There has been a lot of talk lately about deficits and such. It “seems” some of our politicians have finally gotten the message but this is not the first time so I am more than a little skeptical. But they still are living in a different world than the rest of us as they don’t seem to have a clue as to what causes this problem. They want to blame it on everyone except the elephant in the room. That elephant is shown on the graph to the right. This is the discretionary budget for 2011. You have to scroll down pretty far to see all of it but I think it is worth the effort.
Let’s say we eliminate the following departments entirely:
- Commerce (they keep business from gouging us)
- EPA (they make sure our air is breathable)
- Interior (they manage our national parks and such)
- Treasury (they keep our money flowing)
- Energy (they keep the oil companies at bay)
- NASA (they help manage our many satellites)
- Agriculture (they help our farmers)
- Justice ( they help us enforce our laws)
If we eliminate all these departments entirely we could cut our spending by 11%. That is a pretty substantial amount but eliminating those agencies would be pretty serious for our day to day living. But wait, there is another way to do the same thing and that would be to cut the military budget by15%. The military would probably have to order one less aircraft carrier, a few less million dollar bombs, and maybe even cut the Pentagon staff by a few percentage points.
Which would be better for it’s citizens? I don’t know of anyone who claims to have an IQ above 60 who would have to think much about this. But it seems that our politicians just can’t seem to understand! They say it is impossible to take even 1% from our military as then we would be putting our sons and daughters at risk. All the rest of the countries in the world manage their defense with a small iota of what we do and their sons and daughters are safer than ours. Of course the reason for that is that they don’t put them in harms way in the first place.
Do we really need to spend hundreds of times more for our military than almost any other country on the earth? Do we really need to be the “enforcer of democracy” around the world or can that happen within the population actually seeking democratic freedoms? Do we really need to be the policemen of the world? How about we change and become a peacemaker superpower instead? I bet we could do that and eliminate our deficits at the same time.
If all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail.
If all you have is a military on steroids then everything looks like a conflict we need to be involved in.
But what to I know….
Thanks to my Quaker friends at One Minute for Peace for providing me with the graph to the right. See them at:
Just me and my hubby during our visit to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It was fun to wade in water which in a few months would end up in the Gulf of Mexico.
While I was doing my usual volunteer thing at the local soup kitchen a few weeks ago I mentioned something to the folks there. Well it seems that my story is making the rounds there now so I thought I would talk a little about it here.
Now that I am in my senior years my morning prayers seem to be more frequent and more focused. I think my warranty expired when I turned sixty as now almost every part of my body seems to be going haywire! I have had more tests in the last four years than I have in the previous sixty. Enough for the background info here so let’s move on to the main story.
So now every morning when I get up I take an inventory of all my body parts to see which one hurts the least. I then thank God for not having pain in that part of my body. Let me set the record straight here. I don’t blame God for any of my pains; most of them are a result of a lifetime of self abuse. Yeah I know I am a “glass half full” person. Being the alternative and focusing on the hurting parts just doesn’t make much sense to me. I, like all of us, have my good days and my not so good days but I thank God for all of them. It sure beats the alternative.
If you want to borrow my prayer technique go ahead. I don’t think God would mind the duplication and I don’t either. So, this morning I thanked God for my left elbow. It has not given me any pain all day long.
And the journey goes on…..
Rep. Kucinich Sues Over Olive Pit In Sandwich
ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press
January 26, 2011
WASHINGTON — Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is suing a congressional cafeteria for dental damage he says he suffered after biting into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap he bought there.
Kucinich’s attorney, Andrew Young, declined to comment Wednesday on the lawsuit seeking $150,000 in damages from companies involved with the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria. A spokesman in Kucinich’s congressional office also declined to comment.
The civil suit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia said the wrap “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit,”
I don’t want this blog to be known as only picking on Republicans. There is certainly enough tom foolery going around in all the other political organizations that warrant some study not to mention all the other groups who need picked on from time to time. I want to become known as an all around “picker” not a specialized one. In that vein the story above seems to be racing through the internet world so I thought I would poke some fun at it too. In case you don’t know Mr. Kucinich is considered a “liberal” by most folks who call themselves Republicans and a Democrat to everyone else. In fact he ran for president in the Democratic primaries the last time. Didn’t get very far but he did run….
