Wanted: A Revolution in Citizen’s Thinking

by Diane Dimond on January 7, 2013

Modern Day Comparisons

If you haven’t seen the new movie Les Miserables, you must. It is a staggeringly powerful presentation of revolution in 19th Century France and once you see it you will never forget it. The haunting music and lyrics will stay top-of-mind for weeks.

“Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men….”

Now wait. I haven’t suddenly become a film critic, not at all. But I must say as I watched this monumental movie about peasants seeking justice I was struck by the comparisons one could make to the growing turmoil in modern America. Today, it is all about the percolating economic upheaval in the U.S. that is certain to crush us all in the years ahead if something isn’t done – and fast.

Senate “Leader” Harry Reid – Democrat, Nevada

Politicians in Washington may be patting themselves on the back for preventing a fall off what they called the nation’s “fiscal cliff” but, really, what they have done is just put off the hard decisions until another day. They failed to do their job until the last possible moment and when they finally acted their solution was disappointingly lackluster. Their kick-the-can-down the road compromise solution doesn’t help the economy in the long run and it certainly does nothing for future generations who will likely drown in the red ink we leave behind.

Think you would be able to keep your job if you failed day-after-day, year-after-year to perform your duties in a timely fashion? Honestly, I don’t know how these “leaders” in Congress – who earn between $193,400 and $223,500 a year (plus perks) – can look at themselves in the mirror. Their actions border on criminal in my opinion.

House “Leader” Republican, John Boehner

In the wake of Congress’s recent fiscal cliff votes increasing segments of America are getting angrier. The poor who struggle to feed their families and pay the bills are angry. People who can’t find jobs after searching for months or years are angry. Now, those individuals making more than $400,000 are angry because they are facing substantial tax increases that many of them say will keep them from hiring new employees or buying big-ticket items like new homes, cars or major appliances. That spending could have helped ignite the nation’s sputtering economy but now it never will.

“Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men….”

The simple truth that few speak is that tax increases are never going to fix an economy that borrows up to $1 trillion a year for entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and food stamps), defense spending, tax credits and other government programs. America is simply going to have to substantially cut spending – period. Don’t politicians get that? Reminds me of the movie’s song, “Beggars At the Feast.”

“Everywhere you go
Law-abiding folks
Doing what is decent – but they’re mostly broke!”

Are You Satisfied With Congress’ Performance?

It’s time for everyone – from lawmakers who continue to push for funding of non-vital hometown projects to the countless thousands of special interest lobbyists – to reign in the urge to hold out their hand for more money. There isn’t any more money. And logic tells us to print more is sheer insanity. It’s time for elected officials in Washington to do what must be done, otherwise within the next decade the national debt will overtake us all. It is as clear as black and white, or as the French revolutionary’s final call for change put it in the song, “Red and Black”:

“The color of the world is changing day by day
Red – the blood of angry men!
Black – the dark of ages past!
Red – A world about to dawn!
Black – the night that ends at last!”

Dollar’s Diminishing Power

If we truly want America’s economic slide to end, if we really want to re-claim Superpower status for the country, we will have to re-gain our economic footing. The dirty little secret solution to America’s fiscal woes is that even more segments of the population will have to be made angry if we are ever going to get a grip on this slippery slope to total insolvency. We have all become slaves to past bad thinking that we could simply throw money at things and social problems would magically disappear.

Most important, more of us have to care about the economic slavery we all endure these days. I know, just getting through the week is hard. Paying the rent or mortgage is sometimes impossible. Finding enough time away from work for children, elderly parents or just plain relaxation is nearly impossible. We’ve all become slaves in our own way to the shrinking power of the American dollar. But somehow we citizens have to find time to pick up the revolutionary banner that reads: “NO MORE RED INK.”

It will surely be painful for everyone but it’s a revolution in thinking that’s long overdue.

Samantha Barks & Eddie Redmayne at the Barricade

“Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Then join the fight
That will give you the right to be free” 

It might very well take a modern day revolution to install leaders bold and brave enough to get done what must be done – to stop spending money that simply isn’t there. And voters must begin to insist upon it – or else.

“Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again” 

You in? If you’re wavering you might want to see the movie to understand what’s at stake.



