Sun. May 26th, 2024

by Ken Carman

Doesn’t have to be a candy store: can be any store. But the child keeps saying they have to have the “candy.” And like the center of an Oreo cookie, for some the best part is the center of it all: jerking Mommy’s, or Daddy’s, chain; making them perform to the little creep’s every craven demand.

We’ve all been there, either being the child, the parent or trying not to shoot dirty looks or chuckle at the tantrum. My usual comment to other patrons is “Ah, the joy of shopping and children!” They usually chuckle as they also wince at the screams…

“I want that right now!”


“But I want it right now!”

Applies to politics too, especially these days…

Republicans want jobs.

Right now!

Republicans want cut backs, even if if it means a loss of jobs.


I can almost hear the negotiation going on in the middle of busy aisle 5…

“But ‘honey, bunches of oats,’ that doesn’t makes any sense.”


Response, an even louder, ear piercing, “Wah!!!”

Republicans want want jobs, cut backs that mean much of the public sector will be out on the street looking for jobs and they want all this and for Daddy Barack to give more money to Daddy Warbucks who hasn’t even lived up to any promise to deliver more jobs. They want to cut entitlements, while wanting to continue one of the worst entitlements of all: tax cuts for the rich.

“But they’re the job providers? Wah!”

So where are all these jobs they’re providing, having had these tax breaks since early in the Bush years? In China?

How do you deal with little brats having tantrums? Certainly not giving them what they want. Ever observe clueless parents try to compromise with the brat in the middle of the store? The cries just get worse because they know their tactic is working.

That’s Obama. That was often Bill Clinton. What, you’re going to take stuff I’ve already paid for: give it to them, and try to placate the little cretin, like my Social Security? And the sad: ironic, thing is that even if we cause a fuss politicians are, at best, deaf to our cries. They think shutting up the child by giving in will solve everything.

But it will only make it worse, more frequent. And one must wonder, who is smarter after so many years of trying to please what has turned into an unruly child-monster. Makes you kind of wonder, who is less intelligent: child or parent.

I think you know the answer to that one.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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