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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Newsday Tuesday

It's newsday Tuesday and I'm remarkably ambivalent today. I have a pain in my brain again... which ultimately could be described as a pain in the rear because if the penicillin shot didn't knock out the sinus pain and pressure and if the junk in my head moved deeper into my chest (which it has) I'm supposed to go back to the doctor for something stronger to make sure I don't get pneumonia, since I get pneumonia so easy. 

The thought of burning another hour or more sitting in that tiny exam room makes my head hurt even worse. The thought of missing more hours off the time clock to deal with something that should have been knocked out makes my head hurt even worse. 

Rebel Heather wants to put it off. 
Whiny Heather wants to take a week off to rest and get well. 
Broke Heather knows she can't afford to put it off OR take time off to get well. WHICH makes my head spin. 

Anyways... I'm glad Amanda Knox was released. I'm not one hundred percent sure she wasn't involved in the murder but I'm fairly certain it wasn't proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Justice is a tricky thing. 

I'm not sure I understand these folks protesting against Capitalism. Obviously, I'm no political science expert and admittedly am more likely to listen to Rush Limbaugh than Rachel Maddow... but what is it exactly they WANT? Socialism? Why are we hating on the rich and successful in society? They're the ones paying taxes and keeping this country afloat, such as it is. I heart rich people. Sure... I wish I made more money... sure... I experience a little bit of jealousy when I see people who so easily can travel and spend money and live a life where they don't have to put off paying a bill to buy their kid a new pair of shoes. I made choices and have to live with the consequences of those choices throughout life. The fact that someone else made better choices that gives them more disposable income doesn't mean that they owe me anything... the only people who owe me anything are my kids' dad and my employer. I don't want to turn to the government for my health care, room and board, food... I want to earn my own way in this world and I want to keep as much as possible from what I earn. 

Below is a great analogy about Capitalism vs. Socialism... I saw this several places and never saw it attributed to anyone in particular... AND then the traditional "two cow" analogy, which I've also seen a dozen places without being contributed to anyone. 

I'll leave you with these for today... and pray that you have an awesome Tuesday! 

As explained in a free market, Capitalism vs. Socialism by an economics professor at Texas Tech, Steve Latter. An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name calling all resulted in hard feelings as no one would study any longer for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because under capitalism when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when the government levels the playing field and takes more of reward away; no one will try or want to succeed as much as before. Could not be any simpler than that…. Free Market Capitalism vs. Socialism: A Simple Analogy

Politics explained with two cow analogy:
FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.
PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.
BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.
FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.
PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.
RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.
CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.
DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.
PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.
REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.
PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.
LIBERTARIAN/ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons. (Original source unknown)


Adirondackcountrygal said...

That is funny about the cows. I wish I could get buy without help, but with being sick and having a lazy husband that doesn't support his family I can't.

Heather said...

*hugs* and truly, Linda, your situation is one that I believe deserves assistance. In a perfect world (in my mind) the community and the church would rally around you and help your family and I'm sure, to some degree they have. You work hard... but you have a legitimate illness. Your husband, however, well, God will have to work on his heart, right? Love and hugs!