A note from my brother Daniel:
I’ve been selected as a finalist in Backroads photo contest. 27 finalists from 5,000 entries, so I am honored. If you click on the attached link (or cut and paste it) and vote for my photo, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $200 Patagonia gift card. My photo is in the middle of the fourth row.
Yes, I hate this theme too, but change is coming to all of my social media platforms. Change is good, and will offer others help properly navigating the world we live in with so many vast possibilities.
So, today all the buzz it about Chris Christie. Did he know and orchestrate the traffic-gate scandal, or was he an innocent victim of a staff gone wild. Personally I am losing interest in this more and more every hour of the day. I find it hard to believe that any staff member of Christie’s would do anything as brazen and public as tying up traffic on one of the busiest bridges in the world without Christie knowing about it. He did put on a good show, he was very convincing. I haven’t made up my mind 100%, but like I said, I can’t imagine anyone on his staff risking his wrath if he wasn’t on board. Ok, now that that is somewhat over with there are much more important things to discuss. As always there is the staggering amount of longterm unemployed who aren’t counted or given any help. The recent uproar of UI is about currently the current people who are seeking unemployment insurance. The millions upon millions who have been unable to find a job and no longer qualify for UI aren’t counted. According to the BLS site they have no way of knowing how many people, and what percentage of people, are unemployed. This is because they can only track the people who are currently receiving UI. The official estimate of longterm unemployed is (and has been for 4 years) 4 million people; my guess, more like 20 million. The official unemployment rate is at 7%, my guess is closer to 20%.
But, enough of reality that normal people suffer through and let’s think about what’s to come. What is to come? Will we as a Country invest in ourselves for a better future? To remain the leaders of the free world. Or, will we make short sighted decisions that restrict education, people’s ability to find a job. Right now much of the world is ahead of us; unthinkable 50 years ago. But we always went for the quick fix. Nah, don’t invest in new technology for air, train and auto travel let’s have tax cuts instead. I remember my Father used to be really into the interstate super highway system. I didn’t really realize until I was an adult that his interest came from the fact it happened in his lifetime. Ike made it possible. We need a new leader like Ike, like JFK, to inspire generations to come. The Internet itself came from JFK challenge to put a man on the moon. And look at the trillions of dollars that has created. We need to start reinvesting again so America doesn’t slip closer to a third world Country.
What’s the lesson here? Today everyone is focused on Chris Christie and traffic on a bridge. Who is focused on the future growth of our Country? There has to be someone more than just me.
So many things going on in the world; let’s start with Iraq. It’s almost heartbreaking to see the Iraqi city of Fallujah fall into the control of al Qaeda. I remember all of the American lives that were lost there, the horrific things reported on the news. But, we finally took control and ushered in peace. Now I am sure there are plenty of people chomping at the bitt to blame president Obama for this. Since, after all he left no troops in Iraq. Common sense would tell you the small amount of troops that would have been left would not have been able to contain this kind of violence. My question is, where would we be today if we had left Saddam in power? Would all of this bloodshed be going on? Would Iran have so much influence? Yes we all know the evils of Saddam and his 2 sons, but was he keeping Iraq in better shape than without him? Obviously there is no way to know the answer to this question. I personally don’t understand why the whole region just doesn’t grow up and get over themselves. The Sunni and Shia have been bitter enemies for thousands of year. Why? Work it out. And, this conflict is what is going on in the entire region, Syria; the Saudi’s turning against the U.S. Then of course you throw in Israel and every one of them hates the Jews and won’t acknowledge the Jewish state.
It’s a shame there is so much hate in this world. My not being religious makes it ironic that I completely agree with the Pope. Focus on the needy. Stop making this world such a hateful place. Stop focusing on abortion and gay people and focus on those in need. To me this is what religion should be. But since it’s mostly the exact opposite it holds no interest for me.
I find it a bit ironic that there is an article in the Washington Post about how American style Burger Joints are all the rage in Tehran. I have read for years that the Iranian people are extremely similar to the American people. It’s a catastrophe that the leaders of the 2 countries don’t work their differences out. Iran could actually be our biggest ally in the Middle East, aside from Israel. I don’t see an Obama doctrine in here anywhere.
Other thoughts going on. So, pot is legal in Colorado. BFD. I have said before I don’t think anyone who has pot should be jailed criminalized or have any law enforcement wasting time on this issue. Having it legal is a good thing, it can be regulated and taxed and that income could be used for many purposes. When I say regulated I am talking about having it authenticated and approved. When I was in high school they used to try to scare us from smoking pot by saying it might be laced with PCP. I know pot is not good for developing minds (up to 21 or so) but legal or not kids who want it will find it and smoke it. So, its legality is almost irrelevant for kids.
Let’s see, what else is on my mind that I can comment on before signing off? ObamaCare? Talk about losing total faith in something. It’s not just the way it was rolled out, the glitches, no one, including doctors knows what to do about it. I say Single Payer. Insurance and jobs should not be connected at all.
As always thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts. And let me know how you like today’s blog theme as it might change tomorrow!
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