Friday, December 31, 2010

Stand up for your opinions, but . . .

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth. - Charles Anderson Dana

Anyone should follow this axiom. It gives you the right to defend your position, but points out, rightly, that your opinion probably does not contain the whole truth. You have to be open to movement and compromise. Politicians should be ready -- no anxious -- to find those points where compromise will benefit the greater portion of the people so that each American Person derives some benefits from their work.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NPR - National Political Radio?

I know NPR is based in the U.S. capitol, but, really! It's not even 2011 yet and already, I hear a story about the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. Sheesh, this is like keeping your Christmas lights up all year . . . and LIGHTING THEM! Come on NPR,  there will be plenty of time for political reporting at the end of 2011 and into 2012, ad nauseum! Take the "national" part of your name to heart and get your behinds out of DC to report on things which are more in keeping with the season. Happy New Year, 2011!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The American Family . . . Homelessness in the U.S.

Listen to this story at NPR. More American families are joining the ranks of the homeless due to repossessions and the state of the economy. The family is the core of our American values, say the conservatives, yet they are willing to give tax cuts to the wealthy rather than preserving the American family. It's hypocritical at best, but criminal as a policy.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Compromise spotted in Washington -- thought extinct!

Both sides held their noses and passed the tax extension bill which was signed by President Obama. It means that taxes won't go back up on January 1 to pre-Bush levels. One of the more interesting things I heard about this was the fact that neither side -- conservatives or liberals -- like the bill, for various reasons. One long-serving politician said, "that's what compromise looks like". We have had such a divisive political system for so long that many of the people in it have never seen compromise. This should serve as a lesson to any new senators and representatives that this is how you get things done. You can't stick to your principles without compromise and do the work of the American People (yes, this time, it's all of us!).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Repeal Healthcare Reform?

I hear the Republicans and especially the Tea Party radicals talk about health care reform, especially repealing the current Health Care reform and all I hear is,

blah, blah, blah . . . increase profits for insurance companies . . . blah, blah, blah . . . increase profits for insurance companies . . . 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rich People Create Jobs

So, will that tax break that multi-millionaire CEO gets create jobs?

Sure, let's look at what he's likely to do with the additional money he gets from that tax break. He'll probably get a new limo . . . made in a foreign country, most likely . . . but, he'll have to hire another driver . . . an illegal alien paid less than minimum wage under the table. Well, he might buy another house . . . in a resort place where the average worker who built it can't even afford to live . . . hey, he'll have to hire maids, butlers, gardeners . . . most likely illegal and working for less than minimum wage with no benefits. OK, he'll take more trips . . . to foreign countries where his money goes farther. But, when he is in this country, he'll go out to fancy restaurants, throw more fancy parties, golf more, creating more jobs . . . minimum wage jobs with no benefits for people who can't live anywhere near the places he frequents because of the high cost of housing, causing them to have to commute longer, reducing the amount of money they take home. He will hire more lawyers to lobby for retention of useless tax cuts for the rich . . . of course, those same lawyers are already rich . . . but not quite as rich as the CEO . . . hey! it's a "trickle down" effect (thanks Regan!) . . .

Oh, and by the way, the company he heads had to move their manufacturing plant to a foreign country where the wages are pennies a day and lay off hundreds skilled manufacturing workers in this country who were earning a living wage with benefits--but now won't get unemployment benefits because the rich Republican politicians cut off benefits to those lazy lower income people who just want to live off the government dole--to support the benefits package they pay the CEO . . . more "trickle down" . . .

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spying on American Persons . . .

Take a look at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/04/AR2010120403710.html

I retweeted this, but wanted to comment on it also. The following paragraphs are the core of the issue.

In the Irvine case, Monteilh's mission as an informant backfired. Muslims were so alarmed by his talk of violent jihad that they obtained a restraining order against him.


