The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

ON FAIRNESS AND STAR TREK

If you walk into a casino you know (or at least you should) that no matter what game you play, the odds are stacked against you.  This is obviously unfair but it is the mathematical model that the casinos have developed to make sure that they are guaranteed to make money.  That is their business model.

Of course, you have the choice (being the perspicacious person who you are) of not walking in and playing any of those games.  But perhaps you view the twenty dollars you are likely to donate as “entertainment.”  Well, that’s reasonable and hardly more expensive than a movie.  The interactive games that have been created are, frankly, a lot more engaging than most of the drivel that appears on our big screens.  Besides, there’s always the chance that this is you lucky night and you will walk out with more money than you brought to play.

I understand that. This is not meant to be a judgment on the virtues or evils of gambling.  As an informed adult you certainly have the right to determine how you spend your money.

When Gene Roddenberry’s original “Star Trek” series aired, I remember one episode in which Kirk, Spock, McCoy and an alien were playing a card game.  This game was exceptionally complicated for the alien because the three humans kept making up and changing the rules as the game progressed to insure that the alien could not possibly win.  (Today we refer to this behavior as a “scam”).  They played by one set of rules and set a totally different set of rules for the alien whom they were in the process of fleecing.

As I was thinking about today’s America, that Star Trek episode came to mind.

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As I believe in advance planning I have set my agenda for the night of Election Day, 2012.  After hearing the results and weeping for an appropriate amount of time, I plan on taking my twenty dollars and going to a local casino where I will hopefully parlay it into kajillions.  (That is assuming our esteemed leaders in Washington have still allowed me possession of that much money by then).

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Comments on: "ON FAIRNESS AND STAR TREK" (8)

  1. The word is out! They’ll let you keep the $20, but nothing more. After all, how are they supposed to cover their fat salaries and pension plans if you are greedy and want some of the nation’s wealth?

    • Fortunately I am old enough to be able to do math without needing a calculator. In the 1950’s one dollar would buy 5 gallons of gas. The attendant took a paper dollar or four quarters (then made of 90% silver) as payment. Today the fiat dollar will buy less than a third of a gallon. The four silver quarters will still buy nearly five gallons at today’s prices. Fortunately, our legislators pay themselves in paper money. I’m taking my twenty dollars and buying “junk silver” with it. By Election Day who knows how much i will have increased my investment.

  2. Some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time….

  3. I remember that Star Trek episode well. Good comparison.

  4. Thank you for your comment. Sadly, you are correct. But one can hope that “WE THE PEOPLE” realize that we’ve been “flim-flammed” long enough and it’s time to put a stop to it.

  5. Ugh. (Sigh.) The founding fathers would be so disappointed in what we’ve turned into. Morphed into should I say…like some sort of version of Star Trek.

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