Obama’s lesson on success…

Success Symposium

Success Symposium (Photo credit: BetterBizIdeas)

He makes too much money and doesn’t pay enough taxes.

He paid all the taxes he is obligated by law to pay. Just like you

He is a greedy businessman

He donates a significant amount to charity

Yes, but it mostly goes to his church. There might be others that need it more

Why shouldn’t a person get to donate to the charity they choose? So the charitable giving only counts when the money goes to the charities you want?

He doesn’t like women

He had more women on his cabinet and they did better financially than women have done under Obama.

He only cares about himself

He has worked for a charitable cause (his church), been a public servant (Governor) and helped a international cause (The Olympics). And in each case he did not take a salary, or donated the salary to charity

Yes, well he should have. Easy to do when you have money

So you make a protest, then it turns out he has done what any civil person would hope, and that isn’t good enough? What exactly do you want from him?

Do you know what the Mormon religion stands for?

Really? You are going to use that as an argument? No, I guess not. I know what they don’t stand for. They don’t want to kill people who don’t believe as they do. I haven’t seen them involved in any fiery highly divisive speeches like, say, Trinity United or Jeremiah Wright. Oops. Didn’t want to discuss that?

Well, what it comes down to …. He could fail once in a while. He is hardworking, successful, charitable and civil.

Why is this such an offense?

Well, it is awfully difficult to divide a population with fear, resentment and jealousy when you have a candidate the earned his success through hard work and determination.

Our son recently asked, “So being successful means people will hate you one way or another? It doesn’t really matter how you get there?” From the mouths of babes…

Thanks President Obama.  That is a heck of lesson and quite a legacy.

Equal Opportunity – Access or Outcomes

Say No More

Say No More (Photo credit: Feggy Art)

“This crap has got to stop.”

“Ok, Avi, fill me in. What has to stop?”

Avi slid in the opposite side of the picnic table, obstructing Bevin’s view of the band busy performing a decent rendition of Ventura Highway.

“I am tired of all the crap at work. I am underpaid, I work harder than everyone else and not only does it not get noticed; now they filled Billy’s position with a new woman. So I got passed over when everyone knows I should have gotten the job. Billy said I was next in line. And everyone knows the only reason this new lady got the job is she is Spanish.”

“Uh, I think you probably mean Hispanic,” Bevin replied.

“Whatever,” sighed Avi, waving a half empty mug.

“Look,” Bevin stated, “not to be a killjoy, because I love a good complaint as much as the next person, but why would you even say that? And what makes you say you are underpaid? I thought you said Billy gave you a little extra last review to bring you in line?”

“First of all, why else would they bring in someone from the outside unless they needed to fill a quota. You know that is how all the hiring at the clinic is now. And yes, Billy did give me more last year, but I still don’t make nearly enough to live on. And you know what? Now I am going to have to do double the work because my new boss is clueless. She not only doesn’t know how to do anything, including paperwork for cases, she doesn’t think it’s her job either.”

This would have been a good time to take a stroll around the festival and just let it drop. But Bevin didn’t. “Ok Avi. I am not going to touch the whole thing with whether your new boss is qualified or not. But please tell me we aren’t going back down the avenue of ‘social workers are all underpaid’ again? I thought we killed that horse already.”

“Easy for you to say,” retorted Avi, hackles rising. “You have a good paying job that you like. I work just as hard and for what? Do you know that coal miners can make $80,000 to $90,000 a year and they don’t even need a degree?! For crying out loud, I put in time to get the education that everyone talks about and tell me how that paid off?”

“Then go get a job as a coal miner,” Bevin shouted back! “Let me tell you they couldn’t pay me $180,000 to go down in a mine everyday. You like it so much, go get a job as a miner then!”
“That is not the point. The point,” Avi clarified, “ is that this is just the kind of wage inequality that we need to fix. We have to get the pay in this country evened out. And now people…”
“Wait a minute,” Bevin cut in, tone incredulous. “Wait. Are you telling me you want miners to make less money? Are you kidding me?”

“Noooo,” Avi replied condescendingly. “I don’t want miners to make less; I think everyone should be able to make more. Some pay is too high for sure, but they could take some of that and spread it around so that everyone gets to make a little more and people aren’t pigeonholed by their occupation and underpaid for doing just as much work as someone else. That is what equal opportunity is all about.”
“That is definitely not what equal opportunity is all about. Ari, what you are talking about is equal results!  That is completely different.  Equal opportunity is all about ensuring that everyone has the same chance, the same access to the opportunities. Not that we all get the same compensation in the end.”

“Well we all know that the access isn’t equal.  If you have the money you get into the right schools, and coming from certain schools gives you a better chance for the kind of job like what you have,” Avi concluded. “And now I am stuck with the degree I have, so I am stuck with the job I have.”

