Congress refuses to address the most pressing problems today–a bloated and growing federal budget and the Iraqi Quagmire–and instead is trying to find more ways for the government to interfere in our lives. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid exceed 40 percent of federal spending and will increase with each birthday of the Baby Boomers. Another looming problem–unfunded or inadequately funded pensions–will require increased funding of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or another government agency with a similar mission in the near future. The Iraqi Quagmire has now slogged on longer that America’s involvement in World War II. Continued involvement does nothing to protect American interests. The National Guards of the states need to be redeployed to their home bases to assist in protecting citizens from the ravages of hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, earthquakes and rain damage. These issues do not trouble Congress. Rather, Congress wants to define marriage, yet marriage must be defined by consenting adults. Congress wants to ban flag burning, yet free speech is an individual right. The Fall elections offer a chance to adjust priorities.
Archive for June, 2006
Cargo containers are flooding the country. China sends goods in the cargo containers which are then abandoned in America because the cost of returning them unladen with cargo is too expensive. The cargo containers should be designed and manufactured in China so that they can be converted into homes upon arrival in the United States. The resulting homes would look like trailers and be derided as such. The resulting communities might look like steel Levittowns. However, as the years passed and each house was personalized, Levittown developed its own identity and community pride. Cargotown may also develop the same charm and pride.
(The idea is admittedly a stretch. Yet something must be done with the containers.)
The movement to declare American English to be the official language reveals America’s increasing insecurity and desperation. The movement may be harmless unless it includes some limitations on the use of other languages in law or commerce. However, why allow more government intervention into our lives? Let the markets decide. If consumers desire an owners manual written in English, Spanish and Swahili, so be it. The Chinese will respond to the demands of the market with little direction or resistance from their government. We do not need any intervention from ours. Immigrants learn English. If the populace could reflect for a few minutes, there is one less problem to keep us awake at night.
There were and are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Compressed deceased dinosaurs: Oil. Without that weapon in its arsenal, there will be mass destruction in the western world. Bush established his Blood for Oil Program (BOP) to secure that weapon. Many of those who quarrel with Bush object to his dishonesty and deception. The debate should focus on the costs and consequences of Bush’s decision to declare and continue World War III to protect sources of oil. Iraq is not even advancing the oil agenda. Iraq never was and is not about nation building. Condi Rice coddles dictator Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Equatorial Guinea and Bush kowtows to Nursultan A. Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan. Those are nations that need to be built. Both regimes are at least as unrepresentative as the practices during the rule of Saddam Hussein. At this time, Operation Iraqi Liberation has alienated more of our allies and emboldened more of our enemies, particularly those with oil reserves, than any other recent American action. Why invade? Why stay? What is the oil policy?