No one will argue that children are not in need of “adult supervision.” Ultimately, properly applied supervision of this nature will go a long way toward ensuring that otherwise errant children will turn out to be responsible adults. When children fail to respond to adult supervision in a positive manner, there still is the option that they can be dropped off at a hospital in Nebraska, a resource that soon will no longer be available.
When my beautiful, charming and darling daughter, “The Albatross,” was not responding positively to gentle adult supervision, I would be forced to threaten to take her to the Vet and have her put to sleep. This threat was necessary due to the fact that some busybodies in the government decreed that parents could no longer inflict any type of physical discomfort or pain upon errant children.
After some do-gooder in town heard the threat being voiced in a very serious way to “The Albatross,” the end result was a one-hour visit from CPS who determined that my parenting skills were undesirable and that it was I who was in need of some true “adult supervision.”
During that visit, naturally “The Albatross” was truly charming, delightful and animated, occasionally dropping in a Bible verse or two, while enjoying the dog and pony show unfolding before her devious baby blue, totally innocent eyes. This type of behavior a parent learns to expect from a continually PMS prone 15-year-old daughter who has learned to manipulate people if, for no other reason, because she is blond and beautiful. Those traits of course come from “Old Blister” -- her mother and that side of the family.
The government provides “adult supervision” to all of its citizens and residents. They call it enforcing laws. Given that over 1 out of every 100 people in America are currently in jail or prison, it is debatable whether the “adult supervision” is working very well. A little known fact is that America has more laws governing the conduct of its people than any other country in the world. Other democracies in the world are trying their best to catch up though, and the US may soon be surpassed by either the EU or Australia.
When it comes to money, many people are in need of “adult supervision” as is evidenced by the current economic crisis. Had they been afforded the proper supervision, the odds are that the crisis would not be quite as deep as it is today. The problem is that the government itself has been rolling along for the last eight years without any “adult supervision” running up the largest debt in history. Now we also have a Congress, operating without any “adult supervision” wanting to run the debt up even higher, and provide even more entitlement programs, while at the same time cutting taxes.
About the only entitlement program that I could support wholeheartedly would be an Act to be called the “Veterinarian Welfare Act on Behalf of Politicians.” This could create a whole new cottage industry where a small business could engage in the business of rounding up politicians for delivery to the nearest Vet’s office. Talk about job creation…
Some who support the concept of the financial markets operating without any form of “adult supervision” are also opposed to giving tax cuts to the middle class. They say that amounts to “socialism.” Once such person is Joe The Almost Plumber, no doubt a person who is in need of “adult supervision.” He says he is a plumber, but doesn’t have a license. He also owes back taxes. With proper “adult supervision,” he could be “encouraged” to do things legally and get a plumber’s license and pay his back taxes.
As someone who used to be rich -- that was before “The Albatross” and “Old Blister” completed their conspiracy to relieve me of my wealth -- I paid a lot of taxes. I complained about paying those taxes just like everyone else. I didn’t see where I was getting much of a return on my investment in America. That is human nature.
Throughout the years though, I learned to appreciate the people who, through their labors, made it possible for “The Albatross” and “Old Blister” to have a good life. I applauded welfare reform, but also realized that there are people in this world who do need help. Years ago, before Americans were trying to get rich and have the best of everything, they had families. Families helped each other. But, over the years, things have changed. Chalk a lot of it up to greed.
In the last eight years, real, after-inflation income growth for the top 10 percent of the population has been more than 45 percent. They have made that money off the backs of the middle class. They want even more -- which is why they want more tax cuts. This is, plain and simple, greed. Never once has the top 10 percent, which McCain wants to reward, stopped to thank those who made their wealth possible. Instead, they treat their employees and the working class with total disdain. In short, the rich are screwing everyone else, and not bothering to kiss anyone -- except of course the politicians, who are also rich, who are helping with the screwing process.
Socialism is not necessarily a bad thing. To put it in simple terms, it is socialist countries like China that are keeping America afloat. Socialist countries have more cohesive societies. People work together for the good of all people. America cannot even dream of catching up to the magnitude of the infrastructure that China has implemented in the last 20 years. In that same period, China has brought more people out of poverty than any other country in the world in history. How can that possibly be bad?
In even simpler terms, “adult supervision” is a lot like socialism. Someone has to be in control. When children run out of control, they tear the house apart. Today, capitalism has torn the country apart, creating a huge gap between the rich and the poor. That will only result in eventually tearing the country apart.
Today “The Albatross” is providing adult supervision to two boys who are fully aware of what happens at the Vet’s office. Boys of course are much easier to raise. I am extremely disappointed that “The Albatross” didn’t have a girl, and one just like her. Revenge could be so sweet.
It ain’t easy being me.