May 13, 2010
What do they want?
The New York Times says "Afghans say they are tired of Taliban but resent corruption by the government!" Imagine that! We, as a nation, are corruption-free, so the Afghans have a role model. Oh, a few problems if you scan the headlines. Like this one: "Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped the Rating Agencies." But, hey, that is capitalism! Can't blame a guy for taking advantage now and then. Can you?
And then there is the infamous and mysterious Dow thousand point plunge. Caused by mistake? If so, will those who made money as the bottom fell out return the money? Remember, we are the Afghan role model. Or the rating agencies, or 25 hedge fund CEOs who got more than a billion in compensation.
And how about our successful war on drugs? We are damned near drug-free, so put down those poppies and take the pledge.
Yes, indeed, we lead the way is so many ways. Just think about our elections. Why should we pay for them when the Chamber of Commerce will foot the bill? Exxon-Mobil: $30 billion in profit but no taxes in U.S. Or BP/Halliburton cheating on safety in the Gulf--Who knew?
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All this money stuff is no surprise. I remember playing Monopoly with my sisters as a kid. I hated the game because they always changed the rules as the game dragged on.
The system is skewed to satisfy those with money and power who are sufficiently funded to make up the rules not only as they go along but also to their favor.
We are living in a plutocracy. Love it or change it!
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughon | May 13, 2010
I have no idea why this country is running all over the world telling others what to do and how to run their lives.
Seems like the old Bible adage of picking the beam out of your own eye instead of the splinter in someone else's should apply. We aren't going to "fix" these middle eastern dump holes because they seem to want what they have, despite protests from them to the contrary. We have no friends over there so get out while the gettin' is good.
It seems we have enough unsolved problems right here at home to keep us busy for quite some time. If you wonder where to begin the old advice of the straw boss on the landscape crew applies, just mark off a spot and start shoveling.
I suppose that sounds isolationist but really, isn't it time to give the Student Council gang of Weekly Reader nitwits ( I guess that dates me, huh?) that run the show a good swift boot out the door and find people to run a government here at home that actually wants to fix things and restore some fairness?
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor, WI. | May 14, 2010