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May 16, 2012 - In France last week, voters put the socialist party into leadership. The new president Hollande said to stimulate the economy he'll hire more people to work for the government and spend more money. Thus more government ownership.

That's socialism.

Our current government's leadership is doing the same thing: enlarging government payrolls, spending more than it takes in.

Our leaders in Washington today call it "democracy."

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• Some go to school to become a wit, but I only got half way.

• "I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it." Mark Twain

• An emergency medical crew in New York once rushed an abandoned bag of spaghetti to the hospital after they mistook it for a fetus.

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Isn't the AARP just another insurance and investment selling outfit?

Several years ago, when I believed their purpose was strictly to promote good things for the aging, I gave them a few bucks for stocks they were pushing.

After a few years I heard the name of the brokerage firm they invested my money with. I contacted them and found I could invest my money directly with them at a lower cost.

I used to wish the American Association for Retired People would take me off their mailing list, but now I rejoice in throwing their come-ons and credit cards away.

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From the May 2012 American Legion magazine.

Our U. S. Senate barbershop ran a nearly $330,000 deficit last year. It had to be bailed out by an "infusion from Senate coffers that is keeping it in business."

A haircut there costs $20. Sen. Fitzgerald, of Illinois, says he pays $12 back home including tip. Senate stylists at Capitol Barber, three blocks away from the Senate, made $22,000 to $30,000 last year with no benefits.

At the Senate Hair Care Services shop four barbers made more than twice that - $54,761, $70,349, $73,658 and $81,641 -- plus they have a generous 401(k) plan, health care and paid vacation. In all the government contributed $230,000 in benefits to the Senate Hair Care Services shop.

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• Glad to see Generation America come along to compete with AARP.

• The CIA has suggested agents be given classes in ethics. Don't stop there. Expand it to political candidates and office holders.

• I had a strong yen for pulled pork recently, and when I didn't see it in the deli counter, I bought some pre-packaged, off-the-shelf pulled pork. My yen quickly evaporated.

• How can our utility companies give franchises to companies that will offer their services cheaper than they do? I think I'm on their robo-call list. You too?

• I was scammed out of several hundred dollars a few years ago, and that feeling returns when I see those "buy gold, it has never been worth nothing" ads.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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