Ocean City And America, Fall 2010

Posted on September 21, 2010

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The trip isn’t over till it’s over . . .  And I’m not sure it’s ever over . . .

Ocean City Summer Turns Into Fall

The 2010 season is just about done in Ocean City. Delmarvelous Bike Week finished it off with a roar. The bikers are gone . . . and they left a ton of money behind.

A few straggling senior citizens vacation during the week . . .  The wonderful weather continues . . .  We’ve had maybe one rainy weekend day since the first week of May . . . How do you explain weather like that? Before you close the book on the 2010 season, Ocean City has one more big weekend: Sunfest is straight ahead.

And then, it’s only the beginning of splendid October . . . After that, the November election, and the long, cold winter . . . Or will it be a long, mild winter?

America Divided

When it comes to “strange,” you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The economy is strange, and getting stranger. Headline on the New York Times front page:

“For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again

THE NEW POOR, Accidentally Retired”

Global warming is strange. Who knows where that’s going? In the meantime, we might as well replenish the beach with sand at least one more time.

And Politics. Politics is really strange! The political climate in the USA has crossed over from the land of the merely strange. We’re now in uncharted, surreal political territory. I saw Jimmy Carter on “Larry King Live” last night. Mr. Carter said the American people have never been as divided as we are right now.

The rich are growing very impatient with the poor. These poor people are being poor on purpose! Isn’t it infuriating? Not to mention the unemployed people! They’re unemployed on purpose! Why don’t they just get a job? Because they’d rather collect unemployment compensation, that’s why! Can you imagine? It’s infuriating!

“Self-pity among the privileged has become acceptable, even fashionable,” Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times. Talk about strange.

Taxes have the power to drive people crazy. Taxes are annoying to the middle class, but it’s the rich who are suffering. Taxes are maddening! Taxes take all the fun out of being rich! Mr. Krugman writes:

“It has become common to hear vehement denials that people making $400,000 or $500,000 a year are rich. I mean, look at the expenses of people in that income class — the property taxes they have to pay on their expensive houses, the cost of sending their kids to elite private shcools, and so on. Why, they can barely make ends meet.

And among the undeniably rich, a belligerent sense of entitlement has taken hold: it’s their money, and they have the right to keep it.”

To top it all off, now the middle class and the poor want health care! They should be ashamed! Don’t they understand that America has a limited supply of doctors? Don’t they care? How can the same number of doctors take care of 30 million more patients? We’d like to do it, but it’s simply not possible! If doctors take care of poor people, who will take care of the rich?

Do you want to know one thing that’s truly strange? Strangest of all? Not a single person in the world, rich or poor, has a clue what’s going to happen next.

Have something on your mind? Anything? Please leave a comment. And thanks for reading.

— John Hayden

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