Now I don’t want to make biting down on an olive pit seem trivial. I know I have bitten down on my share of such things. There have been olive pits, pieces of peach pits, stones in bean soup, and of course un-popped corn. It is not pleasant but I don’t think it kept me up weeks and weeks fretting over the event. But that must be the case here. I guess Mr. Kucinich’s life must have been turned upside down by this event. Why else would he seek $150,000! Why else would he wait more than two years to file for his pain and anguish. It would have been much more effective if he had filed right after and then blamed Mr. Bush for it! After all everyone was blaming Mr. Bush for everything else back then (not that he didn’t deserve it).
I don’t know for sure as I really as I don’t really know Mr. Kucinich that well but I will go out on a limb here and guess that he is a lawyer? Lets give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he really needs to money. Maybe his wife recently informed him that she wants a new olympic size swimming pool in the backyard. I guess there could be hundreds of reasons to wait two years but it does sound a little suspect to me.
But what do I know….
Just your typical well used Midwestern barn
WASHINGTON — To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a closer look shows that even as Speaker John A. Boehner and Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, insist on the need for military cuts, divisions have opened among Republicans about whether, and how much, to chop Pentagon spending that comes to more than a half trillion dollars a year……..
The discordant Republican voices on military spending have bred confusion on Capitol Hill, among military contractors and within the military itself, where no one is exactly sure what the members backed by the Tea Party will do. It also shows why taking on the military budget will be so hard, even though a widening deficit has led the president and the leaders of both parties to say this time they are serious.
(Excerpts from the article- click the link below to see the entire story)
Ok, here is one for the books. While Republican have always been eager to cut money from old and/or poor people they almost never want to cut any money from our war machine. They think every million dollar bomb we have is absolutely necessary. So to say “Republicans are split” is in itself quite a statement. I don’t think much of the Tea Party but they do have a good side. Anyone that is willing to tackle the military establishment is pretty brave in my books. To even call the military budget a “defense” budget is a joke. The rest of the world “defends” themselves on many times less per person than we do and they all seem to be getting along fine.
I don’t know why all those yahoos in the press can’t get the message to the American people about how the U.S. spends twenty times more per citizen on it’s war machine than any other country in the world and more than one hundred times more than most! Why don’t more people know that? Much of the rest of the world thinks that Americans are just cowboys itching to get into another fight. Given what we spend for our “fancy six shooters” that might not be too far from the truth.
So, this latest split in the Republicans has the military contractors confused. Maybe that in itself is a very good thing. They won’t know who to give their generous donations to (ha). Lord forbid they give it to someone who might be cutting into their profits!! Until congress tackles the elephant in the room of fiscal responsibility their efforts will never be considered serious. We could cut our military budget in half and almost no one outside our military contractors would even know it
With China presently holding more than $1 trillion of our debt the above cartoon is probably more reality than any of us would like to believe. Someday they may just call in all our IOUs. I read an article recently about how the Chinese are now convinced that they have the purest form of capitalism and have very little to learn from the U.S. anymore.
This is kind of like a chicken/egg type thing but it is no wonder our government is drowning it debt. I read someplace where the average citizen now has over $5,000 in credit card debt! That doesn’t include the trillions and trillions of mortgage debt that almost everyone has. Talk about living beyond your means! At least our government borrows at a much lower interest rate
Someday we may come to our senses. Someday…
I think this is my favorite shot of all the pictures we took on the Grand Canyon. We couldn’t get to the North Rim as it was snowed in the week we were there. Planning another trip back maybe this year or next.
This picture was taken from our front porch of our neighbor’s barn. I think this barn inspired us to take pictures of others.
Some people seem to think that those two holes on the sides of your head are for relieving pressure from your brain when you have to think too much. Kind of like that weight thingie we put on the top of a press cooker. I will hereby tell you they have another use. They are for listening. Listening includes hearing things that you don’t already know or maybe hearing a different explanation for things you think you already know. Many of us seem to get something in our head about a subject and then batten down the hatches on our brain holes. That seems to be particularly true of our politicians the last decade or so. I think someone epoxied all the politician’s brain holes as soon as they arrive in Washington. We need a good ENT guy to check that out!
Some seniors I have come across seem to think that when you reach a certain age you are not able to learn anything more so they effectively fill their brain holes with cement. Let me tell you that the condition for all of the above has a name. All us seniors love knowing the technical names of all our infirmities; this condition is called “Lazy Minds”. Let’s call it LM for short. All the best conditons are known by their initials.
