My Country tis of thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
of thee I sing!
March 8, 2010
Mr. President Barack Obama
THE WHITE HOUSE
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I’m Cathi Watson, Wife, Mother, Nana and Solo-preneur filled with despair, anxiety and confusion.
‘BACKWARD TURN BACKWARD OH TIME IN YOUR FLIGHT MAKE ME A CHILD AGAIN JUST FOR TONIGHT!”
I went to bed one night I was 25, when I woke up I was in the fourth quarter of my life, ‘THE GOLDEN YEARS.” Did I read or hear that ‘THE GOLDEN YEARS’ are suppose to be the best years ever with more to come. A gentle reminder, those of us who’ve made it to ‘THE GOLDEN YEARS’ have made remarkable contributions to society and to life and still are paving the way for aspiring entrepreneurs or grasshoppers as I affectionately refer to the upcoming younger generations. Our goal is to ensure a quality of life they deserve.
Where do I begin…just be with me…Don’t walk ahead of me, don’t walk behind me, walk along side of me and for a moment, “walk in my shoes” even though I’m still in them. I’m sure you’ve gathered I’m a Senior, a Disenchanted Senior. I speak only for me, however I’ve appointed myself to be the TORCH-BEARER FOR SENIORS EVERYWHERE.
To begin, I need clarity on several issues….Let’s begin with…
ISSUE NO. ONE:
The Washington Post, March 3, 2010.
“Senate rejects Obama-backed proposal to send $250. checks to Seniors. Lawmakers who opposed the idea called it A WASTE OF TAX MONEY.” EXCUSE ME, we SENIORS did not receive the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment, but didn’t the U.S. House and Senate vote raises for themselves….$4,700 and $5,300. How SWEET IS THAT. We SENIORS GOT NADA. When I found out what I would receive from Social Security monthly, I passed out. I CAN’T AFFORD POVERTY. RETIREMENT IS NOT AN OPTION. Do ya think it’s too late for me to enter politics.
ISSUE NO. TWO:
Need clarity on the appointments of Timothy Geithner, current U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services who conveniently forgot to pay their taxes. Oh dear, I do hope it’s not early dementia. Mr. President, what was your rationale in appointing them to prestigious positions in your cabinet when they blatantly broke the law and got away with it.
Query, if an American Taxpayer didn’t pay up in a timely manner, a Tax Collection Agency would be hot on their trail in a nanosecond.
I ask, did Mr. Geithner and Ms. Sebelius suffer the indignity of having a collection agency contact them. Just curious.
SIDE BAR: I want to share with you excerpts from Nancy Pelosi’s
2006 Victory Speech as first female Speaker of the House…
Quote…”Tonight is a great victory for the American People. American
People voted for change, they voted for Democrats to take our Country
in a new direction. The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C. and the Democrats intend to lead the most OPEN and MOST ETHICAL Congress in History.”
IMPRESSIVE DON’T YA THINK!
READ ON FOR…ISSUE NO. THREE
ISSUE NO. THREE:
Why I ask was Rep Rangel, Democrat, New York allowed to continue his chairmanship of the TAX-WRITING HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE with evidence of Mr. Rangel’s breaking House Rules on accepting gifts and still facing complex ethics investigation…this from
The Associated Press, March 3, 2010. Isn’t anyone watching the pot in Washington. Now here’s the kicker…Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev said and I quote…Rep Rangel is stepping aside for all the right reasons and she hopes he is exonerated by the Ethics Committee. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi allegedly said pretty much the same thing. Is it just me, have they inhaled. If it were an “Average American” we would be escorted to the joint (no pun intended.) Do ya ever wonder why we’re in the mess we’re in.
ISSUE NO. FOUR:
HEALTH CARE AND PENSIONS…I WANT THE SENATOR/CONGRESSMANS HEALTH CARE AND PENSIONS.
NO DISCUSSION, NO DEBATE.
IT’S TIME FOR AMENDMENT 28…
“CONGRESS shall make no law that applies to the Citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or the Representatives. Additionally, CONGRESS shall make no law that applies to the SENATORS OR REPRESENTATIVES that does not apply equally to the CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.
Simply put, we want what all of you have. Mr. President, you keep eluding to ‘I WANT THE BEST FOR AMERICA.” OH REALLY,
By the way, how does it feel to walk in my shoes. Are they pinching?
Wait a minute, I almost forgot, these are my GOLDEN YEARS but they’re filled with despair, anxiety and confusion. Tell me Mr. President, under your leadership WHAT DO WE SENIORS HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO!
SIDE BAR: A CALL TO ACTION!
HEALTH CARE ISSUE NO. FIVE…
A MESSAGE FOR/TO SENIORS!
ISSUE NO. FIVE: HEALTH CARE…
HEALTH CARE as it is today is not going to be around much longer.
Want to know why…SENIORS ARE GOING TO BANKRUPT HEALTH CARE because of their unwillingness TO GET UP OFF THEIR BUTTS and INVEST IN THEMSELVES. Please spare me…
“I’m too old.” “It’s too late.” That’s a bunch of crap and you know it.
I ask, did you get to your ‘GOLDEN YEARS’ to sit in a Doctors Office waiting for a script. Wouldn’t you rather be out and about golfing or lunching with friends. Don’t get me wrong, I have the greatest respect for Medical Doctors, but it’s time for SENIORS TO INVEST IN THEMSELVES. By the way I WALK THE WALK AND TALK THE TALK….LOG-ON www.cathiwatson.net and click on my COVER STORY. I’m on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports.
93% on my way to achieving the PLATINUM AWARD, 500,000 points.
Mrs. Obama, I congratulate you for taking on Obesity in our Children, THEY ARE OUR FUTURE, but may I suggest you expand your enthusiasm to SENIORS. At age 40, if you’re not in good physical condition, when do you expect to be…?
I ask, how do you and President Obama want to look and feel in 10-20 years. The ‘CHOICES’ you make now will determine, ensure a quality of life that eludes many. I know because the ‘CHOICES’ Bill, my husband, AKA SILVER FOX and I made in the early 40s-50s embrace us today. Back then it wasn’t fashionable to exercise. We were made fun of then, hmm, where are these people today. Most go through an exercise phase, we never outgrew ours! O.K. by this time your wondering our age, SILVER FOX…82 and Cathi…Diva-Licious age 76.
ISSUE NO. SIX:
WALL STREET…BANKS…FAT CATS LIVING THE GOOD LIFE AT OUR EXPENSE. EXORBITANT BONUSES… CREDIT CARDS,
PRICE GOUGING, EXCESS FEES CHARGES FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING. NOW HEAR ME….’STOP USING YOUR CREDIT CARDS.’ THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS MADNESS IS TO HIT THEM IN THEIR $$$ BOTTOM LINE.
My shoes must really be pinching now…it’s time for CHANGE(s) you PROMISED and hopefully it will happen in my life time.
Mr. President, even though you’re in your forties, the second quarter of life, I ask for you to clarify and justify your positions on my ISSUES.
I ask for you to fast forward, take a look at your future. You will need to be prepared with visionary and futuristic insights to implement your strategies. This is what it’s going to take to be a second-term President.
“Have I said too much? There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you, but all you have to do is look at me to know that every word is true!”
I’m looking forward to a speedy response.
Until we meet, remember to always be in your