Friday, July 13, 2012

Joe Paterno and me. And maybe you.

There's been a lot of hand-wringing and outrage over Joe Paterno's failure to stop Jerry Sandusky's habit of sexually abusing young boys. 
Paterno had knowledge of the crimes, and he had the power to do something. 

Instead, Paterno put the interests of his organization first.  Penn State had a reputation.  Money was being made.  Maybe they weren't 100% sure, they told themselves.  Somebody else should deal with the problem of boy rape.  A scandal would give Ohio State or Nebraska or some other Big 10 rival a recruiting edge.  Nothing is worse than giving ammo to the other side. 

There were plenty of good reasons to cover up the problem, or at least postpone dealing with it. 

I'll bet Paterno's statue is torn down within a year. 

But enough about Paterno.  Let's talk about me.  And maybe you. 

Barack Obama has increased our national debt by 5 trillion dollars.  There are 81 million taxpayers in the U.S.  That means he has increase my share of the debt by $64,000.00 during the Obama administration.   (If you look at the total debt per taxpayer, it's up to $191,000.00) 

I'm not doing enough about that problem.  Yeah, I work pretty hard with the Libertarians when I can, and I blog and bitch and moan every morning, but I don't do enough. 

If you're expecting an angel to come down and force Sam Walton's kids and the Bass Brothers and Ann Marion Burnett to pay off everyone else's share, it ain't gonna happen and it wouldn't even help.  We could take every penny of taxable income away from the evil 1%, and it wouldn't even make a dent in Obama's DEFICIT spending per year. 

George Bush got us into a couple of wars with people who didn't attack us.  Obama has bombed and droned in two or three other places.  We account for 45% of the world's military spending, and I know that a lot of bombs get dropped for the sole purpose of creating jobs at Lockheed and Bell Helicopter.  But I don't do enough about it.  I'm not out in the streets banging pots and pans together, the way we all think Joe Paterno should have.  I haven't chained myself to the gates at Lockheed.   

Obama gave 3/4 of a trillion dollars to friends and supporters in the name of stimulus.  Lots of Democrats are obviously ashamed of this, but criticizing Obama would give ammo to the other side....the Ohio States, the Michigans, and other Big 10 rivals.  So they hunker down and comfort themselves with the polite fiction that this was a "stimulus", not a payoff. 

Barack Obama, by all accounts, has smoked enough weed to BarBQ a T-Rex.  He also continues to imprison black males by the hundreds of thousands for smoking marijuana.  Is that wrong?  Does it piss you off that he's doing this to preserve government jailer and narc jobs?   And are you still going to vote for the hypocrital f***er because you don't want to admit that you made a bad choice in 2008? 

All of this is going to blow up on us.  We're going to watch it happen, in slow motion, with plenty of time turn back.  We're not doing anything about it.  We're busy, we have families, and we have tribal loyalties to our own, whether it's Democrat or Republican.  We're sitting in our tribal groups, wondering who is going to swoop down and stop the incoming disaster, an economic meltdown that will make Weimar Germany look like The Love Boat. 

The Penn State leadership will go on trial soon.  Prosecutors will be asking "what did you know, when did you know it, and why didn't you do something about the problem?".

They aren't going to have a good answer. 

I don't have a good answer.  I've got to get to work.  I haven't seen the new Spiderman movie yet.  I want to read Keith Richards' autobiography. 

Do you have a good answer? 


Hot Sam said...

With more than half the country's population drunk on government kool aid, nobody is going to do anything. We have to be content with incremental changes. Our government was not set up for radical change, and our population doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to accept it.

Sleeping Americans don't like to be woken up. When they are, they either vote a party out of power or go to war. You need to tip toe, not shout.

FIREBIRD said...

There were plenty of good reasons to cover up the problem, or at least postpone dealing with it

I'm sorry - that sentence stops me in my tracks. I can think of NO good reason to cover us what was happening - that's the sort of mentality THAT ALLOWED THIS CRIME TO BE SHOVED UNDER THE CARPET!

And while everything else you list as 'problems than need our attention' may be well and true, the krap at Penn State was something SOMEONE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT!

FIREBIRD said...

I can't type without my coffee! That should say 'cover UP'.... ;-)

The Whited Sepulchre said...

The reasons to avoid bringing Sandusky's actions into the light were as follows: Loss of power, loss of prestige, and loss of money.
The powers at Penn State thought those were good enough.

What are the reasons that our (ahem) leaders won't stop spending? Why won't they end the wars?

They probably think that they have very good reasons.