Lazy minds allow us to think that we have all the answers to everything and there is nothing worth hearing anymore. That was kind of like that guy from the U.S. patent office who wanted to close it down in the early 1900s as everything had already been invented! But I must say that LM is not a condition limited to politicians and senior citizens. It afflicts almost all of us. Particularly all of us in the United States. We don’t seem to think we can learn anything for anyone else so we close up our brain holes to anyone who doesn’t speak our form of English (if you can even call it English anymore).
Jonas Sulk invented a vaccine for polio about fifty years ago and he became very famous for it. Can you imagine if someone came up with a vaccine for LM how famous they would be? Not only famous but also very very rich. I wonder if any of the pharmaceutical companies are doing research to cure LM? Maybe we should tackle that as a national priority after we have the cure for cancer.
And the journey goes on….
We spend 40 time more per citizen on our military than any other nation and hundreds of times more than most other nations. How can we say we are devoted to peace with this gross disparity?? Something just doesn’t seem right here? Where are all the peacemakers?
Title quote from American Friends Service Committee
Dear Mr. President
On the chance that you got time to see my last post I wanted to come through on my promise to give you a sure fired solution for our deficit problems. This one seems like a no-brainer so it is surprising that no one has come up with it yet. Before I give you the solution we need to look over some graphs and tables. After all both government and private corporations thrive on graphs and tables.
These graphs show military spending by country. Something seems to be very strange here? It seems that the U.S. spends more on it’s military than the next twenty countries combined! Why is this? I have my own theories and here they are.
If we look at the world as one big playground then our military budgets are kind of like the sticks we carry around on the playground in order to get our way. Let’s reference this to China which is the number two military spender. Their stick is the size of a baseball bat. Going down the list South Korea’s is the size of a very small branch. It can only be used for poking. That might be annoying but not harmful. Ok, now lets get to the U.S. Our stick is the size of a redwood tree. Anyone who has seen a redwood tree knows that they are huge! Well so is our military budget and it is about easy to maneuver as a redwood! Lets look at it another way. China spends about $90/person/year and the U.S. spends about $1800/person/year! That stick is now the size of a whole forest! Why??
How can South Korea who has a population of about 50 million people have a military budget that is only 5% of ours. One of the reasons is because the U.S. has so many soldiers still there almost sixty years after the Korean war. So why should South Korea spend their valuable money on the military when the U.S. will do it for them. I wonder if this has anything to do with why their economy is growing while ours has been stagnant for almost a decade now? We have so many soldiers and weapons strewn throughout the world that is seems impossible to even keep track of them. Germany is another example; we still have thousands of soldiers there to do what the Germans could easily do for themselves. Why? Like South Korea, Germany’s economy is prospering while our is stagnant. And then there is China; I don’t think I have to give you any examples here! Surely I’m not the only one who sees this relationship between military spending and deficits?
Mr. President, you are a pretty smart fellow so I think you get the idea. When you were campaigning in 2008 you said you would do something about this but it seems you are going the way of your predecessor and also making us the world’s policemen. How can we expect to reduce our deficits when we spend so many times more than anyone else for our war machine? How can we, like the rest of the industrial world, manage to provide healthcare for all our citizens when we spend so much for bombs and other weapons of mass destruction?
I am not suggesting that we drop down to parody with our the rest of the world, I know the Republicans who now control the House would never go for that, but how about we only spend four time more per person more than anyone else? That would still leave us with a darn big stick and one that is manageable too. That would save us around $300 billion per year? I’m not up on the latest numbers but I think that would put a pretty big dent on our deficits.
I am just a simple guy with a calculator but this seems like a no brainer to me. I like the old saying that “If all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail”. Well with our super colossal war machine everything seems to look like a military conflict ready for us to go into. Maybe if we brought our peace efforts even to within a minute fraction of our war efforts we could start seeing things in a different light. Maybe everything would no longer look like nails? When you were campaigning in 2008 I thought I heard you promise to do that. What happened? Please get that zeal back. Put a few more peace makers on your team and a few less generals.
Feel free to use any of this info in your State of the Union on Tuesday. You don’t even have to give me any credit for bringing them up.
This was taken during our trip to Peoria and Bishop Hill in central Illinois. Central Illinois is flat, flat, flat. But I guess that makes for good farms.
With winter in full force now I need to bring out some pictures to remind me that Spring will eventually get here. This picture was taken in 1993 showing all the daylilies at the end of my veggie garden inside the fence. Those flowers are probably what Yvonne misses the most about our home in Fishers Indiana.
