Saturday, September 18, 2010

Grass Roots . . . with Fertilizer

It appears that at least some of the Tea Party grass roots organizations are really not so grass roots. Rather, they are functioning on high-priced fertilizer by being backed by major political organizations. It's more like artificial turf than grass. It appears that the Tea Party Express, for example, is really backed by a major political PAC. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure that many of the people who identify with this group truly believe in the radically conservative ideas proposed by the group. But, it's a bit like the Wizard of Oz -- "ignore the man behind the curtain".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm the most extreme . . .

I'm the most conservative/liberal/. . .

A mantra heard mostly from the conservative end of the spectrum. But why? Why don't we here more "I'm more moderatr and can work with the other side to actually govern the U.S." Our government has become frozen and entirely ineffective by the extreme positions of our elected officials and their staunch refusal to compromise.

Perhaps we need to narrow the mesa so, as politicians move ever more to the extreme ends, they fall off the cliff and we are left with moderates who can compromise and actually govern to the benefit of all.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wackos in the News

This week, the pastor of a very small congregation (50 members) with radical views monopolized the news -- to the point where the President of the U.S. commented about him. Are the fringe radicals in society overtaking the majority of those of us in the middle through the sensationalism of the media? I don't think this, or any other fringe element should get the amount of attention that this crackpot got. Add to this the amount of interest generated in other radical elements and the influence of someone who should be ignored is magnified to be significant. I guess you can't sure stupid.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Work . . .

A shout out to all who labor on this Labor Day. Here in the US, it's rough for the 9+ percent who want to work, but can't find it and those who are working, but must face furloughs and other reductions in their income. Even those of us who have jobs are facing uncertainty in the current situation. Labor Day in the US has been around since the late 1800's (history), a creation of the labor movement to honor those who work for a living. Enjoy your day and pray for better times for all of us who labor.

Friday, September 3, 2010

$65 Per Vote . . .

Meg Whitman bought the Republican nomination for the governor of California with a wad of her own money amounting to $65+ per vote she received. She claims that this makes her independent of special interests. I contend that she IS a special interest -- rich people. It's sad that the vote cost that much in a fight between the rich. Gerry Brown, running unopposed for the Democratic nomination spent 38-CENTS for each vote. More in my price range.