Problems and Solutions...

Of all the segments of our economy, manufacturing has had almost as rough a time for the last five years as we in the nursery business have had. But if you look carefully you can find isolated instances here and there of shining successes amongst the wreckage. A few diamonds in the goat dung, as it were.


I have a very good friend who has made a fortune in the manufacturing business, mostly in the last few years. I don’t know what his secret is, but I have come to suspect that his inborn wisdom might have a little something to do with it. He is a person, as country as country gets, that you might suspect of being, well, not too bright, at first brush. You would be very, very wrong indeed if you jumped to this conclusion.


He told me something a couple of years ago that has stuck with me and that I have tried to adopt as policy at Rocky Creek Nursery. He said he’d had a steady stream of guys from his shop coming into his office to point out one problem or another. He finally called a meeting and told them all that, henceforth, nobody was to bring him a problem unless they also provided him with two possible solutions, so that he could pick the one he liked best. If that isn’t simple brilliance, I don’t know what is. He informs me that he still has problems laid upon his desk, but that he has had some very intelligent solutions delivered as well.


It has been said that you should never discuss religion or politics with anybody outside of your immediate family. I have never been bashful about doing either one, mostly because I have never really had a problem with people disagreeing with me, so long as we can disagree respectfully. But the election last week confirmed my fear that, nationally, we have a major problem. Fortunately, I do have a couple of possible solutions, although they are both very politically incorrect.


The problem, just for the sake of clarity, is that anybody can vote. You don’t have to know anything – you just show up and vote. As much as it pains me to say it, empty headedness is not exclusive to liberals. I saw a video clip last week of a long line of Obama supporters, I think in Boston, and an interviewer was asking them some very basic questions about our government and its structure. These were all articulate, apparently well-educated people who had not a clue about anything. They all just “felt” like government should be there to “help” us more. Scary.


I’m always glad when people who are made to look like dunces, or who are actually shown to be dunces, are from somewhere besides Mississippi. I am fair-minded enough to know that if the same reporter had shown up at almost any of the polling places in conservative areas, the same thing would’ve happened. The number of people on both sides of the debate who lack even a rudimentary understanding of government is absolutely appalling.


But to my thinking, the real problem is not that simpletons are allowed to vote, it is that people can vote who contribute nothing to the treasury. They pay nothing in taxes, they own no land, and yet their vote counts just as much as mine does. There is a reason why the founding fathers originally set it up so that only landowners could vote. It’s because they knew that if the people on the receiving end of government largess could vote, they would always vote for the candidate that promised to take care of them. I’ve seen the slogan before that “The government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.” If you could reduce the whole conundrum that we’re in to just one sentence, that would be it.


In the interest of brevity I am going to wait until the next update to put forth my politically incorrect solutions to the problem. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in praying for ALL of our elected leaders, like them or not. They (and we, if we’re honest) certainly need God’s divine guidance and protection. For all our problems, and there are some very serious ones, this is still the best place in the world to live. God bless America, and Thank You to our veterans. Without them we wouldn’t be here to complain in the first place.


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