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Saturday, February 17, 2018

A sad reality

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A country that loves its guns more than its children has lost its moral compass.  Is it too much to ask that we ask for a reasonable restrictions on some weapons so that children have the right to not fear for their safety at school?


    Is it still too soon to talk about Sandy Hook?

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sending Republicans our "thoughts and prayers" today

   The chart above is the reason that when these legislators are asked about yesterday's gun slaughter the will dodge they obvious solution to the problem which is banning assault weapons. They will say that they are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims families, talk about the evil of the shooter, about it being a mental health problem and finally that it is too early to talk about legislative action while families are still grieving.  As long as their legislative career is tied to NRA money they are willing to turn a blind eye to the slaughter of innocent people.  I call that blood money.

      While listening to Sen. Marco Rubio say this morning that this type of incident can happen anywhere he should have qualified that statement to say "anywhere in the United States."  Our country is much more vulnerable to mass shootings than anywhere else in the World because we have a Second Amendment that arms the people who do our mass shootings. 

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     While we see the destruction caused in our Country by the power of the NRA we should not forget that right now there is NRA sponsored legislation in Congress to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to have that right even in states, like Maryland, that have tougher gun control rules

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

East Columbia Library reopens: Here is what you will see

    The ribbon was cut on the newly renovated East Columbia Library last Saturday.  We sometimes forget how fortunate we are to have a world class library in our County.  The new renovations are amazing.  Here is what you will see.

   If you want to know why Howard County gets recognized so often as a good place to live you only have to look at our library system.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Does a huge military budget buy us happiness?


    With the large increase in military spending in our  "Baffoon in Chief's" budget it is important to remember that this is money that could be spent for the "general welfare" mentioned in the preamble to the Constitution.  The money in our out sized military budget is money that not available to provide universal health care or universal college that is provided by many other western developed countries.  The US spends almost 5 times what China spends on the military and over 6 times what Russia spends on its military.  And this is the "depleted military" that Trump talks about?
     Is our out sized military been good for our country?  There are many ways to look at this but I wanted to look at it from the perspective of general happiness of our population.  According to the World Happiness Report we rank 14th in the World in happiness as a country.  Not surprisingly socialist Scandinavian countries rank very well in this report.  Norway ranks number 1.  While the US spends 4.7% of our GDP on defense the Nordic countries spend anywhere from 1.2 to 1.5 of their GDP on defense.   The US spends twice the world GDP average on defense and the Nordic countries spend half the world GDP average.  While I know that correlation doesn't always mean causation I do think that how a country spends its financial resources may reflect in the happiness of its population.  Tanks apparently don't buy happiness as well as secure access to  health care.

     Norway has a message for Trump with his desire for more immigrants from Norway.