December 21, 2012, the end of the world. At least that is the prediction of the Mayan calendar. Maybe, just maybe, they missed it by a few days. December 31, 2012. Now that’s a date that could be, and probably will be, classified as the end of the world as we know it by the hucksters and propagandists known today as the media. You see that is the date we all are supposed to go over the “fiscal cliff.” The fiscal cliff is best described as the ending of the Bush era tax cuts and a required reduction in spending, primarily military, which would automatically go into effect without Congressional action.
how will you deal with this event? I’m talking about the end of the
world. Me, I’m going to find myself a comfortable chair, put my feet up,
pour myself an adult beverage of some sort, and have a toast to the
life I have enjoyed. Then I will go to bed.
about the other end of the world, the “fiscal cliff?” Well since that
should occur on New Year’s Eve, I plan to find myself a comfortable
chair, put my feet up, pour myself an adult beverage of some sort and
offer a toast to the life I have enjoyed and then go to bed as I do
reason is simple. Both scenarios are equally silly. The world is not
going to end on December 21st or on December 31st. The hype is going to
get louder but both days will pass and we will be fine. If I am wrong
about the Mayan prediction, it won’t matter anyway, will it? Nobody will
be around to criticize my opinion. I once saw a TV show trying to show
what the world would look like if there were no people. My question is
who cares? If there are no people, who would be around to appreciate an
uninhabited world? What nonsense.
the fiscal cliff poses a different problem. You have all heard the
hype. We are basically being told that if Congress doesn’t act to
prevent this dilemma, the entire country will suffer irreparable harm.
How to fix it becomes the issue. The mantra from the Democrats is to tax
the rich, tax the rich. Their opinion seems to be that such a tax
increase would solve our money problems in Washington and we wouldn’t
have to reduce spending. The reality is that the proposed tax increase
on wealthy people will generate very little revenue. This tax proposal
is nothing more than a notch in Obama’s political gun. A notch which
incidentally will be filed off by the Republican administration which
replaces him. What amazes and confounds me is that both political
parties are willing to cause untold financial suffering and continue
this economic stagnation for years for political reasons. Neither side
seems to care a bit about the country. The financial problem facing
America is and has been caused solely by our elected employees in
Washington. Political games will fix nothing. Every one of them must be
held accountable for their actions or their inactions. If they fail in
their duty, they should be summarily dismissed.
truly believe there will be an end of this world someday. I do not
believe however that humans will have anything to do with it. Until that
time comes, and nobody knows when that will be, I plan to continue to
enjoy my life and I hope you do the same. If I am wrong and it all comes
tumbling down on December 21st or on December 31st, you all can get
together and criticize me. Oh, wait a minute. That won’t work. The
reason, you won’t be here either.
Ron Scarbro December 12, 2012
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