Well all the hoopla is over and hopefully the political commercials – and junk mail, phone calls, et all ad infinitum ad nauseum – is over. Now we can see if the politicians will get some work done – or loaf around congratulating each other on a job well done (or not done).
I doubt we’re gonna go over that looming “Fiscal Cliff”. Congress has a nasty way of passing “extensions” without ever getting anything done, running us deeper in debt. I think we could be taking some good lessons from Greece and the European Union right now – what’s going to happen in our future, seeing as we’re following their shining example of ‘overspend’ on social programs.
Look at recent events in Greece; Germany is troubled as well. The European Union, while not in ruin, is foundering financially. I wonder who’s gonna bail the U.S. out when (and if) the time comes. The Chinese? I kinda doubt it. They’re having troubles of their own, and their leadership is in transition as well.
Historically I’d say we’re in ‘uncharted waters’ – except these waters have been charted. Just look at other countries that “socialized” too much and didn’t make the citizens rely on their own ingenuity and resources to ‘make it’. They either went into ruins or they have the highest tax rates around.
American people don’t seem to “get it” – we want our steak and cash cow, too. We want the poor to be taken care of, especially their children, we want everyone to have a house, a home, a chicken in the pot and two cars in the yard – but some folks think they shouldn’t have to work for them. That, because they are poor, they should be handed those sort of things. That they are ‘entitled’ to them, in other words. Simply because they are poor and didn’t work hard at getting an education, or a decent job . . .
I watched Hurricane Sandy with interest. Normally those systems strike down here – I was pretty much expecting that intersection of Northwesterly cold winds and the hurricane to meet over ‘here’. That’s one of the things I’ve noticed living ‘down here’, midway down the line on the border between South Carolina and Georgia: we are on the intersection and conflux of three weather systems: those coming up from the South (gulf winds), those coming in from the Atlantic (Atlantic hurricanes) and those coming in from the Northwest (jet stream action). I’ve been watching those patterns for years. And for the first time in a long time I saw ‘our’ pattern moving up North to give those New Yorkers some hell for awhile . . .
and boy, do I feel sorry for them. Having a North Easter come and dump another foot or so of snow on them – plus the rain, and the high tides – not to mention the freezing temperatures!
It’s a survival situation, of course. I hope those folks know how to survive in this kind of weather, and that they are rationing their fuel. The government is sure slow getting around to them – but that’s always the case (something we’ve learned down here). You’re best off grabbing some nails, a saw, and whatever wood and going to work building you a new shelter to stay in . . .
So much lost. Buried underneath a lot of sand. There’s going to come a time when someone is going to be digging and say: “Hey! Look what I found!” – and come up holding someone’s treasure, saying, “This must be from when that hurricane – what was it? Sandy? Came.” And then they’ll be pocketing that little treasure, now a memento – so many things lost for so many others to find . . . sometime.
I hope people are good about helping each other. I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t a repeat of Katrina – people are different up North. I’ll leave it up to YOU to figure out what that difference was.
So meantime I’ve been doing fall things – raking my acre of leaves, putting them in a hole – the one I dug to repair the pond spill way, which has since broken (the result of one footstep) – and I need to dig some more. It’s slow going . . .
These next few years oughta prove interesting – to say the least. We’re just along for the ride. Too bad we can’t see where we’re going . . . along with the rest of mankind.