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A recent OpEd in The Press Democrat by Paul A. Cantor remarked upon the passing of Sherwood Schwartz, creator of “Gilligan’s Island.” Although personally preferring Bob Denver’s role as Maynard G. Krebs in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” it was intriguing to read Mr. Cantor’s reflections that “Gilligan is the perfect democratic hero because he has no claims to superiority….Gilligan is the pure common man. And, of course, the only time the castaways hold an election, he is chosen as president. Throughout the series, Gilligan represents the triumph of the ordinary over the extraordinary.”

As the Republican majority in the “peoples” branch of the United States government, the House of Representative, has chosen to play petty partisan politics with the peril posed by failing to raise the debt limit in a timely manner, one is reminded how extraordinarily dangerous it can be to ignore the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle.

Thurston Howell III, remained rich even when paying taxes at rates much higher than those which apply today. He and Lovey Howell provide Gilligan with proof enough that the rich will do fine under most any circumstances, so it’s about time that the Skipper, Professor, Ginger and Mary Ann, together with the rest of us, demand fairness from our elected representatives.

Fix what’s broken through shared sacrifice, taking a balanced approach regarding revenues and spending. It’s really simpler to do than it now appears. What’s needed are men and women of good will working for our common good.

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