Friday, September 23, 2011

Politics As Usual

I thought the last showdown over the budget was supposed to keep the government "OPEN" until the 2012 election. So what's the uproar about now, not even two months later? Are they really that bad at money management? Sorry, I guess we already know the answer to that question. That would be, "affirmative!"
Clearly it's time for some new blood and new brains in Washington. I'm not really buying into the "outsider" business from a number of career politicians, but I guess that's what we're stuck with, in that any self respecting individual with brains doesn't stand a chance to win. Why do we want this time after time, election after election? Is there some sort of weird breakdown of conscience and common sense when they take the oath of office, or is it after their victory speech? What happens? After watching politics in this country for a number of years, I've just really come to the conclusion, the best beggar gets the most funding and support and the best liar gets the most votes. That could be what's wrong with our elected officials and why they simply cannot handle money.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. New Testament

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big Business and Powerful Politics

I believe it was called fascism in mid 20th Century Europe, but now it's called working together for the children. I'm really having a hard time here with a headline I read about Olive Garden and Michelle Obama. The parent company and all the "sibling" companies of Olive Garden were also mentioned in the article, so for the fanbase that is big big advertising at no charge. Next, since the subject is children, that has even more people paying attention, and to be honest, that is what caught my eye, but I've got a different view apparently than the writer/promoter of the article. First the promise seems hardly worthy of headlines. All the big promises of change, from Washington to salt content in food seems to take anywhere from five to ten years to actually implement. So, let me stop all the tangent opinions and comments and get to the "weight" of the matter. Olive Garden is promising to reduce it's sodium count in the kid's menu by 10% over the next 5 years! Breaking headlines, right? Here are some breaking thoughts. Many of these children that Michelle is so concerned about will already be teenagers by the time this actually happens, not to mention this is getting very close to government oversight of corporations, and it's not the right! Next, I couldn't help but wonder just how involved the corporate owners of the Olive Garden are in regard to restaurants lobbying to be able to take food stamps. Seems a potential connection, not to mention a campaign season is upon us, and what better time to exchange favors than when everyone wants something. Now, to be honest, the democrats always seem offended that anyone suggest any sort of regulation on the purchasing power of food stamps and EBT cards. I mean, they don't want to take pop and chips off of the available purchase items, for government subsidized spending, but our government wants the children eating better. I have a much easier solution than strong arming or promising corporations anything. Why not simply make food stamps and EBT cards usable for the "outer aisles" of the grocery stores. You know, the produce, meat, dairy, and grains. When corporations and republican government comes together, we have big oil and Wall Street bail outs. When corporations and democrat government comes together, we have mandatory health insurance and regulation of food consumption for the people who are actually buying their food with their own money.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty . . . Torah of Holy Scripture

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

What Will Happen as the Campaign Season Unfolds?

We've had the first GOP debate on the heels of President Obama's drop in the polls, on the threshold of a shaky gold market, on the brink of unemployment upheaval, and at what could be the final fork in the road for much of the Middle Class. And we are having another GOP debate tonight. I've been thinking about these primary debates and I think there's more than meets the eye, to these events. First, when there is a sitting incumbent running, usually only one party does these primary debates. I think it immediately puts the challenging party at a disadvantage, mares than just the fact the other party is already in. As I read about Rick Perry upstaging Michelle Bachmann on her straw poll win and Rick Perry sparring with Mitt Romney about employment and health care, and now all three are bickering over social security, because they realize the Tea Party is a force to be reckoned with, and since a great number of the Tea Partiers appear to be screaming "less government but don't take my social security!" and "we don't want socialized medicine, because that will wreck up my Medicare!" These three candidates have to hash it out or risk geriatric jihad on their campaign.
. . . but fools despise wisdom and instruction. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

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