Today the Detroit Historical Museum celebrates, if that's the right word, the day the British left Detroit during the War of 1812. Two hundred years ago today British forces left Detroit and have never returned. It seems that Fort Wayne did its job rather well.
The Detroit Free Press reports this morning that many of Michigan's dams are in need of replacement or repair, having approached the ends of the their useful lives. In the next decade or so, about 9 of 10 dams will be beyond their designed engineering expectation. But what's the real trouble here?
Lack of money. Why is that so? There are surely many reasons which those politically concerned would cite, yet one reason which likely trumps all other objections and because of that it will not be cited. Simply put, if the state government would get out of funding things which it should not, there might actually be money for the general interest. The general interest is the forgotten idea that what the government does ought to be helpful to all of society in general. Don't bother about that, though, You'll only hear it here.
Will it or won't it? Will Obamacare be funded this year or next? Will a government shutdown doom us all?
To that last question, probably not. Most of us probably won't even notice any effect. But we like the idea of delaying the implementation of Obamacare for a year. Have it go into effect right before the 2014 biennial elections. That would be the ideal time to see what the people really think about it. Hey, if it's good for the people, they'll support it at the ballot box, right?
We believe that the Democrats don't want that, and exactly because of the fear of repercussion. If it goes into effect Tuesday as planned, a whole year will pass before the election, and opposition will wane as time has its effect. The electorate doesn't mind new things once its become accustomed to them. The left and the Democrats are banking on that.
So long for now.