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Playing golf was pretty much out of reach when I was a kid. A set of clubs and green fees were, and still are, expensive.
Sometime in my late teens I tried the game a couple of times using borrowed clubs, but I never really got hooked. Somewhere along the line I picked up a set of used clubs but played sporadically in my 20s.
To be honest, besides the cost the other big reason I never fell for the sport was the fact that I was pretty lousy at it. No matter how much I’d stand and wiggle before a swing I’d repeatedly shank the ball. No matter how hard I’d concentrate, my shots would scatter hither and yon in no perceptible pattern.
Then in my late 30s, I joined the Lake Macbride Men’s Golf Leagues and gave mastering the game a serious run for nearly a decade. I played twice a week or more, took a few lessons, read how-to articles, and practiced on the driving range. The end result: I got worse.
Actually, my ability stayed fairly even, but what changed was my attitude. Before trying hard I always had an easy excuse for a terrible performance, but once I got serious there could be no alibi. I stunk and I’d get mad about it.
About my fifth year into the league, I chunked a chip shot and slammed my wedge into the ground and snapped my putter– which I’d laid out in anticipation of my next shot– in two. For the rest of the season I used the stub of the putter to remind myself that it was only a game, only a game.
Putting with the broken putter proved to be no more or less erratic than with the intact one, and that got me to thinking that maybe I was putting too much emphasis on the equipment. The following year I pared my bag down to just four clubs: the runt putter, two irons and a driver. At the end of the season my handicap was the same, maxed out like a Democrat on a spending spree.
Everyone get their calendar out and mark it: I’m criticizing the Democrats in this space rather than the Republicans. Not that it’s that rare, I’m actually with the Tea Party crowd that’s saying throw out all the greedy crooks .
A good example is the current trouble with getting some health care reform passed in this country. From where I sit, it needs to be done. As a small business owner I saw insurance premiums skyrocket year after year. As an early, semi-retiree I could only switch coverage to a private policy after signing waivers on pre-existing conditions. Thank God I was healthy. Most recently, we got our notice of a 20 percent hike in our health care insurance.
Meanwhile, some 30 million poor and/or uninsured people are jamming up emergency rooms with maladies that could be/should be handled in a physician’s office. At the same time, corporate executives, labor unions and members of Congress enjoy Cadillac Plans tax-free. Also in the mix are attorneys and a legal system that makes going to the doctor similar to buying a lotto card.
Do the Democrats address these problems? Not how I read their proposal. The plan does do something to fix the problem of the poor and uninsured, but it backed off taxing exceedingly generous health plans because greedy unions have too much control over Democrats.
Why hasn’t either party brought tort reform to the table?
And Republicans are suddenly saying they have a better plan. But where were they during the eight years of the Bush Administration?
So we need to throw all the bums out– but Sarah Palin, really?