First, I’m surprised in all of the “i” hype (iPod, iLife, etc.) no one has used the idea of iDay (Independence Day) to market these items or use it for a launch date (no pun intended with today’s launch of Discovery). The culture of the United States of America is based on freedom in a number of areas and in the last 100 years grasped on to the freedom of the consumer. More expendable income = more technology = more gadgets. I think what upsets me the most is how our government views consumers. Face it: as individuals, we may pay some taxes, but most of us don’t make a dent in the monetary operation of the government. Big business rules the roost. Somehow they get the tax cuts and the little people who may have very little to no disposable income end up getting screwed. I guess it’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. Higher taxes for big business leads to a higher end user cost and sometimes lower pay for those in the manufacturing process. That’s bad. What’s even worse is how the government spends the tax money now. How many billions of dollars does the Iraq offensive cost us ever month? How much does the U.S. of A. spend in aid every month to foreign countries? Compare that to what it would take to help the underprivileged learn skills for a productive job, what healthcare could cost, or affordable post-secondary schooling (don’t get me started on the new interest rate hikes on student loans…). Weigh out the positive contribution these programs would have on the economy, the national community, or the view of the U.S.A. throughout the world. I’m a firm believer in taking care of home issues before spreading yourself out to everyone who asks for it. It’s okay to be stingy: true friends ultimately understand. I believe the same can be said for governments. It’s alright to keep a military and intelligence. Just don’t go chasing every bullet because the money is burning a hole in your pocket. Aid ailing countries within reason. Take care of home. The rest will fall in line



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