Troy came yesterday and spruced up the front yard, mowing the grass and trimming shrubs, the heavy work I can no longer do. He was coming back today to clear the side yard and dog run, which have become weed beds planted by the birds, however, I recalled the pest control guy was coming and advised Troy he might not want to be outside on a breezy day when he sprays around the foundation for ants and other creepy crawlies.
I hadn’t sprayed since 2014, but the crickets, spiders, moths and ants have invaded and I am sure silverfish are back too. I killed the biggest silverfish I’ve ever seen last week and I can’t take it anymore. The turning point was when I found ants in the butter dish. Nothing like butter-covered ants on toast.
The company I use assures me their products are USDA approved and green. I hope so. If you can’t rely on your government to keep a check on atmospheric poisons who can you trust?
Which leads me to say, that all this talk about government being a problem is just that….talk. The problem is many folks think they can have something for nothing. We say we want government to work, and then we short change it. On the other hand, when you have 47 dysfunctional programs addressing the same thing, say poverty, then you might ask why? When you have members of Congress carving out set asides from every budget for their constituents back home, instead of voting for the greater good (the general welfare of the US) you might ask why?
My son works for the Navy and is high enough that he handles budget work. His chief complaint is “too many cooks stirring the pot.” This translates into elected representatives doing things such as striving to keep dysfunctional government operations in place or ordering the military services to spend money on equipment they don’t want or need.
My pet peeve is the space program. People who think we need to go to Mars because someday humans might have to leave earth are delusional. What we need to do is take care of the earth, our home.
That includes ensuring the FDA, EPA and similar viable agencies created during the New Deal remain funded and administered by people who care about their mission and carry it out honestly, objectively and without prejudice.
That doesn’t preclude a balanced budget either. When that happens, government works well.
Yesterday, I finished reading Alter Egos by New York Times reporter Mark Landler. I am a foreign policy junkie, so I loved this book which compares and contrasts the differing approaches to foreign policy by Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I recommend it to all the political junkies out there as well as those who want the inside story of what went on in those years Hillary was Secretary of State. Believe me, the email “scandal” was merely a small burp.