My 70+ friend Noelle never misses the opportunity to take a swipe at politicians. Today she sent me the gag below about Billy the Bushman which probably isn't too far from the truth. As you can imagine, politicians are about as popular here as they are everywhere else in the world.
For my OS readers the big push here at the moment is to lift the retirement age (meaning eligibility for an aged pension) to 70. As an office worker i can see that it would be possible for me to do so and i have threatened that ill still be there when I'm 80. Their response was that they would put in a ramp. Given the opportunity id be home right now, playing in my garden and being as self sufficient as possible. How do you expect a tradesman, manual worker, nurse, cleaner etc. that has worked physically hard all their life and is probably worn out by the time they are 60 to go on another 10 years? What of our strict OH&S rules? Is a 69 year old expected to be on their feet for a full 8 hr shift, or lift the same weight as a 20 year old? I can see it being a minefield of regulations and disparities. How many older people will be made redundant or sacked and end up on job seeker welfare? Will those that aren't physically capable of working be on disability pensions?
I saw a photo of an older tradesman holding up a sign the other day. It said "Only a politician who had spent their life behind a desk would come up with a retirement age of 70". The look on his face made me so sad.
Think politicians, think, not just in the box but left & right & up & down. I remember when I was studying economic theory (Monetary, Keynesian etc) each system had their pros and cons but none of them worked because the decision makers have other agendas other than economic stability, like staying in power. Don't do what's right, do what will give me votes. I thought serving in public office was all about serving the people not yourself. If there are not enough tax payers to fund the pension then find another income source and give honour to the people who have worked hard, paid their taxes and deserve a few years enjoying themselves (not that the pension is so great that it allows for luxuries, it breadline only).
When the bottom line isn't running in the black there are three things you can do:
1. Increase Income/Sales
2. Decrease Expenses/Overheads
3. Increase productivity & efficiency
I'm not sure where this verbal diarrhoea came from and most people wouldn't think a serious though passed between my ears. Someone sends me a joke about politicians and all of a sudden my fingers were typing. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, these are my thoughts and I'm generalising like mad. Perhaps I am gullible, naive and live in a bubble (as i am often told) but I love and respect our older people. They don't make a lot of noise but they do have one very powerful tool at their disposal - A VOTE. They need to use it.
Anyway, have a giggle over Noelle's joke which i guess resonates with me being a country girl.
An old station hand named Billy was overseeing his herd in a remote pasture in the outback when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the old man, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"
Billy looks at the young man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The yuppie then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany ...
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spread sheet with email on his Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-colour, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to Billy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."
"That's right. Well, you'll be helpin yourself to one of me calves, then, since you won it fair en square." says Billy.
He watches the smartly dressed yuppie select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the man gingerly picks it up & stuffs it into the boot of his car.
As the yuppie is carefully brushing the dust & hair off his suit, Billy says, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what work you do & where you come from, will you give me back my calf?"
The yuppie thinks about it for a second, wondering what this wrinkled up dirt encrusted uneducated old man could possibly know? He grins and then says, "Okay, old fella, why not? I'm a believer in fair play."
"You're a politician & you work in Canberra." says the old timer.
"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but, tell me how on earth did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answered Billy "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.
Now give me back my dog."
Thanks Noelle, always good to look at my emails when i get home and find one of yours with a joke to make me laugh.
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