Simply Speaking: Speaking of (dumb as) bricks
Ellis County, in the not-too-far distant past, was noted for a number of products associated with its soil. Can you name the products?
Well, from the 1880s until the 1920s, our county was recognized as one of the top cotton producing counties in the world.
Somewhere in those years it was at the top. Our rich blackland and loam soils gave us that honor, along with wealth to many, evidenced by the numerous and beautiful old gingerbread and other stylish homes, from that era, gracing our towns and communities.
Special clay soils on the east side of Ellis County were found to make bricks in the last century, maybe even in the century prior.
In addition to seeing home-made ones, the towns of Ferris, Palmer, or Crisp were baked into most of them. Close inspection will turn up many of these lining our flower beds and serving as footings for some of our sidewalks and patios.
The Old Brickyard Golf Course at Ferris serves as yet another reminder of Ellis County soils providing different things to and for its citizens.
I’ve not yet researched the origin of the many brick streets in nearly every one of our towns. Maybe our readers have insights to that question…
Speaking of (dumb as) bricks, Congress and the president obviously don’t know (or don’t want to know) how to live within their means. With a population nearing three hundred million, countless millions of which send large percentages of their earnings to the aforementioned, that humongous amount still is not enough to satisfy Washington’s appetite for spending.
American citizens have some suggestions. We might begin with cutting the salaries of Congress and the president by…say 50 percent. Then keep cutting by 10 percent a week until they come up with a balanced budget without raising taxes. Actually, they need to cut taxes from their current levels, say by 5 percent a week until a balance is obtained.
America’s soils still have much to give, but there is a tiny minority of tree-huggers in Washington controlling a majority of Congress and the president(s).
A recent report showed enough oil in a tiny, postage-stamp sized portion of Alaskan soil could serve our needs for 200 years.
And another report (at one of our Tea Party meetings) of Exxon-Mobil having come up with a “synthetic” fuel that is said to run about 50-something cents at the pumps.
Guess what our chances of ever seeing either of those possibilities bear fruit? Zero%?!
Unless We the People, under the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by Christ Jesus (Yeshua) wake up and rattle their cages before they put all of us in a cage of their making.
2012 will be a make or break year for America’s chances at getting spending under control and getting Washington off our back. If Obama is re-elected, our chances stay at zero. If the Senate stays Democrat, Liberal. RINO and Neocon, we stay at zero. If further inroads to an even more conservative House are not made, our chances for genuine reform stay slim to none.
The Tea Party movement has made a positive impact in getting the attention of those who should be our public servants. We need help. Go to elliscountyteaparty.org and look them over. If you like what you see, come onboard. We need your talents. Together we make up rich soil.
May Yahweh (God) bless through Yeshua (Jesus) our Lord.