Friday, May 13, 2011

ONE Down

Over the last 2 weeks I've been reading and watching in amazement all the discussion about the death of Osama Bin Laden. In this age of 24 hour news - or rather trying to fill 24 hours with news - it has been quite interesting all the topics, judgments, and stupidity that have come up. My short answer to all this is to just stop and think how you felt the very first minute you heard of his death. In that minute did you question if the procedure was legal, fair, justified etc. In that minute you know what you believe. If you can't remember that minute - try reflecting on the very first minute you saw the planes hit the towers on 9/11. That should clear things up for you nicely.

Now, I would like to give my props out to President Obama on this accomplishment. I want to focus my attention on how this was accomplished. One thing that hasn't been disputed in the news coverage and on-going discussion is the fact that this mission was very carefully planned over months, with contingency plans for any possible outcome, and the mission was executed precisely by our brave soldiers. The important point I want to make is that ONE person was killed in this mission. One. The target. Through careful planning and strategic execution no innocent civilian lives were lost. None.

I think that is a much better approach than "Shock and Awe".

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Blue Tea

The southern part of the United States has been ravaged by record numbers of killer tornadoes that have carved hundreds of miles of unbelievable destruction. As the climate change (that many deny) continues to worsen - these types of deadly storms will become more commonplace - but that is a topic of another discussion. The subject of this article is even more political in nature than climate change.

The states in the southern part of the USA are very red (GOP) Tea Party controlled states. There you will find the ultra conservative republicans whom I have accused of a lack of compassion for those less fortunate and having the attitude that if it isn't happening to me - right now - then it isn't happening. Well, sadly, this particular disaster is happening to them - right now. Many of these unfortunate families have lost everything. Their homes reduced to a pile of unrecognizable rubble and many don't have insurance to cover their loss. My question is what will they do now? Will they accept federal emergency money to help them recover from this disaster or will they refuse federal assistance in the same manner they refused federal infrastructure funds? FEMA is nothing if not a social program. The Tea Party is strongly opposed to federally funded social programs. This would seem a conflict of interest in the Tea Party movement.

There will be no conflict of interest in this case. The unfortunate victims of these tragedies should and will accept federal assistance to help them recover. That's what these programs are designed for and they work. As a tax payer I am more than happy that my tax dollars will help get these people back on their feet - even though it isn't happening to me - right now. I have compassion for those that lost everything in this tragedy. Will the Tea Party remember the victims of the next unfortunate tragedy in the same way when it happens to someone else? Losing your house to unemployment or devastating medical bills is no less tragic than losing it to a deadly storm. Federal programs are designed to help people in need. These programs can be modified and improved to be more efficient and less costly - but we must not terminate them. It is un-American to let those in need suffer without our help.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

That's Just Good Comedy

Once again - I don't usually re-post things that are posted elsewhere - or in this case everywhere, but I just can't resist. This one cracked me up!