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2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

It’s been a long year.  Obama won reelection, despite the Republicans attempts to suppress voters. The world did not end, despite the Mayan calendar and dooms day predictions.  No war in the middle east, despite Israel’s best efforts.  And the Twinkie, finally goes bad, despite its chemical composition.  There are no absolutes in the world.  Everything changes, everything stays the same.

In the future, when the aliens come back to visit us, I wonder what they’ll see.  Will they see our amazing architecture and our beautiful artwork? Will they find the machines we created or forests we’ve destroyed? Will they find us, and wonder what happened?

As we move into 2013, I can’t help but think about all the time wasted on archaic ideals and regressive thinking.  We can’t allow the pendulum to swing back. We need to keep moving forward. Evolution must continue.  I hope over the next year, we can make great strides in science, culture and humanity.

Good luck to us all.

The Fiscal Cliff …is exactly what we need.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

No, seriously. The Fiscal Cliff is exactly what is needed to relieve our current budget deficit problems.  The thing is, we can’t handle it all in one jolt. This country needs to go back to a more financially stable and sound method of equaling spending to revenue.  But, we need to ease ourselves into reinstating the spend-and-tax policies that had existed before the Bush-era credit card style of buy now, pay later budget reform.  Well guess what, it’s later… Time to pay what you owe.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (the Fiscal Cliff) has the necessary steps to reduce our budget deficit while bringing about clear and positive reform that would set us up for success in the future.  So how do we implement this set of changes without sending the economy into a state of shock? I propose we implement certain aspects of the BCA over a period of time until it is fully enacted by the year 2018.

One thing is clear. Politics and the politician’s fear of losing their power by losing their re-election bid is overshadowing the safety and prosperity of the people of the US. It is shameful how nobody wants to take responsibility for implementing a painful but much needed plan just so they can say, “I didn’t do that to you, that was the other guy.”  Yes, it’s going to hurt. Yes, it’s going to cost you something. But that’s what happens when you condone and participate in irresponsible activities. Eventually you’re going to have to pay for them. You wanna go start a couple of wars, and not be asked to sacrifice anything, other than your sons and daughters lives? Which by the way, YOU don’t even want to hear about. Well, that shit ain’t free! You need to pay for that. And your credit is maxed.

The Fiscal Cliff is a dose of reality. No, we don’t want to go down that path. Nobody does. But sooner or later you’re going to be forced to reconcile your behavior. And frankly we’ve used up all our excuses. Now is the time. Implement the BCA of 2011, and face the music. Because Now, is the only chance we have of making things right. If we don’t do now, the future of our children is certainly a dark vision to behold.