Tuesday, August 02, 2011
If Government proposes a regulation - that is 'socialist'. If Government adds a worker safety law - that is 'socialist'. If Government proposes a consumer credit protection agency - that is 'socialist'. If Government proposes laws to protect the environment - that is 'socialist'. If Government tries to reduce the price of prescription drugs - that is 'socialist'.
Anything that the Government does that protects the average American from the rapaciousness of business is 'socialist'.
Who says so? Well the voices may be from the 'average Joe', but the money for the anti-government campaigns and the money to buy the politicians to parrot the company line comes from business.
Why should business do this? Do you have to ask? A corporation's fiduciary responsibility is to it shareholders; spending money to protect their workers, customers or the environment is seen as detracting from its mission.
Conservatives argue that it is in the Corporation's best interest to not cheat or poison its customers. But that contention is not supported by the facts.
Enron, Tyco, Global Crossing, the housing bubble, the savings and loan crisis, Long Term Capital, industrial food, PCBs, Love Canal - do I have to go on? Business takes short cuts, usually with bad consequences to individual finances, personal health, the environment and the economy.
But despite this litany of abuse there are many who cling to the 'marketplace' as being the best guarantor of ethical behavior. As Franklin (or maybe Einstein) is supposed to have said "The definition of insanity is to do something over and expecting different results."
Back in the day when most business was local it made sense for businessmen to behave ethically, after all they lived in the community, their kids went to school with your kids and reputation was important. Now the chances of corporate executives living in your neighborhood and their children going to school with yours are remote (nonexistent?).
The only reputation that counts is how much you are worth. Nobody even knows who is responsible for anything anymore. Bank of America is America's largest bank; can you name its CEO?
Politicians are not usually the most talented of people, but unlike corporate executives they do have to go to the electorate periodically and ask to keep their job. Usually they do get to keep it, but at least we have the option to 'throw the bums out'.
I would rather have a say in the process (no matter how minor) than relying on American business to do the right thing.
I hope that American companies continue to prosper and start hiring again. I think that Capitalism (genuine capitalism - but that is a future post) is the best system for creating wealth and prosperity. I think that entrepreneurship, risk taking and hard work should be rewarded. It is obvious and apparent that it was American business and the American work ethic that drove the US to preeminence.
But to think that American business is capable or even willing to police itself is deluded. Let business generate money and jobs, but let our Government ("of the people, by the people, for the people") look out for our interests.
Umpires and referees are not called socialists, but they do the same thing for sports that our government should do for business. No one like the officials penalizing their team and all of us prefer that the officials' role should remain small and discrete. But we all realize that without them, you couldn't play the game.
By Pitt Griffin
Friday, November 21, 2008
The quintessential element of democracy is that "The People" have to accept the cost of it, the essence of which is their willingness to carry out their 'citizen responsibility.'? That means Americans actually have to do something, not just wait for the corruption of special interests to mortgage their future.
George Pataki, former Governor of the state of New York, gave us all of the wisdom we need to understand and solve the problem when he said, "When government takes responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves."? Somebody should find a way to etch that on every car bumper in America.? Freedom and dependency are unable to coexist.? That you might choose responsibility over dependency is the politician's, the legal system's and the main stream media's greatest threat.? The essence of government spirit is to keep us united under a common bond, whatever [fear] that may be.? And let's face it, we are so easy to unite [scare].
In the beginning of the end, the populous tends to believe that they can hire mercenaries for their duties.? That is what is happening to America right now.? Every great civilization from time immemorial has eventually violated this truth and in return their government was lost to the ages.?
Americans have become apathetic to an ever more intrusive form of government and, most ironically, less inclined to take up their Citizen Responsibility.? Americans face a host of serious issues, many of which they treat with a herd mentality, protected by the drove grazing preoccupies them, until they sense the siren call of eminent danger.? And, like the wildebeest on the Serengeti even though others regularly perish, as long as it is not them they go back to grazing.
America is desperately trying to move on from the Bush presidency and that Barack Obama has offered that "Dream".? The recent stock market debacle, Lehman Brothers, the Fannie and Freddie crash, AIG and the $700 billion Wall Street bailout has rightfully enraged Middle America.? The U.S. financial system and the world financial markets are so stressed right now that it threatens the very social fabric of our nation, one that our fathers and their forefathers have already fought and died for.? Will we keep our American entrepreneurial spirit, which we have bragged about and paraded before the world for 200 years, or will we give way to a new form of socialism because we have hit a speed bump??
