August 10, 2010

Different drums

A while back, I killed some blog time with my version of Henry David Thoreau's Greatest Hits from Walden. On perusing the final pages I noticed that I left out a couple.

Here goes:

The universe is wider than our views of it.

And somehow I missed this one:

If a man does not keep pace wit his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

BIG VOTE TODAY. The US House is expected to vote today on a bill (finally) passed by the Senate that would extend fiscal aid to the states. Here's a report that shows what this will mean to each state in terms of preserving jobs and services. It wouldn't hurt to contact your representative and urge a yes vote.

LEFT BEHIND. Thirty two states have modernized their unemployment insurance system and drawn down extra Recovery Act money. El Cabrero's beloved state of West Virginia, alas, isn't one of them.


NOT DEAD YET. Reports of the imminent demise of Social Security have been greatly exaggerated.


1 comment:

Hollowdweller said...

Speaking of SS,

I think we need to cut taxes and then implement a payroll deduction for the defense budget.

Then when we had a new war, or weapons system, the deduction would go up. Or if we wanted to be really fiscally responsible we'd do like we did for SS and increase the deduction to build up a surplus to have on hand for an unexpected conflict.

Since we don't have the draft anymore the public really doesn't have any firm connection to the military and the cost. A payroll deduction that would actually pay as we go for our defense budget like the SS budget does would make a heck of a lot of sense and make people THINK.