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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Humor and Politics - or is there a difference?

The laugh of the week came when the United States told Egypt to get cracking and seal its border with Gaza because some of those Palestinians crossing over and going back again might be taking weapons with them.
Those folks in government sure do have a sense of humor, you have to give them credit for that. Here's a nation with somewhere between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens, the vast majority of them having slipped across the border from Mexico, and its telling another country to seal its own border. The laughter is ringing out around the world.
In the wonderful world of politics there has been a bit of name calling this week. Republicans or Democrats, what a sorry lot they are. This is the best a country of nearly 300 million people can come up with as candidates for president? Is it any wonder so many Americans are calling for a third party candidate?
Then there is the proposed tax rebate intended to add life to the economy. So tell me, how big an incentive to rush out and spend will $600 be to someone earning $75,000 a year? For married people that's $1,200 if they earn up to $150,000.
Those jokesters in Washington seem to have overlooked the people skimping by on unemployment compensation and the really poor who survive on food stamps. Average people - and I know very few of them earning those previously mentioned figures - seem to be up to their necks in credit card debt and many are saddled with mortgages made by predatory lenders. A good share of them won't be hurrying out to the market place to spend their rebate.
I don't feel sympathy for those who bought houses they knew were beyond their means or anyone owing $10,000 or even $25,000 to credit card companies. Spending more money than you earn or buying something you can't afford has always been a recipe for disaster. No one held a gun to their heads and forced them to act foolishly. It is possible, although some will deny it, to wait until you have the money in your hand before spending it.


Anonymous Firestone said...

I agree with what you said. What I find interesting is that the people who have been walled-in and break out to escape their prison we want to push them back in. The Berlin wall did the same thing. I sometimes wonder what happened to human rights.
Double standards has become an acceptable practice by this administration.
And now we have another give away program. Our leader gave away all the surplus we had when he took office, ran up the worst debt in history, and now wants to throw "borrowed" money at the problem he created. Incredible!

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