Thursday, October 21, 2010

France: When Civil Servant Dominate

Is America heading toward a European model where those working for some government entity outnumbers those that don't? The European model as personified in France, is collapsing upon itself.

Government does not create wealth. It consumes funds and energies while creating little value. We see job entitlements run amok. Not only do people want to work less than forty hours a week but they feel they should retire at 60. They people have it better than most, unless you are a 50 year old retired California state worker banking over $100,000/year plus paid health care.

The French birthright is above average standard of living in return for mediocre services provided over a 30 year working life. Weeks of annual vacation, holidays galore including many most people have no idea what they are honoring, free health care.

France is the canary in the mine. Yet liberals in America want to take us straight down the statism path. A path that sees more than half of the people working for the government, and millions not working at all but receiving welfare payments.

America is not far behind if we allow things to proceed along the Pelosi/Reid/Obama path. With more and more people deriving their standard of living from the government coffers, and less and less building wealth and paying taxes, the house of cards will come falling down. And those that derive their daily bread from the government will continue to vote themselves raises by voting Democratic -- the party that promise cradle to grave social care.

Liberals seem to find contentment in mediocrity. With little to inspire, less is being created. With less being created, America slides into European mediocrity. I enjoy Europe and appreciate their culture but that is not America. That is not greatness.

When civil servants dominate, we get France. or England, or Greece, or Spain... It might be okay for them, it is not for me.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Arizona 2010 Election Ballot

Like more and more American's I vote well in advance of the official pooling day via mail. And this year, I was glad I did, at least in Arizona.

I spent more than an hour with my ballot. In Pima Country, we are electing a federal senator, federal House representative, governor, corporate commissioner, a judge or two, attorney general, state house rep, state senator, state mine inspector, state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, and 13 propositions

Unless you really have done your homework, most people enter the polling booth in a few days will be overwhelmed. People will either not vote on many positions or guess. There are ten too many propositions, three would suffice.

On 2 November, there are going to be extremely long lines and a lot of very frustrated voters.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Peralta Trail, Superstition Mountains, AZ

On Friday, my daughter and I hiked the Peralta Trail to the Fremont Saddle. A 4.5 mile round trip, ascending and descending 1300 feet. A warm sunny day (unheard of in AZ), in the mid-90s. It is a moderate hike, one most average hiker can do without much bother. It took us 3 hours, up and back, with 20 minutes at the top to eat and view.

Weaver's Needle, the sharp peak to the northwest, is stunning (see photo).

This area of the Superstition Mountains is known for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. We cannot be numbered as two people of the thousands that search for it annually. The legend is compelling but probably more fiction than fact.

This hike gives visitors the Phoenix area an accessible hike that provides a good Arizona hiking experience. It provides quick escapism coupled with a good workout and brush with western lore.

More than anything, it was great to spend the day with one of my daughter's enjoying God's creations.