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Message From Beto O’Rourke

Posted by mcm0704 on October 10, 2018 |

Yesterday, while I was preparing this post to schedule for Wednesday, it was raining here in my corner of the world, with occasional thunderstorms. Sammy, my big coward of a cat was scared all day, hiding most of the time, and only coming out when the bowling balls quit rolling across the sky. When all […]

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How I Love the Government

Posted by mcm0704 on September 30, 2013 |

Every year for the past few years we have come to the end of September with the two parties struggling to get a federal budget approved before there is a threat to shut down the government. The last time the threat was real was 17 years ago, but it doesn’t look promising that we will […]

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Monday morning musings

Posted by mcm0704 on August 1, 2011 |

I hate to keep yammering on the same topic – actually, I don’t. I keep hoping that if enough of us yammer, our esteemed government will pay attention. As we teeter on the brink of Congress making another decision that could be a colossal mistake, Ian Bremmer, author of The End of the Free Market: […]

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Too Many Laws

Posted by mcm0704 on December 29, 2010 |

In a recent column in The Dallas Morning News, Philip Howard put forth a unique idea, have federal and state laws expire after ten or fifteen years. He proposed that laws be repealed so they could be revisited instead of piling up like “sediment in a harbor.” Just think of how streamlined some aspects of […]

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Whats Wrong With This Picture?

Posted by mcm0704 on December 17, 2010 |

A friend sent this message the other day and it really resonated with me.  I have edited the letter some to hide identities and for space constraints. I’m so angry with the government in this country.  Not newly angered just still, and for more reasons.  My good friends and neighbors have both been unemployed for […]

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What a Surprise

Posted by mcm0704 on July 21, 2010 |

Actually, not such a surprise. Most of us already realize that common sense does not seem all that common in Washington. That came to mind today when I read the following news item: “Government watchdogs are telling a Senate panel that the Obama administration’s multibillion effort to help at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure is not working […]

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A Fine Mess

Posted by mcm0704 on May 25, 2010 |

All the news about the gulf oil spill brings to mind a signature line from old Laurel & Hardy routines, “It’s a fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Ollie.” Stan Laurel would say that to Oliver Hardy when they had blundered into something totally ridiculous and the audience would roar with laughter. But “It’s a […]

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Government For the People, Not the Party

Posted by mcm0704 on March 1, 2010 |

Alex Massie, a British journalist, recently wrote an insightful column about the fact that our current government is less than competent. Far less than competent. His article was printed in the Dallas Morning News, but first appeared at ForeignPolicy.com. Massie started his essay by mentioning the fact that pressure was put on FDR to restrict […]

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Thinking About Government

Posted by mcm0704 on December 11, 2009 |

In light of the huge national debate on health care reform, I found a statement by Neal Boorz in his 2008 address to the graduates of Texas A&M University thought provoking. To put it in context, it was the part of his speech where he talked about individual rights as opposed to group rights. He […]

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Let the Government Do It

Posted by mcm0704 on June 17, 2009 |

A common knee jerk reaction to some accident or natural disaster is for people to call on the government to enact new laws to protect us. Some people think that “It’s time for us to hold our lawmakers accountable for keeping us safe,” as one person wrote in a recent letter to the editor in […]

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