When I was a kid my dad used to talk about activities that were as useless as “pouring sand down a rat hole.” I don’t remember what he was talking about but it could have been giving money to politicians. They can do less with more than any other entity on earth.
You know that old saying about “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day – give him a fishing pole and he can feed himself for life?” Well give a bunch of politicians in Washington D.C. a trillion dollars and they can fritter it away and not get much bang for a trillion bucks.
If there is a more wasteful or useless entity in our society I can’t think what is worse than politicians. Even the good ones are all sound and fury signifying in the end – not much.
Having watched our latest societal side show for the past few months I am convinced that uselessness is catching. Hell it’s damn near an epidemic.
We have an ever growing number of people that don’t know much but haven’t the brains to keep quiet. Because they don’t know how little they know they yammer on and on and only show the world what fools they be. Maybe they’re not totally useless because they can always be used as a bad example.
According to Seneca it is better to know useless things, which most politicians know, than to know nothing. I’m not sure I agree with Seneca about that.
The celebrities in Hollywood are, for the most part, good at their job. Although they too can take large amounts of money, and talent and turn out a lousy product. Such is life. It’s when they open their pie holes and pretend that they have some expertise on governing they are useless.
They have a right to speak. It is often not wise for them to do so because we would never know what fools they are if they only had the wisdom to remain silent. For the most part, we don’t care what they think about politics – we care about their next movie or program. They might best listen to the words below. Sadly few listen, they are too busy speaking to learn.
True Silence is the rest of the Mind, and is to the Spirit, what Sleep is to the Body, Nourishment and Refreshment. It is a great Virtue; it covers Folly, keeps Secrets, avoids Disputes, and prevents Sin. ~William Penn (1644–1718),
We send hundreds of people to Washington D.C. to “legislate” who are all too often ignorant of the issues upon which they are called to legislate. But legislate they must and so they make bad laws and bad decisions and waste the money they take from the taxpayers.
Politicians throw billions at education and we have an education system that doesn’t educate.
Politicians throw billions to the Veterans Administration to help our veterans and they have failed. Not only miserably but in many cases with malice and greed.
Of all the things this government does poorly, and there are too many to recount in one post, the failure to care for our veterans is the most reprehensible. This isn’t just a government failure, this is a societal failure. It is the failure of multiple administrations and countless politicians. Politicians and Administrations that vowed to “fix” the problem. And failed.
If the useless media spent 1/2 as much time on the plight of our vets as they do on worrying about the plight of people who entered and stayed in our country illegally the public might, and I only say might in these times, rise up and force the “Veterans Administration” to do their damn job.
Fire the damn bureaucrats that can’t or won’t do their job. Fire the useless politicians that can’t or won’t do the job they were elected to do. Fire teachers that can’t or won’t teach children the basic amount of education they need to be useful citizens and to accomplish their goals.
Why are government workers jobs/positions sacrosanct? Why are teacher’s jobs protected when they can’t do the job? Why are these useless people still a drain on taxpayer dollars?
Just a few days ago President Trump fired the acting Attorney General and the mob, aka, the Democrats and their activist media stooges, went nuts. Hysteria. A remembrance of the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” by President Nixon. Which of course was all wrong. All hyperbole and dishonest.
The watchdog media that should have informed the public immediately that this was wrong instead helped disseminate the lie. A lapdog instead of a watchdog is a useless entity.
When media doesn’t inform then they are not doing their job. I “fired” most of them a long time ago. If I read something that comes from the Washington Post or from the New York Times I check it seven ways from Sunday to make sure it’s true. All too often it isn’t. What does that say about the uselessness of two of our major “news” outlets.
I don’t bother to watch news on television. None can be trusted. They are all, IMO, useless. You have to wonder what the outcome might be if they spent as much time informing the public about the condition of education in this country or the plight of veterans as they did covering the death of Mary Tyler Moore. Don’t get me wrong – I liked Mary Tyler Moore. But I would like some of that celebrity worship to be used to help our children, who are our future and our vets, who deserve our best and get our worst.
It just all seems to hopeless. So useless.
Ditto a government.