Debt crisis has a long track record


The debt crisis is upon us and those who can do something about it are on vacation. That really makes a lot of sense.

But why should anyone be surprised? This problem has been brewing for 40 years or more. There’s plenty of blame to go around for both Democrats and Repub­licans. Reckless decisions with the public trust have been going on for years and we’ve let it happen.

How do we stop it?

That is what no one has been able to accomplish lately and it doesn’t look like anyone will anytime soon.

We don’t need tax cuts, just tax fairness by removing all of the insider deals and loopholes created for special interests. Instead of raising or lowering taxes, why not just get rid of all of the tax breaks that some fat cats get and the rest of us don’t?

The last time I had my taxes done, I don’t remember any special favors our company received. Our business is local. There is no way to move any of it offshore to avoid taxes, and why would we want to anyway?

The investigative news shows, both mainstream and cable, continually point out these special favors and yet nothing is ever done about them.

Doing what needs to be done isn’t popular, so that’s why nothing is done. It’s all about getting re-elected.

Remember this past spring when we all were wondering if it ever would warm up? The answer is outside.

Now we are wondering when it will cool off again.

Contrary to what Al Gore said about 10 years ago, the World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee with the assistance of Robert Cailliau. Both men are Europeans and their idea started the method of sharing linked files all over the world in August 1990.

To read more about this phenomenon go to livinginter­net.com/w/wi_lee.htm.

If our city officials are looking for things to do for those who are serving community service time for bad behavior I have a suggestion. They could be pulling the weeds between the cracks in all of the sidewalks around town. I think it could even be considered therapeutic.

As I walk around town I find a few homeowners are meticulous about weeding—on the other hand, most are not.

If it is done right after a rain, weeds pull out easily. And if it’s dry, they could be soaked the night before. An additional way to put in those required hours.

According to grandson Alex’s Facebook, this year’s July has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. This happens once every 823 years and is called “money bags.”

So he writes, “Copy this to your status and money will arrive within four days.”

This is all based on the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Supposedly, those who read and do not copy it to their status will be without money.

I think one can be without money without paying any attention to “money bags.”

If I were left to my own devices for feeding myself, I would go with summer sausage (easily sliced), Claussen Kosher Dills (always chilled, never heated) and almonds (just pop them into your mouth and eat).

Refreshments would be either Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, which­ever is on sale at the time.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@hillsborofreepress.com.


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