Time to Do Nothing

The Old Liberal

In 1949 Mao Zedong and the communists took over China. They instituted communist policies . In response the US cut off all relations with the People’s Republic of China for many years. Mao was a dictator. Harsh. Ruthless. The US would have nothing to do with him. He was an enemy.

Then, in 1972 , Richard Nixon did what was necessary. Mao did what his subordinates did not want him to do. Nixon visited China, met with Mao and started the opening up of trade and cultural relationships. The rightwing in China and the US were outraged by this betrayal of ideals. They wanted conflict, not reproachment.

The world did not end. The US was not defeated. In fact, over time, China has become a major world player and dominant economic force. A major trading partner with the US.

In 1986 the Russian leader, Gorbachev, met with the US leader…

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s 2018 Plans For Cutting Spending For Medicare/ Medicaid/ Social Security

Gronda Morin

Remember those college days when students studied Economics 101 by noted economist, John Kenneth Galbraith. Around 1962, he had opposed President John F. Kennedy’s plans to cut taxes with the warning that “Lower tax revenues will become a ceiling on spending.”

Republicans picked up this principle when in 1978, Republican economist Alan Greenspan told Congress, “The basic purpose of any tax cut program in today’s environment is to reduce the momentum of expenditure growth by restraining the amount of revenue available and trust that there is a political limit to deficit spending.”

What a perfect time to test this principle than in 2018, just after US Congressional republicans had passed their huge 2017 tax cuts bill where several credible tax analysts predict that this bill would most likely add $1 trillion dollars to the US deficit over 10 years. Even though, most congressional Democrats will join moderate Republicans to…

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Dreamer’s World January 02, 2018 – Never Get Frustrated

Dreamer’s World January 02, 2018 – Never Get Frustrated

        It never pays to get frustrated when things don’t work out the way we plan. I had written the better part of 2 blog posts for today when something malfunctioned, and the documents could not be saved. It was something that was unexpected since I would typically open them in the evening for more writing and editing on another computer. Rather than get upset, I chalk them up as lost and proceeded with this new post based on the misadventure.

        It is always best to walk away from events like this where we have no control. Getting angry doesn’t make things the way that I want them to be, it only convinces me that I feel better for a short time until I realize that I wasted my time when I should have just moved on. I know that this is a lesson that only time can teach to someone, so I’m not trying to preach. Whatever was important in those posts will happen again at some point, and I will write about it then. In the meantime, I will go on with my life.

        There is a lesson here for all of us. Regrets are normal, but we cannot let them lead to anger and negativity.

Dreamer’s World January 3, 2018 – Living Every Moment

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     Being happy is something that everyone wants in their life. Sadly, this is impossible because life doesn’t work that way. We all go through highs and lows, and we have to remember that this is all a part of the journey. If everything were perfect all of the time, we would have nothing to indicate that we are happy at any given point in our life.

     As insomnia keeps me awake, I think about this. There is nothing pleasant about not being able to sleep, but it can lead to some useful time for thinking if I let it. I know that there are things that demand my attention as I try to sleep. Writing is one of those things, and I am allowing it to occupy my mind in the middle of the night as the rest of the world sensibly sleeps.

     I wish at times like this that I could not have insomnia, but that isn’t my choice. I have to deal with this in the best way that I can. At least I know that I will not be traveling to the client’s office later this morning because it is just too damn cold to stand around waiting on a bus just to get me to a train station where I have to stand around waiting for a train. The first thing I will do when I start work this morning is to notify the client that I am not coming in today but that I will be available via phone or email if they need to reach me.

     As a part of the things I will do while I am awake, I am writing this blog post in Google Docs for a change. I want to have some different experiences to stimulate my mind as I cannot sleep.