Friday, September 17, 2010

Zen And The Art Of Government Maintenance

Obama tells Republicans "You Can't Have The Keys Back, You Drove The Economy Into The Ditch" Finally I can relate to my President, he likes metaphors, I like metaphors. Well at least I can relate to who ever is loading TOTUS.

There are a few problems with using the car as symbol for the economy, and the President doesn't get to decide who gets the keys to drive the economy (The American voters decide). First off they aren't his keys, and it's not his decision who gets to drive as I recall it's the private sector who drives the economy.

President Obama "The Republicans had the keys for the last 8 years, they drove the economy into the ditch". In January of 2007 the Democrats won the majority in the Senate and the House, which means they have been in power for the last 4 years this upcoming January, 3 months from now. 4 is half of 8, Political Math Is HARD;)

Almost 2 years ago, we decided to try and run the economy on the Hope & Change blend, what kind of mileage have we been getting?

If the economy was a car is there a way to figure your gas mileage?

To find your auto's gas mileage. Fill your gas tank to the top and write down your mileage (save it). Drive you car until you have about 1/4 of a tank of gas left. At the pump write down your mileage and fill your tank up to the top again.

Subtract your start mileage from your finish mileage. Take the number of miles you drove and divide it by how many gallons of gas it took to refill your tank to the top. This will tell you how many miles you get to a gallon of gas. Example HERE at WikiAnswers.

After the financial meltdown of September 15, 2008, we decided we would try the Hope & Change blend. I am not sure how we would compute our economies mileage. We have to go back to what the national deficit was back in January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, and than subtract what the national deficit is today. Factoring in that we were on some kind of hybrid blend starting in January of 2007, when Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker of the House. The House is where all spending Bills start. The President was a Senator back in 2007, in the United States Senate.

President Barack Obama was sworn into office in January of 2009, since he has been in office, our Progressive led legislature has passed countless spending Bills, and they want to pass more. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka Stimulus Bill this was going to keep U.S. unemployment under 8% at the cost of 862 Billion American tax payer dollars. Cash for Clunkers program, at a cost of 3 Billion American tax payer dollars. TARP II, Timothy Geithner outlined details of Tarp II today, a plan to spend the remaining $350 billion in TARP funds to jumpstart programs that could end up costing taxpayers as much as $2 trillion. There was the mortgage aid program to try and stem foreclosures. Friday's report from the Treasury Department suggests the $75 billion government effort is failing to slow the tide of foreclosures in the United States, economists say February 2010. Foreclosures Rise for 9th Straight month September 16, 2010 Fox Business News Video HERE.

As of today the National Unemployment rate stands at 9.6, and we have been told the outlook is sluggish for the foreseeable future with Unemployment staying steady at about 10%. Tim Geithner warns unemployment rate will rise. Christina Romer resigns as chief economic adviser, and returns to teaching...well they say those who can do, and those who can't teach. Austan Goolsbee, replaces her as the new chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Austan Goolsbee states "Unemployment will stay high"

The President is now calling for 50 Billion more tax payer dollars for job creation read more HERE.

If the economy really were a car, and the people we now have serving in public office were mechanics, we would have fired them all by now, and reported them to the Better Business Bureau. We surely would have changed the fuel blend we are currently trying to run the economy - (Hope & Change) turns out unicorns, and rainbows, won't power - super power's economies. If your mechanic presents you with a HUGE BILL, and turns around and tells you, your car is still going to sputter, and stall out, at about 10% unemployment, you fire your Mechanic. This isn't news, many, many people have been calling for the President to fire his economic team starting with Turbo Tim Geithner. Even if you factor in checking your tire pressure we are not getting good mileage. The President won't even let folks in the gulf fuel up - the moratorium on drilling in the gulf has cost a fragile economy even more jobs. The good news, we can HIRE new government mechanics this November 2, 2010.

