Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Random Thoughts

* There's been a lot of talk about the growing disparity between the rich and the poor...but I haven't seen anyone analyze the impact an aging population has on this 'disparity.' Older people tend to have more 'wealth' than younger ones - and with an aging population, it seems logical to have such disparity. Is it possible that no one has examined this because it wouldn't fit into a political agenda?

* When I attended college, the emphasis was on getting a job to help pay for my tuition, books, etc. Today, it seems like the emphasis is on getting college loans so you don't have to work while going to school. If this is really the case, are we doing a disservice to our students?

* Congress has passed a $2.9 TRILLION budget that they say does NOT include any tax hikes. But, if you let tax cuts expire, you're still raising taxes - how is that NOT a tax hike? And, by bringing forth the immigration/amnesty bill, they've actually relegated their budget to the back pages...

* The House approved the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act 288-133. The Act not only recognizes the suffering and loyalty of Guam during World War II, but it authorizes reparations for the descendants of those killed by the Japanese. Why are United States citizens, through their tax dollars, paying for people killed by the Japanese????

* Congrats to Kansas, the first state in the nation to adopt a “Google Government” database that will allow citizens to see all state expenditures. “Show Me the Spending” organization, consisting of 19 groups who lobby for such searchable archives in all states, is mostly responsible for pushing for this. Maybe we need a chapter here?

* A recent post on Toledo Talk about an upcoming Young Republican meeting along with Thomas Sowell's column on "The Anger of the Left" has really caused me to think about the future of political discourse. It's easy to understand that emotions can run high when people are passionate about issues...but the intense hatred toward people because they have a different opinion is something that I just don't understand. If you do, please let me know.

* Memorial Day is coming up - a day that we honor those who've died in the service of our country. Will you do anything in tribute to those who've guaranteed your freedoms?

8 comments:

Jill said...

Hi Maggie - here's a link to a good article about the Kansas proposal. I think it's a great idea - would love to see it in Ohio!

Maggie Thurber said...

Jill - thanks so much! Now all we need is someone to lead the charge - want to volunteer?

:)

Chad said...

Ahhh...modern tech....keys to the future:)

-Sepp said...

"Why are United States citizens, through their tax dollars, paying for people killed by the Japanese????"
Let's just hope that this sets no standard and the victims of any other enemy we've ever had don't start sticking their hand out.

We should be making note of who voted to spend...or squander this money and see to it they are looking for employment come November.
Then again, they might find safe haven in Toledo city government!

Maggie Thurber said...

here's a link to the actual Guam bill:

http://www.house.gov/bordallo/PDF/HR-1595.pdf

Maggie Thurber said...

Here's a link to the votes on the Guam bill...our representative, Marcy Kaptur, did vote in favor of the bill.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/
congress/110/house/1/votes/309/

Hooda Thunkit said...

Maggy,

Re: the disparity between the rich and the poor, the old and the young, older people have more wealth because they were taught to save up to buy the things that they wanted and needed. All our youth know how to do is charge it and pay more in the longer run.

Meanwhile, it’s probably the older generation’s money that they’re borrowing to get their instant gratification…


Re: College loans, it’s just more of the instant gratification thing all over again. Tell me, when you were in college, where did you go on your vacations?

Never mind, I already know the answer ;-)


Re: the Fudge-it, let’s NOT go there, we both know what Congress says and what they do have little or nothing to do with each other.

Q. Did they really honestly call the Amnesty bill amnesty?


Re: the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act 288-133, all that I can say is, WTF?



Re: Political discourse, it’s dead. It’s all about politics, all of the time now.

Remember when ideas ruled the day?

Me neither, it’s been so long. . .

Maggie Thurber said...

Hooda - any vacation I had while in college was either with the family (sailing or a sailboat regatta - not the best of accommodations, either) or to visit my aunt, where I could stay and eat for free, as long as I helped her with anything she needed.

My definition of spring break was only having to work 40 hours without having to worry about homework or exams. lol!

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