{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

ABQ Journal Reader Ron Burton writes:

” Reference today’s article “Americans, Let’s Start a Revolution” I guess great minds think alike. I was day dreaming on my long ride home from work in Santa Fe yesterday about the “good old days” in the 70’s when we took to the streets to protest government policy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SboRijhWFDU We need this spirit again.

I enjoy reading your opinons.




Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

ABQ Journal Reader David Bailey writes:

“You hit the nail on the head in today’s ABQ journal, both parties have failed us. I wrote both U.S. senators last year and told them “they were my enemy” for failing to control spending and cutting spending, that should have gotten me a visit from the FBI. Instead it got me another canned response. I know both Udall and Binghamton, but once elected, politicians have a habit of forgetting where they come from. I just switched from Democrat to Republican parties, but I don’t think it matters. I posted today on Facebook today “I fear a out of control government more than a nut with a gun”. I think that it may be coming to that at sometime in the future. So the Gun Control issue is a two edged sword for both the public and the politicians.

Thank you for the article, I hope it is read by Udall and Martin H.

David Bailey
age 63, ex-politician, business owner,
Fort Sumner, NM


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

ABQ Journal Reader Mary Ann Edwards writes:

“I’m in! My husband is in! We are stressed about this indifference to the debt and deficit. I would say scared, really. We see what has happened in Europe and are totally dumbstruck at the lack of leadership that President Obama offers on these issues. Now, we have more spending with Obamacare..coming down the pike. We don’t understand when and how this train wreck will be avoided. I think that there are too many citizens who are oblivious and if it meant personal sacrifice-don’t want any part of that. Think AARP/Seniors! The Administration has done a great job of pitting one class against another, but has done nothing to bring us together for the common good. Reducing spending is a foreign concept to those holding the reigns of power.”
Mary Ann Edwards
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

ABQ Journal Reader Ed Hoover writes:

“First let me congratulate you on an excellent column entitled, “Americans, Let’s Start a Revolution!”. Unfortunately, I don’t think the American Citizenry is yet ready to listen. We just concluded a national election where we re-elected 90% of the incumbents who were running for office. These are the same people who get less than a 10% approval rating in the polls. The only conclusion one can logically arrive at is that the majority people still think they are the best choice for the job.

I am afraid that we have not yet sunk low enough to actually begin making changes because we can still borrow (or print) money at ridiculously low rates and that will continue to fuel our bad behavior UNTIL it can’t. We will ultimately reach the same depths that Greece finds itself in before we finally wake up but by that time the pain and suffering upon those who keep electing the same corrupt individuals to national office will be enormous. Inflation will run rampant. Unemployment will sore. Foreclosures and bank failures will become routine. Etc., etc.

We are incapable of changing the path we are on because as a society we are solely focussed upon our own personal selfish interests and that includes everyone for the majority of voters to the officials they have chosen to represent them. We, the people, are ultimately responsible for the direction of this once great nation and we will reap the rewards or the pain accordingly.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE HEADED FOR A LOT MORE PAIN AND SUFFERING, BUT NOT BEFORE WE HAVE DRUNK A BIT MORE AT THE TROUGH! My advice is enjoy it while you can but prepare for a much, much harsher future.”


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

ABQ Journal Reader Gary Miles writes:

“I love you article but I disagree on only one thing, that Social Security is not an entitlement as you and I pay into it for retirement
Gary Miles
Placitas NM Revolution


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

Dear Gary,
Of course, you are right! ~ DD


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

ABQ Journal Reader Gary Keenan writes:

“Thanks for your column on pathetic status of our politicians. While I have not tried to verify this by research, I am pretty certain that one can find news articles that originate around 1992, (20 years ago), urging some kind of reform to Medicare, social security and government spending. Our politicians have had that long, if not longer to craft a reasonable remedy to our fiscal woes as a nation. Any minor measured change to spending and programs 20 years ago would have eliminated the deficit crisis our country finds itself in. Yet, over and over again, the elected politicians are more interested in perpetuating their own job, than they are actually being responsible office holders whose job is to pass laws that produce sound fiscal policy. They like easy decisions like spending money, not hard decisions like cutting defense or benefits or tax deductions. This won’t change without constitutional change. The only fully effective remedy to eliminating self interest and weak, scared, political policy stands is to change the law to single term limits for all US senators and representatives. Give a citizen legislator a reasonable time to do their elected job one time and stop. No running for re-election. Give senators one 10 year term. Give representatives one 6 year term. Require that any elected legislator cannot hold any office, government or lobbying job after that, other than run for President.