The United States GDP is anemic at 1.6, in comparison to India 8.8 and Germany 2.2%

I appreciate that the President is trying to relate, but when I listen to Joe Biden spinning the summer of recovery as so many jobs saved or created. The only message I receive is we need a new pit crew. India and Germany are out performing the United States, and the President and Joe Biden, can point out the fuzzy math fuzzy dice, and the green jobs fancy air freshner all they want, they need to understand if they want to drive for team America, that this is America and "We Wanna Go Fast"

Incubus "Drive"

Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear

And I can't help but ask myself how much I let the fear
Take the wheel and steer
It's driven me before
And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal
But lately I'm beginning to find that I
Should be the one behind the wheel

Whatever tomorrow brings, I'll be there
With open arms and open eyes yeah

Friday, September 10, 2010

Meghan McCain "The GOP Has A Public Relations Problem"

Imus's guest this morning, on Imus In The Morning, Meghan McCain. Meghan McCain, is a blogger for the Daily Beast. Meghan, recently wrote a book about the time she spent on her father John McCain's Presidential campaign. Meghan McCain's Book "Dirty, Sexy, Politics" was sitting at #290 on Amazon, and it's currently sitting at #276.....#260. Click on the above graphic to read more.

Meghan McCain, thinks that the Republican Party has a public relations problem. Ms McCain thinks the GOP is not appealing to younger voters. Perhaps the Grand Old Party is a bit dated, when was the last time they freshened their image? The Republicans think aping their opponents platform will make them more appealing? Why have a two party system? If we can't find a discernible difference between the two partys?

The issue of being relevant to voters today is being framed in the old argument of Conservative vs Liberal. In reality the issue is Progressive vs Libertarian. If the GOP can't adapt, it may find it's self on the endangered species list. Duplicating their opponents losing strategy is a sign of a party that has run out of ideas.

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Thin Lizzy "The Boys Are Back In Town"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cheese Balls & The Mid Term Political Exam

Let's pop the lid off the Mid Term elections. Click on the graphic and remind yourself why unemployment is at a record high.

The Mid Term Congressional Elections are coming up 2 November 2010. We are 56 Days out, let's review who is running for the Senate, and the House, what the hell, here is a link to the Gubernatorial races.

Even grading on a curve a lot of people flunked voting 101 in the last major U.S. election. For a refresher "How Obama Got Elected
- Interviews With Obama Voters" . After I watched this video, the first time, my first reaction was boy we need nationwide civic seminars. The people being interviewed - couldn't answer the most fundamental questions about their own government. To be fair, even if they had been more informed, I believe they would have voted the same way anyway. They were high on Hope & Change. They were voting for Style over Substance. After reviewing again, I thought to myself, there needs to be an even more basic public voter education program. Actual fundamental instruction on vote casting, the purpose and the consequences. As our President has stated "Elections Have Consequences" There are at least two kinds of votes. A person can "Award' someone their vote, and a person can "Entrust" someone with their vote. What's the difference?

An example of "Awarding" someone with your vote, would be voting for your favorite idol on American Idol. You are asked to vote for the best "Talent" they win a "Prize". I am not a big American Idol fan, but I know they get a record contract. This means you as an Idol voter are participating in someone else receiving a prize from the "Private sector". It's harmless enough, it's not like you or your fellow American citizens are providing their prize, and some one benefits by your benevolence. There was even a movie about "Awarding" votes and a Presidential candidate who was in need of votes, it stared Dennis Quaid.

"American Dreamz 2006"
Imagine a country where the President never reads the newspaper, where the government goes to war for all the wrong reasons, and more people vote for a pop idol than their next President
. The plots too incredulous/SARC.

An example of "Entrusting" someone with your vote, would be voting for a political candidate for "Public office". This is different because the politician isn't going to be awarding prizes to anyone. Well the politician shouldn't be awarding prizes to anyone;)
The politician will be passing laws, and God willing performing Congressional oversight. This requires the voter to be more involved in the public process, because many people (fellow citizens) will be effected by the voters choice. If John McCain had looked like Brad Pitt, and sounded like George Clooney, would he have won the last election? Even so his politics would have stayed the same, and we would be living with his public policy choices. We as voters, would have "Entrusted" John McCain with our votes, to what end - to keep looking like a hot celebrity? It seems that's why we elected Barack Obama, perhaps he reminded us of Denzel Washington? The media and politicians, are not going to point out the difference in voting. They want your vote, any way they can get it. Informed - Uniformed, Style over Substance - okey dokey. A naive electorate works out just fine with them, in fact I believe they prefer the easily impressed, and often snookered. When you are "Entrusting" someone with your vote - it's not about benevolence it's about "Civic" responsibility. Turns out you, and your fellow American Citizen's tax money, will be awarded by the political candidate you vote for. Remember you vote them in, and they "Deem" who is worthy of your tax paying dollars largess.

