10 Great Dumb Ideas to Fix Our Country.

I know that there is a lot of concern about the direction our country is going, and rightly so.  Nothing seems to be going well. Healthcare is falling apart, everyone is arguing, and no one is fixing it. So I thought I’d put my two cents worth in.  Here are some great dumb ways to fix things.

  1. Elected officials get paid minimum wage. That way they aren’t in it for the money and we get to keep them grounded in the ways of the people.
  2. When congress is in session, the our elected officials can live in dormitories and they only get paid when they show up to do their jobs. Clock in and clock out like the rest of us.
  3. National service. After High School every kids should serve at least a year in a public service or military entity. I don’t mean go to war I mean learn discipline and responsibility.
  4. School should be year around. Having the summers off only helps a few, mostly it just makes it hard for parents to find child care and kids lose a lot of ground.
  5. Insurance companies need to be regulated and simplified. Insurance shouldn’t be so conditional. Either it is there to help people afford times of health crisis or it needs to go.
  6. If you are going to legalize pot, use the money to fund public programs especially things like medicaid and medicare. Then you won’t have to cut them and put a lot of people in desperate straights.
  7. Recycling centers. This needs to happen. Packaging is getting crazy and there is way too much waste. Put some of that retail tax toward fixing the problem.
  8. Prison work programs. Staff the recycling centers with prisoners. A nasty job gets done and prisoners get to contribute to society instead of just consuming resources. Maybe it will help them choose a better life and maybe it will deter others from choosing crime.
  9. Mass transit. We need more railways. Other countries a lot smaller than us have bullet trains. We could cut down on a lot of pollution and create a lot of jobs if we just sorted out our transportation.
  10. Apprenticeships and internships. There are a lot of people who are not that interested in becoming cubicle zombies. Some people want to work with their hands. We need more on the job training options that will be more than just a college course with no experience. Internships and apprenticeships allow people training and experience so they are ready to enter the work force at full speed.

I know that most of these come with lots of problems about how to fund them and who will be in charge etc, etc, but honestly something must be done to get this country on track again and yelling at each other about who is right or wrong is getting us nowhere.

So there you go. Kitchen style politics simplified by someone who knows nothing. But maybe, just maybe someone will get inspired and run with this. Good luck.


You unfriended me because of one meme?

Normally I don’t like to air grievances on my blog but I feel that I need to address this issue. Facebook once was a way to connect with family and friends, to keep up with those you couldn’t see everyday. I thought this was pretty cool considering I live hundreds and in some cases thousands of miles away from my friends and family. I’ve been on it for ages.

I share a lot of stupid stuff like cat videos and jokes. I also share a lot of  environmental pic and videos. I don’t post a lot of status updates on my actual life unless its something important that I’m proud of my kids for or something of that kind. I share things that make me laugh and rarely things that make me cry. When I share things that make me laugh they are usually sarcastic or ironic. I can’t help that I have a weird sense of humor.

Before I share, I always think about the repercussions of the more controversial  posts and many of them I choose not to share.  Also I also see a lot of horrendous posts that I don’t even want to look at, but I don’t attack the people posting them. There is no way to win a trolling fight on the internet. I don’t engage, I just move on.

Recently I  lost a couple of friends. People that I have known all my life suddenly weren’t my friends on Facebook anymore. I tried to re-friend they but they haven’t responded.  That’s when it occurred to me that it might have been because of one stupid meme that I posted.

You unfriended me because of one meme?

Yes, I actually thought that. I was completely shocked. I had grown up with these people in a tiny little town. They know that I’m weird. I’ve always been a bit off kilter compared to everyone else. I’ve always had a sick sense of humor. So why now? What changed that made me so terrible in their eyes that our friendship is suddenly broken?

I posted a meme on Facebook. I didn’t write it, but I thought it was funny in a very satirical way. What can I say? I have a very twisted sense of humor. It was a picture of the Women’s March the words said something to the effect of Trump got more women walking in one day than Michelle Obama did in eight years.  I found this funny in a horrible way. It had nothing to do with Trump or Obama. It had nothing to do with my opinion on the Women’s March.  I posted it because of the sarcasm and the satirical commentary on our society as a whole. Eight years of positive campaigning for women achieved lack luster results, but hatred of a single man brought marchers out en masse.  I shared it to make a point. Our society is based on hatred now not tolerance or positive motivations.

I received mixed reactions about the post. Some people found it as funny as I did. Others told me it was a distasteful post. And suddenly I was unfriended. I was really hurt. I am not normally a person that seeks out confrontation. I don’t like it. I thought about taking the post down. I stewed for days about it. I thought I was a terrible person. I went back and looked at the rest of my post trying to understand if I was going off the deep end of Facebook with tasteless nasty posts. I searched and I searched my timeline and really surprised myself about how positive my shares really were.  I never thought of myself as a positive person but I guess I am on Facebook.

So where does that put me? Am I tasteless and horrible just for one post or was it a quark compared to all my other positive posts?

Seems like a case of my life mimicking the meme I posted. Got more people hating me in one post that I have in nine years! Is this the way we want to live our lives? Where only hatred and effrontery can motivate people to action? I hope not. The very thought makes me ill.

This brings me to the friends that cut ties. If they are so easily offended do I need to keep them in my life or move on the people who are more tolerant and understanding?

Some will say that I need to work at them and wear them down. Teach them that tolerance and understanding comes from communication not from severing ties. Show them that there are many ways of dealing with situations and many ways of changing the world. Satire is one of them by very definition:

 the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Others will say that I should shed the negative influences in my life and only focus on the positive. There were a lot of others that didn’t unfriend me and actually approved of my post. I guess they understood it.
Well, I feel like moving on. Cowering before disapproval won’t change anything. Especially after it was only one single post. I am more evolved than that. I see the world in all its vagaries. Some are good some are bad, but to submit to control of my life based on what others think is the first step in destroying all that freedom and diversity should be. So think what you like. We don’t have the Thought Police yet.