Will Rogers Hits Nail On the Head

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM.

In 1964 I went to work for Tommie Hill down at his DX Service Station. I came in right after daylight and worked till the station closed late in the afternoon. He agreed to pay me five dollars a day. I was grateful as all get out to have the job. I showed up early and eagerly did whatever was asked of me. Mr. Tommie pulled me aside the first week and suggested I buy a green “station” work shirt so I would represent the business in a professional manner when I went out to pump gas in Mr. Roe Alexander’s big Cadillac.

“Yes sir.”

I was willing to do anything to keep this job. Then I found out those heavy duty “DX Boron” shirts cost seven dollars a piece! And management thought I ought to buy at least two so I’d have a clean one each day. NO WAY! I was young, gullible, stupid and not the least bit worldly, but I wasn’t going to squander a day and a half’s pay for one lousy shirt. The economics wasn’t right!

I borrowed a light blue chambray shirt from Leon and thought that it added some much needed color to offset Mr. Tommie’s drab green. I was spending my hard earned money on Dr. Pepper’s, French fries, baseball cards and Ricky Gene Stafford’s pretty cousin from Memphis.              

One local U.S. House of Representatives candidate listed his campaign contributions at over a million dollars. That sounds like chicken feed……until you realize there are 438 of them running for office. And consider that each has an opponent that raises comparable funds….. then, you throw in one third of the U. S. Senators who are up for re-election…..well, you do the math!

We’ve been shanghaied by our own candidates! Will Rogers was trying to be funny back in the 1920’s when he declared, “We’ve got the best congress money can buy”. But let’s try to see the glass half full. Let’s hope and pray that everyone we’ve elected will be the best we’ve ever had!

But you can’t help shaking your head over the cost of doing “election business” in this country. We talk about shortfalls and lack of funds and social security running out—but come office seeking time we mysteriously seem to have more money than we do sense. You can see how this voting season takes me back to the Tommie Hill days, “The economics wasn’t right!”

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