I love the old Rolling Stones Song "You Can't Always Get What You Want". To me it speaks to my common sense.
Think about it.
When you realize that in life there will be things you want but no matter how hard you try you just never get it. Or worse yet you do get it and it is a disaster. There is just no winning it seems at time.
That is how I look at the the recent debacle in DC between the republican control congress and the President. and democrats. The TEA party pseudo-christian republicans wanted the dismantling of the government particularly the social programs that they saw as give-a-ways. This thinking begin with Ronald Regan and continued with GH Bush "thousand points of lights" gained some ground with Clinton's welfare reforms and continued with GW Bush's ideal of Evangelical control of social programs.
As far as Social Security goes the conservatives have been steadily hacking at it for as they see it as a unnecessary government program better run by private industry and tied to investments. You can imagine how that would go if they had their way. All you have to do is look at most private retirement programs and see the hit they have taken that have been tied to the stock market.
There is a reason that there is a Social Security system in place. The majority of people work and live from one pay check to the next. Try as they might savings is a thought and not a reality. It was for that way for me. As most of theses working folks would tell you about the time you think you are going to reach your goals someone moves the goal post. That is the reason that Social Security was established as a safety net for the working and middle class.
Those that are Christian or call them self Christian should remember what the Bible teaches.
Christ said "What you do for the least you do for me"
James chapter 2 vs 4 thru 6 says
But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? 7Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
All I am saying is that it is better to let some abuse the system then to punish the those who truly need it. Call me a bleeding heart liberal and you would be right. But that does not change the fact that right now we are being misled by the umber rich and powerful corporations.
They talk about a "Balance Budge Amendment" well it is time for a term limits amendment on the Congress and the senate. with the only benefit being the privilege of serving and being paid while serving. A career in politics take on a whole different look. Perhaps when viewing the congress on TV you would see a lot less of old white haired men and a lot more people who would want the system to work when they leave office and return back to the society that they have created by the laws they have passed.
Enough ranting for now.
Reading and other things.
Well I finished Alan Furst "Spies of the Balkans" and it was as expected a good read and give it a 3 out of 4 stars. He has a firm hold on the time period and the subject matter and knows how to present it in a very readable fashion.
Began reading Douglas Preston "Impact" and am looking forward to getting into the book. Past reads of this author usually have me forgoing anything else until I finish it once the action begins.
Watching TNT's "Falling Skies" not a bad aliens invasion TV series. and recommend it to anyone.
In the shop just too hot yesterday it was a 100 degrees so until it cools down to the lower 90's I am afraid not much will get done.
That's all that I have for now. Stay Cool.