Thursday, December 11, 2008

More 'Bits & Pieces'

Herewith another addition of bits & pieces:
Does anyone seriously blame Michelle and Barack Obama for enrolling their children in a fancy private school in D.C.? I would think not. The public schools in Washington D.C. are among the worst in the nation. Who wouldn’t take advantage of their ability to send their kids to a good private school? Yet, in spite of this, I’m still against vouchers. Strengthen the schools-don’t destroy them. Fire incompetent teachers and pay the good ones more money. Rebuild the infrastructure and rewrite the curriculum. Then, if you still want to send your kids to a private school, fine-but you foot the bill.

First it’s 700 billion dollars for Wall Street. Now it’s 15 billion or so for the auto industry. The question put before me by my daughter a little while ago was ‘isn’t the auto industry in trouble because they aren’t building the kinds of cars people want to drive and when that happens isn’t it natural for a company to go out of business?’ The short answer is yes. Oh sure, the whole world is in recession now but the auto industry has been ailing for a long time. They just don’t seem to get it. The US auto industry is sending jobs to Canada and Mexico while the Japanese auto companies are building plants here. Isn’t that the opposite of what should be happening? Well, for starters the employees of the Japanese companies are not unionized while the UAW has a grip on the US makers-to the tune of $75 an hour counting benefits and pensions, etc. Everyone needs to pitch in here-management AND workers. And above all, Detroit has to start making cars people want to drive. Oh, by the way, if there’s anyone out there who really thinks gas prices are going to stay this low, I have some nice land in New Orleans I’d like to sell you! So, should they be bailed out? I suppose given the impact on the whole economy but with some very strong conditions attached.

How about that dirt bag governor of Illinois? Giving political favors for campaign contributions. On top of everything else, he’s actually thinking about filling Obama’s vacated Senate seat himself even though he’s currently under indictment. This guy is a class act-just like the other 4 Illinois governors who have disgraced themselves. Lock him up and throw away the key.

Finally, blaring headlines of The Wall Street Journal: “At Least Bush Prevented Another Terrorist Attack”. What a crock. Leave it to the Journal to make an outrageously stupid statement like that. The fact that we have not been attacked since 911 is not because of Junior. It’s because of the brave men and women of the United States Armed forces and the security agencies who have been working 24/7 watching over us. Yeah, yeah. Bush got Congress to pass the Homeland Security Act but that’s so flawed it’s ridiculous. No, WSJ. Our safety so far is not because of Junior. In fact our involvement in Iraq has jeopardized our safety-not ensured it. Pack up, Junior. Just about a month to go-but hey, no one will be upset if you were to go now (and take your sidekick with you)!

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