“What?  First of all, I paid my way through school.  I took out loans and worked the whole time I went to school, and yes my parents sent me a couple bucks when they could help, but you know my parents didn’t have two pennies to rub together.  And you could have chosen this same path, but you have never been even a little bit interested in business and you hate numbers.  You have said before that you would hate my job,” Bevin exclaimed in frustration. “And you could go back to school, or switch careers.  Just because you have a Psych degree, doesn’t mean you have to be a social worker.  That was your choice.  Heck, I had a CFO that had an education degree at one point!”

“This isn’t about you Bevin.  It doesn’t always have to be about you.  Yes, you did it ‘right’ and all.  But you keep avoiding the point.  Yes, you might have been able to make the system work for you, but it doesn’t work for everyone and that is what is important.  That is what we have to change to give everyone an equal starting point; an equal shot.”

“That is hogwash, Avi, and you know it!  This is the only country in the world where it doesn’t matter what race you are, what your last name is, where you are from – we all have a chance to make it.  Yes, there are advantages in coming from a wealthy family or attending different schools, but look at the people every year who come from different places around the world for their shot, their opportunity and that make it …”

“Oh come on and cut the crap”, retorted Avi! “You are starting to sound like one of ‘them’.  You know the system is broken and we are finally in a position to do something about it.  We have a President who wants to make it better and all he is asking that everyone have a fair shot and those of you that have more and can afford it, share a little more.  And you bet your sweet bottom, I am going to do something about it, too.”

“That’s really enough. You had the same chances I did.  If you want a job making $90,000 a year, then find out what it takes to get one and go do it, but don’t complain to me.  And if you think you are being treated unfairly at work then you have some choices to make – you can suck it up and deal with it, you can work to try to change it, or you can go somewhere else – this is a free country.  No one is stopping you. You have equal access to the opportunity. But don’t demand equal results – you have to do your part.”

I could continue as the conversation falls apart, but I think we all have a good idea how the conversation ends. Is Avi right or is Bevin right?  Should it be equal access to opportunity?  Or should it be equal outcomes for all?

So we have a good idea how the conversation ends, but not the story.  The names have been changed to protect the innocent here and the profanity removed from the conversation to enhance the civility. Click on “comment” and let me know your thoughts and let us know at the beginning of your comment – Equal Access or Equal Outcomes.

Cast a vote that counts

Voting

Voting (Photo credit: bjmccray)

Why is your vote important?

In a nutshell, either Barak Obama or Mitt Romney will be elected president on Tuesday. No amount of wishful thinking will make any other candidate President. A protest vote or “principle” vote for another party only leaves your country’s future up to the whims of others.

Watch and consider before you “protest” or just as bad, abstain.

What else do you need to see? Religious intolerance, suppression of free speech? One man has already been arrested for making a YouTube video – a scapegoat for failed foreign policy. Do you really think 4 years from now you will still be able to “protest”?

Or might you be explaining, very quietly, to your grandchildren what it was like when we were free…

Get out and vote – and make it count.

I See You – Observations in Change

“What you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Behind The Mask, 2011, 9

Behind The Mask, 2011, 9 (Photo credit: iosue.williams)

The negativity, intolerance and divisiveness; the attacks on self worth and success – all this has to stop. We currently have a President who has never had a “real job” and who has never passed a piece of legislation without a supermajority running against a candidate, Mitt Romney, who has succeeded with collaboration in government and business.

Friday night there were 30,000 people at a Mitt Romney rally in Ohio. Hopefully enough honest people want to make a difference and believe in America that they will show up at the polls to overcome the democrats bussing in and bribing voters, or democrats like Jim Turner who vote multiple times. Could this be prevented? Yes. The only reason you would want to avoid or prevent voter registration is because you are doing something wrong. Like Democrat Jim Murphy. Is the type of ethics you want for our country?

Or perhaps you endorse this representation of free speech? Here is what you can look forward to in our education system. Click on this link:

Teen Ridiculed By Teacher

Obama says voting is the best revenge, again choosing words of conflict instead of collaboration. Mitt Romney wants you to vote for love of country.

Just as with the debate, a pretty clear difference – divide and conflict, or reconcile and find common ground.

Who would you rather count on to move this country into a more positive position? We already have 4 years of history that Obama really doesn’t want us to talk about. During his Presidential Campaign, he blamed Bush for the economy. In his first two years in office, with a Democrat majority in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate, the economy only got worse. And is still worse by all measures than when he was elected in 2008. He still has not passed a piece of legislation without the support of a supermajority.

I see you.

 

Redacted in Beghazi – The Death of the Invisible Men

Obama has stated that the United States will find the perpetrators of the attack on the Embassy in Benghazi and bring them to justice weeks ago and is desperately hoping that the whole event will go away. Become invisible.

