All posts by rgsmith

The Congressional Rich

Over two-thousand years ago a man said, “forgive them for they know not what they do.” What happened yesterday in the House of Representatives should invoke those words again. The poor, the elderly, the ill and so many others would lose affordable health care if the Trump care bill were to become law in its current form. It is unlikely that will happen, but just for the record. The Republican majority voted for the largest redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich in…

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A sad day to remember!

May 4th. It is a sad day in American history. It is a distasteful memory and inimical to the liberty for which we stand. However, there are profound lessons in the remembering. 1970 Kent State, a college in Ohio. It was a time of volatile tension and confrontation in this country over our involvement in Vietnam. It was a moment of regrettable action in our history. Four young lives were lost when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of anti-war protesters. Dissent, through…

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Note: To the White House

Note: To the White House The reality of the common man is often lost on the super-rich and the pampered powerful of the world. Not one of us will begrudge the right of anyone, including Presidents, to spend their money any way they choose, but to spend public money in elective public service, in the seemingly normal daily extravagance of privileged living is not proper. The problem comes when what is common for the wealthy is opulence to common folk. It can be viewed as…

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The Bureaucracy

I’ve often thought that the bureaucracy is collectively ignorant. Now I am convinced of it. Out in the northwest, a guy reconfigured the timing sequence for a series of traffic lights for a better traffic flow. I don’t remember where or who it was, but after he had submitted his results to authorities, the local authorities fined him $500 for engineering without a state license. The bureaucracy is run by people, and people are sometimes stupid.

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