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Common sense

March 18, 2010

These are a few lessons my mother taught me.  All mothers used to teach these, dads too. Somebody forgot to teach these to a large number of people in Congress.

  • Two wrongs don’t make a right. If the GOP used shady maneuvers to pass small bills, it is no excuse for the Democrats to use the same tactics to pass a big one.
  • The ends do not justify the means. Right ends do not come from wrong means.  This one has actually been around since William Penn in our country and can be traced back at least to Machiavelli.
  • There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Similar to, ” If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Somebody is going to pay for health care either with their dollars or by not getting it.
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees.  It is just printed over at the Treasury.
  • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.  That’s actually my favorite; don’t know that I’ve ever heard anyone other than my other say that one.

The problem is that common sense isn’t common.  It is the result of experience.  My parents and grandparents went through the Great Depression and they learned those lessons the hard way.

Remember the Great Depression? That was the last time people turned to government in a crisis instead of to themselves. If we don’t show some common sense, history will repeat itself.

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