Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I'm undecided about principals. 

It's good to have things you believe in, but it's bad to get so stuck to them that you can't change.

With all the talk of Romney being a flip-flopper I think that I'd rather have a flip-flopper who listens to what the people want and how they feel (something that can change) than someone like Santorum.  Principals are nice but I think you can stick to them without casting yourself in concrete.  Times do change.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I don't care for tax time anymore than anybody else.  As someone who was blessed with intelligent parents who were able to save and provide for me I can not complain about paying my share of the bills for our community -local, state and federal.  As a Christian I must obey Christ who told us to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's.

As the owner of what the bible might have referred to as Talents I also feel responsible to tend to my resources.    Letting one's resources lie fallow isn't responsible it oneself, one's family or one's community.

For this reason I had some thoughts of my own to Lisa's thoughts about taxes  It's not fine to wave your hands, take your receipts to the accountant, pay your bill and leave it at that.

 As a member of the capitalist class you must let your voice be heard.  To allow those in control to squander the capital of our country is to be undeserving of your gifts.  

Tax time is a time to remember that each individual counts.  It's not just writing a check and being done with it.  It's listening to the drivel in the political scene, it's supporting leaders who will guide our country to a future that our children will live in. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Game Change

Last night we watched the movie "Game Change." 

The book was hyped on a podcast I listen to and I got hooked so I"d read the book.

As usual the book was a superior tale.  The best part of the book detailed the Obama-Clinton battle during the Democratic primaries.  The movie cut that out and focused on the McCain-Palin duo.  Duo isn't a good word because McCain was mostly a bit player.  The story was really about Palin and the people that picked and attempted to manage her.

History and current events don't seem to have been a strong point for Governor Palin, something her handlers discovered after she was picked.  However she was a decent public speaker and seems to have had no trouble remembering speeches.  If she was fed questions and answers she appeared to be capable of reciting them back convincingly. She wasn't too interested in the big picture of events, which wasn't surprising given that history/current events were her strong suites.  She had trouble naming a newspaper she read.  When asked to name a Supreme Court case Wade vs Roe didn't pop to her lips, strange for a pro-life politician. 

When her managers quit trying to get her to understand events and gave her scripted question answers she did well enough on stage.  It just took them awhile to figure that out.

I don't believe that Sarah Palin was the reason McCain didn't win the election.  He didn't preform well during the financial crisis of 2007 and Obama had a huge MoJo.  Still it was disheartening to see someone running for office with so little insight into the world.  Sadly I don't think that's unusual.