By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
Well, despite my fears and anticipation — stoked by many media outlets — California, the United States and the world did not come to an end in 2012. That is not to say we are better off as we enter 2013, but phrases such as, “The most important election of our lifetime,” “The worst economy since the Great Depression,” and “New and Improved Tide” all seem eerily similar to ones we have heard in years and crises past. The one thing that seems clear is that our national pastime isn’t the game of baseball — it is blowing things out of proportion. Keeping this new paradigm in mind I have made my 2013 New Year’s resolutions which trend toward the mellower side.
1. I resolve not to blame California’s continuing spiral into economic and “gimme-gimmie” work-ethic oblivion on dumb-ass low information voters. I will blame it on the legislators who pander to them.
2. I resolve never to use the term “progressive agenda” and will replace it with “socialist manifesto” when referring to our president’s policy initiatives.
3. I resolve to continue activities which extend my life and that of my dog so my wife will not kill me this year.
4. I resolve to be more patient with everyone in my life this year if they just speed things up a little and get to the damn point.
5. I resolve to be as fair and unbiased in my writing as is possible for a NRA card-carrying, conservative business owning Irish-tempered nut job.
6. I resolve to find fewer nits to pick.
7. I resolve to spread more good news and less tasty, exciting and unsupported but really good gossip.
8. I resolve to give every new local leader and/or official a chance to prove they are effective and intelligent before I hang a label on them no matter how big a self-centered buffoon they seem to be.
9. I resolve not to use foul language this year with my tax preparer no matter how justified it may be. I have to remember not to “kill the messenger.”
10. I resolve to do a better job of reading more in depth stories and articles and to depend less on television and the Internet for news and information. I fear that most of us are “appropriating” the thoughts and conclusions of others because we are too lazy and ill-informed to draw our own.
I hope that all of us in the Victor Valley resolve to help make our slice of California a safe, common sense place where people can pursue life, peace and prosperity without taking it from some other hard working individual first.
I wish each and every reader a very prosperous and successful 2013 and thanks for your kind comments about this column as we have met during 2012.
Oh yes, don’t forget voters that starting today your new sales tax rate in this county is 8 percent.
Pat Orr is a local business owner, community volunteer and political junkie.