Monday, September 12, 2005

The buck and where it stops...

A bitch had a busy weekend, which was topped off with a yummy dinner and radical conversation at my play cousin Brian’s house. Hammer/Che was there and we ended up chatting until 11 pm last night. As a result, a bitch woke up this morning tired as hell with some serious allergies…that’s what happens when your ass dines outside in this hazy motherfucking city!

2 cups coffee followed by Splenda and 1% organic milk, 2 Claritin, 2 fake assed Sudafed and cigs…

Shall we proceed…?

Update…a bitch’s brother’s job situation…
Regular readers know that a bitch’s brother is autistic. This bitch visits him every week for McDonald’s, snacks and a drive. Saturday the Bitch Squad (ABB, a bitch’s sister and brother) headed to McDonald’s in search of grease. As required for any visit with Bill, we had the radio on. As we approached McDonald’s an up-tempo gospel song came on the radio. Bill has never been a huge gospel fan and he never really attended church as a child, but damn if his ass didn’t get happy and turn up the volume. He was so wired he never really calmed down. Note to self…energetic gospel has the same affect on Bill as Stevie Wonder. DRAMA!

Bill’s job will come to an end in December. He has worked at Chic-Fil-A for several years and, as my ass has said before, loves his job. My sister and this bitch met with Bill’s case manager to go over options. What we found out was amazing.

Over the past five years Missouri has switched from requiring employment in order to qualify for Medicaid to discouraging employment and back again. This year, they are switching back to discouragement. So, Bill’s job is coming to an end and his service providers are recommending that he not find another “job” because it could impact whether he receives Medicaid. Fascinating! You should know that his income is only $67 per month…$67 per month will disqualify him for Medicaid in Missouri. Hold on, it gets better! This policy extends to all Medicaid recipients. So, the new Medicaid policy is set up to punish individuals who seek employment…the standard is that, should your ass work you had better have health care coverage. If you don’t work you are guaranteed coverage. Remember those 150,000 souls who were kicked off of Medicaid because they had the audacity to be the working poor? Yeah, my ass guesses Baby Blunt is holding on the belief that the private sector will trickle some health care coverage down on their low wage no healthcare qualifying trying to get some experience so they can go for those healthcare included jobs asses. Dumb assed motherfucker!

Given this new "structure", the Bitch Squad is now seeking volunteer opportunities for Bill. We have excellent options and hope to have Bill placed at Operation Food Search (one of a bitch’s favorite organizations) soon. OFS provides food to tons of area food banks and shelters. Bill will have lots of space to twirl around in and be able to sort and organize without too much supervision. Keep those fingers crossed!

Staying on the topic of Missouri…

Matt Blunt is an idiot. He is also our Governor. Over the last 24 hours we have all witnessed the Federal Government tell the American people that disaster response operations are managed from the bottom up. Isn’t it time to ask Matt what his plan is? And how about St. Louis, Mayor Slay? And why exactly do we pay FEMA anyway, if our local authorities are responsible for this shit?

But ABB, is disaster response solely the responsibility of state and local officials?

Good question chil’ren!

ABB’s Take on Who is Supposed to Be Driving the Motherfucking Bus…

Settle in chil’ren. Gather ‘round, now…

A bitch’s sister, who is the genius of the family, was reading our favorite Angry Swede’s blog the other night. Pissed off Pencil wrote about the information he was able to gather on the Katrina debacle. Someone commented that there was plenty of blame to go around…which, if you watch a lot of news television, is clearly the talking point spin the RNC has settled on. Crystal, a bitch’s brilliant dred headed sister, got fired up and hit on an awesome point.

Missouri native, Harry Truman (Tru to this bitch, though we are not close) had some very specific ideas about responsibility and the presidency. A bitch has always liked Truman, because regardless of how your ass feels about his actions the motherfucker took responsibility for them…

Tru on responsibility…the buck stops here.

This statement was derived from the pass the buck phrase. Pass the buck is what this administration seems to be doing. Tru believed that leaders don’t pass the buck…taking responsibility for the buck is what leadership is all about.

In his farewell address to the American people, way back in 1953, Tru said…"The President--whoever he is--has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job.”

Maybe a bitch is crazy, but that’s my kind of leadership. Keep in mind; Tru said this as he left the office of the President of the United States…after the turbulent racial challenges, after WWII and the decision to bomb Japan…after he had already done plenty of shit most people would want to pass the buck on.

