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Warning: Some thoughts are not so pleasant.

 

 

   PREJUDICE:

 

 

 

Yes, I am prejudiced:

  • I am pretty much prejudiced against everyone except my family and attractive young women.  Sorry, if you are not an older male, you just don't understand.  That's the way it is. 

  • I am prejudiced against homeless people (disheveled) because 30% are schizophrenic and I cannot predict how they will act.  It's more of a case of just being safe. If they don't care about themselves, they certainly don't care about you.  Additionally, I just detest being hassled for cash on the street.

  • I am prejudiced against people who believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old.  You're not even worth talking too since your opinions are not based on scientific fact and your reality is somewhere else.

  • I am prejudiced against idealogs.  If I receive new facts about a situation or learn a new way to analyze a situation, I have no problem changing my mind.  I call myself a "flip-flopper: and I am proud of it. 

  • I'm also prejudiced against people who call me "prejudiced".  Ironically, these are normally people form the more ideological liberal left.  Who knew?

   "PRIVILEGE"

 

 

 

I'm Privileged:

  • I am privileged that I was born in the US.  This country appears to offer more opportunity than any other country in the world.

  • I am privileged that I was brought up by 2 parents and lived in a healthy, if not sometimes dysfunctional, but caring family.   

  • I am privileged that my doctor classifies me as a healthy male.  At age 60 65,  I had the revelation that money really means a lot less when you are of ill health (except you are able to pay for healthcare). 

  • I am privileged that I live in a major metropolitan area with clean air, clean water, clean earth, and social and cultural opportunities. 

  Now, the Reality of Privilege:

  • I am privileged that I get to pay pay 56.3% in taxes (Fed income of 28%/AMT, CA income of 13%, SS of 12.4%, and Medicare of 2.9%) plus high property and sales tax.  For every $1.00 I spend at a store or restaurant, I have to earn $3.00. 

  • I am privileged that I got to pay full price to send my kids to college and also paid double the price so someone else's kid, of lesser means and probably less ambition, could go to college for free.

  • I am privileged that I have been able to forgo expensive vacations, fancy cars, and a debt ridden life style so that I could save money for retirement and pay more taxes to cover those that didn't save for retirement.  

  • At the end of each month, I may have less cash than those that aren't privileged.  Now I understand why so many many Americans are pissed off at the current political system. 

  Social Change:

  • I am privileged to have witnessed America change from a predominantly first world nation to a marginally 3rd world nation in the last 50 years.  Large influxes of legal and undocumented immigrants have placed more than its fair share of influence on the culture of America.  Not that the existing American culture is anything to write home about but at least the principles of freedom, achievement, and self reliance were a foundation for the culture.  Not so much anymore.  A lot of this attitude started from within.

      WORSE IDEAS IN RECENT HISTORY
 

Healthcare:

  • Not allowing Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs with pharmaceutical companies.

  • Allowing hospitals to become "for-profit". 

   

U.S. Security:

  • Nation building.  (Viet Nam ... Iraq ... Libya)

  • Allowing terror list suspects to purchase guns legally.

      STATE OF STUPID
 

The "Texas Water Plan of 1968" would have collected water from the Mississippi River and distributed it throughout East and West Texas via a network of canals and dams.  The project was initiated because of the devastating draughts that Texas experienced in the 1950's.  It's detractors classified it as a boondoggle and it ultimately failed.

 

California was and still is heavily criticized for being liberal (unlike Texas) but we did pass the California Aqueduct Project in the 1960's which resulted in the Central Valley becoming the largest producer of fruits, vegetables, and nuts in the world.   The recent West Coast draught has been a challenge, but once an extension of the aqueduct is completed in the next dozen years, additional supplies of water will be added to the current system.  Of course, the current ample rain and snow fall in California may have unfortunately removed some of the sense of urgency.

 

During a recent draught in Texas, I looked up the stat's agricultural exports and they were "$0".  Yes, that is zero dollars.  In fact, millions of live stock had to be slaughtered prematurely or left to die in the fields.  What an absolute disaster and it is Texas's fault.  Just a total lack of foresight. 

 

It also makes me wander that if all the excess water from the Mississippi River had been drained off during the flooding season, the floods in new Orleans might have never happened.  While the Texas Water Plan was expensive, it would have already paid for itself a thousand times. 

 

In hind sight, it looked like a slam dunk, but I remember as a teenager thinking that the California Aqueduct was a brilliant idea.  I remember even writing a paper about it in school.  Texas has now really proven itself to be "state of stupid".  Watch out Chris Christi, your rejection of the transportation tunnel from New Jersey to New York City may also prove be a pretty bad mistake some day. 

 

 07/09/14