The squirrel and I thank you for viewing our post. Yes the squirrel is real and no he doesnít talk. Watching him eat did make me think. As much as the Republican would want people to think the reason for food stamps, reduced housing, Medicaid and other social safety nets is because people are lazy and donít want to work. It is not so. Any living thing will do what they must to keep from starving, freezing or suffering. They donít just say it is too much effort, I would rather sit here and die.
The world has changed and we canít go back. Populations have increased, resources have shrunk and globalization, automation and technology have changed the employment needs. This country must change with the times. The idea that we need to get back to the good old days is a conservative fantasy. If the Republican machine has its way they will say the United States is the best place in the world to live if you have wealth, position and power. They will also say, with pride, in poverty and human suffering we are proud to say we have caught up and expect to exceed the countries we used to condemn for the treatment of their people.
It was very cold this morning and when I went out to where I feed the birds and other critters there was this big grey squirrel eating cracked corn. I asked if he was hungry and he said I am almost starved. I said generally you are down in the rich folks neighborhood they put out some pretty good food don't they. The squirrel said they have stopped feeding us. It seems they feel they pay to much in taxes so they can't afford us any more. One lady said she barely had enough for her new spring wardrobe. I said its not fancy but your welcome to what is here. The squirrel said thank you and could he ask a personal question. I told him ask away. He looked at me and said are you by any chance a Democrat.
Read in the paper this morning where the GOP is sending some congressional candidates to charm school. Shane Osborn, of Nebraska, Matt Whitaker, of Iowa, and Terri Lynn Land, of Michigan for starters. They will go to GOPís Senate campaign headquarters in Washington to learn, in part, what not to say and how not to say it. As the old saying goes you canít make a silk purse out of a sowís ear and the best they can hope for is a better snake oil salesman. The Republican's end game is the same, they just want to be better liars.
I have been listening and following the thoughts and actions of the new Pope. I am not Catholic but this Pope would make most people of good conscience feel humble. My wish for the coming year is that our political representatives, both left and right, would embrace some of the Pope's doctrine and work for the betterment of all people.
Yesterday the president attended a funeral. He exchanged required formalities with other world leaders and did shake hands with the president of Cuba. Fox news and the republican were all over it. Now there is a time and place for everything and in some situations one must be a true person of dignity, honor and culture such as the funeral of one of the most respected person in our time. This was not the time for political posturing or debate. The President did the appropriate greeting for the occasion. I would be a democrat if only not to be associated with people who seem to be ignorant, crude and have no sense of dignity or honor.
The Waterville Morning Sentinel had some harsh words for DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew handling of some issues such as outsource of transportation of people to medical appointments. The paper also cited the moving of the Portland office to a more remote location. The implication was she was not doing a good job and refused to own up to it. They were wrong because the commissioner does not work for the people of the state of Maine she works for Governor Le Page and his agenda. If you check with the Governor she is doing a great job and deserves a raise.
Next Thursday people will celebrate Thanks Giving. I have noticed people making a lot of charitable contribution. Some donate their time, money or other forms of giving and this is a great way of sharing with others less fortunate. The holidays always brings out the best in people. I also think about what an old man in the Midwest said to me years ago. It was a Sunday morning and he asked if I was on my way to church. I answered no I was not a good church going person in spite of my motherís good intentions. He replied no matter you can go to church every Sunday and still not save your soul, itsí what you do the other six days that count. When we have people not going hungry, having warm secure shelter and an opportunity to live a productive life we can be thankful. When all people can have health care regardless of income and higher education and training will be within the reach of all young people we can be proud and thankful. When we have a government that works for the people without division and gridlock we can be thankful. It is my hope that after the holidays everyone will continue to work at making this a country a place for every one regardless of race, religion, gender or income, and that we may have a country where we build more school and universities and less prisons. A country where people can work together at building a future that has something for everyone and not just what is good for me. This is a lot to ask but remember what you do rest of the years or the other six days will make the world we live in. May you all have a good Thanks giving.
Remember about a year ago there was meningitis out break from contaminated pain injections? Sixty four people died and hundreds were ill. There is now a bill in congress to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies. There is one big problem in the form of Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana. Vitter is holding up a vote in his battle to scrap the Affordable Care Act. He first wants a vote on disclosure of congressional aids chose of health care plans. This oversight bill on regulation of compounding pharmacies might save lives but with Vitter it is I will get my way or everyone will be sorry. My guess he was that way as a child. So why do these people get elected to office where they can cause real damage and harm to this country?
About a week ago I was walking by the television and I heard this one line statement. Now who said it or in connection to what, I missed but it stayed with me. I will get back to it later.
There is a lot of change in this country since I was young. If I am right women now make up over half the work force. By 2050 Hispanics will make up a third of the population. Climate change may have an influence on our economy. The rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. We are losing jobs that may never come back due to automation, technology and cheaper off shore labor.
In view of this one would ask why are womenís right under attack. Immigration reform is being blocked. Climate change is considered a hoax. The right to collective bargaining is being challenged and social programs are being dropped.
I understand why conservatives want to hang on to what used to be because the future is uncertain so it is easier to stay with what you know. Now for progressives the challenge is to move ahead in the face of changes. Time and tide wait for no man or women, change is a way of life, always has been and always will be.
Now back to that one line. You cannot create the future by hanging onto the past. Think about it.