This is no reason to go off the deep end, throwing away our ideological sense of America in order to remove ourselves. ?Barack Obama is assembling his dream team, and the liberal media have already gone out to celebrate... just a minute... not so fast... history abounds with examples of people wanting out of a bad situation and then being taken to worse.? Most people will reject these words, but I can't help myself from writing them.? This is the "herd instinct" in human nature.? It is in our psychic that under threats we cannot perceive [or manage] we want to join the socialist masses.? Socialism is the very essence of government, of security, of the 'covenant of the fence', however we need to know where we are running... before we run over a cliff.? Most people stranded on an island-of-hell don't ask many questions when someone throws them a lifeline of hope.? Maybe they should ask, but most people don't.
Socialist regimes throughout history have promised hope and change.? I'm surprised, even dumfounded, that many Americans are acting blinded by speeches without details, the evidence for which is that they are not asking questions and demanding answers.? The peoples yearning for betterment cannot override our?common sense.?? Most important, people want change because they are frustrated by the relentless liberal media attacks on America's foundation.? They want change... for change's sake.
Americans cannot throw our constitutional heritage out the window for the promise of hope.? The America we have known for over 200 years is an uplifting struggle for fairness, equality and a uniquely American idealism.? It's not perfect, but let's not mess it up now.
Don Snyder is an American who is fed up with the low fat, salt free diet of bull crap he gets every day from the mainstream press more aptly referred to as the mainstream mess. He can be reached at email@example.com
Friday, October 10, 2008
Television is the most powerful means of mass communication worldwide at present. And, how many of us are actually addicted to it? Most children and teenagers are, as intended by those who use it to influence all of us.
Look at the children of today. Most of them live their lives according to what they see on TV, and they will swear by it. To them it is the ultimate Gospel Truth, you almost dare not challenge it. And, many of them battle to read and cannot write or spell properly, if at all. Hello, does this touch you at all?
Fortunately I grew up without TV, it only came out in South Africa in 1975/76 when I was already twenty four years old. So it hasn't affected me as it has millions of other people. And, believe me, many people of my age and older are as addicted as other victims are. I feel for you all very deeply, hopefully the truth will set you free.
Television dictates the trends that we live our lives to. Female, black and disabled bosses & supervisors are much more prevalent today as compared to the past everywhere. Don't get me wrong, some of this is good. But this is only one small example of the means used by "the powers that be" to change the mindset of the world population.
But it's as designed by these powers, who-ever they may be, the USA, UN, NATO, Hong Kong, The Vatican, who-ever. This global power instructs its fledgling governments what is required to further global domination through democracy, and the mindset is spread through television & cinematic stories until the virtual world materializes. And then the lifestyle is set in the minds of the people of the new "democratic" world. No wonder we have "designer crime" and "designer wars".
Have you noticed, by way of radio & TV advertising, that the simple toothbrush has been extensively researched for the past forty years (Of my life anyway)? Every time a new toothbrush is released to the market one hears the same thing, "after years of extensive research & laboratory testing, the latest "GUMBOIL" toothbrush has been manufactured and will be released to the world next week".
Wow, this sounds exciting & I'll just have to buy one for each of my family members.
Do we all fall into this trap so easily, like lambs led to the slaughter?
This is simply advertising cow dung that you & I pay for every time we buy a new toothbrush, not to mention all the other products we buy daily & monthly, thus paying for advertising & marketing. We pay far too much for everything we buy, and then we have to see & hear all the adverts on TV as well, and pay for them. Are we crazy, or what?
It is absolutely mind-boggling, isn't it? We pay for the advertisements ourselves. I sometimes wonder to what extent we've been had and, unfortunately, we've hardly taken any notice of it. We just press on ahead, living our "normal lives", blindfolded and believing that everything is fine.
But we are the other party in the economic system, the consumer. The capitalist, or any other system, would emphatically not function without us. We do have a choice? We are free to choose, a basic democratic right.
It is actually a case of consumer rules. If we boycott the retail system until the retailers meet our pricing standards, the monopolies would have to comply or shut down. As long as our pricing standards are set within reason I believe this will work.
Why don't we do it?
With love we are strong, the energy will flow freely for us all.
Vaughan A Jones
Author of ONE LIFE-LOVE-ENERGY
Accountant, musician, composer, author and a soulful thinker.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
First we would like to start by telling you that Democrats have been around for a very long time now. In fact, the Democratic Party is known for being around the longest in the United States of America. You see the Democrat Party is pretty big because it just so happens to be one out of two of the major political parties to be found in the United States of America. The other party that follows behind the Democrat Party is known as the Republican Party.
