Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Federalist Papers

Today, 223 years ago Federalist Paper #1 was published for the benefit of enlightening the American public as to the purpose and limits of the new Constitution.

It took Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay 85 essays to describe the features of the new centralized government and how it would protect or rights as citizens. It is interesting to note that the detractors of the new Federal Constitution, the so called Anti-Federalists, were fearful of the government assuming to much power and controlling the people.

The best source on the Anti-Federalist position is edited by Herbert J. Storing, The Complete Anti-Federalist.  The Federalist Papers have been reprinted and can be found published by numerous companies.  The web book seller, Liberty Fund, has a wonderful collection of books for sale on topics covering government and our nation's founding.

2 cents vs. a penny..

Last night while talking (actually emailing) a friend, I used the expression "I'll give my 2 cents worth." It caused me to think about the saying my grandmother use to tell me.

"I'll give you my 2 cents worth," meaning let me tell you what's on my mind. Today's advice is sometimes, only worth 2 cents, not much. Of course my grandmother says this to me these days and at 101 years old, 2 cents was worth something as she was growing up. The other is "A penny for your thoughts." Again, the penny value has decline greatly since 1909 my grandmother's birth year.

My though was about the economic scale applied to listening or talking. I'm sure that some one has found a mathematical formula to explain this, but it seems very one sided. My concern is there might be a government agency looking for new area to tax just like Bill HR 4646.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Well.... That's a deep subject.

So I have been told blogging is the wave of the future. I have never been a good surfer even though growing up in Florida. So, I'm starting this not knowing where its going or what I wan tot do with it. Oh this should be fun....