Further, require that Congress will not award itself exemption from any law that applies to the rest of the citizens of America. Require that any job benefits such as retirement or medical care must equally apply to the rest of the citizens of America. Social security and Medicare will be fixed inside of two weeks when those laws are passed.

I live in New Mexico. I have written or verbally told our outgoing senator, our existing other senator and our incoming new senator to support single term limits. Only Senator Udall responded but ignored the issue. Outgoing Bingaman, while he responded to all my other emails/letters to him, completely ignored this plea. ( and he is not running again!!) I have seen one article in USA Today urging single term limits. No follow up. No other discussion. Nothing. Our elected officials want only to ignore how broken our congress is. They want to ignore meaningful campaign funding reform. They want to avoid any hard vote that will result in sound fiscal policy for fear of smear TV attacks at the next election. They like their power, access to money and the spotlight. Politics seems to attract a certain personality type that pines for the spotlight yet abhors exposure to any potential issue that might impact their re-election. Why is it that so many of our representatives and senators enter office as people of moderate means but end up millionaires ? It took a 60 Minutes TV exposure to force the last congress to pass a law that restricts insider trading by members of congress!!! . There was a law proposed before that TV expose, but zero support to actually pass it. That one glimpse into human nature and the self-interested peacocks in congress ought to be enough to explain why we need term limits reform.

Diane, you have a national audience. You are good at beating a drum and getting others to focus on real life problems. Your article identifies an urgent problem for America and its citizens. Please pick up the gauntlet and rally people around a cause that will do more to help American than all elected politicians have accomplished for the last 30 years combined.

Thank you. Gary Keenan”


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

ABQ Journal Reader Kay Sorrels writes:

“I thoroughly enjoyed your article in the Albuquerque Journal on January 5, 2013!! I have been bemoaning the fact that we as individuals do not have enough power to make anything happen, but, as a collective group, we can effect change!!! I agree with all that you covered in the article BUT, am I the only person who noticed that among all of the “add-ons” to the “fiscal cliff” bill (one of many that were attempted!) that mentioned there was also an add-on that stated: “We respectfully request approval for a $900/month increase in the salary paid to each member of Congress.” As I said above, was I the only one that noticed it? Didn’t you see it? Otherwise, I must be imagining things!! But I don’t think so!!

Diane, that had to take an enormous amount of raw nerve to ask for a raise when they haven’t even done their jobs for four years!! Do they really think the American people are stupid enough to approve such? Whoops, I forgot, they are the ones that get to vote for approval/disapproval!!! Is that ever a no-brainer!?!?!

Please give me your opinion and also tell me who/where to write and share my utter disgust of the entire situation! I thought I might send it to my Congressman/woman and thought, I think not as they are the cause for my ire!!! So any help from you would be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to your response!!

On a positive note, I have enjoyed you for years, especially when you appeared on television, even some shows with Geraldo!! I think he is a hoot! Not much serious stuff but some entertaining items. But your reporting was great! I do miss seeing you on the great wasteland box and my viewing is very diversified…..from C-SPAN on up – or is it down?..Whichever! I just haven’t seen you of late. Are you a regular on one of the stations that we get here in Mananaland?

