Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Extrapolating On "Worse Than Vietnam"

There was an excellent article in the New York Times this morning by Robert Wright called "Worse Than Vietnam", which compared effects and consequences of both the Afghanistan and Vietnam wars. Hence the title, he said that the war the United States is waging in Afghanistan is worse than the war in Vietnam on all counts.

He said the war in Afghanistan is costing 100 Billion dollars a year...my mathematical brain kicked in and when the math was complete...one week is costing $1,923,076,800.00...one day is costing $274,725,200.00...each and every hour of a 24 hour period is costing $ll,416,666.00! Yes, I said eleven million, four hundred and sixteen thousand, six hundred sixty-six dollars an hour. If that doesn't make you sputter to life and start realizing why our country is too broke to help it's own citizens instead of screwing up Afghanistan, well, I can't imagine what would! This doesn't even take into account the broken lives of our military troops, those young men and women we employ to fight our stupid wars. Nor does it take into account the fact that our own country is going down the tubes because of the policies of our government!

The amount spent on one hour worth of destruction in Afghanistan could surely be put to much better use in your town or mine. Eleven million dollars plus would fill a whole bunch of potholes or feed a lot of unemployed people. However, according to the Republicans,(and some fake Democrats) we must cut the federal government deficit and keep unemployment at record high levels so that the rich can keep their Bush tax cuts! Duh! Most of our elected officials are getting the Bush tax cuts, rich people take care of their own!

Don't you think the time has come for all of us to tell the government that we are sick to death of squandering taxpayer dollars on death and destruction in other countries and start to rebuild our own? Think of what 100 Billion dollars worth of new factories could do here in America, then call and write to your elected officials and tell them enough is enough! War is such a lousy investment...we can do much better than this!

Instead of falling for the day after Thanksgiving Sales pitch, get out there and tell our government that we want our money to be spent on our own population, creating jobs and a decent life for anyone willing to work for it. Much better investment strategy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Magpies And Hyenas

Have you ever seen one of those nature films where a bunch of wild hyenas are ripping apart some carrion, killed by someone else? Or to put it in vernacular easily understood by us Wyoming natives...a couple of magpies fighting over a tasty bit of roadkill? Well then, welcome to politics in the United States!

Watching the media and reading the newspapers following the mid-term elections has been like being in the middle of one of these feeding frenzies. I must admit though, I admire the manners of the wild beasts and birds much more than those of their human counterparts, the Democrats and Republicans...at least they are just trying to survive!

Both national political parties are out of control...hard to pick which one is the most disgusting. The electorate has been taken for granted by them both, although the Dems at least have a few good things going for them. The Republicans are going to have to come up with some other strategy besides NO if they want to continue in office. In fact, the President should make them state exactly what their plans and ideas are. I'll venture to say that this novel idea will either make or break the stranglehold they now have on anything resembling truth in governing! It's way easy to throw stones if you are in a gravel pit, not so easy on a paved highway or newly constructed school that you voted against.

In one of my posts, not too long after President Obama was elected, I remember telling him that he needed to put on his mean face and show the opposing party who the president was. I'm still waiting...good thing I didn't hold my breath! Joking aside, there have been a few good things coming out of the Obama White House, and there is a lot more that could be done, he just needs to understand that he has to lead the march towards a more progressive country.

Jobs should be the first priority...people don't feel good when they are un or underemployed. When a person has the means to house and feed their family and themselves, then they're happy to become involved in governing. You don't find many politically active people in a soup kitchen, survival is uppermost in their minds!

Have you ever noticed, that when politicians want to balance the federal budget, they never say anything about fighting two wars, or the pay congressmen/women and senators receive? No, it's cut Social Security, or education, or some other program which the general public depend on. It's up to us to help these hyenas and magpies change their priorities. Speak up...write a letter to the president...or to your local paper...protest! If we are not communicating our needs and wants to them, how will they ever know them?

Damn, I miss the 1960's!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Make Sure You Vote Tomorrow

I know, it seems like everyone is always pissed off about something these days! However, if you don't vote, you lose your privilege to bitch, that's just the way it is!
I will celebrate my 67th birthday later in the week, and I have voted in every election since I turned 21 years of age. That's 46 years of voting. Of course, sometimes we are disappointed in the outcome of the elections, that's also just the way it is! Life brings disappointments as well as joy, otherwise how would we know the difference?
So, promise me you won't give up your right to bitch willingly...vote and together we will bring our country back to what we want it to be! Live long, love hard, and VOTE!