- March 23, 1775 is the day
Patrick Henry gave his famous
"Give me liberty or give me death"
speech. Listen to the speech and
how it pertains to the health care
bill that was ironically signed on
the same day 230 years later.
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- April 6, 2010 - The Cost of Compassion
Due to the depth of the recession of 2008 unemployment benefits were extended from 26 weeks to as long as 99 weeks. That's only 5 weeks short of two
years. What's happened since then is exactly what you would expect, people are staying unemployed longer than they ever have before.
From the Washington Post:
"Long-term unemployment has reached record levels in this downturn, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In March, about 44.1 percent of the 15 million unemployed people across the country were out of work 27 weeks or more, up from 40.9 percent in February. The previous peak of 26 percent was reached in June 1983. About 20 percent of the people on the unemployment rolls have been out of work a year or longer, economists say."
The thing to take notice of is the previous peak set back in 1983 was only 26 Pct compared to 44.1 Pct now. Making people comfortable in a bad
situation only helps to keep them in that state longer. It may sound cruel to say we shouldn't provide this long term unemployment benefit
which millions of people have been surviving on but the numbers don't lie. Many millions of those people would be better off had that safey net
not been there to fall back on. Where is the urgency to find work and provide for yourself when you can get paid to do nothing for an
additional 18 months?
Ben Franklin said it well:
"Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. "
"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself. "
"I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. "
April 5 - Happy Days are Here Again
April 2 - Of Course We Can Do a Better Job
April 1 - The New Normal
March 31 - Take a Deep Breath
March 30 - Metaphors and Blinking Lights
From The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.