The City of Angels has a problem: The immigrant-heavy neighborhoods surrounding the central city are full of trash. Paper, cups, flyers, soft drink and beer cans, bottles and what have you are tossed into alleys or into the street; the place is taking on the appearance of a third world slum. Abandoned furniture adds to the clutter that the city would like to clean up. So far, the Democrats who run the place have not found a way to both maintain their published attitude toward immigrants and clean up the mess resulting from those policies. Reality, as the kids might put it, sucks.
Trash is an even bigger problem in some cases; the U.S. Navy also has a trash problem. It has an entire fleet of obsolescent aircraft carriers. What do you do with an obsolete carrier? That’s a pretty large chunk of trash! In a recent case, the Navy sold the carrier, the U.S.S. Forrestal, for scrap. For a sale price of (1) cent. A penney for your aircraft carrier? That’s surely not what the taxpayers were stuck for in the beginning… But scrapping ships is being driven offshore by environmental regulations and the profit isn’t what it once was. And the admirals still have a batch of those things to unload; they need suckers. We’re told such ships used to become museums but now the renovation and upkeep make that a bad deal for any of our cash-strapped local governments. Just pulling the plug and letting them drop into the drink won’t do anymore, either… the environment again. So used carriers go these days for a penney.
It occurred to me recently, while reading of the current inadequacies of government work described as ‘Obamacare’ that our primary trash problem is centered, not so much in Los Angeles or the Navy but actually, in Washington D.C. That place is full of useless political trash. LA’s trash and even the Forrestal, just sit there. And slowly, rot. They may even do some good serving as homes for some rats or bugs. But our used politicians, no. They serve no useful purpose whatever plus, they cost us the national debt on top of their pensions, And few of them are even interesting for sightseer, a total loss altogether. I doubt we’d even get a penney for the majority of them if we put them up for bid, either. What do you do with old, obsolete politicians? Or middle-aged ones, for that matter?
There is only one solution available to us and it not only solves the trash problem and helps the debt, it is good for the environment and improves prospects for our children. It is: You tip Washington up on its side, shake it and THROW THE BUMS (and BUMMISSES) OUT! Can you think of any other good deed that would be as much fun?