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I think 'cynic' would fit as my middle name

July 27, 2011 - I've often wondered how the word "politician" got into Webster's dictionary.

Webster was thoughtful enough to leave out other obscene words.

Seriously, folks. Have you ever heard the word politician used as a word of praise, kindness or eulogy?

Mark Twain and Will Rogers are more often quoted for their uncomplimentary politician comments than their other works.

Columnists like Charlie Reese, recently retired after 49 years of writing, wrote, "Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them."

Recently California politician Nancy Pelosi said, "Let's pass this law then see what's in it."

That's what must have happened to a law that was passed in 2006 that gave money for a study of the male appendage of homosexuals.

Adopted in 2006, it just became known to the rest of the world in the past few weeks via the evening news.

That would have been a great campaign line for some of those I swearingly call politicians.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits?

Or, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes?

Remember it took a majority of the 545 people in Congress, who represent 300,000,000 people, to pass this legislation.

Remember, too, some of those 545 are from Michigan.

Legislation (expenditures) like this being approved (blindly?) will keep the word "politician" in the street vernacular, but increasingly less acceptable in social conversation.

Do I hear an amen?

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My garage door wouldn't stay shut after I clicked the shut button. So, I called my overhead door company. I barely started talking when I was asked, "How old is your house?"

I answered before my questioning, cynical mind went into gear. Then I questioned what the age of my house had to do with fixing the door.

That's when I learned the government was involved. In fact, it's been involved since 1978 when lead was determined to be a killer or divorce argument.

However, it was just a few years ago when contractors were ordered to classes in lead management. At these classes everyone involved in painting was told to get the lead out.

Even you and I are urged to call the National Lead Information Center before dipping our brush.

The Environmental Protection Agency is there to certify y'all. They suggest we clean our floors and sills every day, and wipe off our shoes before entering the house.

How did I ever survive coming into our house from farm, field, playground and pasture with my shoes on? Where was the EPA when mother needed them?

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Recent headline: "The oil burst was worse than first reported!"

Not possible! The media makes every thunder storm, levee break, pipeline crack, fender bender and tricycle mishap an extreme catastrophe.

Oops, I'm part of the media.

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