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The St. Johns Independent

What do I think?

thinker.jpgF. C. Mason Co., Poverty, and Short Thoughts

by Barry Bauer

As a Federal-Mogul retiree I hated that they closed the plant. Of course the closing may not have showed immediate improvement in F-M’s bottom line but somebody down in Southfield, corporate headquarters, thought it would pay off some day. I always considered it a dumb move. Because I live less than three blocks away from the shop I see the building all the time and it’s just sitting there with no signs of life at all.

Then along came F. C. Mason Co. and the purchase of the building by them is welcome news. Not only to the community but to the individuals who will eventually be hired by them.

Hidden underneath the excitement are two things we should be asking. With the State’s grant of one million dollars to deal with the Trichlorethylene pollution lying under the floors and contaminating the ground, does that mean Federal-Mogul is not financially responsible for the clean-up of the pollution? If they are not, was the cost deducted from the selling price of the plant?

I also wonder what’s lying below the current F. C. Mason’s plant site that’s been there since 1898 and who will pay for that? Who will pay for the demolition of the building?

Obviously I need to do more reading on it.

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One definition describes poverty as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.

I think poverty is a state of mind with some people and not just a situation. Don’t get excited, this excludes those who are mentally or physically unable to take care of themselves. Those people who get sick and recover. People that lose their jobs but start all over again. Temporary assistance is available and they take advantage of it. They usually right the ship and eventually become self-sufficient again.

The problem is there are people whose mindset tells them that the government owes them a living and they’re not interested in moving on. Where do these people come from?

We had President Johnson who said, “Who the hell says we can’t have guns and butter?” At least that’s what I thought I heard him say. Anyway, he spent billions of dollars on both the “War on Poverty,” and the Vietnam War and didn’t win either one of them. It cost him his presidency.

Basically all the War on Poverty did was to create government jobs and the people the money was intended to help never helped them. We didn’t educate them, we never taught them a trade, we never motivated them, and we never found them a job. They’re still on government assistance and that’s where they’ll stay.

The sad thing is their numbers are growing and one day they’ll overwhelm the system they use and abuse.

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Short Thoughts:

Abraham Lincoln, our greatest president, wouldn’t stand a chance running for president today. Apparently we don’t need greatness anymore.

I just finished reading, “Killing Lincoln,” and thought it was a very good book. Next, The Innocent, by David Baldacci. I expect another thrilling story.

Don’t ask me about the Supreme Court of the United States, I think they’ve gone absolutely nuts.

Until the next time . . .