Posts tagged ‘World Issues’

January 13, 2011

A Historical Presidency

America witnessed the exemplification of the Office of the Presidency on January 12, 2011 at the University of Arizona when President Barack Obama honored the fallen individual’s of Saturday’s assassination attempt of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords. 

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December 7, 2010

Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

By John Gray Cincinnati, Ohio 2004

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full
of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water
quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of
coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to
insure their safety and work as advertised.

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December 3, 2010

Pay back and Tax cuts for the top 2%

What we are experiencing now in Washington is a real example of pay back. The 2010 midterms racked up total campaign spending of 4 billion dollars exceeding the 2006 midterms which raised 2.85 billion dollars. These contributions
represent money given by individuals, small businesses and corporations, to candidates directly or through the DNC, RNC and PAC.

How does payback work you may ask? A prime example is what Republicans are fighting for today in Washington.
Whether it be the Senate or House they are fighting to give the top 2% of our economy seven hundred billion dollars ($700,000,000,000.00) in tax cuts for their investment in their campaigns totaling two billion dollars (2,000,000,000) . If you calculate the return it is obscene at a whopping 35,000% return. To put this in perspective if you invest 10,000 on January 1, 2010 at 35,000% you would get back 3,500,000.00 dollars on December 31st. How many Americans are getting that return on their CD?

All Americans must start to realize that the middle class whether you are Lower, Middle or Upper regardless of party affiliation have been prayed upon by the wealthy and influential. Through Wall Street, Investment Banking, and Insurance Companies and politically controlled Republican representatives’ the wealth of middle class has been stolen by the top 2%. How have they accomplished this? Deregulation of the Financial Services Industry in 1999 was the start. It began in 2000 with the Supreme Court election of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The Tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, two wars in 2001 and
2003, all of which were not paid for. The subsequent great depression caused by these irresponsible republican policies and the bail out by the United Sates Government protecting the wealth of our nation of which the cost still undetermined will be added to the debt. The massive debt built because of these irresponsible policies 1 Trillion dollars and growing and the transferring of the wealth to the top 2% is now being asked to be paid for by the middle class through reducing entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits freezing pay for  Government Workers and the denying the Unemployed. Basically not only have they ripped us off but now they want us to pay again for that which they stole from us.

The argument for tax cuts being presented by the Republicans is that the top 2% represent small businesses and job creators. Here are some facts 98% of small businesses earns less than $250,000 of taxable income. Most small businesses average return on gross revenues after expenses is 10%  a year. A small business would have to gross 2.5 million dollars to be taxed at an adjusted taxable income over $250,000.00. How many of the mom and pop shops gross 2.5 million dollars? Please read the 2009 SBA report. Effective Federal Income Tax Rates Faced By Small US Small

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Bottom line Joe the Plummer is not the Small business the Republicans are representing. The top 2% do not represent small businesses or job creators. It’s pay back time by Republican and their integrity is questioned and rightfully so.

July 29, 2010

The United States and Rome

Many pieces have been written concerning the fall of the Roman Empire and the comparisons to the United States in recent years.

The reasons for the rise and fall of any great nation are many. There are connections to single factors, but more people think a combination of such factors as religion, decadence, superiority, monetary trouble, and military problems caused the fall of a once great society. Imperial incompetence and chance could be added to the list. Even the rise of Islam is proposed as the reason for the fall, does this sound familiar, these are some of the factors leading to the fall of the Roman Empire.

There are too many similarities to the United States of the last 10 years that worries me, lets look at the comparisons.

Religion then was rising with the Catholic Church exerting influence over Rome, in the United States for over 8 years we had the right wing evangelical influence over our Presidency and our Government Representatives which still exists for some representatives today.

Decadence, today the United States has continued its decline in manufacturing and trade superiority since the 1980’s. Our democratic processes normally entrusted to our elected legislators and our regulatory agencies by the people have been taken over by big business through campaign funding influences.

Our Superiority in Technology and Science has been systematically transferred to our International competitors through trade policies controlled by multinational Corporations influencing our government.

