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Iwo Jima, Good News, and Store Porch Sittin’ Privileges

“In 36 days of fighting on Iwo Jima, there were 25,851 US casualties (1 in 3 were killed or wounded). Of these, 6,825 American boys were killed. Virtually all 22,000 Japanese perished.”

Today is the anniversary of the flag raising…thanks to my friend Bob Patterson for sharing this with me. Take the time to read the account of the battle as described in the link above. Then take the time to reflect…on all of it…the then and the now.

Good News…According to Tammy Pierce, a local Realtor, things are looking up in the real estate market around here.  I’m not in the market to buy or sell but movement in the consumer ranks is good for all of us. I, for one, feel optimistic about the survival of free enterprise. I know I’m better off than I was a year ago and I have abundant faith in the human spirit – especially the human spirit driven by the desire to produce and share. I can assure you that spirit is alive and well. Just check this out.

Store Porch Sittin’ Privileges…About the Republican debate last night: Three of the candidates spent the entire evening blasting the current administration for how it spends tax dollars; yet, they merely countered by submitting different ways they would spend the same tax dollars. As someone once told me, taxes don’t go down if politicians are involved. They just spend what we give them in different ways.

Now you’ll notice I said “three” of the candidates. That is because Senator Ron Paul was the only one who truly said, “Stop spending.” Therefore, if I could grant only one of the candidates store porch sittin’ privileges at The Crossroads Store, it would be Senator Ron Paul. I’d also ask him to dinner…he’s intelligent, to the point, and unafraid to tell the truth. How refreshing.

And if the Republican Party used their smarts, he’d be the candidate…but that’s not going to happen and I don’t even have to tell you why.

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