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Viewpoint - Watch What You Say

Something that the younger generation probably has a better handle on than the rest of us is the fact that you can no longer assume anything you say will remain private. 


In the age of all the various types of social media like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc…the proliferation of the Internet and e-mail…cell phones…satellites…24 hour news channels and on and on we live in the age of instant communication and few secrets. 


What a time to be in public office with political correctness the order of the day.  Of course, the price one pays for being politically incorrect tends to vary depending on the political persuasion of the person allegedly being incorrect. 


If you are Trent Lott or Don Imus you lose your position.  If you are Harry Reid or Rhaim Emmanuel you get a free pass.  I'm not going to go into what all these people said or presume to know what was in their hearts and minds when they uttered their offensive remarks. 


That's all been talked and debated to death.  However I am going to stick up for something President Obama said this week that got the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas in an uproar and demanding an apology.  And, I think, he gave them one.  T


he President said, in effect, that if you are trying to save money to send your kids to college, it isn't wise to go blow a wad of it in Vegas.  I'm paraphrasing here.  Well the Vegas folks came unglued.  I'm sorry, but while I may disagree with a number of Mr. Obama's policies…I think the man was speaking the truth here.  It's just plain common sense and good advice not to go gamble away your child's college money. 


Give me a break. 


I'm not judging the casino business or the cities where they are located…I just think the reaction to a statement any thinking person would agree with is taking it a bit too far.  Watch out America!  The "Speech Police" are looking and listening.  I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's Viewpoint. 


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