Friday, March 26, 2010

Joe Willie On The Shrimpbox: What could go wrong?

Let me get this straight......we're passing a health care plan written by a committee
whose chairman says he doesn't understand it,

passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it,

to be signed by a president that also is exempt from it
and hasn't read it
and who smokes,

with funding administered by a treasury chief
who didn't pay his taxes,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that's broke.

What the heck could possibly go wrong?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Joe Willie On The Shrimpbox: A Physician's View of the health Care Problem

A young Physicians view of the health care problem

Physician Dr.. Starner Jones’s short two-paragraph letter to the White House
Accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care
Crisis".. It's worth a quick read:

Dear Mr. President:

During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the
pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive
shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of
elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of
tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with
a popular R&B ringtone.

While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice
that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my
examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than
one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to
buy pretzels and beer.

And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's
health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not
the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses.
Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture", a culture in
which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices
while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase
health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo
that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always
take care of me".

Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards
irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our
nation's health care difficulties will disappear.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Joe Willie On The Shrimpbox: "A Well-Planned Retirement"

A Well-Planned Retirement

Outside England 's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were 1 for cars ($1.40), 5 for buses (about $7).

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn't show up; so the Zoo Management called the City Council and asked it to send them another parking agent.

The Council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the Zoo's own responsibility. The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee.. The City Council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the City payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain or France or Italy ... is a man who'd apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day -- for 25 years.

Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars ....... and no one even knows his name.
I think this is my favorite E-Mail ever

Joe Willie On The Shrimpbox: "How To Fix The Economy"

Fix It,

> There recently was an article in the St. Petersburg FL. Times. The
> Business
> Section asked readers for ideas on: "How Would You Fix the Economy?"
> I think this guy nailed it!
> _____
> Dear Mr.President,
> Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy. Instead of
> giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on
> lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call
> it
> the "Patriotic Retirement Plan":
> PRP:
> There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1
> million apiece severance for early retirement with the following
> stipulations:
> 1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
> 2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered - Auto
> Industry fixed.
> 3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis
> fixed.
> It can't get any easier than that!!
> P.S. If more money is needed, have all members In Congress pay their
> taxes..
> Mr. President, while you're at it, make Congress retire on Social Security
> and Medicare. I'll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!