Sunday, March 16, 2008

THE WAR IN IRAQ EXPLAINED...
...in such a way, my "Comic-Book Mentality" can understand...

I tried reading a politically-oriented news article last week, and that was my first mistake. It was an article about Hillary and Obama, who both had to interrupt their various politicking activities to vote on some sort of bill that had something to do with the amount of taxes we're paying now, vs. how much we'll be paying in the future, and the further into the article I got, the more confused I got. I was looking for a SIMPLE, UNDERSTANDABLE explanation of what their votes would mean, and what affect their votes (if those votes were in the majority), would mean for us all. After all, ANY time a Politician does ANYTHING, it affects us all.

In the end, the article 'seemed' to say that if this bill is approved, we'll pay more in the near future so we don't have to pay so much more in the distant future...and that if we don't pay more in the near future, we'll pay much, much more in the distant future. At least, that's what I got out of the article. In life, we make choices, hopefully more 'Good' than 'Bad'. In politics, it seems 'choices' are Disgustingly Awful or Absolutely Rotten. I've long thought that the Government has us where it wants us. All them politicians are in Washington, D.C., and the rest of us aren't, so We Never Really Know What Goes On. (Omigosh, I'm starting to sound like one o' them Wacko-Conspiracy Theorists!)

The War In Iraq? I think the old saying, "No good can come from this" can be applied here. Allegedly, "mission-accomplished" was declared 'how many thousands of days ago'? War Budgets are proposed, War Budgets get overrun, more budgets are proposed, again, costs outweigh predictions, and so on and so forth. Now,I will be the first to admit that I have sort-of a "comic book mentality" when it comes to complicated stuff such as War Budgets. My eyes just glaze over. If this war was actually accomplishing anything, maybe I'd give the War Budget another evaluation. But this war-weary nation is, well, Weary. Maybe that's how government works. It waits for the rest of the nation to get weary, and then the Government can get by with anything 'cos the rest of us are all too punch-drunk to care anymore.

Anyway, a friend sent me a 'forward', and while I usually just toss all my 'forwards' into the recycle bin, the link he sent had the word "Comic" in it. That was all I needed. And here's what he sent. And it makes sense to me...and my comic-book mentality. Helpful hint: Click on the comic below. It enlarges. I'd hate for you to strain your eyes on my account...

Personally, I think the Government oughta give everyone in the nation, (whose income is under $50,000 a year) $20,000 dollars, and then spending the REST on tightening up our borders, enforcing gun laws, bringing down prescription costs and adopting a "FLAT" income tax so everyone pays their fair share of taxes. But that's just me. It all makes "common sense". (A precious commodity in Washington, D.C.)
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In a related issue, I'm paying close to $3.50 a gallon of gas right now. I heard that somewhere in Hawaii, gas is now being sold for over $4.00 a gallon. The $4.00 Threshold Has Been Formally Crossed. Look for price increases at a filling-station near you. Soon, you'll have to re-mortgage your house in order to afford enough gas to put in your lawn mower.

2 Comments:

Blogger Cedar Street Kid said...

Very astute political observations.Yes, return the money to the people.Nice Blog-glaf I found -will be back

6:59 PM  
Blogger Idaho Escapee said...

Hey, "kid", Thanks...well I don't know if being disgusted makes me sound stupid or the other way 'round. As near as I can tell, most politicians are jokers. Except the jokes ain't that funny.

1:36 AM  

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