“If life separates us and we end up in totally different places, we’ll always remember when our paths aligned for this period of time; and I’ll be thankful for that, and hope that wherever you are, you’ll be thankful too.”—Josh (Strangers, again)
My housemate’s been sick for the past few days, so I knew I was going to get sick…I just didn’t think it’d be so soon. Thursday, I woke up feeling fine with just a tickle in my throat. By Thursday evening, my nose was completely stuffed up and I had a really bad sinus headache. This morning, I felt like crap so I stayed home from school to relax and do some laundry. Throughout the day, I consumed a gallon of green tea (that’s 128 fl. oz.) and 50 times the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C. I ended up peeing every 20 minutes, but it was almost worth it because I definitely feel better. I’m still downing those fluids and I’m not stopping until I pee this cold out. Having a cold and STILL not having full motion and feeling in my knee is a total downer on my weekend.
On a side note, I think those doctors know what they’re talking about when they say to drink plenty of fluids. My cure for the common cold: shots of Emergen-C (2-3 times a day) Aleve for the sinus headache Afrin (you’re only supposed to use it for 3 days) for the congestion and Sudafed (every day after Afrin) 32 oz. of fluids (green tea, water, etc.) every 2-3 hours—-make sure you’re near a bathroom at all times 2 boxes of the Kleenex with lotion—-your nose will thank you for that
Go to China and you’ll see businesses opening research labs and solar facilities. South Korean children are outpacing our kids in math and science. They’re scrambling to figure out how they put more money into education. Brazil is investing billions in new infrastructure and can run half their cars not on high-priced gasoline, but on biofuels. And yet, we are presented with a vision (in the form of a Republican plan to cut more than $4 trillion in federal spending) that says the American people, the United States of America -– the greatest nation on Earth -– can’t afford any of this.
It’s a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors. It says that 10 years from now, if you’re a 65-year-old who’s eligible for Medicare, you should have to pay nearly $6,400 more than you would today. It says instead of guaranteed health care, you will get a voucher. And if that voucher isn’t worth enough to buy the insurance that’s available in the open marketplace, well, tough luck -– you’re on your own. Put simply, it ends Medicare as we know it.
It’s a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. Who are these 50 million Americans? Many are somebody’s grandparents — may be one of yours — who wouldn’t be able to afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some of these kids with disabilities are — the disabilities are so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.
And worst of all, this is a vision that says even though Americans can’t afford to invest in education at current levels, or clean energy, even though we can’t afford to maintain our commitment on Medicare and Medicaid, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about that.