Thursday, March 10, 2011


A number of things have got me thinking lately about the important things in life. The case of the Wisconsin politicians who fled to Illinois and the reasons they gave for doing so particularly struck me as to why this country is in the shape that it's in.

There are so many things people nowadays think we can't get along without. Computers, air conditioning, cable TV, and social welfare programs. Huh? How does that last one fit in?

Simple. My grandmother turned 100 last year. She sat at the table and reminisced about a few things, and after she'd retired for the evening her kids and grandkids sat around and talked about all the changes she'd seen in her lifetime.

When she was a kid, there was no welfare. Sure, there were soup kitchens and charities if you needed help, but mostly, if you didn't work, you didn't eat. Conversely, if you needed to eat, you could find work, it might not pay well, it might be hard work, but if you really wanted to work and eat, there was always a way. Sometimes you had to leave home and go where the work was, but it was there.

Nowadays, you go on unemployment and stay on it until you find the 'right' job. I know, because I've done it. If you don't find the 'right' job, unemployment might be extended. Or, if you're a young, pregnant mother, you can go on welfare.

Healthcare? That's a recent entitlement. It didn't exist back in Grandma's time. Of course, neither did heart transplants. Back then, if you didn't take care of yourself, or if you contracted a fatal disease, you died. Of course, most folks were too busy working for a living and cooking real food to turn into the overweight slobs most of us are (and you all know I'm overweight - although I am in better shape than my shape would lead you to believe).

Then there's our schools. We spend more and more money, and our kids get less and less education. Clearly, education and money are not linked. Think I'm wrong? Check out this link to an 8th grade exam from 1895:

Now, how many computers did those kids in 1895 have? None. How many teachers? Usually one teacher taught several grades, and the older kids helped teach the younger ones. There was no teachers union, no Dept of Education, and if your kid got out of line, he got punished. He also got a quality education.

Now, why is it that kids learned so much more back then with so much less? Then tell me how cutting school budgets will hurt our children's education. Sorry, I'm not buying it. Teachers teach kids, money doesn't.

Just as you and I learn to spend our money more wisely when we have less of it, our government needs to do the same.

What is more important to you, having a fancy, late-model car, or having health insurance? Having cable TV, or an IRA? Spending money on fast-food, or sitting down at home for a healthy, less expensive, home-cooked meal with your family?

If we'd all get our heads out of our arses, and force our government to spend money responsibly, and ONLY on the things it is Constitutionally mandated to, we'd all have more money because we'd be paying fewer taxes, and we could pay for our own benefits instead of paying out the butt and holding other taxpayers essentially at gunpoint (IRS agents can carry guns now, you know!) and forcing them to pay for us.

There are very, very few things that the government can do better than individual Americans can.

So, those politicians from Wisconsin claim that budget cuts will kill the economy, ruin education, and prevent people from getting healthcare. Is this really true? Or will it simply force people to start acting in their own self-interest, which is what they should have been doing all along?


Lilac Haven said...

I nominate Jan for President!

Jan said...

Thanks, Annette! ;)