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.
And it is worse. It isn't as though the proposed jobs bill is really a "jobs bill". It is crony politics with huge amounts of money for voters and supporters of Obama and zippo for the rest of the citizens. This bill is not designed to "create jobs" or even improve the economic climate so jobs could be created, it is designed to pay off those who got Obama into office. Jackson Jr knows this and is one of those who will benefit from this bill. Jackson and Obama are criminals looting the treasury.
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.
Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president. The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle.'
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a 'post turtle' was.
The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle.'
The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.
"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he's elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with."
LOL! The entire Jackson family represents communism and racial divide on steroids. Jesse Sr. has been preaching spite and malice since he showed up in Chicago in the 60's.
The jobs program only rewards the unions: teachers, construction workers and (possibly) police/fire departments. That's not creating new jobs, but protecting Obama's voter base that is being fired because governments at every level can no longer afford the cost.
I wonder who is paying the cost of protection and clean-up for the OWS groups? Good move, guys. Just when the cities are grappling with budget overruns...
If only one Democratic Socialist urged the government to trample the Constitution this way, you could say it was an aberration, but since this idea has now been promoted by a number of them, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, you have to take these threats to individual liberty seriously. The price of freedom is constant vigilance. IMO, the measures taken in the name of homeland security following 9/11 have emboldened the enemies of democracy in this country like Jackson and other extremist fellow travelers of the Liberal Left. It is at our peril that we ignore what they say, which is but a hint of the dark secrets in what they really think.
PacRimJim ... As I understand it, civics is no longer taught in our public secondary schools. It seems to me that American history is also no longer taught, nor is world history. Our military schools [Annapolis, West Point, the Coast Guard Academy] still emphasize these areas of learning, I think, but today's civilian halls of learning, especially those in the tight grip of the NEA, don't see any reason to do so.
Private schools and charter schools [some of them at least] do still teach these important facts. If you will check out Betsy's Page, the blog of Betsy Newmark, a charter high school civics teacher, you will see that some dedicated teachers still teach these areas and go beyond their initial responsibility to help their students learn to debate and to tackle the debating teams of similar high schools, all on their own time.
But in general, today's teachers, those who are members of the NEA, have 'better things to do.'
Doesn't this remind you of that scene in Dr. Zhivago where the doc comes home from the front after the collapse of the Russian front, and finds his family being forced by the communists to share their home with a motley assorted group of people who all seem to hate them?
Jackson is advocating the government force "workers" on employers? So who is an "employer"? Or is the government going to do the hiring? And just who is going to decide what these people do while 'on the clock'? What if they aren't trained to do anything useful? Is this pure manual grunt labor? Where do they report? Who supervises them? If they don't show up, do they keep getting paid? What if the work isn't anywhere near where the people are? Do we have 'work camps' for them? Is this like CCC, or is it more akin to 'Arbeit macht frei'? Maybe this is a way to recruit the guards and inquisitors needed to deal with the rest of us.
Or would it be cheaper and easier to just pay them to sit home and watch Oprah reruns? Sounds a lot like welfare to me.