Excellent Blog, Funk. However, I won't take the bait of defending Michael Moore and finding fault with capitalism. I will say that he is rather adept at shining a light on the disparities between the haves and the have nots when it comes, to health care, leadership, and the acquisition of wealth.
One does not have to agree with him, but I think he is successful at putting many in a position to question or explore the points he attempts to make via his films.
This, IMHO, is a proven tool of the Left and is becoming more prevalent on the right: to agitate and aggravate.
But one must be careful about what one wishes for though and/or at the very least be prepared to reap the whirlwind that follows provocation.
Thanks for your excellent comments Jimmy. I worked for Planters Peanut Corporation upon graduation of High School in 1978 and was laid off several times before working food service jobs and ultimately joining the US Army in February 1983 and retiring after 21 years in March 2004. In general free markets need to set wages for individuals according to what they can offer the business and the better you become the higher your wages will be. My salary has increased 107% since 2004.
My bad, I stand to correct myself. My private sector earnings have increased 107% since my initial 2004 salary with two promotions in 2008 and 2011.
Well Funk my man, I have exceeded, monetarily at least, my prognosis for failure, projected upon me by all them psychological tests inflicted upon my person.
Now if you recall, I said all them tests said I would amount to nothing, and would end up probably pi$$ing off a lot of people during my lifetime.
Economically speaking I have proven them wrong. No mortgage, nice house, savings and want not. Feel very fortunate.
However, I think the part of the all them tests were correct in that I have secured a position in life where I Pi$$ off many.
Oh well. You cannot have it all, right?
You might want to run that comment of yours by Tot. He lives two or three doors down and we are similar in many ways. Materially done alright, great extended families, but politically on strongly opposite different sides of the aisle.
My problem, I think, is his Neanderthal way of expressing his devout Conservatism consisting mostly of a MASS blaming of Liberals for all the wrongs of society, yet on the other hand his libertarian views regarding cannabis, flying directly into the face of Liberal thinking.
Anyway, that's another blog for a different time.
TOT is proud to say that capitalism and private sector employment are the backbone of healthy and happy prosperity.
A lifetime spent in public sector employment is not at all the same thing.
Government employment is not anything but relying on other taxpayers to foot the bill for your own comforts.
JM not trying to pick at a scab but just exactly what line of work or business did you participate in during your working years.
No scab picking here, Tot. Though you are clearly trying to paint me and thousands of public servants into some sort of evil corner for being a government employee and thus worthy of some sort of public scorn, I have no shame for having served my state and Federal Government. It just so happens that our society needs certain folks to get in between some parents who beat and abuse their children and them. I doubt you would have the time nor inclination to do that while unplugging a stopped up toilet. It's also probably foreign to your DNA to be able to foster supporting aid and training to a disabled individual in order that they can return to productive employment. You also are probably lacking in the insight and need in administering measurement techniques to intervene in a developmentally delayed child such that they can learn compensatory skills in order to succeed along with non-impaired children.
I could go on Tot, but what's the use? Seeing the need to have folks take a child that has been purposely scalded in a tub of hot water from their parents is clearly something you do not have the capability to wrap your head around.
Such it is with many of the John Deere hat wearing conservative private sector types such as yourself.
I'm glad we have agencies which step in to protect children from abusive parents.
Such incidents deserve praise.
Now virtually encouraging young females to have multiple births of out of wedlock children is wrong.
I know several personally.
They have no shame.
I simply believe they are wrong.
Had it not been for the private sector types you would not have been as fortunate in your working years.
All real revenue in the treasury comes from the private sector.
Any payroll funded by government is simply a matter of government taking money from it's right pocket and placing it in it's left pocket.
You cannot have both sides of the argument Tot. You have made it clear to all here (cept for your personal Eva Braun She-run-run) that you are against government as it exists today.
So was Timothy McVeigh.
jm I simply believe in less intrusive government like our founding fathers wanted.
You and your kind have slowly effected change that has resulted in less self reliant people and a dependent mentality of our society.
Don't equate me to McVeigh.
You take yourself way to seriously.
All you do is stink up the room.
I admire your writing skill but I detest your approach in your dealing with those who have a different opinion.
You are the sole reason that many have ceased to participate in discussion on this site.
When I attend gatherings of old locals your names mention evokes negative response almost always.
Take your medicine and try to maintain.
Report me as often as you care to Mr. Watkins.
I have just as much right as you to post my opinion.
The Courier blog site is not a place to use foul descriptive words which evoke sickening images to the mind of one reading it.
Delusionary thinking is your hallmark Tot. And if it is as you state about attending gatherings of old locals evokes negative response almost always...then I must be doing something right.
And you Tot need to get accustomed to me and my kind: we've won the last Five national popular votes and are going no where.
You hatred of government motivates atrocities committed like that of Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Posse Comitatus.
"And if it is as you state about attending gatherings of old locals evokes negative response almost always...then I must be doing something right."
Jimmy you said that I did not.
And you are proud of it.
I personally don't enjoy stinking up the room.
Sorry that you do.
We are very different and I can't imagine that will ever change.
As HMJC said tell us your opinion don't attack me or anybody else personally because we don't share your opinion.
Those nasty little barbs serve only to leave our readers either amused because of the humor from the dark side of writing or turned off by the tabloid character of the blog site.