A variety of Scottish scones.

A variety of Scottish scones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Scone is a small British quick bread, traditionally hailing from  Scotland. They are usually made of  wheat,  barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It is generally speaking similar to but different from both a tea cake and a currant bun.

British saying: a rolling scone gathers no marmalade.

Guns and butter

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Guns and butter is a metaphor for the division of GNP into a portion devoted to the military and the remainder devoted to civilian purposes. During the Vietnam War, the US believed that it could afford both. Even with 10% surtax, we were wrong, and the attempt to afford both simultaneously started an inflation that has continued in fits and starts ever since. Now we are less able to afford both at the same time than we were during the 1960s.


Solving our current economic problems with less revenue, rather than more, is a recipe for slow motion disaster. The majority of the country cannot afford to support our current military commitments and a wealthy class of drones who take more from the economy than they contribute. Our leaders must lead on behalf of the vast majority of our citizens, not on behalf of the wealthiest few. We believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people. We will NOT accept government of the few, by the few, for the few.