Kay Sorrels
Albuquerque, NM


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Dear Kay,
No, while I do appear on TV once in a while these days I’m mostly involved in print work. I write extensively for Newsweek/TheDailyBeast.com, I have this weekly crime and justice column, and of course, I plan to come out with the great American novel some day. hahahhahahha.
Every once in a while you’ll see me on CNN or MSNBC or Fox commenting on some crime story or another. But thanks for asking! p.s. Geraldo IS A HOOT! ~ DD


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

ABQ Journal Reader George Baca writes:

“It is always so refreshing to read your columns in the Albuquerque Journal. It appears that you evaluate things and situations from a dispassionate common sense point of view. :Your article in this morning’s Journal is such that it brings hope that things will get better in the not too distant future.
Most of us humans form our points of view from our primary make-up modified by what we learn from our experiences and what we learn through our parents, our teachers, our religious upbringing and the world around us. However, some individuals somehow learn to evaluate life more objectively and dispassionately guided by a provisional point of view instead of a blind faith point of view. Unfortunately society in general whether it be in regard to religion, politics, health, morals, etc. tends to move on blind faith and that which we are indoctrinated with during our formative years. History demonstrates that is the way the world works.
We go through cycles going from one extreme, to a more middle of the road point view of life and on to the opposite extreme. Change has always come about before we humans completely destroy each other and our world. My opinion at present is that we are now at the extreme of expecting something for nothing or an entitlement mentality with the producers at one pole and those that expect the government and the “rich” to take care them at the other pole. As history tells us, we are probably reaching the stage where things will turn around and go to happy mid-point. It is an ongoing cycle that to me says that the Almighty Lifeforce of the Universe has instilled in its creation so that we humans not destroy ourselves and our world.
Anyway, after of several years of study and observation it is my feeling that we humans will in the not too distant future see some big changes that bring about a more middle of the road approach in regard to the mass consciousness of us humans thus making for a smoother and more serene life with much less polarization than the world is experiencing at this time. I am 81 and have experienced much during my present lifetime. One conclusion is that it is best for me to do my very best to live an ethical, simple life and be in honor, doing so to the best of my knowingness and understanding.
Below is a post by Walter Burien whom I have followed for over 10 years. It certainly appears that he has a solution to our taxation problems and to our way of financing the services and the infrastructure that needs a great deal of work and updating. I ask that you read Walter’s post and dispassionately and as objectively as possible evaluate his premise. It is possible that a few thinkers/writers like you can help bring about some sorely needed changes in government and taxation for a better life for us. Yes, Walter’s premise needs to be researched and hopefully made known to the government and the general public. My understanding is that at least two counties in the US have implemented Walter’s idea and that those counties are doing well. The more counties that do the same the easier it will be to implement Walter’s ideas around the country and solve many of our country’s present economic problems leading to a better life for the masses. ”
George Baca


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

ABQ Journal Reader Stephen Verchinski writes:

“Easy… VAT tax on imports, rise in min wage for parity with 1968 inflaton adjusted hourly wages, financial transaction tax, lower the retirement age. Stephen Verchinski Albuquerque”


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

ABQ Journal Reader Sid Guiterrez writes:

“I thought your column on starting a revolution over the out of control spending and lack of leadership and intestinal fortitude was great!!! First, it was spot on. But second, you said it in a new way that may get more people thinking about it. Anyway, thank you for the column. I am a grandfather and worry about the country my children are inheriting and the future that is being taken from my grandchildren.”
Vaya con Dios,
Sid Gutierrez
Retired NASA Astronaut


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

ABQ Journal Reader Bob Conner writes:

“Enjoyed the article ‘les miserables’ . There is a need in fact, to rein in, not only the unrepresenting but also the rogue of our ‘governing’ body (bodies). Actually a truthful & accurate view of not what is said, but what is done ‘in the name’ will not come out of main stream media sorry to say. The ‘R’ word may/is a scary stance in this day & age. Interestingly it is almost everything that the youth protested in the 60s. Thanks to revision, we know how evil they were. “


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

ABQ Journal Reader Joe Stehling writes:

Another great article, “Americans, Let’s Start a Revolution!’, Albuquerque Journal, 05 Jan. I have seen Les Mis at least three times on stage (including the original cast in London). It is a wonderful story. However, my take is, they are fighting a hopeless battle. I am afraid that is the case now with the arrogance of power exhibited by the Dems. The GOP does not have the guts to take a strong stand as exhibited by the Fiscal Cliff results.

I am afraid the wants outnumber the funding sources for those wants. I am not sure if you are correct that the common folks are getting angrier and angrier. The low information voters (most of whom voted for the status quo) outnumber the medium information voters who could make the difference. We who watch Fox News, I believe, know what is going on, but no low information voters watch. I am sure if the mainstream media reported what is really going on even those would be willing to take up the fight. The latest example is the “emergency” funding for Hurricane Sandy which contains more pork than emergency funding. How can we “kick the bums out”?

