Monday, October 31, 2011

Explosive debate between Fox Business' Charles Payne and Union Leader: "I took my opportunity"

We hear the "Occupy Wall Street" voices wanting decent healthcare, decent schools and a decent chance at success:  Are we entitled to all the levels of services we expect?    We pay taxes and expect to have a safety net, but just how much of a cushion should citizenship offer? Unfortunately, salespeople within our Government who claim to represent US are determining the parameters and contexts of these issues and framing all this in a central planning way that is under heated debate.  There's nothing at all wrong with the debate, except when Congressional processes are bypassed.
Free market competition has motivated thousands of Americans made brilliant by their motivations and abilities, individually and/or collectively, to follow their dreams and create marvelous products.  American exceptionalism has improved life worldwide.  We have all benefited from an upward spiral driven by free markets with limited regulations.
There's been a simmering between the issues of the left and right, unfortunately made relatively concrete by professional protesters financed secretively.  Mob controlling experts avoid real issues prefering slogans and talking points, as their aim is chaos leading only to argumentative situations set up for a designated leader to "save the day".
Crowds can be destructive and lose focus.  At present, hopefully the seemingly diametrically opposed views within our country are being debated near Wall Street in Manhattan.  There are too many differing viewpoints within the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd to say with certainty that there is monolithic thought.
It's my feeling that history should be increased as part of the context for the debate.  If only the collectivists would be openly honest with their failed track record through history.  Even Ayn Rand's fictional "Atlas Shrugged" as a springboard for debate might help focus for progress.  Universities were once forums for open debate.  Optimism makes me sure that peoples' differences are being fleshed out with a minimum of people just pushing their points until devolved bickering ensues.  Am I a dreamer or what?  I'm sure there's a lot of hooky being played, but  there is an opportunity to make progress and Geraldo is there!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Speak To US, Prez.

Be sure to check out where the "quote" came from. 
The Quote of the Decade: 
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” 
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006!
pass it on till eternity...
( was so nice of him to give us this great quote for posterity!)

There's little room for compromise when our government representatives are so obviously playing with our futures.  I'm really in a quandary when trying to understand how decision makers can be so cavalier about killing the "Golden Goose"; the US innovation idea and money generator that has raised the tides of wealth worldwide for decades.  It's taken for granted, but Dark Ages can return, believe it or not.  Ideological corruption is relentless in it's process of dumbing us down to squabble about plattitudes (rich vs poor etc.) content that we'll always "need them" and continue to tread water rather than actually work towards solutions.  Real smart people are usually unwilling to put up with the brutal gauntlet of public office so we're stuck with these bozos?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jenni Alpert Is A Fantastic Singer/Songwriter

Jenni's a fantastic singer and songwriter.  Click here to go to her website!

Julie London-- "The Good Life"

Jenni Alpert put this on my wall in Facebook.  It gave me a very nice chance to slow down and think of simpler times.  Julie London has such a velvety voice and with the crisp analog studio work of the time all the nuances and snap to her delivery were much appreciated by my aging ears, that have grown so much more patient as time goes by.
 We get so immersed in the music of our times with slight deviations to the outer boundaries just to keep a context.  But, I must admit that the snap and sizzle of singers like Sinatra were not high on my list as a kid, so I've gone back to those sections of time to familiarize myself with special gems here and there.