Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Keeping The Kids To Home

(C) 2010 Stan Spire

There was an article in the Plattsburgh Dinosaur Dispatch about efforts to make the Adirondack region a better place for young college graduates to live and work. Too many young people were moving away.

One answer was to get broadband so that more young professionals could work from home with their computers.

Yeah, right. Between local, state and federal government, you'll be lucky to see broadband in these god-forsaken sticks by 3010. Other countries have better broadband penetration -- but then again, other countries have national health care.

But there are plenty of jobs for young people in the region. Like selling drugs, taking advantage of the Montreal - New York City pipeline. Of course, those jobs can be cut short by arrests. But arrests mean more jobs for other young people. After all, jail and prison guards have to watch over the imprisoned felons. And don't forget police officers and lawyers who play important roles in the process.

There are plenty of great jobs around here for young professionals. Why screw up the natural employment ecosystem by getting broadband?

Answer Me This, Tea Bagger

(C) 2010 Stan Spire

What politician/businessman doesn't benefit from working both sides of the street?

After the Plattsburgh Air Force Base closed, Mark Barrie headed up PARC, the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation, to transform the base property from military activity to private sector business. I don't think it was unpaid volunteer work he did. Barrie is the president of his own company, Crossborder Development Corp. Those contacts he made while he was the head of PARC must have helped him. Please note that a Barrie relative by marriage has a good county job.

Barrie is also the head of UNYTEA, the local Tea Party. Now think about this, Mr. or Mrs. Tea Bagger. Why is someone who has benefited from big government largesse heading up your organization that is so against big government largesse?

You Tea Baggers are dupes, worse than those so-called commie dupes of the Red Scare era of the 1950s-1960s. You're being manipulated by people who want to keep you in your place, getting you worked up that some politicians are ripping you off. But those politicians claiming to be your friends are also ripping you off, keeping you distracted by bullshit.

Wake up, you dumb dupes! It's not big government that's the problem -- it's big BSers! From any and all political persuasions.

Don't blindly rally around one party, one leader. Sort out the candy from the crap.