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January 25, 2012

There was a sandwich shop near where I grew up that made the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. It also still had pinball machines even in the age of Pac-man and was the place our parents would look for us when we disappeared. The owner an old Italian guy who hated having us kids hang out there but loved us when we spent our money. His service was non-existent and we would wait forever for our sandwiches, and most of the time he got the order wrong. We didn’t like him anymore then he liked us but we would save our money for weeks on end to get one of those great sandwiches. One day he was just not there anymore and one of his sons had taken over the store. We figured, great a not having to deal with the old fart. We figured wrong, not only was his son a bigger pain in the ass, still getting the orders wrong and chasing us out if we didn’t buy something. Those once great tasting cheesesteaks now tasted like the ones from the supermarket called ‘steak-ums’ that our mothers made at home. On top of that he raised the prices on everything.

Time travel forward 50 some years to the present and this is what we face with the upcoming elections. The Republicans are acting like a bunch of kids fighting for the teachers pet position or more commonly called the republican candidate for president. For the most part each one of them are cast from the same mold. Each one saying they are more conservative than there opponent. Knowing full well if we examined there accomplishments while in congress or as governor, we would find out it how close to the middle they truly were. There are some subtle differences but overall they are still crooks, out to get the number one spot at the feeding trough.

On the other side we have Obama. Already enjoying the life of luxury, with numerous multi million dollar vacations and all the power his pen can wield. He is not about to give up this position until he has milked it for all it is worth.

So back to the premise of the original story…change. I looked this up, and Webster’s defines ‘change’ as: to make different or to alter. With the choices we face today in this upcoming election no matter who the republicans nominate and no matter who ends up winning the general election I can predict there will be no change for the better down here in the real world. What is needed is someone so philosophically different from all the others that even if he got the nomination most people would be afraid to vote for him. If you have read some background on the founders of our country you will understand that if a Ben Franklin or Thomas Paine appeared today he would be labeled a radical, conspiracy nut and never have a chance at a nomination. Yet it is there very words that are the foundation of our country. And it was these very men that warned us against a government out of control. The answer for solving our countries present situation I do not have. But like when I was a kid in that sandwich shop change for the sake of change is not the answer.

Finding that lone crazy sounding man who can tell the difference between right and wrong

and is willing to face the consequences no mater what defending those principles…

…however would be a start.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2012 2:59 pm

    I do agree that the change theme is vague, but intentionally so. Obama while not the commy pinko socialist that right wing nutters accuse, he is vaguely progressive. Above all, he is a pro politician and the change theme is useful because saying what you are opens you up to further castigation by the right.

    I am convinced that the progressive agenda is the answer for our countries present situation. That includes removing corporate and monied interests from politics.


  2. Jon permalink
    January 25, 2012 3:04 pm

    I’m afraid you’re right, Pete, but we’ll see how everything pans out. Definitely nothing on TV tonight with Commy Obamy giving us his “State of the Union” address.

    Hopefully just one more year of his version of “hope & change”.


  3. Del permalink
    January 26, 2012 12:58 am

    This is a good read Pete.

    January 24, 2012
    A Brass Age?
    By Thomas Sowell

    This may be the golden age of presumptuous ignorance. The most recent demonstrations of that are the Occupy Wall Street mobs. It is doubtful how many of these semi-literate sloganizers could tell the difference between a stock and a bond.

    Yet there they are, mouthing off about Wall Street on television, cheered on by politicians and the media. If this is not a golden age of presumptuous ignorance, perhaps it should be called a brass age.

    No one has more brass than the President of the United States, though his brass may be more polished than that of the Occupy Wall Street mobs. When Barack Obama speaks loftily about “investing in the industries of the future,” does anyone ask: What in the world would qualify him to know what are the industries of the future?

    Why would people who have spent their careers in politics know more about investing than people who have spent their careers as investors?

    Presumptuous ignorance is not confined to politicians or rowdy political activists, by any means. From time to time, I get a huffy letter or e-mail from a reader who begins, “You obviously don’t know what you are talking about…”

    The particular subject may be one on which my research assistants and I have amassed piles of research material and official statistics. It may even be a subject on which I have written a few books, but somehow the presumptuously ignorant just know that I didn’t really study that issue, because my conclusions don’t agree with theirs or with what they have heard.

    At one time I was foolish enough to try to reason with such people. But one of the best New Year’s resolutions I ever made, some years ago, was to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people. It has been good for my blood pressure and probably for my health in general.

    A recent column that mentioned the “indirect subsidies” from the government to the Postal Service brought the presumptuously ignorant out in force, fighting mad.

    Because the government does not directly subsidize the current operating expenses of the Postal Service, that is supposed to show that the Postal Service pays its own way and costs the taxpayers nothing.

    Politicians may be crooks but they are not fools. Easily observed direct subsidies can create a political problem. Far better to set up an arrangement that will allow government-sponsored enterprises — whether the Postal Service, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Tennessee Valley Authority — to operate in such a way that they can claim to be self-supporting and not costing the taxpayers anything, no matter how much indirect subsidy they get.

    As just one example, the Postal Service has a multi-billion dollar line of credit at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Hey, we could all use a few billions, every now and then, to get us over the rough spots. But we are not the Postal Service.

    Theoretically, the Postal Service is going to pay it all back some day, and that theoretical possibility keeps it from being called a direct subsidy. The Postal Service is also exempt from paying taxes, among other exemptions it has from costs that other businesses have to pay.

    Exemption from taxes, and from other requirements that apply to other businesses, are also not called subsidies. For people who mistake words for realities, that is enough for them to buy the political line — and to get huffy with those who don’t.

    Loan guarantees are a favorite form of hidden subsidies for all sorts of special interests. At a given point in time, it can be said that these guarantees cost the taxpayers nothing. But when they suddenly do cost something — as with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — they can cost billions.

    One of the reasons for so much presumptuous ignorance flourishing in our time may be the emphasis on “self-esteem” in our schools and colleges. Children not yet a decade old have been encouraged, or even required, to write letters to public figures, sounding off on issues ranging from taxes to nuclear missiles.

    Our schools begin promoting presumptuous ignorance early on. It is apparently one of the few things they teach well. The end result is people without much knowledge, but with a lot of brass.


  4. Daddy permalink*
    January 26, 2012 1:38 am

    Ron Paul?


  5. AussieAlaskan permalink
    January 26, 2012 9:28 am

    Wow!! Love it, Daddy!


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