He had helped build a terrorism-related case against a mosque member, but that also collapsed. The Justice Department recently took the extraordinary step of dropping charges against the worshiper, who Monteilh had caught on tape agreeing to blow up buildings, law enforcement officials said. Prosecutors had portrayed the man as a dire threat.


Compounding the damage, Monteilh has gone public, revealing secret FBI methods and charging that his "handlers" trained him to entrap Muslims as he infiltrated their mosques, homes and businesses. He is now suing the FBI.

Here is the case of the government sending spies into organizations, just because they are a certain type of organization rather than actually having a real reason to do so -- in short profiling. I'm glad that the congregation did what it did to prove this type of approach less-than-effective!

Hurray for the "American Person" in the Mosque showing us that we should judge individuals, not classes of people.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Idiots in Washington . . . hmmm . . .

While listening to the news this morning, I caught myself thinking, "those IDIOTS in Washington . . . ". I stopped to ponder, if there are idiots in Washington, what does this make each American Person who elected them? Yeah, I know, "I didn't vote for HIM/HER . . . ", but if we don't take individual responsibility for things, then, collectively, what can we expect?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

What me, worry?

Should President Obama worry about Palin positioning herself for a presidential run in 2012?

No.

He SHOULD worry about a country which would even consider supporting Palin for ANY political office.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lame Ducks

Some people have low expectations for the lame duck session of congress. I have low expectations for the ducks in congress, lame or not.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Enemy of Truth

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persistent, pervasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy

I recently ran across this quote, and thought it true, especially when related to the political climate in the United States. Myth is definitely more potent than lies because it is, often, not questioned. After a while, especially in politics, it is taken as fact by its proponents and any attempt to rectify the belief shunned or completely ignored.

These political myths tend to occur in the most radical elements at both ends of the political spectrum. Those elements tend to listen to only those proponents of these myths and take their statements without questioning the factual basis of the statements. This allows no room for compromise as they are unwilling to listen to any statement which contradicts the myth.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Out of the mouth of politicians . . .

Hearing a politician tell ME what the "American People" want still makes my blood boil. This is especially true of the Republicans and their far-right Tea Party members. These groups are going to take us right back into the Bush-era free market failures which led to the meltdown of the economy in the first place. They want the failed policies restored so their supporters can make as much money as possible while the rest of the "American People" suffer. They claim to want to create jobs, but the only jobs that are created are in other countries.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Turn off your Television

If you have been disgusted by the political advertising as I have, now is the time to turn off your television. You might also want to rent that movie or plan that outing for Tuesday night as you will be inundated with political reporting on every major channel. It seems that, despite -- or perhaps because of -- the staggering amount of money spent on political advertising this season, the atmosphere is particularly negative. It seems that politicians and political parties are hell bent on pointing out the faults of the opposition. I suspect it's because, given the current situation in the country and the inability of anyone to deal with it immediately, neither side really has all that many real ideas that they can tout. The addition of non-reportable money from those new corporate citizens isn't helping the tenor of the political debate either. Without fear of discloser, they can pour money into advertising which does little more than slam the competition without actually saying what they will do. Of course, corporations don't really want to say what they will do, since it amounts to maximizing their profits to the detriment of anyone and everyone else.

The bottom line. Keep the television off, don't read the newspapers and avoid other forms of communication until Thursday (don't want to hear all the pundits rehashing things on Wednesday).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Will they Close the "School"?

Take a look at the NPR Opinion piece and then come back (don't worry, I'll wait) . . .

The only question I have about this is, if too many of us fail, will they close the school? That is, if politics becomes more partying than studying and meeting the needs of the American Person, will our country fail just like a college would?

Something to think about . . .

