The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

Snakes in the Grass

They only start out small…

Hybrid super snakes plague more than just the Everglades.  The serpents have evolved and migrated all the way to D.C.  Government control has woven itself around almost every aspect of our lives and our economy.  Regulation is going to strangle this country to death, as it squeezes tighter with every piece of newly passed legislation.  It’s already grown bigger than the legislators who think they can control it, and the charmers should realize it may turn on them when it has a new master.  If it doesn’t get put back in its cage by November of 2012, it will swallow us whole.

January 26, 2011 Posted by | on Economics, on Government | , , , | Leave a comment

In-N-Out vs. Sonic

The fast food philosophies couldn’t be farther apart.  It comes down to choice and whether or not you want to make one.  No one sits forever at In-N-Out unable to make a decision.  You can count the possible items on one hand.  Of course there are a few insider options for those who know the system, but their entire menu would be legible on a postage stamp.  Sonic’s menu could fill a billboard in 12 pt. font.  It has over 168,000 drink combinations, not including shakes and coffee drinks.  Breakfast is served all day and you can customize every combo, burger, coney, sandwich, wrap, salad, side order (way to many to list), or dessert.  You can run down a car battery with just the radio on well before you’ve read all the options (so there are lots of pictures).  This extraordinary country was founded on the principle of freedom.  Freedom comes from being able to make our own choices: on religion, political opinion, education, health care, and even what we eat.  Don’t get me wrong, I love In-N-Out, and would choose an In-N-Out burger over a Sonic burger every time, but I don’t always want a burger.  I’m glad I still live in a country where I have the power to make my own decisions, even if they are not always the best ones for me.  We need to encourage competition, reduce the red tape, and eliminate unconstitutional regulations that give preferences to or punish certain businesses or industries.  The consumer is smart enough to make the big (and little) decisions when given the choice.  Capitalism allows us to learn from our mistakes, rather than be restricted from making any.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Life, on Society | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A War of Words

Whether spirited debate or healthy competition, passion emerges from the persistence of ideals.  It is crucial to remember that we have the option of raising our voices instead of raising our fists.  A constant battle of the minds was built into the framework of this country.  A continuous pursuit for truth, innovation, and equality has led iron to sharpen iron as ideas are debated.  In the heat of battle sometimes sparks fly.  The result has created this modern projected masterpiece, this city on a hill.  Discord can lead to discovery.  Metaphors that acknowledge the darkness of history, battles in our past, or life in the Wild West, serve a vital role in today’s rhetoric.  The internal struggle to define who we are will continue.  The fight for a better tomorrow will rage on.  We are in need of the constant reminders that the war can be waged with words.

January 24, 2011 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , | Leave a comment