The Members of Congress have passed the forced budget cuts, and many people in Middle America are either being furloughed or losing their jobs. Even if you are not one of those people, this measure has set the tone for some companies to postpone hiring or laying people off. It is amazing to me that Members of Congress are so willing to sacrifice our salaries, but their salaries cannot be touched. Their salaries will not be affected because of the 27th Amendment, which “prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of Members of the Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives.” Members of Congress salaries are approximately $174,000.00 per year, with many perks and benefits. So why shouldn’t they take a cut in pay as many of us have had to do?
Congressman, David Loebsack, from Iowa has introduced the bill H.R. 398 on January 23, 2013. H.R. 398 is the Congressional Halt in Pay Increases and Cut Congressional Pay Act. This bill if passed would reduce the rate of pay for Members of Congress by 10% and eliminate automatic pay increases for Member of Congress. This seems like a very good idea because this Congress has been very ineffective, and hasn’t done anything to help get America’s finances back on track. This Congress has blocked ideas and has not been willing to work with President Obama on anything that could have lifted our country out of this financial downturn. It doesn’t seem to me that Members of Congress should be secure in their jobs and continue to receive their cushy salary when many Americans have lost their homes through foreclosure and been furloughed or laid off from their jobs. Many of these Americans have had to take pay cuts so why shouldn’t the Members of Congress feel the pain? I encourage everyone who is reading this blog to sign the petition of Congresswoman, Diane Russell, of Portland, Maine, which supports the H.R. 398 bill.
We need to show the Members of Congress that we are not happy with the job they have done. Their pay should be cut and they should not receive any salary increases. If you would like to sign your name to the petition, click the link below.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a warning for people to be careful when taking the antibiotic, Azithromycin (Z-Pack). The Z-Pack is used to treat bacterial infections, and is taken for five days. The study of this drug found that some people experienced abnormal heart rhythms that can sometimes lead to death. People with heart conditions should be especially cautious because they are most adversely affected by these side effects. My question is what about the people that take this drug that are not aware that they have a heart problem?
This is why it so important to ask your doctor questions regarding side effects when prescribing you drugs. You really need to be proactive when it comes to prescriptions you are prescribed. It might be a good idea to do a little research on prescriptions you are prescribed, and read about the side effects, reviews from others who have taken the drug, and don’t be afraid to call your physician back and ask more questions, and possibly ask for an alternative drug that may not have as many side effects.
Most antibiotics have many side effects, but a side effect that involves your heart is definitely worth going the extra mile to be on the safe side. The FDA said that most people that take the Z-Pack do not have any problems, but there are some that will experience these abnormal heart rhythms that are sometimes fatal.
I have questioned my doctor many times about prescriptions, and there have been times that I did not feel the medication’s side effects were worth the risk so I asked for an alternative medication. It is never a good idea to leave the decisions of your healthcare up to your doctor. You have every right to ask questions, and if you are not satisfied with the answers you are given, get another doctor.
If you listen to some of the television advertisements for medications, it seems to me that sometimes the cure is worse than the ailment.
On Thursday February 28, 2013, Jeff Bush was sleeping in his bed when a sinkhole opened up underneath his bedroom and swallowed him up in a deep, dark hole in the earth. This sounds like something out of a movie, but this really happened to this poor man. I cannot imagine a more terrifying situation as this. Most sinkholes you see are in the back or front yard of a home, giving the residents of the home a little time to gather their belongings, and leave the house safely. This sinkhole opened up underneath of the house, which is really scary, because you may not get the early warning signs such as cracks in the floor or walls of the house before the sinkhole opens up. In the case of Jeff Bush, it appears there were no warning signs leaving him a victim of a deadly sinkhole. It has also been reported that this house was inspected for sinkholes a few months ago for insurance purposes, and was found to be safe from sinkholes.
From what I understand, sinkholes are unpredictable. There are certain areas that are more prone to sinkholes. Florida is a state that has a long history of sinkholes. The area of Florida where Jeff Bush lived has been named “sinkhole alley” because of the large number of sinkholes in that area. This does not mean that sinkholes have not opened up in other areas of Florida. There was a large sinkhole that opened up in an area near Orlando in 2012, that forced a family to have to evacuate their home. The difference in this sinkhole tragedy is that Jeff Bush lost his life. Officials are saying this sinkhole is rare, and the fact that there was a loss of life is also a rarity. Sinkholes in Florida are usually an issue of property damage and loss, but rarely loss of life.
As a Floridian, this tragedy made me take sinkholes much more serious. I always realized and accepted that sinkholes are a possibility here in Florida, but I always thought you would have warning signs before the hole swallowed up your home. The fact is you may not have a warning, just as Jeff Bush didn’t have a warning. I have read and heard many people saying they would never live in Florida because of these sinkholes, but what people need to realize is that sinkholes can happen anywhere. I guess people shouldn’t live in California because of the wildfires and earthquakes, or maybe people shouldn’t live in Kansas because of the tornadoes. This situation is truly tragic, but these things happen because they are an act of nature, and we can never predict what Mother Nature has in store for us. The only thing you can do is try to take all of the precautions you can to avoid these kinds of tragedies, but ultimately we are all vulnerable to being victims of acts of nature.
What, if anything, could have been done to avoid this tragedy?