HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Especially if they are things that aren't working.
RELIGION IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!
I don't care if a presidential candidate believes in a God or doesn't believe in a God. I don't care if a presidential candidate is a Christian, a Jew, a Christ believing Mormon or an Atheist. It's none of my business.
What is my business is when I see world leaders making a "God" justification for what they do that affects millions or billions of people.
The terrorists that we're fighting are led by people who claim that their "God" (Allah) is the voice that (in essence) tells them that they're right when they fight us.
We have people in the White House who (in essence) say that their/our "God" tells us that we're right when we fight the Allah "God" people.
QUESTION: How many "Gods" are there? And who determines which "God" is right?!?
And if our leaders are basing decisions that affect the rest of Americans and maybe people in other parts of the world based on voices they're hearing that the rest of us aren't hearing, I want different leaders.
Here's something else. Some of our leaders claim to be "Born Again". It has a nice sound to it, but when you keep screwing up after you've been "Born Again", the question I have is, "Can you be 'Born AGAIN'?!?" The old, "third time's the charm" theory, right?
Here's a great quote from Gandhi who said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ."
I'm not suggesting that I totally agree with that, (I don't) but it is something to think about, isn't it?
Here's a term that has been used by people in the military for as long as I can remember; "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!" Think about that. Do most of us believe that the higher power so many people worship and pay homage to, condones the KILLING of people?!?
Here's something else that needs changing...
THE WAY THE I.R.S. DOES BUSINESS!!!
And yeah, maybe it's time to eliminate the I.R.S. Or to totally restructure they way they do business.
In the early 80's, I was doing a radio talk show on KMPC here in Los Angeles, a station that was then owned by legendary Cowboy actor, Gene Autry. This was the first of three different times that I worked for a man I loved and had the pleasure of writing, producing and narrating a 7-hour "Gene Autry Special" that was aired on many stations across the country.
For a number of weeks, I did a series of broadcasts with the great journalist Jack Anderson on KMPC and what we were advocating was a "flat tax" for all Americans. The more we talked about it, the more calls we got from listeners. This subject also prompted the only negative message I ever got from Gene Autry about anything I was doing on KMPC. The message I got was, "Scott? We don't need no talk about no flat tax on this radio station."
That's when I knew that a "flat tax" would be bad for the most privileged of us and good for the rest of us.
I bring this us up because of a tax proposal that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has made. A 23% sales tax that would (in essence) eliminate the I.R.S. as we now know it. As well as darn near every deduction you can think of. In other words, Mike Huckabee's "flat tax", if you will. There's more to it than what I'm describing, but it's instructional to see who's doing most of the howling about this. Mike Huckabee's sales tax proposal is also a major reason he's gotten a big surge in the polls, too.
One particular group that has gone after Huckabee are the very rich folks who financed the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against John Kerry.
The money isn't coming from or being sanctioned by the Swift Boat Veterans who for reasons known only to themselves allowed these rich folks to use them like plow mules in the Kerry campaign.
FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!
When I see that the elitists don't like Huckabee's tax idea, I know he's on to something. Something that would be good for most of us.
But Huckabee is another presidential candidate that I would love even more if he'd dial down the religion thing.
IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO RECONSIDER THE WISDOM OF THE LOTTERY AND ALL THIS EXPANSION OF INDIAN CASINOS!!!!!!!!
Again...This is a Happy New Year column and the topics are changes we should consider for this new year. "Resolutions", perhaps?
QUESTION: Who's the idiot who thought that having state lotteries was/is a GOOD idea?!? Who's the idiot who thought that Indian Casinos on darn near every corner was/is a GOOD idea?!?
Well, whoever it was, that person was/is WRONG!!!
I'm a gambler. I love to play poker. Card rooms are okay. They've been around a long time. I also love video poker. You used to have to go to Nevada or Atlantic City to play video poker. Or blackjack. Or craps. Or roulette, etc., etc.
And yeah, the idea of playing the lottery was cool! At first. But in the last few years I've begun to see what all this easy to get to gambling is doing! And has been doing to too many of us!
IT IS TOO EASY TO BECOME ADDICTED TO GAMBLING!!!!
And do you know what that addiction leads to. People going bankrupt, becoming homeless, becoming criminals in order to eat because of the money lost on gambling that is ENCOURAGED by our leaders who SANCTION this idocy!!!
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!
If we don't get about the business of dialing back the easy availability of gambling except where it used to be done exclusively (Nevada and Atlantic City), we the taxpayers are going to be the ones who will end up paying through the nose for problems caused by all this gambling. Just like we're going to be paying through the nose for helping to bail out this housing foreclosure mess and this stupid cash guzzling war!!!
I feel so much better!
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We do need to make changes, gang!
Here's hoping that '08 will be great! For most of us instead of just a few of us!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
P.S. I'm still working on some projects, so I'm not ready to resume any kind of writing schedule, but when I write the next one, be assured that at least one of the subjects will be about something that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"