Decade Later

NINE ELEVEN…….The first was 2001, now it’s 2011, a decade later.  America will never forget.  Every media outlet pounces on the date and shakes it in our faces like a cat celebrating with its latest kill.  How can we forget?

The media concentrates on stories of brave survivors or remembrances of the lost.  Occasionally there is mention of the feeling of unity in the homeland.  After the disputed presidential election of 2000, the terrorist attack that brought down the iconic towers that symbolized America’s power united the country as no other event since the assassination of John F Kennedy.  Just about every citizen was wrapped in Old Glory and supportive of the federal government.

Viewing the events of the past decade, the argument can be made that our patriotism and faith were betrayed by those in power.  A senseless war; a devastated economy; the abominations suffered by air travelers in the name of security; the erosion of constitutional rights to privacy and due process; a country so divided and partisan that it no longer appears capable of governing itself— these are the fruits of 9/11.  One could argue that in fact the terrorists accomplished their objective—the US is very changed as a result of their attack and the change is not positive.

On this decadal anniversary, given the problems facing this nation, a return to the attitudes of cooperation and caring which followed the collapse of the towers would serve the country far better than the replaying of the tragic videos and the inane commentary of cable news anchors.  The American people and their leaders need to demonstrate that our values are superior to those of the perpetrators of the horrors of nine-eleven-two-thousand-one.

 

  

Budge-it???????

So Congress has done it’s constitutional duty and proposed a budget.  And, as politicians will do, they’ve totally slammed the people that brought them to the dance.

Remember the Tea Party rallies before the 2010 mid-term elections????  Signs like these were very much in evidence:

So what’s one of the biggest cost controls in the new Republican budget—–you guessed it:  Medicare vouchers and limits. But don’t take my word for this—read the proposal yourself at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/04/06/us/politics/06budget-doc.html  Even the Economist, hardly a pawn of the left-wing media, believes the games over the budget and shutdown should stop: http://www.economist.com/node/18485975?story_id=18485975.
Now, people like Rand Paul may have a point when they say government should shrink.  But if Mr. Paul has toilet issues, it shouldn’t surprise anyone because he spews enough b.s. to jam the New York City sewage treatment plant.  Time for some real cost cutting—–if Congress forces a shut-down, then all of its members should get their pink slips on the way out of town.  No work, no pay—just like in real life.  And what if we cut 10% from the military budget—-wouldn’t hurt our troops but would save a lot more in this fiscal year than the cuts enacted so far as well as cutting the size of government………….Just throwing out the ideas.  They make no less sense than what our elected representatives have come up with………..