Friday, April 15, 2011

16 Tons

As a boy I remember helping my grandfather shovel coal down in his coal cellar into the furnace to heat the house. About that time Tennessee Ernie Ford's song 16 Tons was on the radio and I recall singing that song without really understanding the meaning as I shoveled. Luckily, I never had to work in the coal mines to earn a living, but is any of us really free of this kind of servitude when our government is racking up mind-blowing levels of debt, and seems to think the nation's wealth belongs to them rather than the people who actually earn it?

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