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.
Good luck to the new Pres, and all the best to George Bush with our thanks for taking on a thankless job (photo from Anchoress). These people are only human...and, for better or worse, there happen to be three equal branches of the federal government. It's a bully pulpit, though, if one knows how to use it. GW didn't know how, or didn't care to. Celebrity was not his goal.
"Who is goning to make the money that can be taxed to pay for all those government salaries, benefits and pensions?" Exactly the comment my grandfather made BACK IN THE '60's when Congress passed LBJ's Great Society. "And," he added, "government NEVER gets smaller."
Isn't that a great picture of W, especially today?
I think he is a great believer in 'actions speak louder than words' and expected the rest of us to pay more attention to what he did than what he said. The MSM doesn't have a long enough attention span to do that, though.
GWB gave a fine and touching speech this evening in Midland, Texas where he grew up. Frankly, I think it was a better speech than Obama gave today. Obama's speech was all about him, and what he was gonna do to make the country better, etc. etc. Bush's speech was a kind of summary of his gratitude to his wife, his family, his staff and helpers during the past eight years. One man gracefully admitted that he couldn't have done his best for his country without the help of others devoted to his country. The other seemed to say that the country has been wandering in the wilderness and it couldn't possibly emerge without his guidance.
Which man would you rather follow, in difficult times -- the humble but determined one, or the One who thinks that only he knows best?
:) Marianne.... I just know you were wicked good as a journalist.
"The other seemed to say that the country has been wandering in the wilderness and it couldn't possibly emerge without his guidance."
I think Michelle Obama said this first.
I am on no bandwagons for a while. I'm so sick of caviling about politics that I am going to just watch for a while and watch to see if Obama makes good. He's got so much going against him with his own party and the expectations of the left and his promises to be bi-partisan..... Who can live up to that and stay sane. He will have to depend on the great minds around him and utilize the minds to the task. Luckily he crossed the aisle to get some of those good minds, so I'm not saying anything bad. I wish him well.
And I especially wish President Bush well. What a fine man.
Bear with me for a few minutes. My wife and I saw a compelling British ITV drama last night called Half Broken Things. Yesterday, btw, was an historic inauguration day. The premise of the television drama was a lonely 50+ year old widow house sits for the last time (her agency only contracts sitters under 60) at the baronial mansion while the owners are away for 4 months. A young couple, losers both - and the woman is pregnant - show up to scam something to sell for cash. The woman gives birth at the mansion and the house sitter asks them to stay. They then begin to live a fantasy life financed by the sale of the mansion's contents. Well, of course, the viewer is set to see one mighty crash at the end. I finished watching and thought why did I, at random, turn on this program on this day. Was it, by chance, an allegory for what we will see play out from the White House for the next 4 years, unfortunately not months? Oh, by the way, the day before the owners are to return, the house sitter poisons herself and the young couple so they can live together forever in their fantasy world.
RE: Affordable housing...
Have to build to code. There is a price per square foot in new housing and renovations that one cannot go below. There are almost no limits on the upper end of the costs (like specifying marble bathrooms with gold faucets) but there is a price on the low end that does not change much because of the building code (and it is not cheap).
Aftyer watching Hussein's and his brother's reactions during the LORDs Prayer I pray that they repent and receive the God's grace and believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ and for the remission of their sins.
GOd save US from the likes of these repentant slobs.
Re: Florida, we are not as far gone as the writer whines on about. Of course I live in central Florida and times are tough but sheeze he can stay away from sharp objects. As I mentioned this morning to folks talking about Lord (sorry) President Obama, its up to us to get things going not waiting for word from on high. If people actually knew our history then they would realize how wimpy we sound right now about our problems.
This chart, sadly, sums up the freaking problem. The chick from
Russia was right (Rand for the mentally impaired) was correct.
The problem is it does not add in the (I'm 58 and worried about my kids being robbed and my grandkids- 6) old - timers on Social Security or the mentally deranged graduates of the present school system... we are screwed.