But, if you check out Michelle Obama's fashionable look, you too will swoon over her flawless taste! (Sorry, my digressions are very appropriate, as a matter of research now that I'm down here in buybuybuy land.) Oops, I should have made that my topic, so much to say about shopping habits that never die. (Again, sorry, for another time, perhaps.
If you have not read America The Vulnerable by Stephen Flynn you don't know much about our security/safety status here in the Land of Oz. Remember the report that came out of the 9/11 Commission? No? Well, neither do I. I only know what I must do when I get to the airport. The airport in America is the only place where we are reminded that Terrorists lurk at every corner; that Terrorists hide in every body; that Terrorists look like you and me.
I'm not complaining about the pat-downs and what-nots. My Hubby has to go through a special one because his pacemaker sends off all kinds of strange alarms. If you have knee replacements, you too know the drill. I get to watch my shoes and stuff, and his shoes and stuff, while breezily moving through that special door and giving up my special shampoos, creams and jells even before I reach the conveyor belt.
Wait. Don't we want to be secure? That is not the question.
Are we any more secure now, with all that we know?
What about all the hazardous materials on our shelves? On our highways? In our factories? Are we protected when our fire-departments are not equipped properly; our police and first responders do not have the protective gears to respond to any and all calls; when chemical and biological attacks are probably being planned as we sleep easily after our pat-downs at the airports?
We are hearing our government is taking over! What kind of thinking is that? I want my government to be alert, responsive and forward thinking. I want my government to prevent me and my neighbors from harms I don't see and wouldn't recognize. I want government to do what governments do: Legislate, Regulate, and Protect! An Alert and Vigilant government that does not sway with the political winds.
With so many people in economic turmoil, we just want to be able to pay our bills and keep our houses.
Let the government worry about the big things. Isn't that why we have governments?