Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's All in the Presentation and Packaging

I couldn't help but notice a news item yesterday. I heard it yesterday morning on the 6:00 am news, but not in the next hour, and I had to really search for it online. I've noticed how many news items do get repeated and how many simply don't . . . for whatever reason. The news item that got stuck in my craw yesterday was the way the Kansas Gubernatorial Inaugural Dinner was reported. Oh, I know, I'm going to sound like a talking head on this topic, and I wouldn't make a big issue of it, were it not for the mention of charity. As most of us non-politicians are aware, this country is in economic trouble. Even though TPTB are telling us the recession ended a year and a half ago, many of us haven't noticed that, just yet. Not to mention the local governments are still whining about being broke. Cities are figuring ways to file bankruptcy and states are trying to figure ways to let them, without the rest of the cities following suit. Then there are, what; half of the states that are horribly in the hole and losing ground quickly. Well, Kansas just happens to be one of those states. I believe Kansas was having trouble giving their citizens tax refunds last year, and things really haven't improved. Now that they have elected a republican, there is talk of cutting programs, of course! And that is where I jump in with some fascinating information. Former Senator Brownback is now Governor Brownback and he had his inaugural dinner last Saturday. In light of the current economic situations, many governor's "scaled back" their gala events, and Governor Brownback claimed to do so, too. Governor Brownback went so far as to say that any extra funds that were raised after the dinner was paid for, would be donated to charity. Now, here's for the "funny-spin" part of the story. While some governors that scaled back had hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, Senator Brownback had beef tenderloins. Sounds like some sort of breaded patty on a bun doesn't it? Beef tenderloins, when wrapped in a strip of bacon is better known as filet mignon! Now, since it's politics, I don't know if the pork was included, but the tenderloin of beef is the highest end cut on the critter. If that's scaled back, just what would Governor Brownback have served if times were good? And mentioning the rest going to charity . . . nice touch, there Governor. I'm sure Kansans are sleeping better now that there is a fiscal conservative on watch!
He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. a Proverb of Holy Scripture
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