If you try to trace the origins of the Democratic Party then you can trace it back to the Democratic-Republican Party. This party emerged in the year 1792. The Democratic-Republican Party was founded by a number of Federalists such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. When the division of the Republican Party came out in the year 1912 the Democratic Party has been positioned to the left when it comes to the economic views along with the social matters. Since the year 1932 the one individual that has shaped the Democratic Party the most was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Then in the 1960's we had the civil rights movement and that seemed to make the Democratic Party stronger.
In the year 2004 the Democrats were more popular than the Republicans. This is because there was seventy two million individuals registered to vote under the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is currently known to be the majority party when it comes to the 110th Congress. The Democratic Party currently holds the majority when it comes to the House of Representatives along with the Democratic caucus. Also holding the majority when it comes to the state governorships is the Democratic Party. For the year 2008 we have a Democrat running for president and that is Senator Barack Obama. Barack Obama is from Illinois and it looking to be president of the United States of America on the Democrat side.
Have you ever wondered who is the one's responsible when it comes to promoting the champaign activities on the Democrat side? It is the Democratic National Committee or DNC. Currently the Democratic National Committee is being chaired by Howard Dean and he was the former Governor of Vermont. Have you ever noticed how we are being separated by political parties? The individuals who are Republicans are constantly downing the Democrats while the Democrats are downing the Republicans at the same time.
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Just as Kenya emerged from political crisis after December 2007 general election, President Mwai Kibaki and Raila together arrived to grace International golf competition at Karen Country Club in Nairobi. This act was a sort of comedy. Just a few days ago such a scene could not be imagined. The Prime Minister designate arrive in a fleet of convoy with two guards in one car looking funny after they looked to have overdid their security stunts. Two soldiers, one on each side both quickly popped outside and stood at the door holding the top of the car doors as their support before they jump outside. One of them looked too huge to have a tiny door as his support.
Then several Days after, the Prime Minister designate, Raila Odinga and constitutional minister Martha Karua were together in what was termed as a luncheon. The two have for a long time been bitter rivals that when they meet in what was claimed to be a luncheon and appear in a television, they looked so unnatural. Each sat several feet from each other and look like theywere part og an audience. Each had a surprised and scared face. However, in the months they managed to sit close together and even managed a couple of smiles at each other.
And one of the most comical MPs in the Kenyan Ninth Parliament but who lost in the election has since attended state opening of parliament and appear in several political gatherings. Mr. Kalembe Ndile is a perfect comic in what would otherwise have become a boring Ukambani politics, (Ukambani meaning an area inhabited by the AKamba people of Kenya). When he was made an Assistant Minister for Tourism and Wildlife in the Previous Parliament, he promised to distribute elephants to all the districts in Kenya because it was becoming a menace in a few districts, destroying crops. He said that Kenya should share problems caused by elephants. No one would know when he is serious in what he says and does and when he is not.
By Samwel Kipsang
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I was watching the results of the Indiana and North Carolina elections last night and the victory speeches of both candidates. I have watched the pundits for what seems like years now saying it is impossible for Hillary to overtake Obama and asking why she keeps staying in. Neither one can win enough delegates to win the nomination so it is going to come down to the "super delegates". First of all, this is a totally ridiculous system to my thinking. I think the electoral college itself is a joke. Anyway, the Fox Channel is interviewing Rep. Brad Miller of North Carolina who is an uncomfirmed super delegate asking him if he has decided. He says that he hasn't because he is going over the data from the precincts and counties in his state before he reaches a decision. At the time, Obama has already been declared the winner and is leading by over 25 points. He wound up winning by 14. Does anyone else look at Rep. Miller and question I wonder why our government doesn't work?
Another thing that made me go hmmm was watching the exit poll questions and percentages. Over 60% of both Indiana and North Carolina voters thought both Obama and Clinton were honest. I must have missed something somewhere. Less than a month ago, Hillary stated she landed in Bosnia under sniper fire which was proven visually that was wrong. Obama sat in the pew of his church listening to a minister spew hate rhetoric but never heard it. Yet, over 60% of the voters in these 2 states think they are honest. I realize none of us are perfect but how can any reasonably intelligent, rational, logical person think they are honest? Are they saying they are honest most of the time? I don't understand that premise.
I think it is great that record numbers of people are registering and subsequently voting in the primaries, but I wonder and yes question how truly informed they are. Are they making their choice based on a campaign worker knocking on their door giving them some signs and pins and driving them to the registration place? Based on the answers given in exit polls it sure does seem that way