Monetary policy and basic economic systems which grew our nation have evolved into a casino like economics where values are place on how much money can be made at the expense of the uniformed players through the use of technology in short periods of investment rather than long term investments. These games of chance transfer wealth from 99% of Americans to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. This must end. Those controlling the wealth of our nation mainly Corporations and there top executives are taking control of our government at all levels, Federal, State and Local. There is no trickle down in America. Today they are flexing their muscles by hording trillions in cash on their balance sheets refusing to invest in capital and human resources necessary to get our economy moving again. This tactic to prevent growth will continue until the political environment is beneficial to them specifically the 2010 election.

Militarily we have been fighting two wars over the last 7 years spending billions if not trillions of dollars. This drain will be the major contributor to the continued decline of the American society unless stopped and a priority is focused on the welfare of the people of this Nation. Russia is a prime example of fighting a loosing war against a society based on tribal traditions, Afghanistan. This war bankrupted Russia and the people of that nation lost.

Rome was divided into two controlling empires the east and the west. The similarities are stunning as to what is happening in the United States. The divisions of the Republican and the Democratic Parties has widened so dramatically over the last 3 years with no signs of ever having again a bipartisan government. This extreme division has contributed to an ineffective legislature and less productive legislation for the people. If the houses of congress have split majorities as a result of the 2010 elections you can depend on a stagnant government until the 2012 elections and possibly into the future.

Complacency and lack of understanding on the part of every American must be added as a contributing factor to the fall of our nation. If we the people do nothing to stop this spiral down the future of our children and grandchildren is grim. Let us clear our minds of all the campaign rhetoric, read about and understand the candidates and what they really stand for. It’s hard work, but necessary work. Do not make the excuse that you are tired when you come home from work, if you have a job. Today’s network media is easily accessible yet not the place to get your information, you must read independent sources of information on the same subject. Then form your opinion and vote in every election it is a right you must exercise.

March 1, 2009

The New Civil War

No matter what side of the fence you stand on you must admit that over the last 48 years each presidential election has become a Civil War. A civil war is a war between organized groups to take control of a nation or region, or to change government policies as partially defined by Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_war#Further_definitions . I believe it should be expanded to include, change with or without military conflict.

 

Does the United Sates have a civil war every 4 to 8 years? Since 1960 I believe our country’s political census would suggest that we have been divided 50-50 in our political ideologies. Although the Republican party of Lincoln freed the slaves, the Republican party of today is attempting to once again to bring back slavery in their attempt to destroy unions and organization’s who support workers rights. Contrary to goals of the Republican Party, the Democratic Party is attempting to reestablish our constitutional rights as described in the Bill of Rights ensuring freedom of speech, and the pursuit of happiness which includes the access to an equal education, work opportunity, and affordable healthcare.

 

Our forefathers when writing the Constitution and Bill of Rights were inspired by the fact that their countries of origin did not provide those rights endeared to all people all of the time. The United States at times in it’s history has backslide making policies which resemble those injustices we originally tried to do away with and not have to experience ever again. 

 

Some of the arguments you will hear from Republican supporters is that all people have the same opportunities, they want you to believe that there is no discrimination against those who they perceive to be different then they are. A pure example of this is the political rhetoric displayed during the 2008 election. Their actions put their political goals ahead of people, which still continue even after the election. Another example is the stimulus package developed by the Democratic Party and amended by Republicans. Although, the spending objectives were not met 100% they all voted against the stimulus except for three Republicans. The only reason they voted against the stimulus was for those constituent’s who are the extreme right base of the party. There are Republican’s who understand and know that the no vote was a political vote for 2010 elections and not substantiated by any real objection to the intent of the stimulus.  For those who say nay, and who believe they can dissect the stimulus bill and point out its failures is unrealistic and delusional. This bills objective will not be accomplished until all of its components are executed 100%.

