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October 20, 2012

As time Goes By: Life's illusions loom large in the political arena


So why do we maintain this illusion that freedom can be purchased just like a pound of bologna? Politicians keep slicing it and we keep buying it. It’s a sad state when we are so hungry an hour later.

There is a growing illusion that elderly people are a burden to society. Once we retire we become “useless” and only get called out when somebody, somewhere, needs a warm body to fill an empty space. What a fantastic waste of talent!

It is a shame when this happens because the elderly have a great deal to offer in experience and knowledge gained from living in an ever changing society.

The greatest illusion is our “democratic” process of nominating candidates for elective office. The funds recruited in Super PACs are there and the process is OK’d because money talks.

A person who was a log splitter or a cherry tree chopper wouldn’t have a ghost of a chance in this boondoggle system.

Question: How long does a politician’s promise last? Answer: As fast as Superman can fly (Superman flies at the speed of light; 186,282 miles per second.)

I’m sorry that I keep hounding politicians, but they are such easy prey. Some claim to have invented the Internet, others claim to reduce spending. They will claim to get you more money in the form of a cost-of-living adjustment but in truth this is the greatest deception of all because the hand you feel in your back pocket isn’t yours — it’s just politicians taking back what they claimed to give you with great fanfare.

There is an illusion that the longer you are in public office the more you can deliver in “pork” to your district. I believe in term limitations – two terms and out. If you can’t get the little that they do in two terms then they are not trying.

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