I've heard it said that complaining doesn't solve anything, it merely restates the problem. That may be true, but sometimes it's worth restating problems just to make sure that everyone knows what solutions they should be working on. Well, that, and sometimes it just feels good to bitch a little.
- It seems to me that the people who are against improving health care because they claim it will saddle their children and grandchildren with too much debt are the same people who want to keep drilling off our precious coastlines. My takeaway is that they're more concerned with their heirs' fiscal health than their physical health. I'm willing to bet that, in the not too distant future, the "drill baby drill" crowd is going to be dealing with the ill effects of this latest oil spill and start clamoring for better medical care.
- But if we're going to paint with a broad brush, then let's really go for it. Let's clean house! How about people whose beliefs are the same as Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh? He claimed to be an Agnostic. So I guess it's time to make sure nobody's on the Federal payroll who doubts either the existence or the nonexistence of God. There are bound to be at least a few of those. And how about Joseph Andrew Stack? He's the guy who flew his plane into the I.R.S building in Austin. How do we make sure people who go to his church aren't given government jobs?
I'm sure that Google would supply me with even more examples if I asked it to. But the overly simplistic point I'm trying to make is this: When it comes to keeping us safe, you take your best shot. You use all the powers at your disposal to make good decisions. You try to judge people as individuals. Because no matter how hard you try and how right you think you are -- you just can't hate everyone.