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On Baby Boomers and Generation Xer's…………

This post is about something else……..I just received a email from  jasonpatrick about Babay Boomers and Generation Xer’s…….and I’m going to post a bit of it…then you can finish the piece by jumping on the link………

The Millenial’s Response to Curmudgeonly Baby-Boomers and Generation Xer’s

I have just received my umpteenth chain e-mail celebrating the superiority of those over forty to those under forty. While I don’t specifically disagree with most of the complaints leveled against the younger generations for lacking certain qualities, I never-the-less believe it is important to respond to some of those criticisms. It is after all not the fault of the younger people that those failings arose, but actually the fault of the poor parenting of those same “superior” Baby-Boomers and Generation Xer’s.

The primary complaint of both this e-mail specifically and the category of e-mail in general is about an over cautiousness among the under forty crowd. We wear bike helmets, and carry cell phones, and don’t talk to strangers. We don’t play outside, we avoid activities where we can knock out a tooth, get a cut or break a leg. And of course, the coup-de-grace is that we sit in car seats and boosters after we can walk and never sit in the back of an open top pick up truck…………

August 17, 2009 Posted by | The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

On Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s…………

This post is about something else……..I just received a email from  jasonpatrick about Babay Boomers and Generation Xer’s…….and I’m going to post a bit of it…then you can finish the piece by jumping on the link………

The Millenial’s Response to Curmudgeonly Baby-Boomers and Generation Xer’s

I have just received my umpteenth chain e-mail celebrating the superiority of those over forty to those under forty. While I don’t specifically disagree with most of the complaints leveled against the younger generations for lacking certain qualities, I never-the-less believe it is important to respond to some of those criticisms. It is after all not the fault of the younger people that those failings arose, but actually the fault of the poor parenting of those same “superior” Baby-Boomers and Generation Xer’s.

The primary complaint of both this e-mail specifically and the category of e-mail in general is about an over cautiousness among the under forty crowd. We wear bike helmets, and carry cell phones, and don’t talk to strangers. We don’t play outside, we avoid activities where we can knock out a tooth, get a cut or break a leg. And of course, the coup-de-grace is that we sit in car seats and boosters after we can walk and never sit in the back of an open top pick up truck…………

August 17, 2009 Posted by | The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

The fight over the public option is on!

Today the push back from within the democratic party materialized on dropping the public option in the healthcare bill, and the White House is a little wobbly ( they just threw Sebelius under the bus ) ……..Several Senate and House members have gone on the record against the trial balloons offered by the administration…for Obama, this could be the hardest thing he has tackled so far…I think it could surpass the election……

He knows he can get a bill probably with out the public option …heck, the Republicans would probably give him it smiling…but now he’s got the problem of the progressives in the House and Senate mad at him ( and Grassley back in the fold with the Republicans), and a bill without the option will cost him a good bit of his base…….

I posted a strategy piece from the Washington Post a few days ago….that piece suggested that the President would wait till September to show his cards….that may not work if the progressives get too restive…….

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

President Obama speaks to veterans on the Military……….

I just got finished watching the Commander in Chief doing a major speech on our military to veterans….The speech was very good…..He touched on his theme of change and the military …touching on the costs, the equipment , the two wars and his pledge to take his job seriously.  He also tied healthcare into the speech, along with not forgetting the nations veterans. He made a point to announce the increases in the services to cover the increased missions. As I said the speech was good….But I will take exception to one thing in his speech…..Marine One…….Obama went on to do a story about the chopper having the ability to serve up a meal for the Chief executive. I got that. But…. I don’t agree with Obama and Gates in canceling the new Marine One contract…actually, I feel he’s doing this country a great disservice. The United States government has 9 completed helicopters, after paying $3 Billion for them…..Congress has appropriated another $400 million to help pay for no more than 6 more to give the Marine ‘s a total of 15 brand new choppers……the total cost to finish getting the current new chopper fleet would be about $4.5 Billon, and the new chopper’s would be inservice in a year and a half……. If the program is indeed cancelled……the CIC would continue to fly in 30 year old choppers, that would not be replaced until at least 10 years from now, ( and another contract would be bid in a  few months! ) at a cost of  more than $20 billion dollars!…….Now that does that make any sense?…….take out the extra stuff like stoves or microwaves, and save the country money and take the new choppers you already have ………and thank you Mr President for not forgetting the ones who have served for us all………….

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment