With the exception of the old line about death and taxes, there are very few dependable truisms. It would be a safe bet that most any politician would broker his or her mother’s soul for a better spot in the Labor Day parade, but overall the more we know, the less reliable life becomes. Concepts accepted as unassailable fact can surprise and disappoint us when they prove to have unforeseen exceptions.
“So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”
President Barack Obama, February 24, 2009
Last Saturday morning I was roused by the sound of a woman screaming. Half-awake, it took me a while to realize that no one was being murdered, but that someone on the news was very upset about “death panels.” Obviously crazed with anger by rumor mill propaganda, rather than from any real knowledge of what was in the health care reform bill that the House would approve later that day, it is difficult to begrudge the woman her right to be angry.
With one in ten of us out of work, the job market should be an employer’s paradise. The biggest problem for the few businesses who announce an open position is sifting the deluge of resumes from desperately overqualified candidates. Why, then, when the masses of job hunters must include at least a few good writers, is the White House incapable of finding one?
Located fourteen miles southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the city of New Berlin has appeared on national “best places to live” lists, a status attested to by the serene golf course scene depicted on the city’s website.
BuySeasons, Inc. is headquartered in New Berlin. Halloween is probably a very busy time of year for BuySeasons and its online costume store, Buycostumes.com.
We sure know how to pick a president. Our current selection has already had such a profound influence on world affairs that he has become one of only four U.S. presidents in history to merit a Nobel Peace Prize.* That was a productive first nine months.
President Obama was probably as surprised as the rest of us, and admitted as much in his acceptance speech, calling the prize “….
Friday morning was spent drying out my laptop after I slopped coffee across the keyboard while listening to comments from Illinois’ governor, Chicago’s mayor, and President Obama in support of Chicago’s Olympics bid. The wisdom of dumping this undertaking on a financially strapped city in a state that just months before had threatened an income tax hike and social service cuts during acrimonious budget negotiations was deluded, at best.
I was amused by Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s recent address on health care reform. The absurdity of one politician calling another a liar is, after all, rather comical. My amusement turned to irritation when I realized that once reform has been voted down, the only truth that will come out of the process is that the American people have been betrayed once again.
Two weeks ago I shipped a crate across the country. The crate weighed nearly 1,000 lbs., and was destined for the East Coast. I placed the crate in the care of a nationally-known delivery service, watched the truck pull away, and went back to work, secure in the knowledge that my shipment was safely on its way.