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Describing Politicians

I like words, and today, I found one which describes politicians:

mendacious

It means

given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth

[source]

Pretty much describes most politicians, doesn't it. I especially like the "divergence from absolute truth" part. That's spin -- a nice word (spun, I suppose) for lying.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Turning off the Moderate Voter

I was listening to the news and had an inkling that attach ads may be intended to so wear down the rational, moderate voter that they don't participate in the process. I know that I am disgusted by ads on both sides and, except for the fact that I have already voted by mail, would be discouraged from doing so by these ads. With the moderates turned off to voting, the radicals at both ends of the spectrum have free reign in the election to get their candidates elected by smaller percentages of the population. Political strategists at both ends are smart . . . I wonder . . .

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

California Getting Closer

A budget agreement has apparently been reached in California after the longest period with a budget in modern times. You would think that the politicians in Sacramento could get this done on time, but the state capitol is so split that they can't even agree on what day it is, it seems. Radicals at either end of the spectrum refuse to budge from their positions and this nothing substantive gets done. The people who suffer, even when the budget is reached are not the politicians and their cronies, but the working people and especially the state workers. It seems that they are taking much of the burden of the budget crisis on their backs. It's a sad commentary on the state of the U.S. today.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Grass Roots . . . with Fertilizer

It appears that at least some of the Tea Party grass roots organizations are really not so grass roots. Rather, they are functioning on high-priced fertilizer by being backed by major political organizations. It's more like artificial turf than grass. It appears that the Tea Party Express, for example, is really backed by a major political PAC. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure that many of the people who identify with this group truly believe in the radically conservative ideas proposed by the group. But, it's a bit like the Wizard of Oz -- "ignore the man behind the curtain".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm the most extreme . . .

I'm the most conservative/liberal/. . .

A mantra heard mostly from the conservative end of the spectrum. But why? Why don't we here more "I'm more moderatr and can work with the other side to actually govern the U.S." Our government has become frozen and entirely ineffective by the extreme positions of our elected officials and their staunch refusal to compromise.

Perhaps we need to narrow the mesa so, as politicians move ever more to the extreme ends, they fall off the cliff and we are left with moderates who can compromise and actually govern to the benefit of all.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wackos in the News

This week, the pastor of a very small congregation (50 members) with radical views monopolized the news -- to the point where the President of the U.S. commented about him. Are the fringe radicals in society overtaking the majority of those of us in the middle through the sensationalism of the media? I don't think this, or any other fringe element should get the amount of attention that this crackpot got. Add to this the amount of interest generated in other radical elements and the influence of someone who should be ignored is magnified to be significant. I guess you can't sure stupid.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Work . . .

A shout out to all who labor on this Labor Day. Here in the US, it's rough for the 9+ percent who want to work, but can't find it and those who are working, but must face furloughs and other reductions in their income. Even those of us who have jobs are facing uncertainty in the current situation. Labor Day in the US has been around since the late 1800's (history), a creation of the labor movement to honor those who work for a living. Enjoy your day and pray for better times for all of us who labor.

Friday, September 3, 2010

$65 Per Vote . . .

Meg Whitman bought the Republican nomination for the governor of California with a wad of her own money amounting to $65+ per vote she received. She claims that this makes her independent of special interests. I contend that she IS a special interest -- rich people. It's sad that the vote cost that much in a fight between the rich. Gerry Brown, running unopposed for the Democratic nomination spent 38-CENTS for each vote. More in my price range.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Beck, Sharpton (and King?) on the National Mall

NPR Summary

On Saturday, Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton timed events to coincide with Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech anniversary. The link above has some reaction from various media outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News.

The Post wrote that beck "championed a religious brand of patriotism and called on the nation to recommit itself to traditional values he said were hallmarks of its exceptional past." Sharpton wasn't so sure, stating that this "return" was really an attempt to undo all the gains of the civil rights movement.

The reactions from the media are mixed, as would be expected from organizations with the need to generate advertising and contributions.My opinion? I don't like the pseudo Christian rhetoric from these groups and media personalities like Beck and other conservative commentators who are out for ratings more than anything with their rantings. I believe that these conservative Christian groups promote a philosophy which ignores the plight of the poor and the needs of this religiously and ethnically diverse nation in search for a past which really never existed for most of the immigrants from which this nation has grown. I do agree with some of the fiscally conservative right about the size of government, but don't believe that they espouse an necessarily Christian belief in their treatment of those who are different than they are.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

An Idiot, but OUR idiot

It appears that 989% of the incumbents are being re-nominated this political season. They may not be doing the job and may be idiots, but, they are OUR idiots and bring the bacon home to us through their wheeling and dealing.

Another remarkable thing is the wealth of the participants in the political system. Many are multi-millionaires or billionsiares and are supporting their runs with their own money. Government by the people and for the people appears to be government by the rich for the rich!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

When will the recovery reach us?

NPR asked this question. In my opinion, it will be when we have jobs and the prospect that we will keep them in the future. Then we will feel good enough about things to buy again. Of course, I also am convinced that the economy will not come back like it was, because much of it was build on deception and wrong thinking. People live beyond their means when they're optimistic. They are ready to believe that something that sounds too good to be true is actually true because they see others making it big.

Get ready for the long haul poor economic conditions and prospects.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Read the Document

Reactions to the Federal Court decision overturning proposition 8 in California got me to thinking how important documents can be read by groups with differing agendas to reach completely different conclusions. This includes the US Constitution, the Bible, the Quran, anything. Advocates can read the same words, ignore the words that don't fit their opinion and justify their position.

Another interesting aspect is interpretation of the "meaning of the writers" of the document. Situations vary over time and applying something written hundreds or thousands of years ago is an exercise in interpretation at best and spin at worst.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oil Leak Stopped . . . Cleanup Continues

It appears that the latest cap has stopped the leak in the gulf. At least for now with the experts continuing to monitor the situation day-and-night. Score one for BP. On the cleanup front, the giant skimmer seems to be a flop. After two weeks of testing, it has captured practically no oil. Minus one on the cleanup front. It appears that the use of dispersants has caused the oil patches -- some now as small as a kitchen table -- to be difficult for the massive ship to pick up. Maneuvering the massive vessel is also difficult in the gulf.

This is still a massive environmental disaster and the cleanup and restoration will take a long time. We don't even begin to understand the implications of the sub-surface oil on the ecology, but I'm sure it's bound to be worse than the spin masters will make it out.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shoot the "2's"

There's an old joke about how to deal with the glut of lawyers. When law students sign up, they sign a contract which requires them at graduation to line up against a wall. The graduates count off by two and then we shoot the "2's".

I'm inclined to think that we should reconsider this old axiom. In the litigious society, lawyers are the only ones who benefit from anything. Some event happens -- say a natural disaster -- and the "first responders" are the lawyers. They circle tragedy like vultures looking for any opportunity to make money, not for the victims, but for themselves. Lawyers don't respond to events seeking restitution for victims, they DRIVE lawsuits seeking PROFIT for themselves. And the politicians don't help matters any. After all, most are lawyers themselves. Judges are also part of the brotherhood of greed formed by the legal community.

Do we need fewer lawyers, you bet we do. If the law schools don't stop churning them out by the thousands, perhaps we should take advantage of the conservative Supreme Court's recent second amendment decisions and declare open season on lawyers. That way, we can cull the herd, satisfy the blood lust of the gun lobby and, for once, benefit the actual victims of misfortune.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Political Advantage

President Obama made a televised speech to the nation regarding the Gulf Oil Spill. Immediately, the political opposition accused him of doing so for "political advantage". Well, Duuuh . . . Of course he did, he's a POLITICIAN. They always do things for political advantage by definition.


It's little different than other entities. Companies do things to maximize their profits, non-profit groups do things to further their interests, unions do things to increase their membership and gain advantage for their members. We all do things which benefit us when possible. The key with politicians, companies, groups is to make sure that the "national good" aligns with their "good".