 

The Republican Party continues to use fear tactics to keep hold of their followers. They try to portray Democrats as socialist’s even communist’s, they portray Democrats as big spenders, and baby killers. These stigma, are lies just to incite the Republican base and form a negative impression of good Americans who have just as much rights as they do. Their Biggest Mouth Rush Limbaugh is a reminder of the sensational overtones voiced during the mid thirties and early forties in Germany. If anyone believes that Limbaugh has any real unifying agenda they too are just as delusional as he. His chest pounding and un-American rhetoric continues to appeal to those who choose to be less tolerant of others differences and the use of charismatic oration, and propagandaborder on totalitarian and dictatorial agendas. Republicans must be very wary of their association with Rush Limbaugh he may become the poster child for their downfall in a true Democracy.

 

The Republicans promise fiscal responsibility, although the facts don’t lie, from 1994 to 2000 the Republicans controlled the Senate & House under a Democratic President where the support of the Administration was a bi-partisan majority. They amassed a budget surplus under Bill Clinton a Democrat, only to be squandered in the next six years by a House and Senate controlled by the extremist right wing ideology of the Republican Party under the Presidency of George W. Bush. Republicans won the 2000 and 2004 elections by fear. America First, Family and Abortion were their platforms which elected them. In the mean time they were transferring wealth from the middle class to the rich, becoming opportunists over 9/11 by planning an invasion of the nation of Iraq to manipulate the price of oil and spend billions on a war in Iraq with no bid contracts to the special interests associated with Washington. Their campaign for right to life focused on the unborn but not the living who sacrificed their lives in Iraq.  There is plenty of blame to go around for this injustice on both sides, but the remaining fact is that the President and his congress lead our nation. George W. Bush and his congresses failed miserably in leadership and direction for our nation.  

 

The new civil war is more than just differences of ideologies. It has become a separation of social stratus and the manipulation of individual emotional attitudes by a media controlled by competing forces in pursuit of the control of our political orientation’s, our nation, its wealth and remaining natural resources through the election process. Also, this control is influenced by external forces because of the mismanagement of our nation’s finances and international trading policies. The economics of the 80’s 90’s and the new millennium were based on leverage and credit. The house of cards have fallen, a renewed economic approach for a solid foundation in our economy is required if we are to survive this internal war. The great minds of this nation once provided the inspiration, and ideas based in humanitarian objectives not dollars and cents alone. The bottom line should be less important than the contribution to society any idea may bring. If Republicans and Democrats can truly promote unity in our nation and not separation we will succeed, if they don’t we are doomed to failure like all great nation in the past.      

 

    

January 18, 2009

Going Green

Going on a diet has been said to be a life changing experience. It is a change in what we do on a daily basis. Our routines and habits take new directions and become a substitute for old ones. We eat healthy foods with less fat and we eat less frequently. What forces us to go on a diet? When our bad habits finally catch up to us and our physical health starts turning for the worst we begin to change our lifestyle to attempt to rectify what has brought us to this unhealthy existence.

 

Our environment and our natural resources are on a course which has already shown signs of stress and heart attack. Price and supply fluctuations in our natural resources and commodities are an indication of too much use and abuse. Air pollution in many parts of the world is creating toxic cities of doom. Water supplies are being fought over and the pollution of our water supplies has increased creating shortages or when undetected diseases of unknown origins or mutations of know viruses.

 

The time is right for a change in the future course of mankind. Our world is full of social, economical and political problems. What better way than to have a common goal for mankind where all people of the world join together to solve our worldly environmental problems. It is at the grass roots level that action needs to be taken. Professionals at every level must find value in promoting environmentally sound practices. An example of this is a dear friend of mine in south Florida Cathy Lewis, of The Keyes Company, who achieved the Green National Association of Realtors Green Designation. This designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The courses she took to achieve this designation were developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country ensuring that designees gain comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate. To date there are fewer than 200 Realtors nationwide who have this designation. She doesn’t yet consider herself an expert, but she is learning new things all the time and committing herself to doing something that will help sustain the environment every day.

 

No matter what you do or where you work each and everyone must contribute to a healthier world.

