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just the way I see things.. #1: what ever happened to all the things we were told when we were young?

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I want to start off by saying that I don’t want to come off as really negative or cynical, or just disgruntle. I am however somewhat perplexed by how things have changed, and not all for the good I might add. I for one would like to see some things go back to the way they used to be. I am dismayed by the fact that even though when I grew up I was told that if I worked hard and did what was right, paid my bills and taxes, treated people fairly and was honest, that I would achieve the goals of adulthood.
owning your own home, being at least financially even on the board. I don’t want to be wealthy, or even well off, what I would like is to not have to look over my shoulder for the bill collector. Well I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but it just aint the truth anymore. You can work 12 hours a day 7 days a week and still not make enough to make the ends meet. The price of everything goes up on a nearly weekly basis. it takes a side job just to put beef on the table. I find myself telling people when I can find gas for under $3.75 a gallon. which by the way is the going price for a gallon of milk these days. What did we do as a people to allow pharmaceutical companies to price us out of the ability to be healthy. One of my wife’s scripts cost $1200 per month to fill, I mean really. If it were not for my insurance, I don’t know how we would do it. Is there a pill anywhere that’s really worth that kind of money? I’m talking 60 pills for $1200. dollars $20.00 per pill… maybe if it cured cancer or something but come on.. really.. I wish there were someway to just stop and take a real hard look at what we call the greatest country in the world. I am a flag waving, served my country, stand up and die for it kind a guy, but we got some things seriously wrong. The current gap between the haves and the have not’s is at a record level. Those that have, have more and those that don’t have less and its getting worse. We cut funding for services here at home, so we can provide services for other countries. Most of whom just wish we would go away and leave them alone. Spending billions maybe trillions on rebuilding countries we bombed into submission. While we have families here that can’t go to the doctors, or put adequate food on the table or clothes on their backs. I want so much to feel the pride I once felt for my country. I want to say hey world look at us, we got it figured out. I don’t know if I am more worried about me or my grandchildren.. what will they have to do, just to survive..will we survive that long?... I just know that my family and friends used to make fun of me for my patriotism, my blatant flag waving, my undying commitment to my country. Its just getting harder and harder to get up in the morning and start waving… is it just me?

Until next time…when I see more things….......... Papa


-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com



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Jay Nolet

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#1 posted 212 days ago

Here here!!

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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camps764

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#2 posted 212 days ago

You are correct on all counts in my opinion. I wish I knew what the answer was. Sometimes it scares the heck out of me to look at daughter and think about the kind of world she’ll find herself in when shes grown.

-- Steve

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Medic409

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#3 posted 212 days ago

Sorry you are in the situation you find yourself in but the worst is yet to come. You are right to fear for your grandchildren. It’s time to pay the piper America. I assume you are experienced in years and the position we find ourselves in did not happen over night. We have cut the moorings that have grounded this country. God is out, decimated family structures, be a Christian—get in the closet because we don’t want to hear about it, we spend record amounts of money on education and it is still failing our children, we have forgotten our history, personal responsibility is all but dead and buried. We hear government is the only answer, just plop right down on the government plantation. I have 2 college degrees and learned nothing of our history or of humanity from either. “Experience is the only school of man and he will learn from non other”. {in my best Sean Connery voice} “What are you prepared to do?!” My prayers for you, your family and the country.

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 212 days ago

Wow Papa, that’s quite a list of concerns you’ve put together, and it would take a book to address all of them.
I feel your pain, I too had a costly prescription, until it went generic, then it became very low in price. I fully understand the reasons for this, supply & demand with a patent in place, and wanting to recoup their millions of research dollars, etc, but I don’t know anyplace where miracle drugs fall off trees, so what can be done?
I also agree with you about our own citizens suffering while we send money out of our boarders, but the only way I know to address that is by informing our elected officials. Even then, they don’t always abide by what the majority of the people want.
America is changing, and some of the reasons are out of our control. We operate in a world economy more now than ever before. Goods that were once made here are less expensive to make beyond our boarders. People in those other countries are hungry for a chance to improve their living conditions, and they are working hard & saving their rewards. Sound familiar? Now, places like China and India are developing a middle class. They have become a good source of customers for products made world wide, including products made in America.
In my humble opinion, and probably not in my life time, these other hard working countries will raise their standard of living gradually to meet ours, then all will be operating on the same level world wide.
The world that my grandchildren will be attempting to survive in worries me too, but other than teaching and preparing them to make good decisions, what else can we do?
This could go on and on, you’ve brought up many deep subjects to be pondered, and I’m no author or lecturer, so my book will stop here.
I hope whatever troubles brought these situations to your mind are resolved to your satisfaction, and soon.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Makarov

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#5 posted 212 days ago

I agree with all you said papa, I have insurance but can’t afford to use it

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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woodworker59

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#6 posted 212 days ago

I want to start by saying that I don’t want people to think I am ready to move into a van down by the river or something.. but I am living week to week.. I guess whats triggered all this is something that’s been going on for over 15 years.. I will address the underlying issues in my next installment.. this may take a while…

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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Rick M.

