Ranting and Raving about Fires and Things
Richard Salbato 10-26,2007
I have had two experiences that somewhat disrupt my
security, calmness, and complacency. For
me, a slave to daily routine, any change not planned by myself is minor catastrophe. Two weeks ago I went in for a minor surgery
to have two spots of melanoma (not cancer) removed from my forehead and
ear. A simple thing that could have been
done in a dermatologist’s office turned out to be something to write
about. Then after a week of unnecessary
recovery massive fires hit my peaceful mountain top forcing me and my family to
evacuate and stay in Hotels in the high desert below the mountains and simply
watch the fires take out hundreds of homes, not knowing if any of our four
homes were destroyed. From our hotel
room in the valley we could see the fires in the mountains of
Watching the fires from far off, I was impressed with my children and grandchildren, who took everything in with a positive, even happy, attitude. My granddaughter, 17 years of age, said, “It is only things.” My daughter said, “If we loose everything it is because that is what God wants for us.” At the same time we worried about the other people on the mountain more than ourselves and talked about how we could help them when it was over.
I was very impressed not only with myself, but with my entire family who did not let this disruption in our security take away our happiness and confidence in God’s care. No big deal was everyone’s attitude.
But these experiences give me an opportunity to express again what I have tried to do on my web and writings for 30 years now. What seems at first sight self-evident is not always the truth. What appears good, holy and true may in time prove to be destructive. All sin is presented by the enemy as something good at first. What anyone sells (a product, an idea, a movement, a political philosophy, a protect children bill) will always be sold as something good by showing the positive and hiding the negative. It is always our job to look deeply into things to see if they are what they pretend to be. Looking harder at things with the eyes of logic and not the eyes of emotion is central to my philosophy and writings.
Religion and Government
I am working on some documents that are strictly
religious, one on three fake priests in
History and Government
Understanding true history can be difficult because
history is written by the people of governments and all history is corrupted by
the prejudice of the writer. A good example of this is the Socialist Government
of Spain, who this weekend will condemn the actions and rein of President Franco,
who stopped the socialist-communist persecutions of the Church in
Fires and Government
Keeping in mind that we often do not look deeply into
things, let us look at the 20 fires in
But then came the “tree-huggers”
and the government passed laws against the fire trails and the controlled burns. These environmentalists have done more harm
to the environment than can ever be imagined.
Medicare and Government
“Save the children” was the recent cry of the
Democratic Congress as they attempted to add a few million people to the
Medicare System. Someone figured that
this would cost tax-payers something like $60,000 per child per year. Not sure
that is true or not but I am against the Federal Government from being in the
health care business at all. With the cry of “save the children” most Americans
will fall for Socialized Medicine like in
But let us look at
Canadians cross over the border into
I have my own personal experience with the American
Medicare system that was forced on me by my daughter. I am the type of guy who just waits until I
can afford something before I do it.
When I came back to
I do not know what the government paid that doctor but he saw me for a grant total of 45 seconds.
Now do you want to hear the horrors of Medicare homes for the elderly? I am sure you don’t but the corruption is beyond belief. The way to get care cheaper and insurance cheaper is to get government out of the business.
Social Security and Government
I am now retired and glad to get my monthly Social Security checks but the system will go broke someday because it was flawed from the beginning. When the idea of SSI came into being (a good idea) the government should have mandated that everyone put aside money for old age that could not be touched until such and such of age and then stepped aside to let people to it their own way. If I had taken all the moneys I paid into SSI and put it into a simple compound interest account, I would now have $14,000,000 for my retirement. Instead it went into the general tax fund and is now broke.
And that is the true reason no Democrat or Republican wants to do anything about illegal immigration. In order to take care of the now started baby boomers retirement (6,000 additional per day) the government must increase the general working population of this country by millions per year. Of course, birth control and abortions has not helped.
Schools and Government
A few years ago President Bush passed a bill called, “No child left behind.” Sounded great didn’t it. But if you read the fine print you see that schools were rewarded or penalized for children that did not pass their grades. It does not take a rocket scientist to predict what would happen. Schools just passed the kids no mater what their test grades were and even if they could not read the tests. Of course all you see is that more people graduated. American schools have gone from the best in the world to the 27th best in the world and the worst of the industrialized world.
All this happened when the Federal Government got
involved in Education. By law the Feds are not allowed in Education but they
get around this by offering states Federal Aid if they do this or that. The states could turn down the money but
almost never do. When it comes to states
the Teachers Unions are the biggest problem because merit does not matter.
How often have I heard parents say that sending their children to college was a mistake because they lost their faith and became socialists?
Taxing the Rich
Democrats are talking about “Robin Hood” tax laws, taxing the rich and giving to the poor. The Republicans are up in arms about this but in truth neither the Democrats or the Republicans are telling you the truth. The Democrats want to tax businesses but not the people who own the businesses or the rich that make money on money like Buffet. Warren Buffet pays less percentage of tax (17%) than his secretary. Democrats do not want to tax the rich because most of them are rich, but most Democrats do not and never have owned businesses so they want to tax businesses.
But the truth is that you cannot tax businesses, not
now and not ever in the past. When you
tax a business, the business just adds that to the cost of doing business and
passes it on to the poor consumer. And if
the business pays more tax than his competitors in Europe or
I am not against taxing the rich. They can afford it and already pay the bulk of tax, 10% of the people pay 80% of the tax, but I am against any business tax at all. At a time when all the major countries in the world are lowering business taxes, we are not talking about raising them. It a world economy that just means they will close down or go overseas.
Now my ranting and raving about government has a point. Right now it seems that we will elect Clinton or Giuliani for president at a critical time in history. Most of you will vote some kind of compromise because I am sure you do not like something about either of them. I will not under any circumstance vote for either of these two because I consider it a sin to vote for a pro-abortion candidate based on (not what they say) but how they have voted in the past.
In truth Giuliani would harm the pro-life
movement more than
The Federal Government should be in National Defense, Interstate Commerce and Foreign Affairs – nothing else. But they are not doing what they should in Interstate Commerce – federal highways, bridges, water ways, dams, the electrical grid, pipe lines, and oil and coal exploration. The Defense has gone from 10% of the gross national product to just 5% in the last 12 years. And our foreign Affairs, is a mess – border control. We need another Teddy Roosevelt, who built dams, waterways, national parks, railways, highways and kept us out of war by carrying a big stick.
Give the rest back to the states and keep the feds doing what they are supposed to be doing.
Thank you for letting me rant and rave about governments so that I can now concentrate on religion.