Friday, April 8, 2011



     It's hard to sit quietly these days and watch the animals roar over each other to be the loudest of the pack.

I'm an independent minded guy, I like some Republican candidates and I like some Democratic candidates. I listen to what they represent and decide whether that is what is important to me.
But to listen to some of the rhetoric today, one would think that there is only ONE party that will save the nation.
I have been a voter for over 30 years now. I have seen them come and I have seen them go.
There is NO one party that can, or will do the job of setting this nation back on it's feet.
It took the complicity of both parties to bring us here and it will take the work of both parties to get us out of this mess.
But we are a nation divided right now.
We just went through a leadership that promised to be a "uniter, not a divider" and all we got was a trillion dollar sink hole and more further apart than ever before than any time I can remember.
Now we have a new President.
He promised to change the status quo in Washington, change the way things worked, give the voters their voice back in government.
Instead he has surrounded himself with many of the same old tired pol pals, ensuring the continuance of the "good old boy's" club, and there is little difference in policy, even extending the last administration's wars, renditions, and attacks on the people's rights with the unPATRIOTic Act.

$1 trillion dollars.
Man, wrap your mind around that for a minute.
A trillion dollars is a heck of alot of dinero.
Now, there were a lot of wheels in motion that brought us to our knees, but the act of taking us to war against a country that posed no threat to us, and against a group that could not be found, has really come back to bite us HARD.
We have spent over a trillion dollars on this "war" so far, and what has it gotten US?
What, exactly, has our folly wrought us?
Do we have access to more oil?
Do we have cheaper oil?
Have our countrymen been put back to work building war equipment like in WWII?
Has our economy rebounded because of this war?

What could we have done instead with that trillion dollars?
What would our economy look like today had we spent that money on rebuilding our infrastructure, putting in mass transit trains across the country, making funds available to small business instead of corporations?
What could we have done with a trillion dollars spent HERE?

Who knows? We will NEVER know now. The money is GONE, never to return.
SOME people made multi-millions from the war though.
It did enrich a select few.

And today we have a groundswell of people calling for the return of the very people who enriched themselves at OUR expense.
I hear churches outright degrading our President for not expanding the war. CHURCHES, complaining that we aren't killing enough heathens. Meanwhile, they are the same people complaining that we cannot afford, or do not want, national health care.
It is all just so mind bending.
How does one rationalize in one's mind that we don't have the money for health care for our citizens, but we give the Iraqi people free health care with our tax dollars.
What kind of world is it when churches are complaining that we aren't spending enough money on war?
We don't have the money for health care for our children or parents, but we have to stop abortion?