How about if we just prevented them from being killed in the first place? We now know that approximately 7 hours of video from the attack was available. But the President was out at a rock star fundraiser in Las Vegas instead of taking action.

Many are calling it “Benghazigate” and talking of a cover-up. It was not just a “cover-up” as we have become accustomed to the word in a political sense. It was incompetence, then arrogance and insensitivity followed by cover-up and deceit.

Take a look at what happens when an Ambassador is in peril.

There are a lot of questions being raised, but I think the most important is “if no one seems to have given the order to ‘Stand Down’, then please tell us all who stood their ground and gave the directive to ‘go save them’”?

Politics aside, ask yourself how you would feel right now if one of the four “invisible men” asking for help had been one of your loved ones.

What Happens When an Ambassador is in Peril?

Trying to be neutral, but given the current administration’s record, I find myself a little cynical.

I will note, there was sensitivity this weekend in face of impending Hurricane Sandy this week – of course there was money to be given away and potential votes to be bought.

Political Arena

Political Arena Editor Chuck Norton

Each consulate has a virtual panic button called the “Imminent Danger Notification System” that is hit whenever an ambassador is put in peril. This has been in place since after the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

This works as a virtual instant message that goes to the Intelligence agencies such as the CIA Director and the DNI, the Sec of State, the Defense Secretary, local
military assets are notified and it also goes to the White House situation room and
protocol says that this flash traffic MUST be acknowledged and someone in the situation room MUST go and physically contact the President. Again, this happens instantly.

In the absence of orders the standing order is for local assets to preserve American life. So someone had to STOP that AC130 gunship from firing and someone had to STOP local assets from responding as they were responding as they would…

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Are we no longer a sovereign republic free from outside intervention?

English: Woman standing, as America, facing sl...

English: Woman standing, as America, facing slightly right; holding U.S. flag and flag pole. Illustration in: Draperies in Action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Desperation among the democratic party has risen to new levels as Foreign Observers are invited to “monitor” 2012 Presidential election results for democrats

International Monitors at polling places

I actually thought this was a joke the first time I was told about it.  Too ridiculous to be true, right?  Turns out that it may be ridiculous, but it isn’t just a rumor.

I think it ironic that America, the most successful, longest living democracy in recorded history may potentially have international monitors.  I would find it less offensive if this were perhaps an instructional exercise – an opportunity for the observers to see how a free election should be held.  However, it is not.

This is arguably the most important election in generations; perhaps in our history.   Nothing less than the continued existence of a free, democratic, free market society and the devolution to a socialist, managed society hangs in the balance.  A few things I find interesting about the situation:

  • The countries involved are Socialist democracies at best, pure socialism or totalitarian at worst.  Kazakhstan?  Really?
  • The proposed monitors are from countries with overwhelming socialist support for Obama, or a vested interest in Obama’s re-election.  How neutral do you think these observers will be?
  • These international observers are challenging the rights of individual states within the republic.  Talk about outside interference.

Ironically, the very same parties who are dead set against laws to restrict voter fraud or voter identification are the ones asking for this “international monitoring”!  What are they looking for?  We know they are not interested in ensuring that only registered voters submit their vote in a legal manner.  So what is it?  The fact that your candidate is dropping in the polls is not an indication of voting fraud.  If your candidate is not elected – that also is not an indication of fraud.  Manipulating results, subjecting United States Citizens to the laws of other countries, or interference from other nation in our internal election certainly is.  Remember, this is the party that took a vote on a change to the Democratic Platform on television for the world to see.  Three times they took a vote.  Three times they didn’t get the answer they wanted.  So finally, they simply did what they wanted anyway.  These are the people worried about a fair election?  You have to wonder what fair looks like to them.

If we have to submit to outside monitoring for fraud, here are a few of suggestions:

  • Make sure the voters are actually legal, registered voters
  • Make sure the voters are voting on their own free will, not bussed in and told who to vote for
  • Make sure there are no quid pro quo’s – you vote, we will give you a ____ (Fill in the blank)
  • Make sure that the voter only votes once
  • Look into the error that delayed absentee ballots to our military serving overseas.  A group that just coincidentally is disenfranchised with the current Administration.

I personally hope every legal registered voter participates in this election.  I hope every single citizen takes this duty seriously and shows up to vote.  However, as with almost every single moderate or conservative voter I know, I do want them to vote legally – I am not sure why this is such a problem?

What does it tell you when a party is so concerned with ensuring ineligible or illegal voters have a chance to cast a vote that they are willing to sacrifice our nation’s sovereignty?   I am a little concerned that a political party is dependent on illegal or unregistered voters – aren’t you?  Shouldn’t this election be determined by American Citizens?  This would seem to be a serious issue to me.

Please take the time to vote on November the 6th.

“It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself”

–          Thomas Jefferson