Tuesday, April 29, 2008

learning to be poor

Get used to it.

Live like your poor now. You'll be better prepared for times when they get worse.

Food, you have some, so eat it. Don't look at it and say "I don't feel like this today."

Here's a hint. If someone cooked dinner for you, shut your mouth and keep your comments to yourself even if it's not what you "feel like" eating. Eat what was made for you. Meatloaf, Fish, Dark meat chicken is better for you anyhow than a Filet of Fish sandwich, bacon cheeseburger and chicken nuggets. Eat veggies, the are filling. Have a slice of bread with dinner. It's also filling, expecially if it's whole wheat bread.

Breakfast? Get used to cereal without fruit. Get used to toast not bagles. You want an egg McMuffin, buy a pack of english muffins and toast one at a time. Scramble an egg, place it on the muffin and add a slice of cheese. Need meat? Not really, the egg is protein enough.

Lunch? Get used to brown bagging it. Sandwiches, lunchmeat, bb and j, or even just cheese. Don't buy coffee use the free tea or coffee from the break room. Fresh fruit and maybe chips or crackers that you bring from home.

Stop complaining what you do not have and learn to be greatful for what you do.

In the end you'll be happier for it.

don't start

If you want an argument give me something to complain about and you’ll get one. Bush is always something that will make me flare up.

I have never been a political animal, until the current idiot in chief ran for office. It isn’t him that makes me mad as much as it’s the sheep who vote, and believe a kind smile and a bit of “good old boy” stumbling is enough to offset a total lack of economic sense.

Did you know that George W. Bush has NEVER successfully run a business? He has either destroyed it, or run it into bankruptcy – including the Houston Oilers. If he couldn’t even manage to turn a profit from a sports team what the hell qualifies him to run our country? And people accepted the smile and thought isn’t he just the nicest man and they voted for his press package.

Did you know that Bush controls his own publicity and arranges /stages events? Nothing is left to chance. He, like Hitler, will not tolerate nay-sayers. And look how popular that made Hitler after all these years.

Did you know that this new “tax stimulus” package is borrowed money? We are in debt (to the Chinese, Japanese, Saudi’s and India) We are now the LARGEST debtor nation in the world. That means we don’t’ make enough money to pay our own way.

And what does “W” do? He give us back our money, that is actually money being taken from our grandchildren’s pockets because they will be the ones paying back this loan, at a huge interest. He borrows more money so we can all “feel good” about ourselves by buying “pretty things”. Pretty things? When bread is over $2 a loaf? When milk is $5 a gallon, when gas is approaching $5 a gallon and when even RICE has doubled in price? We are being told to spend money on nice pretty things. How friggin’ stupid is that when we can’t even meet basic needs anymore?

Working with St. Vincent de Paul I can tell you that we are getting more and more calls every day from people who are being evicted from homes they rented that are being foreclosed. Are there shelters for them? No. Are they government programs to feed the children and aging? Yes, but the funding has all been cut and the money that used to be a safety net is now going to the war.

I don’t care how many flag pins he wears, or how he talks about us being the “greatest” nation – living on a past glory that no longer exists – he is the worst president I have seen in my lifetime.

Monday, April 07, 2008

schools and prisons

Prisons were designed in a specific way so that the a few controllers, corrections officers, could keep track of a large number of inmates. The concept was adapted to schools eventually, so that one teacher could "control" students by observing them.

Unfortunately that is not the only similarity between schools and prisons. Currently the largest similarity is that if a child fails at school he is more likely to land in prison.

One would think that would be reason enough for our government to make sure schools are bettter funded and that our students get the help they need to stay in school and graduate.

However, one would be wrong.

They have seen and identified the probelm, butr screwed up the solution. Instead of spending tax dollars makeing sure that students are better educated they would rather fund the building and maintenance of more and stronger prisons to house illeterate criminals.

What does that tell you about our legislators? To me it means that not all of the uneducated are in jails, some are in government.

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