We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Cato Institute's James Bovard was struck by the plight of Vernon, Conn., a town ravaged in the winter of 1995-96 by, er, slightly more snow than they'd expected. So FEMA sent them a check for $40,023. Vernon had 30,000 people, and its town snow-removal costs that winter were $258,000. "That's just $8.60 per person," Bovard pointed out, "less than a 12-year-old charges to shovel out a driveway after a good snowfall."
So why did they need "federal emergency" aid? Because the town had only budgeted $104,516, and so claimed to be "overwhelmed" by the additional costs. They could have asked the good burghers of Vernon to chip in an extra five bucks apiece. But why bother when FEMA's so eager to give you a warm bath in the federal love nectar? The town government wised up pretty quickly. The next winter, they set the snow-removal budget at just $69,383.
So a "federal emergency" is no longer a nuclear strike on Cleveland or even a Category Three hurricane, but now a snowfall in New England and an inaugural ball at the Mayflower Hotel.
Such hysterical boo-hoo-ism is not the Can-Do America I know and love. I keep wondering how much "We can't do it" is embodied in "Yes We can."
The more he willingly takes on the Lincolnesque or Caesarian mantle, the more the media worries that we have put too many expectations on Obama. Well, surely one way to lower our expectations would be to take a night-flight on a 737 to DC from Chicago, rather than reenact train-bound Young Mr. Lincoln. (Remember, unlike Lincoln, Obama flew back to Chicago from DC to take the train back to DC again). It sort of reminds one of the lectures about the Obama family off limits / Obama family center stage for photo-ops and interviews.
The 2005 Bush inauguration, despite occurring in boom times, was, I remember, deemed by the media as crass and a rich manís fest, insensitive to the general poverty around. The more than twice as expensive 2009 Obama inauguration, despite occurring in a severe recession, is a measured and proper celebration of diversity and landmark progress. Annuit coeptis indeed.
By no standard would I be considered a wordsmith, but I understand that words mean things and have found when my words are chosen carefully,arranged and strung together properly & coupled with honesty I'm able to express my thoughts,feelings and emotions without much difficulty.
Today is January 19. 2009 ..I have been choosing,arranging and stringing together ( in various and sundry ways) almost all the respectable words that I know the meaning of, for the last two weeks and it's not working !
Tomorrow morning January 20.2009 the temperature will be in the low 30s when I awake ...that's when I will pull the covers up over my head, watch no T.V. , read no newspapers and speak only to trusted and like-minded friends until I get used to being ashamed of 'Freedom of the Press' being abused in the USA
Fish's latest musings on the state of education in the universities of America is even better than the one from a few days ago...
DAMN SPAM FILTER!
The Last Professor, NYT 1/19/09
Best wishes to you my American friends from up here in Canada.
I wish I could just drink beer and eat popcorn for the next few years and watch the demolition derby about to begin, but when the American elephant falls over the Canadian mouse gets squished.
If you want an independent view, I don't think Obama is all that bad. Das Chicago Maschinenfabrik turns out a good product. Your problem is a congress with to many stupid, nasty, ignorant hayseeds like Pelosi, Kennedy, Reid...