Dear Mr. President
I know you are pretty busy creating your State of the Union address for next Tuesday so I thought you could use some free advice from someone outside of the beltway. No, I don’t have an MBA degree from Harvard or other Ivy league college although I did manage to graduate from Purdue University about more than forty years ago but that hardly counts now.
Up front I must say I actively supported you in your run for office in 2008 but to my disappointment you seem to have gotten off message quite a bit since then. I can certainly understand that as you are now surrounded by the most powerful political elitists in the world. Maybe they have convinced you that the promises you made to guys like me are just not achievable. But that is another story.
I am offering this advice as just a simple guy who worked as an engineer for more than thirty years and is about to enter into the Medicare system that is so trashed today. I am at the front of the Boomer generation so over the years I paid for my grandfathers and my father’s health care via my Social Security taxes. Every year those taxes seemed to go up a little more but I didn’t complain much as I just assumed that those following me would return the favor. But if things keep going it looks like that may not be the case.
Let’s get on to my advice to you. I know you are looking for places to reduce spending and that is a very noble and necessary duty. The healthcare bill passed last year was a good start but please only consider it a start. The next logical step will be to look around the world to see how to reduce the costs. No, I am not one of those who think that we in the U.S. are the only ones who have a brain between their ears. It seems almost the opposite to me when I look at how much we spend keeping ourselves well compared to them. I know that Washington is a place that particularly likes graphs and such so I am going to include some in this advise.
I know the graph is kind of hard to see but I don’t have the staff of 200 to do it the right way so I will have to explain some of it. It seems to me, being a simple person that I am, that a good way to judge how well your healthcare works is would be to look how long we live. The graph here shows that among all the countries listed that Japanese citizens live the longest; almost ten years more than we do. Japan’s healthcare costs per citizen is a little over $2500/year. Our corresponding costs are shown on the graph. You have to look all the way to the very top to see it. It comes out as about three times what the Japanese pay and Japanese cover a much higher percentage of people!
I admit that I have been a Chevy guy all of my life but it seems that a lot of people in this country think Japanese cars are superior to ours. Having to bail out GM last year seems to reinforce that fact. So, if so many of us think the Japanese are better car builders shouldn’t they be good at other things too? Maybe you can convince us on Tuesday that that we should be looking at how they spend three times less than we do and live a lot longer. Isn’t here something to learn here? If for some reason people won’t look to the Japanese, we did go to war with them just before I was born, maybe you can convince them to look at any of the the other nations who seem to be doing it better then we do. There are scores of them. How about New Zealand? I don’t think we have anything against them?
Isn’t it just possible that we can learn from others on how to control our medical costs? Our current system seems almost unfixable so lets look at how others do it.
That is enough for this idea. I will let you think about it some and tomorrow I will give you a sure fire idea on how to control our runaway deficits. My solution tomorrow really seems to be a no brainer. But what do I know I don’t have that big time college diploma that so many around you have.
(except for the graph from National Geographic this post is totally me so there are no sources here)
Baltimore Sun – January 20, 2011 by Thomas Stitz
With the new U.S Congress looking for ways to cut the deficit, we should demand that they eliminate their own health insurance from their benefits. If Republicans are so hell-bent on repealing the new health care law, they can give up their own health insurance. After all, they are essentially independent contractors, hired on for a two- or six-year stint, and most of them are rich enough to pay for their own insurance. Why should the taxpayer pay? And why do we pay for premium lifetime health benefits after they’ve served only 5 years?
Some members may have trouble getting a policy because of pre-existing conditions like chronically enlarged egos, convenient memory loss and wagging tongue syndrome. Sen. Mitch McConnell has recycled arteries after he got federally-paid-for, triple bypass surgery in 2003. New Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, a wealthy physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital, had a hissy fit when he learned that his government health policy wouldn’t start until February 1 — forcing him to go a whole month without taxpayer subsidized insurance! Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic hypocrisy.
Maybe Congressional staff should have to pay for insurance also. Let their bosses go out and find a small group policy. If just one of the brightest, hardworking staff has a pre-existing condition, it would raise the rates for the rest of his staff so much that this ideal employee could not be hired. This very situation happened in 2010 to a friend of mine who owns a 100-person business in Dallas.