January 3, 2009

Israel After 60 years

Does anyone realize that after 60 years of conflict there should be an end to this. I gather we must fulfill prophecy because it seems that until the end days come it will continue for infinity. I was born in 1948 part of the generation who will witness the second coming, below is a link to the events of the creation of the State of Israel in that year. I once wrote a paper in a creative writing course in college 1974 which I received a A+, I wish I had saved it, it was entitled 26 Years in Labor Israels Birth.  I described the partitioning of the lands in question, and the plight of both sides in this mess. Innocent children being slaughtered because of an inability for grown people to come to an agreement or is it biblical with no solution.

Biblical background

 http://brittgillette.com/WordPress/?p=28

Historical Background

http://www.zionism-israel.com/his/Israel_timeline_1948_1967.htm

Her are some answers to pertinent questions:

At its inception in 1948, how did Israel become a nation?

In 1947, the United Kingdom informed the UN of its desire to terminate its position as Mandatory Power and leave Palestine by August 1948. The UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine into a Jewish State and an Arab State. This non-binding resolution was accepted by the Jewish population and rejected by the Arab population. The UK abandoned the Mandate in May 1948, Israel became a state by declaring independence and war broke out immediately.

Was there injustice in this event?

The injustice is that the UN allowed the UK to abandon the Mandate without assigning another mandatory power. Resolution 181 was non-binding and required the acceptance of all parties to go forward. This clearly wasn’t the case. Another injustice occurred when the UN, once Israel declared statehood, did not establish the Arab areas as remaining under Mandatory control of the Trusteeship Council.

Who is responsible for the injustice?

The responsible party for the injustice is the United Nations.
The bottom line is that no matter what attempts are made to resolve this problem in the middle east, we will all be on the short end of the solution.

December 28, 2008

Serve the majority not the few

In the Sunday St. Petersburg Times two writings drew my attention. On the front page Double Dipping: Ire, but higher, by Times Senior Correspondent Lucy Morgan and in the Hernando Times section Guest column by C.D. Chamberlain, No Local preferences for contracts. Both deal with leadership decisions and their affects. Mr. Chamberlain addresses the issue from a psychological perspective, what is the intent of a policy, for whose benefit and at whose cost, where in economics we call it cost benefit analysis. The Double Dipping writing addresses the outcome of state policy making with a failed decision related to a cost benefit analysis.

 

Legislatures whether it is State or Local Governments continue to focus on the benefits for the few rather than the majority. We see this at the State Level when politicians, judges, administrators and anyone participating in the State Pension Fund are allowed to Double Dip because of a law written in 2001 by lawmakers, of which some are participating in this loophole. At the Local level in Hernando we see the same cronyism at its best in this new board of County Commissioners regarding Peck Sink. Favoritism for local firms would only be acceptable if that firm satisfied the three key factors in cost benefit analysis, or Social Return on Investment (SROI) something our local official should study when making future decisions. It is an approach to understanding and managing the impacts of a project, or a policy. It is based on stakeholders, the residents and all businesses not just real estate related, in Hernando County and puts financial values on the important impacts identified by stakeholders. The aim is to include the values of people that are often excluded from these decisions and not committees consisting of pre-selected campaign workers and political party supporters.

December 14, 2008

E-mail and the First Amendment

I must clarify a misconception by many who use the internet to communicate. The internet’s creation has been one of the most ingenious aids in complying with the First Amendment of the constitution of the United Sates. It provides the ability to all Americans to express their opinions to a wide range of individuals who choose to read such writings.

 

An e-mail had been sent to me concerning historical information related to a Nation’s historical growth and subsequent failure and demise. If the sender of this e-mail sent it accidently or intended to send it me, I do not know the answer to this question, yet I read the information and simply concluded that although I may not agree with all of its content I did see some similarities in my conclusions related to the subject. Since I felt that some of my conclusions were similar, I replied to all who had received this e-mail with a link to my Blog. I received a reply the next day from one of the mail recipients that my act was unethical. I apologized, but did not see the reason for the comment. My ethics are intact. If I had to respond in a like manner to all individuals, spam and junk mail sent to me I would have to remain awake 24 hours a day. It was apparent that he visited my Blog and realized that my writings were not in agreement with his thoughts on the subjects I have written about but needed to express a personal attach which leads me to question his principles.

