Sunday, March 26, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Bottom: Lucy 1956, photo by E.A. Autrey, with same 2/2017 rose hips layered on top.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as of 2013, approx. 35.2% of recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) receive it for mental health reasons vs 64.8% who receive SSDI for physical disability. On Feb 2, 2017, according to Politicu Usa, House Republicans voted to overturn an Obama administration ruling that blocked disability recipients with mental disorders from buying guns. This move surprised me, not because the Republican Party always sides with gun manufactures, regardless of the societal cost, but because it doesn’t make sense financially – something the Republicans espouse.
I was surprised when I retired, after nearly 50 years of working, to find I would have received more money from Social Security if I were disabled than I was going to receive from all of my years of working and contributing. I have no problem helping out people who need extra help - within reason. But this doesn’t make much sense to me. And the situation has gotten worse over time. Based on a study by the Cato Institute in 2013, titled ‘The Rising Cost of Social Disability Insurance,’ “the number of SSDI beneficiaries jumped from 4.3 million in 1990, to 6.7 million in 2000, to 10.9 million in 2012, and the ratio of SSDI beneficiaries to all working-age people has doubled in the last two decades.” This upward trend is not because there are more disabled people around, as the report states “the share of the U.S. working-age population reporting a severe disability has remained stable,” it is because more people are relying on SSDI permanently who are capable of working but can’t find a job, which is clearly a problem.
Since Republicans would prefer to have fewer people taking SSDI payments, why not keep a policy that does not allow them to possess fire arms. That would reduce the number of people who file for SSDI, who don’t really qualify, and who are obsessed with their right to bear arms. It would also keep guns out of the hands of the 33% of SSDI recipients who do have mental health issues and should not be running around armed and dangerous. This is a win win for people who would welcome more intelligent gun controls, and for people looking for ways to cut government costs.
Some other gun statistics I learned when doing research for the George Lucas Books title "Cause of Death" here:http://causeofdeathbook.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-americans-use-guns.html
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
|E.A. Autrey "Self Portrait" pastel|
|Lucy Autrey Wilson "Independent Bee" pen & ink|
|Lucy Autrey Wilson "Mouth, Nose and Boots" pencil|
|Lucy Autrey Wilson "The Taylor Twins School Daze" photo|
|J.A. Autrey "Abstract" watercolor with glitter|
|J.L. Autrey "Baby Tiger" watercolor|
|J.L. Autrey "Blue Bird" watercolor with button|
|E.A. Autrey "Gas Pump" watercolor and "All American Shoe" etching|
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Top: Lucy in the backyard in Santa Barbara, July, 1954
Bottom: Lucy posing in our messy house, all dressed up, in June, 1958.
I like what some artists are doing with found photos and added embroidery. But, I'd rather work with photos taken by my father, than pictures of people I don't even know. So as not to upset my siblings, I'm forced to work on pictures of myself - not because I'm an egocentric person, like some people I won't name, who should not be running the country.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017