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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sinking health reform has become the job
On Sept. 19, The Roanoke Times included a photograph of Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor. It would be hard to find two more useless individuals (“GOP offers spending plan that also defunds health law,” news story).
They were elected to represent their constituents and yet they spend all of their time trying to make President Obama fail at everything he attempts.
I call on these individuals and like-minded ones to resign not only from office but from the human race.
The sad irony in all these proceedings is the Republicans recognize the need for affordable health care, they simply don’t want Obama to get credit for it.
America is kind of like NASCAR
I’m a new fan of NASCAR racing. This sport is really exciting, full of dedicated people, lots of “down-home” enthusiasm, and now guilty of washing its dirty laundry in public.
Being a new fan of this sport, I’ve searched the web and visited a bookstore to learn more.
I want to share what I learned from the book “NASCAR Nation,” by Chris Myers and Michael Levin, which helped me understand the basics of the sport.
Simply put by those authors, racing’s values mirror America’s values.
America and NASCAR are great because of hard work, folks willing to take risks, ingenuity, respect for family values and other desirable traits.
Unfortunately, other similarities to America are 1. NASCAR shenanigans similar to alleged investment fraud in America, and 2. NASCAR sponsor withdrawal that was intended to show disapproval of behavior, but inadvertently resulted in NASCAR job losses — a mirror of America’s job losses during the recent economic downturn.
NASCAR employees and their families plus we fans are the end-result victims of this withdrawal.
JOHN K. ARBOGAST
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