How much is enough?

How much money is enough? One million, 50 million, 1 billion? How much money is enough to afford everything you dreamed of for the rest of your life? Do you need 7 homes, a private jet, a yacht and enough money to buy a Congressman or two? How much money is enough when much of humanity lives on a few dollars a day?

How much education is enough when most new jobs are service jobs that may require only an 8th grade education? Teachers, stock brokers, lobbyists, engineers and CEOs may require an advanced degree, but how much education should a citizen receive? Does a citizen require a high school diploma or a college degree to be an informed voter? The GOP are making a college degree more difficult to obtain as well as making it harder to vote. The media are failing to inform us on the important issues of the day. How much education do the majority need to be good and informed citizens in a democracy?

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Citizen journalists

Fair & Balanced graphic used in 2005

Fair & Balanced graphic used in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Right wing bloggers are now calling themselves citizen journalists to distinguish themselves from real journalists who are employed by the mainstream media which they loath because they claim it is not fair and balanced like FOX. I will admit that right wing bloggers are citizens, but they are not journalists. True journalists try to be fair and balanced and report the news accurately. Too many of the citizen journalists specialize in lies and hate against the Obama administration. They insult the President and Michelle as well as repeating each other’s misinformation over and over again. There is very little original thought and reporting on the Right.

Ignorance OR stupidity

When Did Ignorance Become A Point Of View?

When Did Ignorance Become A Point Of View? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ignorance and stupidity are not synonyms. Stupidity is inherited; it is in the genes. Stupidity can be made worse by poor nutrition in the first two years after birth. Permanent brain damage and a drop in IQ can result from hunger in infancy.

Ignorance, on the other hand, can be cured by education. Ignorance in the US seems to be on the rise judged by what I see on TV and on the internet. If ignorance is indeed on the rise, what is causing the increase? I believe that the corporate owned media are not doing their job and some in the media ( FOX News) are deliberately misinforming the public. It is in the best interests of the 1% to keep the voters ignorant and divided. Schools may be blamed for some of the ignorance. This is a subject about which I am ignorant, but that I intend to remedy.

The ignorant don’t know the  difference between ignorance and stupidity. The stupid know the difference, but don’t care.