Wednesday, January 02, 2013

"Less government, more military" & other popular American riddles that have me stumped

    My friend RJ at just sent me a very interesting riddle:  "Why are right-wingers always talking about cutting down on government spending and 'red tape' yet never ever try to cut down on military spending?  Aren't the armed forces part of the government too?"  Ya got me stumped there.

      Here's another riddle I can't seem to solve:  How come us salt-of-the-earth American types who protest against all the banksters' outrageous crimes get thrown in jail, while the criminals themselves are given "get out of jail free" cards like it was Christmas?  Except, of course, for Martha Stewart.

     More riddles:  "Why is it okay for Al Qaeda to be the good guys in Syria and Libya -- but are the bad guys in Lower Manhattan?"  I'm all confused.

     Why is it okay to tax middle-income Americans for an arm and a leg but not okay to tax rich people?  "I wonder."

     How come everybody bitches and moans about the obesity epidemic and the cancer epidemic and the heart attack epidemic and the autism epidemic and the bi-polar epidemic but still live on junk food, never exercise and watch too much TVAnd still have enough balls left to complain about single-payer healthcare?  Can someone please explain this?

     How come American taxpayers get to pay for the costs of demolishing Christian and Muslim homes in East Jerusalem yet can't get any tax relief when our own homes are being demolished in Detroit and Cincinnati

     How come statistics (and election results and Fox News) show that Americans are definitely being dumbed down these days, but no one wants to spend any money on improving American kindergartens -- let alone on upgrading our colleges.  What ever happened to Sputnik?

     Why do people fear climate change so much but still happily drive their gas-hogs around like there's no tomorrow?

    How come I can't resist playing free-cell solitaire by the hour when I should be out doing the laundry and saving the world?

     How can anybody in their right mind vote for any candidate that spends millions of dollars on getting elected?  You would think that if a politician had that kind of money he (or she) might want to just retire to the Bahamas.  Or give it to us.

     "Why does America need to own approximately 800 military bases throughout the 'Free World'?"  Hell, if the freaking world is all that free, surely it doesn't need all those American soldiers to keep it in line?  And why does all this so-called freedom always end up costing us taxpayers trillions of dollars as well?

    And how come most of "our" jobs are now located in places like China, Haiti and Burma?  Isn't that a really long commute?

    And please explain the riddle of how all the top American industrial jobs here at home are now mostly being performed by prison labor?  While the 1% sucks down Oxycontin and Prozac legally and the rest of us all get busted for using medical marijuana -- just to make sure they have a large enough prison labor supply in jails?

    And why are American labor unions that help the working class being given such a bum rap, but when Wall Street and War Street form unions that destroy the fabric of America's economy, it's called "Capitalism" and "Showing Initiative" -- not welfare for the rich?

    And why are the RepubliDems always saying that the fiscal cliff is a bad thing?  If it is spozed to be such a terrible disaster, then why in the freak did they create it in the first place?

     And why does 2013 still feel so much like 2012?


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