As I said to you before, “is anyone listening”. I think I know your response, but keep at it. I’m IN. I have written our NM delegation on my thoughts, but they all toe the Dem line and do not think for themselves and for our country.”

Joe Stehling
Angel Fire, NM


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

Reader Jim Church writes;

“Outstanding article. Thank you.”

Jim Church


Barry Nolan January 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Dear Diane,

Taxes are actually the lowest they have been in 30 years. They were lower for a few years in the Reagan administration – but “trickle down” doesn’t actually work and it caused the debt to skyrocket – that’s why poor old George the First had to break his “Read my lips” pledge and raise taxes. Now – tax rates are just going back to the level they were at in the Clinton Administration – when we had sustained vigorous growth – and the economy added 22 million jobs.

In the past 62 years, the United States has run a budget surplus exactly 8 times. Half of them were in Bill Clinton’s administration. None of them in Reagan’s. But still some how we muddled thru more than half a century – well actually – we did rather splendidly.

In that time, we grew to be the most prosperous nation on the planet – saved and rebuilt Europe and Japan under the Marshall plan – lifted millions out of poverty – sent a man to the moon – raised our standard of living – those “entitlement programs” the rich whine about provided security in retirement to your grandparents, your parents and now you – we began to provide medical care to all those who need it – just like all the other civilized countries on the planet do – and we remain the single most popular destination for immigrants – because of the opportunities that we enjoy.

But now – some folks want to sell us on a “fear of the poor” meme – “down with the 47%!” “Off with their benefits!” – they would happily turn us all into joyless, Javier-like Calvinists – heartless – brittle – and endlessly self righteous.

You want a revolution? Good. I am all for it. But I say we start by cooking and eating the Koch brothers.

Barry Nolan


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Cooking and eating other human beings isn’t going to solve anything anymore than constantly looking backwards in time will.

I want leaders and thinkers who look ahead to solve our nation’s problems.

We will just have to disagree because you seem to think everything is headed in the right direction in America. I do not. ~ DD


Diane Dimond January 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm

ABQ Journal Reader Lee Trussell writes:

“Diane, I would like to congratulate you on your exceptional commentary of January 5, 2013 in the Albuquerque Journal. Your insight reflected a stark truth in the United States. There are “angry men” and women, and their voices are stronger than ever. Our leadership has to step up and do what we send them to Washington to manage. They’re not doing a good job – my hope is that there is some realization on their part and that we may begin to see some more positive results, Your article should be REQUIRED READING in Washington, DC. My very best regards, Lee Trussell.”


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 12:11 am

Facebook Friend Marika Gerrard writes:

“You are kidding, Diane, right? You think we need to stop all the wasteful spending on social security and medicare and that will help the poor and the working class? You are worried about people making more than $400,000 a year? You think the messge of Les Miserables is that we are taxed too much and spending too much on the poor?????”


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

You have completely misstated the focus of my column. I’m calling for a Revolution in Thinking and Action by citizens. No where did I say I was worried about those making more than 400k a year. I said those are the people who create jobs and buy big ticket items that keep Americans employed. I never said the poor in America is taxed too much. I’m glad to post your comment – but I won’t be mis-quoted.
The simple point: Americans have to start getting more involved in the political process. ~ DD


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 12:15 am

Facebook Friend Kevin M. Sullivan writes: ‘

“The floodgates have been open for years, and many of those streaming into our country want everything they can get from the government, and O and the dems like it this way. Being unscrupulous, they understand that the numbers are changing in their favor, and these drastic changes are fine with the newcomers. We are at the tipping point now, so only God knows where we’re going.”


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 12:16 am

Facebook Friend Patti Petow writes:

“My Facebook friend Cheryl Gregory writes, “Wonderful movie. Terrific article. Another message from this film is “Pay it forward” or it’ll come back to bite you.” I happen to agree!”