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#7 posted 212 days ago

It isn’t that the world has changed it’s that many people are remembering a period of time that was in many ways easy for the working man but the world has always been harsh and always will be. And I believe some people were sold on the Cleaver lifestyle which never existed for most Americans. In the 1800’s pioneers moved into the southwest and were driven out by drought. A decade or two later and the pioneers moved back into the southwest and enjoyed bounty harvests of wheat, leveraged their farms to buy more land so they could plant more wheat. They had already forgotten the droughts. In the late 20’s the droughts came again and many suffered and many died.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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woodworker59

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#8 posted 211 days ago

It isint the ole them were the good ole days, it was an ideal that we lived by, a time when the golden rule wasn’t rusted and more the maybe mile… its when you could trust your door open even when ya left for the day. A time when ya knew that if something happened and you didn’t make it home on time, your neighbor would come over and start feeding your animals for you… happened to me more than once as a child. //
..better yet, it was a time when you knew your neighbor…I knew everyone on the street I grew up on…
its not just the loss of innocence either.. its more, its a loss of honor…. we don’t honor one another enough,
there is no value placed on others.. When we do place value on someone else, its always less deserved… unless of course you play ball… any ball.. big or small… just play with a ball….. is there really a professional sports figure out there that is worth $20 million a year… really…I love me some Red Sox, but their payroll for this years team is some where around 160 million….these guys make enough money so that their great grandchildren won’t have to work for a living either.,.. better yet, you can cheat and we will still pay you the money…(notice in bold print) A RAT....makes his hundreds of millions cheating… I understand that it takes many years of hard work to become a doctor, but does that mean we need to completely bend over and kiss their backsides because of it… I can appreciate all that they do, and some of them are very good at it…. so aint.. just saying.. should have been a plumber or something… but.. we can sit and wait for one two hours sometimes because the DOCTOR is running a little late today… translation… he wanted to play 18 this morning instead of just nine… charge us excessive fees, treat us like crap.. like we are second class people… then say a bunch of words we don’t understand all strung together, and send us on our way… here take these and call me if you don’t die… by the way, that will be $350.. see the girl at the desk…. NEXT… when was the last time some one thanked you for doing the right thing?... hold the door, or elevator…let you go in front…carry their bag to the car, etc… now you try to do something nice and they jump all over you….. accuse you of trying to do something to them.. make a big scene… getting so you can’t even be nice anymore without someone becoming suspicious of you… just aint right.. just aint right…

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 211 days ago

Papa, I need to agree with you.
Maybe were see the past through rose colored glasses but today, and the future, do not look as pleasant.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 211 days ago

My Dad was born in 1917 and is fortunately still with us. He grew up in an immigrant community in Albany, NY. Based on his stories, things were not much fun back then. I’m sure that growing up in a mobster-infested city during prohibition was a big part of this.

Then he spent a few years during WWII as a waist-gunner in a B24 flying missions out of England.

My Dad is the last person in the world to complain, but has never longed for The Good Old Days.

Whenever my Dad and I discuss current events and politics, he comes around to the idea that none of this crap is really new crap.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 211 days ago

My Dad took his family and immigrated to America in 1952 to give his family a better life as Germany was still recovering from the war. When he arrived in NY he had $0.25 in his pocket and before his passing 2 years ago at the age of 95 had provided a college education for his two sons, one lawyer and one engineer, owned 3 apartment buildings and, when he was till able, spent the winters in south Texas. I not saying that everything went smooth but he and mother worked through the hard times together to reach their goals.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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BigYin

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#12 posted 211 days ago

At least you yanks are allowed to wave your flag.
In UK its virtually a race hate crime to be patriotic and dont you dare fly the flag, as you hav’nt planning permission….
If your kid goes off to war in Afganistan and you put up a flag you get a little shit from local government shouting take it down or else … “It could cause offence or race hatred” – I only took it down to put up a larger flag .

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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woodworker59

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#13 posted 209 days ago

thanks to all for the great responses, I want people to know that I am red white and blue through and through, always have been and always will. There is room for improvement in the current situation we find ourselves in. I also realize that I have a snow balls chance in hell of seeing any real change in the way things are.. I can only change the way I do and see things.. I just find myself in a very dark and hard place at the present..It will get better, because I serve an awesome God who will see me through this.. Still does not mean that I can’t struggle a little with whats been thrown at me.. I would like to say to BigYin, I feel for you brother, I would end up in Jail if I were placed in that situation.
no one is going to tell me when and where I can wave my flag..I applaud you for doing what is right in your eyes and placing an even larger flag…I also want to say how proud I am of your son for serving.. He will always be a brother in arms to me.. Well Done. OldNovice….if we see things through rose colored glasses, I want a darker pair… I am still seeing to much for my own good.. I think what your mom and dad did is exactly what I am talking about.. with hard work, and honest dealings, you could make a way for your family… unless both spouses are working and pulling 40 thousand a year each, its hard now to even own a home.. or a decent car… or pay the insurance.. etc.. My father worked all the time, and my mom part time and we raised or grew everything we ate, but we all made it… all having an appreciation for hard work and honest living, with the knowledge to be able to fend for ourselves. JUST DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY ANY MORE. and I am pissed.

okay enough, I am getting all upset again.. need to stop this… GRRRRRRRRRRRR…..
Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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