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Side notes

Posted by nickxyz on November 26, 2010

As everyone is aware, we had mid-term elections in November.

I still remember the excitement and hype when a new President was elected 2 years ago; all the promises, all the “yes, we can”, everything was to be improved upon and the world (US that is) made into a better place.

Fast forward 2 years: the deficit is staggering, the indebtedness is mind-boggling, the health care reform has had a rough start at the federal level to even get passed, the states are close to revolting and filing law suits preventing the forced adoption at the state level, future generations have received loads of questionable government gifts, i.e. debt, … Anyone purveying a moderate news consumption knows the above listing is merely scratching the surface. Suffice it to say, the People are not happy.

Elections have now taken place: given the overall sentiments that spilled into the elections from the current year, the predictions for significant change in Washington D.C. as a result could almost be considered guarantees. Although, without the proper voting process, one cannot officially call them just that. So, elections are being held, votes tallied and guess what… now, they can be called just that.

The change has indeed been staggering; a strong shift away from the Democrats, towards the Republican spectrum. For good measure, we’ll just omit the internal shift of focus within the Republican party itself for now, and still call it Republican.

Was it because of voter disappointment over the promises and the (awfully executed) delivery of Democratic concepts, or was it more driven by the admittedly bad timing coinciding with the downturn of the economy in the last 2 years? Or was it rather that the Democratic aspirations and actions increased and negatively leveraged the effects of the current economic cycle?

Regardless of the combination of more or less impacting drivers that contributed to the current state of affairs, shouldn’t it be at the core of any government, irrespective of political party makeup, to focus its attention foremost on securing a stable and reliable environment for its People to enjoy their unalienable Rights, that there read “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. The emphasis, as is in the famous document from which the previous was quoted, is on the term environment. Otherwise also known as framework or foundation.

But that is it… nothing further. No thank you. The greatest experiment of modern times, or the New World, is predicated on the puritan spirit of entrepreneurship, free pursuit of believes, realizing one’s own dream in one’s own endeavors, actions and work.

It is not predicated on the government holding hands and singing songs around the camp fire, shielding its People from the oh so awful consequences of free market capitalism, forcing its People to behave and live in a pre-defined world, nicely packaged by the indenture of its future children. Attempting to modify the Bill of Rights and take away the self-governing and self defending provisions, because the omnipotent government is here to protect us all. Nicely evidenced (only one example) by the recent increase in “government foiled planned terror acts” on US soil. Is that admitting that TSA and the body scanners are not working? I am digressing…

Rather than free printing mountains of money, eroding the strength of the dollar abroad, thereby increasing the export volume to the US of trading partners (didn’t you love the sincere attempt to convince the G-20 to institute a maximum on their exports to the US????), creating additional government sponsored Czar agencies that provide absolutely no value, interfering with the economic cycles in artificially preventing unviable businesses from expiring (yes, I am talking car manufacturing bailouts, among others), attempting to push for a Green Agenda, which in its execution is nothing short of abysmal (the Kyoto concept, albeit not a perfect solution either, was not even being considered), while energy consumption and pollution levels continue to be sky-high and alternative energy research is more effective (and not government sponsored, or shall I say hindered) in the private sector and a lot faster to produce promising first (not perfect or yet viable) approaches; let’s not even touch the education aspect for future economic competitiveness within this context … we could keep going for quite a while longer, but I think the main points have been made.

While some problems are inherently systemic to most government, the Democratic (or rather social(istic)) inspired approach of the current administration, has successfully brought all of theses issues into the public limelight, exacerbating most of them significantly and thereby incited a political awareness and involvement within its People at previously unknown levels. It almost could be interpreted as if the original spirits of the founding fathers are shining through loud and clear and vowing to come back to take care of business.

To say the least: interesting times. Let’s hope they lead to fruitful (non-violent) and productive re-orienting.

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Thanksgiving 2010

Posted by nickxyz on November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all the faithful readers out there!

Hosted friends for the very first time for T-day. Now, I really have come to fully appreciate the opportunity to just “go to eat turkey” somewhere else. The emphasis being on somewhere else 🙂

Don’t get me wrong, loved every single second of our friends being over. However, the preparation work, both environment and food, is staggering. Granted, the better half has expertly taken over the entire food aspect from start to finish, while I occupied myself with getting the house into a somewhat presentable condition…. you catch my drift there. Our little daredevil tried to help out by repeatedly pulling all of the toys I had just put away back out from the shelves and bins. Well thought and well-meant, just not very conducive to the overall progress, I must admit. Carpet had just been vacuumed, when the little one decided to wipe his snack crumbs off of his table and onto the carpet. Dog bowls had just been replenished, when he was convinced I hadn’t put enough water into the bowl; so he added more and it conveniently spilled out onto the tile. Hey, I had planned to mop the tile anyway (again), it makes for shinier floors.

By the time our friends arrived, the house had almost entirely been rendered back into its usual state of chaos. It almost appears as if it has a mind of its own and refuses to let go of the “patina of daily life”.

After a great meal all around, we watched the Detroit Lions against New England Patriots – obligatory Thanksgiving football event. Did some napping in between, followed by yet another round of food: Pumpkin pie was entirely obliterated.

Great day, good times and lots to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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