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Who: Kimball Corson. Text and Photos not disclaimed or that are obviously not mine are copyright (c) Kimball Corson 2004-2016
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America the Ignorant and Dim-Witted

30 April 2012 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Kimball Corson
America the Ignorant and Dim-Witted

A majority of American believe mistakenly that we have budget deficits because we are spending too much money on federal programs that are not needed or wasteful. Deficits should be deduced by spending cuts on such programs and waste under this view.

At the same time, majorities oppose spending cuts to social security, medicare, national defense, homeland security, antipoverty programs, unemployment compensation, education, farm aid and even to the arts and sciences.

The only thing a majority agree should be cut is foreign aid which is thought to account for 25 percent of federal expenditures. In fact, it is less than one percent.

The key point is this: when Americans consider what the federal government actually does in the specific instances, they don't think it is wasting money or spending too much. Only in the abstract -- from conservative propaganda -- do they think it spends too much with runaway spending on welfare moms and lazy bums and other unidentified wasteful programs involving big dollars.

This is serious thoughtlessness on a matter of great significance.
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Vessel Name: Altaira
Vessel Make/Model: A Fair Weather Mariner 39 is a fast (PHRF 132), heavily ballasted (43%), high-aspect (6:1), stiff, comfortable, offshore performance cruiser by Bob Perry that goes to wind well (30 deg w/ good headway) and is also good up and down the Beaufort scale.
Hailing Port: Lake Pleasant, AZ
Crew: Kimball Corson. Text and Photos not disclaimed or that are obviously not mine are copyright (c) Kimball Corson 2004-2016
About:
Kimball Corson: I am a 74 year old solo sailor, by choice. However, I did take on a personable, but high maintenance female kitten, now a full grown cat, named KiKiPoo when she is sweet, or KatKatPo after she has just killed something like a bird or bat. [...]
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Although I was a lawyer and practiced law with good success for thirty years, creating significant new law, I never really believed in the law, the politics of law or in the over reaching self-interest of most lawyers I met. Too much exposure to Nietzsche and other good and seriously thoughtful [...]
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Who: Kimball Corson. Text and Photos not disclaimed or that are obviously not mine are copyright (c) Kimball Corson 2004-2016
Port: Lake Pleasant, AZ