It’s an overcast, and chilly 48 degree day here in Panama City, Florida.
Plus, it’s not supposed to get outta the 50’s until Thursday.
My feelings go out to you if you’re cold and snowed in where you are. For 40 years that was my winter reality.
Not this year, though.
Around here it’s been a winter of mostly clear skies, sunny with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s.
I’ve lived in this part of Florida for almost 23 years and this has been the sweetest winter yet. But, I do feel for ya…
Today let’s talk about something important happening that you may have missed.
As I understand it, The Older American Act(OAA) has finally moved outta committee, and is up for a reenactment vote, this very month of February, 2015…
We can help get the OAA legislation reinstated…
If you’re not familiar with OAA, you can read my past post about it when you click the following blue link: Older American Act Stalled In Congress
Briefly, the Older American Act provides critical services to senior citizens who can’t provide for themselves.
In 2014, OAA federal funding was $1.88 billion. While that ‘sounds’ like a lot, it’s not enough.
Because of the increasing number of people living longer, and the dreaded ‘baby boom’ generation’s aging, the program needs more money now.
(Want more? Dig deeper when you click on the following blue link: Older American Act)
Examples of provided services:
- home delivered meals
- family caregiver support
- preventive health services
- in home assistance
Those services help seniors live independently and stay in their own homes longer. Both that are proven to extend lives and increase contentment.
The OAA act also provides job training, protects older Americans from abuse and offers a host of other services for senior citizens who don’t have the jack to pay for them.
Bottom line, it’s money well spent. And, it’s going to a segment of our society that we shouldn’t turn our back upon.
No doubt some people are abusing the AOO services.
Yet, old people ‘cheating’ is a joke when we look at what we, as a nation, is doing with our wealth…
The Afghanistan war has cost U.S. taxpayer nearly 1 trillion dollars and we’ll spend several hundred billion dollars more after ‘we’ officially call it over.
This, according to Financial Times calculations and independent researchers…”
The U.S. Congress has already coughed up 5.1 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Syria for 2015. Cost of War In Iraq
And, that’s a ‘spit in the ocean’ when compared to over 819 billion we’ve already spent there. (Informed sources say we’ve actually been bled for about 1.7 trillion there)
So how’s that been working out for us?
I mean, aren’t you sick and tired of how our government is wasting trillions, oh yes, TRILLIONS, of our dollars in foreign locales?
It wouldn’t be so sad, if our avalanches of tax dollars were working for our benefit.
Yet, most of the ‘ready’ money is pocketed by an ever-changing cast of leaders, war lords and policy makers. Who then use the power from our money to suppress the common people who’re mainly interested in caring for their families.
More ironically, the influence our money buys, is also used to brainwash whole cultures into hating the U.S. of A.
Not what I’d call a good return.
I’m not making a political statement here. I believe our intentions are primarily honorable. Plus, most situations are seldom as simple as they look. (Now, that’s a lotta alliteration)…
On the other hand, considering the amount of money Congress is spreading around, it shouldn’t be a big deal for our politicians to break off a little chump change for senior citizens in need.
Washington may do the right thing without us putting a bug in their ears…
Miracles do happen, ya know. But, let’s not pass up this opportunity to tell our legislators what we want.
And, I’ve found a really simple, and easy, way to do just that…
Wanna tell congress to turn their attention back to American citizens for a couple of minutes and refund a bill that would continue to feed, and support our own country’s needy senior citizens?
Contacting Your Congressional Representatives Is Easy:
And, it took me about 2 minutes…
Just had to fill out a simple form with my name and address, then clicked the ‘done’ button. This fast action sent all of my congresspeople a terse, if respectfully worded, message stating my wishes for passage of the Older American Act.
Send your congress people a message when you click on the following blue link: Tell Your Government Representative What You Want Them To Do
I’m truly grateful for you being here with me.
But, I’d really appreciate it if you’d take 2 minutes and fill out the form supporting this bill. You’d be helping a lot of good people.
That’s it for today. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome…