Friday, December 31, 2010
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
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
blah, blah, blah . . . increase profits for insurance companies . . . blah, blah, blah . . . increase profits for insurance companies . . .
Saturday, December 11, 2010
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
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
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
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
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
given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth
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
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
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
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
Get ready for the long haul poor economic conditions and prospects.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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
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
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
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 . . .
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
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
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
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
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
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.
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
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
Friday, March 19, 2010
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
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 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.