Friday, January 20, 2012

Republican Riddle

Help me out here.

Republicans want to cut taxes.

Now we learn that multi-millionaire Mitt Romney pays a paltry 15 percent in taxes.

You’d think this would be cause for celebration among Republicans. Nice going, Mitt!

But oh, no, his opponents in the Republican presidential nomination mud bath are lobbing clods at him for not “paying his fair share.”

Isn’t that what the Occupy Movement has been saying for months? The rich aren’t paying their fair share. (Mitt, by the way, has an estimated net worth of $250 million.)

Could GOP candidates Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul be closet Occupiers?

The answer, of course, is — only if it is to their political advantage as they exploit the latest one-day scandal in this bizarre contest.

Has anyone asked Romney what he thinks of his low tax rate? Does he think it’s fair?

Why aren't all the GOP presidential candidates driven to the edge of GOP blasphemy with the question: Should Romney and other exceedingly rich Americans pay more?

Congressional Republicans have been rock-solid, vocal opponents to raising taxes on the rich.

This much is certain: Romney can rightly say his tax rate is “perfectly legal” — thanks to the likes to legislators and ex-legislators like, you guessed it, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul.

So, Mitt, point your finger at the real culprits, your opponents, and say, “You made me and my tax accountants do it!”

For more on this subject, read “Perfectly Legal” by David Cay Johnston. It will make you weep.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Beckonings on the Beach

"Hear" these photos. What is calling us?

Or consider the names I have created for these images. Try matching my names with the photos. If you don’t "get" my answer, yours is right.

For me, contemplating these gifts is surrendering to nature and spirit. They beckon, telling us we are part of a larger being.

Here are those names (Not in the order of appearance.)

Drawn to the sea
Face in the log
The Arch
Sand ghosts

(You can click on each to make it larger so that one image fills your screen.)

But, really, what (or who) are these beyond words? Who are they in the tumbling breath of surf, the distant squawk of gulls, the beat of your heart...?

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