I do admire some politician's
chutzpa. For example Louise Slaughter, New York's 28th district. She told reporters it was beneath her dignity, and the dignity of her office to hold town hall meetings. That's the equivalent of your employee telling you, "NO" I won't make the meeting you as an employer instructed her to attend. Then there was the "Slaughter House Rules" who can forget Deem & Pass. Louise Slaughter, insisted we had to pass that monstrosity of a health care bill, because she heard from a constituent, that she had to wear her dead sister's dentures..Eew. One sixth of the economy had to be legislated, because of one of Louise's constituents dental habits? If I was from NY's 28th, I wouldn't be bragging about voting in the Dental Dam;)

Representative Barney Frank (D) Mass, did hold town hall meetings. I have to confess a reticent respect for Barney Frank, he's got audacity coming out of the wazoo. Barney Frank feels so safe in his Congressional seat, he feels free to insult his constituents.

Who can forget Minnesota's Senate race A
l Franken finally won with the support of the Lizard faction. Many complained about this race but I think Minnesota is constantly sending D.C. a message "Did you get the klown we sent you?"

How about Representative Hank Johnson, Democrat, Georgia,
his concern about sending more troops to Guam. "My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." What was Georgia's voters message? You don't like Cynthia McKinney kiss our ass :)

The American electorate is constantly sending D.C. messages, D.C. just isn't paying attention. It looks like the trend is sending them klowns.

A woman voted for Alvin Greene in the South Carolina Democrat Primary, because his name reminded her of Al Green the R & B Singer.

Joe Barton Republican Texas "Apologized To BP" after BP fouled the Gulf Coast- worse environmental accident in our history. Vice President Joe Biden comments on Joe Barton apology.......yeah it turns out just like you think it will.

Nancy Pelosi, there are too many, the Tea Party is astro turf, yada, yada, yada, We have to pass the health care bill to find out what's in it. The Catholic church hasn't decided when life begins......

Remember the woman who was voting for Barack Obama, because he was going to pay her mortgage and fill her gas tank? Good times, Good times.

Rasmussen Roundup. Presidential Approval Index: -20

Upitty Woman: Overall, I would say not even ACORN can fix this Acorn, I almost forgot about them, and their claim to fame, and mayhem. Rep Barney Frank, why he voted to stop public funding of Acorn HERE.

Public servants, they live off of other people's taxes, and when the election cycle rolls around, they remember the voters. For a short period of time, they remember who their employers are, who signs their checks. They count on the American voter's short attention span, but that's the great thing about nearly 10% unemployment. American voters have lots of time on their hands to reminisce, like remembering something our President once said "Elections Have Consequences". You Betcha -They Do!

It looks to me like we have more than a few class klowns, in the political class.
If you are a political candidate running for office, it's time to cram for your mid terms. Because the American voters are grading you on results, not your rhetoric. The people who "Awarded" votes last election cycle, are busy sofa diving for loose change this cycle. The rest of us are reviewing your GPAs.

David Bowie "Under Pressure"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Zombie Haiku - Sunday Afternoon Brain Candy

The below review was taken from Ain't It Cool News.

Zombie this, zombie that. Everything and anything has had a zombie version of it as of late. But none fit together better than zombies and poetry. Haiku poetry that is. Known as a meditative form of linking words to find meaning and peace in a 5-7-5 word per line structure, the art of Haiku has been cannibalized by Ryan Mecum in his original graphic novel ZOMBIE HAIKU and the result is simply one of the best zombie reads of the year.

Biting into heads
is much harder than it looks.
the skull is feisty.

A man starts yelling
"When there's no more room in hell..."
but then we eat him.

Sunday Afternoon Haiku. Haiku Rules Here or if you are like me, and Zombies, there are no rules, and you can digest, and regurgitate the essences of the Haiku HERE.

Cannibalize some poetry for yourself. Haiku me - Haiku you too ;)

Now and Zen sitting still
think on this brains and eggs not
just for breakfast anymore.