 

Each day we receive in the US mail an array of opinions on many subjects from many sources. The daily papers are filled with opinions and thoughts that not everyone will agree with. This is what freedom of speech is all about. The sender of the original e-mail choose the group of recipients for a reason, the complaining party needs to contact the originator of the e-mail as well or not open e-mails from unknown senders by just deleting them.  

 

 

        

December 12, 2008

Educators and Legislators

When will our so called representatives become proactive rather than reactive? I wonder sometimes if the root of all of our failure stem from our educational systems of higher learning, systems of education, which have prohibited creativity and the learned ability to set goals and objectives for future planning, and systems where curriculums focus on the now rather than the future. Finally, systems of education which have taken away one of the most important learned abilities necessary for success in any vocation or avocation, teaching our men and women the necessity of moral decision making.

 

Today we are experiencing the failures of these systems at all levels of leadership in both Government, Services and in Industry, leadership whose main focus is on instant rewards personally rather than long term objectives and rewards for an organization. Rewards for the few rather than the majority.

 

Even during one of the most critical times in the history of the United States, our Senators and Congressmen are playing politics as usual with the livelihoods of millions of Americans, a congress willing to write a blank check to a corrupt administration for 750 billion dollars yet unwilling to give a loan to a vital industry with specific conditions, and possibly save millions of jobs of hard working Americans. At major fault is the leadership in the auto industry who have lacked the foresight and ingenuity to remodel their cars and industry to compete with the global markets.

 

Our systems of education need to redirect its emphasis on developing leaders, creators, and educators focused on the common good for all mankind. We need to stop producing politicians and we need to develop leaders with a vision which includes all people. All political science curriculums should be eliminated from all institutions of higher learning.

    Modern political science

The advent of political science as a university discipline in the United States is evidenced by the naming of university departments and chairs with the title of political science shortly before the Civil War. In 1857, Francis Lieber was named the first Professor of History and Political Science at Columbia University. In 1880, Columbia formed the first School of Political Science. The discipline established the American Political Science Association in 1903. Integrating political studies of the past into a unified discipline is an ongoing project, and the history of political science has provided a rich field for the growth of both normative and positive political science, with each part of the discipline sharing some historical predecessors.

In the 1950s and the 1960s, a behavioral revolution stressing the systematic and rigorously scientific study of individual and group behavior swept the discipline. At the same time that political science moved toward greater depth of analysis and more sophistication, it also moved toward a closer working relationship with other disciplines, especially sociology, economics, history, anthropology, psychology, and statistics. Increasingly, students of political behavior have used the scientific method to create an intellectual discipline based on the postulating of hypotheses followed by empirical verification and the inference of political trends, and of generalizations that explain individual and group political actions. Over the past generation, the discipline placed an increasing emphasis on relevance, or the use of new approaches and methodologies to solve political and social problems.

In 2000, the so-called Perestroika Movement in political science was introduced as a reaction against what supporters of the movement called the mathematicization of political science. Perestroikans argued for a plurality of methodologies and approaches in political science and for more relevance of the discipline to those outside of it (Chronicle of Higher Education 2001).

Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_political_science

 

Just to note one important fact the 1950’s and 1960’s focused on individual behavioral and group behavior. The 20th century’s greatest invention besides the automobile became available to the American public in those two decades, television. As Edward R. Murrow said “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue”. Television has been used as a tool to alter behavior of people and specifically for political gain and not humanities gain.

 

We need a redirection of purpose in our educational and political systems. The new administration has inherited a morally corrupt financial wasteland. The path to renew our countries direction has many obstacles politically and morally. The solutions will not be simple, we as Americans have overcome much diversity since our independence, let us renew our faith in the American ability to solve any problem, and we can.

  

 

        

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