Monday, June 30, 2014

The American Dream



I mean, I've always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else's hair.
--Clint Eastwood

As I was starting my daily walk this last Saturday I noticed an elderly man rummaging through one of the apartment complex's dumpsters, salvaging recyclable cans and plastic bottles. Being the curious person I am, I started up a conversation, which the man (his name is Salvatore, but his friends call him Sal) mistakenly understood to mean that I wanted to hear his entire life story. I stood there for somewhere around fifteen or twenty minutes listening to his garbled diatribe against the United States, even though it was difficult to understand his thick Spanish accent.

It seems that Sal emigrated to the U.S. from San Salvadore in El Salvadore when he was younger and settled in California where he lived until an industrial accident disabled him, for which he was granted a settlement of $75,000. Of course, with rent, buying food and clothing, and the many expenses of living, this lasted only a short time.

Then his daughter talked him into coming to Tucson a few years ago to live with her. His biggest complaint was  that when he lived in California he received $800 a month in subsistence aid from the government plus $80 in food stamps. But when he came to Tucson this aid was cut to only $600 a  month and food stamps cut to $60. He said that if it wasn't for his daughter's job that pays the rent and buys the groceries, he couldn't make it because everything costs so much, even with his cans and bottle business, which earns him only a couple hundred dollars each month. And gasoline for his business mini-van is so very expensive.

Salvatore considers himself a white man, and he says Obama wants to give everything to the black man. And now, for the first time in his life, Sal is going to be forced to pay for health insurance.

Salvatore was (and still is) extremely upset with the government.


Did You Know . . .?

A lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of preventable death world wide.



On this day in 1971 the three Soviet cosmonauts who served as the first crew of the world's first space station died when their spacecraft depressurized during reentry. On June 6, the cosmonauts Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev were launched into space aboard Soyuz 11 on a mission to dock and enter Salyut 1, the Soviet space station that had been placed in orbit in April. The spacecraft successfully docked with the station, and the cosmonauts spent 23 days orbiting the earth. On June 30, they left Salyut 1 and began reentry procedures. When they fired the explosive bolts to separate the Soyuz 11 reentry capsule from another stage of the spacecraft, a critical valve was jerked open. One hundred miles above the earth, the capsule was suddenly exposed to the nearly pressureless environment of space. As the capsule rapidly depressurized, Patsayev tried to close the valve by hand but failed. Minutes later, the cosmonauts were dead.



a person who believes that people should be allowed to do and say what they want without any interference from the government

According to Wikipedia, Libertarianism (Latin: liber, free) is a classification of political philosophies that uphold liberty as their principal objective. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgment.



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Libertarians are essentially what the Republicans were 30 years ago. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan. They'd all fit more under the Libertarian label than the modern day Republican label.
--Drew Carey


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