“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”–Albert Einstein
Biology, I enjoyed. Chemistry, I eked out a C and called it good. But the year Gene Casady taught my fellow classmates Physics, I was lightyears from the Seymour High science lab. As a result, I’d have to Google quite quickly to tell you all the differences between Boyle’s Law and Law & Order SVU, but I absolutely know they both deal with a lot of pressure and you’ve got to check the volume. 😉
The fact that I know Newton’s First Lawhttp://www.historyforkids.org/scienceforkids/physics/movement/newtonlaw1.htm that an object in motion tends to remain in motion has far less to do with science than language. I love the word momentum. And I love the idea of progress, personally and politically, as a noun and a verb.
Which brings me to driveway conversations with my neighbor Brad. A cattle-ranch kid from Colorado’s right-leaning western slope, he now works downtown as a Federal contracts analyst. His own contract is about to end, however, as the only permanent hires that can be made must have served in the U.S. Military. So while he’s scrambling to find new work–not easy in these times–he nods affirmatively that it’s “the least we can do.”
Another confab came several months ago when budget turmoil threatened to shut down government. I remember his closing his eyes, shaking his head and asking if I had any idea how many U.S. tax dollars a furlough would waste.
New day, new budget kerfuffle. Once again, the cowboy conservative and the liberal lady next door are on the same wavelength. And if we are, odds are tons-o-Americans also want our congressional leaders to stifle their egos, stop their campaigning, call up some courage and reclaim momentum.
We’ve got problems. Huge problems. Budget cutting is critical, no question. We must challenge entitlements…including the ones that benefit me, someone who has paid taxes, FICA (both sides, I’m self-employed) and such since age 18. I’m convinced though, that we’ll someday recognize–and it may be decades from now–there’s a solution waiting to be discovered. But it’s not going to happen as long as our (R) and (D) and (I) leaders are more interested in sound bites than in sensibility.
And it doesn’t take an Einstein to see it.
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