When blues legend, Robert Johnson, sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads he received in turn his tremendous mastery of the guitar. I wonder what politicians get when they go to the crossroads?
Trivia fact: did you know that most presidents were lawyers? (27 out of 44)
Of the 10 presidents I have seen since high school, five were Republican, five were Democrats (who seemed to a better job).
When I was in high school, Democrat John F. Kennedy was president. Kennedy was born in Massachusetts, of Irish descent, a Harvard graduate, a Navy veteran, and the first Roman Catholic president. Continue reading Past History – Present Reality
About a year ago a bill became law in the United States. A law whose purpose was to reform Wall Street, banks that were “too big to fail,” and better protect the American consumers from the abuses that rained upon their heads following the 2008 collapse of the economy.
If you recall, a major cause of the Great Recession was the failure of governments, state and federal, to regulate Wall Street and the banking industry. Continue reading The Business of Government is Now Business
Kosher is generally defined as (1) pure (in food), (2) proper, genuine, authentic, or legitimate.
As a senior citizen and in my opinion, we do not have a Kosher Congress in Washington right now. We have almost total gridlock in our national legislative body, strangling debt, and America is fast going into a sinkhole. Continue reading Kosher Congress
There’s been a lot of discussion lately concerning the power and influence of the wealthy in America. One of many old sayings is, “It takes money to make money.” There are several ways in which this is true and one of them is money can buy you political favors that could easily result in you making even more money.
That seems to be the case with the major political donors of Texas Governor, Rick Perry. The Daily Beast and the Los Angeles Times are both Continue reading What Big Donors Get in Texas
For several years I’ve waged an internal war between the forces of buying American made goods and trying to support mom and pop businesses versus buying whatever is most affordable, even if it means buying the import and/or going to Wal-Mart. Well, last week Sam Walton may have brought me to my knees Continue reading Okay Sam, UNCLE!
The pernicious GOP has recently reeked havoc on our great country. They have shown themselves to be very anti-immigration and anti-compromise. The rating agency Standard & Poors reportedly blamed the GOP and their non-compromising standoff and obstructionism in the debt ceiling debate for the recent ratings downgrade.
The next election is, so far, like high school – no perfect prom date yet. Continue reading One Choice
In an earlier post I commented on the boondoggle taking place as a result of the Congressional Republicans refusing to approve funding to continue a significant number of airport renovation projects. Well, this evening it was announced that a “deal” had been worked out and the 74,000 workers who had been laid off will soon be back at work.
The tragedy is that the entire fight was over Republicans wanting to do away with subsidies to smaller airports amounting to $16 million a year. In doing so the government has been loosing $30 million dollars a day in lost tax revenue and other associated costs. Total unrecoverable revenue losses are in excess of $350 million dollars.
I hope nobody really questions why the American people have such a stunned look on their faces.
All last year we the people heard how the GOP was going to return America to prosperity with the creation of jobs. So, we the people bit the bullet and tossed a bunch of them into Congress. But, eight months later there are not more jobs. The economy is beginning to double tank and here in Highland County, Ohio it was just announced that the unemployment number has increased to over fourteen percent. We are now the fourth most unemployed county in the state. Continue reading Where are those jobs?
The threat of Sharia law superseding the US Constitution and over 200 years of constitutional precedent is such a non-issue it’s incredible that any state is giving it serious consideration. Of all the major social, educational, economic, and political issues facing every level of government in America, why are legislatures giving this the light of day?
My only conclusion is, it is fear driven legislation whose purpose is purely for political posturing.
In 1999 the US had a budget surplus and it was predicted that by 2009 we’d be debt free for the first time since Andrew Jackson’s administration. Well, after two terms of “W”, two major military engagements, several unfunded tax cuts, and Medicare Part B (unfunded entitlement expansion) we find ourselves on the brink of economic collapse. If that doesn’t deserve a WTF, nothing does!
In the late 1960s I led a discussion at a California junior college regarding the then current condition of California’s public schools. This was the era of the SDS, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground and other militant, anarchists, groups that were making a name for themselves. In the spirit of that time, many of those participating in the discussion were of the mindset that the state’s schools simply needed to be shut down, torn down, and rebuilt from the ground up. It would result in educational anarchy, a decades worth of young people might not have access to any formal education, but many present believed that out of the mayhem would arise a new and much better public education system. Continue reading Being Responsible vs Economic Anarchy?