A bitch is my brother’s co-guardian. As such, my ass is confronted with tons of situations that this bitch would love to pass on the responsibility of. The current job/volunteer situation comes to mind. But responsibility requires leadership and, with leadership, comes accountability. A bitch is accountable and responsible and there will be no buck passing on my watch!

Think about it as you listen to the peevish little shits in charge of our current government…as they...well…pass the buck.

Note to those seeking the presidency...lead by example, work the problem and know that the motherfucking buck stops right in front of your ass!

Thanks for clearing the mechanism, Crystal.

13 comments:

Absolut Billy said...

I saw Scooter on CNN today, being grilled as he passed the buck by answering every question re: responsibility with "there will be plenty of time to assign blame blah mother fucking blah". The the stupid cocksucker had the nerve to go off his script and said "Id like to add that I was aware of the severity of the storm on Monday and addressed the citizens as such, and I presigned relief orders". Now that alone was bad enough, but he went on to stop the next questtion to interject "I just want you all to know thats incredible. Its incredible that I would have presigned those orders. No other president has done that before"

i THINK i JUST THREW UP A LITTLE

Sedie said...

Thank you so much for saying what I could never say as well as you do! The buck does have to stop. . . NOW!

JDA said...

Thank you for venting my own rage. More to the point, however, thank you for drawing attention to how we liberals have to take action and not just spout venom and bile (though you do that so well you should get paid for it). The bummer, however, is that even if I volunteer, contribute, and agitate and take responsibility for addressing poverty and associated ills in my own community. . . . .those in power in the WH won't feel compelled to do the same and WORSE STILL will claim credit for individual acts of responsibility on the part of the American people.

I too, think I'll go throw up a little.

Ruben said...

A mutherfucker enjoyed reading a bitches blog post. lol

Jeff said...

If the buck stops right in front of Scooter's ass, I say we give it a big push and just shove it right up in there--if there's any room with his head up there, as well.

Clipgirl said...

So true, ABB. It was good to meet your sister on Saturday. It's nice to be able to put a face with the name.

cats said...

i am so sorry that your brother is losing his job. my son (3 yrs) is not autistic, but has developmental delays which could be autism. (talk about a run-around) i expect that i'll be facing the same issues as he gets older, unless someone gets their shit together and figures out how to deal with situations like this.

i'll try to hold down the vomit for now.

Black Passionista said...

hey, I live in Missouri too. Matt Blunt is an impossible ass. Check out my blog if you please...http://blackpassionbox.blogspot.com

CanEragon said...

I know of what you speak. Most disability plans in the U.S. ( i am on U.S. disab) because I am HIV poz, i was forced NOT to work, to maintain coverage. Income translates against your govt coverage. (but you find ways) to get around that little problem...

Disability and medicaid are dicey ways to live, if you are alone and need to survive, it is next to near impossible. I know, been there done that.

You know you are a wonderful woman, and your compassion and care for family and others just moves me to tears !

We do what we can for those we love, and I am sure things will work out. I'd never live in the midwest ever again.

Peace
Jeremy

bold as love said...

Hello ABB,
The love and care for your brother is so evident in your post. Iam sorry the system is jerking him around, but that's what gov't systems do. Often times these plans start out perfect, but by the time every tom, dick and hairy motherfucking politician gets through fucking them up( that includes both parties) they are usless to those they are intended for. Not to mention wasteful- I still beieve the private sector is the ultimate solution- why, because you ABB are the private sector, not some poll monkey, and you would set the standard that would benefit the people that need it. We just have to get there from where we are. Next election check out your Libertarian canidate.
take care

Jenna said...

It is sad the same thing goes for single mothers. I had a baby when I was 18. The way medicaid and food stamps worked was that I could get help as long as I didn't work and the dad was absent! If the goverenment knew that the mother and father were together no matter how poor they are, they were ine1lligible for help.
The government perpetuates this cycle of poverty.

Rhiannon said...

Blackbitch, may I add your blog to my links? I love and very much appreciate your blog..its truth is the greatest power!

Angel Blessings,
Rhiannon

Catherine Vocalist said...

I disappeared for awhile but I'm back! I hope your brother finds a volunteer position soon! :)