Houston, we have a problem


A friend sent an email that implied Americans are
afraid of our government. I replied back that I
didn’t believe this to be true because we’re too
busy bickering among ourselves.

Shortly after I replied, the wife shared an email
that says it better than I could and we’ll share
part of it with you. We do not know who wrote it
but do believe it telling.

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something
that is puzzling or confusing.

Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United
States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of
the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they
think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their
representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet
the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have
things that people in other countries only dream

6. They have things that people in other countries
only dream about – yet they want America to be
more like those other countries.

Think about that a moment. The problem is also
compounded, as mentioned earlier, by the fact that
we are a divided country. Add to that the powers
that be have driven businesses to other countries,
taken over banks, our children, our schools, and
are attempting to change our core beliefs.

Those protesters who feel slighted for one reason
or another should remember that our founding
fathers decried we are born equal and not that as
we age we will be equals. Where you are today is
your responsibility, not the governments.
Comments are always welcome.


3 Responses to Houston, we have a problem

  1. ekurie says:

    Amen. Hanging onto every penny I possibly can that I don’t owe Uncle Sam or freely give to God, money my family and I rightfully earned through hard work, long hours and good faith.

  2. Thanks for offering the opportunity to debunk this list. That’s always fun. I forget what it’s called, the Latin for the kind of logical fallacy where you begin with a false premise and then base your successive conclusions on it. There are several in the list.

    #1. Only half? EVERYONE is subsidized! We all get to use the highway system, police and fire, public schools and libraries, etc.
    #2. Some people who need extra assistance ARE victims, like of crimes or diseases. Others see their problems as temporary, like people who take unemployment when they get laid off, and use assistance programs for re-training.
    #3. is negated by the fallacy of #2.
    #4. It’s impossible to “get poorer” if you already earn and own nothing, though you can sometimes acquire more debt obligations. Only when you have something is it possible to “get more”.
    #5. Yes, there are countries much poorer than ours, but living under a bridge in Detroit is no better than living under a bridge in Zambia. Some poorer countries actually have cultures that treat the poor more respectfully than we do.
    #6. Sorry, it’s definitely not “those other countries” people want America to be more like. It’s different other countries, the ones with better health care, higher academic achievement, longer life expectancy, more press freedom etc. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to learn from the successes of others.

  3. cruisin2 says:

    thanks. Wise words.

    Invisible Mikey,
    Glad you enjoyed it. We have a difference of opinion, and since I
    don’t know you personally, I will see what I think of your opinions.
    On number 1, if we are so subsidized, what do we pay all those
    taxes for? Number 2, I agree with. It isn’t all but I don’t change other
    people’s words unless noted. I do believe number 3 still applies to
    those of the mindset mentioned. As for number 4, the only way it is
    impossible to get poorer is if you nothing. Most in America considered to be poor have something. Number 5 hits on another opinion of mine referring to homeless people that I may mention in
    another post. And number 6 is another I stand by. The America we
    live in today is like another country than the one I grew up in.. So I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on our opinions.

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