We started this blog many years ago, and promptly forgot about it. It happens! Well, we’ve decided that now is the perfect time for a re-boot! Our country is going through a tumultuous time with an unpopular president writing executive orders without abandon. He’s decided that our country is better divided into us & them, christians & others, republicans & democrats, men & women and, of course, rich & poor. But he forgets that we are Americans and we are indivisible. Just watch!
So let me see if I understand this correctly…if I’m an insurance company, I can hike my rates up 40% or so and then use that money to pay for multi-million dollar company parties/shindigs/vacas/pow wows… or as they call them retreats… to exotic locations with all-inclusive amenities for top executives…while handing said executives bonuses of millions of $$ each. Hmmm…your kidding, right? Does anyone else see the problem here?
Yeah, I, as an insuree, do not want to pay these executives millions of dollars. I mean, what have they done for me? Let me tell you… they denied payment for a treatment because it wasn’t necessary, (call me crazy but I think diagnostic testing is a necessity)…… raised my rates so that I now pay over $1200 a month for my family of 4… and they are taking advantage of their position and that just plain and simple pisses me off!
So I had to chuckle (to myself of course) when I saw the Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly admit “My salary is $1.1 million. I receive stock compensation with a value of $8.5 million and last year an incentive payment of $73,000.” Your kidding, right? Hey, here’s an idea… why don’t each of those executives who are drowning in cash, forfeit a mill or two and cover the cost themselves!?!?!?!
Stay tuned…I’m not done with this issue yet!
So the headline news today, Friday, February 25, 2010…Tilikum, a killer whale killed his Sea World trainer, Dawn Brancheau. This is a very tragic story, and I hesitate to cover it as the loss of life is never a joking matter. BUT…the fact that people are surprised by this astounds me. HELLO… we call them KILLER whales!!! HINT, HINT!!! You would think that by name alone we should expect this! As if this weren’t enough of a warning, this particular killer whale has done this before…TWICE!!! Come on peeps, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these creatures are potentially dangerous! I’m sure that all the trainers at Sea World are aware of the dangers of swimming with these mega-ton creatures. In fact, the trainers at Sea World were not allowed to swim with “Tilly” because of his size and his dangerous history. Only a handful of trainers were permitted to work with him (pool side) at all and Dawn was one of those. She was a professional and cared deeply for these creatures. She would not want Tilly hurt in any way. I have two words to sum up my thoughts on this…”FREE TILLY”