The following are worth what you paid for them but the asking price is still 2 cents per each as they say on the loading docks.
When you have spent an hour on the tarmac with no word from the cockpit about take off or pulling up the the gate, you wonder if those pilots were “distracted” with their computers and heated discussions about company policy. Like the policy for keeping passengers informed.
The current health care proposal to have a public option but with a provision to allow States to opt out of the program has one glaring fault. The folks in Kansas might not want to have anything to do with a Federally run and mandated health care program and decide not to participate. But, but, but, the new Federal taxes of all stripes being implemented to pay for the program will still be in place so those good folks in Kansas will still pay the taxes and the people in Michigan will get the benefit of the program with a subsidy from Kansas. That’s a real Hobson’s choice opt out if I ever saw one.
One wonders sometimes if the US will survive the length of the Roman Empire. The myth of Remus seeing the 12 buzzards flying over Rome supposedly meant that the empire was to last for 12 centuries and that turned out to be pretty close to the facts. Will the US enjoy ascendency for 12 score of years?
You watch the news and see our troops and allies training Afghan soldiers with modern weapons and how to use proper infantry techniques. Then sometimes they are firing larger weapons like machine guns. It is usually some scruffy looking fellow who looked like he just came in from the fields. Am I the only one that has a concern that all we may be doing is supplying and training our future adversary on the field of battle?
Now our good friends at GMAC are back asking for more money. This time it appears to be about 3 or 4 billion more in addition to the 12 billion it has already received to make loans for Government, Inc.’s autormobile industry. Hmm, let’s see if GMAC went out of business then folks would have to get their car loans from a local or regional bank or even a credit union. Wouldn’t that be a good deal for everyone. I thought we were all worried about those too big to fail banks. Why don’t we let the local banks have that business and stir the local economies. Government, Inc. is subsidizing GM and Chrysler and they are subsidizing GMAC and there is no end in sight. You really think the UAW will ever agree to meaningful changes to their contracts to make our auto industry truly competitive as long as Government, Inc. will be there to pick up their tab with taxpayer money from throughout the nation?
Interesting to see that someone finally is reading our Constitution. Note the recent letter from some members of Congress to the guy in the White House that he can’t accept the Noble prize without approval of Congress. They are right. Hate to rain on anyone’s parade but one would hope that occasionally the current gang in Washington would follow the law and the press would hold them to it. The provision is not comlicated. Art. 1, section 9….”No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no person holding any Office or Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the consent of Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or Foreign State.” It is not a big deal if followed but it is our law and either it should be followed or not. Maybe we will ignore it jsut as we do our own immigration laws and pretend they don’t exist.
Speaking of Art. 1, section 9, it requires that there be a “regular Statement and Account of the Receipt and Expenditures of all public money”….. Do you think the off books accounting used for Medicare, Social Security and soon the other like comports with that Constitutional requirement? Don’t we have the right to demand under that section as legitimate an accounting as is required by other public companies regulated by the SEC? Government, Inc. official would be prosecuted for fraud if that were held to the accounting standards of the private market. They make “material misrepresentations” with every alleged budget and accounting they submit.
Rather than give money to big banks and GM why not use that money to fund big increases in the NASA programs. It would create thousands of new and well paying jobs. It would continue the true nature and purpose of Man to venture out and test the new and explore. It would have side benefits not yet imagined. We could send a manned crew to Mars. The scientific knowledge alone would pay for it down the road. What are we getting for our money in GM or Citigroup?
When you go to the hospital and they make you put on one of those darn gowns with your rear end exposed wouldn’t you prefer to be dressed as you like and tell them you will be glad to undress for their exams or check ups everytime they need one? I mean those gowns are not a medically necessity it is for the convenience of the staff which I appreciate but gee whiz. They are so demeaning. I would rather dress and undress 8 times a day but be able to look normal between times. It would sure elevate my mental state, don’t know about you. Then you probably have a cuter rear end than I do.
How is it that the Holidays seem so far away at Easter and then you get hot and before you can blink they are only 7 weeks away?
“The Democratic Party has a vested interest in depression at home and war abroad. Its leaders are always troubadours of trouble; crooners of catastrophe. Public confusion on vital issues is Democratic weather. A Democratic President is doomed to proceed to his goals like a squid, squirting darkness all about him”…. Hard to believe but that is from the New York Times, February 1959. It could apply to their headline for tomorrow. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com