If you can prove to a politician that something will help get them elected, they will jump on it. If you can prove to a company that something will benefit their bottom line, they will jump on it, and so on. Enlightened seif-interested is the key. The hard part is aligning that with the interests of the country/world as a whole.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Politicians Lie

The Pope IS Catholic . . . Bears DO poop in the woods . . .

Politicians LIE . . .

Don't be shocked! The current term is SPIN. Everything is spun to achieve the politician's main goal -- to get (re)elected.

Again, don't be shocked. A politician doesn't govern to make things better each American Person. They exist to get (re)elected. How do they get elected? In the U.S. it's by raising campaign contributions. (BTW, in other countries, these are referred to as bribes and we are vehemently against these.)

So how do we deal with the fact that politicians lie? There is the old axiom:

How do you tell if a politician is lying?

His lips are moving.

So we need to expect that a politician, by definition, will not tell us the whole truth. Just expect it. The trick is to understand where the bribes -- er contributions -- are coming from and to understand what benefit the politician is hoping to achieve by his lie. You can bet that is probably isn't a benefit for the average person, but for the major contributor. Once you understand the flow of money, you can apply a filter to what a politician says and filter out much of the BS from his statements.

Of cource, in many cases, this will turn politicians into mimes!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brought to you by the letters "G" and "C"

It looks like California is in the same class as Greece when it comes to budget problems. It also looks like the politicians in California are about as likely as those in Greece of being able to solve the problem. After all, THEY are the ones who caused it in the first place! I have said it a number of times, politicians don't care about any American Person except themselves and those who contribute to their campaigns. If you are one of those, then you are probably profiting from the status quo and really don't want things to change all that much -- at least for those things that maximize your profits.

And that is where the problem lies. The democrats are protecting their contributors and the republicans are protecting their contributors and no one is protecting the vast number of American Persons out there. Compromise is not part of their skill set, especially in an election year. Like Greece, California may be doomed by the very people elected to save it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Brought to you by Countries that start with "G"

It seems like European countries that start with "G" are in the news lately. Great Briton just had an election where no one got a majority of the votes and, thus, a coalition of parties will be needed to form a government. Greece has been in the economic news for their lack of economic acumen. Looks like Greece will affect much of the world's markets due primarily to its effect on the European Union, a large economy tied together through its use of a common currency -- the Euro. Looks like the Euro is down to about 1.27 U.S. Dollars.

The Brits definitely have it all over us in the U.S. in terms of their election cycle. There it's four weeks. Here it's somewhere approaching continuous. I could definitely go with the four week cycle. Perhaps then, U.S. politicians would spend more time governing and less time trying to get elected (read "begging for money").

The whole thing with Greece shows just how interconnected and interdependent the world has become. Greece is not exactly a major exporter of anything except, perhaps olive oil, but, because it is part of the much larger European Union, its problems become the world's problems.

Earlier, much of the news revolved around the tragedy in Haiti, so it looks like we're working our way backwards through the alphabet. Who knows, maybe next week, we'll be worrying about France or Finland. Then the whole thing will start all over again.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Here we go again . . .

The Republicans are Filibustering the Finance Reform Bill. This makes sense as their backers are the rich who are making gobs of money from the current system. Why would they want to change it? They would be cutting off their own supply of money. Maybe we SHOULD just elect the special interests directly. We could cut on the middle men -- the lobbyists -- and probably get the same result for less money overall!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Confidence in Free Enterprise and Corporations?

I don't have any. You know that your company's goal is to maximize their profits. Anything which contributes to that goal is good. Anything which doesn't isn't. Any tactic that they think they can get away with in pursuit of that goal is also good. The only bad thing is getting caught and that's only bad because it tends to hurt their profits.

I don't trust any company to look after my well-being. Oh sure, they tell you that employees are their most important asset, but, therein is the lie. You are NOT an asset, you are an expense. You are a human resource. To the bottom line, you are just like that desk you work at, the electricity you use, and the computer you work with. In fact, if they can eliminate you, outsource you, or replace you with a cheaper human resource in another country, they also reduce those expenses.

