Yay! It's show and tell time in America's politics. Between the debating and the sexting, I'm not sure which disgusts me more. I just have a few questions.
First of all, if you dump a man in an eight year old pile of manure and he digs out of four years worth in three years, how can you blame him for not getting rid of the whole pile? Is it possible to campaign without focusing on trashing ones opponent?
How will deepening the chasm between the haves and have-nots improve America? Will decreasing taxes for the wealthy really create jobs? How does that work again? And what about making sure that only the haves get health care? Just exactly how does that keep America great? And what about the commercials that talk about how increasing taxes on fossil fuel will just devastate the economy? Huh?
And guess what? I have some answers.
It seems to me that anything that pushes us to use sustainable energy is a good idea. Let's give companies that create clean, renewable energy a tax break. Let's stop pretending that blowing the tops off mountains for coal and forcing chemicals into the planet to squeeze out some natural gas are good ideas. Any second grader can tell you that they're horrible ideas.
A country full of healthy people is always stronger than a country two-thirds full of healthy people. That's just common sense. So let's make health care for everyone a priority.
And instead of pretending that we are the world's police force and that we know best how other cultures should run their countries, why don't we bring our well-trained military home and put them to work here. We've got plenty for them to do. Our bridges are falling down. Our roads, electricity grid, and sewage systems need lots of fixing. We have hurricanes, we have tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes. We could send some Navy Seals into crime-ridden urban neighborhoods and get rid of gangs that poison lives. Put some U.S. Army drill sergeants in charge of physical education in our public schools and we'd not have to worry about childhood obesity.
The way I see it, if we stopped spending gazillions of dollars and the lives of our troops on blowing up countries and then paying to rebuild them, we could just have our troops rebuild our country. It would be much less dangerous for them and much less expensive. We could still have the best military defense in the world without having the biggest, most costly offense in the world.
If we want to save money on Social Security, let's start by finding the people who get disability income who actually just don't know how or don't want to work. There's another job for our military. Let them investigate that. I don't think someone should get their "gubment check" just cause their daddy did. Those scammers make me especially crazy when I learn of someone who really can't work, but can't seem to get disability income.
And why pay to jail non-violent criminals? Whom does it help when we put deadbeat dads in jail? Make the suckers work! They should be picking up garbage and recycling or patching pot holes or detassling seed corn with the money going to their children and paying their way, while they live in dorms that need few guards.
Speaking of non-violent criminals, have you ever thought that the only reason organized crime is into drugs is because drugs are criminal? If we spent money on detox and treatment instead of prison, I think our money would be better spent. Let's save incarceration for the really nasty people. God knows there are enough of them. Of course if they burglarize or mug to buy drugs, then they are nasty criminals who need to be incarcerated.
And while we're on the topic of drugs, I'm subject to random drug tests at work. That makes sense to me. I think everyone should be. Including people who collect any sort of income that comes from tax dollars. If you are spending your disability or SSI check (aka my tax dollars) on drugs, I think your check should be immediately stopped. Talk about savings!
The way it is now, if someone has been in prison for 10 years or more, they are probably broken when they are released regardless of what they were incarcerated for. If we worried less about making the experience miserable and more about kicking their behinds to learn how to live on the outside, perhaps we'd have fewer offenders. That would save a bundle and leave room in the nasty prisons for people who are truly wicked.
I think our government has a lot to do. Why on earth do they waste time on worrying about who marries whom or someone smoking an occasional joint or even the sexual escapades of politicians? If my plumber does a good job on Monday and leaves my house better than it was, I'll happily pay her and hire her again when I need her, even if she if she gets stupid and smokes pot and sexts strangers on Saturday. But these days finding a good, honest plumber or politician is getting more rare than hen's teeth.