never trust anyone over 30

Monday September 23rd, Amos 8: 6 buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat, skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, 7 The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done.  We as a nation have been under an assault for the last 30 years to privatize more and more the many things the government, the “collective We” does.  We have been duped into believing the Government is the problem not the solution all the while never seeing that the Government is simply the collective us. Those who quest for power and possessions have convinced us that it is more efficient and that entity (the inanimate government) over there is in the way.  Convincing us further that we have never met the entity even though he is us (sorry Pogo). They are right in many ways, privatization is more efficient, and that is the problem.  The ever consuming drive for efficiency, i.e. “Where can I save a buck?”  has inherent problems.  It was inefficient to let women in the voting booths and work places.  It was inefficient to free the slaves.  It is inefficient to control pollution and require safety.  These and many more changes in our world are inefficient, at least when we talk about the needs of the few.  We now wonder how to clean up after efficient oil drilling and where to find work after efficient job exportation.  We have reached the point where some are beginning to see just how much efficiency costs.  Some have made out like the bandits they are and most are wondering where the promise of 30 years ago went.  A few remember when a single income was the norm for a decent family lifestyle while most wonder how they will make it with two incomes and the kids working when old enough.  We will learn someday, somehow that a world focused on “we” rather than “me” in the end makes it better for both, but hell is truth seen too late.  Again to the denizens of Wall Street and “K” street, I point you to verse 7.  When I was young there was the motto to never trust anyone over 30.  Well privatization, your time is up; may we have our world back now?  


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