Clint Morey - Big Sky Writer
It Was Your Money
Debt? What debt?
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Debt? What debt?

It was your money. You earned it. See how they spent it.

I know. I know.

You’re probably concerned about things like the state of the economy.

Get your mind off those little issues and focus on the important stuff in our lives.

Oh, sure, our country is $34 trillion in debt, the largest national debt in human history. The Congressional Budget Office said that if things don’t change, the national debt will ballon to about $141 trillion in 30 years.

So what?

Sure, some might think this is a problem, but what do they know?

Politicians are in charge, and our politicians wouldn’t let anything bad happen to us.

That’s why we elect them — to take care of us.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy how your politicians have decided to spend the money they have taken from you.

I thought today we should look at just one, very, very tiny expenditure.

Last year the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, awarded a grant1 for an important research project.

Just about any research project the government pays for is considered important, even if it’s not obvious that it is really, truly, honestly, for real important.

But our politicians wouldn’t spend money — your money — on things that weren’t important.

So let’s take a closer look at this study.

The purpose of the study is to "understand why minority children [black, indigenous, and people of color] read manga."

For those of you not up to date on manga, they are comics or graphic novels with lots of pictures and not so many words, that originated in Japan.

I told you it was important.

I mean, seriously, who doesn’t want to know the answer to that question?

Image of child reading a manga comic book. The image was created by AI.

New York’s Queens College was given $313,318.00 to conduct a three-year study designed to help librarians who aren’t knowledgeable about manga2 “develop a diverse library and archival workforce” so libraries can be more DEI friendly.

Who doesn’t want to be their library to be more DEI friendly?

I told you it was important.

And it’s a great deal.

It’s not like $313,318.00 is a lot of money. It’s only a third of a million dollars. That wouldn’t even buy you a nice home in America today.

Three hundred million is just a pittance when you’re $34 trillion in debt.

No one will even notice the expense.

So, as our economy is on the verge of total collapse, you can reassure yourself that some librarians will learn the importance of including manga books for our children so they won’t have to learn to read books with lots of words in them.

See, I told you it was a great idea.

Have a fantastic day!

Before I go, I’d like to share a blessing with you from the Old Testament.

“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26 (The Living Bible)

Until next time … be the reason someone smiles today

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GRANT to RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK | USAspending

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Manga are comics or graphic novels originating from Japan. The term manga is used in Japan to refer to both comics and cartooning. Outside of Japan, the word typically denotes comics originally published in Japan and translated into other languages. (Definition by Copilot)

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Clint Morey - Big Sky Writer
It Was Your Money
You earned it. See how they spent it.
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