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Saturday, October 1, 2011

In the days of the Roman Empire, emperors kept the voters happy by providing them with "bread and circus". They put gladiators, lions and even Christians in the arena to fight to the death. They called this sport!

In modern times, politicians put themselves in the arena with their competitors, in a race to see who becomes the President of the United States. Their weapons are speeches, debates, TV commercials, and articles in the press. Their barbs are verbal ones, but they can kill a candidacy just as quickly as a sword could lop off the head of a gladiator in Ancient Rome.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It has been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks and I am still angry. Watching the coverage last weekend made me realize that we used the wrong approach in dealing with the mass murderers and those that supported them.

We were very careful, almost apologetic, in our handling of the situation. The fact that we emphasized that it was an act of terrorism by 19 people who happen to be Muslims definitely understated the true nature of the attacks.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hurricane Irene last week was the vindication of our disaster preparedness efforts! Since we moved into our current house five years ago, we focused on self-sufficiency. We created a garden and started growing our own food. We learned how to can and preserve our vegetables as well as locally grown fruit. Last year, we installed solar power with the capability to be on or off the grid. Several people questioned my sanity as they felt I was overdoing my disaster preparedness. I have to admit that I went overboard with the solar power.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Normally, unemployment decreases during the summer. State and federally funded infrastructure projects account for many fair weather jobs. This year, despite pumping over $1 trillion into the economy, unemployment remains high. The so-called stimulus did nothing to improve our economic situation. I agree with the politicians when they say that pumping money into the economy may have preserved some jobs. Where I differ is that government stimulus jobs have not created the multiplier effect, which leads to greater employment.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

When the Dream Act failed to pass the Congress, the President lost a key pillar in his "road to citizenship" plan to legalize "undocumented aliens".

Having failed in law, the Obama administration, through Janet Napolitano (a.k.a. Big Sis) has issued a directive that the administration will review all cases of illegal immigrants slated for deportation. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform this new policy is "blanket amnesty".

Saturday, August 20, 2011

In times like these, one never knows when disaster will strike. The riots in the United Kingdom and Europe came as a complete surprise.

Over the last 30 years, Europe has created a welfare class that has free or subsidized housing and food. Welfare recipients live well, buy cigarettes and alcohol and even go to football matches while on the dole.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This week I noticed that the attitude of the American people has changed from slightly optimistic to one of pessimism. When I spoke to some people about the economy, I found that they are actually angry! Unemployment is too high; the deficit is growing faster than a speeding bullet; and our debt appears to be insurmountable. The stock market started downward last week and continued its negative spiral on Monday. The President announced he would make a speech designed to quell the market's fears about Standard and Poor's downgrading of the U.S. debt. His speech was a dismal failure.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Conservative Americans from all walks of life awoke two years ago when our government proposed excessive tax increases. We were Taxed Enough Already and banded together to form the Tea Party movement. In an unprecedented display of patriotism, we marched on Washington and followed up with letters, e-mails and faxes to our congressmen and women. We had an effect and our politicians are still smarting from the confrontation with a knowledgeable electorate!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Do you remember how happy you where when you got your first job? I was ecstatic! I also remember my first paycheck. I was upset by the deductions from my gross pay, and was told that some of these deductions were for my benefit. Unemployment Insurance will pay me benefits should I lose my job. Social Security will ensure that I have a good life in my old age. Federal, state and local taxes provide me with many government services including paved roads, protection from bad guys at home and abroad, and a safety net in case of national disasters. Let's get real!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My hat goes off to the Tea Party movement. In the last two years, conservatives have banded together in an effort to save our country.

The constant left wing attacks on our form of government and the Constitution met with little resistance until the Tea Party patriots organized themselves into a vibrant political but non-partisan force. Many of us have marched on Washington two or three times to let our politicians know our feelings on Big Government.