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IGNORANCE HAS ITS PRICE
by OPOVV, ©2013
(Feb. 17, 2013) — The classic example of quality vs. quantity can be found in a soft drink battle that was waged in gas station vending machines across America during the 1950’s. Same price, but one choice was a full two ounces more, but less flavor. A dilemma, to be sure, for a ten-year-old. I settled for the real thing, while my fellow passenger used to gloat about the quantity, for after I downed my drink, he would, as a magician, suddenly produce a full two ounces of sugar water for me to (in his mind) envy.
I’ve never settled for second best. I’d rather have spaghetti once a week with real Parmesan than an Italian dish with some sort of mediocre Parmesan substitute more often. Same with tools. All it takes is one time for a tool to break and you end up with skinned knuckles to learn that lesson. Value for the money, although sometimes it can’t be helped. Bottom line? The financially smart people pay less to live than a poor person.
I seldom shop at a grocery store any more. I’m one of those guys who buys in bulk, a lot of bulk: I don’t buy just one paper towel; I buy 24 at one time. Hamburger meat? 6 lbs at one time. The initial cost is more, but in the long run it costs me less money to maintain and sustain my life by buying in bulk than item by item.
Quality vs. quantity, the age-old question. And the same applies to people, the quality part. If your circle of friends consists of barflies and DUI graduates, then you can’t expect much in quality conversations about Vladimir Nabokov, or, for that matter, Michener. But, somewhere along the line, we’ve reached a disconnect between what normally responsible and rational people accept in everyday life and what we’ve settled for in our politicians.
Arguably, the most incompetent politician of the times is Nancy Pelosi, the most unqualified member of the Administration is the Eric Holder–Janet Napolitano combo, and the most not even closely qualified person in Washington, DC is the Cheap Suit we refer to as the de facto president, Barry Soetoro/Obama, aka Harrison J. Bounel.
Look at us: homosexuals and Muslims in our military, same-sex marriage, a National Debt that’s out of control, a monetary system (the Fed) that has been systematically stealing from us for 100 years and wants to for another 100 (if we’re so stupid to renew their charter), millions of our fellow citizens unemployed, while we have millions of illegal immigrants within our borders, not to mention millions of Muslims, not to mention the Chinese dumping their manufactured goods on our shores, items that we used to build. All of these colossal problems have been caused by mediocre people that we’ve hired (and trusted) to work for us on our behalf, to make our lives better, safer, and of a higher quality of existence. And what do we get? Pelosi and Obama, people who I’d never have over to my house: I don’t allow gutter trash in my house.
I don’t allow people who’ve been caught in lies (Obama’s stolen Social Security number) in my living room. I don’t allow traitors (JCS) on my property. I don’t allow illegal immigrants on my street, or in my country, but Pelosi and Obama do. By Americans settling for mediocre representatives, we’ve no one to blame for the destruction of the Constitution but ourselves. If that’s the case, as I believe it is, then we’ve no one to turn to fix our mistakes but ourselves, because to expect anything less would be the epitome of mediocrity.