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Archive for January, 2011

Paying OfF the National Debt

Posted by Warren Peterson on January 29, 2011

What the Federal Government needs is a good bill consolidation loan. We could pay off the Chinese and everyone else that has a piece of our collective hide and make one easy payment a month on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. The amount we’d have to finance is increasing so fast it is hard to pick a principle amount but for calculation purposes, let’s use $14,100,000,000,000 or $14.1 trillion for short. My mortgage calculator won’t accept a number higher than eight digits but adding six zeros to the answers gets us into the billions and trillions we need. And those answers for a $14.1 trillion, 30 year, 5% mortgage is a monthly payment of just under $75.7 billion for a total cost, principle and interest, of $27,249,066,000,000. Call it $27.3 trillion but we will be debt free July 4, 2041, no fireworks, just a big mortgage burning party.

If we all chipped in, we could get this debt paid off. The Census puts our population at around 309,000,000 people. Divide that number into the $75.7 billion monthly payment, and you get about $245 a month for every man woman and child in the nation. That’s not much. I listened to the State of the Union address. We’re Americans; we can do it!


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Harmonic Talent

Posted by Warren Peterson on January 20, 2011

This video has been around for a few years but it proves there is real talent in this world plus it has nothing to do with politics:


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Obama Gets It Right

Posted by Warren Peterson on January 13, 2011

“Tell Sarah Palin: Violent threats have consequences” was shared by a friend on my Facebook recently. It called out Palin and the Right as purveyors of hate. Usually I let such rhetoric from the Left pass but this time replied with a comment:

“…but the shooter, according to some who knew him, was not political. Also, his hatred of Rep. Giffords started well before the Tea Party or Gov. Palin came on the national scene. The charged rhetoric comes from both the Right and the Left (see MSNBC or the anti Bush “hate speech” on the web). While sometimes the talk exceeds the bounds of civility, I’ll accept it as a price of free speech. If you believe that Palin or Limbaugh or conservatives pulled the trigger in Tucson, listen to President Obama’s remarks at the memorial event held tonight at the University of Arizona.”

In his well crafted, well done speech, he included the following:

“You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “when I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.
For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.
So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.
But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

President Obama’s words were presidential, appropriate and hopefully presage a new spirit of cooperation.

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