This is not a rant, rather merely an observation...
Many discussions, arguments, and riots have been in progress in various countries, states, and towns because of attempts to reduce government size and spending. Have you noticed that most, if not all, cuts seem to be to programs that deal with providing basices services or helping folks at the bottom of pile? No talk ever crosses anyone’s lips about reducing numbers, salaries, and benefits of politicians and bureaucrats (best example: those of British royalty). Or wasteful spending on unnecessary projects, bribing foreign countries, or inflated military budgets. In the age of growing wealth disparity, fairness is something that has disappeared from the language as well as practice. For some reason, the gene driving greed is far greater than the one which promotes generosity.
(Once again for the record, I am not a communist or a socialist: terms most cannot properly define, but are able to use slurs.)
Governments continue to complain about lack of funds for hospitals, schools, or police. But...
Have you noticed that money is always available after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, or tornado?
Something does not add up...or does it?
_ Why does this not surprise me?
I read that the US Government will spend billions each year on private contractors in Iraq, to protect American interests from the people that we liberated. Of course, there is no better use for this money at home!
The Bush Government certainly knew how to enrich its friends. The Iraq War is one of those gifts that keeps giving.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.