This current debate is not about coming up with better health legislation — it’s about defeating President Obama in 2012. He and the last Congress had the foresight, brilliance and determination to make consumer-oriented changes to a health care system controlled by a few large, tyrannical health insurers. The health care sector has spent $1.7 billion lobbying Congress since 2006. Let’s ask the health insurers to take the millions they pour into campaign coffers and, instead, provide free health insurance for this new Congress. With the average family policy costing $13,750, we could cut the deficit by $330 million this year alone and still keep the insurers in most of the back pockets of Congress.
Thanks Thomas for the above article. Will Rogers would have certainly been proud of you for your words. Those words speak for themselves so I don’t have much to add. If the now Republican controlled House is serious about budget reductions and really believe that entitlements in general and single payer health care in particular are an evil then they should vote to remove themselves from the very systems they vilify. Let them go out on the private market and get insurance for their families and staff members. After all what company in the real world covers its short term private contractors! None that I know of. As mentioned this action would be an immediate $0.3 billion reduction of the deficit! If they are really serious about their rhetoric then let their actions speak louder than their words.
Does anyone out there really see this happening???
I have discovered another nice blog about retirement. It is
The blog is called Retired Syd and is by a young lady (at least by my standards) who choose to retire in her 40s. She was an accountant in her working years. I didn’t realize accounting paid so much that you can retire with less than twenty years in the business! Maybe that fact would help one endure the boredom of all the number crunching (ha). Anyway, Syd is now on my regular view list. She definitely has a way with words. More power to her. I retired more than ten years ago while I was in my early fifties so I guess I didn’t wait much longer than she did.
In one of her recent posts (I can’t seem to find it right now) she cited a statistic that about 60% of those entering retirement thought they had mostly accomplished what they set out to do in their work life. Less than 25% thought they missed what they set out to do. After reviewing that post I asked myself the same question. Did I accomplish what I wanted during my working years?
Forty one years ago when I started in the corporate world I really don’t think I had much of a plan of accomplishments. It seemed more of a day-to-day thing to me. I didn’t say things like “I will do this for eight years and then I will do that”. I have always been a planner but I guess it was always about the short term stuff. So, to answer the question that Syd reported, no I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do as I didn’t set out to do anything. I know today kids seem to have so many more possibilities for their lives than I did. I just didn’t see that when I was supposed to be planning my life in the 1960s. Looking back I know now there were several opportunities that I would have liked to have had but that is called “Monday morning quarterbacking”.Don’t get me wrong I did accomplish some pretty significant things in my life and I am proud of them but none of them were planned before I started.
Here I am starting my second decade in retirement from the corporate world and the same thing seems to be happening. I have not had a long term goal for my retirement. Instead it has been a day-to-day thing. But that is not bad in and of itself. I am not just drifting through life but it seems I do just let it come at me and then I make my choices. In the Bible Jesus tells us to not be focused on the past or to worry about the future because God will take care of that. Instead he wants us to live in the day. That is not such a bad way to do things, at least not in my mind. It is the choices we make day-to-day that really determine who we are and what impact we have on the world.
And the journey goes on…
I am going to do something unusual here and do a post primarily by merging the thoughts of two posts of my fellow bloggers. I read these two blogs back to back today and could not get over how well one message meshed into the other. The first one is by Bill Birnbaum from www.adventureretirement.com entitled Senior Citizens and Technology. The second one is from Quaker friend Raye from www.quakerquaker.org entitled Time For A “Station I.D.” – When Speaking Of Personal Experience
Let’s start with the first post. As the title implies Bill was talking about how senior citizen’s deal with technology. Before I start I want to tell you that I enjoy each and every post that Bill puts out. He is on my automatic watch list. Here are some excerpts from his post:
That fellow on the airplane represents the common stereotype – that senior citizens are resistive to technology. Seems to me though, senior citizens aren’t so much resistive to technology. It’s simply that they insist that any new technology they might adopt serve some useful purpose. They ask, “What can this new technology do for me?”
Bill went on with the story about how he is struggling to decide whether to move to a smartphone and also get a GPS for the car.
After I read the post I looked around my office. I am typing on a quad core desktop unit with a 22 inch flat screen display as well as a 32 inch hdtv display hooked to it. Beside that is my Samsung Moment Smartphone plugged into its charger for the night. Just to the left of that is my netbook which I have connected to yet another 20 inch flat screen. This one, when it is not being used on road tripes, is constantly running a digital slideshow of my 12,000 plus pictures (half digitized from the old film world and half taken with my Canon 12.1Mb Rebel Xsi DSLR camera that sits on the shelf behind me. Also on that shelf is my Kindle loaded with scores of books I am in the process of reading. And this is just in my study! I won’t bore you with going through the rest of the homestead. Suffice it to say that this senior is not at all resistive to technology I embrace it just as easily as the younger generations today.
