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.