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Musings from the lawn chair


Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I don't like my federal government - the Administration, Congress, the whole shooting match - they just don't seem to share my values. The larger the resources available to them to play with, the less I trust them with how they'll use them. Three trillion dollars [budget] is a lot of Benjamins [$100 bills] and plenty of reason not to trust them spending it.

The federal government taxes the money I earn and spends it on a lot of things I don't approve of, like war and pork barrel projects and bailouts for the big guys - from banks to airlines to Fannie Maes and Freddie Macs. And every tax credit for the ultra rich means that a larger proportion of my money will go to pay for things I don't approve of. They say it is for the common good, but I still don't have to like it.

• Using Pat Robertson-speak, is the dismal economy God's way of telling us that He doesn't like how we're running our country?

• When you spend $10 billion a month on a war we never should have been in in the first place it is easy to see why there is a deficit and the dollar isn't worth spit against the Euro, or ah, [cue up the embarrassment] the Canadian Dollar. Oh, and how about that deficit, expected at $450 billion, good old Georgie's gonna leave our kids. You're doing a hellava job, Dubya.

• Who's the angry white guy running for president? I kind of like John McCain but, please, someone tell him to smile. Based on his ads, it seems his campaign motto is "Four more years of war." And whether the surge is working is irrelevant, it's the after-surge that is important. Besides Al Quaida has moved to Kabul. Oh, and tell McCain to remember the 1992 election slogan - "it's the economy, stupid."

• T. Boone Pickens, entrepreneur billionaire and political conservative who funded the Swift Boat campaign attack on Carey, says the U.S. can't drill it's way out of our oil addiction (sorry, McCain). He agrees with Al Gore that we need an energy revolution in this country that moves toward renewables and fuel efficient transportation.

• The state government never seems to want to spend enough of their money on things I want them to, like roads and bridges and education and other government services. How about Highway 52 from Fountain to Rochester? I saw a pothole the other day that was the beginning of an entire new cave system. Maybe if we name things after politicians - like the Tim Pawlenty Highway 52 Cave State Park, or the Ca .....
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Word Play

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Words are fun. Words are powerful. I love them. I wish I could roll around in a field of them and chew the sweetest and stomp on the ugly ones. I'm no linguist, plain old Midwest English is the best I can handle and I have been accused of sounding l ..... 
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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmor ..... 
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Time to take a break from the political reality show

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that the presidential primary contests have ended, enthusiasm for the real Presidential race seems to have dissipated. At least it has for me.

Initially, both Democratic and Republicans primary races were filled with a special drama tha ..... 
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FairTax Bill offers positive change

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Upon telling folks about the FairTax bill, they frequently say, "It'll never happen." This has been the common reaction to every big idea ever proposed in the history of man. If the FairTax plan is such a great idea, if it is much needed, then why w ..... 
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Let them eat cake

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the late 50's when I went on leave from an active duty post in Virginia I brought home a young man who had never been more than about 50 miles inside tidewater on the east coast He was born, I think, in Massachusetts and grew up in New York State ..... 
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Strawberry Fields Forever

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The classes of 1968 will be meeting for 40 year reunions this summer. It would be a good time to be a caterer or a DJ with a great collection of classic rock, because there were a lot of us and we still eat and dance. We may well be seeing football ..... 
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Blame is not the solution to the oil problem

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
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It is human nature to assign blame when confronted with painful realities. That is the case with four dollar per gallon gasoline. President Bush blamed environmentalists and, of course, the Democrats. In a transparent pander to the oil companies he ..... 
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Gifts that really give

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
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Look around your house. Is yours, like mine, full of things you really don't need, or never use? How many of these things were gifts - gifts of love, perhaps - but things you could get rid of and not miss? It is high time that I weeded out. How abou ..... 
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