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What Americans Want

November 8, 2010

Mac Nachlas of Baltimore offers a post election analysis on What Americans Want as indicated by the recent election results. It appeared in the Baltimore Sun , but I’m going to quote it in its entirety here!

After devoting long minutes to careful analysis of Tuesday night’s election returns, I now know what Americans want:

We want roads and bridges that are always in good condition but do not require tax money for upkeep.

We want world class schools with teachers who are so dedicated that they will work for minimum wage. (Note: the best one should be in my neighborhood)

We want 60-inch plasma TVs that cost $200 and are produced by workers in Ohio making at least $30 per hour.

We want our military to win every war, every heart and every mind, everywhere, at no cost in lives or money.

We want cheap, clean, efficient mass transit that goes through someone else’s neighborhood.

We want no-fat triple-decker hamburgers that are good for you and taste great.

We want fast, efficient, friendly government services provided by clerks who work happily for free.

We want “clean” coal and domestic crude that does not produce pollution or require digging or drilling.

We want SUVs that get 100 miles per gallon and produce jobs in Detroit.

We want Social Security benefits to go up and Social Security taxes to go down.

We want cheap labor from legal citizens who don’t mind living in poverty.

We want clean drinking water and pristine parks and the right to dump anything, anywhere.

We want colleges that are inexpensive and not too hard but produce world class leaders.

We want football where every hit is brutal but no one gets hurt and baseball where everyone hits 40 home runs but no one uses steroids.

We want government to deliver all these things — then cut taxes and then cut taxes some more. Mostly, we want what we want, and we want it now.

Personally, I want leaders who will tell us frankly that all these things are not possible, that the blessings of infrastructure and education given us by our fathers are wearing out. I want thinkers who can paint a picture of a greater America that could exist in 50 or 100 years, and then unite us with a roadmap to get there. I want America to have a shared vision and an understanding that we all benefit when we all contribute, and that we all suffer when we demand only for ourselves. I want leaders who will tell the truth: that there is no free lunch.

But then, I also want the World Series to end in early October, yet I know that some things are just too grand to even wish for.

Yep. That about sums it up. And America – Good freakin’ luck with that!
h/t to Kay at Sunshine and Starlight.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherry permalink
    November 8, 2010 5:22 pm

    I’d say that says it very well. We are a strange people who want it all and without cost, and want it tomorrow too. Someone put it that we watch the political arena with a remote in hand, always clicking the channel, getting bored in short order, and trying another flavor.

    • episcopalifem permalink*
      November 9, 2010 10:24 am

      Yep. Spoiled children we seem to be. Sighs.

  2. JCF permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:37 pm

    But then, I also want the World Series to end in early October, yet I know that some things are just too grand to even wish for.

    Well, you had me till there. As a fan of the San Francisco Giants REVELLING in the first World Series WIN of my entire lifetime, this season could have gone on forever as far as I’m concerned! 😀

    But seriously: this is the sort of thing which sends me back to church. Human beings: gotta love ’em (us), but they (we) SUCK. If God ain’t there to save our (cholesterol-, fat-free!) bacon, we ain’t gonna get saved.

    It would sure be nice if we had some HALFWAY sane AND competent politicians though. {Sigh}

    • episcopalifem permalink*
      November 9, 2010 10:25 am

      Yeah..a less slimely and self-interested politico would be a lovely thing – however, most sane persons are either too smart, too sane or too scared to want anything to do with that slime pit called American politics. Blech.

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