A Little Random

A little post-election randomness, because sometimes I just cannot help myself.

*Some Republicans have drawn a line in the sand regarding raising taxes on those earning over $250,000, saying that it is not wise to raise taxes on the “job creators” during what has been a drawn-out recovery.  That made me wonder, if the tax rates that are in effect, and have been in effect since the Bush Presidency, then the “job creators” have had about a decade of lower tax rates.  That being said, shouldn’t they be creating more jobs than they have been, thus lowering the unemployment rate?  Or are Republicans hiding behind “job creators” to shield their wealthy backers from having to actually pay a fair amount of taxes.  This is not about socialism or redistribution, this is about those who have more paying a little more.  Why should those in the middle and bottom pay more, as a percentage, than those with the most?  Our country will not see an increase in revenue by cutting spending alone; just like with your household budget and checking account, the balance rises when you spend more wisely and when you make more money.  And how does the government make money?  From tax revenues.

*Not to keep bringing the subject up, but I stumbled on an interesting take on abortion the other day, one that I am still uncertain of my position on, but one that I thought I would share.  (This touchy subject has been the topic of a lot of posts on here recently, and if you check out this earlier entry, there are multiple links available.  Or you can just browse the archives on this site.)  But back to the topic at hand, and that is the elimination of a woman’s right to choose.  There are some who believe that forcing a woman to carry a baby to term amounts to a violation of the 13th Amendment, which, in addition to abolishing slavery, also abolished involuntary servitude, which is a person laboring against their will to benefit another (not laboring in the sense of labor before delivery, labor as in work).  If that is the case, then it can be argued that the 13th Amendment protects a woman’s right to choose, regardless of any court ruling to the contrary (since the only way to undo that provision would be a Constitutional Amendment).  I really do not know what I think about that argument, to be honest with you, so I will commit to research it some more and dedicate a future post to it.

*Forgiveness is a neat character trait of the human race.  I have written a lot about my feelings when someone uses the term “retard” the way that Ann Coulter freely does (search her name in our archives).  I got a text from my mom yesterday morning that said “what’s with Jimbo?” referring to FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher.  At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about, but I was interested to find out what she was asking me.  It turns out that Coach Fisher, in a press conference Monday, referred to the BCS ranking system as “retarded,” and I think she was testing me to see if I would speak out about his remark the way I have about Ann Coulter.  I did.  And not that it matters to Coach Fisher, but I have also forgiven him for what he said, in part because he quickly realized his mistake and apologized, and I believe him.  It’s not that I am giving him a free pass, but I also am one to forgive when someone recognizes they have messed up.  Coach Fisher is a good man, a good husband, and a good father, and I know that his remark was made in error and that he is deeply sorry for saying it.  The ability of humans to show compassion is what sets us apart from other species, and to forgive is a measure of that compassion.

*What is more important, the “scandal” with General Petraeus, or the fact that we are still in Afghanistan and losing troops on a regular basis?  I am going to go with Afghanistan.  Unless it is proven that General Petraeus revealed any classified information during his extramarital affair, the issue should remain between him and his wife.  But to see it on TV, it is way more important than our troops still needlessly in Afghanistan.  Our priorities are messed up in this country to where a public official’s affair garners more attention than does a prolonged war.  Yes, some people still put on a sad face when they show the flag-draped coffins being offloaded at Dover Air Force base, but they forget real quick by the next commercial break.  When a service member is killed in action, the pain does not stop with the arrival of the remains or with the conclusion of the funeral.  Family and friends feel that pain every day, yet are forgotten (I am more referring to family here).  I am a firm believer that we should honor all members of the military at all times, and we should always honor those who have fallen defending our country.  When was the last time you thanked a member of the military?  If it was more than a few days ago, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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