Reader Rave: “Thank you OB, California, and America”

by on April 26, 2010 · 10 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Economy, Health, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Safety Nets1by anonymous OBcian

Often these days, we hear so many bad things about our country – the political tensions and the economy -, and we hear so many bad things about our state of California – how its going broke and the legislative stalemate  -, and plus we hear so many negative things about our southwestern County – its conservatism and shyness in handing out benefits -, that we sometimes forget where we are.

Well, for one, I want to shout out: “Let’s hear it for the other side – let’s hear it for our country, our state, and yes, even for our county: “hip, hip, hurray, hip, hip, hurray!”

What the heck am I shouting about???

I’m shouting ‘hurray’ loud and clear for everyone to hear — for the safety and social nets of our county, state and country.

Me? I’m a professional but I’ve been out of work for a year and a half.  I was laid off at the start of the economic downturn. If it hadn’t been for my beautiful California unemployment insurance, I would have  been out on the streets.  If it hadn’t been for the wonderful American Federal government unemployment extensions, I would not have made it this far.

Thank god for the safety nets – No! Thank you – you earlier generations of our fellow citizens who had the foresight to enable and ensure the safety nets of unemployment insurance for the coming generations.  You earlier generations had the strength and temerity to force these measures to help your people from your-then legislators and governors and presidents.

Thank you for those bi-weekly unemployment checks – checks that have enabled me to pay my rent, my car payments and insurance, to buy gas, to go shopping and pay my grocer, to pay my  bills.

So, not only do I want to thank you – my landlord wants to thank you, my vehicle company wants to thank you, my car insurer wants to thank you, the oil company where I bought my gas wants to thank you, my grocer wants to thank you for all the food and groceries sold to me, and all my utility companies want to thank you – Cox Cable, the cell phone company, SDG&E. They all give you the thumbs up – ‘cuz they got paid.

If it hadn’t been for those unemployment checks, none of them would have been paid. So, they all have benefited as well from the safety nets that saved me. Imagine that – insurance companies, oil companies, and utility companies benefiting from the safety nets installed generations ago. Imagine that.


I also want to thank the County of San Diego for medical help than I desperately needed recently – which I obtained from the County Medical Assistance program that I was eligible for. And even though the paperwork required was a little burdensome, my health was restored because of CMS and this County’s safety net for medically indigent souls. Being unemployed I had no health insurance or coverage, and I was saved by San Diego.

All my family and friends have benefited from my good health, achieved only after it was restored because of CMS. So, they all say thanks as well.  Another safety net put in place by generations past.  Thanks to all of you who came before me – and thanks to the California forebears who wrote into our state constitution that the counties were responsible for their citizens’ health.

And finally, thank you Ocean Beach for being the beautiful place you are, and I also want to thank the previous generations of Obcians who made it possible to keep OB the way it is.

Gracias to you OB, to you San Diego County, to you State of California, and to you America for all that you have done and have provided to me. For all these safety nets – the public health care, the public assistance to the unemployed, which some, I dare say, call “socialism.”  If that’s what it is, then for me, thank you all you past socialists for putting all this together. Thank god for socialism – if that is what this is.  I wouldn’t be here but for you.

I could go on – and thank all these entities for the public parks, beaches, the public schools, the public highways, and infrastructure … but that’s for another rave.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

jettyboy April 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

You’re welcome. Don’t forget to vote Republican, so all these nets can be removed. After all we don’t want programs that are “socialism” to hinder the growth of business in California.

(for those of you idiots who will misinterpret this, it’s called satire)
satire |?sa?t?r| noun
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.


Wireless Mike April 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Right now, we have a unique opportunity to strengthen and expand the “socialist” safety nets for future generations, who will undoubtedly need them. Social programs and entitlements must be preserved and expanded, despite the pro-corporate-profit politicians, and the misinformed people who protest against the same programs that they benefit from.


annagrace April 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Anonymous Obcian- your article is a noteworthy reminder about the importance of the “public good.” I get on a publicly funded bus to take a class at SDSU, a state funded school, three times a week and attend a class at UCSD, also state funded. I hang out in Balboa Park and the beach (publicly funded) and generally have a library book with me. And yes, that is publicly funded too.

I have received a tax refund for a number of years now, because tax cuts are supposedly the way to win the hearts and minds of the citizens, even though Bush’s tax cuts increased the deficit that everyone seems to be screaming about right now. I have turned those checks over in my hand and thought this check can’t buy a bus, an education, a park or a library. Or unemployment insurance or health care.

If we took a moment and thought about it, we would become very aware of the public benefits that we need and enjoy and value. A position of honesty, simple honesty, would be enough to turn the tide against the culture of cruelty, privilege and ignorance that has sprung up around us.


lane tobias April 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm

well said anna.


lane tobias April 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

we certainly have a long way to go to ensure too many people don’t fall through the net but we are privileged as compared to so many other countries in what opportunities and safeguards are available to us in general. Maybe the ideal state for some of us is more equal than what we have today, but attacking our public institutions and cutting the soul from our communities (like libraries, extra-curriculars) is not a defense against socialism or liberals but an attack on future generations.

the last few months have been a time that has forced many people to do some soul searching. I think the negativity coming from intolerant people is a product not of sound ideology but of self-disappointment. if folks were a little bit kinder to themselves, maybe wouldn’t have such violent rhetoric spreading around the country.


doug porter April 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

we need to go back to the good old days of socialism in america–like the 1950’s when Ike was president–when the rich paid a progressive and fair share of taxes.


Peyton Farquhar April 27, 2010 at 9:27 am

Gimme a friggen break. I wouldn’t go kissing ass about UI, public parks, etc. quite just yet considering parks are on the chopping block for more cuts and UI is contingent upon whatever Congressional douchebags decide it is. Next week at this time you could be out on the street because the Congressional aristocracy decided that you were just “lazy” for not being employed.


anonymous Obcian April 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

Peyton – Oh, I know things can be temporary. But I have already received all the UI I will receive. So it has already happened. Are you one of those who don’t appreciate our safety nets, things installed for us by past generations? Try to, and try to appreciate what we can leave for future ones.


Editordude April 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

The editor’s desk has just received a letter from the “Revolutionary Socialist League”, and it says: “This is to announce that we are disbanding our group since by all accounts Obama has established socialism. Hence there is no reason for us to exist, and we will go home to our books, computers, and surfboards.” There is no signature.


Nancy April 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

So refreshing to read the article after coming to my publicly funded library after having lunch with a retired Filipino friend who I worked with at Social Security.
She was telling me about hosting a couple ofFilipino Catholic high schoolers who sing in a choral group here for a few nights to take money back to a Catholic group who use the funds to help juveniles who have gotten into trouble. There are no juvenile halls there, and so they’re thrown into the adult prisons where they are taken advantage of. But one Catholic individual has started shelters where these kids have a chance to learn a vocation and stay out of trouble. Another thing happening in the poor areas, of which there are many in the Philippines, is that the elderly cannot be taken care of by their poor family, so they are taken to the church who then trys to help them. No Social Security for them. Many are not helped because there are so many.

I am like the writer of the article and totally thankful for the many things that the govt. provides that we take for granted in this country. We don’t have to rely on someone’s compassion or have to look to a religious group to provide for us.



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