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 12:18 am

Facebook Friend Lou Miliano writes:

“Let me try this again. Smart piece, Diane, but a few points. If the over $400-thousand folks are angry and the tax increase won’t let them hire, expand and buy big-ticket items, where the hell was all the hiring, expansion and big-ticket buying over the last decade when they had the lower rate? Defense spending? You bet. Pork? Forget it, they even managed to squeeze some into last week’s vote as Republicans warned of spending cuts to come. Entitlements? Remember it took a half century to bring the spending to what it is now and a reduction should be by erosion to hurt the most vulnerable the least, not draconian cuts with a swift blade. But you’re right, all they’re doing is kicking the can down the road. And don’t think we can elect people with the testicle fortitude to do the heavy lifting that’s necessary to get this ship of state on an even keel. It is no longer an election but an auction. And when each of them gets to the Hill, campaign promises dissipate. Abramoff said his firm alone owned half the House and you can bet other firms own the rest and the entire Senate. Their priority is their reelection and the people’s business is but for show. Lincoln was spot on 150 years ago. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.” It will take a million, maybe millions to storm the Bastille, to lay siege to Capital Hill. Let’em call out the guard. Let’em inflict Kent State ten fold and more. But relentlessly demand a ban on lobbying and that elected officials live like the rest of us. Only then will we have a true representative government. “Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Then join the fight
That will give you the right to be free.” The time to play by the rules has passed. -30-“


Diane Dimond January 8, 2013 at 12:20 am

Just to make it entirely clear – I’m not advocating an armed revolution. I’m calling for a citizen’s REVOLUTION IN THINKING. No longer can voters ignore what their political “leaders” are doing or failing to do in the name of this country. People have to get involved. They have to vote. They have to realize that good government exists only if the population insists on it.~ DD


Lou Miliano January 8, 2013 at 1:20 am

Thx, Di, I’m not advocating an armed revolution, either, but I am advocating a revolution just the same. I have lost faith in the electoral process, our House and Senate representatives and leaders of this country. I believe an un-armed insurrection is the only option left, forcing the hand of authority to dramatize the gravity of the situation and drive home the imperative of a complete change from business as usual. Only then, I believe, will this nation get back on track. Thx, Lou.


Diane Dimond January 10, 2013 at 5:54 am

Facebook Friend Rolland Kling writes:

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and.controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.”
– Cicero , 55 BC


Diane Dimond January 10, 2013 at 5:55 am

Facebook Friend Sam Jackson writes:

“Diane,you are probably the most honest of journalist today.I appreciate all you bring out.Thank you.”


Diane Dimond January 10, 2013 at 5:56 am

Facebook Friend Donald Shaffer writes:

“Where were you when billions of red ink was being piled up in an unnecessary and counterproductive war in Iraq? Do you object to the red ink or what it is being spent on at the moment? Also, government red ink isn’t quite the same as personal debt. Austerity when the economy is in delicate state such as it is now could plunge the U.S. back into recession. Better to address this issue when prosperity has returned. Rising tax receipts will cut the deficit and any additional cuts can be absorbed without hurting the recovery.”


Diane Dimond January 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Facebook Friend Ellen Drury Whitehurst writes:

“Diane, I continue to be amazed and awed by your complete understanding of so many pertinent issues affecting our nation AND our planet. Worshiping at your feet, as always!”


Diane Dimond January 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Facebook Friend Mary Sam Stoddard writes:

“I shared this same thought w/my teen grandkids when we left the movie theater, during the Holiday. Many great lessons to be learned from Les Mis. You are so very right, Diane!”


Diane Dimond January 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Facebook Friend Eric Vaughan writes:

“No undertaking of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is complete without a brief knowledge of Napoleon. All of this occurs in that madman’s wake. It truly staggers the mind that both Hitler and Mussolini happened while most European intellectuals of the last century were aware of these details. Jean Valjean is a vague French adaptation of Joseph son of Jacob from the Bible/Torah but no such character will be well received by the panicked masses without bread. That may well be the legacy of the debt as well.”


Diane Dimond January 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

ABQ Journal reader Robert Noyes-Smith writes:

“This is how change starts, with a few people talking, or in your case writing, and gradually a critical mass starts to build. For a non-violent revolution it will take even longer to coalesce but it will happen.”


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