Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I Thee Command

There were a couple of interesting headlines tonight on "Yahoo! News"and "Politico."

The first one, from Yahoo: "Big Speech: Obama Wants Control of Health Debate." Really? Barack Obama wants control? Who would've guessed after taking over the car companies and the financial sector, he would want control of the health debate, too?

And from Politico: "Under Fire, Obama Shifts Strategy: Obama will detail his health care demands in a major speech." Demands? What are we, hostages? (Don't answer that...)

Here are my demands, as explained by a man who knew both tyranny and liberty in his life, Thomas Jefferson: "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

I know we've all been told those creaky old Founding Fathers are so quaint and out of touch. (After all, as I've been told, wasn't the Constitution really more of a guess-timate than a bedrock document of principle?) In 1802, Jefferson said this, "Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." Aren't little old men cute when they're uncanny prophets?

I was always told the people we sent to Washington were there to serve US. If President Obama has a list of demands, he should get in line. There are 320 million of us who are supposed to be ahead of him.

Maybe a little pick-me-up is in order. Here's a simple recipe from my grade school years -- on days they served Yummy Cookies, EVERYONE brought extra lunch money.

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups Karo light corn syrup
2 cups peanut butter
1 small box of Corn Flakes

Bring the sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter (careful, it's HOT!) Let cool a few minutes. Grease a sheet pan with butter. Pour corn flakes onto sheet pan, then pour peanut butter goo all over the corn flakes. Press mixture firmly into the pan (I find it helpful to butter my hands lightly before I start...) Cool, and cut into squares.

It's like being in the sixth grade all over again...