I don't trust politicians either since they are just extensions of the corporations who back their campaigns. Anything which hurts the profit margins of their corporate sponsors hurts their campaign funds since those same funds are also expenses to the corporation. And, as we know, anything which affects the bottom line -- like a politician who votes against the interest of the corporation -- needs to be reduced to maximize profits.

I think what I need to do, therefore, as an American Person, is to convince the corporations that doing good is a benefit to the bottom line.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

$17.3 Million = 29 Dead Miners

The CEO of Massey Energy received $17.3 million in compensation in 2009 according to SEC filings. That's $596,551.72 for miner killed in the recent mine disaster. So that's what a life is worth to this CEO and his board of directors, half a million dollars. Something is drastically wrong with the way companies compensate their top executives when they trade large bonuses for human lives.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

One Word, Five Letters

Greed is the cause of many of the problems in the world.

Billionaire George Soros believes that markets are bubble prone. I guess the fact that he's a billionaire gives him some credibility. In his article in "Financial Times" in June, 2009, Soros says:

. . . markets are bubble-prone, regulators must accept responsibility for preventing bubbles from growing too big . . .The efficient market hypothesis postulates that markets tend towards equilibrium and deviations occur in a random fashion; moreover, markets are supposed to function without any discontinuity in the sequence of prices. Under these conditions market risks can be equated with the risks affecting individual market participants. As long as they manage their risks properly, regulators ought to be happy.  But the efficient market hypothesis is unrealistic. Markets are subject to imbalances that individual participants may ignore if they think they can liquidate their positions. . . .


In short, greed can short-circuit market corrections. Greed can cause usually sane people to ignore what they see in front of them for the benefit of short-term gain. Greed can cause a lender to create a loan which allows people to get into houses that they can't afford and it can cause those same people to ignore the fact that this is too good to be true.

People have short-term incentives to make lots of money quickly and not worry about the long-term effects of what they are doing. This incentive structure seems to reach from the CEO to the trader on the floor to the stock owner and, by extension, to the politicians who should be regulating them.

This American Person feels we need to break that cycle. We need to realize that the natural tendency toward greed, but that greed will bring this nation down if it is allowed to run rampant as it has since Reagan took office. We need to incentivize the CEO's, and the politicians they support through their political contributions to consider, not their short-term gain, but the long-term benefit to the nation of their actions.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tell Barbara Boxer -- Great Job on the Healthcare Bill

One of the problems with having ads on a blog site is that you get ads you really don't agree with. There's one on this blog that wants to repeal the health care reform bill. This American Person doesn't agree with that. Modify it, maybe, repeal it, NO. We need to move forward, not continue to stuff the pockets of insurance companies while the rest of us suffer. There are always those who want to retain the status quo. After all, it IS the status quo because someone benefits from it. It's difficult to move off the current situation because so many influential people (read politicians) are where they are because they and those who support them (read give them money) profit from the current situation. Sure, they don't want change because change might mean reducing or eliminating that profit.

I say we move forward. Take the new reform and make it better for each American Person, not just the American People who benefit from the current, broken system.

Monday, March 29, 2010

When do you become just an American?

Today I heard another story about hyphenated Americans wanting to be recognized. My question is, when does someone become just an American and not a Japanese-American, Mexican-American, Arab-American . . . How many generations do you have to be American citizens before you stop being an Iranian-American and become just an American?

People in the U.S. seem to need to identify with some other country even though they were born in the U.S. and have never been to that country. Take the Arab-American of the story. They wanted to be identified as an Iranian-American or a Puerto Rican-American even though she was born in the U.S. People want to identify with Puerto Rico even though the closest they have ever gotten to that island is watching some major league baseball player from there.

Diversity is a wonderful thing. But I think we will only become a great nation when the American Persons who make up the country begin to think of themselves as "Americans" rather the requiring a hyphen to make them feel special.

Deepening the Problem?

