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Singing like a caged bird

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

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Well, it is almost tax day. Got my taxes done with one day to spare. On the way to work I became enraged....no not road rage! Corporate rage! I was listening to NPR list the major companies that pay no tax. If Enron or 60% of other corps paid just $1 in federal income tax, then my tax bill would be 1,800,000% higher than each of theirs...yes that is 1.8 million percent. But since these tax dead beats do not pay any taxes, the calculations require dividing by zero which is infinity. Therefore my taxes are infinitely higher than Enrons and thousands of other tax cheating corps. Robert Reich (don't you just love to hear his voice) tells us one reason for this insanity. His voice is also one of "Reason"

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Yesterday as I listened to the 9/11 hearings and their scathing indictment of the FBI, all I could think of was how this incredibly ineffective agency should be the poster boy for what is wrong with all government at all levels. Anyone who has worked in the civil service can tell you the horror stories, and I am sure could relate to the tale of woe that was being spewed at the hearings. All the symptoms of bad government were laid bare: Reform plans not enacted, unqualified staff, noncommunication between the various "silos" within agencies, political/ideological interference, understaffing, underfunding, non-wave-making-inertia-loving managers, etc. How can we expect anything different?...for decades the civil service and public servants have been under assault...Castigated as do-nothing, know-nothings....over paid, bureaucratic nit wits....the easy scapegoat of every demagogue. Sure government is not efficient but the answer is to replace a poor quality component and improve its efficiency...not attack, attack, attack. The result is the "best and the brightest" have left public service...driven out by frustration. Ask anyone in public service of how it is a thankless job. For years I was ashamed to tell people I was a bureaucrat. But I endured because I knew the good things that government does, and the need for good government. This is what citizens should be demanding...good government, effective, forward thinking, flexible, dynamic, improving, quality public service. Does government make a difference? You bet it does! Take your pick, which of the following is not important: counter-intelligence, preventing terrorism, protecting health, ensuring safe food supplies, catching tax cheats, exposing stock fraud, educating our children, providing social security, protecting the environment or reducing crime? Which of these topics is not a major concern of the public today? Why aren't citizens demanding good government? What we need is a good government movement similar to the turn of the century activists like Teddy Roosevelt. He was a Republican....is this where Sen. John McCain can help bring some sanity back to our politics? Why can't we elect statesmen/women who put the country and the welfare of its people ahead of partisan politics? Is this the sentiment that Howard Dean tapped into?

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Hey, according to the London Science Museum, I got a bisexual brain! What sex is your brain?

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