Last Sunday (11/7) there was a letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun that made me sit up and take notice (and clip it out). It’s the kind of thing that eloquently said the things I’ve been thinking but have been unable to put it in such clear terms. The writer, Mac Nachlas, goes at our collective culture and our “I want everything now, at no cost or inconvenience to me” attitude.
If I may excerpt:
After devoting long minutes to careful analysis of Tuesday night’s election returns, I now know what Americans want:
We want roads and bridges that are always in good condition but do not require tax money for upkeep.
We want world-class schools with teachers who are so dedicated that they will work for minimum wage. (Note the best one should be in my neighborhood.)
We want 60-inch plasma TVs that cost $200 and are produced by workers in Ohio making at least $30 an hour.
We want our military to win every war, every heart and every mind, everywhere, at no cost in lives or money.
We want cheap, clean, efficient mass transit that goes through someone else’s neighborhood.
We want no-fat, triple-decker hamburgers that are good for you and taste great.
We want fast, efficient, friendly government services provided by clerks who work happily for free.
We want “clean” coal and domestic crude that dies not produce pollution or require digging or drilling.
We want SUVs that get 100 miles per gallon and produce jobs in Detroit.
We want Social Security benefits to go up and Social Security taxes to go down.
We want cheap labor from legal citizens who don’t mind living in poverty.
We want clean drinking water and pristine parks and the right to dump anything, anywhere.
We want colleges that are inexpensive and not too hard, but produce world-class leaders.
We want football where every hit is brutal but no one gets hurt and baseball where everyone hits 40 home runs but no one uses steroids.
We want government to deliver all these things – then cut taxes and then cut taxes some more. Mostly, we want what we want and we want it now.
That, my friend, is our country in a nutshell, as evidenced by the last election. You can read his conclusion here.
Now getting back to my regular bullshit, please take the time, if you haven’t already, to check out my guest post at Musings of a Confused Woman. I made sure it’s extra hilarious.
Miley is a regular commenter here and just because she’s taking a short break doesn’t mean she doesn’t want any more visits. It would also be helpful if you could log in from another country, to bolster the country count on her hits tracker. So get right on that, will you?