Balancing local budgets is difficult in these hard economic times. But this American Person is wondering if the politicians aren't taking the wrong approach. Today, I heard that our local transit district will potentially cut 50% of the bus routes due to budget problems. 50 percent! Does this make sense?

We want to get people back to work to strengthen the economy, but we take away the very infrastructure that they need to do that!? Where is any sort of strategic thinking going into this process? It's the politicians who have gotten us into this mess in the first place. In good times, they all rob these budgets to do things they want, leaving the districts to fend for themselves. Then, because of poor fiscal discipline, when difficult times come, this is the result.

It's indicative of the politician's thinking -- what can I do to get re-elected NOW!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Passes

The congress -- actually, only the Democrats in Congress -- have finally passed some form of health care reform. Already, the Republicans are massing to repeal it -- guess there just isn't enough profit in reform for their supporters.

During the vote, a representative yelled out "Baby Killer!". He now claims that he actually said, "Its a baby killer!", referring to the bill rather than the representative casting the winning vote. Which ever it was, this wholly in appropriate statement got to me. This representative probably calls himself a Christian, but to me he's not. He is a single-issue idiot who doesn't want abortion. He would rather that a child is born with problems because his mother can't get prenatal care. And after the child is born, will probably have additional problems because his parents can't afford pediatric care. His parents probably have low wage jobs, but what does this representative care because, the corporations which support him are making obscene profits because they have sent the parents' jobs overseas to people who earn even less than minimum wage.

Don't get me wrong, I do not believe in abortion as a means of birth control, but I have more concern for the poor than most congressmen who claim to be Christian. This representative will probably spout Bible passages to support his single-minded attitude. The one he should be spouting is, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'. [Matthew 25:40]

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Past Thoughts

I have been commenting on politics at my home blog for some time. It thought I'd share that link with you so you might want to see that I have long been frustrated with the dysfunction of the U.S. political system at all levels. I have no particular qualifications to comment on politics except for the fact that I'm affected by it. Of course, I'm not sure that having been a politician or lobbyist necessarily qualifies you either! Anyway, I'm commenting. I know not many are reading, but it makes me feel better!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Immigration -- the Ultimate Hypocrisy

President Obama has agreed to push immigration reform and in exchange, the Hispanic caucus has agreed to vote in favor of health care. I find both causes worthwhile, but I find the country's attitude about immigration reform generally full of hypocrisy. Immigrants are the support for agriculture in the U.S. Growers say, "I can't get a citizen to do these jobs". But what they really mean is "I can't a citizen to do these jobs for the amount I'm willing to pay". OK, we all like cheap food, so, in order to make a reasonable profit, growers have to reduce their labor costs.

People who object to immigrants, generally feel that they receive services while they do nothing. Of course, these are the same people who ship your and my jobs overseas where the labor is even cheaper to maximize their profits. It's an interesting hypocrisy from this group of people.

I have long thought that the U.S. needs to admit that this shadow economy exists and make "guest worker" type rules which allow farmers to charge less for labor, but gives the immigrants who perform the labor some rights and chances to better themselves.

It will be interesting to see how the immigration debate plays out. If the health care debate is any indication -- and I'm sure it is -- the debate will be divisive.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Corporation for Congress

Now that the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people, too, Murray Hill, Inc. has declared that it will run for congress. You really have to admire the fact that they are trying to reduce the cost of government by cutting out the middlemen -- the greedy politicians. After all, special interests have long run our government. Why not let the one special interest that is now a "person" directly govern.

Of course, we'll probably have to set up some form of out-of-work politician's fund if this catches on, but, at least we'll be able to tell where the money comes from.

The American Person

I have blogged before about my frustration with the phrase

The American People

especially when it comes from the mouth of a self-serving politician. So I have decided to declare myself The American Person and start this blog. It will allow me to comment on the condition of politics in the United States and declare that I am not part of any particular group and that no group speaks for me when it comes to what I believe.