Then I read the post by Raye. Here is part of it:
Sentences that begin with “Quakers do” or “Quakers believe” or similar, and then proceed to fill in with their observations are very likely painting with too wide a brush. Those who identify themselves as Quakers are a large and complex bunch of groups and individuals. I understand that trying to be precise in language can be cumbersome and frustrating. But it seems to me that going to the trouble of adding phrases such as, “in my experience,” “Quakers I have met,” “I read in an article by so-and-so,” gives more integrity to the communication. Friends I have met who belong to certain monthly or yearly meetings don’t fit neatly together in one theological or cultural lump.
So here I sit trying to combine these two posts. Let me say that like Quakers, I believe seniors are indeed a large and complex bunch of groups and individuals. It is hard to pin us down on just about anything related to living. Some like Bill are more adventurous and some like me embrace technology as soon as it comes available. Some are like my wife who is completely happy in life with just her mystery novels (paperback versions) and her 3,000 piece puzzles spread out on her hobby room table. I know Bill will agree that sometimes we senior bloggers like our Quaker brethren paint with just too broad a brush.
The first words of this article caught my attention today. Let’s pull a few quotes from the article; they are in blue below. If you want to see the original article by Anthony Schlaff click on the link at the bottom of this post.
“If traffic lights were invented today, the Republican Party would be against them. After all, aren’t traffic lights a perfect symbol for government imposition on individual freedom? The government takes our money to build and maintain them, and then uses them to tell us when we can stop and when we can go.”
If I didn’t know better I would have bet that the above quote was from Will Rogers. Congratulations Anthony for getting him down pat. The people who currently have control of the Republican Party, and I do mean control, don’t seem to believe there is anything called social responsibility! They think everything should be left up to each of them (only the radical right) to determine. Put that belief to its fullest extent and get rid of all stoplights! If they do get rid of stoplights than I guess police are next. After all what do police do but keep people from doing what they want to do
What kind of freedom do we really want? The answer becomes clear when we consider the kinds of “freedom” that the status quo – a lack of such government involvement – imparts. How many of us want the freedom to face medical bankruptcy, or the freedom to be denied coverage (and care) because of a preexisting condition? And how many of us see dying, due to lack of insurance, from a treatable or curable disease as an acceptable cost of individual liberty?As with traffic lights, there is a trade-off; we cannot get something for nothing. The only way to have a system that guarantees necessary care for those in need – to give us the freedom to live our lives without that fear – is to make sure everyone is included in the system. Many of us, after all, choose to marry. This decision substantially restricts us and increases our responsibilities. Yet the responsibilities marriage entails also give new meaning to our lives. Liberating ourselves from every commitment and every shared responsibility would not be freedom. It would leave us each isolated and unfulfilled: freedom as truly nothing left to lose.
According to the simplified notion of personal responsibility [as espoused by many Republicans], people should take it upon themselves to get educated, keep their water clean, and properly dispose of household waste. It sounds good in theory, but would you live in a town that had no schools, and no water or sewer treatment, but gave every household the “freedom” to manage these concerns on their own? Probably not. Thankfully, citizens across America have the freedom – through government – to manage these problems collectively. A century ago, that is what they did, and we are all the freer for having school, water, and sewer systems run by our cities and towns.
If public schools or public drinking water and sewer systems were invented today, would Republicans oppose them, along with the traffic lights?
Let’s all get on the Radical Right bandwagon. Look at all the money we can save by eliminating all this “social responsibility” stuff. Everyone should have a right to die young if they don’t “choose” to have any money to do otherwise. To the RR government has no place in our society except to protect their guns and their seemingly never ending wars to use them. Let’s don’t tell them but all this has been already tried; it’s called anarchy. But what do I know. This type of thinking would all be very funny if it were not so tragically sorrowful.
All of this type of thinking is again a result of lazy minds. See my post on one of my other blogs about that by click here
All I know is what I read in the headlines……
I seem to have always had a garden, except for the college years. This one is probably my pride and joy. It had plenty of sun, rich soil, and a fence to keep out the crittters. I was forced to leave it 4 years later due to moving to New Jersey to fill out my pension. And for those who wander no I don’t think New Jersey tomatoes hold a candle to those raised in the MidWest.