Rich and poor at the same time  

puntachueca 105M
2534 posts
9/7/2006 6:13 am

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9/15/2006 12:41 pm

Rich and poor at the same time


Been fussing with the US federal government a lot lately in the context of my job.

Here we are..a country with a budget in the trillions. The richest nation ever in human history.

But what are we doing?

The feds couldn't build levees in New Orleans and can't find its way out of its red tape to rebuild New Orleans.

We're mired in a half baked war in Iraq that Bush calls World War III but is being run by the 3 Stooges (Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld). Meanwhile Osama is sitting in the mountains of Pakistan telling us to convert to Islam (which is his way of abiding by his interpretation of the Koran so he can justify killing more infidels).

Our borderlands are overrun with people looking for work and they want to build a fence instead of making working here legal.

They gave tax cuts to the rich, and we're going broke in the process.

I was at a meeting between the US and Mexico about the sewage coming across the border and the US wants to spend $60 million to make better fish habitat..and the Mexicans suggested God was going to punish us for not caring about our people..our old..our sick...our homeless.....

Look at us from the eyes of the rest of the world and what do you see?

A nation drunk on power.

catkit13 66F

9/7/2006 6:50 am

the dixie chicks had it right, sadly
we've become the laughingstock of part of the world, and a big target to the rest
it's scary and shameful and on and on
if we can't (won't?) take care of our young, our elderly, our uninsured, the future doesn't look pretty
too bad we start our days with these thoughts, but it is what it is
hopefully, change will be in the winds in november
great storm right now, btw - about an inch in less than an hour, i'm sure my garage is gonna flood again


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 7:34 pm:
We got hammered, too.
I'm really getting tired of mud and mosquitoes.
Where's the ark?

readytolay_3
(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)
105F

9/7/2006 7:26 am

No Shit...and at this point it would seem there's very damn little we can do about it about....Ready

Ready


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 7:35 pm:
Elect a lot of Democrats....if the Republic and Demos can't agree on anything, at least nothing will get done instead of all the wrongness now.

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
9/7/2006 11:33 am

Things are pretty screwed up. And the world looks at us and sees through our hypocrisy. China just laughed at us when we tried to lecture them about human rights. In fact one of their diplomats told us to shut up.

Part of the strategy for controlling people is to make them feel helpless about doing anything to change what's wrong.

VOTE!!!

Kiss

Kiss


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 7:38 pm:
And vote for change!!!!

tracy_de_lacy 105F
9268 posts
9/7/2006 11:50 am

Sorry but I see (and I think a lot of europeans do) a country that thinks it has more power than it actually has. Now my best friend is from the states, so don't even go there anyone. But even he does it sometimes. An example, Greenwich Meantime has been the time setter for the entire planet for as long as most people can remember. Now USA comes up with a new time, what is it EST or something (coincidently being the same as GMT) and names it as their's, now the whole world revolves around american time, or so the americans would like to think. WTF. Sorry this is wrong and there is no way it can be made right. Greenwich is the centre of time, it always was and it always will be.

Well you started the rant

Bye everyone, it was a blast


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 7:45 pm:
No...you're right on point. I've been in situations working with Israelies and Palentinians, Canadians, Brazilians and Argentinians, Indian and Nepal, central American govts, and lots of European government reps....my speciality is transborder environmental problems
The US has this mentality that if we think of it, then that's the only way to go...and there's such contempt for everyone else...no way to learn that people pretty much have the same problems and lots of different solutions come out of the view from lots of different cultural perspectives.

One of my favorite experiences was in an Irish bar in Washington with a whole bynch of IRA types..with a group of Mexicans..comparing notes on harrassment border searches....the common theme being having customs agents stivking their fingers up everyone's butts...

amoldenough 70F
16436 posts
9/7/2006 1:37 pm

I hope that November will change some of the things going on here. I don't know if it isn't the same as what we say about people like Castro, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden;" if he dies, someone worse will just take his place" I guess we will know next year at this time.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 7:48 pm:
Kind of like dealing with cockroaches..for every one you get, there's 10 more hiding behind the walls....

The problem is few governments are as good as the people who live in their countries.

rm_lust2u2 51M

9/8/2006 1:03 am

"A baby with an axe" (figuratively speaking)


puntachueca replies on 9/15/2006 12:44 pm:
ok.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
9/11/2006 5:39 pm

    Quoting rm_lust2u2:
    "A baby with an axe" (figuratively speaking)
And her name is Maggie Simpson....

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


puntachueca replies on 9/15/2006 12:45 pm:
isn't she scretary of state?

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