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Monday, February 25, 2013

George Washington and Politics

George Washington and Politics

Once upon a time not too many years ago we in the great State of Washington used to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday, as well as, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. In order to add another Federal Holiday without incurring additional costs by doling out another paid holiday, the politicians in all their wisdom changed the two birthdays into President’s Day, and used the freed holiday to honor Martin Luther King Junior in January.  In a way the politicians were showing fiscal responsibility.
Today we are possibly days away from Sequestration, and I am not sure that any of us are sure how we will ultimately be affected (financially).  The negative affect will not be fair and shared by all of us equally, I’m sorry to say.   Some of us will take a reduction in pay and others will lose their jobs.  I pray for a permanent solution, but I am not expecting a miracle.  Minimally an economic recovery (slow down) will eventually affect all of us.

I marvel at how George Washington at about the age of 6 years told his father (when asked who cut the cherry tree):  This was a hard question to answer, and for a moment George was staggered by it, but quickly recovering himself he cried: "I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.''

George Washington went on to become the first president of this great nation of ours, and based on what I’ve read was a great one and great Commander in Chief.  Unlike President George Washington, today's politicians find it difficult to tell the truth.  None the less, I still strongly believe that our country’s best days are ahead of us.  We can also find many great times in our recent past to rejoice about.  Happy Birthday Mr. President!  The best is yet to come….

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