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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For Everything You Know In Life- There Was a Time When You Didn't Know It

In my little hometown paper, that leans so far left it barely remains upright, they haven't gotten the memo yet that the United States is broke and in deep debt. Or that our own state is barely afloat. They simply can't come to grips with the idea that when you are broke, bankrupt, or in deep debt- you cannot afford to have a Cadillac school system that costs a lot of money. Or even a Yugo school system when you don't have the gas money.

The article is entitled, "Misplaced Frugality." I cannot make this up. I will link it here.

I love those moonbats. They'll talk about all of those altruistic things. Our poor children. We can't compete globally with more efficient school systems or places that are not broke. Our poorly educated children won't be able to buy McMansions or BMW's. Or special needs children will get tossed into the street. It is an emotionally charged plea they use but unfortunately it fails.

Why would you expect anything different? This is a culture that has never spent within their means. They have denied themselves nothing. And they sent like minded politicians to office and ignored what they did. How do you explain to a bunch of unconscious people that the well has run dry?

I have a news flash for you folks. You spent your children's education money long ago. It's nobody's fault but your own. How does that taste?

The moonbats will howl. They will disagree. They will blame everyone but themselves. They will blame the right. Surely, there is a hidden pot of gold somewhere. Get out that black Amex card- Governor Otter. Charge it. And thus the moonbats, the right wingers, and us libertarian types are reaping the rewards of barren fields at harvest time. We spent all the seed money. There will be no crops this year. All us farmers can manage to do is blame each other- as though that will solve anything or make us feel better.

I am going to love to hear the collective whine of a spoiled nation that has had everything they wanted for way too long. I do have a solution. It's the solution I use.

I am grateful. I am grateful for reasonably good health without health insurance. I am grateful that I put away enough money to ride this mess out even though I am unemployed. I am grateful that I don't have to go to some job and get brow beaten all day for 12 bucks an hour. I am grateful that my family is making ends meet in much the same way as I am. I am grateful for food and shelter. I am grateful that I live in the United States and not some place where they are killing each other over a bag of rice.

Gratitude is an interesting concept. It is the concept of a man who has no legs and yet finds useful things to do and looks forward to every day. He does not spend his time whining that he can't play golf or that life has treated him unfairly. He is focused on what he can do with his life rather than what he cannot do. This is a difficult concept to grasp when you have spent your life getting everything your heart desires and now suddenly- someone says, "You can't have that anymore."

I guess I'm just a little bit better informed and pragmatic than my moonbat counterparts. I don't claim the intellectual high ground. I simply have grasped some facts that they have yet to grasp. I have plotted a course of gratitude and coping skills which one way or another- they are going to have to find for themselves. Or whine. For everything you know in life, there was a time when you didn't know it.


Josh Clark said...

Luke 14:33

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

Brian said...

I'm just running the bare essentials. Not too hard to walk away from...