Thursday, December 10, 2009
The current debt limit for the United States is $12.1 trillion dollars. TRILLION dollars. Think of the debt of the United States as if the U.S. were a consumer and the $12.1 trillion dollars was owed on their credit card. A reasonable person might look at that and say that there is going to be a very sizeable bill that will have to be paid, and perhaps you, Mr. Consumer, should slow down your spending. However, this is Washington and the U.S. Congress about which we are speaking, and reasonable is not a part of the conversation. In fact, House Democrats have introduced a resolution to increase the debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion dollars. Rather than rein in spending, Congress continues to spend profligately. And this means that some day, there will be an incredible bill to pay. A bill that will be paid by our children and grandchildren.
If I found out I only had a week to live, and I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to the hospital, because that sounds serious.
How do you define a hero? Is it someone who does something dramatic, out of the ordinary, that changes the course of a sporting event? Is it someone who is a great community leader that betters those around them through their efforts and vision? Is it the policeman or fireman that risks their life to save others? Is it a business leader that changes the face of the economy? In some respects, all of these examples could define heroic actions. All of us have watched with morbid fascination the revelations of the tawdry behavior of Tiger Woods, hero of the golf world if not all of sports. Maybe it's time for society to redefine who is a hero. Maybe it is that person that does their job dependably and without qualm. Perhaps it's the spouse that is faithful through thick and thin. Maybe a hero is the parent or parents that sacrifice for the good of their children and give them unequivocal love. Seems to me our world needs some new heroes.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me in kickboxing.
Is it just me, or does it seem that more and more, we are hearing of cases of corruption, whether in the business world, government, sports, or law enforcement. These violations of trust at any level and in any venue undermine the very foundations of civil interaction in our society. Trust and truth are such endangered commodities that we try to replace them with voluminous legal documents. It doesn't work. This condition strains at the the fabric of our society and is damaging in every respect. Wouldn't it be refreshing to be able to take someone at their word and with the shake of a hand? That ethic was once prevalent in our society. Maybe it will one day become the norm again rather than the exception.
I would give my right hand to be ambidextrous.
And that, my friends, is my view.