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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Freedom and Confusion Explained

Sometimes people confuse the topic of freedom with a conflict involving military action to protect and defend freedom. Freedom isn’t always about nations going to war but sometimes just between two kinds of people not understanding one another and going into an emotional conflict over just a few issues. One could literally take the issue of the stimulus package and clearly define the limits to which each side is willing to go but progress in our nation is not about being rigid in our individual firm belief system but venturing into our neighbors yard to see if the sun is still shining.

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I don’t pretend to fully understand the Republican stance against the stimulus but I have a rough clue that it is about gross negligent spending, money they believe could be best spent in other ways such as tax cuts. Then again, I don’t fully understand the Democrats wanting to spend billions of dollars that just might stimulate the economy with public works projects like building roads and re-building bridges, and all that talk about the electrical grid and green energy. I’m more or less almost stuck in the middle and seeing both sides good points but this is politics at the highest level and those of us in the middle always loose out. While one side says tax cuts will create jobs, the other says infrastructure repair and building projects will do the trick.

Tonight I had a mini epiphany so to speak, what if we the people were duped by both sides of the political machine. Dem’s were going to fight the press on it being about creating jobs to get it passed and Repub’s were going to play the bad guys in the press about cutting spending and waste and all the fluff that goes with it that came at us in the media from both sides of the political aisle. Meanwhile, in some back room, $800 billion was a ball park both sides wanted but they needed a show to sell it to the people. When you really think about it, both sides got what they originally wanted and the smoke and mirrors of politics lives on. The right wing has their tax cuts and the left wing has their stimulus for creating green jobs, repairing roads and bridges and all the other items that was attached to it. Both sides have their version of pork and both sides can smile for the cameras when President Obama signs the stimulus bill this coming week into law. Win, win situation for all of the politicians when it comes time for running for their congressional or senatorial seat in the next election back at home. Am I wrong?


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Blogger B.J. said...

Pat Buchanan said something like this on Morning Joe not too long ago: “We are going to spend money borrowed from the Chinese so that Americans can go out and buy Chinese goods.”

I am sure there are honest politicians in both houses of Congress who deeply believe in their own arguments – pro or con.

The hypocrisy of the Repubicans railing against government spending borders on surrealism.

I’m not sure if you’re right, Papamoka, but isn’t it possible that the Democrats padded the bill excessively knowing the Republicans would want to trim it down to a state which was desired by the Democrats in the first place. That’s an old bartering trick.


7:23 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I think both sides a guilty as hell on padding everything that comes through the Congress. Pretend you want a bannana split when all along all they wanted was a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

Speaking of Morning Joe, did you hear or see any reports on Joe is considering a run for the senate???

7:36 AM  
Blogger B.J. said...

I dropped my “expanded basic” cable down to “basic” a week ago today and am having withdrawal symptoms. (No more MSNBC or CNN.) No, I haven’t heard that bit o’ news, but I can’t tell you how many visitors have come to my blog via google with the search terms, “Joe and Mika affair.” Go figure. BJ

7:56 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Wow on the Joe and Mika affair thingy BJ! Any related links to go with that? If you have a post on it then by all means send me the link.

Anywho, I did a post today on Joe running for the Senate.

8:42 AM  
Blogger B.J. said...

I'll check out you post later. No, I do NOT have a post about the rumor. All I am getting are visitors who google "Joe and Mika affair" and get linked to my blog because I have a number of posts about their show. I've probably had about 50 such visitors. If you hear anything, let me know.

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