Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Political Rant

Today's Saying
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

If our President had kept his promise for openness on preparing the health care legislation and then posting the proposed legislation for examination and comment for a period of time before the vote a lot of the screaming going on now would be silenced.
But it is business as usual ( no change) in Washington. Important decisions are being made in secret , behind closed doors.
What this does is allow the right the opportunity to create monsters. The monster , unseen, you understand is far worse than the monster seen. In the vacuum of facts the right can create anything they like. One can hardly correct them because the real legislation is hidden.
Does the right exaggerate?
You bet they do.
But secrecy encourages that exaggeration.
The problem is that secrecy is like that.
The secrecy of the Bush administration encouraged the left to do the same kind of exaggeration.
Then both sides can scream at each other for lying and deceiving the American people.
Sometimes I think Democrats and Republicans prefer the game to really producing quality legislation.
That’s what makes this moment so very sad. Our President promised an end to the game.
He promised a change in the way things were done.
Either he lied or he failed because the game goes on.

Since neither of her sons would do it Mrs. Pemberthy hired Hank the town handyman to fill in the hole.
Hank had no trouble at all. It looks like the gremlins are gone.
Mrs. Trumble is almost sorry she became Mayor . Starting yesterday everything seems to be going wrong.
First some squirrel dropped an acorn into something out at the city power plant on the Loon river. That shut down city power for five hours. At the same time a bird flew into a transformer and the backup power from Wisconsin Electric was cut off. So the town was without power for five hours. She quit answering her phone after the first twenty calls asking what was going on. What did she know about power anyway. But bad luck that she understood. And this was unbelievable bad luck.
And it continued when the power came back on something in the street light system shorted and tmain street was left without light.
Nancy got her old wood stove working , put up some oil lamps and went right on making coffee and serving people. Everybody was grumbling about the quality of city services and how city hall wasn’t even answering their calls.

Got to the computer room at 5:15 in the morning. Pennie brought me a soda at 5:30. It's garbage day. I( went to the linksy for the idiom pictures and checked in. I might say there are some weird pictures with my idioms. I worked for much of the time on the Quilly words quivel. Then I visited blogs. I acknowledge that Thom presented this award to me and I did not accept it. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

DC never ever changes I don't care who's the President. I still say the only solution to this whole mess it to vote every single one of them out of office and get new faces in there. But that's just me thinking. Poor Pigeon Falls...if it's not one thing it's another. Maybe Tommy UK will be able to help his mom :)

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crap...I forgot to say...and I'm just whispering this...there will be another award for you tomorrow on my blog. I can just hear already how thrilled you are going to be :)

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Dulce said...

I agrre and like that saying... Excuse me if I do not comment on the politics stuff...
I've missed two coments of yours so far this week.

1:57 AM  
Blogger boots said...

Morning! and Yep stills lies in washington as well as manipulation of the people of the USA and her Constitution. We need new faces and less government.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

President Obama is a politician. What else is there to say?

Wordless Wednesday - King of the Field

4:09 AM  
Blogger Trudy said...

I agree...DC will never change nor will politics in general. It will always be a game for the most part. I agree though, it's very sad.

5:24 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Wow, you summed that up pretty well. But only blame Obama for his part in this: giving too much of the job of writing the bill to the congressional committees that are working on it. You can't blame him for congress picking certain people to be on those committees. But I sure wish people would understand what you do, that arguing over the "health care bill" for the last few months was the same as arguing over a speculation of a proposal of a theoretical bill. There were at least three in the House and one, hidden as you say, in the Senate.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

We all know the "system" (our government's) is bad. But with only TWO parties, each wants to make changes when it's their turn -- but the other is bound and determined not to ALLOW the "other side" to win! We NEED more parties! ( i think...)

Guess we knOw where the gremlins went now... poor Mayor...

7:59 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

I have to agree with the people who have commented before me -- Mr. Obama is a politican.

Those of us who are old enough to remember several Administrations have learned that regardless of promises made during campaigns, change is very, very slow in coming -- if at all.

But at least it appears people in Washington are trying - and that is a start.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment - always nice to hear from you!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

I worry that our country is not operating with a moral compass. Maybe it just seems that way because of all the division among us.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

So Mrs. Pemberthy has sicced the gremlin on the city. Poor Mrs. Trumble.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

I knew something like that would happen to the rest of Pigeon Falls.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Barbara H. said...

I agree -- it seems like no matter who is in office or what goals they had, it all comes down to the game of politics in the end.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

I think we -bloggers -should unite and send Dr. John's political rants to the President or whoever else is claiming to be open to hearing from "We, the People" in the hopes that this might open some eyes, somewhere of some politician who would then try to rally for true change. True change being to stop the game playing for openers and to really try to put themselves in the shoes of the people -the regular little John and Jane Does of this country whose voices rarely are heard, just as the majority of their faces are never seen/known either.
Or Dr. John should publish his own pieces as a newsletter or booklet and title it "Revisitation of Common Sense!"
Because if you read closely in what he says, it is that -pure and simple "Common Sense" and what seems to be sorely lacking in many of the things that get passed in D.C. now and for a good many years too -regardless of which party is in power or even how many other variables any of the numbers in the Senate and House may have with leanings on either side of any fence these days!

10:56 PM  

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