Fire away …

Brian Golden

Apparently I ruffled some feathers with this week’s column (never my intention … or is it?), yet I find it laughable that those who claim I have no right to voice an opinion are welcome to voice their own, typically in an anonymous fashion through the legendary medium that is ‘30 Seconds.’

Pretty hypocritical, I’d say, but then again, what do I know? Put it this way … if you disagree with something I’ve written, feel free to drop me an e-mail, give me a call or (gasp!) write a Letter to the Editor. I’m a big fan of polite (note I said polite) discourse, and am not so close-minded that I’ll refuse to listen … again … politely. Politics, as always, lead to heated debates, particularly with the upcoming presidential election on everyone’s mind. Personally, I can’t wait until it’s over, no matter who should win. I’m tired of the finger pointing, the “fact checking”, the ignorance and the rudeness displayed by so many people, simply because their view is the only view and that’s that.

Sometimes I find myself hoping the 12/21/12er’s are right, because – as a species – we’re pretty damn pathetic nowadays; no regard for our planet, our future or our integrity. Sad if you ask me.

On a brighter note – and just to keep things rolling – here’s my Most Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Day (you didn’t think I was going to stop picking on the ‘30 Seconds’ crowd, did you?), brought to us by … Man from South New Berlin.
“Must be people on ‘30 Seconds’ like higher gas prices, lower median family income, higher taxes, more government regulation, increasing national debt, higher unemployment than promised, Americans being killed, and government regulated health care – they want 4 more years of it with Obama.”

What a profound statement, Man from South New Berlin, because gas prices were never high under former President Bush, right? And I had no idea the president controlled the price of gasoline. Are you sure about that? And … let me think, oh yeah, middle class Americans were making a killing during the Bush administration (I’m actually pretty happy with how things turned out, financially speaking, since Obama took office). Taxes? There’s only two sure things in life, death and taxes. Deal with it. As for government regulation, there has always been government regulation; it’s nothing new. Increasing national debt? Sometimes it takes money to make money, not to mention the fact that we narrowly avoided a depression thanks to the current administration and its policies. Higher unemployment? The numbers are looking better everyday. Hey, maybe if the Republicans in Congress had worked with the president instead of simply trying to get back into office we could’ve done something about that. You think? Government regulated health care … I think it’s a great idea in the long run. May need some tweaking, but better for the majority … you know, your everyday, non-wealthy Americans (the 47 percent Mr. Romney was talking about when he though no one was listening, perhaps). With all that said, yes, I very much want four more years of Obama.