Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown

   So, here we go again. Is it just me or is there anyone else out there that despises our current crop of representatives as much as I do?

   Or am I some aging goofball railing at windmills?

   This time the shutdown is supposedly over the Healthcare reform bill (or Obamacare if you prefer) but it isn’t. Nor is the sequester or a number of the other so-called moral issues that our representatives are so bravely fighting for (or against, it doesn’t matter)
What actually is happening is that two very powerful and well financed groups are fighting to gain complete control of the government so they can institute policies that benefit themselves and their allies and in the process destroy what was once called “The Loyal Opposition.”

   And if you think I’m just some radical nut job who can’t see the big picture may I suggest you take a gander at this article published by Forbes magazine (a conservative bastion of financial council)  http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

   In it they question why Homeland Security purchased over a billion rounds of ammunition and armored assault vehicles when their supposed job is to protect us from terrorist attacks, not invading armies (we have our own military for that).
Maybe you should question this too and like me, become a little concerned.

   Just so you know where I’m coming from, let me lay my political cards on the table. I support Obamacare (yeah I said it) not for political reasons but for very logical ones. In the early 20th century there was a disease called the Spanish flu that killed millions of people. Most people don’t know that it was the Bubonic plague that ended the Roman Empire by ravaging their armies and leaving them defenseless against the ‘Barbarians at the Gate”.

   In the future it only stands to reason that without national healthcare only the rich would be able to pay for life saving medications or vaccines while the middle class and the poor would likely die off.

   And if you’re a proponent of survival of the fittest think about this. If the middle-class and poor die off, who’s going to plant and harvest food? Who will fix power lines? Run sewage treatment plants, power plants, defend our borders, uphold the law, etc.

   You get the point.

   The necessity would be to distribute the vaccine or meds, not only to those who can afford them but to those who are absolutely essential to the continuance of our civilization.

   That’s basic math folks, no need for political debates or intellectual diatribes.

   Before I make my next suggestion let me also place my economic cards on the table. I am a small businessman with a small publishing company.  It’s important that government stay out of the way of small business development as its hard enough to do without some government drone, who’s never run a business, telling you how to run yours.   

   That being said I believe we should nationalize the oil companies or at the very least prevent oil that is pumped out of American soil from being sold overseas.

   And no, I am not a socialist nut. I’m a big believer in the free enterprise system however, if our oil supply from the middle-east is cut off, our national security would be in serious danger. Our economy would collapse and there would be food riots because of the inability to transport product.

   The point is we HAVE NO BACKUP PLAN. Other than of course, Homeland Security shooting us as we try to get food for our families.

   I’ve said this in previous posts but its worth repeating. Don’t vote for either a Republican or Democrat in the 2014 elections. And yes I am aware that your representative is not like all the rest. Everybody says that but if it were true why is Congress’ approval rating at 17%? And why has the government shut down? How on Earth does that benefit the American people?

   Come the next elections vote for the independent candidate regardless of who they are. Tea party-socialist-green party-ultra conservative-right to life-pro-choice-ultra-liberal, whatever. It doesn’t matter, at least we will show those in Washington that when they no longer work for the benefit of the American people they lose their jobs.

   And if there isn’t an independent candidate running in your area, then you need to become that candidate, because even though I don’t know you or have any idea what your political views are, if you are a fellow American who would do his or her best for the benefit of the people, then I will vote for you.