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Post Full Of Distractions—Giving The People What They Want

Here is a post full of distractions. In America we like distractions to take us away from the fact that we are a second-world nation in decline.

It is easier to be distracted than to take part in politics and in public affairs.

I want to give the people what they want.

The text in the post is for people who want a distraction from the distractions.

Above is a running donkey. Sometimes you run and run in life, and yet it feels that you have not made much progress.

It might also be said that the donkey symbolizes the Democratic Party.

We vote for Democrats year after year, and yet we do not appear to be moving ahead.

At the same time, our Republican Party has gone far-right crazy.

Like in Egypt and in Wisconsin, everyday people will have to do the hard work of freedom.

Below is the spinning Earth. We are all sisters and brothers on the spinning Earth.

Don’t be fooled by folks who tell you immigrants are trouble or Muslims are bad.

That kind of talk is just a distraction.

Below is a house being built.

You don’t see that much anymore.

Next is a pink heart and gay pride symbol indicating my support for gay marriage.

We should let people be with the people they want to be with in this brief life.

Gay marriage harms nobody.

Here we have a boat and a bridge. Regular readers of this blog will know I like water and boats.

We can stay the course even when there is an obstacle ahead.

Below is Franklin D. Roosevelt. F.D.R was a great President who helped bring us Social Security.

Your belief in so-called limited government will be of cold comfort when you are old and broke.

You are crazy if you think the private sector will help you get by when you are old.

Finally, we have a tree with one remaining falling leaf.

Life ends with death. But then there is renewal.

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18 Comments »

  1. They may be “distractions” but they give a lot to think to everyone ! Great blog, thank you.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife | February 22, 2011

  2. Thanks for the kind words.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 22, 2011

  3. Um, I think I just had a seizure.

    Good points, though. And of course trivial (non)issues (flag burning, terror mosques, Obama’s religion) are used specifically to drum up support while distracting from vastly more important concerns. As in:

    American People: “Hey, uh, where are the jobs? And why is the economy in the shitter?”

    GOP: “OMGZ – QUICK, LOOK, A MUSLIM!!!”

    Hmmm…..I feel a smartass blog post coming on…

    Comment by runawaylawyer | February 22, 2011

  4. Hey, who cares if our country is going to hell in a handbasket? We need more Snookie antics. Ugh.

    Comment by SpinnyLiberal | February 23, 2011

  5. Thanks for all these kind comments.

    Runawaylawyer–Thanks for being here. I’ll check out your blog.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 23, 2011

  6. Your belief in so-called limited government will be of cold comfort when you are old and broke.

    I expect continue to confiscate money from me when I am old and wealthy, so that it may be given to your readers, whom you sadly assume will inevitably be poor.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 23, 2011

  7. Matt—No. I think that many hard working people will not earn enough wages along the way to put away enough for retirement. The story below suggests this to be true. And it assumes a rate of pay more than many people make.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10017/1028629-435.stm

    Thanks for your comments here.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 23, 2011

  8. Slevin’s analysis is simply wrong, which tends to be the case when you have an organizational-behavior prof crunching your numbers for you. He didn’t compound the returns, for crying out loud!

    When that error is corrected, Slevin’s hypothetical worker retires with $110,000 per year, forever, and is still able to leave the entire principal balance (some $2.2 million) to his children.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 24, 2011

  9. Hmm. My paltry investments have this thing in its literature that says “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” You can even lose your principal.

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be dead way before I need it anyway. And my nieces will have candy money. :-)

    Comment by SpinnyLiberal | February 24, 2011

  10. Matt–I don’t know exactly what you do for a living. I hope you are successful and make a good salary. But very many hard-working folks in this country lack the money for a good retirement. They do not have the resources to invest now for what will happen much later. To paraphrase what they said about Senator Goldwater in 1964—In your heart you know I’m right.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 25, 2011

  11. Matt–I don’t know exactly what you do for a living.

    I’m an auditor.

    I hope you are successful and make a good salary.

    I do.

    But very many hard-working folks in this country lack the money for a good retirement. They do not have the resources to invest now for what will happen much later.

    What if they had an immediate raise of, say, 12.4 percent?

    To paraphrase what they said about Senator Goldwater in 1964—In your heart you know I’m right.

    You’re right about what? You cited a back-of-the-envelope study with mathematical errors that invalidate it. You’ve not addressed those at all — do you understand them?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 25, 2011

  12. I’ll tell you what–You find a way to get folks a raise of anything approaching 12.4% raise in this society and we’ll talk. See if you can get them 40 hours of work a week as well.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 25, 2011

  13. I wasn’t sure whether you’d recognize 12.4% as the combined FICA contribution for employers and employees. I guess not.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 25, 2011

  14. It was clear enough you’d used that number for a reason. Your sole point seems to be to score points and not address the basic issue here—A lifetime of hard work in America offers no promise of a decent retirement. That is the issue here. Not you playing a game of gotcha.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 25, 2011

  15. Your sole point seems to be to score points and not address the basic issue here—A lifetime of hard work in America offers no promise of a decent retirement.

    I’m addressing the point. Workers are stuck with artificially depressed wages so that the government may operate an unsustainable pension plan with staggeringly low returns. I think that’s a bad idea.

    As a side tip, being more difficult to get helps protect against the gotcha stuff.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 25, 2011

  16. Your every comment is a gotcha. I’m just the transmission line here for your dialogue with yourself.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 26, 2011

  17. like the house flash, reminds me of lego’s.

    Comment by brady | March 2, 2011

  18. I think magic sparkle pony was born with a silver &^%$ in his mouth!

    Comment by David Garcia | March 5, 2011


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