Pain And Your Rights, Medical Marijuana

Remember that toothache that brought tears to your eyes? Or the migraine that had you bedridden in agony? Can you still remember the intensity of the pain?

I’ll bet you can.

What about the excruciating pain of waking up from a major surgery? Can you remember the unbearable pain that permeated through the massive doses of intravenous opiates?

I know you do.

Thank God for the relief the dentist gave you, or the newest medications that helped to tame that raging migraine. Thank God for the anesthesiologist who put you asleep before, and the drugs that were administered after your surgery. Thank God you weren’t just asked to “bite the bullet”.

Most people take these things for granted. A lot of the rights we enjoy in America are taken for granted. Think of all the rights you hear about every day; Constitutional rights, the Bill of Rights, civil rights, womens rights, children’s rights, gay rights, abortion rights, Native American rights, the right to privacy, the right to an attorney, the right to due process, ….. the list goes on for pages.

Your doctor has the “right”, no, the duty to give you drugs and medications to alleviate your suffering. The doctor can give you vallium if you are a wee bit stressed. Your doctor can give you tranquilizers if you don’t sleep well. Your doctor can give your child amphetamines or Ritalin for ADHD. Your doctor can give you horribly addictive opiates in the form of morhpine and codine for unrelenting pain.

The one thing your doctor cannot give you, even for the worst imaginable pain, even in the most dire of circumstances, is the most feared, most dreaded, most dangerous substance known to all of mankind……

Marijuana!!!!!

One of the most horrible types of pain known to man is Neuropathy. I know, I have it. It goes real well with my Fibromyalgia. There have been times that I was not able to put on my socks because of the pain, much less try to walk. There are times my feet are on fire, the nerves literally short circuiting that signal to my brain. I have to be careful around boiling water, it takes my hands 20-30 seconds to realize it is hot. By that time I am already burned.

Modern science has come up with some medications in the last few years that afford some relief. I take Lyrica and it helps a bit. High power pain killers have little or no effect on Neuropathy, M.S., Fibromyalgia and many other conditions.

Research has shown that the medical use of marijuana can offer relief to millions of chronic pain sufferers without the destructive, addictive, tendencies and side effects of the accepted medications now in use.

Please write your government officials and ask them to allow patients with chronic pain to be treated by their doctors with compassion….. would you want any less for yourself?

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Give and Take and Take and Take and…..

Ford, General Motors and Daimler Chrysler want your money…..

They want the American taxpayer to bail them out…..

AGAIN!

And what could be worse?

The very politicians we elected, through sleight-of-hand, will more than likely pick our collective pockets for another 25 billion dollars to be given to the auto industry. They won’t ask, they will just use the power we so faithfully put in their trust!

(Calm down, deep breath now buddy…)

The “Big 3” have sent their finest teams of attorneys and highest paid, most influential lobbyist to Washington this week to twist the arms of the Congressional politicians they paid so dearly to get elected.

The United Auto Worker’s Union is also sending their highest priced officials and lobbyist in mass to Washington, to twist the same arms of the very same politicians in Congress. They too paid dearly to get them elected.

(Another deep breath…. O.K., maybe another….)

The automotive industry paid $2,157,399 in hard money campaign contributions in 2008 alone. They won’t tell us how much “soft money” they gave. They gave 50% to Democrats, 50% to Republicans. This year they were equal opportunity influence purchasers. In terms of lobbying, General Motors spent $10,021,000, Ford Motor Co. spent $5,770,000, and Daimler Chrysler brought up the rear with $5,275,477. That amounts to $23,223,876, mere pocket change for an industry that can no longer keep their heads above water without a 25 billion dollar life preserver.

The U.A.W. doesn’t want to say how much they give in campaign contributions. The U.A.W. seems to avoid fresh sunlight on their actions. Like mushrooms, they flourish only in the darkness of the shadows. The U.A.W. doesn’t want you to know how much they spend on lobbyist either. Again they love the shadows, must be a blood sucking, vampire thing. Industrial Unions spent a token $10,537,390 on lobbyist in 2008. They purchased $10,289,326 of arm twisting time from Democrats and only $196,664 from the Republicans.

(Deep breath…. slow down…. don’t hyperventilate….)

President Elect Obama may not think 25 billion is enough. Just this last September, the “Big 3” was granted $25 billion in funds to bail them out. Knowing that surely won’t be enough of our dollars, he is generously willing to grant them another $50 billion of our money.

(Another deep breath…. check my wallet…. deep breath)

Seems to me that the combination of dismal, abysmal management in the auto industry and over paid, over compensated, over represented workers in the U.A.W. will be allowed to continue on their merry ways again. Speaker Pelosi says she will push it through, but with some strings attached. No strings for the U.A.W., but strings for the auto companies. Yes, that’s right, the same Speaker Pelosi who just last summer refused to do anything about gas prices when they were $4 a gallon. Heck, it was vacation time.

(Deep breath…. deep, deep breath)

When will it be enough? It’s time the taxpayer stops footing the bill. We have given to the auto industry over and over, again and again. It’s time for them to return the favor.

The only solution?

The management that has driven these once proud, profitable companies into the ground should be fired! Not rewarded.

The U.A.W. and it’s mediocre workforce has collected wages more than double their worth and extorted benefits of over $1,500 per auto. They should be ashamed! Not rewarded.

We have tightened our belts for them many times. Now they should tighten their belts a bit, so that we can loosen ours for a change.

(Big, deep breath…. hey, where’s my wallet?!?)