We and thousands of others have written it thousands of times. It's not complicated, but people concerned about taxes, prices, and lack of jobs continue to ignore it and we all pay for it. My previous personal favorite foot shooting, union bumper stickers on the vehicles of Wal-Mart shoppers, was surpassed last week by the phrase "U.S. Marine Combat Veteran" emblazoned across the back of a bright red Hummer. The disconnect is sometimes unfathomable.
The good news is that our current level of ignorance leaves a lot of room for improvement. If that improvement is shared, even in small amounts, among a majority in the community, our local economy will be bolstered by millions of dollars.
Self-reliance? I wonder if that means anything to a Marine.