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As right as rain (and Reagan)

August 18, 2010

What does your gut tell you?

  1. Terra Zan permalink
    August 18, 2010 4:02 pm

    Despite being a proclaimed Independent, you seem to be leaning hard to the right. The video on this post was made by The Republican Study Committee. I am sure you know why they organized and what they advance. And although I don’t completely disagree with their “six guiding principles” it is difficult for me to accept as gospel everything the Republicans state.

    Kudos to the producer of the clip who adroitly manipulated and pieced together select, and sometimes out of context, bits of video to advance the far right Republican agenda.

    In the clip President Reagan made the statement , “Government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”

    As profound as the statement was I question whether the private sector and private companies alone will be our saviors from the economic quagmire we are in as a nation. From my vantage point I see private companies taking advantage of the current economic downturn by laying off or firing workers, hiring temporary workers who don’t receive benefits and stockpiling cash to buy out smaller companies who are not weathering the current economic maelstrom. These tactics will not help turn our economy around.

    More to my point; how much money will private companies need to acquire before they work toward a solution?

    I don’t have the answer, but the question of how much money is enough can be found in the holy book. It usually provides me with the optimal answers.

    In Ecclesiastes 5:10-14 (NIV): Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune.

    • Hugo permalink*
      August 19, 2010 11:12 pm

      Terra Zan – I am so independent, I don’t even capitalize it. Neither do I lean one way or another; I measure things in terms of where I stand. As far as who produced the video, no, I don’t know anything about them. If a thief comes up to me and tells me it is sunny, I do not disregard his truth about the weather necessarily because of his character, especially when I can see with my own eyes. …. I do dispute that there is anything out of context in the vid if you accept that the context is as follows: that we used to have leaders that believed individual citizens were more meritorious than they were contemptible. … You reference “private companies taking advantage of the current economic downturn by laying off or firing workers.” In considering a remedy, the notion of the government mandating that a company can lay off only, let’s say, 2% of their workforce per year is reassuring to someone perhaps of your bent; to me, it is a repulsive thought and, with confidence I say, not in the spirit of American ideals. You also detest “hiring temporary workers who don’t receive benefits.” I presume your objection is that they are not paid benefits, other than a wage. Reminds me of a time when I passed a co-worker in the office as he was headed out the door at 10 a.m. When I asked where he was off to, he replied, “To get a haircut.” I queried, “On company time?” His response? “It grows on company time, doesn’t it?” I don’t know where in our history we anchored ourselves to the idea that a company that does not provide benefits like health insurance and a company match to employees’ 401K contributions were a plague on society. … You and I may hold contrary beliefs, ideals, and/ or standards for society. But keep in mind that it is this very sort of polarity that drives a motor. You and me, Terra Zan, we matter. Both of us and equally. I will stand next to you long before I’d stand next to one who looks down their nose at either of us and appropriates to themselves without right their power to abridge individual liberties.

      • August 22, 2010 3:03 am

        Hugo – This is a mere quibble, but, I capitalized independent as it is posted on your blog, “HUGO – INDEPENDENT SINCE 1975”. Since you don’t “lean one way or another” it would be my understanding that you’re not very much influenced by other people.
        I do not accept that Reagan was a leader “that believed individual citizens were more meritorious than they were contemptible…” I invite you to read “The Family: Preserving America’s Future” from Reagan’s administration detailing the conservative values meant to be enhanced by a Reagan Executive Order mandating family impact statements, criticized liberal and radical critiques and programs, and enshrined the nuclear family in a position of superiority over other kinds of families as well as over both the individual and the larger community. The full text is at Search for ERIC # ED316515.
        Allow me to redress the point about companies I was trying to make. Many commercial enterprises are hiring temporary workers for positions once held by full time employees who earned higher wages. These companies expect the same level of production from fewer temporary employees being paid a lower wage. One benefit a full time employee laid off from their job may expect is an unemployment payment. Temps are not given this benefit.
        Let me know the location of this utopia where no more of our individual liberties will be abridged. Given our current situation, it seems unrealizable.

  2. Hugo permalink*
    August 23, 2010 10:55 am

    Right on, Terra Zan. I am not an island or a rock. Even at my advanced age I am still trying to find my way. So, yes, I am highly impressionable and influenced daily by others. And I number you as one who has influenced me here on this subject. I have downloaded ED316515 and will read all 59 pages in time. Thanks for turning me on to another resource. … Regardless of what you and I may think at any given time, I remain optimistic about the rest of our lives and those that follow. As long as knuckleheads like you and me are giving these things some thought, and not updating our Facebook status w/ narcissistic statements like, “I just bought some new irregular underwear; fits good,” there is hope. … I remain in search of Hugotopia. When I find it, I will express mail a map to you, TZ.

  3. Terra Zan permalink
    August 23, 2010 10:06 pm

    Hugo- You’re welcome re: ERIC. It is indeed a valuable resource to keep under one of your many hats. Here is where I keep some public documents and am delighted to share:

    Just wanted you to know I do not subscribe to the notion that we’re knuckleheads.
    We critical people are always being criticized!

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