same should be said regarding the formula for determining Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for the Disabled or Disabled Veterans on Social Security Disability and on Veterans Disability.  Both of these categories are paid by the Department of the Treasury.
The formula for this year only raised the COLA 1.5 percent... and that amount is totally wrong.  
In truth, the COLA has risen much more than that, but the antiquated and incorrect formula remains untouched by the President and Congress as it has been ignored for decades.
Consequently millions of Disabled receiving government disability are being short-changed.  Many no longer can afford to live.  Many have become homeless and many more soon will be.
It's time that Congress give the Disabled what they are entitled to for a real and accurate COLA.
It is also time the Congress redetermine an accurate account of the unemployed in our nation.