I got to thinking as I was waiting in traffic. I was in the long line on the right waiting to go straight. There were no cars in the left lane to make a left turn. So you know what happens next, some Ass cuts past everyone waiting and then cuts back in to the lane on the right. Pissed me off!
So it got me to thinking about doing the right thing. It’s tough because I see so many people that don’t choose to do the right thing seem to get ahead. We see tax cheats appointed to presidential cabinets. There are wheelers and dealers taking billions in bonuses after driving companies into the ground. People who bought more house than they could afford get a bailout from those of us who didn’t. We see scam artists cash out with billions in offshore accounts.
It’s hard to continue to try and do the right thing sometimes. I try to treat every person I meet fairly and act decently in every transaction no matter how small. Seeing how it seems like just about everyone else these days is looking to lie, cheat and steal their way to the mansion on the hill. It seems like everyone is looking to exploit every angle all of the time. One can start to wonder why bother playing by the rules.
Does it seem to anyone else that more people are behaving more badly more often? There are a lot of rude people out there.
This doesn’t bode well for our society or us, the constant slide into disregard for rules, manners, chivalry, politeness and law. Men feel no need to hold a door for a lady or an old person. People disregard saying please or thank you. As a country we arent’ even really suffering. Our supermarkets are open. You can go to Walmart to buy your Cheap Chinese Crap and then call in an order to Pizza Hut. We still get our mail six days a week. Banks and markets are open.
The reason I say this doesn’t bode well for us is because I still expect things to get much worse than they are currently. (Don’t be fooled by the current suckers rally.) If people are behaving so poorly now just think what’s gonna happen when their ATM card doesn’t work, the supermarket shelves aren’t quite as full or they’re out of gas but it’s an odd day and their license plate is even. (Who remembers that?) The people that are behaving poorly now are going to freak out if things get bad. Hell, normal polite churchgoing folks will freak out. And when things get bad enough for Sarah Palin to freak out I don’t want to be around her.
Be careful who you trust. Keep your preps to yourself. Keep your mouth shut. Make sure your kids, wife or husband, roommates, boyfriend or baby’s daddy also know to keep their mouths shut. Make sure everyone can keep a secret. You have to be considering not who you can trust in times of plenty, but who you can trust in times of hunger and thirst. Forget about casual acquaintances or people you only know at work. I see a lot of bad stuff go down between families, so you even need to think twice about trusting your own family members. You know those cousins that ain’t quite right, well they ain’t quite right. When people are hungry they will remember what you gots and they don’t.
Remember, in the end no matter what happens to you, no one can take your honor or reputation from you. You only lose these by your own acts and deeds. Treat others fairly and deal fairly, but keep you mouth shut. Mind you business and keep it to yourself. Keep others secrets too. Don’t be a bigmouth.
So looks like my state is going to get some bailout monies. A lot of it went to law enforcement. WTF! Almost a billion dollars from the stimulus package is devoted to law enforcement. It looks like spending for the funds is pretty much unrestricted so the cops are going to be able to buy more cop toys. I appreciate the job that the cops do, but enough is enough. And the pension package law enforcement gets is crazy. I saw an article in Forbes a month or so ago that basically said public sector pensions are killing us. A cop is on the force for 20 years retires at 42 with a guaranteed inflation adjusted pension of $65K a year, full bennies of course too.
Enough is enough. No more money on law enforcement, drug sniffing dogs, cameras or tactical gear. Fine, the stimulus passed and the president signed it. Spend the borrowed money on the people. People who have lost their jobs, their homes are hungry or cold.
Quite frankly I think that we already are spending more than enough $ on law enforcement. I came to this conclusion when I realized that cameras were being put up in the intersections around my town. I feel like they’re spying on me. Oh, I know they tell me that the cameras make me safer.
Anyone else agree with me that law enforcement and the military are already large enough and get more than enough tax money!?! We need to shrink our military by 80%.
Get outside everyday.
I have a feeling this is our last snow of the season. I’m looking forward to getting the garden in the ground, but I really do enjoy the snow.